Le Capitaine | Trinity Brewing Company

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Le CapitaineLe Capitaine

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with an absurd amount of pumpkin, candied endive, cacao nib, zest of Buddha's Hand, and Grains of Paradise. Fermented with various strains of Brettanomyces along with Saison yeast then aged in Chardonnay barrels.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from a one of my favorite coworkers. Drank out of a Night Shift brandy style glass.

Look: Less than a half finger of eggshell colored quickly dissipating head, color ranges from peachy to ripe orange, extremely hazy and cloudy, minimal lacing.

Smell: Sharp acetic smell on the nose, Brett funkiness, slight bakers chocolate on the nose, fruity oaky Chardonnay, mustiness, a bit of funky cheese, dark cherry, a hint of booze. A lot going on but it avoids being overwhelming.

Taste: Very wine forward, acetic acid as you could have gathered from the nose, wine wet oak, a good helping of non-grassy/dirty vegetal flavor on the back palate, minor cameo from Brett funk, sweetened green apple candy, a little lemon zest, over ripened tart cherry, the finish is quite sweet although not overly so, the chocolate that was slight in the aroma is almost completely buried.

Feel: Medium light mouthfeel, viscous, slick, lingering buggy sour, dry finish.

Overall: A lot going on and I'm usually not a huge fan of kitchen sink sours, but I think this is a solid beer despite the short cameo appearances of the candied endive, Buddha's Hand hops, and pumpkin. Could perhaps use a bit less time in the barrels as the wine flavors and acetic acid are a bit overwhelming in a beer meaning to showcase ingredients that you've used an "absurd amount of".

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Photo of sjdevel
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Poured from a 375ml bottle and only got 1 finger head. That receded seconds later. Barely a foam ring... slight lacing. Opaque orange/brown.
Smell: Sour obviously. Strong sour and some vinegar. Slight fruit and wine hints.
Taste: Sour and vegetabley right off. Quite a bit of tart fruit and some hints of vinegar. Gets a bit sweeter, but then dries out considerably. Very citrusy and boozy (chardonnay). Very sour.
Feel: Medium bodied - pretty flat and uninteresting in the mouth.
Overall: Pretty decent sour. A bit too sour for me. Not as balanced as I hope for in a sour brew. I think this one needs other flavors to be more intense in order to balance out the sour bite. No real signs of a Saison here.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of aromatic, moldy cheese are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a slight improvement over the smell, as the Chardonnay barrel aging masks some of the funky cheese-like flavors. Hints of pumpkins are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nasty smell that is almost like taking a whiff of stinky cheese. It seems that the only thing this beer has going for it is that it manages to hide all traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Musty, barnyard aromas. Farmhouse style with green apple flavors. Chalky kind of mouthfeel. Dry with some funk but brett is mellowed based on being aged on Chardonnay barrells.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good saison. Kind of tastes like a mix of sour orange, lemon and flowers. There feels like there is a lot going on with it overall which makes it fun to drink

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA smoked for hooking me up with a 750ml of this. Poured into a tulip, it appears a hazy golden copper color with quick fading white head.

The smell is lemony with plenty of oak and chardonnay. Some faint mineral includion as well.

The taste is lemony tart with some oak tannins before giving way to chardonnay and plenty of vinous white grape juice notes. It displays a mild warming alcohol impact.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall not bad but I think the amount of listed adjuncts are unnecessary and dont really bring anything to the table. Its a high alcohol saison with lots of barrel character and really nothing else noticeable about it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Hazy light orange body with a tiny head that quickly fades to nil. Aromas of oranges, funk, white grapes, lemon zest, white wine. Tangy, sour oranges with some herbal and floral notes. Light bitterness. Fruity throughout. Complex and fun to drink. Pretty good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Muddled golden body poured from the 375ml to two wine glasses. A foamy, creamy white head builds up to just about one finger with fairly good retention. Medium ring leaves a few big sheets and some spots of lace.

S- Chardonnay, vinous light grapes and Brett off the top making up a bulk of the overall aromas. Slightly funky and a hint of tarts. Some stone fruits and a bit of cocoa but lacking endive and pumpkin here.

T- Definitely on the vinous side of things with a big influence of Chardonnay wine, you can taste the wine for sure with oak and grapes coming to mind. A large dose of Saison spiciness and citrus zest. Brett and stone fruits perhaps the Buddha's Hand. Dried fruits, Brett drying straw, horse funk, slight lactic tartness and just a hint of cocoa.

MF- Foamy and frothy light-medium body. Carbonation towards the high side but not over the top by any means. Finishes funky with a decent bitterness and very light tartness.

A lot going on here but the prevailing theme is Chardonnay, vinous grapes and Saison yeast. The pumpkin, endive and less so the cocoa are drowned out but the beer overall is a good one between the Brett and wine.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

375ml bottle into a snifter

dark golden color with a moderate head. yeasty aroma with a touch of wine barrels. taste has quite a huge amount of chardonnay barrels and a lot of apple flavor as well. slight pumpkin flavor on the finish. maybe some chocolate as well, actually quite a lot was put into this beer and its very complex, but im not sure if it all blends well with each other. body is light for 10%, but the alcohol burn is felt after you swallow so you know its correct. feel is moderately carbonated, overall not too bad. probably not as good as the overall rating indicates, though.

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamed over on opening- hate when I do that. Pours a hazy orange with a quickly dissipating head. Tang from the chardonnay barrels is the dominant theme in both the nose and flavor profile. Overwhelms the cacao nibs to me, but good in its own right. Dry finish.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a tremendous amount of head that looks to have really good retention. The head is a fluffy, cotton white while the body is a dull, pale amber which appears as a golden, pale amber when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has already been left behind. There is a bit of haze to the body.

Nose- Starts off with big, stinky cheese from the bottle. Very umami with notes of mustiness and armpit. The glass hues closer to the standards with a bright note off apple with a slight undercurrent of banana. The stinky cheese flavor of the bottle fades and shows some leafy greens and a bit of asparagus. Weird but it seems to work. Especially considering the cheese notes that preceded it. I'm guessing the green notes come from the endive. I also got a small amount of pumpkin on my initial sniff.

Taste- Very vegetal for a saison. While the overall flavor profile is dominated by apple which pervades the palate, this apple is punctuated by various other notes- some pumpkin, leafy green notes from the endive, some nuttiness, a bit of squash. Lots of umami that works with a certain slight sour aspect. Definitely a bit of savory note of cheese as well. To say the least, this beer is interesting and involves a few notes not normally associated with beer, even craft beer. Slight touch of chocolate and a slight bitterness that hangs around the edges. Not really sure what to think of this. It's definitely good but I'm not sure if the oddities propel it beyond that. I don't get a hint of alcohol which is pretty impressive for a 10.4% saison. Some citrus hangs around the edges and on the finish. Mostly orange that tends toward peel. I think the pumpkin might detract in this beer but I think it almost might be contributing to the savory and umami cheese aspects. It's hard to tell but I think this is definitely a pretty good beer. Not great by any means but I understand the love. Incredible complexity for a saison that doesn't muck the sublimity that should define a saison to a certain extent. Some flavors are a little distracting but their positives outweigh the negatives. Very interesting experiment.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied but closer to medium bodied. Seems a bit thick for a saison and the carbonation is a little lighter than expected. Sometimes airy but does have some zing. Doesn't really have the dryness you expect with a saison.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink and never boring. No sign of heat but this is not cheap. 22 bucks for somewhat of an unknown is a little much for me and it doesn't really live up to it. I gave Trinity a shot but I don't think I will buying their 20+ bottles again.

Overall- Really good beer that is very playful with the style. I enjoy the oddball flavors which still allow the basic sense of the saison to come through. It's worth a try but if you think the price is too much, you're probably right. If you've had a lot of saisons and want something different, this might fit the bill.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

solid bretty saison here from trinity, and if it wasnt for their insane pricing, i would drink this stuff a lot more frequently than i do. hazy but bright yellow in color and showing off a huge two or so inches of lasing white lace head. the nose is funky and bretty, more like wild yeast than saison yeast i know, and with some citric acidity in there as well as a smooth buttery vibe from the cacao. the guy i shared this bottle with said all he could smell was asparagus, and when i focused on it, thats all i could smell too, steamed bright green asparagus. not unappealing, just weird. the taste is less exciting than the nose, just a straightforward saison with a little bit of brett and that earthy creamy vanilla tasting cacao they added. one thing i love about it is how well the alcohol is hidden. this drinks like a 7% abv beer, but it packs a way heavier punch. well carbonated and fuller bodied for a saison, i like this one quite a bit. its just funky enough to be interesting, but the cacao adds more to feel than taste.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Barrel No. TBB 1-6 Bottle No. 652/12

Cloudy, sunset orange. Very thin cap of fizzy bubbles form before disappearing almost immediately. Looks pretty flat throughout remainder.

Really shines in the nose. Bright citrus zest. Lots of orange and tangerine. Little funk, and some oak.

Sort of loses me in the taste. While the bright spots from the nose translate well, I'm picking up on the cacao and it is completely out of place for me. Mouthfeel is really nice. Nice tartness. Crisp and light-bodied. Would be hard pressed to peg this at 10%.

The whole cacao aspect detracts from me liking this beer more. Take that out, and you have a pretty decent sour.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a plastic cup (I know, i know) form a 750ml bottle at my hotel rooms desk.
Pours a bright golden color with a nice 1 inch white head. The retention is pretty good and the head sticks around for a while as it recedes it leaves nice sticky white rings around the glass.

The aroma is yummy with vinous notes to start. Some mild white grape skin notes. There is some slight grape sweetness as well. There are notes of woody oak and some slight lemony tartness in the nose as well as some yeasty phenols. The nose reminds me a bit of Vlad the Impaler from Cascade Brewing.

Flavor follows the nose but is more complex, complete and delicious. Full on vinous notes start things off. Like a buttery white wine (i.e. Chardonnay) notes of mild grape tartness and dryness comes up while some nice boozy and sugary sweetness follows and rounds out the tartness. There are some nice woody notes mixed in with the nice vinous notes. Malty grain notes are perceived under the nice aged brew notes. The finish of the brew has some nice dry tartness that finishes the medium carbonated brew well.

Brew reminds me a lot of Vlad the Impaler. Delicious vinous notes and character with a boozy sweetness that is not a distraction but a compliment to the mostly woody and white wine notes.

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Photo of rawfish
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1188. Dark gold pour, opaque with tons of tight white foam rising up to form a thick cap of head. Retention is through the entire drink and while the lacing in minimal the head does attempt to cling to the glass. Lots of yeast floaties once you get to the bottom of the bottle.

For a saison the aroma gushes with sour and funk more than Belgian yeast character. Immediately I pick up dry citrus aromatics, lemon juice, tangerine, muscat from the chardonnay barrels and lactobacillus tart. Underlying wet hay, some vanilla sweetness, powder and herbal hops. Inviting.

Intense flavors of white grape, lemon juice, orange citrus, Belgian spice, salt and vegetable like hops. Funk comes in as musty wet hay and some feet and mild oak. Pleasant drying tartness to finish. Alcohol is present but well managed. Really a layered beer, very complex.

Medium bodied with well managed alcohol. Dries well with a flash of tart that lightly carries on in the finish. Carbonation is perfect.

A layered and complex saison that has so much going on that it's better defined as a wild ale. The saison base beer evolves equally with the addition of lacto, Brett and wine barrel imparting complexities that are impactful each in their own way.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on 3/30/13 from the bottle. Didnt get the bottle date, but I'm sure it's pretty fresh since this is a relatively new offering.

A: Typical indescribable saison appearance. A hazy golden yellow affair with a powerful orange hue. Fluffy head upon initial pour that quickly dissipates. The beer looks beautiful but I wish it had better head retention.

S: Big nose with citrus fruits, earthy tones, banana, and spice. It's more banana-y than other Saisons' nose - almost like a Hefeweizen. I dont smell any of the cacao, but do get a slight hint of chardonnay.

T &M: Holy crap. This beer is one of the most complex and flavor-forward beers I've ever had. Initial flavor of lemon and citrus gives way to a symphony of complimentary flavors: earthy funkiness, white grape, spice, banana, and a tiny bit of oak. Lingering on the tongue - there it is! - is the cacao. Subsequent sips really highlight the interplay between the chocolate background and the fruity/funky foreground. Really really really tasty beer.

O: I'm a huge fan of this beer. If you like Saisons and are looking for an interesting twist on the style, look no further. This beer really surprised me with how it managed to balance the interplay between the slightly sweet cacao notes with the powerful citrus/yeasty notes one usually associates with a saison. Some may claim that there's too much going on in the palate, and I can understand that perspective. For me, it's an interesting play on a saison. A winner, period.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Brewed with natural favors added and with cacao added and aged in Chardonnay barrels."

Barrel number. TBB 1-6; Bottle number 1275/12

Pours a hazy, almost light milky, orange with a short-lived thin white head.

Nose is bold, assertive and distinctive with bananas, tangerine, white grapes and mixed spice. Pleasant and complex. Acidic stone fruit and a hint if citrus make pretty nice. You can find Chardonnay but its light and found only because you know it's there.

Mouthfeel is rich and bold, full bodied and big. It is a real mouthful of bold assertive favors.

Labeled a "saison regal" it is very much a good saison...on steroids! Saison profile in all respects but with more intense banana, stone fruit, hint of salt and a cacophony of spice and green herbs. There is clearly a Chardonnay flavor profile. This flavor profile is very food friendly, pleasing, layered and complex. An intense flavored beer but well balanced. I get no cacao at all, however.

Finish is layered and also complex. Green and herbaceous, hint of celery and salt. A green pepper bitter character in finish as well.

All in all very nice

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Le Capitaine from Trinity Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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