Trillium Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
Ranked #273
Ranked #2,777
4.21 | pDev: 7.84%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: The first edition in our Agriculture Series, Bees is an American wild ale aged for 6 weeks in stainless, with raw, local wildflower honey added after a month to preserve its’ delicate aromatics and flavor. Following transfer into the bottle, we provided an additional 11 months of conditioning, which allowed time for our Bug Blend mixed microbe culture to generate desired levels of complexity and balance. Not overly funky, Bees is refreshingly dry and thirst-quenching, with clean, lactic tartness and light, lemony citrus notes. While no post-fermentation sweetness lingers from the local Honey, gentle floral tones dance with underlying flavors of earthy, white wine. Our golden, bright, wild ale is an ode to those tiny, buzzing pollinators that contribute so much with graceful diligence and purpose.

MALT: Valley American 2-row Barley, Valley Triticale, Valley Wheat, Valley C-60

HOPS: US Goldings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 136 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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bubseymour from Maryland

4.91/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trillium has been crushing the wild fermented ales. Funky, moderate sourness/tartness. Nice blend with sweetness of the honey and the funk/sour notes. Clean finish. This is another very high level winner.

Oct 27, 2020
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz (330 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a tulip

Crystal clear, pale golden yellow appearance. The body was capped by a fluffy, finger-tall, bone white crown that quickly dropped to a medium collar. Some streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really interesting. Crisp and bright with big tart lemon and wildflower notes. Nice Bretty and lactic qualities too. Hint of sweetness but minimal honey character. Some dry yeastiness was also apparent. White wine notes were detectable as well.

There was a punchy lemony tartness in the flavor profile too. Crisp, wheaty and straw like. The wildflower notes were again noticeable here but not to the extent as in the nose. Touch of white wine in the center. The beer turned rather dry on the back end. More lemony tartness and lingering acidity in the finish.

The mouthfeel was crisp and highly effervescent. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a bright, lively, Champagne-like carbonation.

Trillium’s non-fruited sours are usually really good, and this rendition of Bees is no exception. The beer did a great job of showcasing the floral notes of the honey while keeping the sweetness to a minimum.

Jun 21, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle dated 28-Feb-19

Pours hazy bright yellow gold with a dense creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like beautiful elegant floral earthy funkiness, some wildflower honey, barnyardy farmhouse, complex light caramelized grainy malts, bready cracker, subtle peppercorn spice, white wine, lemon, with earthy floral grass. Tastes lemony, tart and acidic, with vinous white grapes, white wine notes, subtle spice, white peppercorn, wildflower honey, bready toasty crackery light caramelized grainy malts, barnyardy farmhouse funk, with floral earthy grassy hops. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with smooth moderate carbonation. Overall a really great wild ale with honey.

May 14, 2020
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

UPDATE: cracked a bottle on 12/24/17 from 8/12/14. Was very good. I think better. The floral tones were still present, but the honey really came out. Very mellow finish to the almost champagne-like front.

Very crisp. Some haze. Very effervescent. Dry. Almost reminds me of a champagne. Or an unoaked chardonnay with bubbles. Or a sour saison. The wildflower honey aspect is much more wildflower than honey. Which is a good thing for my pallet. Delish.

Dec 27, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released on 8/12/14. Green apple, lemon, lacto and slight Brett funk. Simple grain malt. Super clean. Fairly dry and oaky. Crisp and tart. Really nice and pleasant.

Dec 15, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle. Hazy pale orange. Smells of lots of honey and a bit of acidity. Tastes of honey and some pale malt. Lemony tartness kicks in. Not much else. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Bland.

Jul 12, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle dated 08-12-14, from my very first trade involving trillium. I have brought this out to a few tastings and it never got opened. a buddy of mine recently opened his bottle w a few friends and said it was really impressive so I couldn't wait any longer and decided to dome it today.

in a word...WOW!!!

I am not sure if this was always this good, but hot dog, this is duck duck gooze level in my opinion. delicate golden sour with nice prickly carbonation with excellent light floral notes and glazed in honey, but the perfect amount. has a really candied smarties but less tart. beautiful beverage. iso more of this.

May 22, 2016
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Incredibly tart, funky, fizzy, effervescent. You get the subtle wildflower honey which provides some sweetness and earthy character. A very delicious wild ale that should get more love. Thanks judkinst!

Nov 15, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This American wild ale is one of the better beers that my palate enjoyed, that was not an IPA or Stout type of beer. It was easy on the palate, nice to drink, and tasty. I would have this one again if it was available.

Sep 24, 2015
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow with a tiny head that fades quickly. No lace. Fruity aroma with lemon and hay. Light body and effervescent carbonation. Flavors of lemon and grapefruit. Hints of grass. Tart fruity finish. Lingering lemon when gone.

Sep 01, 2015
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pale orange. Clear for the most part. Tons of carbonation bubbles from every area of the glass. Two fingers of bright white head.

S - Musty grapes, white wine, funk, bacteria, and yeast. No honey.

T - Tart, but not a mouth-puckering experience. Wine, yeast, bready malts. A little sweeter on the taste thanks to the honey, but no real honey flavor. More like a unique bees wax.

F - Lots of carbonation bubbles at every turn. Tart, but not all that refreshing. A sour (in a good way) finish.

O - A good wild ale. The honey helped add seet notes to combat the overall tartness, but I was hoping for more an actual honey taste.

Aug 09, 2015
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CTFalcon from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright pale straw with a white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Musty white wine grapes, yeasty funk.
T: Lovely tart flavors and mildly funky. A slight bit of sweetness rounds out the end.
F: Prickly and lively, just a perfect feel to balance the delicate flavors.
O: Great example of a mild american wild. More tart than sour with delicate sweet and funky flavors. Quite nice.

Aug 03, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, earth, and ramen spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, white wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink, but the ramen spice aroma I am getting is odd.

Serving type: bottle.

Jul 28, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the aroma, it very much is Hill Farmstead Anna. Lemon, honey sweetness, crackery malt.

The flavor is different. A light crackery malt with medium honey quality, but a punch of medium lemony tart. A bit of spice and a medium minus finish.

An exceptional "wild" saison from Trillium that is really pushing qualities of HF.

Jul 04, 2015
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Cannabanoid from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was really good. Light and sour. Good carbonation and lacing. Hint of honey through the lacto/Brett on the nose. Not much honey in the taste department but subtlety there. My only problem with this is I didn't buy more of them.

Jun 23, 2015
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first sour from Trillium, and I was very pleased. The smell is of sweet but tart honey. Taste starts off with a nice bitter pucker, but smooths off to nice sweet lingering taste. A well done beer

Jun 14, 2015
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Tommo from Texas

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Biere De Miel. Slightly tart, funky aroma. For my tastes, a little to much honey sweetness and not very tart, but overall a decent offering. Will not pursue more at 13 dollars each

Jun 12, 2015
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smashy_smashy from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Think sour mead, although I do not think it is technically a mead. Honey and subtle tropical fruits on the nose and taste. Sweet up front and then a dry finish. Trillium absolutely nailed their wild microbial flora for this one. Lots of carbonation but I think it works well. And what a great value for a 750mL for less money than most sell sours at 375mL for. I was hoping to age this but I think it is going to be a good refreshing summer treat not worth sitting on. Right now it is a fantastic table sour. Put this in a barrel, possibly with some fruit, and this could be world class. Solid as is.

Jun 12, 2015
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. This was bottle on 08/12/14 and just released at the brewery this week, which means its been bottle conditioning almost a year.

Appearance: Pours a bright, vibrant gold and leaves a finger of white head that slowly fades to a white rim around the glass. Quite light and bright for a beer. Real nice color. (4.75)

Smell: Some nice light funk comes out first, followed by lemon and lots of citrus, some light malts, also some white wine smells (which is interesting because I believe this never saw barrels). Really nice bright aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Lightly tart citrus, mild hay funk, a hint of acidity, a dash of honey, some cereal malt. Really well balanced throughout. Finishes a bit dry. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body with a bit of acidity and a dry finish. Finishes smooth, the tartness is earlier in the flavor. (4.5)

Overall: This is a fantastic, easy drinking wild ale. Lots of nice aspects to the flavor, and very refreshing - this is a wonderful summer beer. Definitely surpasses any expectations I had. (4.5)

Jun 10, 2015
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