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Trillium - Trillium Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 349
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 29.58%
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 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 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 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 Maxwell
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 dancaplette
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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 DrugsDelaney1
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 rbschult
4.62/5  rDev +13%
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 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 CADMixes
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Trillium from Trillium Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.