Blackberry Soak
Trillium Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #210
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,341
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.26%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
94
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Notes: Introducing Soak: our new line of sour wheat ales, aged in oak, featuring a variety of single fruit additions. We place a base brew crafted with 60% wheat grist in 600L oak puncheons for 3 months with fermentation duties shared gracefully between lactobacillus and our Native New England mixed culture. Loosely inspired by the cold-maceration process used in winemaking, we blend fruit directly into the barrels to “soak” for enhanced extraction of unique colors, aromatics, and flavors. Delightfully acidic, but not funky, our Soak series is an approachable sequence of wild offerings that we are proud to share. Blackberries bring an assertively tart, yet unsweetened flavor profile, striking burgundy-fuschia hue, and re-enforced tannic structure to this first iteration. Blackberry Soak is dry with undertones of oak and a subtle wheat grain finish.

MALT: Pilsner, White Wheat, Flaked Wheat

HOPS: US Goldings
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 94 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11 oz bottle dated 6/21/18, served cool room temp into a tulip glass.

A wheat based sour ale would essentially be a Berliner-weisse. This is a fruited sour.

L: Dark plum with a white pinkish head that reduced to lacing in a few minutes.

S: Blackberries/black raspberries and vanilla/ oak. Maybe a hint of lemon or tart citrus. I could smell that it was going to be a sour beer.

T: Fruity and tart, but not too much. It's along the lines of a tart lemonade, but without the sweetness. The fruit is pronounced, but there are other flavors also, such as a hint of white wine, probably from the oak aging. there is an underlying sweetness from the wheat. I scored it a 4.25 because I felt the flavors could have more depth.

F: It has a light body, not over carbonated (appropriate for the style; for example, it would be over carbonated if it were a stout). The wheat base gives a mouthfeel just thick enough that the flavor lingers. This is a solid representation of the style, and is approachable for people new to sour beers.

O: I wish I had more. I tend to prefer sour beers on hot/humid days; however, had this one on a cold New England winter evening and enjoyed it.

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GeeL from Massachusetts, Feb 10, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11 oz bottle dated June 13, 2018. Purchased at brewery late July 2018. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Initial large white pinkish foamy head but reduces to nothing within a moment.

S: Blackberries and some oak barrel chardonnay notes.

T: Fruity and delightfully sour, but not overly so, with oaky and wheaty notes. Assertive but not astringent.

F: Light bodied, moderately carbonated. The usual very strong construction and balance from Trillium. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: Right up there with Russian River. Is there anything they can't do well?

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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia, Aug 25, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375 ml bottle (latest batch) into a Trillium tulip.

Pours a maroon cloudy body with a small pink head the reduces to leave no lacing or retention

Heavy raspberry aromas - quite juicy and tart on the nose, with some yeasty funk too.

On the tongue it’s pretty sour and dry, tannic and juicy with lots of raspberry, blackberry, finishing quite dry. Not as carbonated as usual trillium sours, easy drinking light body

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jul 21, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out as a purple-ish color with a white head on top. The smell of the beer is funky with some berry notes in the finish. The taste of the beer has a good mix of fruit with funk. The feel of the beer is light bodied and dry. Overall it's a pretty good Wild Ale.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Jul 24, 2016
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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - 4.5 - Clear candy red, almost a light red wine look other than the head. Nice thick head that dissipates quickly but stays on the rim and in the center.

Smell - 3.5 - Not getting much except a few blackberries.

Taste - 4.5 - The blackberries really come through which is nice as I often have a hard time finding fruit in wild ales when it's clearly there (like with Apricot Stonington). Tart, but not too tart; sour, but not too sour - very tasty and quenching.

Feel - 4.5 - Just about right - light thin mouth-feel that leaves a nice sweet thin layer of quenching taste after swallowing.

Overall - 4.5 - This is a very accessible wild ale - not too tart or sour - just about right. I had given my mother in law a taste of a de Garde Raz Bu a couple weeks ago and she really didn't like it - too sour and vinegary for her (I wouldn't disagree). But when she tried the Blackberry Soak - her British eyes lit up and she said in her quintessential proper UK accent "I like this one"!

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hopley from Massachusetts, Jul 10, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful purple-ish red color. Large bubbled head that instantly dissipated. Jammy, tart, acidic, berries and oak. Short, dry finish. Clean tasting. Delicious, we'll done.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jun 13, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful purple/red color to the beer that really shows the blackberry. The blackberry is the highlight here. Tannic and tart like a fresh berry. The tartness level is akin to the berry itself and not an artificial sour that some american wilds provide. Dry finish and balanced between juice and tart.

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PHBoiler from Illinois, Apr 04, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 25.4 fl oz (750 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
11/10/15
Served in a tulip

Big thanks to my friend Bill for this thoughtful thank-you gift.

Gorgeous appearance, despite being a bit of a gusher. The nearly crystal clear, dark garnet colored liquid was capped by an inch-tall cap of bubbly, bright pink foam. The crown quickly dropped to a lasting, frothy collar. Streaks of drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

The nose was crisp, yeasty and dry. There was a subtle, sweet-tart, candy-like quality. Skittles came to mind. A bit fruity and berry-like. I might guess raspberry, though it did not jump out at me. Some sweetness came forth as the beer warmed. Subtle jammy notes were detectible. All in all, fairly nondescript.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was crisp and tart but lacked complexity. Quite sour and fairly acidic right off the bat. Red wine vinegar came to mind. Tart lemony notes were apparent. Somewhat wheaty. Hint of sweetness. The beer finished with a tart candy-like quality that, again, reminded me of Skittles. The sour and acidic lemony notes intensified as the beer sat.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy. Somewhat airy on the palate. The liquid contained a spritzy, aggressive effervescence that was almost a bit distracting.

Trillium makes a number of amazing hoppy beers and coffee-infused stouts, but their sour program still has a long way to go. Despite this beer's solid reviews, I felt that it lacked complexity and depth. If you are sitting on a bottle, I would definitely recommend drinking it before the fruit notes completely disappear and this turns into a vinegar bomb.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Jan 18, 2016
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4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Curran last night, thanks man.

This one pours a nice reddish-purple, with a smaller head, and a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells like rich funky blackberry, some slight diaper funk, and a nice acidity.

Luckily the kind of diaper-y-ness I got on the nose is nowhere in the taste, however, I did get a tiny bit of diacetyl. It's not much, and barely noticeable. There is an absurd amount of blackberry, though, which is always enjoyable. There's an acidity level that's pretty intense here, but it's nice.

This is super juicy, mouthfeel-wise, with a normal level of carbonation.

Another treat from Trillium, they don't just make awesome hoppy beers.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jan 17, 2016
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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

Poured into a tulip glass vs. Apricot Stonington. The color is a lovely rich red-purple. The nose confirms that I'm about to get some fruit. Taste is very well balanced - sour and fruit, but without blowing things out. Lingers nicely in the mouth. I much prefer this to anything I've tried from Upland. I do find myself wishing for a bit of lambic funk that is not present. Will be excited to try this again after more aging.

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TrilliumFan from Massachusetts, Jan 03, 2016
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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

Tried this one, Raspberry Lineage Wheat, and Apricot Stonington together. I love Trillium's hoppy stuff, but they are also making some incredible fruited wild ales. This was my favorite of the three, just edging out the Raspberry Lineage. Aroma is subtle, but tart blackberry flavor is strong and delicious.

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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey, Dec 27, 2015
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4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This beer is turning violet, Violet! Probably more burgundy than actual purple, but really beautiful, deep, rich red. Really amazing appearance.

S: Smells very dry and light, stark contrast to the appearance. Lemony.

T: Wow. Super tart, tons of blackberry right up front. Almost like a fizzy blackberry soda. Where's the beer? Very quaffable. As the beer warms up I'm getting some more yeast and alcohol. But still the pronounced taste is just straight blackberry. It's surprisingly smooth considering how tart it is. Finished fairly dry, makes me want to keep drinking. This bottle will not be shared.

O: This is a very exciting first offering for their new soak series. I'm very glad I bought a few because I think these will be even better, for me, after some time in the cellar. If fruit is your thing, drink now. Can't wait to try this in a few more months.

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JonnyJuicebox from Massachusetts, Dec 19, 2015
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL picked up today at the brewery. Poured into a Cantillon Balloon glass. Color is the most striking part of this beer. Deep ruby red, white fizzy head, diminishes to a white ring and some spots on the surface. First you smell is wheat and lactic acid funk. Next is fruit, blackberries but more cherry and Pinot noir grapes than anything. Hint of elderberry and vanilla from the oak. Taste is more of the same. Blackberries and cherries up front. Strong wheat lacto finish - if you've ever had a Berliner Weisse, you know the taste. Tart but not overly acidic finish. Light in the mouthfeel, not too carbonated, easy drinking. Really pleased with this new one from Trillium. It's definitely not their fruitiest or their most sour but it definitely brings something new to their line-up of wilds. Looking forward trying new variations going forward!

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Ken_P from Massachusetts, Dec 19, 2015
Blackberry Soak from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 94 ratings