TPS Report | Trinity Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2/5  rDev -47.5%
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 -24.9%
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 -21.8%
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 -21.3%
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 OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
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 -17.8%
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 -16.5%
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 beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -12.1%
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 mothman
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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 kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of mothman. Bottle number 522-9. Pours a very light yellow almost green tinged color with a slight coastered head. The aroma is of a mix of barnyard, fruit, and horseblanket. All in all a very frunky nose coming from this mixed with fruit like cherry. Way more Brett flavors in the taste than the nose, floral type notes in the aftertaste. Very clean upfront flavors followed by funk. Medicinal notes as well. This is the kind of beer that you wish it tasted like it smelled. Light mouthfeel. Not bad but not really a killer sour either.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 331-10. Lightly waxed capped 750

Pale, cloudy straw golden color with a quickly fading white head.

Aroma and flavor both clash between fruity and sour lemon with strong Brett and barnyard funk. Refreshing and light, but not well balanced. Body is medium thick with fine carbonation and a watery finish.

A pleasant lemon and Brett table beer, but lacking depth or balance.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Good - Smell is lambic like and quite delicioius. Can't wait to try this beer.

The Average - The color of this beer is very light straw yellow. Almost no head or lacing. Some moderate haze in the body. The taste is nowhere near the lambic scent I was picking up. Not nearly as sour but well balanced between the sweet floral taste and sourness. Mouthfeel has great carbonation and light body.

The Judgment - A decent beer that would be good in between larger offerings at a tasting. Just too expensive to be an everyday type beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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 stakem
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle, batch # 397-9 poured into a couple of snifters. This brew appears a lemony yellow color that is cloudy with a mountainous 3 fingers worth of white head that actively fizzes away to nothing. A swirl revives a finger of large bubbly head that fades to just a few bubbles across the surface.

The smell of this brew is lemony and funky with Brett. Citrus fruits and lots of rind-like character are the dominating aspects of the nose. Some floral component and herbal notes add some depth to the brew.

The taste of this brew is minorly reminiscent of plastic mixed with bretty funk. Its both floral and sweet with a light caramel touch of residual sugar before the onset of rindy bitterness. Lots of lemony flavor and a little bit of nail polish remover aspect comes out as the alcohol becomes more pronounced in the flavor.

This is a light to medium bodied brew that is highly carbonated. No alcohol is noted until the brew reaches room temperature and it has a bit of warmth to the back of the throat. I failed to read the label or do any research about the specific ingredients in this brew prior to giving it a review. After the fact, it makes a lot of sense. Those rinds and zest really come out in this brew. I didn't pick up on the wood addition at all. The wit was an interesting base to play with and funk up. I would like to see trinity do this again and possibly try to sour it.

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Photo of Houser
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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 br3wmeister
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in tulip glass

A- Nice fluffy white head, good retention and mild lacing. The beer is a super hazy murky yellow color.

S- Horse blanket, lemon zest, light malt. A hint of biscuit, clementine and nice peppery spice.

T- This is a fairly mild flavored beer that is somewhat sweet with a nice mild spice. Some hay, light sour flavor, clementines and funky flavors all work very nicely together.

M- Very light bodied, little carbonation.

Over all I would say this is a very mild representation of this style. It was lacking a lot of the puckering sour that is generally associated with it but does have a lot of funky complexities going on.

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Photo of mcflypie
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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 chicano4craft
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a capped 750 ml bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with almost no head retention.

Sour, lemon citrus, yeast, and saltiness in the nose. Pleasant and confusing at the same time.

Tastes of sour citrus. Very earthy, but saison is the backbone. Picked up slight oak as it warmed. Grassiness through out. Very little carbonation.

Very drinkable for the style. Was hoping for more tartness and heat from the alcohol(4.8abv).
Overall, it was a unique and likeable beer. A little expensive at twenty dollars. It would be interesting to see how this beer ages.

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Photo of crankdatank
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.7%
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 nppeders
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Got a 750 of this off a trade of some surly and new glarus for ska and tninity!

Aroma: a mixture of funk and a tiny bit of citrus. very intriguing. I've never had a funky wit beer.

Appearance is cloudy like you'd expect. No head to speak of and barely carbonated.

Flavor: mildly sour at the start, kinda empty in the middle, but gushing with citrus,fruity yeast, cherry, a bit of brett funkyness in the finish. mouth waters for more instantly!

Mouthfeel; Mine was extremely under carbonated which I'm assuming wasn't the intention. Without carbonation it's rather light bodied and a little carbonation would really help this beer.

Overall-this is a fantastic beer for drinking on the porch on a 90 degree June day in Minnesota. The funkyness of the brett is strong in the nose, but is very much in the background in the nose.

This beer really works for me. I'd say it's the lawnmower of funk beers.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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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