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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.

Added by rye726 on 10-07-2009

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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 StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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 metter98
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 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 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 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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of tart, funky lemons with some funny Belgian yeast mixed in. The flavor is heavy on the brett. I get a lot of dry, leather components as some strong barnyard funk. There is also a little bit of lemon in the flavor and some light to medium tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 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 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 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 bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 Moose90
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 spoony
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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 rye726
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden straw with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has manure, horse blanket, oak, citrus and tart yeast.

Flavor has soft fruity malts, sour yeast, oak and barnyard funk.

Crisp body is delicately carbonated. Well made ale from Trinity.

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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 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 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 stampfler07
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 750ml bottle, cloudy golden with just a little ring of white head

S- Lemongrass, clove or coriander, yeast tanginess, white wine

T- Sweet and tangy, softens to a white wineish flavor, very noticeable light citrus throughout, aftertaste is slightly dry and a very faint golden malt

M- Moderate-high carbonation, light body, very clean, slightly dry, kind of tingly on the tongue

O- Very refreshing, good balance of flavors, distinct white wine flavor from the barreling, very enjoyable overall

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