Dogtooth Violet
Trillium Brewing Company

Dogtooth VioletDogtooth Violet
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Wild Ale
Ranked #710
Ranked #11,310
4.17 | pDev: 6.24%
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Dogtooth VioletDogtooth Violet
Notes: Inspired by the grace and elegance of this distinctive and ubiquitous wildflower lily, Dogtooth Violet follows in the footsteps of Permutation #63: a simple American Wild Ale that balances a firm grassy bitterness with a touch of funk from aged hops and our Native New England Mixed Culture. Pouring a light straw with a fluffy head, aromas of fresh lemon, biscuit, and dried green tea leap from the glass. Floral accents of vibrant lemongrass, dandelion, and lavender enliven the palate with a slightly sweet biscuit note following. Medium bodied with a rounded bitterness, a crisp bubbly effervescence and a light acidity, Dogtooth Violet is approachable with a clean and refreshing finish.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz (330ml) bottle - dated 26-Oct 18 -Poured into a classic tulip at 48F.

Pours a remarkably clear, ever-so-slightly hazed bright honey golden colour, topped with three heafty fingers of bone white head, with remarkable retention, being fed by countless columns of effervescence. Thick peaks of pacing are oeft behind as the head slowly recedes.

Nose: Bright, floral, and funky. Some wonderful rustic wheat and grains form a gebtle foundation, dressed with an almosy saison-like yeast quality to it, as well as some very pungent farmhouse funk. Some bright lemon lactobacillus, as well as some green apple, ripe pear, white grape, worn leather, white oak, overripe nectarine, and a distinct vinous element. There are some complex floral components, bringing aromas of summer wildflowers. On the tail end, a faint streak of minerality presents itself.

Palate: At first sip, I am taken aback by how calm the lacto influence is. The nose hints at an imminent tart constriction, though the delivery is surprisingly tame. There is a hint of that lemon-like tartness, but it doesn't spark the tongue or activate a salivary response. Instead, there is a prominent brett influence. That dry, dusty, musty, slightly bitter overripe stone fruit character becomes very clear, and adds a very lovely "wild" element. The rustic farmy grains contribute just a kiss of malt sweetness, which acts to nicely compliment the bright fruity notes. Green apple, pear, white grape, starfruit, a kiss of melon, and a touch of something vaguely tropical - much of which I'm sure is due to the hops. The Brett then serves to perpetually dry things out all the way to the finish, which is clean, mildly bitter, astringent, and even the smallest bit resinous.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light-bodied, crisp, clean, and sparkling, with a very champagne-like effervescence. The 6.2% ABV doesn't get in the way at all, other than lending just the slightest bit of heat, which is only detectable due to the light, sheer nature of this ale. Very drinkable, and the yeast/culture effects do not inhibit the drinkability in the slightest.

Overall: I was expecting this to be a boring, simple, overly friendly expression of a wild ale, given the seriously low price Trillium was letting these go for. It really isn't. It is a proper little wild ale, with a very balanced delivery, and even a touch of complexity. It isn't overly tart, which I know Trillium is capable of, nor is it bland or lacking. It's just a wonderfully crisp, easy, and interesting take on a petite rustic wild ale. I only wish I grabbed more than one. Thoroughly enjoyable, and one that can pair excellently with food.

 2,665 characters

Photo of egrandfield
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass
L: Opaque dirty blonde, 2.5 finger head
S: Sour, then a blooming flower
T: Tart, but not too sour, then wild grape
F: Satisfying
O: V good.

 164 characters

Photo of Blackrobe
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dated 10/26/18 on the side label, 8.5 months since brewing.

Pours a slight hazy pale straw with a steady stream of bubbles and two fingers of pillowy white head. Nose starts of with a very fruit estery funk followed by notes of lemongrass, hibiscus, lavender, hemp, wheat flour, slight honey and freshly cut cedarwood. Taste follows the nose, complex but not overly so, balanced. Additional notes of yellow plum/apricot, hop cones and sap. Love the blend of flavors in this on initial taste and lingers afterwards. Medium- body with a copious amount of effervescent tiny bubbles.Medium funk and a low+ bitterness. Bright! Unique! Wonderful! I deeply regret only picking up one of these, it's fantastic!

 703 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy golden color, a bit milky, with a bright white head an lots of lacing. The nose is pungently acidic, with a hint of grass and floral softness to round off the edges. The flavor is similar, with strong lemony notes and softer floral honey counterpoints. Not a brutal affair, this keeps it all dialed in-bounds, bright but not punishing. Quite well built.

 364 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity esters, biscuity bready crackery malts, apple, pear, lemon, sweet banana, apricot, green tea, lemongrass, wildflowers, mild funk, dandelion, lavender, bitter earthy grassy piney hops

 195 characters

Dogtooth Violet from Trillium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 18 ratings