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Tripel Overhead - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 05-04-2010)
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends brought me a bottle up from NC, bottled May 2011. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, amber-tinged light brown coloring with a thin, sparse, white filmy surface coating. Nose of peach, pear, and pineapple, with a subtle woody character underlying, all-spice, coriander, and hints of booze. Flavors of creamy smooth fruit blended with hints of vanilla and a smooth, oaky highlight. The fruit remains tropical, but the creamy touch gives it an almost gelato character. Very well balanced. The spices and booze do a great job of cleaning up and corralling the sweetness, with a kick of cinnamon and nutmeg. The body is smooth and robust, and the spicing at the end does give it a touch of sharpness into the finish. The aftertaste is spiced and fruity, like a good fruit cake. The finish is smooth, and as I said before, it becomes crisp from the spices, leaving the palate clean, aside from a subtle spicy linger. Very solid brew, and easy to drink, which could be trouble with the elevated ABV.

GarthDanielson, Aug 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

With a dull, golden hue, lacing is there. Star fruit, kiwi, mango and pineapple in the nose, with a hint of a pep- percorn-like alcohol as well. This brew is fresh and clean, yet fruity and alcoholic. A solid edge of malt, and some modest hopping, unfold a bit more in the end. Spicy fruity alcohol is present, middle to end. This beer is clean for the most part. Some light phenols show more of a light herbal or wildflower complexity. Wait, this is domestic? We couldn't tell. Stellar job!

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Aaron420
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into an old snifter of mine out of a bottle that I have had chillen around the house for about 6 months.

A: A very light opaque golden orange with a rather small white foamy head that leaves quickly leaving a small ring around the top of the beer.

S: A bit yeasty with a nice floral note to it. With a mix of malts and fruit.

T: It has mellowed very well with its age. It has a little bit of spice with a touch of hos but nether one is overwhelming. It has nice touch of a caramel malt note as well.

M: It is rather light bodied beer with a good amount of Carbonation.

D: Went down way to smooth for being 9% Abv could see myself sitting down and drinking way to may of these in one sitting.

Aaron420, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, candi-sugar and some citrus fruits - mainly lemons and oranges.

The flavor is also pretty fruity. I get some citrus fruit as well as some wheat, biscuit malt, spicy yeast and some alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

chinchill, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of whitekiboko
4/5  rDev +4.2%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this bottle my way!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. It leaves behind a ring of foamy bubbles on the outer edge. Nice white lacing.

S: Rather sweet with a good bit of fruit aromas. Some banana, orange, and apple. The belgian yeast comes through for sure and to a lesser extent some clove/peppery spices.

T: Nice combination of flavors, some orange peel, lemon, and banana. There is a slight floral/grassy hop component in the middle. Nice subtle spices that aren't in your face like some other tripels I have had.

M: Medium bodied, but feels light for the style, but not in a bad way at all. Nice carbonation.

O: A very easy drinking tripel. For 9% its goes down smooth with a solid flavor profile. Would actually be quite refreshing on a warm day I think.

mdaschaf, May 02, 2011
Photo of MTWood
3/5  rDev -21.9%

MTWood, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville

A - orange, a bit hazy, no head

S - fruit, white grapes, a hint of spice

T - white grapes, faint alcohol, bread, orange peel, coriander

M - warm, medium to full bodied, smooth

This is a decent beer. It has really solid flavor and good drinkability for the ABV.

tdm168, May 29, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, courtesy de blackie, my 2nd mother earth offering

bottled 4/10

appeareance: cool label - nice coastal scene, sharp logo, etc. I served this one in an ommegang tulip - hazy orange body, light beige foam with trace retention

smell: sweet malts, bready, white pear

taste: very sweet - bready malts, yeast, pear and apple, white pepper, 9% alcohol comes in a little heavier than it should, clove, banana.

mouthfeel: a little heavy and a bit hot

drinkability: ok

dirtylou, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of aleckpa
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2010

A- Beautiful orange color. Not really much of a head, but a nice lacing once everything settles. Champagne like carbonation from the bottom.

S- Some sweet fruits. Banana, orange. Some spice like cloves. Also smell some alcohol.

T- Very sweet. The sweetness attacks my palate. Orange, lemon. I can taste some belgian yeast too.

M- Medium thickness

O- I was expecting more out of this, but not too disappointed. I never had a fresh batch but I expected something a little better. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I can't tell it's American at all. I probably would try this again though.

aleckpa, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that doesn't retain well. The aroma has some fruity esters upfront, along with candy sugar, doughy bread, a little white peppercorn, floral hops, yeasty funk and a little alcohol. The flavor has some fruitiness initially, along with bready malt, yeastiness, a little spice (pink peppercorn and corriander), candy sugar, and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is above average for a tripel. Pretty solid offering from Mother Earth (I expect nothing less), didn't really blow me away but I'd like to try the barrel aged version and try this one out in the cellar.

silver0rlead, May 10, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy coppery orange, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges and leaves some light patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly sweet overall in the nose, with a LOT of fruity notes of green apple, orange, and maybe even a little bit of ripe banana. Sugary bread and spices work nicely here with that rich fruit character, while just a touch of herbal hop accent work their way into the scene as well.

The taste is similar to the nose, being mostly sweet overall with bread, sugars, and more apples and oranges. Some earthy hop character gives this a gritty bitterness that lingers rather heavily in the finish, along with some leftover spice, fruity esters, and a moderate amount of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a sharp carbonation that prickles the tongue at times. There is a good bit of underlying heft present but the alcohol thankfully mostly just stays as some warmth on the breath after each sip.

I initially thought that this was a little too rich with the fruit notes at first but as this warmed, things balanced out nicely and this became a warming but smooth and easy sipping Tripel. This was good.

Kegatron, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazey golden color with a very small head that did not last for even a minute. No lacing or bubbles left behind. I am 2/2 with poor Mother Earth appearances. Sweet malt aroma with hints of fruit and yeast phenols. Mildly hopped with a touch of grass and flowers. No surprises in the flavor that was not detected in the aroma. More sweet than most tripels and not as vinous. A good dose of yeast phenols and some floral notes in the finish. Good flavor but nothing I would say is outstanding. If this beer had better carbonation, I would have no problem giving a good score. Nice body otherwise. Another beer hurt by poor carbonation/bottle conditioning. Good aroma and flavor otherwise.

morimech, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another 12 oz bottle from Chip's.

A: The tripel is a hazy golden orange color, its fullness partially obscured by a steady stream of bubbles that last for an hour or so after the bottle was emptied into my glass. A small head, about a finger, has left wispy lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The tripel has a strong, spiced aroma that showcases pale candi sugars. A soft fruity aroma comes with those candi sugars.

T: Pale malts, biscuity with a dash of sweet breadiness, start things off before quickly seguing into the tripel's meat and potatoes. Pale candi sugars add depth and strength to the malts, a sweet inferno of alcoholic heat and fruits. The tripel's body is spicy, prickly almost, in my mouth. The finish is fruity sweet with a blast of heat, the 9% price tag pushing back.

M: The mouthfeel combines sweetness, ample carbonation, and heat into one package. A little much at times, overall the tripel works.

D: A nice tripel, spicy and hot and sweet all in one sip. Now I just need to figure out how to snag a bourbon barrel version for comparison.

akorsak, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ewright!

A: A hazy orange color. Me thinks this is bottle conditioned given all the haze.. Nice white head, that dissipates into a white ring.

S: Some booze in there. Sweet with berry and wine notes. There is a bit of a bready/flour scent in here as well. Something floral and slightly earthy in this. Wondering if it is the hops. A beer I could spend a while sniffing, and keep finding new things in.

T: Strong berry flavors, sweet, and some definite yeast character. This almost has a sweet champaign thing going on. Good, but a bit sweet.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty good. Very dry.

D: Tasty, but almost cloying. I definitely enjoyed trying this out.

Beejay, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

tclapper, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: unibroue tulip, deep golden color, compact head recedes to a thin layer before disappearing completely

s: sweet pale malts with white bread/doughy yeast and a waxy honey component, honeydew melon and cantaloupe, nice little booze edge, herbal/grassy hops

m: lightly carbonated, body somewhat slick, medium-full

t: thick pale malt body, considerably sweet, lots of honey, melon nectar, a little booze, pulpy hop flavors - mostly grassy with some citrus - bring a mild bitterness to the finish, the big malt presence is nice - there's just not a commensurate level of complexity and it's way too sweet

d: just fine, a little sweet but it drinks well for the abv, pretty distant from the top-tier tripels, but really nice to see something new out of Eastern NC

picked up a 4-pack at Peace Street Market, Raleigh

blackie, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of PJC1979
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a beautiful caramel color and equally fragrant caramel aroma. The taste is strong. First, a creamy caramel taste with a hint of vanilla. This is followed by a strong hit of the higher alcohol content. It has a light carbonation, and a generally pleasant mouthfeel.

This is overall a delightful "dessert" beer. Not one you would have a full pint of, but rather a slow sipping beer after a heavy meal.

PJC1979, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dyalango, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of alcstradamus
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Pours a light golden orange with a sliver of head and spotty lacing. The aroma is extremely boozy and spicy...a real jolt to the senses. Similar to the jolt one would receive opening a bottle of nail polish remover. The flavor doesn't have that same acetone profile, but yet it is still extremely boozy. Heavy banana, heavy sweetness, and light spice and belgian yeast. Definitely an extreme version of the style, and quite frankly that makes it subpar. Just not drinkable at all. An assault on the senses with no room for the delicacy that I would desire. Not really any "off" flavors, but no "on" flavors either.

alcstradamus, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of SamW
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SamW, May 15, 2013
Photo of glazeman
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Big thanks for Macky20 for sending this as an extra!

A: Golden in color with a ½ finger white head that quickly fades into a crown. The head has poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: There's a little bit of sour cherries on the nose, and quite a bit of yeast. This is not an intense smelling beer. At the finish I get a tad of alcohol, but not much.

T: The first thing that struck me about this beer is that is much more yeasty than I anticipated, or than other beers in this style. There are some wild fruits in here as well as some funk, although there is not much sour or sweetness, more of a earthiness and a hint of bitterness.

M: The yeasty aspect of this beer combined with it's low level of carbonation imparts almost a chewiness to the mouthfeel. Personally, I prefer a more clean, crisp tripel such as delirium tremens.

D: Mediocre: The taste is not overly interesting and the beer is somewhat heavy. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one, but probably will not seek it out in the future.

glazeman, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Chips on the Outer Banks. I've been enjoying these Mother Earth beers, this one is no exception. Poured into my Chimay goblet. No head!!!! Cloudy orange color and no lacing.

Aroma is mild but Tripel all the way. Fruity, Belgian yeast, spices. Taste is good. Flavor is much stronger than the aroma, apples and pears, a little black pepper, Belgian yeasts and some alcohol. Overall very nice.

Mouthfeel is rich, would be even richer if the alcohol was better hidden. The spices tickle the taste buds...Overall pretty good.
To me taste dominates drinkability. Obviously a 9% beer is not a session beer, given that I could have easily cracked another bottle of this beer. A very drinkable Tripel.

JayQue, Sep 14, 2010
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Tripel Overhead from Mother Earth Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.