Ostara | TRVE Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
TRVE Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
trvebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lemon, lemongrass, dandelion sour.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,869
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
25
pDev:
7%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
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0
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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 375 ml bottle (no date) to a tulip.

A-The beer is light golden in color and almost perfectly clear. There is virtually no head with the white foam subsiding immediately after I pour. Not even a collar remains. No bubbles either.

S-The aroma is mildly funky at first, but my nose soon adjusts and I pick up some of the advertised flavors, e.g., lemongrass and dandelion. Those leafy notes mix nicely with a lemondrop sour flavor and some cereal grain flavor. Good balance of sour, pale grain, and adjunct flavors.

T-The taste takes the smell up one notch. A nice sour flavor suggests pear and lemon pairs well with a leafy/floral note. The beer never gets overly acidic or bitter (like you might expect with dandelion), but the finish is pretty dry and puckering.

M-The body is on the light side of things with a highly effervescent carbonation. It is easy drinking for a beer this sour.

O-This is one the better TRVE beers I have had in a while. The balance between the leafy notes and fruity sour notes is really well done. It is surprisingly easy to drink, but it is definitely interesting enough to sip on.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jbeerd
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Photo of minterro
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red_Panderson
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RollBounce
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SamN
3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pretty, very bright golden color, touch of haze. Minimal head dissipates disappointingly quickly, but dat color doe. Pretty lively, too. Smell is fainter than I expected from TRVE; funkiness, tartness, pale malts, flowery aromas. Sort of a faceless aroma, not much character for a wild ale. Taste is refreshingly light and crisp, with citrus characteristics and a dryer finish. Not overwhelmingly sour, just enough to compliment the crisp golden ale flavors. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly.

Overall, it's good but it didn't blow me away. Kind of on the weak side. Subdued sour character doesn't make up for the sort of boring base beer. I expected more Belgian fruitiness, or more present dandelion/grassy flavors. A few ticks above average, but not worth $8 for the bottle. I'll to explore the other bottled options TRVE has out.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy brass color. Minimal head, no lacing...vigorous swirl brings about tons of bubbles. Aroma is nice and floral and some lingering malt.
The feel of the beer hits first. Bubbles and some tartness. They give way to lemon and mild citrus. The bubbles help this beer a lot, but maybe they get in the way a bit. It's an interesting struggle between crispness/refreshing-ness and overpowering the flavors. And with the finish a bit light, I think the carbonation is too much. It just doesn't seemed balanced. Still, I crushed it

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Photo of Greels
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Out of the 64 American Wild Ales I've rated on BA, this is probably my favorite. It's at least tied with Temptation. Anyways, this was brewed with lemon, lemongrass and dandelion. It has a beautiful hazy yellow colour and white fluffy head. The aroma is funky horse blanket, backed by a delicate herbal note. The flavor is herbal and tart, with slight lemon rind. Overall it is restrained, exciting and full of life. Perfect.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New art adorns the bottle and it's even more gorgeous, I couldn't wait to get it open.

Clear, pale gold color with a thin layer of patchy foam, fine thick lacing for a lambic or gueuze style ale. Very hazy after swirling around and pouring in the dregs.
Lots of lemony notes, very bright, fresh, tart. Wildflower pasture after a soft rain with some faint sour aromas. Definite but delicate dandelion. Extremely faint alcohol found after digging for it.
Much more sour, tart, effervescent flavors much like and oude gueuze or lambic with, again, a delicate wildflower flavor underneath. Acidic at first and slightly lemony, grassy, flowery in the finish. No apparent hops or hoppy bitterness, but some very faint herbal bitterness seemingly from the dandelion and lemon. Faint cool alcohol amidst the lemon acidity towards the front. A little bit of clover honey when it warms. Some sweet cupcake.
The mouthfeel is prickly at first, but briefly, with another tickle at the end. Smooth for the styles of beer it's similar to but still puckering and mouthwatering. Slight heat coming out towards the end of the glass. Very drinkable.

Really nice, Ostara is something I would drink over traditional a oude gueuze during the spring and summer if I lived nearer to the brewery.

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Soft, hazy light yellow body; lots of fine carbonation rising; thick, fluffy head. Wild yeast funk, lemon, pear, and grass smell. Light and delicate flavor initially (lemon soufflé) but a quickly assertive tart and lemon-like sourness develops. Acidic; powdery; tart and dry finish.

This is a mouth-watering, lip-puckering beer, light and delicate yet also assertive and eye-popping. This beer delivers a very fine, well-balanced flavor and mouthfeel that just feels right on a hot summer day or warm summer night. Very pleasing, very delicious...

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Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

heady new bottle from trve, great label art, they are killing it on that front just as well as they are on the beers they are putting out. this one has lemongrass, lemon zest, and dandelion. so often the dandelion in beers is lost to other flavors, here it is brought out and accented, which is my favorite part of this thing. looks like many of their others, haze sediment laden yellowish, pale, heady, soft, inviting like i want to dive into a pool of it. i smell more lemon and lemongrass than anything else, almost like a really crafty and innovative shandy, refreshing and mouthwatering with the bit of brett and bacterial pucker. i get the dandelion in the flavor, and its the best of both worlds, the sweet polleny flowers and the bitter peppery greens, not sure how or when they incorporated this ingredient into the beer, but its a real success, especially with the acidity from the yeasts and the lemon, which really highlight both of these aspects. bretty, but i dont taste any wood, wondering if they did this in stainless or what, either way, its not hurting for more depth, mellowing, or integartion, as it excels in all of these capacities. bitter enough from the flower without the fruit, but also super light and crushable. moderate carbonation could be increased for refreshment, but it has a soft feel without it, and some wheaty body which i like a lot. i am surprised these guys dont have more national level attention yet with beers like this. they seem to be making all the trendy styles, making them distinct with cool ingredients, and executing them all very well at a reasonable price. only a matter of time i suppose. this is the beer of the summer, they should can it!

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Photo of Nucleosynthesis
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ostara from TRVE Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 25 ratings