Apricot Stonington | Trillium Brewing Company

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Apricot StoningtonApricot Stonington
Apricot StoningtonApricot Stonington

Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
New England Wild Saison Aged in Oak Barrels.

The base beer for Apricot Stonington was brewed with 100% Valley Malt and fermented by our native New England mixed culture which was collected from grape skins at Saltwater Farm Vineyard in Stonington, CT where JC & Esther Tetreault were married. This New England Saison is aged in French oak Chardonnay casks for nine months to layer in a bright vinous character before being blended back into stainless to carry out a secondary fermentation on apricots for four months. Bright aromas of white wine, apricot and hay lead to flavors of earth and bright apricot on the palate. Apricot Stonington finishes with biscuity malt character, moderate-high acidity and a finishing spice from the oak. The Stonington New England Saison series was conceived to embody the Tetreaults' path toward realizing their dream of building a true New England farm and brewery.

MALT: Valley Pilsner, Valley Danko Rye,Valley Wheat

HOPS: US Goldings

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 182
Photo of soze47
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really a nice looker. Probably 6 months old. Scent has a great sharpness. This isn’t a beer that pulls punches. Has a great amount of wild scatter on top of a great fermented apricot blend. Really good beer.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoying the latest wild beers from Trillium. This one pours a deep gold hazy color which compliments the rich funky nose. One of the most telling noses I have had with excellent yeast profile. A touch on the overly sour side keeps this out of the absolute best, but an amazing beer none the less.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

its cool they are making these beers in little bottles now, i think it makes them a little more accessible with the lower price point and all. i liked this pretty well, but it is really sour, i wouldnt have wanted the large format to be honest, its flavorful as can be on the fermentation profile, but the acidity it a bit out of control, an almost white vinegar harshness to it that kind of detracts from the apricots a little bit and really limits how much of this i can and want to drink. the apricots are awesome though, really natural, whole fruit is seems like, ripe and fleshy, the absolute essence of the fruit, and i love that. i also like the white wine barrel treatment, the fruitiness and minerals and oak all compliment the apricots really well, and if this wasnt so sour, it would be one of the better expressions of apricot in a wild beer anywhere. there is a high degree of funk here too which keeps it interesting, notes of black pepper and elderflower and hay to it, earthy and interesting, really mature. the apricots are still the most forward element in the mix, but i wish the sourness were scaled back, even by as much as half, it would be a more complex and drinkable beer that way, but they did a great job with this, stoked to have been able to pick it up while i was in boston last week!

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 oz bottle dated June 26, 2018 and purchased July 27 at brewery. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Initial small head, but no retention, lacing, or cap and ring after just a moment. Beer is a hazy bright orange.

S: Apricot, oak barrel, yeastiness, maltiness, grassiness. Pretty nice.

T: Smooth apricot and oaky chardonnay flavors, melded with saison yeast and a herbal, grassy finish. Only slightly bitter.

F: Medium side of light to medium body. Light to medium carbonation. Construction and balance are solid, Not sure it needs this much alcohol, but it still tastes good.

O: High octane saison that delivers in taste.

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Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Tim's.

A - Poured into a standard tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of decent amount of wood, some light stone fruit.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice subtle apricot fruit, decent stone fruit. Light tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, tart.

O - Overall this was a very solid fruited beer. The apricots are quite enjoyable.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head hazy tan orange color

Nose nice peach and fair sour funk, tart lemony saison

Taste tart sour acidic fair funk, bright acidity, nice sour lemony funk, mild apricot peach like, sticky acidic mild flemmy finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb

Overall petty nice

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Photo of Holderness
3.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L -- Fairly hazed golden orange body with a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal retention or lacing
S -- Lacto tart funkiness, apricot, apple, quince, perfumey floral, hint of sulfur
T -- Lemony lacto tartness, beach plum, apricot jam, rhubarb, hint of peach. Not as crazy sour as Trillium's wilds can often be, but the tartness still undermines some of the other nuances in the flavor. Nice lightly bready malt profile
F -- Crisp, tart, refreshing. Medium- mouthfeel, well carbonated. A bit smacky from the tartness
O -- This is a tasty enough wild saison, but it's definitely pretty funny to see people give this rave ratings when it's no better than the Hermit Thrush wilds or many of the other wilds being produced around New England


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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. The aroma is unreal, so I’m skipping right to it. Pop the cap and let the explosion of fresh apricot flesh mingle with dried apricot chunks followed by a musty oak and tart green apple. Sets the mouth watering. Like a 6-inch radius of apricot creating an aromatic halo around the tip of the bottle.

Cloudy, hazy orange hue with a light cap of white head that shows up to say hi and then leaves without saying a word; quickly fades to patchy swirls.

Taste is all apricot all the time. It’s everywhere - the beginning of the sip, the tart and tangy middle and the crisp, dry and tannic end. Apricot the whole way through, with a punchy peach and green apple-tartness followed by the oaky and musty end.

Tart, crisp and refreshing. It’s a bottle to be shared unless you have a stomach and palate that can stand the acidic nature of the brew over 750mls. Share it - you’ll be thanked by those who partake.

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Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Bottled 17-OCT-2017
Served in a tulip

Hazy, peachy appearance. The liquid was capped by a fluffy, off-white, finger-tall crown that quickly dissolved. A few thin streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

Nice tart and fruity aroma. Ripe peach and apricot notes came through strong. Fairly sweet. Lots of lactic sourness. Good amount of hay and lemon too. This reminded me a bit of SweetTarts. Some buttered popcorn appeared as the beer sat. Maybe the buttery-ness was from the Chardonnay barrels. A musty, cellar-y quality came forth later in the session.

The flavor profile was also really bright and fruit forward. Big ripe peach and apricot presence. Raw wheat and hay notes were also apparent. Super tart and lemony in the center. Loads of dry acidity on the back end and in the finish. Underripe peaches were noticeable. Some biscuity malt notes and a subtle, candy-like sweetness lingered after the swallow. Again, this reminded me somewhat of SweetTarts.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Pretty typical for the style. The liquid contained a moderate, somewhat spritzy effervescence. Perhaps a bit nondescript.

Although this beer is categorized as a saison, it drank much more like a fruit-infused wild ale. Regardless, Apricot Stonington was very apricot forward, intensely sour and, overall, quite enjoyable. Of all the Trillium sour beers I have drank, this one very well might be my favorite.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours cloudy orangy-gold with barely a trace of quickly fizzling head. Zero retention or lacing. Pungent fruit with bright acid and lactic funk in the nose. Apricot pits and skins with cider vinegar. Medium bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Puckeringly sour on the palate with a good dose of apricot and jowel-watering acid. Finishes with lingering lactic acid, fruit, and cider vinegar.

Heavy hitter here and not for the faint of heart. Just a bit too sour and acidic.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours hazy orange gold in color with minimal head. Taste is big sour mix and a good dose of apricot as the beer warms. Prickly, light bodied with high carbonation. Way better as it warms. A good treat.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Trillium tulip glass. Batch 3 purchased at the brewery.

Pours a pretty hazy orange body with a small, thin head that reduces to nothing and leaves no lacing.

Aromas are potent and apparent right after cracking the bottle, and stick around after finishing. Heavy stone fruits, absolutely stunning juicy apricot aromas fill the nostrils, lightly acetic, this can't be anything but a 5 for smell.

On the tongue, heavily tart juicy stone fruit notes, fresh apricot juice, pulpy apricot/peach, tropical, sour, and lightly acetic with a light body and crisp, medium carbonation.

This was one of the best apricot beers I've ever had - on the sour side, but extremely juicy and tropical.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottled 17-Oct-2017

Pours cloudy hazy apricot orange gold with a dissipating frothy white foam head. Smells like fresh tart apricots, funky oak, Chardonnay white wine, hay, biscuity malt, pie crust, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes quite sour and acidic with big fresh tart fruity apricots, tannic white wine, funky oak barrel, hay, mild spice, pie crust, biscuity malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really nice wild saison aged in Chardonnay casks with apricots.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle bottled April 15th 2015.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow with a small head of foam that doesn't stick around all that long. No lacing even after I swirl the beer in my glass.

The smell is apricot to the max. Like holding one up to my nose.

The oak comes through after that initial blast and overall, there's a very tempting tartness that I can't wait to dive into.

Real apricot flavour backed up by a well integrated taste from the oak and an easy peasey level of tartness makes this oh so delicious.

Medium body with lightish carbonation.

A bloody brilliant beer here!

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Photo of brentk56
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color; the head retained well and left some shards of lace

Smell: Vinous, apricot tones; with a funky character.

Taste: Lactic, apricot tones forward, with a funky character developing through the middle; vinous, oaky and dry through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly puckery

Overall: A difference-maker in my mind with respect to Trillium; shows that they can make a variety of styles of equal excellence

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a hazy darker orange body, one finger white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smells initially of light apricot and wheat germ, touch of cereal sweetness. As it warms up, the apricot aromas start to pop quite a bit, with a nice fruit juiciness to it as well as a light lactic tartness. So definitely open this one up at cellar temperature, at the very least. Flavour is apricot skin, lactic acid, mineral, slightly astringent wheat germ, and a slight rubbery flavour on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, refreshing, good carbonation, slight astringency on the finish. A nice apricot saison overall, nice tartness but with some astringency that I found a little off; luckily these seemed to go away as it warmed up. So I recommend opening at a slightly warmer temperature.

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Photo of parris
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy golden orange, thin white head, minimal visible carbonation.

Barnyard nose followed by orange and lemon.

Juicy and sour flavor, apricot, honey.

Acidic mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. Awesome brew, well made.

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Photo of -Rick
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful display of fresh fruit and sharp tartness. The nose is not that overwhelming, but the fruit and wood tones more than make up for that. A well done sour

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMG, a terrific apricot sour that I can actually purchase locally. Had this head to head with Blackberry Soak. Color is a yellow orange, so a little less orange than some other apricot sours that I've had. Solid, but not overwhelming apricot on the nose. Taste is very well balanced and very enjoyable. I enjoy sours, but many are too volatile to drink more than 1 or 2 - I could drink this all night long. Prefer this to other US apricot sours that I've had (Cascade, Upland, de Garde). Of the 3, most similar to the Cascade. It does lack the funk of Fou Foune, but I will be very interested in how it ages. It still feels a bit young, but with a lot of promise.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just incredible. The apricot flavor is perfectly balanced and the beer overall is just sour enough. Trillium is really doing a nice job with these fruited wild ales. Can't wait to try more of them.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a beautiful bright yellow orange color.. smells of beautiful sour apricots.. taste is awesome.. dried apricots with a wheat-ie mouthfeel.. not too sour but a really nice sour.. probably my favorite sour style beer to date.. amazing beer

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Pours very cloudy and peach colored. Fluffy head. Aroma is very sour and tart. Funky, super-tart, lightly oaky and slightly spicy. Flavor was very, snippy and acidic. Lots of tartness that eventually rounds out into a young, unripened peach taste. Soft oakiness. Some residual sweetness. Tangy and fruity but finishes dry. I was fortunate to try this side-by-side with Logsdon's Peche N' Brett; a prominent peach sour. This beer was much different, far more sour and sharp. I liked it a lot and was impressed by this beer. A sour-lovers dream; especially if he or she likes peaches. Really intense. Looks like Trillium has no problem producing beers like this as well!

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml into tulip glass.

A- Deep orange with some haze. Similar coloring to other Trillium beers but a touch less haze on this one.
S - APRICOT is what I really get alot of. Some white wine. Smells fantastic.
T- Very similar to the nose. Lots of sourness with lots of apricot. Very crisp and delicious.
M- Medium bodied, med to high carb. Very dry finish.
O - Very nicely done. Lots of apricot and very tasty.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromatics erupt the second the cap comes of. Big lactic notes, apricot skin, white grape, and some vinegar. Hazy burnt orange with a thin white head that dissipates instantly. Taste is well balanced sourness and acidity, doesn't border on puckering. Very approachable. Apricot and sauvignon blanc grape-like tastes meld well together, a touch thin given the abv though.
After having West Ashley not long ago it's not up to that level but in a state that doesn't see many sour beers being produced this is one of the few ones to chase down. Can't wait to see the evolution of their barrel program with the new location

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Photo of Sheppard
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can smell the Apricots before you pull the glass to your nose. It is present. It is present. It looks great too. Lots of apricot flavor, not too acidic. Very balanced. A really awesome sour from Trillium.

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