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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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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3.99/5  rDev +5%
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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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.


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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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