7 Day Golden Sour | Trinity Brewing Company

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7 Day Golden Sour7 Day Golden Sour
7 Day Golden Sour7 Day Golden Sour

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour beers are famous for long aging periods, wild microbes, and flavors that are more complex and intense than any other family of beer. Commonly referred to as Lambics, these beers were once only brewed in a specific region of Belgium and have recently made a migration to breweries of America. Imploring ancient techniques, Seven Day Sour is brewed with a first and second 'slims' process, and a malt bill built with over 30% raw wheat and 30% chit malt to dramatically drive up starches and proteins which our quirky wild microbes love to feed on. We sour this recipe with an advanced and progressive method utilizing a hot fermentation in the kettle with Lactobacillus, followed by a cool fermentation on brettanomyces; making this beer anything but simple. Seven Day Sour is a young and unblended gueuze showcasing a refreshing acidity and complex bretta notes.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 296
Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of grapes, bacterial funk, slight apple, and wood. Fits the style of a Belgian Lambic. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness and noticeable dryness. Tastes of grapes, bacterial funk, slight apple, wood, hint of sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of dough. Overall, average appearance, weak aroma, but good complexity, body, and blend. Overall, besides a weak aroma this is quite good.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle into a tulip. No freshness dating.

Pale golden yellow body, average carbonation replenishes a small bright white head. no lacing though.

A pleasant champagne apple cider aroma

Taste is mildly funky, a little tart & sour, and also mildly sweet

This one initially feels a little dead in the light to medium mouth, but does finish with a slightly sweet tartness.

overall, I found this a difficult beer to rate & describe. it is not unpleasant in any way, just seems subdued and a bit lacking in flavor. I will say though, that the longer the drink went on, as it warmed, the more i began to appreciate the delicateness.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy and golden colored with a thick, frothy head; dots of lace drape down the glass

Smell: Funky and acetic; very reminiscent of an unblended Lambic

Taste: Acetic from the get go, with a very tart, sour character; funky with a distinct lemon pepper tone; very sour finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not for beginners, this is as close to an unblended Lambic as I have tasted out of an American brewery

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Photo of hanuswalrus
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle purchased for $5. I don't think Trinity has been in Chicago for very long but I'm happy they're here now. Pours a pretty yellow-gold with white head. Looks gorgeous. Aroma is great. I get a nice blend of funk and tart. A really nice blend of funky, citrus and lemony tartness. Getting a nice, slight hint of funky cheese. Flavor leans more on the Lacto tartness and finishes really nice and dry. Wouldn't call it assertively sour, but I would say this is slightly sour as opposed to slightly tart, if that makes any sense. There's a slight puckering affect on the palate that reminds me of Warheads once I was accustomed to them. Mouthfeel is full of prickly carbonation. Really good beer and I look forward to trying all their other beers that are available here.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy, bright golden color. Large and fluffy white head that gradually settled into a wispy cap. Really nice aroma: lemons, hay, some funk, wheat, cherries. Fairly tart on the palate with a nice complex mix of the notes on the nose. Lemony funk is how I would best describe this. The feel was great with increased carbonation but light on the palate and easy to drink. Very well-done.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle served in little Cantillon glasses. I don't see a date on the bottle. A little beer left in the bottle, a lot of sediment trapped in there. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours clear golden with a medium sized head that fades fast. Smell is nicely tart and fruity. Maybe peachy.

Taste is very tart. Squinty eyes and and clenched jaw reaction. Tastes a bit like peach skin. Has a strong bitterness to it that I can't place.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not light. Overall, pretty good.

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

375ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy, pinkish/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/foamy/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, very nice spice note, coriander, peppery, with some nice citrus. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, spicy, coriander, citrusy, tart. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, really a pretty complex brew, very nice bitter/dryish finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew, surprised me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml red wax sealed bottle - wow, this is one complicated sounding brew!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of pinprick lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of tart apple and lemon rind and flesh, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheaten cereal character, some sort of white cheese-forward funkiness, cooking vinegar, and a bit of rainbow peppercorn. The taste is grainy and bready wheat and pale malt, apple vinegar, lemon/lime zest, dried hay, some musty barnyard funk, moldy pepper-jack cheese, and some plain earthy, herbal, and grassy green hop bitterness.

The carbonation is adequate in its structurally supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the sourness somehow just slides right on through here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed base malts holding fast against the lingering citrus, vinegar, and surprisingly gentleman-like funk.

Overall, this comes across as a nicely balanced sour ale, the twin axe attack of lacto and Brett kind of canceling each other out, or something. At any rate, a lot easier to drink than I was anticipating - usually I have a lot more liquid left over when I've completed writing reviews such as this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint brassy + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 95% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of hay and barnyard funkiness over the top of light aromas citrus/lime and slightly spicy/peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of grainy yeast and slightly sour wheat. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/lime and spicy/peppery yeast. Finally there is a moderate flavor of hay + barnyard funkiness. Overall there is a slightly less than moderate amount of tartness which lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Enjoyable and pretty easy to drink with a slightly different set of flavors than I traditionally think of in sour beers (especially the lime + pepper). Definitely worth grabbing.

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Photo of jtierney2909
1.62/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Whoa - first go around with sour, and I was not really prepared. Sorry, folks - I don't get the buzz with sour beers. I don't get why people think sour is good. I don't need it to be Coors Light, but this flavor profile is not for me. To those who like it - good for you, friend.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. 2014 vintage.

A: This bottle was a huge gusher that erupted like a volcano as the cap came off. Pours a light golden with a finger of fluffy white head that slowly faded into a thin collar. The first pour that caught most of the gushing liquid was clear, but subsequent pours were quite cloudy from the agitated yeast.
S: I get light and crisp notes of straw/hay, dry grains, lemon and golden apple juice. There is a slightly mushroom funk as well as and subtle earthy spice.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of musty mushroom funk, slight stinky cheese, mild lemon juice acidity and earthy flavors. There is a nice depth to the funk and tartness that many other wild ales lack. At times, I get gueuze-like flavors, especially in the aftertaste. Light overall, and easy to drink. The finish has flavors of apple juice and a honey-like sweetness.
M: Medium body, clean and smooth mouthfeel, with a crisp tartness that isn’t too acidic. Carbonation is ample but soft.
O: Easy to drink, flavorful, and delicious at that, but nothing too special when compared to the best examples on the market. Still, I'd drink this again if it was reasonably priced and available.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this bottle is likely a bit old, when trinity first came to town I ran around and snagged a bunch if not all of the offerings that showed up and after being largely unimpressed (not that they were bad but I didn't find them to be anything all that special) I guess I just forgot I had this.

no frills golden sour. feels like some fruit or something would make this really good. fairly refreshing and nice for a warm day.

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Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle w/o freshness info

Pours hazed straw under an off white and looser cap

Lots of lime and funk on the nose

Critic, lemons and limes, straw, grass and again ample Brett induced funk all over this one.

Tasty and about medium sour, to least to my palate...quite enjoyable and worth a try for those into the style...

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour very light in color. Smell has cereal grains Brett and some interesting g sour aroma. Taste is lightly sour with lemon lacto cereal grains and light sweetness.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw with a pale fleeting head.

Aroma of sour apples, pear, passionfruit and vinegar.

The flavor is very tart and dry, with notes of ripe sour fruit, barnyard funk, hay and wheat, and a pleasant bitter brett finish.

This beer has a very light body and a puckering, palate-scrubbing tannic mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very nice assertive sour with a rustic flavor and refined finish. I’d definitely drink this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear pale light yellow in color and has a moderate stream of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving an oblong patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour Lactobacillus are present in the nose along with some hints of lemons; some hints of Brettanomyces become noticeable once the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little lemony and has a light to moderate amount of sourness imparted by the Lactobacillus. Faint amount of funk from the Brett are also perceptible, particularly once the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an interesting sour ale. It initially tasted like a Berliner Weissbier, albeit somewhat heavier in body, but once it started to warm up the Brettanomyces added a little complexity to both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

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

Bottle info: 5.0% ABV, pH 3.0

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: light, cloudy pale golden. A large effervescent head forms - like champagne - which lasts and lasts, eventually fading to a fine lacing.

Aroma: tartness is apparent in aroma. The Brett contributes an aroma I haven't yet come across, almost a burnt earthiness.

Taste: flavor is nice and tart. The Brett is subtle, not quite hidden in the background, but certainly not the headlining flavor. Malt notes come through after the sour fades, and then the Brett comes through. I get a feint rubber (burnt rubber) flavor.

Mouthfeel: light medium. The body is light enough to drink 3-4 without feeling weighed down.

Overall: this was an enjoyable beer, but lacks the "wow" factor of multiple dimensions. At $6/btl, I'll buy this beer again. I would recommend this beer, but if you want the "wow" factor, try Trinity's "Red Swingline" for a few dollars more per bottle.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I cannot call myself a sour expert but I will take a stab at a short review.

The color is a fairly pale yellow, what you would expect from a Golden Ale. It is fairly hazy and the bottle was a bit of a gusher when I opened it. A strong carbonation with little sticking to the glass.

The smell is funky and like one would expect. The taste is tart and finishes dry. Not overbearingly sour but lacking some malt balance. A little dryer but very easy to drink and pleasant. Almost tastes like lemonade. There aren't any off flavors that I can tell. I would drink many of these. The price point was nice as well.

I could see myself enjoying many more of these in the future if available.

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Photo of Jonada
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle poured into a gueuze tumbler

Huge gusher when opening the bottle, but managed to save most of it.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale yellow with 3 fingers of a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Body is very hazy but translucent with a good amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Green apple, lacto, hay and some light funk.

Taste: Lemon, low/medium sourness, mild wheat/grain character. There's maybe some very light funk, but it's mostly a clean sourness.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and crisp with medium prickly carbonation. Dry sour finish.

Overall: Pretty good. Not super complex, but refreshing and enjoyable.

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

12.7 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a beer flute

This beer is a gusher! Once I got it in a glass I could see that it was pale yellow in color and cloudy. Each pour yielded half a glass of fleeting, white head.

As soon as I poured it I could smell the funky goodness. Along with the dank basement aromas I picked up on some sour pear and peach. I also get some lemon and grassy smells.

The taste is quite tart. Lemon comes to mind due to the sourness of this beer.

Champagne-like mouthfeel. It is effervescent and medium bodied.

This is really hitting the spot on a hot, humid, miserable summer day. I will have to have this one again.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours blonde in the glass after a gusher. Bottle was stored upright. Carb is gone within moments. Slightly oily body that coats the glass. This beer could really use some carbonation to carry the flavors. You get lemon rind, oak, hay, and some lactic acid.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thomas and Jenny for this one!
This was much cause for controversy when it was first called "7 Day Geuze".
Not to mention the misinformation in the above brewery description...

Pours a hazy gold with a thin skim, minor spotty lace.
Smells oddly sulfuric, later it becomes briny and lemony.

Tastes lemony with some oak traces, initially some off notes of rubber and dirty blankets, which seems to blow off after awhile. Moderately tart, woody tannins and lightly floral. Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation.

Overall it's ok, not a whole lot of complexity here though. Inoculated with Lacto and Brett, it's not spontaneously fermented, therefore an American wild ale. Not even close to traditional Belgian lambic, which requires at least a year in a barrel to even be called as such. #notlambic

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce (375 ml) wax capped bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention was good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like green apples, tart citrus, funk, and vinegar. It tastes like tart citrus (mostly lemon), funk, green apples, wheat/grainy malt, vinegar, apricots and some mineral/earthiness. It's tart and refreshing! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, it's nice and tart for sure! Nice to see the Trinity brews in Ohio, and I can't wait to try the other Trinity ones I've bought! $6.49 a bottle.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle drank as part of a BJCP tasting group (Category 5: Bock - tagged on the drunken end) on 01/14/2015, poured into a snifter glass and drank over 15-30 minutes

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Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this
375 ml bottle poured into a flute

A- A hazy golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Earthy barnyard funk with some spices and sour lemons, some apples, very nice.

T- Damn, this is sour, lemons and green apples with some barnyard funk, nice vinager quality.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, high carbonation, has a nice snap to it.

O- An awesome sour! One of the most sour beers I have tried, love it, would love to have more!

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7 Day Golden Sour from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 296 ratings