Trillium / Monkish - Oenobier
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American Wild Ale
4.34 | pDev: 5.3%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Trillium / Monkish - OenobierTrillium / Monkish - Oenobier
Notes: We've teamed up with Monkish to bring you Oenobier, an American Wild Beer Aged on muscat grape juice. It has a hazy straw to golden orange hue, and delivers wafts of light farmhouse funk. Notes of muscat must and lemon grace the palate, while it's crisp, effervescent finish is a delicate delight, reminiscent of champagne.

MALT: Pilsner, Golden Promise, Malted Oats, C-15, Flaked Wheat
HOPS: Aged Hops
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 30
Photo of Sheppard
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden. Light musty grape. There's that familiar Trillium house culture character that provides an acidic feel. This is more dialed back than other Trillium sours. Oenobier is alright.

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Photo of Damian
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz (330 ml) bottle purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Canton, MA
Served in a Trillium Permutation Series glass

An inch-tall, bubbly, bright white crown topped the clear, pale straw yellow body. The head quickly fell to a lasting cap and a thick, frothy collar. A few long streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was really crisp and bright with an underlying earthy funkiness. Tart and lemony. Wheaty. Slightly musty. There was a dry, powdery yeast quality as well. Subtle white wine notes were apparent. Champagne came to mind. Touch of biscuity malt character. Hint of sweetness too.

The flavor profile was solid but a bit more simplistic. Super crisp and tart. Bright lemon notes dominated. Touch of earthy funk. The tartness and acidity increased as the beer moved along the palate. The beer finished quite sour and bone dry. Very similar to Champagne.

Fantastic mouthfeel. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, aggressive effervescence that felt light and lively on the palate. Like the aroma and the flavor, the Champagne comparison here was obvious.

While I love nearly all of Trillium’s hoppy beers and pastry stouts, most of their wild ales are far too tart and acidic for my palate. Oenobier, however, is fantastically well balanced and displays some interesting Champagne-like characteristics. Overall, a really impressive beer. I am excited to see how Stroka compares to this.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a one finger head that fritters away soda-like to a film; a few clumps linger

Smell: Funky with a vinous character; straw and cracker tones join the lemon and grape tones

Taste: Tart, from the outset, with the straw and cracker aspect underpinning the tart lemon and white wine grape flavors; increasingly funky, through the middle, oak and a hint of vanilla emerge, though the finish is both dry and tart

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Well-crafted and interesting but I wouldn't see myself getting this again

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4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours hazy straw yellow gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells kind of like oaky popcorn, muscat grapes, tart lemon, mild orange, light tropical and stone fruits, white wine, some barnyard funk, straw, caramelized crackery grainy malts, with dusty floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes acidic and slightly tart with notes of a fruity white wine, juicy muscat grapes, tart lemon, orange, candied nectarine, pineapple, yellow mango, tropical stone fruits, citrus, white wine, mild barnyard funk, straw, caramelized crackery bready grainy malts, finishing crisp with dusty floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, rounded and smooth, creamy with moderate high carbonation. This drinks almost like a complex fruity white wine. Overall a real great wild beer aged on muscat juice.

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Trillium / Monkish - Oenobier from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 30 ratings