Sprang | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally brewed as our hoppy welcome to Spring after the long, dark months of winter, this low ABV, kölsch inspired ale is cool fermented and dosed with Nelson Sauvin. Lower fermentation temperature slows the yeast's metabolism and provides balance by gently subduing super-fruity esters and spicy phenols. Sprang is refreshingly light bodied with aromatics of earthy evergreen, passion fruit, and faint doughy malt. Flavors of concord grape, mango, and herbaceous white wine interweave with cracker-crisp, pilsner malt character and minimal bitterness. The finish is dry with a lasting touch of grain.

MALT: Pilsner, Valley Danko Rye, Dextrine

HOPS: Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Sterling

Added by JCTetreault on 05-08-2014

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digboy
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can dated 4/07/17 (6 weeks)

Pours a stunning bright and soft yellow gold color, very cloudy with a 2 finger fluffy head that settles down to a 1 finger bed of tiny soap bubbles. It sounds very seltzery on the pour, almost hissing at you.

Aroma is moderately strong with grapefruit and grass tones. Delightfully fresh smelling.

The taste has a tartness up front full of citrus, cut grass and spruce gum that transforms into a wine and malt blend at the end. Someone below described it as "lemon verbena" -- nailed it, as I have the stuff growing on the edge of my yard and I smell its fragrance when mowing. Moderate bitterness that gets masked by the tartness. This is a very appealing and interesting flavor profile.

Feel i crisp, effervescent and light with maybe some chalkiness at the end.

If we take the term Kolsch off the table I can appreciate the complexity of this "impression" of the style. This is such a refreshing beer that deserves great praise IMO.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - what is this, a New England Kolsch? Never seen one this hazy. Soft, radiating yellow with a darker core, like a peach.

S - wheaty and lemony. Initial aroma is kolschy: grass, grain, yeast, coriander. Then the signature acidic Trillium lemon comes through. Citrus rind of all varieties.

T - zesty and bright. Lemon pith. Some pineapple, but it's subtle. Bready and wheaty. Fresh-squeezed clementine juice. A slightly tart, thick, musty flavor that must be the white grapes. Hints of pimento olives as well. Finishes crisp, clean, and summery with a touch of bitterness and yeast.

F - chewy and deceptively thick for its ABV. As it sits in the mouth, the bubbles come out and it thins up a bit for the swallow. Best of both worlds. Refreshing.

O - gotta be honest, this is one of the best Kolschs I've had. Normally a boring style for me, this is zesty and tangy in all the right places, injecting this new age New England bullshit into an ancient style. It's flavorful, drinkable, and fukkin' crisp.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatche2
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass 1 month after canning. Appearance is much more like a NE IPA than a Kolsch with a nice yellow/lightbrown hazy color. Head is one finger thick with fairly low retention. Smell presents beautiful grassy hop flavors (I am assuming from the Nelson), pineapple, bread/cracker crumbs, and light citrus. Taste follows the nose with less flavor but still has the excellent grassy hop and pineapple flavors. Mouthfeel is medium body with a good amount of carbonation on the finish making it feel lighter (extremely crushable).

Overall, this is a very interesting beer that lean more towards a New England Style Pale Ale than a Kolsch, but the two sytles blend together beautifully. There are tons of hop flavor without it being too hoppy. This ale is extremely clean with goody body, yet crushable. I am enjoying this beer as much as if not more than many of Trillium's IPAs, which are obviously excellent as well. It is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat, even if I'm pretending to be totally ignorant of the overwhelming commentary in the review section, this is obviously not a Kolsch, so it's a good thing they put "Inspired" on the can. The body is almost fully opaque corn milk yellow with a light, bubbly, airy active white head that looks almost like polymers building up in a microscope.

Smell is super bold and potent, pretty in line with other Trillium Pale Ales, with a crackery toasted malt that is accompanied by hops galore--and I ain't mad as it's one of my favorite ones! It's almost dank, with verbena, and all over the map with fruits and spices, from citrus to tropical, pepper to pink peppercorn, white grape and white wine vinegar (an aspect I've noted in many of their beers, which isn't necessarily a turn off to me).

This is quite tangy and almost tart on the tongue, but with a bitter bite. Flavors of orange, lemon, mango, white wine and evergreen are hit with black pepper and a bready finish. It has a nice and crisp fizzy froth finishing semi-dry.

I'm torn between rating to style and rating to my enjoyment of the actual beer. Good thing I'm not a judge on duty!

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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Kolsch (or Kolsch inspired ale) I've had. Like so many other Trillium offerings, the nose and mouthfeel really shine here. This would make a great refreshing outdoor sipper

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2.96/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/30/17

A: Golden straw to yellow with some orange highlights - hazy and opaque - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a wispy cap, small collar

S: Bright and lightly fruity - some distinct Nelson, with some white grapes, white wine, citrus, and some lightly tropical notes - additional citrus, with some orange and light grapefruit - definitely not a Kölsch, but some interesting yeasty aromas - light spice, some fruity esters, pears - grassy - some pale and pilsner malts

T: Hoppy, as is just about every Trillium beer, with some orange and grapefruit zest - crisp white grape and white wine - touches of cantaloupe and passionfruit - pine needles - some earth - touch of spice, apples, pears - herbal notes - pale malts, dough, crackers - lacking the light biscuit flavor I would expect in a Kölsch, but it does have a somewhat clean, crisp finish

M: On the light side of medium, medium carbonation, smooth with a crisp finish

O: Spring Sprang Sprung

Last spring I drank a Big Sprang. So I guess it's about time I drank the original. It's not a Kölsch, but it's clean and refreshing. It's worth trying, even if it may be 2019 until Trillium makes it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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