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1.9/5 rDev -49.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$
I have given trinity the benefit of the doubt for over 10 years. Their food is consistently marginal for a brewpub(bland, uneventful), and occasionally, you may find a decent beer among the entire selection.
I realize chefs and brewers change, and you cannot take a single visit to heart, as many things could possibly be 'off' that day or visit. However, I returned this past week, after not visiting for at least 10 months.
My friend and myself ordered both an ESB and their IPA. I won't even comment on the ESB in the style category, only as a beer. The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming aroma of cat urine. Yes, I said it. If you have ever been in a house where a cat has urinated, it seems someone found a way to isolate this and put it into a beer. I could not manage more than 2 sips before leaving it on the bar. My friend thought he tasted clam water in my ESB.
My friend ordered the IPA, which is typically decent. Perhaps mine was a bad batch. The IPA smelled like a cleaning solvent, reminding me of Mr Clean or Spic and Span. My friend confirmed so you do not think it was just me.
I can appreciate a wide variety of beer, even if I do not particularly care for the style, however, Trinity should be ashamed of serving their beer.
06-04-2010 14:22:27 | More by sheikyerbouti
2.25/5 rDev -39.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
I have been going to Trinity ever since it opened in the mid-1990s. It's located in a great old building with funky windows. The crowd is usually artsy-RISD type. I have only eaten here a few times, as there are so many better options in Providence. However, my biggest gripe about this place has been the gradual decline in the quality of its brews. They seem to often have carbonation problems. If you like flat beer, this is a place for you, if not, try some of the other much better beer bars in the area.
07-20-2010 01:18:01 | More by BogleHill
2.41/5 rDev -35.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
9-20-09 Ordered a Russian Imperial Stout on tap that was excelent and a Saison which was average.
The place was dirty and appeared run down compared to other brewpubs I have been in. Waitress was a pleasant, local college student,
close walking distance to the bus stop and downtown. Did not see where I could buy a nice polo shirt or any other memorabilia that I like to collect at brew pubs I visit across the United States. Would not recommend this brewery to visit but would recommend the imperial stout to take home in a grwoler
09-22-2009 22:47:46 | More by langcpa
2.55/5 rDev -31.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
A and I stopped by Trinity after a nice meal at a restaurant down the street, so I cannot comment about the food, but the atmosphere was kinda dark and dingy. Maybe they were going for the dive feel, but I dont like brewpub dives, kinda makes me think things are not clean.
The beers were OK. I had a pale ale that was served really cold. I had to let it warm up but it never really got much better. A had the hefeweizen and it suffered from a bad case of o' de sulfur. I realize losts of hefe's suffer from this but it was especially off putting.
Maybe we caught them on a bad night. I imagine we will try it again since we always want to support local and regional brewers. I will revisit my review after we try next time
04-13-2009 19:43:32 | More by ridedammit
2.73/5 rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Went to this place after a recommendation from a friend. The place is big enough, with a hazy, dark wood, western kind of vibe. Kind of dingy feeling, though and poorly lit.
The beers were so-so. The Belgian Brown Ale was good at first, but soon developed a plastic aftertaste. I wasn't pleased with the IPA at all. It was more sour than anything.
Our waiter was a bit clueless as to what was on tap (he stood dumbfounded for a few minutes trying to remember what had changed on the list instead of just asking the bartender.)
Selection was exclusively the brew pub's offerings, but there wasn't a great variety within its small selection.
Food was standard pub fare. Not bad, not great.
Prices were fairly reasonable for drinks, but why would you want them anyway?
03-29-2009 21:42:06 | More by astrasday
2.75/5 rDev -26.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
We live in Worcester, so we planned a nice day-trip to Providence to check out a few of the sites. Had a nice walk around the Brown and RISD campuses, stopped in at a museum, did some shopping, and then went to top the day off at the local Trinity brewpub. For me, this was one of the main reasons for coming to Providence.
This is now one of the main reasons not to go to Providence.
The atmosphere of this place is something I would have really loved back when I was in college. Kind of dingy, british-pub-meets-american-night-club. There's a long bar right right in front of you when you come in and booth and table seating to the left and right of that. Decor is sort of rock-influenced, with a subtle undercurrent of holier-than-thou "I understand the significance of kurt cobain better than you" thing going on. There's a giant "Last Supper" painting in the main dining area that sort of seems dedicated to Rock Martyrs like lennon, joplin, cobain, whatever... Kind of cool, but a little hit-you-over-the-head "Cool." Also, the place was a little dirty - especially the bathrooms - so it didn't inspire a lot of confidence in the edible items...
Ok - I ordered the taster, so I don't feel like I can write any individual reviews on the beer I had. Lucky Trinity. It was 0-6. I had the Pilsner, Oktoberfest, "Mild ale" (whatever that is), IPA, Porter, and Red. All around not good. Every beer has this underlying funky taste that (I'm sorry) reminds me of the smell of my Great Aunt Gracie's chicken farm. Must be an issue with some level of brine in Providence's water supply. At least I hope that's what it is and not some issue with their brewing process and/or lines.
Aside from the funky taste, the basic character of each beer was way off per style. The porter was one of the weakest I've ever had. In relation to the rest, the IPA was probably the best. I can see why that's the one they bottle. Clearly it's the one they've put the most effort into. Finally, all of the beers were too warm. I was expecting 45 and got something more in the area of 55 or 60 degrees. OK maybe with a stout (which they didn't have on, disappointingly), but not for the rest.
Food was by-and-large american pub grub. There were a few nicer things on the entre list, but largely in the 'red meat' categories. That probably appeals to a lot of BA's, so take that as you will. I had a jerk chicken sandwich that was fairly average. It came with sweet potato fries that I was excieted about until they showed up. Skins on. What the hell? Who eats the skins of sweet potatoes? Also, I was expecting my chicken to be 'blackened', but not my fries...
One shining note of positivity: The wait staff was fantastic. I was actively impressed with their promptness and courtiousness. Our waitress was great, with just the right amount of attentiveness. Kudos to the waitress and the hiring manager.
Overall a disappointment - especially the beer. I don't know if it's the lack of a beer-educated population in Providence or what, but it's hard to imagine how a place like that has remained in business considering the quality of its product. Oh wait... it's walking distance from two big universities...
10-16-2005 17:33:16 | More by FirstMan
2.85/5 rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
This is a long established brewpub. In fact I bought a t-shirt for this place before it even opened. They had the shirts on sale at a RI beer festival in order to raise money to get started. The quality of the beer here is caotic. Some brews are fantastic, most are average and some are terrible. I have been coming here ever since they opened, about 3 or 4 times a year. Service at the bar is terrible. The bar help is either stoned or lazy or just plain igorrant. I have had to wave down the bar keep after sitting at the bar for more than 10 minutes every time I have been there. This includes getting another beer! They have a selection of about 6 beers but are always out of at least 2 of them. They have a beer engine for cask and again I have never been able to try it because it's out. If the cask is so popular then maybe they should make it more often.
04-05-2004 16:53:43 | More by ybnorml
2.95/5 rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Great atmosphere, good food, lousy beer. Such a disappointment .
A well-worn brewpub with lively nephew art and slogans and signs inside and out. A long bar invites you as you enter with tables on the right and a full dining room to the left. Gameroom downstairs. The squat copper brewkettle behind the glass is the most prominent example of the curiously clunky looking brewing equipment. Wish we could have seen it in action. Oars bearing the names of mashes they have stirred and been broken by adorn one of the walls. Broad collections of bottles and cans line high shelves on all sides. Everything you see bespeaks a good time.
We sat down and enjoyed some excellent french fries and firey buffalo wings.
Now the disappointing part: the beer. First off, on a Saturday afternoon, there was no cask. Of the beers listed, the IPA and the ESB were out.
That left a Brown, a Scotch Ale, a Pilsner and a Stout. A reasonable choice for a brewpub. Unfortunately, I found the Brown to have an unbearable rancid pong so bad I sent it back. The Stout did a better job of covering it up, but it had the same stink. There must be something wrong with the yeast. All the beers were served too cold.
Sad, sad, sad.
12-12-2004 23:57:32 | More by gentlebubbles
3.06/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
After visiting the bathrooms at this place, I was just turned off to everything else. The beers ranged from lacking to slightly above average with some of the american styles having Ringwood type flavors similar to Magic Hat beers that I didn't enjoy. Even the half decent Imperial Stout had a house flavor that seemed to run through all the beers - must be the lousy Providence water. If the cleanliness of the bathrooms are any indication of the kitchen I advise you not to eat here. They were grimy, dingy, and one of the toilets was overflowing and nasty. When we complained, they just tried to blame the landlord. Well sorry, the landlord doesn't clean your bathrooms, you do, and they were disgusting. I think someone may be paying off the board of health in order to stay open. I don't know if I would ever go back.
07-21-2003 18:14:17 | More by Longstaff
3.06/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Checked this place out on a trip with some Boston BA's.
Atmosphere was laid back, lots of vintage beer cans line the walls and a bit of a sports theme. We sat at one of the very tall tables with very high bar stools. Wasn't the most comfortable way to enjoy a beer, but as they say, when in Rome...
I tried one of their Belgian offerings, which although wasn't bad, did not impress me. I may have had unreasonably high expectations, but I was disappointed that Trinity didn't even come close to meeting them.
A woman came, took our orders and brought us our beers, so in that respect service was good. I felt the server was a bit un (or under) educated about beer. She did know which beers had run out, which of course were the one's I thought sounded remotely interesting.
I will try Trinity again in the future if I find myself in the area, every place deserves a second chance.
01-12-2006 02:37:06 | More by fdrich29
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Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI
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