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Trillium | Trillium Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
461
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
27.09%
 
 
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow body. Nice white head with nice clingy foam. Never settles out.

Smell - Lemon. Kinda herbal aroma. Very yeasty. Light doughy malt.

Taste - Immediate herbal hop flavor. Lemon hops second. Grassy in middle. Light doughy malts. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Bitter. Medium body.

Overall - A little nondescript, but it's tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a goldenstraw color capped by a mighty impressive head; great stickage and lacing

Smell: Vague tones of banana, honey and white pepper

Taste: Opens bready, with banana, honey and floral tones; the peppery element arrives in the middle; after the swallow, there is a surprisingly hoppy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: There is a lot going on here and others have clearly enjoyed this; I just didn't particularly enjoy the range of flavors this beer presents

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color, hazy, with a finger of frothy white head that sank to a wispy layer, coating the glass with lace. In the nose, grassy funk, light fruity esters, peppery spice, pretty standard stuff for the style, all where it should be. The taste reflected the nose, notes of pear and banana, wet grass, moderate funk, peppery spice, with a crisp, herbal hop quality, and an earthy finish. Light-medium body, nice drinkability. There's nothing new and amazing going on here, but it's a very good bottled saison, and a good representation of the style overall.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow leaning toward fresh wheat. Head is mega fluffy, loose, bright-white and clingy. Moderate retention keeps a small clumpy cap at all times. Moderate to lively carbonation. Mega pillowy head. Rather delightful.

Smell: Esters. Fruity with a soft blanket of spice. A touch of clove. Banana, ripe banana. Clean pale malts add a touch of sweetness and a nice bready backbone. Powdery yeast with some hints of damp and musty basement. A touch of lemon and then funk. Yeast runs closer to Belgian than I would anticipate. A bit floral. A touch of pear and apple, but it's buried and only really comes out as it warms. Mild spice note, but it's directly from the yeast. Clean and lightly sweet. Really mellow and soft.

Taste: Fresh white bread and some mild fruity esters. A touch of apple, pear, lemon zest, and generic fruitiness. Malts are incredibly light and sweet with a soft toasted element. Some yeasty spice and ripe banana. Bready and light. Nicely floral, like dried petals. Almost perfume-like in the back. A push of wheat and something that almost comes across as rye. Mealy red apple. Runs relatively clean with a slight powdery yeast finish. Grass, a touch of damp basement, and a funky field flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium leaning to light body with a moderate carbonation. Nicely dry with some astringency. Drinks easy.

Overall: You can do a lot worse.

A saison-Belgian hybrid. Yeast runs a bit heavy on the esters and pushes it out of firm saison territory. Nice and clean and easy to drink. Well worth trying and I imagine it's better at the source.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed within three weeks of bottling. Golden hue with moderate head that lasts. Smells of wheat, spices, coriander and lemon which hits the tastebuds up front but doesn't leave much flavor at the back end. An OK farmhouse ale from the masters of IPA, albeit one that doesn't stand out from other labels brewing a similar style. None of the dryness, tart and slight funk that I look for in the style (even one that's clearly touted as an IPA-heavy version).

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Photo of CADMixes
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a fresh growler picked up at the brewery on 3/22. Beautiful hazy gold with a big head of soft carbonation that faded slowly. Aroma and initial taste both surprisingly mild, with lemon and some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is pleasant if a little thin, and didn't have the sharper carbonation I would expect. Gets considerably more interesting on the finish as it leaves a pleasant earthy yeast flavor.

Overall not bad and I did truly enjoy the finish, but for a flagship beer from a brewery that intends to do interesting beers it seems a little tame.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy golden color. Nice, tall head with mild lacing. Body glows.

S-Semi-soft on the nose. Mild yeast and butter. Some lingering hoppy notes too. Underlying sweetness with a hint of yeast-imparted fruitiness.

T-A well balanced Farmhouse Ale that isn't scared of the hops. Grassy hoppiness. Just as important is the crisp mixture of airy malt and Belgian yeast.

M-Rather light. Easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

O/D-Their flagship beer is a well built brew that showcases it's three main ingredients. I really enjoy how the hops and yeast both complement and contrast one another.

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Photo of tkelley
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler, poured into a tulip glass.

A -- pale straw color. White head, thin. Good lacing, and retention. Clear with good nucleation.

N -- Banana yeast. Clove/spiciness. Something sweet. Can't put my finger on it.

T -- Follows the nose. Hoppier than a normal saison with a decent level of bitterness.

M -- Bubbly...

O -- Quite good. Enjoyed my first experience at Trillium today for my sister's birthday.

Cheers.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing from reduced head too. It is a slightly hazy yellow with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Spicy, herbal, floral, yeasty, vanilla, bready, apple, pear, and a little citrus.

Taste: Spicy yeast, herbal hops, bitterness, bready pilsner malts, pale malt sweetness, apple, pear, citrus, and a little lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit smooth, chewy, spicy, bitter, dry, light bodied, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice local farmhouse ale. A fine brew that can be enjoyed during the seasons.

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Photo of thebeers
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazed pale gold color with a thick white head that lasts. Typical saison aroma -- lemongrass, a little white pepper, banana and wheat -- with a touch more sweetness than usual. Distinctive mouthfeel that's crisp up front and hefeweizen-like on the backend. The taste is similar to the nose, with the wheat quite prevalent, some very slight orange juice and a somewhat metallic aftertaste. Pretty solid, but there are so many superb saisons nowadays, wouldn't necessarily go out of the way for this one.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into wine glass. Very bright golden yellow, very clear. No head. Smells of clove, banana, Belgian yeast.
Taste matches the aroma, and has that nice subtle spice to it.

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Photo of Resuin
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. I don't see a bottle date, but I picked this up at the brewery last week.

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent medium amber/gold and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head, which take some time to fade to a small fluff, leaving plenty of lacing.

Smell: Big lemon zest, fresh peppercorn, slight hay funk, white grape skins, citrus rinds, some earthy tones.

Taste: Bready malts, peppercorn, some cloves, lemon rinds, lemon zest, citrus hops. The bready/yeast flavors are the most prominent, but there are some nice varieties of flavor in here.

Mouth-feel: Well carbonated with thin to medium body. Finishes crisp and a little bitter.

Overall: This is a nice, refreshing saison. Fairly straight forward but with some nice flavors to it. The aroma is really nice as well, with prominent lemon and pepper flavors. A good beer to kick back with on a nice, sunny day.

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Photo of Dope
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

07/11/14 bottling date.

A: Hazy golden pour. Tall, frothy pure white head. Quite effervescent. Minimal lacing but perfect head retention.

S: Huh, swear I get ginger initially. Like a sweetened ginger. Lightly grassy.

T: Same taste up front. It's some kind of spice or herb that I can't quite identify. Definitely reminds me of ginger though. Like someone mixed ginger ale with my saison. Light bread dough for malt. Lightly grassy and gingery in the finish. Spicy, earthy finish. Very dry to boot.

M: Medium bodied, dry. Super dry in the finish. Almost annoyingly so.

O: Interestingly spiced saison. Can't describe it the way I want to but it's decidedly unique and non-traditional. Worth checking out, especially if you like ginger (or whatever the hell it is that I'm tasting)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company in Boston, MA.

This one pours a hazy golden yellow, with 3 finger head, and a a good amount of foamy lacing. The head lasts until the last sip, giving me a big mouthful of foam.

This one smells quite yeasty, lots of clove, and indistinguishable spicing-, with some grassy hops and citrus.

This is more along the lines of the dry, spiced sort of saisons, where I tend to prefer the tart, rustic saisons, but this is still done fairly well. There's a lot of white pepper, clove and other spice coming through from the yeast, as well as some mild juicy citrus from the hops, and a bit of grassy hops as well. The yeast is the driver of flavor here, as the clove, pepper, and spice character are the most noticeable things here.

This has a very highly carbonated mouthfeel and body, a bit prickly. It's very drinkable.

Though this isn't my favorite style of saison, I still appreciated this one. Quite tasty.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.4 abv, the listing has a ?

Straw colored with a light white head.

Scents of lemon, wheat and yeast, call me crazy.
Slight biscuity aroma to it.

The taste: nothing overpowering. Everything is middle of the road, which is not a bad thing. Sessionable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 3, 2016. The real name of this beer is Trillium Trillium Farmhouse Ale.

The pour is a murky, foggy looking pale yellow-olive with a big white foamy head that settles back momentarily.

The aroma has an array of traditional Belgian characters such as a bold yeasty note, toasted bread, cracker, clove, pepper, apple, and pear.

Medium body.

The taste is at once traditional Belgian with a pleasant sweetness coupled with pepper, spice, apple, pear, and mildly bitter finish. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark straw pour, with a highly carbonated appearance. The nose is of faint clove. The taste is wonderful, with hints of clove, sour apple, ripe banana, and a bit of smokiness. Very original. My only complaint would be the carbonation seemed a bit high.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, straw/gold. Huge fluffy white head. Fades quickly to a rocky head and leaves nice lacing.

S - Peppercorn, lemon zest, some spiciness, maybe from the yeast. Some hay.

T - Banana, clove, strong fruity esters. None of the flavors are too overpowering. A very balanced farmhouse ale. Bitterness lingers along with some pepper.

M - Medium body, Medium to high carbonation, but definitely not spritzy. The carb level is just right.

O - I had high expectations for this ale going in and I am not dissapointed. One finest saisons I've ever tried. I'm lucky to have tried this and I will certainly seek out more from Trillium.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, medium-high carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: sour apple apple, grass, and hay

Taste: sour apple apple, grass, Belgian spices, and hay

Mouthfeel: sweet start with funkiness and mild bitterness, light bodied and medium-high carbonation

Overall: A good saison. Very clean and it hits all of what I expect from the style. Well crafted and enough to keep me curious about this brewery.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber dated 8/8/15. Poured in a tulip, the beer is a bright, hazy, opaque, golden coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy, bright white halo of head. Aromas of lemon, melon, grassy notes, cloves, cinnamon, and a bready backbone. The flavors are more herbal and medicinal forward, with a forward blend of lemon, clove, banana, and nutmeg, all on a bready backbone. Some highlights of grassy and peppery hops, with subtle yeast funk. The body is robust, but dry and crisp. The aftertaste is more of the spice blend than anything, with the fruity notes now transitioning to a highlighting role. The finish is crisp and dry, with an herbal linger. Good beer.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a very large head. It's smell has an herbal hint to it. The taste has a subtle bitterness on the front that mellows. It reminds me of the way pine smells: clean, crisp and invigorating.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Drinking here is unfortunately limited to samples but I still found this to be a very worthwhile visit. Service was what made the difference. The bartender that waited on us was wonderful, taking the time to answer all of our questions about this excellent brewery and talk with us about the overall scene in Boston. She let us try various samples and and just all around kicked ass.

Beer was fantastic.

Hopefully one day they open a space to serve pints (if it's even legal for taprooms to do so in MA ... I'm not so sure).

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The beer pours a light head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy pale straw.

Smell:
Earthy hops smell with a bit of lemon zest as well as some yeast.

Taste:
Very earthy hop taste with hints of yeast everywhere.

Mouthfeel:
Low carbonation and slightly medium-bodied but also slightly watery.

Overall:
A pretty decent Saison to drink. I'll probably get this in the future during the next heat wave.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like a band that self-titles their album, this brewery self-titled their beer, I really hope this lives up to it. Esp since I love a good farmhouse saison and can be quite critical.

Over carbonated pours 3 fingers of head and only 2 fingers of beer and forces a small pour, fades semi slowly too with splotty lacing bubbles, although a mostly clear lemony straw yellow color.

Nose is pretty nice though, a nice farmhouse aroma without a big funk, nice grassy aromas, straw like, fair lemony aromas, lemongrass, effervescent and pretty floral, mild appley fruit and tree fruits, a bit of a yeasty funk, and some decent grassy floral hops in there but not a lot, some mild esters, hints of phenols as well, and a bit of a grainy toasted malt like.

Taste brings nice grainy malts out front, lots of toasted malts, straw, a little toasted wheat like, straw malts, mild husky with a little syrupy like sweetness, and fairly grassy as well. A mild lemony cereal grain like touch in there, with a mild saison funk, farmhouse yeast flavors, even a touch of the yeast itself, with a mild funk note, some phenols that increase as it warms, cereal flavors, lemongrass, etc. A mild grassy floral hop note, with touch of lemon and citrus like notes, and mild to fair bitterness. Finish is dry, a little sticky note, more lemony flavors, mild farmhouse yeast lingering, more grassy floral hops lingering with mild bitterness, bit of straw and grainy malts lingering. The phenols get a little hot as it warms a bit more but still pretty nice, and starts to get more farmhouse funky like, and more like I wanted from it. Interesting...

Mouth is med to lighter bod, fluffy effervescent carb.

Overall not bad, nice farmhouse saison, not big funky but nice grainy wheaty toasty straw malt base with little dry bready yeasty funk and some lemony notes, little floral citrus hops, and effervescent carb. Tasty, fairly drinkable and enjoyable, although not as funky as I want in a typical saison but still nice as not all saisons can be crazy funk.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale golden in color with a white head. Aroma is peach, pears, bit of spice and a little sweetness. Flavors follow but the aroma is a tad better than the flavor. Just a hair sweet for me as well. But overall a really great beer.

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