Manannan | TRVE Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
TRVE Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by denver10 on 12-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 56
Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cola brown with a modest head; a few spots of lace hang around

Smell: Earthy tea tones and a hint of caramel form the backbone, with funk and sour cherry rising above

Taste: Lactic sourness leads off, with an earthy cherry element joining with the tea tones; in the middle, the Bourbon barrel adds another dimension, bringing hints of vanilla and caramel; puckery and somewhat acetic, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I cellared this beer for a couple of years and the wild yeast has worked its wonders; it is a shame that TRVE has retired this quality brew

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%

Reviewed from notes. Waxed 750ml bottle shared by Richard - thanks.

A: Pours a hazed orangish brown under a thin (1/16") white head and leaves spots of lace.

N: Malty at first, followed by herbs, vinous, grainy, and sour notes.

T: Juniper and strawberries stand out amongst the funky barn critters. Complexly sour.

M: Semi-moderate body and light carbonation. Bretty funk, fruity sour finish.

O: Unique and enjoyable. If you get a chance to try this don't pass it up.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle thanks to @miggs3030 A great BA.

A- It initially has a finger-thick pale white head, but that dissipates quickly. It leaves behind a layer of lace atop the liquid. Lots of carbonation is visible working its way up to the top. The body is a cloudy brown color with some blonde hues.

S- Aggressively sour on the nose. Something suggests salt like on a gose, with that barnyard funk and what I'd say most people call horse blanket. There's a funky fruit aroma, probably cherries, and a slight hint of malt.

T- Very nice. I'm still getting the earthy funk, some cherry-like fruity flavors, but also some slight caramel and other malty flavors. They're slight but still there. The sour notes have a both earthy and fruity. There's a slight hint of some toasty malt. Citrus becomes more and more noticeable.

M- Tart, sour, with a medium body. Above average carbonation provides a lively feel.

TRVE is 2 for 2 with me with their sour ales. I'm officially a fan. This beer is all-around excellent.

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Photo of denverbeerguy
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing.

I wouldn't call it a bad La Folie clone, just because it's a sour brown ale. They were going for something different here. This beer has a big brown malt base and has very subtle characteristics. It isn't extremely sour like La Folie, but you get some nice caramel and brown sugar right before the lactic acid rush in the end. It's a really cool take on a sour brown, and I recommend it to everyone.

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Photo of poonamibaxter
2.6/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A little light in color out of the bottle and that continues in the taste and mouthfeel. It is carbed perfectly but the entire thing feels and taste like you tried to clone La Folie with bad results. It's thin and tart but mouthfeel is all carbonation. For the same price in Denver grab a La Folie.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really good take on an Oud Bruin.

A- Lighter red take on an Oud Bruin. Light on lacing

S- Musty funk, as I would expect from this style.

T- Very great profile here. I have had Oud Bruins that are too tart or too sweet. This one is perfectly in the middle.

M- Medium build to light build. Medium carb

O- One of the better Oud Bruins that I have had. Thanks John!!

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Photo of spoony
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle (batch 2) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces about one finger of light khaki head. The foam fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer is a cranberry, reddish-brown. It is very murky, but I can see some carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is sour with lemon drop, tart white grape, vinegar, and a bit of sour dark berry. I detect a wet wood-scented mustiness and some acidity that reminds me of cola. A nice, tart brown aroma.

T-The taste follows the smell for the most part. There are lemons, tart vinegar, big acidity, and some unripe dark berries. The funk is very light and mostly dry, but a bit more funky, sour lactic flavor creeps in as the beer nears room temperature. There is a nice malt profile that adds to complexity and balances out the sour flavors.

M-The feel is light to medium in weight. The carbonation is average to above-average in volume, but fine and easy to drink.

O-This is a nice sour brown ale with a good balance of sour and malt. I enjoyed this beer much more than my earlier TRVE experience with Eastern Candle. The aroma and flavors are decently complex and it paired well with the cheese I had at dinner. I don't know that I would spend 18.99 on it again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hands down the best sour brown ive ever had. its a perfect mix of all the key elements, and just is downright splendid. pouring a rusty brown color, lighter for a brown, with a robust and lasting inch of white head fizzy and airy and elegant. there is a touch of haze, but this is fairly clear for what it is. great nose, bretty and lactic, but not vinegary sour like an oud bruin, its less acidic and a little more straightforward, although there is a big malt profile which must include some chocolate malt and some oats and the very least, but seems even more dynamic than that, especially in the taste, which balances a rather light but complex grain bill with a playful brett strain or two and a fabulous barrel component that ties it all together in a sour earthy funk beat that is quite dance worthy. this is complex and nuanced and highly refined, expertly made, the best trve beer to date hands down. nothing over the top, everything in balance, a great american take on this classic style. unique and memorable. effervescent carbonation and only a medium body. the alcohol percentage is also just right for me, drinkable but strong enough, right in the zone. honestly world class, this is the beer that will make trve famous. also, beautiful artwork worthy of the liquid inside. very cool.

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Photo of denver10
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Their most recent bottle release, a sour brown aged in whiskey barrels.

Pours wooden brown with an off white head that quickly recedes, leaving a touch throughout the surface. Aroma does a great job capturing the brown ale side of this beer along with the sourness; roasty, brown sugar, cocoa and soe coffee, a touch of dark fruit and some vinegar. Thought this captured the maltiness of a brown incredible well, especially with this being a sour. Flavor was sour with some lemomny vinegar, brown sugar, dark fruits, a touch of light roast coffee and chocolate.A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice offering from TRVE here. Worth the $18 a bottle, no, but then again I am happy that I was able to buy a bottle. Love what these guys are putting out.

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Manannan from TRVE Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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