Monday, November 27, 2017
Trillium Deciduous (2017 Vintage)
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
- Beer Advocate: 4.29/5
- Untappd: 4.21/5
- RateBeer: 3.73/5
"We brew Deciduous to welcome the return of Autumn and to celebrate New England's changing foliage. Inspired by the dynamic New England climate, we recalibrate our recipe annually to produce a new iteration of Deciduous.
Deciduous Double India Wheat Ale presents a rich, warm, gold color. A dank nose of papaya and melon is followed by a well balanced palate of melon, fruit salad, and subtle tart citrus. Deciduous Double India Wheat Ale has a luscious medium body and creamy mouthfeel."
Pours light orange in color with a hazy body and two fingers of white head.
Aromas of overly ripe melon and mandarin orange flood the nostrils as does black pepper, mint, and other spices.
The taste yields a good amount of hop bitterness that was missing from the nose, but it is trying to make up for lost time here. Like the aroma, the spicy and herbaceous qualities of fresh mint, green tea, and black pepper tend to dominate, but they still leave plenty of room for lots of oranges, pineapple, and lemon. Powdery malts are noticeable throughout and even flex as much muscle as the hops. I wouldn't say this has an earthy or flowery taste per se, but the best adjective I can bestow upon it would be "outdoorsy". This tastes like the Fall if that makes any sense, but believe me, you'd know it if you drank it.
Mouthfeel feels much lighter than 8%, but body is still full and the flavors makes it easy to drink.
This version of Deciduous offers hop complexity, a light body, and easy drinkability. The flavor profile is just as complex as other Trillium beers, but this has the benefit of having the body of a wheat ale to go with a great hop profile. What will next year's incarnation be? I can't wait to find out.
Read the review of the 2014 version!