Life's Trade
TRVE Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #849
Ranked #15,387
3.91 | pDev: 6.14%
TRVE Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Very Good
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Notes: The first beer from TRVE's Acid Temple. A Farmhose Ale fermented in puncheons.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 73
Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice straw golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass, citrus and floral hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced lemongrass, citrus and floral flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A well balanced Saison

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a two/one and a half finger headed beer with a hazy bodied beer. The head eventually dissipates. Cloudy yet bubbly. Nice look.
S- Immediate woody oak and grassy aroma followed by an expected fresh yet tart grape flavor. Super fresh aroma.
T- Upfront the flavor is tart and fresh with some citrus and grape notes present. There's an earthy/grassy vibe I also get. Very nice, yet toned down flavor. Very well crafted, earthy and fresh saison.
F- Not as dry as I would like. A bit watery on the tongue.
O-First TRVE beer I've ever had. Picked this up on vacation in Boulder, Co. Unfortunately won't get this brewery for a while since I live in Dallas. As expected, I'm impressed with this saison. I will seek out more when I can. If you're reading this and like sour fermented saisons, this one is for you.

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Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lemon yellow brew, hazy but allowing quite a bit of light and color through. Very minor head production.

Restrained but enticing aroma: a touch of bubblegum, plenty of oak, peaches, straw, some earthy, pungent funk, and citric acid.

Wonderfully tart on the palate, with quite a bit of earthy, funky depth. Leans more toward funk than pure sourness, with a depth and complexity of flavors that is really difficult to entirely grasp. Peach pits, earth, oak, vinegar, kumquats, light honey and cracker, hay. Really deep yet light.

Lively and somewhat light on the palate, with a mild pucker.

This is a wonderful American Wild Ale (or funky saison if you prefer). I'm glad I picked up a bottle, but at the asking price, I wouldn't revisit it.

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Photo of dipso123
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very drinkable refreshing beer. At first taste I was immediately looking forward to the rest of the glass. A flavorful session beer (4.7%) with a great feel and finish. My idea/l of a table beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Parched Pig. Hazy orange with no head. Smells of yeast, lemon, floral, and herbal earthy notes. Tastes a little tart. Lime. Earthy brett and a little sweetness. Low carbonation. Light body. Nice saison.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Just kind of blah, though well made, but missing a star! The white wine barrel is decent enough, but the yeasts, lemon and oak just don't excite the palate and certainly the nose. Feel is thinner yet bready. Really this would make a nice base beer for fruited sour saison, but by itself is just ok.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Nearly clear, very pale, and an awesome looking head on top. Slightly tart with a very noticeable funk throughout. Mildly vinous, white grapes, pear skin, wood tannin, quince paste, hay, and cracker-like on the palate. Seriously good drinking, nailing here from start to finish.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours a hazy light lemondrop gold, sugar white head retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of tart citrus, lemongrass, grassy cereal malts and a hint of coriander.

Tastes of lemon, white grape, lemon grass, mild herbal and grassy notes, a light bready undertone and a slightly herbal bitter finish.

Light body with light stinging carbonation on the tongue.

A very nice sour saison, good flavor and aroma. Drinks easily and is refreshing. Worth a grab, memorable.

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Photo of wedge
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mostly clear straw color with a tall foamy white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, hay, flowers, and a little wood. Lightly tart, yeasty flavor. Lemony citrus, grape, subtle mustiness, wet grass, cake, and flowers. Watery, crisp, tart feel. A decent funky table beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a cloudy light straw with a little white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and wheat, with some sour white grapes and funky oak and unripe mango.
T: It tasted like sour white grapes and funky oak and unripe mango, with some grassy hops and earthy minerals. It had a clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a fine sour with very delicate and complex scent and taste. Not too bold or puckering. The body was good, and the finish was mellow, so it was easy enough to drink but should be sipped. Would probably age well, but is already great fresh. Not much rum character, but still a solid brew that nicely integrated a saison into a sour.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L; Slightly hazy very light straw gold color, with a very creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of brett funk and mustiness, some herbal notes and a little bit of lemon peel and citrus. Though the brett kinda overwhelms the other aromas in the smell.

T: Some tartness, some lemon, and citrus, followed by a brett funk. Some cracker malt, I don't get a lot of the saison yeast strain.

F: Very light feel, with a higher carbonation and very easy drinking.

O: A nice summer beer but nothing very special. I expect a little bit more from TRVE.

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Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yeasty, Herbal, Bright, Dry

Life's Trade is the first beer released from TRVE's Acid Temple. This Farmhouse Ale aged in puncheons was stored chilled since its mid-2015 release and decanted properly to produce a brilliantly pale, yellow-colored beer crowned with a foamy, sticky head. Yeast and a slight funky mustiness with herbal notes invade the nose. It opens up on the palate with tremendous creaminess and bright carbonation. A soft herbal sweetness emerges from beneath a crackery and dry initial sip with an apple bite, some lemon zest and pith. Clean, peppery finish. Quenching, poundable and flavorful without being overly complicated, Life's Trade would make a great table beer.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #108 (January 2016).

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Photo of spoony
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 375 ml bottle into a tulip (brewed at the new Acid House Facility, it appears). Also tasted on tap.

A-The beer is very light/pale in color and slightly hazy. The head is tall and pearly white. Retention is pretty good but no lacing is left behind. A few active streams of carbonation are visible.

S-The aroma is earthy and funky with a dry, brett/horseblanket flavor being most notable. A little bit of lemon in there too. Some musty wheat and yeast flavors as well.

T-The taste is similar with some horseblanket funk, lemon, a wheaty, malty grain flavor and a very dry finish of brett funk and fruit.

M-The beer is pretty light on the palate and quaffable. Carbonation is lower than average.

O-Not my favorite from these guys. There is some flavor happening here, especially for 4.7% ABV, but the flavors seem a bit dull and disjointed. The light body is nice for summer drinking but doesn't match the rest of the beer. Maybe this would work well with food? Oh well.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really not as good as it could have been, puncheon fermented saison type. its really really pale, super light, and not all that lively in terms of looks or feel. yellow and only a little hazy on the pour, with a nose of preserved lemons, pale wheat malt, new oak, and white wine. sounds good, but the elements dont unite quite as well as they do in the best examples of the style, and thats true in the flavor too, where the yeast and the wine seem very much apart from each other, and the wood never brings them together. the lemon notes seem too high, and the body seems too light for the flavors going on. it has a wet animal stink to it that i dont love, but i overheard others in the brewery raving about. might just be a personal thing, but this doesnt seem all the way up to the standards i have in my head for these guys, especially in the saison/wild categories. not bad beer, and i like it being sessionable and on tap instead of bottle only, but it could use a little reworking to address the disjointed nature of the whole beer. a fine start though, i like the white wine type acidity in the finish especially.

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Life's Trade from TRVE Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 73 ratings