TPS Report | Trinity Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rye726 on 10-07-2009

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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Huffaroma
1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was very excited to open my Champagne bottle of TPS report.

The smell was quite overwhelming and very sour.

The beer poured yellow with little sparkle and not much carbonation.

TPS report tasted like a sour lemon from a barn full of wool blankets. The barnyard flavors did not blend well with the lemon that is was brewed with.

This was not a beer that I would ever want to have again, and I like to try some crazy stuff.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Thanks for sharing, John (wetherel). The beer is hazy lemon yellow with a small fizzy white head. The nose opens with a touch of citrus (lemon), earthy and musty Brett, and a bit of plastic. Yes, there is plastic. The Brett seems dominant. The taste is overwhelmingly of wet leather, with musty hayfields, earth, and plastic. This is quite "Bretted out," as the saying goes. I believe that's a saying.

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Photo of alpinebryant
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at CL Rosso Release today 4.16.11. I was excited to see this after drinking a whole bunch of Old Growth. For a wild ale, this was not the best or favorite that I have ever had but it was the first wild Wit.

Poured a slight straw color stale in appearance, slightly hazy and a dusty light white head.

Aroma of barnyard , more appropriately described by an earlier review as mothballed wool sweaters. A light wit presence, light carbonation, and a bunch of oakey funk. Mouthfeel is true to a wit style, light and with a tinge of lemongrass / possibly some light spices.

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Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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 crobinso
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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 ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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 barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color, thinnish pour with a small white head. Nose is like anotherreviewer said "horse balnket" sourness, like citus, lemon. Taste is not overly hitting me. Citrus, light and thin on body and taste. Mouthfeel is tart and light, not very drinkable and a few of us were rather let down. Worth a shot I suppose but not for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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 mtbdonn
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Bottle opened 9.20.14

Hints of metal, roses, Brett.

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Photo of CitizenKayne
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to christoj1969 for this one! 750ml bottle, hand labeled with 92-10.

Yellow, lightly waxed bottle cap was easy to pry off. Small fizzy pop on the cap.

Fizz is there for about 2 seconds, then is gone leaving no trace of active carbonation anywhere... Pours a slightly hazy yellow.

The nose smells of funkiness like bleu cheese and stinky gym socks, lemon and some granny smith sourness in it. Smells nice!

The taste reflects the nose, but is much milder. I was expecting a big pouncing of flavor, but it was moderately mild in the taste.

The mouthfeel has high carbonation and was rather thick for this style. Maybe I cracked this one too soon, but I wasn't too impressed.

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Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy/murky ripe banana yellowish orange color with a one finger frothy white head that has decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Funky, bretty earthy aroma with some champagne like effervescence. Slightly oaky tannis and subtle cirsp light fruit notes, namely apple and pear. The brett character is very prominent in the nose.

Very dry bretty, funky medium body that's on the lighter end of medium body with crisp light fruit notes and bone dry finish. The brett character is dominent, too much so infact, overpowering the subtleties of the other flavors. Very one dimensional.

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Photo of brycevolk
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 522-9

Poured into Lost Abbey Stemware.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear light golden yellow. Good retention, no lace.

Aroma: Farmhouse funk, lemons, citrus, sour notes. Pretty basic for a sour, but what is here is nice.

Taste: Way different than the nose. Herbal notes. Huge medicinal flavors with brett funk. Barnyard notes with hay. Light citric acid, lemon zest, yeast. More funk than sour.

Overall, a funk wild. Not to sour. Decent drinkability because it isn't overly sour. It's okay, but nothing off the wall.

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Photo of aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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TPS Report from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76% out of 100 with 229 ratings
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