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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,445
Ranked #15,584
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Brewed with flaked oats, flaked wheat, tangerine zest, and lemon zests. Fermented 100% with a very rare variety of Brettanomyces this beer is exceedingly aromatic. Aged on French Oak Chardonnay Barrels and roses petals for complex maturity and sweet earthy notes.
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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy and goldenstraw colored with a head that quickly fades to a ringlet; spotty lacing action

Smell: The Brett pervades the aroma, with lime, tangerine and vanilla tones; the Chardonnay barrel adds a vinous, oaky element

Taste: Lima and tangerine forward, with the vanilla and rose petal making a brief appearance; citrusy bitterness, spice and leathery funk, through the middle; the finish brings on the impact from the Chardonnay barrel; somewhat puckery in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: So much going on here and it grew on me the more I tasted

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chocked full of complexity, Trinity's witbier starts innocent enough, but layers on the variety starting with wild yeast, then moving on to citrus peel additions and then rounding it out with chardonnay barrels and a whimsy of rose pedals. Yea, we're going to need you to come in this weekend for that one.

TPS Report comes with a canary yellow appearance, slightly milky and propped up with seltzer-like carbonation. Its short froth rolls onto the nose with an earthy mustiness, a winey tone and a host of citrus, orchard fruit and dried woods. To taste, the wheat is soft and pillowy. Faint sweetness is of sourdough and raw graininess.

As the sweetness fades from the tongue, the woodsy earthiness gains command of the middle palate. Peppery with coriander and peppercorn, the spices strike first but a quick followup of lemon and orange are joined by a medley of pear, green apple and white grape for a balance that falls in line with witbier. But its wine barrel treatment brings those vinous chardonnay nuances along with oak and a pungent taste of cedar and attic-like dried oak.

Medium light and considerably more dry than a typical witbier, the fine acidity of wine, the dustiness of fermentation and the oak tannins all suggest a taste built around drinkability, dryness and refreshment. Off of clean, the ale trails with weathered citrus, a dusty woodsiness and a cast of leather and oak.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Red wax covered the pry-off crown cap. 12.7fl oz format.

4.8% ABV. "Wild brettanomyces wit with rose petals." "Malt beverage brewed with spices, aged in oak barrels with rose petals." "Brewed with flaked oats, flaked wheat, tangerine zest, and lemon zests." "Aged on French Oak Chardonnay Barrels and rose petals." 5.0 pH.

HEAD: White. ~3cm in height. Recedes quickly, lasting maybe 2 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Not very robust.

BODY: Surprisingly light/pale in colour. Light yellow. Thin and weak looking. Surprisingly clear for a beer billed as a witbier. Appears filtered.

Appears adequately carbonated. Far from unique or special for a witbier, brettanomyces fermented or not.

AROMA: Brettanomyces yeast(s) are evident, lending pleasant funkiness and tartness but no sourness. Pleasantly floral/flowery, both from hops and from rose petals (though I'd never pick up on rose petal specifically in a blind tasting). Lemon zest and lemon twang are prominent, and the chardonnay white wine barrel seems to round it out nicely, injecting notes of oak, pear, and apple skin. Fresh flaked wheat lends this its backbone, mingling with 2-row to good effect.

Coriander, clove, and earthiness suggest Belgian saccharomyces yeast, but then this is 100% brettanomyces fermented so it seems I'm wrong.

Aromatic intensity is moderate for a witbier. Suggests an interesting brew that showcases its yeast well and has a nice wine barrel presence. I'm eager to try it.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Fruity chardonnay sweetness hits in the late second act, cutting short the pleasant delicate brettanomyces tartness and funkiness that is prominent in the build prior. I'm not sold on the white wine aging as a result since that fruity sweetness isn't welcome, but the oak is nice; virgin oak barrel aging would have been a better call. I can see the logic behind chardonnay - one would hope a white wine would accent a witbier's wheat base and subtle spice better than, say, red wine (or heaven forbid bourbon/whiskey), but it just doesn't work well here.

Rose petal isn't distinct or noticeable, but there's a nice floral flavour here I'd attribute to the hops. Lemon zest barrel comes through. Tangerine zest doesn't (at all).

The brettanomyces is the star here, but for a beer billed as a witbier it's wanting in terms of subtle coriander and clove spice. 100% brettanomyces aging may be highly marketable, but I think some saccharomyces in the mix would help improve the beer.

Balanced but lacking in terms of delicate subtle flavours. It's a bit weak and thin on the palate, failing to feel refreshing in spite of its smooth wet presence on the palate. Not watery, but a little undercarbonated.

No off-flavours are noticeable, nor is any overt booze.

I do like it, but I hoped for a far more intricate expression of the style. This drinks like a hum-ho brettanomyces Belgian pale instead of a witbier or American wild ale proper.

OVERALL: The wine barrel clashes with the yeast emphasis, and the intricacy and subtlety of execution needed for this to truly shine just isn't there, but it's an inspired attempt at a wild ale-meets-witbier, and I do like it for what it is. Aged on virgin oak for a longer period of time with more zest and spice additions and a more balanced yeast profile, this could really be something.

Interesting work from Trinity, but not worth seeking out.


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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hint of hops, hint of bacterial funk, hint of wheat, hint of citrus, yeast, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, great blend, better body than aroma, but weak appearance.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Really wanted to like this; really loathed the mouthfeel, and found the flavor-profile sub-standard. Very oligo-dimensional: some leathery, grapey funk, and bit too much Gerwürtztraminer-like sweetness, and not much else. Decent barn and pear nose, solid—though slightly too still—appearance, and not a total abomination ... but just not very good, at all.

Maybe (hopefully?!) the taps at the Paramount Café did it an injustice?

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Photo of Houser
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

really interesting beer. the pour is so light i was not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. spices really come thought here, so thought more spiced saison than sour here.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rose petals and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste is incredibly complex and has flavors of Chardonnay, tangerines, toasted oak, rose petals and vanilla; oakiness seems to linger through the finish. There is a faint amount of funk and sourness from the Brettanomyces.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The oak lends faint amounts of dryness.
O: The taste of this saison is incredibly complex and interesting; there are a whole lot of different flavors going on.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml wax capped bottle, no dating on it that I can find. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, floralness/rose petals, wheat/grainy malt, and some tropical fruit and funk. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some tangerine noticeable. It's fruity, funky and a bit tart, and also gets better the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink with moderate carbonation. With Trinity, you know you're going to get an interesting beer! I liked this one, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. $8.49 a bottle.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really liked this beer. The blend of citrus with the brett worked very well. The flaked oats gave it just a light add of creaminess that I really enjoyed. Just a touch, but something that seemed to draw the complex flavors together and linger a bit longer across the tongue.
I actually gave it a rough pour into a larger snifter to see how it would release. Was welcomed with a pillowy head and a full nose. More lemon and grassiness than just the tangerine, but a very delicious scented base for the brett to do its thing. The taste was really provocative. It stared big with brett and the mixed citrus flavors...
As it warmed a bit the oak came out and began to transform the flavor. Then very subtle but still identifiable...the rose hips rose to the nose and the tongue.
This is a more delicate than a big beer, but it is very interesting and very complex.
I would think this was fun to make, and definitely is very enjoyable to drink.
My first from Trinity, but will seek out more.

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Photo of Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz wax sealed bottle poured into snifter.

A – Beautiful packaging, pours bright translucent yellow with a stark thin white head. Minimal lacing.

S – Tart, sour and bright citrus notes. Fresh lemon juice and light floral notes.

T – Tangerine, lemon, wild brett, white wine, light oak, rose petal, vinegar.

M – Crisp, bright, long and lingering finish, not cloying.

O – Quite complex, with notes of wild brett, rose petal, fresh squeezed lemon juice.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed straw color with much effervescence. A modicum of head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, sourness, lime zest

T: Follows the nose, lemongrass, white pepper, pears & light grapefruit notes up front. Lovely dryness, delicate spicyness ( Keffir? ) . Finishes tart, with lovely tropical & citrus fruit, plus a little white pepper

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, dryness

Super drinkability, albeit bloody expensive. Could drink this all summer long , if someone else was buying

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Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wax dipper 375 into tulip. Pours hazy deep yellow with a white head which fades into a ring around the glass. The smell is oaky, funky, and citrus. Brett is prominent in the taste as well as tangy citrus. Finish is dry with lingering citrus and funk, I'd swear there was lactobacillus in this if it wasn't for the 100% Brett description. Mouthfeel is prickly but not over carbonated. Light refreshing and Very tasty.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, acidic, citrus zest, and slight rose petal aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The beer is very light golden in color and quite murky. The head is about one and one-half fingers of white foam to start, but it fades immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. Not much carbonation is visible, although my bottle foamed lightly on opening.

S-The aroma is a fruity, tart, funky mixture of tangerine, mandarin orange, brett, light tropical sweetness, and floral notes. The funk is moderate and musty instead of outright odd or barnyardy, and the sour factor is pretty light.

T-The taste tracks the smell. Tart, sweet citrus flavors are most noticeable, along with some musty, earthy, bretty funk that dries out the palate on the finish. The tropical floral notes from the rose hips stay mostly in the background, but provide a nice addition. The beer is tart, rather than sour.

M-The feel is on the lighter side with quick burst of fine carbonation.

O-This beer is nearly as good as Red Swingline, in my opinion. The aroma and flavors are pretty complex and drinkable, and the low ABV is always a plus. There is enough acidity here to pair with food, even stronger cheeses. If this stuff weren't so expensive, I would drink it by the gallon.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is brilliant, some of the best beer these guys have come out with. tangerine, lime, and lemon zest as flavor agents, the lime is the strongest of the three, wight he tangerine right in tow. hazy pale blonde in color, effervescently heady, tart to the nostrils with all that citrus. the rose petals add a pollen element and some distinct perfume character. bretty and lacto heavy, hard to tell in flavor where the citrus zest stops and the bacterial fermentation begins, but i like that. the rose is subtle, but the oak leaves a nice earthy sweetness that ties this all together. more brett than lacto as it swallows, with more dry tartness than acid specifically. carbonation is amazing, some say too much, but its right on for me. maximally refreshing with the low alcohol too, sometimes trinity makes unnecessarily strong beers, but this one is right in the all day drinking honey hole. so much citrus flavor, really pale malt presence, and all the funk you could ask for. a little lime dominated, i think more rose could add a layer, but i love this as it stands. expensive, but justifiably this time around.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Barreled: 7/2012
Bottled: 4/2013

Pours a very nice hazy but bright golden color with some slight orange hues to it. THere is a nice lively white had that forms that is dense but recedes quickly. It leaves some mild sticky lacing.

Aroma is of funky cardboard, wood and grain. Some musty barnyard notes followed by some slight acidic citrus notes. Mild notes of lemon are present as well as some slight sugary yeast esters that bring to mind some apple juice. The brew s nose isn't very tart but there are some slight lemony notes that can be perceived.

Flavor follows the nose somewhat in that its pretty funky and dry. Notes of wood and dusty barnyard are present in the flavor along with some very mild lemony tartness that shows up around the middle of the brew. This notes are followed by a nice dry yeasty note that brings up some mild notes of cider and some bready grain. Dry and mildly phenolic. Mouthfeel is very nice with notes of chalky yeast and a pretty pillowy and fluffy carbonation.

This is a nice AWA. Its not overly sour but it has a nice slight tart note to it with some good funky and woody notes. Solid.

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Photo of mcflypie
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Lighter golden in color.

S: Grapes and citrus.

T: Sweetness and sour. Tangy grapes with citrus undertones.

M: Sparkling and sweet/sour with a somewhat odd after-taste (coriander).

O: A well constructed LIGHT sour ale that has a beginning of bright sour and sweet grape and citrus notes with and ending of odd coriander notes.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Bardwashrind for sending this one my way quite awhile back as an extra! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, earth, citrus, lemon zest, lemon rine, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, tart, citrus, orange, lemon rine, lemon zest, earth, and a BIG earthy funk on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really did not know what to expect on this one as I have had it for quite some time. The aroma of this was really quite intense and definitely took me back at first. It was more on the citrus and tart side with the funk adding a nice layer of complexity. The flavor was the opposite however. It led off with a slight funkiness to get you interested, then gave you a kiss of citrus right before bashing your palate with a spiked bat with earthy funk. Upon the first sip, it was almost a little too powerful how it came on. Granted this did not stop me from crushing the entire bottle with ease. Very well done brew that I wish I would have had the opportunity to get more of.

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Photo of BgThang
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks a lot like orange juice when poured in to the glass. the nose is funky and asour .
There was virtually no carbonation on the bottle I had, but the sample I tried at epic beerfest did have carbonation. so maybe a bottling issue (maybe hit or miss) I do have several more bottles i will see if those have carbed up when I open them.
The taste is sour but not overwhelming.
Really a well done beer and I too do not understand the low rating on this beer.
I would love to have this available all the time.

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Photo of bahnfire
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Barrel#: TBB 1-6
Bottle#: 683 3/13
Bottle to HF stemware

A: Hazy golden color. Tiny thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. Minimal ring of head maintains around the glass.

S: Funk and lots of it. Tropical fruits, lots o brett, and some barrel come through. I love the smell!

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Love the funkiness this beer brings. I get the fruit zest and the the brett and barrel. Nice and tart.

M: Could be more carbonated, but I don't think it minimal carbonation distracts much from the beer. A little thin and watery.

O: I can't understand why this is rated so low. I think this is a great sour and would drink it all the time if I could. A little more carbonation and it would be perfect.

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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, barrel TBB 106, bottle 1283 3/13. Pours slightly hazy straw yellow with a small fizzy white head that quickly goes to a small dusting.

The aroma is tart and funky with some brett, tropical fruits and flowers.

The flavor is lots of tart acidic sourness with some spices and a bit of iron. The mouthfeel is rather thin and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, an OK sour. Lots of acidic sourness, but very thin, watery, under-carbonated and simple.

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Photo of southdenverhoo
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

opened with a small pffft, fill line less than a half inch below the top of the bottle--if it wasn't undercarbonated it would have overflowed for sure. Did pour about a 1/8 inch head which dissipated to just a line around the glass fairly quickly. No bubbles from the bottom, it's like it's flat. But there was BIG orange/tangerine, lemon and funk and oak in the nose, I get it as I pour. Attractive straw-gold color, hazy. First sip TART. Tangerine, lemon-lime, oak, I'm not really picking up the pepper other reviewers get, but coriander I think for sure. (look at label, yep coriander--but rose hips, my palate didn't pick em up til I read the label, but definitely get the rosehips once I'm looking for em) As it warms, some melon? cross between honeydew and canteloupe I think. A very pleasant but not overwhelming or out-of-balance tartness continues throughout.

Despite the lack of carbonation it has a silky mouthfeel...almost seems to liven up when it hits your tongue.

I like this beer a LOT.

Reading other reviews I get the feeling this beer varies quite a bit batch to batch so: Label says what I'm drinking is Barrel Number 7743 (could be 7793) 1-6 and Bottle Number 1578 3/13.

Pouring the last 2 ounces releases the 1/8 inch of yeast residue in the bottom of the bottle. for these last two ounces, a chalky tartness is the primary sensation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared at Thorpe's going away. We'll miss you dude.

The beer is hazy and straw yellow with a thin white head. The aroma offers oranges, light spice, pepper. The flavor brings orange rind, peppercorn, spice. A bit odd in the feel and aftertaste department. Pretty good.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle $15.99. I think this is the only my second Trinity beer after Old Growth a couple years back. Chilled the bottle down for days and when I opened it there was no gushing but the bubbles began creeping up out the bottle. Color is hazy yellow, just a shade darker than your standard wit. Head is a a ring of bubbles at the edge and a film on the top. Aroma is stinky, slightest touch of bile. Flavor is a bit of orange fighting with more bile. Uh....I was expecting something sour but this is sort of weird. Definite pepper going on, citrus, and that hint of vomit. Its not a drainpour but I don't know how this is a GABF Gold Medal winner. GABF is wack as fuck. I would definitely never cop this again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was reviewed blind thanks to quirkzoo and the Blind BIF 7

Bottles 5A & 5B from Quirkzoo, not necessarily a pair but hell, why not.

Both bottles are lightly waxed, red and yellow. good grief, these bottles look beautiful together, and I can smell the aromas already.

5A Pours a dark cherry red with very little foam. There is a ring of bubbles around the glass but no real foam. The aroma is all grape tannin. It smells like a young merlot. Wow, the taste is very grape like. I'm getting a lot of grape skins and bitterness. Its very good and enjoyable,and finishes very tart. I keep going back for another sip. Very tart and slightly acidic. I really have no guess on these. I'm guessing this could be a flanders red, but not sure.

5B Again, a lot of grape skins but a bit sweeter. this beer is like a chardonnay compared to the merlot of 5A. Light bodied, a bit more foam, there is some apple, pear, maybe a bit of coriander, grape skins. I'm picking up some oak as well. Very light bodied and well carbonated. Again, I don't have a guess. Its definitely something I've never had, along with 5A.

5B is way more drinkable, while 5A is definitely more flavorful.
so I guess its time to see what quirkzoo sent me…

I almost don't want to tear off the labels because these beers are so enjoyable that its nice to drink them without knowing what they are…

5A-Trinity The Flavor
5B-Trinity TPS Report

Well excuse my language but holy shit! This is just insane. Quirkzoo you went above and way beyond with these. What I thought was wine flavor was the cherries and oak in The Flavor. I'm really at a loss for what to say after this. To me these were two beers that I thought I'd never get to try and tasting them blind is exactly what this BIF is about. Big wants for sure and all I can say is thank you.

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TPS Report from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 235 ratings