Wakerobin | Trillium Brewing Company

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Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A farmhouse rye ale with a complex spice character derived from both the attenuative yeast blend and the use of Valley Danko Rye. Sterling dry hops lend a floral hop note.

MALT: American 2 Row Malt, Valley Danko Rye, Crystal Rye, Dark Crystal, Turbinado Sugar

HOPS: Columbus

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle dated 02/09/16

Pours cloudy near opaque burnt orange dark amber with a fluffy creamy light khaki colored head. Smells like apples, banana, spice, some dried apricot and prunes, mild funk, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, with mild earthy grass and floral pine. Tastes like apples and spice, mild banana, roasted cereal grain, some toffee, chocolate, caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, with some orange citrus, apricots, dried dark fruit, earthy grass, and floral pine. Feels medium-full bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really interesting and unique tasting brew.

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Photo of FFreak
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this into tall tulips and shared. Pours an almost perfectly clear, dark reddish-copper color, with a huge, offwhite head that sticks around. Aroma is slightly spicy yeast and bread. Taste follows aroma, classic Belgian saison yeastiness, with a very nicely balanced sweetness to bitterness. Mouth is fairly dry, but sweet enough to please, and with ample carbonation. Overall, a very nice and easy drinking farmhouse ale.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into stemmed tulip.
Pours a really nice dusky reddish/auburn. One finger of head.
Aromas are a lot of dark fruit, plum and raisin, sweet sticky malt as well.
Flavors are really nice and in line with aromas, really delicious.
Mouthfeel was really nice.
Overall, as someone who enjoys red ales, I really enjoyed this one. Great beer!

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Photo of Gatch
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 02/09/16, so a few days over three weeks old. Gorgeous amber/burnt sienna color with an off-white, fluffy head. What a fantastic nose for the style. Funky farmhouse goodness with a perfect balance of spicy, peppery rye and yeast. This has some Hefe qualities to it. Flavor is a tasty balance of earthy rye and yeasty, barny funk. Grassy, peppery, and a bit dry in the finish. The major downside to me is the lake water, slightly cloying feel. I love that this isn't too heavy on the rye while still having enough to let you know that rye is the emphasis. Maltier and sweeter than most rye beers that I've had. The farmhouse yeast puts it over the top. The beer itself is great but within the style, it's exceptional. And we're supposed to rate a beer with its style in mind, right BA members?

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 28, 2016.

Heady mahogany brown pour. Good head retention.

The aroma has a nice roasted malt, floral, and spicy character to it. The hop bitterness is low but the almost fruit-like red malt notes are vibrant. A little caramel and toffee in the mix too.

Medium to heavy texture.

The taste has the same malty sweetness with a mild floral and spicy bitterness to finish. But as the beer warms it evolves and I pick up a little bit of tartness. Overall very nice.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into snifter

Hazy brown with layer of pencil thin white foamy bubbles

Spicy aroma notes

Rye taste, spiciness

Smooth , good sudsing

Nice beer

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Photo of mnj21655
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark Amber in color with a finger of dense light tan/khaki head. Taste and aroma are spicy rye with a touch of floral hops. The taste starts sweet but finishes on a bit of a drier and more bitter note. Medium-light body and moderately prickly carbonation. Overall a good beer but it just fell a bit short of what I'm looking for, I just didn't find the depth of flavor that I expected.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From a growler from Canton 2/10/16. Hazy amberish gold with a small off-white head that laces a bit. Aroma is of orange, mustard, and just the right amount of danger. Lively mouthfeel lets the beer dance over the tongue, leaving a balance of sweet, spice, and sting. Honey with the bees still in it. Finishes dry and complex. Great beer!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a tasty saison here, poured from a growler I filled up at the brewery a few days ago, its good beer, but maybe not as distinct as I hoped it would be. the yeast is a little tame, not quite generic with its white wine elements and French saison tang, but its familiar enough to not be all that special. the grain base is what I like here. red rye is leading the way, and I dig that hard. its less spicy and raw tasting than the pale rye malt is. instead its got more of a fresh baked thing going on, and the spice is more like that in a rye whiskey, balanced out by some caramel sweetness and vanilla notes. not that all that is happening here, just that's the way the rye presents itself. its really nice with the yeast, a little sharp at first, but it grows on me as it warms up. soft in feel with only moderate carbonation and a lighter medium body for its abv. well made, and worth picking up, but I was hoping for something just a little more polished here. its distinct saison, but not from its yeast flavor.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trillium takes styles im not fond of and knocks them out of the park. Rye is strong, but balanced well with sweet maltiness. Notes of citrus in there as well. The look and smell are on point as well

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Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottled 9/27/14

Pours a large creamy fluffy 2 finger head that fades pretty slowly with nice messy lacing, very clear iced tea tan auburn brown color.

Nose brings some farmhouse saison aromas with a yeasty aroma, mild grainy malt, reddish malts, some herbal spicy rye, the rye is different than I'm used to, herbal and quite earthy, some caramel malt like aromas, lots of random fruity notes as well, almost like it was lagered, and a yeasty aroma in the background like the yeast went too far in the bottle. It starts to get mildly sour, like the farmhouse yeast was souring things as it went.

Taste brings another strange mix of flavours, fruity at first, a fruity flavor from the yeast bringing like fruit punch flavours, straight up like Hawaiian punch, the rye is strong too, fruity and some spicy, but again that big herbal earthy rye thing. The beer had an earthy root like flavor, not sure if it's the rye, the yeast, or something else, but it's weird. Lots of weird fruity esters too, with a mild yeasty flavor, and a souring flavor, possibly infected, or just the yeast going too far and souring things, but pretty bleh. Also plenty of caramel sweetness, candy and caramel rye flavours, a little creme brulee fruit thing. Finish is pretty bitter, herbal spicy hops with fruity undertones dominate, more caramelized rye and herbal earthy fruity rye, and yeast flavor, all lingering, and sticky.

Mouth is med bod bit syrupy, mild booze warmth in the background, and mild slimy like esters, decent but lighter carb.

Overall this beer was not very good and quite a let down. Shame too. The more random Trillium beers I have the more I'm starting to think they are overrated unfortunately. I really doubt I will finish this entire 750ml, as its not really enjoyable, more of a chore to drink.

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Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/27/14, a little more than two weeks old.

A: Pours a clear medium red. Tall, frothy and fizzy light light brown head. Head fades slowly. Good head retention but basically no lacing.

S: Light rye. Mildly herbal. Like a spiced bread.

T: Big rye up front. Robust, rustic rye. In your face spiciness and herbal character to go along with it. Really tastes like a nice heavily spiced bread...liquified. More herbal quality in the finish with lingering rye. Lightly dry and bitter in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, effervescent. Fluffy, so to speak.

O: Very interesting and bold rye beer. Sharp flavors (this is very fresh, after all) with a bold rye that you rarely find. Very spicy and herbal. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer gets better as time goes on. Maybe it's the sediment getting in on the mix as I pour over time. Whatever it is, it's working.

Nice mellow sweet tone. Rye definitely steps in to give a very good spiced tone to it that is well balanced. Very smooth feel. A very easy drinker. A very nice beer. At first it was a decent beer, but as time went on it got much better. I have a feeling this is better on bottle than draft. Glad to get to try something from Trillium. Very much looking forward to the next.

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Photo of tigg924
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: rye, grass, and Belgian spices

Taste: rye, grass, caramel, orange, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet and dry, medium bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: An ok to above average rye beer. The rye is dominate and it mixes well with the other flavors. A solid beer, it just felt like something was missing. I may have appreciated this more if if it came in a smaller size, but a bomber just seemed a bit much. Worth a try, just did not do it for me.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wake Robin pours a clear, mahogany color with a massive, rocky head on top. The foam fades away slowly, leaving behind a thick coating of lace.

The aroma is spicy with notes of rye, orange peel, white pepper, a little coriander and bubblegum.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, with mild carbonation. The flavor is complex with notes of rye, coriander, pepper, orange peel, bubblegum and a touch of banana. It finishes spicy and mildly bitter. Once gone the coriander, rye and orange lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking, tasty beer. On the bready side with long lasting, lingering flavors.

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Photo of Florida9
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, let me say the label art work is beautiful.

A: Hazy dark orange-brownish in color. Cloudier on later pours. Forms a dirty, light sort-of-brown colored head. Good retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: Aroma is wonderfully complex. Bubblegum, spice, orange, candied kumquats. Sweet, juicy, fruity, and spicy with a hint of bright alcohol on the back end.

T: Taste starts off with a light, juicy sweetness. A light bit of malt. Caramel malt. Orange zest. Then there is a rye spiciness which becomes progressively more woody and earthy. Finish has a light citrus sweetness to it.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate-heavy carbonation. Spicy. Mild bitterness.

O: A very interesting beer. Enjoyable. Food-friendly. Paired well with Neapolitan-style pizza. That said, I get more "rye beer" out of this one than I do "Farmhouse ale" as there is much more rye character than there is yeast character. A fine beer none-the-less.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a dark, yet reasonably clear amber color. Well formed head from my smaller sample. It even laces the plastic sampling cup.

S-The rye is very present. It's also fruity and sweet in the nose. I find the rye to be very concentrated but it doesn't stop me from detecting other aromas.

T-Earthy, spicy, tangy rye. It's the main attraction. The maltiness kneads it's way into the rye flavor giving it a caramel infusion. A lingering, generic fruitiness and spiciness work as a shadow to the rye.

M-Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The spiciness of the rye lingers in a pleasant manner. The feel of the beer's sweetness is nice.

O-Well done. Not many similar beers that I have come across. I am always down to try another one of Trillium's individual concoctions. Far from my favorite but I respect the effort.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm excited to try my first beer by Trillium, a brewery out of Fort Point, Boston, MA with a lot of buzz around it. I had Wakerobin at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Wakerobin's their Red Farmhouse Ale. It has quite the interesting recipe: it's brewed with rye and turbinado sugar, a farmhouse yeast blend, and Sterling and Nugget hops.

Appearance (4.5/5): Trillium Wakerobin is a brilliant orange-red and sports a two-finger off-white head. There's lots of lacing on the glass. This is great looking beer, and slightly lighter in color than most rye ales.

Smell (4.25/5): Wakerobin has a nice blend of piney hoppiness, an earthy rye spiciness, and dark fruits (raisin and plum) lurking in the background. What makes this beer really interesting in terms of smell is how the Saison yeast really flexes and gives this beer an aromatic complexity that most rye beers just don't have (that's partly because most rye beers are really IPAs or Pale Ales brewed with malted rye). So you get your typical Saison yeast characters–grassy, earthy, peppery–in there, which really nicely compliments the spicy character of the rye. I pick up different dimensions of this beer each time I smell it. Complex.

Taste (4.25/5): Wakerobin is spicy and earthy, and has some herbal, tea-like qualities (somewhat unexpected), along with a pleasant, moderately bitter, piney hoppiness. As in the nose, the rye and Saison yeast works well together, producing a fruitful spicy-earthy combination. Speaking of fruit, there are also some nice, though subtle, dark fruit notes that may be the result of the darker malt and the added turbinado sugar.

Mouthfeel (4/5): This beer's mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy, with a medium-full feel and medium carbonation to nicely compliment it. It's moderately dry in the aftertaste. I really dig the prickliness from the rye and hop combination.

Overall (4.25/5): Wakerobin is a really interesting spin on the farmhouse/saison ale style. Everything seems to work in perfect balance. The marriage of Saison yeast and rye malt provides a great foundation. The moderately bitter, piney hops work well as a complimentary flavor. And the turbinado sugar helps bring out some subtle dark fruit flavors and help boost the mouthfeel's creaminess. A really good beer that I would love to have again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange red color. Modest head but it leaves a blanket of lace.

Spicy as in hot peppers to nose. Seems dry. Light hop and yeast.

Dry start but malty. It quickly develops a bit of black pepper. The finish unusual but attractive. It's nearly astringent and dies out quickly but retains a lot of the spice. Moderate body with an elevated carbonation level.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz mini-growler, filled at Trillium on Sat 16 Nov. Opened and shared with my wife 7 days later on 23 Nov. Refrigerated, poured to a pair of tall 'Breakside' pint glasses.

A: Deep honey-caramel color with a 1-finger topping of foamy ivory. Head drops slowly, excellent retention and strong lacing in stripes and speckles. Complexion is fairly hazy, though not so much as to obscure the rising carbonation emanating from the glass' bottom etching and elsewhere. A very attractive couple of pours.

S: Floral and a vague fruitiness of pulpy apples, pears. Candy/sugar sweetness in drifting waves, a little clove. Despite a lofty head and clean palate/sinuses not very strong.

T: Good flavor - improved apple, ample doughiness (grass, hay), understated rye spicing. Hints at tartness without being anything approaching 'wild'. Paired well with some milder soft French cheeses, including an ashy morbier, we enjoyed while we drank!

M: A bit on the thicker/chewier side compared to many of the Saisons I've enjoyed over the years. Lends itself to 'rustic' comparisons. Finishes on the dry side, mildly chalky. Slight sticky malts linger too.

O: Enjoyable farmhouse ale, good layering of flavors and sturdy body. Not the most memorable but certainly a solid effort. Nice job, Trillium!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a lasting and creamy off white that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear copper color with hints of brown. The beer smell has strong rye notes with earthy and floral hops. The smell has notes of apple and cinnamon. Other notes exist such as spices and herbs. The beer taste is less complex. The rye and the hops are the dominant notes that come out. The other notes such as apple and herbs and spices are present but not as noticeable. The texture is medium bodied with biting carbonation and drinks smoothly. A pretty decent rye beer.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-reviewed from a growler purchased same day.

A - Murky amber in color. Quite opaque.

S - Unlike my first batch, this has a definite aroma of both rye, and saison yeast.

T - The rye comes on very strong with peppery spice. Elements of the yeast provide a nice backdrop.

M - Pleasant. Mildly dry.

O - I would definitely buy this again. One of the more potent rye beers I've tasted.

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Wakerobin from Trillium Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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