TPS Report | Trinity Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
trinitybrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
227
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -15.5%
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.

C+ (3.21) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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 SierraFlight
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alucard
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ncelauro
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricoslim
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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 aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jschott75
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gregcordle
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stum-pub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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TPS Report from Trinity Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 227 ratings.
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