Oenobier: Viognier Juice
Trillium Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #389
Ranked #8,671
4.43 | pDev: 4.74%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: As we push further in our development of beer/wine hybrids, the Oenobier series focuses on different varieties of wine grapes while drawing inspiration from the body and drinking experience of classic wines and champagnes. This series is informed by our past work with beers like Stroka, Bug Valley, Terroir Project: Rkatsiteli and Oenobier's first iteration, which was created with our friends from Monkish.

Viognier grapes are perhaps most known for being grown in the Condrieu Region of the Rhône Valley in Southern France. A fickle grape, Viognier thrives in regions with rocky soil and long, warm growing seasons that allow the grapes to fully ripen and showcase their intense aromatic quality.

Oenobier: Viognier displays the full diversity of this unique varietal. Perfumed floral aromas of honeysuckle, dried rose petal and geranium leap from the glass as a swirl reveals deeper tones of wet oak, fleshy stone fruit and exotic starfruit. A soft, initial start to the palate presents delicate tangerine and lemon that build in intensity with highlights of fresh biscuits and ripe white peach developing mid-palate. As with Viognier wines, Oenobier: Viognier finishes with a touch of earthy minerality to balance its savory fruit flavors. Striking pale straw in color with noticeable effervescence, Oenobier: Viognier is light in body with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

MALT: Pilsner, Golden Promise, Oats, Wheat, Crystal Malt

HOPS: Goldings
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 12
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle dated 8/30/18.

Pours clear yellow with a short-lived head of white. Zero retention or lacing. Vineous in the nose with shades of Grand Marnier, apples, and white wine. Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Wine-like and orangy on the palate. Zero malt or bitterness with hints of honey, apples, and pear. Finishes dry with some lingering throat warmth and vineosity.

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4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's a part of me that says that there's more to Trillium than hops but as the brewery flirts with the line that separates beer from wine I'm more apt to say that there's more to Trillium than beer.

In full celebration of the French Viognier grape, this specialized version of Oenobier makes a formal introduction with a billowing, sparkling champagne-like impression. Breaming with golden carbonated streams, the spritzy foam soon dies down to look the part of riesling quite well. A juicy scent of white grape is nearly candied in its portrayal as a mellow perfume of citrus, melon, pear and cider brings a highly floral aroma to seduce the senses. Confectioner's sugar, agave, cotton candy and a delicate honey character rolls onto the tongue with a first taste of malt elegance.

While the sweetness lessens on the middle palate, the unique flavor of those prized grapes offer an apple, sugar pear, honeydew and lemon medley that offsets the grape's natural vinegar-like acidity for a vinous rich taste in a full bodied white wine texture. Trending nutty and woodsy on the late palate, a peppery character comes with elements of cashew and balsa.

Medium light on the palate for sour ale, the beer's full grape flavor has the mind registering a fuller and more rounded texture than what's actually present. Trailing into a swift and acidic finish, the sourness wins out over sweetness and fruitiness as the racy bubbles carry the malt effortlessly from the tongue. An arid refreshment with echoes of cotton candy roll gently into a quick after palate.

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4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle bought at Trillium's Fort Point taproom.

L - Appearance is very much like a Champagne. There is an initial fountain of white foam during the pour, but the thin head quickly disappears completely. What remains is a crystal clear, straw yellow liquid full of tiny bubbles streaming to the surface.

S - Delicious, clean aroma of crisp white wine and strong Brett. funk. No hops or yeast or even malt aromas tie this to conventional beer smells, but it is very appealing in a unique way.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is a mix of clean white wine and funky barnyard. Moderate sourness is sensed in the finish and aftertaste, but not earlier in the palate. Reminds me of a gueuze or like a funky, traditional Spanish cider.

F - Light body with sharp, snappy carbonation. Light hops bitterness blends seamlessly into moderate sourness. 10.9% alcohol is almost totally hidden.

O - This is an unusual but highly enjoyable funky beer with a strong grape wine influence. Worth seeking out.

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Oenobier: Viognier Juice from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 12 ratings