Old Growth | Trinity Brewing Company

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Old GrowthOld Growth

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flemish-inspired Brown Ale aged in French oak barrels.

Added by rye726 on 10-07-2009

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Ratings: 151 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by bamadog:
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2.42/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Got this one in a trade quite some time ago. Based upon some of the earlier reviews, I was a little nervous to try this one as I thought it might rip the enamel straight off my teeth... Review is from notes taken on 12/2/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a deep, mahogany, near red -- looks quite a bit like a deep red wine; no head to speak of, no carbonation bubbling up, me thinks it may be a tad bit flat... Nothing left on the sides except a slight oily residue. Normally with sours I expect a huge, lasting and frothy head, but nothing here... disappointed.

Smell: Smells like a sour should, but due to the lack of carbonation, nothing is really coming up in a robust manner; heavily tart, acidic and a bit like malt vinegar. I would think would carbonation, it would be very appetizing, but alas, and again, disappointed.

Taste: Heavy acidity and tartness, and it definitely makes me pucker; dark and overripe fruit and a touch of vinegar.

Mouthfeel: With no carbonation, the only thing giving the body any dimension is the heavy tartness that makes me pucker a bit. The acidity leaves the mouth salivating and the belly is left warm for the same reason.

Overall: Let down, big time. I've had typically pretty good luck with cellared beers, but I'm beginning to think my luck may have changed a wee bit. I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this and I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to a challenging beer. At least the bottle has a cool label.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged! I'd been wanting to try this for a while to confirm reports.

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of vinegar and tart currants. Also present are hints of vanilla from the oak and even lighter hints of funk.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but much more intense. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by tart currant and dark cherry flavors. Midway through the sip hints of vanilla and funk make a brief appearance, before fading out to let the intensely tart fruit carry through to an ineffably tart ending. Up there with Vigneronne as one of the most tart beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I had a tough time finishing my glass and could not have another - the tartness is too much.

Overall this beer was just as billed, it's one of the most tart beers I've ever had. If you have a bottle find some friends with whom to share it otherwise you'll be in for a long night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DJButters
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of nickd717
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small off-white head.

The aroma is a big sour wild yeast punch, with leather, oak, dark fruits, and lots of funk.

The flavor starts out rather sour with brett, lacto, pedio, and maybe even aceto. Red wine vinegar, sour cherries, oak, and leather. On the finish, the sourness really ramps up, and it keeps going for a LOOONG time.

Big-time acidity on the palate that just keeps going and going. Rather low carbonation, but this beer doesn't really need it.

Crazy sour ale. Just insane. You probably can't handle this one, so leave it to world-renowned tickers like myself.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours orange/chestnut with a sliver of tan head. Never clears, no head retention or lacing

S: Sourness & aged hops, fades a bit as it warms

T: Tartness, sourness, choke cherry, acidic notes & crazy oaky dryness up front. Sourness/tartness, raspberries, tart cherries, & tongue stripping dryness, a little almond sweetness/dryness shows up as this warms. Finishes tart, tart, tart with puckery sourness & just a little too much acidity for my liking, but only just

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, enamel being stripped on teeth...

A tough one to drink so mind numbingly sour, only for the stout of heart. Sour beyond belief. Glad I got to try it, but bloody expensive. I'm sure some wine drinkers might dig this

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Photo of DOCRW
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wax-sealed 750 mL bottle shared at the Baltimore BA gathering. The sourest beer ever.

A: The wild ale has a caramel brown color, reasonably translucent with minimal head and carbonation.

S: The nose is funky and sour, acidic and acetic with a focus on the tart pucker factor. Not much other than the tartness sticks out, but wow what a blast!

T: Man, the nose doesn't queue you up for the tartness that follows. This reminds me of my first encounter with sours and how mouth-puckeringly bitter they were. Now I'm a seasoned vet of sours and this one floored me. The lemony citrus tartness is blinding, taking over all aspects of the all and leaving it bone dry. Each sips cries out for a hydrating moist liquid to replenish the tastebuds and salivary glands. Man oh man this is dry but fantastic. I went back to the well 4 times.

M: The sourest, driest ale I've ever had. Trinity, you have taken the cake on wild ale mouthfeel!

D: Bam! It's dry but very drinkable with a wickedly low alcohol volume. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of macesq
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At least 12 oz. today at FoBAB in Chicago. Wacky label featuring a mashup of Dr. Seuss and partying yeast cells in a primordial land. Bottle #216-9, barrel #SB6.

Bright clarity, tawny copper, a decent amount of foam that fades quickly down to a ring. Later pours from the last of the bottle are more murky from the yeast.

Sharp sourness in the nose, pleasant barnyard, rather acetic and balsamic. Similar in flavor, more sharp puckering sourness, it really delivers in the sour aspect. There is a passing resemblance to other Flemish ales (especially La Folie). Alternately dry and somewhat grainy, there is a basic malt flavor that lingers after the vinegar sourness has passed. Deceptively simple. A very clean sour that kept me coming back for more.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +14%

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color. It poured with a short beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of vinegar and sourness are present in the nose. The smell gets stinger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of vinegar along with notes of sourness and oak. Faint bits of sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style. It's a little sour and tart, and the vinegar is not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of vacax
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jer for sharing this with me. Also thanks to The Firkins who recommended this beer as the "sourest thing they have ever tasted." Old Growth pours a deep brown with little head, a few microbubbles stick to the edges of the glass, nearly nothing though. Good clarity. The aroma has some berry or currant to it, though it is hard to get past excessive amounts of nail polish and acetic acids.

While the aroma is somewhat lacking, the flavor itself works in concert with the sharp, acetic notes. This sour character is intense and defines the beer from start to finish, everything else is background. The front of the tongue picks up berries, maybe marionberries or sour cherry, it is hard to detect on account of the pervasive sourness. Cocoa powder also comes through a bit, though it is hard to identify in the face of such sourness. The finish (aside, again, from acidic/acetic sourness) brings bit more tart berry, touch of earth, and some puffed corn cereal. This beer is unique--intensely sour without aplogy and little else defines it. I imagine this to be very love/hate.

The body is moderately thick and there is very little carbonation, which hurts the appearance but lets the acidic notes sting the throat in its place. Nice to have a small glass of this and see what complexities I can pick up in something so intense. Sour as all hell, and acidic, do not open this without a small group to try it. It is too hard to drink more than a little bit though. Good in small doses.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of WeisGuy
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle numbered 408-10, barrel SB4 from 2009. Shared by sarro at Derek's epic going away tasting - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a minimal white head. The aroma is incredibly sour and acidic with hints of acetone. You can tell this one is going to assault your palate before even tasting it. The taste is very sour with lots of lemon juice and citric acid up front, pretty nice, really, but the finish takes a turn for the nearly unbearable with the sourness turning almost corrosive. This burns your esophagus all the way down almost like your swallowing nail polish remover. Extremely dry and acidic on the palate with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty low due to the throat-burning, stomach-churning sourness. I've been wanting to try this for awhile, and I'm glad I was able to, but 2 oz of this stuff is more than enough and a bit of a chore to get down. Unique and interesting if nothing else.

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Old Growth from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 151 ratings