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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The simplicity of Trillium’s grist of barley and wheat delivers a wonderfully complex, yet approachable, American farmhouse ale. Our house farmhouse yeast blend, along with American hops, drive a distinctive character in this rustic, unfiltered ale. Trillium expresses a beautiful nose of peppery spice, coupled with flavors of fermentation-derived fruit and more pepper. Firm bitterness and effervescent carbonation combine with a satisfyingly smooth mouthfeel from the wheat.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat

HOPS: US Goldings, Columbus

Added by Todd on 01-12-2013

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle showed up today, big thanks to kcbaby for the bottle and matching glass. enjoyed from said artaic glass. bottled 5/19 (10 days ago)

a - brew pours a murky yellow orange more on the orange side. lace is sheets on the glass after the massive frothy ipa head starts to dissipate. opaque to the light.

s - wow. straight up juice. fresh squeezed oj, tangerine, nectarine...tropical burst. there are definite floral and honey notes but it comes across as fresh fruit juice. so much yum.

t/m/o - so good it is hard not to gulp it down in one sit. super refreshing and exactly as the nose suggests, juice. I can't believe this is a beer. homerun slam dunk, hope to have this again.

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Photo of rbschult
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden color, with a light head. Left very little lacing

S- Lots of yeast esters on the nose which can come from the higher fermenting temperatures which Saisons are known for. Slight citrus aroma from the dry hops which are added to Trillium

T- Once again the esters from the yeast take over along with some great spice.

M- It could be that I travelled back to New York City with my growler, but the carbonation was pretty light. I generally like my saisons with slightly more carbonation, but considering I have sampled this beer during test batches, I'll take the carbonation level as a fluke.

Overall, Trillium is a very easy drinking beer which I can see myself drinking regularly. Can't wait for the sours to be ready, because I know what J.C. is capable of when it comes to sour and barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a small, fluffy white head. Pretty good lacing and excellent retention.

The aroma is very tart and earthy, with notes of lemon and sour apple. There's also a lot of wheat, and grass, as well as a doughy backbone that smells like fresh bread straight from the oven.

The flavor is wonderfully crisp and lightly floral, with notes of wheat bread, sour apple, and even bananas. There's also a subtle spicy pepper character that comes through on the back end.

The mouth is medium-light bodied with high carbonation. Slightly dry with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall, a fantastic saison. It's crisp, refreshing, and very tasty.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

The nose is absolutely fantastic. Hay, flowers in a field, stone fruits, and much more from what seems like Brett or at least a very interesting saison yeast. Finish is nice and dry while the carb is perfect. This is one of the best farmhouse ales I've had quite frankly. It's slightly more interesting and drier than a well aged Blvd Saison Brett. Really impressive beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Titular beer from an insanely friendly, slightly buzzy brewery in Boston. When the friendly brewer heard that my traveling companion was a microbiologist, he allowed us to sample straight from the barrel some funk-aged concoction of this very beer. Accordingly, politeness dictated that I simply had to take home a growler.

The result... underwhelming, according to hyper-contemporary tastes. Meaning it's not soaked with grapefruit, brett, and/or crushed up Shock Tarts.

Granted, my first sip was a little bit of a letdown. But that's just because of my moronic expectations--it has nothing to do with the objective quality of the beer. Taking a few more sips, I realize this is a classic, dry saison. And that's saying something, because American normally capital-S suck at making dry saisons. Usually the back end of an American dry saison is like you've just poured a bunch of silica gel into your mouth. This--this is more like the sensation you get from drinking a nice Brut champagne, only it's better because it's beer instead of wine.

As it warms a bit, fruit nodes become more pronounced. Light prunes, light lemon zest, but mostly fresh bread, a nice brush of yeast spiciness and then a dry, yeasty finish. Very good.

Also, side note, why don't more breweries have titular beers? Repetition is cool as hell. One time I seen the video for the Black Sabbath song "Black Sabbath," which is from the album _Black Sabbath_. The title at the end of the video read

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath

And that was cool as hell. Trillium, by Trillium, is the beer world's version of that.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle purchased at the brewery. I nice cloudy pale yellow color with a bright white head. First off I sensed a slight yeast smell but seemed to quickly change over to a nice wheat aroma. Taste is exceptional and smooth. Not a fan of wheat beers but I was pleasantly surprised how nice this one actually is.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful beer. I have to go back and re-try every Saison ever to see if this is really as good as I think it is. Amazing aroma of pear and orange, smooth flavor of warm grass, barnyard fun and a clean finish of pepper. So damn good.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy pale orange in color with an inch of rocky white head, good retention but eventually dissipates to only a coating but leaves nice sticky lacing. Inviting aroma; fruity esters, a bit of citrus, herbs, and a bit of spice. Great taste. Lots of fruity esters, namely banana and lemon. Great spiciness, clove and pepper with a bit of an herbal character as well. Medium-light body and high carbonation. Overall, a great beer, very refreshing and nuanced.

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Photo of Gatch
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brewery is in a pretty cool location in Fort Point. Nice people.

Clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head. Not much lace or retention. Nice spice and funk in the nose. Fruity and crisp. Some yeast. Same with the flavor. Barny, dry, and a bit of funk. Nice dry fruit and spice. Very enjoyable drinking experience. Great cold or at room temperature. Smooth and slightly sweet. Great feel and body. I didn't learn to truly appreciate this beer until the last glass of the growler. And you gotta love local beer! Delicious stuff.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow into the large Duvel tulip, with an appearance somewhere between lemonade and clouded honey, topped by thick, meringue-like suds. The beer has a muted lemony aroma, with no acidic edge; instead, it almost leads to an expectation of mild sweetness. What's actually delivered to the palate, however, is an unusual, crisp, vegetal freshness--not lemony at all, but more suggestive of al dente yellow squash or juicy, raw kernels of just-picked corn. This unlikely combination of smell and taste works very well, resulting in a pleasant and quaffable brew that is further distinguished by its rich, unexpectedly smooth texture. Quite good.

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Photo of DrugsDelaney1
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic farmhouse beer. Lots of spices/ fruit and a bit of funk in the nose. Tastes slightly sweet with a bit of spicy yeast mixed in. Hides the alcohol well. Friends of mine who generally don't drink farmhouse ales loved this beer when I brought them a growler.

I would compare this to Fantom's Saison.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at the brewery. Bottled on 8/8/15.

Pours a golden hazy body with a big frothy white head that reduces slowly, leaving fluffy white retention and heavy lacing. Looks nice.

On the nose is freshly baked bread, grain, biscuits, fruity esters, banana, spices.

On the tongue is nice smooth wheat, banana, peppery, slightly sweet caramel notes, definitely some hops on here as there's a peppery bitterness on the follow through that lingers on the tongue for a little while. Nice mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation but easy to drink, refreshing.

Overall very well crafted, nice balance of hops, malt, and wheat

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Photo of Maxwell
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, straw yellow, almost green, with a nice little head of eggshell white bubbles that fizzles quickly into a tight scrim. In body, the beer is nicely hazy and appealingly pale with little of the other side of the glass coming through. On the nose, the beer smells of crisp, stale crackers and fresh hay, a touch of funk, and a light lemon pop on the end of the whiff. As you stick your nose deeper into the glass, the hay moves more towards freshly cut grass, pepper, and a faint and appealing brass scent. This beer smells wonderfully like a saison. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely wheat-malt sweet with a medium bitter finish. A light, acidic pop comes throughout the taste and gives the mouth a nice bite. In flavor, the beer begins as light wheat flake flavors which slowly blend into a beautiful bitter flavor of fresh cut grass and peppers that dips towards lemon bread with a bright citric pop on the tongue. The finish brings a light caramel into the flavor, which blends beautifully with the wheat flake and grass flavors to crescendo in a dry, yet refreshing snap on the tongue. The aftertaste is softly bitter with grass and hay, with a lingering hint of wheat flakes. On the tongue, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a crisp, snappy carbonation that cuts lightly across the palate, scrubbing the tongue dry and leaving the mouth begging for another sip. The sides of the mouth, meanwhile, pucker slightly and wet with acid canceling saliva. Overall, this is a hugely refreshing saison with some beautiful complexities. It has some similarities to Mystic’s Saison Renaud, but this beer brings more of the grassy hops into the flavor and puts a nice balance between the malt, the hops, and the yeast. The mouthfeel is a little rough but the balance is hugely impressive, and very tasty, proving some major skill on the brewer’s part. I like this beer and I can’t wait to try more!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a chalice

Hazy yellow , white foam cap

Aroma of funk, lemon. Grass

Taste of malt, wheat, saison type yeasts, funk

Smooth, well balanced

Trillium brews great beers, add another to their list

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Photo of handcrafty
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Solid take on a Saison.
The nose is fantastic - fresh grass, dandelions and the finest Massachusetts wheat.
The taste is almost too clean, and the carbonation is over the top.
The taste starts wet with banana, clove and bubblegum - very similar to Live Oak Hef.
This beer finishes dry, maybe a bit more than I would like, but still very enjoyable.
Great 'namesake' beer from an up and coming brewery.
Excited to see what these guys make in the future.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, bananas, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of citrus, bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dancaplette
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served from a growler into a tulip glass, pours a two finger creamy head that disappears rather quickly, leaving only at] thin white layer with nice lacing. slow steady carbonation. color is bright golden with a slight haze, which I really like.

s- strong aroma of sweet malt, the abv seems to come through.

t- slight bitterness at first, then malt backbone at the end, but it is not overdone abv also shines through.

m- medium thickness on the pallet (perfect for me) and feels light, clean and refreshing at the same time.

0- this is the 2nd beer I tried from Trillium, Ii have not been disappointed yet.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured from a growler into an oversized win glass. Head springs up an inch or so on an easy pour. Color is dark straw, very cloudy, as one would expect. Head recedes slowly due in part to ample carbonation. Light lacing on the glass.

S - Subdued, but has the components that one would expect from a Saison. Bit of funk to it.

T - Yeasty flavors hit first, with a nice funkiness to follow. Then the unexpected: a well-rounded bitterness that my limited experiences with Saison has rarely picked up. I like it. Adds another component to an already well-constructed beer.

M - Quite pleasant. The carbonation makes the beer feel pillowy. Nice medium-body leaves no sensation of fizziness. Little tingle on the tongue.

O - I bought the growler to share with my wife, but she didn't like the bitterness. I was all too happy to have her glass. I may pick up another one of these soon.

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Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light apricot color with a 4F head in a tulip. Very nice looking beer.
The head resolved itself within a few minutes.

The aroma was wonderful: strong clove and fruit. One of the best aromas in a Saison I have tasted- and very balanced. The clove melded well with the fruit.

The mouth feel was not very carbonated- I liked this because it leads to a nice transition to the taste.

The taste is also balanced like the aroma: fruit, clove, and barnyard funk. None of the taste elements are overdone, which blend well together.

There is a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Overall- a well done Saison. Very well balanced and delightful to drink. Will buy another bottle.

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Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 bottle poured gently into a nonic. A murky, bright yellow beer with a modest white head that fades quickly leaving abundant sticky lacing. S: Yeast, malt and sweet floral herbs. T: yeast, wheaty malt, funky straw. F: Thick, very light carbonation. O: I tried hard to rate to style but this is very much not a typical saison except, maybe, for the yeastiness - certainly it doesn't look like any saison I've had before. Which is fine with me. In fact, I think I shall go open another.

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Photo of SebD
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some peppery spices, citrus/lemon and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some yeast, breadiness, lemon, a touch of citrus and faint peppery spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Florida9
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Very light pastel straw yellow in color. Slightly hazy. Forms a large foamy white head. Excellent retention and moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly yeasty esters with lighter, brighter notes of lemon.

T: Taste is that classic Farmhouse taste. Light and effervescent with notes of lemon and white grapes. A hint of yeasty spice in background. No sweetness.

M: Lighter bodied. Heavier carbonation. Minimal bitterness, though there is a mild astringency to the beer. Dry.

O: A well made and accurate representation of the style. A quality flagship beer. and another very nice beer from Trillium.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is the house saison and the namesake of this brewery, but frankly, as good as it is, its the least distinct and impressive of the beers I have had from these guys so far, or at least its the least distinct. that said, its elite level base saison, French in its yeast strain with some really interesting floral notes to it and a great mouthfeel. barely hazy at all, honey colored, paler maybe, and without a huge head but with a very lively feel. almost has an elderflower thing going on in the smell and taste between pollenated bitterness and mildly perfume centered hop aromatics on the back end. spice from the yeast is pretty cool though, lemongrass and white pepper come to mind, with a floral complexion from the hops its really cool. there is also some white grape fruitiness to it, although its very dry so that's way back. delicate overall, well flavored and well made, but it really doesn't stand for me above any other awesome saison with a real strong Belgian influence. I just was just so floored by the hoppy stuff maybe that this one stands a step back, but its really good and really drinkable. we crushed our growler pretty darn quickly

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Photo of Lorwhal
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't get a whole lot of pepper but I do get a warm fruitiness. Little bit of wheat, mild funkiness. Feels, out of ten, 7 on the carbonation scale. Really solid farmhouse. Enjoyed it a lot!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark golden yellow, hazy. Pours a nice head that remains a while, leaves a light lace.
S: Nice complex aroma. HInts of citrus, pepper, grass, and wheat. Also some of those yeast esters as well. Great aroma, reminds me of a big piece of fresh dough ready to be baked.
T: Starts off with a wheat sweetness, like that of sweet bread. Shortly after you get spicier notes, peppery phenols, and a dryness of common herbs used in cooking. Has hints of lemongrass as well
F: At first, remarkably smooth, frothy and light. Like whipped cream. Finishes with a bit of bit though, from both the carbonation and the hops and spicier elements of the flavor.
O: Excellent saison. Wish there was a tad more sweetness but one of the better examples I've had. Would recommend.

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