Old Growth
Trinity Brewing Company

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Style:
Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 18.77%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
152
From:
Trinity Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  100
Gots
  29
SCORE
85
Very Good
Old GrowthOld Growth
Notes: Flemish-inspired Brown Ale aged in French oak barrels.
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 152 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
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Dreadnaught33 from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is obviously an extreme beer, extreme in the acid department for sure, especially in the nose. Thanks to Colin for sharing this 2009 bottle.

THe look is a nice brown color that is almost clear and has little head or lacing, reminds me cognac in the glass.

The smell is kind of ridiculous in the acid department, reminds me of nail polish remover and paint thinner, although in some ways I don't mind it in an weird way. Really acid and tart smelling, maybe the slightest bright unripe fruits as well.

The taste is better, it hits the acid notes at the back of the palate big time, but the front is actually somewhat elegant in its fruit and funk. It's a tale of two parts of the tongue, the back lights up with sour and the front has a nice mixed bag of flavors.

Overall this is a good to decent beer, definitely lacks in elegance but it does the job if you like sour beers!

Feb 09, 2013
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AgentZero from Illinois

2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks again to TurdFurgison for sharing this one.

A - Brownish colored beer that looked kind of dead. No real head, not really anything else. Kind of an ugly looking beer, particularly for an American Wild.

S - Monsterously sour smelling beer with some candy and off-chemical smells. Not really sure what to say about this, it smells slightly unpleasant due to the chemicals.

T - It's incredibly sour, which I'm assuming is suppose to be the focus of this. It's almost too sour to drink, and the chemical aftertaste makes it a little bad.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - If it's novelty sour you're going for, this one actually is a winner. Not a huge fan, as the taste just isn't all that good. was fun to try, but wouldn't be interested in getting this one again.

Jul 24, 2011
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stevefinny from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 20, 2011
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet. This beer had around a year of age in the bottle when I drank it. It was from the original batch, and aged in barrel #3, which was a New Belgium barrel. Unblended.

Pours with no head whatsoever. No bubbles rising in the perfectly clear crimson liquid. Looks as if it isn't carbonated. Deep red body, very interesting and unique.

I have smelled nothing like this in a beer before. It took a minute of thinking to place the smell because it is not something I have smelled in a food or drink before. Spray paint... very clearly distinct spray paint smell. Some serious funk is present as well but is almost completely overpowered by the aerosol paint smell.

For the first 15 minutes that this beer was exposed to the air, pretty much all I could get in the flavor was spray paint and a puckering tartness. As it breathed however, the spray paint fell away and some seriously funky cherries, a little brett, and a touch of vinegar came to the surface.

Very low carbonation which lends a smoothness to this sour beer. Drinkability isn't a strong point for this beer, but then again I don't think that the brewers intended this to be a session brew, but instead one that explores the limits of this style.

Conclusion: I think this beer is extreme, and will continue to draw extreme opinions from the people who drink it. Some will accuse it as the worst attempt at a sour of all time. Some will bow down to its outrageous flavors and interesting characteristics. I fall in the middle. I enjoyed it much, but didn't like the flavors at all. I appreciate the thought that the brewers put into it, and their interesting experimentation. I got to meet one of the assistant brewers, and he said that one of the yeast strains in the beer was harvested from a raspberry in a canyon where Colorado Springs locals spend time hiking and bouldering. What a cool idea...

Dec 02, 2010
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bob727 from Florida

5/5  rDev +34%

Nov 22, 2011
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zestar from California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Jun 22, 2013
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budsandsuds8 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Jan 13, 2014
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AlexFields from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.6%

Jul 12, 2014
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

May 14, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

May 10, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 11/05/11 notes. Thanks to Craytonic for sharing this bottle. Poured into a snifter. Bottle #688, barrel no. Nbb3 -10.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of very sour fruits, vinegar, lactic notes, oak, and light vanilla. Insanely sour and super vinegary; not that great of a nose.

t - Tastes of very sour, mouth puckering fruit, vinegar, acidic notes, light oak. Burns a bit; seems cleaning solvent-like.

m - Medium body and very tart and aceiic, with low to moderate carbonation. Burns a bit and hard to get down a few ounces.

o - Poured myself about 5 ounces of this and it was about 3 ounces too much. This one is crazy tart and is like drinking vinegar; not something I'd seek out again.

Nov 08, 2011
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carteravebrew from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Jun 07, 2014
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hiphopj5 from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Jun 07, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to aussy13 for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Bottle # 1058-11. Barrel # 582/NBB3.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity and slight vinegar aromas. Taste is very much the same with a super acidic and puckering finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour with some great aromas and flavors.

May 15, 2012
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Gobzilla from California

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Dec 07, 2013
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ThirstyHerf from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Jan 25, 2012
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kjkinsey from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Aug 09, 2014
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DJButters from California

2/5  rDev -46.4%

Mar 22, 2013
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Skunkdrool from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 06, 2014
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bsuedekum from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Feb 01, 2012
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vissai from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 23, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

1.82/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bottle Number: 1116-11, Barrel Number: SBB2, NBB3 (maybe a 9 vice 3 at the end), SBB4

Brownish red body with absolutely no head or lacing. Smell is a strong, red wine vinegar and cheap red wine. An intense, tongue-twisting acidic and tart flavor; brutally intense fermented cherries. Heavy body; glass smooth; very dry.

Jesus Christ! I don't know if a fresher version would have been better (the label states it can be cellared indefinitely), but unless extremely intense vinegar and sourness is your thing, this beer has very little going for it. It certainly hasn't aged well. This is a tongue ripper with an abysmal feel to it. The aroma is the best thing and almost seems promising for a wild ale, but the taste just slams you with a mouth cringing twang.

Mar 18, 2014
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Nov 25, 2013
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Apr 30, 2014
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Nov 05, 2014
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