Wakerobin - Grand Ten Almond Liqueur Barrel Aged
Trillium Brewing Company

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Rye Beer
4.18 | pDev: 5.74%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into an over sized wine glass/chalice. Medium pour has the beer come out a murky gentle brown color, that's pretty hazy like an unfiltered Belgian brown. It gets a little bit lighter when you hold it up to the light, but not much. There's a lighter brown/tan colored head with for the most part small bubbles. Pretty good lacing and glass retention; the head leaves a strong trail from where it started.

Smell's really good, has a lot going on, but very unique. Initially it's a little bit of barnyard funk and tart all at the same time. Some dark red fruity characteristics, like maybe sour cherry and not quite ripe raspberries. Weak malt bill in the nose, but still present. Somewhat brett like and maybe even a hint of peach.

Taste is good, but get's better as it gets closer to room temperature in my opinion. Very mild most of the way through though. There's still the above mentioned fruity characteristics and a separate tartness to it, almost like a cranberry/bretty flavor. Rye is absolutely detectable in the grain bill, has that bitterness from it that doesn't taste like it's from hops. The barrel is much more noticeable in the flavor. Flavors of woody vanilla and wet musty oak, while being naturally sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but a little gruff, might mellow out with a little more age on the bottle. Somewhere in the middle of medium and light, especially for a barrel aged beer. A little gritty, but flavorful with an almost creamy feel in the middle than a sharp finish. Nice lingering flavors though and has a warm feel at the end. Pretty drinkable, a nice sipper. Props to Alex for picking this up at the brewery for me, thanks dude!

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Photo of Damian
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip
Thanks to my friend Fclfcs for grabbing me this brewery-only special release.

Very attractive appearance. The deep, crystal clear, crimson-amber liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, creamy, foamy, light tan crown. Drippy, patchy lacing stuck along the glass. The head slowly faded to a lasting cap of bubbles.

The aroma was a bit of a surprise. Crisp, tart, brett-like notes were instantly noticeable. Moderately funky. Fruity and semi-sweet with hints of raspberries and cherries. Somewhat lemony. Touch of oak. This had characteristics more akin to that of a wild ale than any other style of beer. With time, the funkiness died down and a sweet, caramelized malt presence became more apparent.

The flavor profile was drastically different from the nose. Notes of bready, biscuity malts appeared on the front end, along with some caramel-like sweetness. Fruity and somewhat spicy (perhaps from the rye) in the center. The hoppy, semi-bitter finish was crisp and citrusy. Notes of candied orange peel and pine sap were apparent. As the beer warmed, some tart and funky qualities came forth.

The mouthfeel was really impressive. Medium bodied. Super creamy, frothy and supple on the palate. A super fine and zippy effervescence gave the liquid a smooth, plush, pillowy quality.

Even though I picked up no indication of almond liqueur in this beer, it was still quite tasty and interesting. I look forward to seeing what the guys at Trillium do for their future experimental one-offs.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red, with a nice frothy two finger head. Fades down to a nice film and a few bubbles on the top. It's smells a bit sour. Wasn't expecting a sour funk. I'm not picking up any almond aroma, though. Maybe when it warms up... Alright onto the taste. I can pick up the almonds here. Along with that sour funk, and a bitter finish. It has some nice flavor up front, although I could do with a little less bitterness on the end. It's very peppery, could probably pick out a tart apple flavor if I tried hard enough. Reminiscent of a rustic farmhouse ale. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, feels very refreshing. Glad I got to try this. Have not had a chance to try the base beer, so not much to compare to. I do enjoy this beer as I drink more. I don't detect as much of the almond liquer barrels as I thought I would, but i'm ok with it.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours some very nice and foamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing behind. The beer itself is a deep ruby red that is obscure. The beer has a very strong almond smell that covers up the rye and very tarty smell as well. The funk is a cherry tart smell with bits of rye but the main smell is the almond liquor with a slight hint of the oak cask. The beer taste is slightly similar to the smell but the almond liquor and funk are not as dominant. The taste is more balanced with the rye making a stronger appearance with the funk dominating the aftertaste. The almond liquor and hints of oak slightly balance out the rye. The beer has a very smooth feel with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth repeating again.

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Wakerobin - Grand Ten Almond Liqueur Barrel Aged from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 10 ratings