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Trillium - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 350
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 33
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-12-2013

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
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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 jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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 Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for bringing this growler back from Trillium especially for our saison tasting at my house. Enjoyed this chilled from the growler in a willybecker.

The color is a beautiful hazed golden shade with a thin white head with fine bead. The smell is mild for the style yet there is a nice yeast scent with slight spice quality and mild herbal aroma. The feel is very good for the style relatively dry and decent high level of carbonation.

The taste is great, not especially intensely tropical or fruity yet there is a definite nod to the traditional Belgian style here with a cracker-like dry malt presence and light yeast spice with slight herbal hop that ends in a dry mild finish without any alcohol flavor to speak of. Overall I find this to be great for what it is -a more traditional take on the style refined and very enjoyable in every way.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
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 mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 07/21/14 notes. Have had this a few times, all on draft, but now reviewing it out of a 22 oz. bottle thanks to jslot38; thanks Justin. Poured into a mini-snifter.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Looks good.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, honeysuckle, grains, spice, floral hops, citrus hops, oranges, and apples and bananas.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, Belgian yeast, floral hops, apple brandy, grains, wheat, and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and crazy easy to drink.

o - Overall great nose and very drinkable. Nose has a lot of fruit and good stuff going on, a very good house beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 VelvetExtract
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
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 dar482
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a golden color.

The aroma has banana, Belgian spiciness, a bit of funk, some sweetness.

The flavor follows with a clean banana, lemon zest, orange, pepper spiciness and then a stiff bittering and drying. There's not much sweetness behind this one.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 mynie
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 cosmicevan
4.81/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Resuin
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Florida9
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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 HattedClassic
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Very earthy hop taste with hints of yeast everywhere.

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

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 SebD
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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 PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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 Goblinmunkey7
3.72/5  rDev -9%
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 Gatch
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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 ColdOneKev
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Andrew041180
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 gcamparone
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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 brureview
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 WunderLlama
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Trillium from Trillium Brewing Company
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