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.

Added by GRG1313 on 03-30-2013

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice slightly cloudy, pinkish/orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/foamy/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, very nice spice note, coriander, peppery, with some nice citrus. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, spicy, coriander, citrusy, tart. Medium body, ABV hidden very well, really a pretty complex brew, very nice bitter/dryish finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew, surprised me.

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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 -5.5%
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 geodonnokepyo
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wizzle32
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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 smithj4
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of masterofsparks
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blindtiger24
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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%
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 yeaprolly
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Oliversarmy1085
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grover37
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ahbithwabm
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Le Capitaine from Trinity Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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