Bouket

De Proef Trillium beer Bouket
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A farmhouse style ale featuring pronounced ripe notes of pineapple and peaches in the nose balanced by hints of dry hop aroma. A unique blend of wild yeast and bugs creates a subtle and pleasing earthiness to the nose and on the palate. It has considerable finesse and pleasantly thirst quenching.

Created in 2007, the annual De Proef Brewmaster’s Collaboration series has featured some of the most notable brewers and breweries in the United States. It has been consistently noted for both quality and creativity and was a forerunner to the numerous collaborations which now dot the brewing landscape.

For the 10th anniversary collaboration, we have selected the newest and perhaps smallest brewer to ever participate in this series - Jean-Claude Tetreault of Trillium Brewing Company in Boston.

Profile

ABV: 
6.5%
Hops: 
Sterling, Galaxy, Mosaic
Malts: 
Pilsner, Malted White Wheat, Oats, Wheat, Rye, Barley
Judges Review 
Jason Johnson's picture
Judges Rating:
97
Aroma:
24 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

The aroma has a lot going on, and honestly it’s all good and superbly balanced. There is some traditional barnyard funk from Brettanomyces, but not so much it overshadows anything else. The hop presence is medium and bright, and I get a lot of tropical notes of mango and overripe pineapple. The malt is crisp and has a wheaty aroma to it. This beer pours a deep yellow with a well-formed, fluffy, long-lasting, white head.  The flavor is right in step with the aroma. In addition to the wheat, fruity hops and Brett funk, I get a little bit of pleasant sourness which creates a refreshing, quenching factor when coupled with the dryness provided by the Brett. The bitterness is low and helps pull together the tartness and the low sweetness from the malt. It’s light in body, highly carbonated and effervescent on the palate.

I believe this beer to be near perfection; I have not had a commercial beer this fresh or bright. The balance between the Brett character and the hops is excellent. Normally, I find Brett to be overdone in many beers; it tends to overtake the rest of the beer, but the brewers of this were able to restrain the Brett to a perfect degree, allowing the hops to shine bright. A near-perfect beer for any occasion.

Brewery Introduction

The “proef” brewery is specifically equipped for the development and production of beers for third parties.

We brew on a relatively small scale: most often between 10 and 140 hectoliters per order. Our customers include beer architects (who most often contribute their own recipe), start-... Read More

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