Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
89
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 25
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: cvstrickland on 05-04-2010

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 54
Photo of Dicers
2.62/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

really no idea why this is so popular. The taste does not blend well together whatsoever

Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On 031715.

A- Pours a murky dark amber color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Slightly sweet Belgian yeast aroma with a sturdy oak backing. Notes of overripe banana, apple and golden raisin. A bit of a bready characteristic.

T- Very smooth flavor of Belgian yeast and oak with some vanilla tones and more golden raisin. Sweet, but not overly so.

M- Slick but with some zing from the spicy yeast. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Very well done BA tripel. It's no Curieux but a nice attempt at that same flavor profile.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We drank a vertical of 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the brewery tasting room, but I will review the 2012 vintage, which was poured in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-orange coloring with a bubbly, white head. Nose of creamy vanilla, apricot, mango, pineapple, and very subtle nutmeg and clove spices. Flavors are roast forward, with a cream and tropical fruit overtone and a boozy bourbon kick in the backbone. Wow! Vanilla highlights, with a subtle warmth building as you drink. Smooth and robust bodied, with a fruity and vanilla aftertaste. Subtle spice linger on a smooth finish. Unreal!

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

There is not much head given to this off the pour, what is presented is a faint tan to white head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Body color is a deep orange, and very murky. Quite unattractive with blotchy colors of yellow and brown. Collar barely maintains any presence while resting.

Nose though is quite enjoyable. Lots of toasty vanilla and caramel sensations, but not much else. However it doesn't have a slight sucrose like quality, but not much else. Quite impressive if some of the classic Belgian characters seem to be shelved a bit.

Palate comes with a very thick but controlled body. Thick sugary malts and lots of light brown sugar flavor. Large rounding oak notes, and a sharp clove like sensing finish. Chewy palate of dense dark sugary sensing malts, with a nice sharp hot brown spices continuing. Moderate amounts of peach and orange fruit to compliment.

A nice example of a tripel that has done well in a barrel.

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two of these beauties at Tasty Beverage downtown. One to celebrate and one to age.

A- Poured heavy into my Bell's tulip glass with a thick head that fades quickly. This beer is surprisingly very hazy with an golden orange tint.

S-The predominate aroma is definitely the bourbon & oak that smacks you in the nose. Followed by light yeast and candied sugar notes.

T-Like the nose the first thing that I get is the whiskey, vanilla, oak flavor that only intensifies as the beer warms. That flavor is nicely complimented with a peppery spice and carmel sweetness that is well balanced. Also I get the yeast flavor that characterizes a lot of tripels. Then the bourbon comes back for a lingering after taste.

M-Nice creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O-Overall a great well balanced beer and one that I will getting on an annual basis. I'm interested in seeing how this one ages.

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to ASUBeer for hooking me up with this one.

I must put out the disclaimer: I am not a huge fans of the yeast forward Belgian style ales. However, when they get up into the Tripple range, I tend to find a few more that I enjoy.

First and foremost, the Bourbon Barrel aging made this a very interesting ale all around.

Poured beautiful, with an active head putting forth aromas of Bourbon sweetness with undertones of slightly peppery/fruity yeast.

Taste, was a melange of bourbon, less yeast (the way I prefer it), hints of caramel and fruit.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, not too chewy.

As it warmed, I found I enjoyed it more. It retained more of a Bourbon flavor, that was straight forward (lacking the other roasty characters that usually come with the barrel). More of that sweet Bourbon flavor, like it had been spiked with Southern Comfort or some other similar libation.

Glad I got to try this one, very interesting.

Photo of GregSVT
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a light honey orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of apples, vanilla, belgian yeast esters, caramel, and honey. Not much whiskey or barrel influence that I can tell besides maybe the vanilla.

T: The taste is a big improvement over the nose. Lots of flavors ranging from vanilla, whiskey, belgian yeast esters, caramel, and creamy malt.

M: The feel is creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Nice medium body.

O: This is pretty tasty and something I'd try again. I really want to try the base beer now to see how much has changed with the barrel aging.

Photo of MadScientist
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2012 with a cork and a cage.

a: This is a nice looking beer with an orange tinted medium amber having good clarity. The head retention is alright but a little short lived for the style; the off-white head leaves some lacing on the glass as it settles.

s: This beer has a great balance with the oak character somewhat dominate the solid spicy, fruity belgian tripel aroma. There is a moderate vanilla oaky aroma with some of the carmel bourbon notes. The peppery and spicy phenols along with an orange dominated citrus esters making up the characteristics of the tripel. There is also a slight banana aroma which I think is from the bourbon bit it might be from the yeast, wither way it's fine to have a little in a tripel. There is a little bit of spicy, floral hops aroma and the alcohol adds a light perfumy character.

t: This has the spicy, fruit, wood and alcohol flavors descending order but they're pretty well balanced. The spice is again mostly peppery while the citrus flavor is dominated by orange. The burbon barrel character bring flavors of oak, vanilla and burbon to the party. There is a moderate malt sweetness that might be out of hand if it wasn't for moderately-high bitterness a all the rich flavors going on in this beer. The alcohol is soft and spicy along with a light burbon character coming through.

m: This beer has a medium body along with a creaminess. There is a moderately-high level of carbonation but no astringency. There is some alcohol warming that creeps from your palate to your belly.

o: This is a complex beer that doesn't overwhelm despite all the layers of flavor. It's a very good tripel married with a the burbon barrel. The first time I had this I was a huge fan, an though it was the finest example of an oak aged beer I had ever had, this second time around wasn't as impressive but I did burn my tongue the other day which could be throwing off my taste buds. Fortunately I've got a couple more bottles and will come back and reevaluate after I've recovered.

Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Royal Chalice with a murky, dark honey, muddy orange beer. The soft pour produced a slight off-white head though the term is used loosely. Highly viscous, this one clings to the glass, leaving a fine coating of lace that waxes and wanes with each sip.

A subtle aroma of fruit and slight whisky. Apple juice mixes with some malt and floral aromas. The light Belgian funkiness is present, though well off in the background.

Warmth is a great friend to this beer, settling the whisky booziness and bringing out the spiciness. While sweet on entry, a light, sour middle carries into a subtle, but lingering, finish. One will also find apricot and apple.

Boozy, though not hot, the dense body is syrupy in texture with prickly carbonation that is quite lively all the way down. Residual sugar builds on the lip with each sip.

This is a beer I had sought after for several years. I found it to be relaxing and enjoyed it while reading inside on a hot, sunny Memorial Day. This was definitely a good trade. I plan to finish the bottle on the front porch after the weather cools down.

Every once in a while, one encounters the unmistakable mark of passion. The brewers at Mother Earth have left that mark on many of their beers. For this, and the ability to recognize it, I am thankful.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours and looks like apple cider. Lots of bubbles and a head that stays for quite some time.
S: Very sweet and fruity. Pineapple notes, apple, sweet, a little kick.
T: Hits being sour and bitter. Not the same notes as in the smell. A little bit of sweetness but it's overpowered quickly by alcohol which seems to dominate the beer.
M: Sits a little sour. Body is decent. It's bearable but not mind blowing.

Overall I was really optimistic about this beer which smelled great and fruity and complex. The taste though is almost exclusively sour and alcohol so not really impressive. It's doable but not blowing my mind.

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1201st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- Truly a good looking color. A bit of yellows all mixed in with a good bit of white head that fell slowly with a good amount of cling.

Smell- I didnt get much of the bourbon on the nose really. I did pick up on some vanilla from the barrels and I got some banana and then even some other fruits like pear.

Taste- I got some bourbon on this one but really the flavor was just a strong spicy tripel with some good backing citrus from the pear flavor. A very dry tripel.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium dry carbonation. Residual fruit and yeast flavors.

Drink- A pretty good beer. The 9% was well hidden and the use of bourbon on a tripel was fairly new for me. I'd like to try to this one again.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woolyb for this one!

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thick two finger off-white head, great retention and thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Sweet bourbon aroma right away. Lots of oak and vanilla and some alcohol. A little bit of apple and pear. Wouldn't be able to tell you that it is a tripel, as the bourbon mask those aromas.

T: Very nice combination of flavors here. Lots of peppery spice mixed with more apple and pear, a little coconut, vanilla, and oak/wood. Slight candied sugar in the middle with the wood really shining through on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Despite the alcohol showing itself on the aroma, it is pretty subdued on the flavor profile.

O: A beer that started a bit slow, but opened up a lot as it warmed. Another impressive beer from Mother Earth.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely. Light oak and smooth bourbon come through in the finish, really nicely done

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired by Nick straight from North Carolina, thanks dude! I've been on a Tripel kick lately and am always excited to try something new from Mother Earth. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Cloudy golden bronze with a ever so slightly off-white head. The retention cap covers the entire surface and there are really clingy patches of lacing all over. It's a really nice looking beer but perhaps a bit darker in the body than most Tripels.

S: Massive yeasty notes come off strong in the aroma along with a whiff of alcohol. For being such dominating aromas on their own this threw me off for a second. Honeycomb, sweet caramel malt and caramel apple come through near the end. It smells way more malt and yeast forward than other Tripels, and doesn't seem to strike a good balance.

T: Big alcohol notes are noticeable around mid-palate and well into the finish. Unfortunately these flavors are quite intense and initially mask any flavor present. Belgian yeast elements make their mark along with very bready malts. Overripe citrus fruits are along with the alcohol burn in the finish and just a few seconds into the linger.

M: Fairly active carbonation, nice and fizzy on the palate. It's the mouth feel you'd expect for the style, really well done in this area.

Overall, this wasn't too impressive in comparison to other quality Tripels (both domestic and international). The flavors seemed strikingly unbalanced and in need of some refinement. Other than that, it had all the typical elements you'd expect right down to the great mouth feel but everything else needs to be tied together better.

Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 04/10, obtained via an in-person trade at DLD '11. Let's see how 18 months have treated this beer.

A: Hazy orange body with a half-inch cap of fizzy white head; mediocre retention and light lace. Ok.

S: Huge, huge bourbon completely dominates, and pleasantly so. Behind the booze lie caramel, apple, and vanilla. It's definitely a bit unbalanced, but the whiskey stands out more than the straight alcohol so I'm really digging it.

T: Follows the nose: bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and booze. Definitely a bit hot on the finish, but otherwise delightful.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Solid.

O: This one smells absolutely incredible, but the major booziness keeps it from being a real gem. If it's this hot after a year and a half, I'm sure it was tough to drink when fresh. I think I'll sit on my other bottle for a while.

Cheers!

Photo of rockyfire
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a crystal sniffer. Cloudy reddish orange with a thick, creamy white head. Excellent head retention. Very smooth head. Light swirling revives the head to full size.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, grass, and a strong alcohol scent. There's also a lot of a wood aroma.

Taste: Smoky and slightly toasty flavor. Sweet, dry scotch flavor. Sandy, with a big malty and fruity flavor. Light apple, lemon, and a crisp wood flavor that lasts through into the aftertaste. The wood is very much oak and bourbon in flavor. Earthy and gritty in a good way. A light hop ending as well with a bit of yeasty spice. There's also a very light lingering alcohol flavor that is balanced very well with the woody malt flavors. This tastes great. It is not your ordinary tripel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. Well carbonated but not sharp on the palate at all. Coats the palate very well and the flavor opens up nicely.

Drinkability: This beer is absolutely delectable. Wonderfully smooth with a balanced and complex flavor. Other brewers should strive to brew something this good. Need to share this with someone. I wish they made this all year.

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/26/2011

Bottle shared by Andrew, thanks!

A: Dark orange with a small white head.

S: Pronounced bourbon and oak with a dash of vanilla and a strong bubblegum presence. Malt is bready and sweet with a sugar notes. Apple is faint.

T: Bread and grain with sugar and bubblegum. Bourbon is light and oak is evident. The beer is quite sweet and alcohol is strong in the finish.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Smelled better than it tasted, and a little too sweet, but still enjoyable.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this bottle, Carl.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger or two of white head.

S: The barrel has really taken over here. Lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. The more base Tripel aromas are there, but underneath. A decent amount of banana as well as some sugar, graham cracker, and bubblegum.

T: The flavor is much the same, though it's a bit more fruity and sweet. Heavy on the bourbon and oak with a mild citrus note, banana, and plenty more sugar and bubblegum flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not very Tripel-like anymore, but still pretty good.

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like toasted oak and vanilla and coconut, with some apricot hops and sour yeast and vinegar.
T: It tasted like apricot and oak and sour yeast, with some coconut and vanilla and vinegar. It had a sweet and sour aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very refined beer, seeming more like a shot of bourbon poured into a mediocre tripel. But it's still enjoyable, if you enjoy bourbon. It was a bit hot with weak body, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Age probably wouldn't help, so this is as good as it gets. An interesting experimental beer that I personally enjoyed, since I'm a sucker for bourbon beers, but not great.

Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

A - Orangish bodied beer with a bit of a white head that left some spots on the side.

S - I guess this is a tripel, but bourbon and barrel have obliterated it. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, candy corns, some belgian yeast I think and fruits, but not really.

T - It tastes like bourbon, candy corns, wood, decent amount of alcohol. You get the underlying tripel if you look for it in candied sugar, stone fruits, and some yeast, but it doesn't really matter.

M - Lower carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - This didn't work, just take any lighter flavored beer and leave it in a barrel to long and it will probably taste like this. Not saying it tastes bad per se, but it's just not good take on a tripel.

Photo of Verecund
2.13/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Harrika's in Swansboro, NC. I've had this in both 2010 (12 oz.) and 2011 (750ml) formats from the bottle, and the former is better than the latter. This rate is for the 2011 version on tap.

Pours a hazy caramel-amber with half a finger of head. Okay lacing, but this is one hazy tripel.

Almost nothing distinguishable on the nose. Pale malts, honey sweetness, faint (cheap bourbon), and a touch of vanilla. The 2010 version had a hint of tropical fruit and the bourbon was more pronounced. This is a mess. Also, there's a strong whiff of floor cleaner/solventy booze.

Fairly one-note: sweet honey and faint bourbon. A small hint of coconut, though nothing like last year's. No tripel base to speak of. A good bit of booziness.

Medium carbonation and creamy. A little boozy.

A huge mess. I would give last year's version around a B, but this is muddled and messy. I don't know if I could pinpoint the base style if I didn't know and the bourbon - which was too strong last year - is too faint. This recipe needs to be dialed in. What happened to the coconut from the barrel and the fruity tripel characteristics?

Do not buy this beer at $17/750ml.

Photo of GehenHerzog
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle purchased from Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte. Poured into a Skull Coast Pint Glass

A- Pours a deep orange with a half finger white head, no lacing at all (pour choice of glass though

S- Not getting a whole lot. Up front it's mainly caramel then a lot of Vanilla, and oak scent.

T- Up front its strong vanilla and oak bourbon flavors. A little bit of citrus and a belgian yeast flavor on the back end. I love the way this tastes. It's on the verge of being to overpowering with the bourbon flavors but it's just right. Slight caramel flavor as well.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Read a lot of reviews of Mother Beers being too carbonated but this one is just about right.

D- The alcohol isn't present at all for a relatively big beer.

Mother Earth continues to do barrel aged beers well (Silent Night is awesome). I am really surprised at such a low rating. I am positive I will buy another bottle of this. Such a great beer.

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Coriander and cloves up front followed by a bit of a floral, orange-like aroma. Vanilla, caramel, and smooth bourbon follow, mixing well with the tripel aromas.

T: Similar to the aromas, there are some spicy Belgian notes up front followed by some sweet citrus flavors. The bourbon kicks in afterward, accompanied by vanilla and caramel. The finish is dry with a surprisingly slight alcohol burn and a lightly bitter yeast flavor.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit thicker than I like in tripels, but it's understandable with bourbon barrel aging. Still, the beer manages to have a pretty dry finish and overall is lighter than most high gravity bbal beers.

O: A surprisingly good beer. When I first poured it, the bourbon seemed to wipe out all of the tripel flavors. As it warmed, though, the Belgian flavors began to come through. Very well-balanced and not overpowering at all, despite being fresh. Even though I prefer tripels to be light, dry, and crisp, I wish this one were a touch sweeter and less dry to better accompany the bourbon flavors.

Photo of rmalinowski4
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a redish, golden yellow with little head. Poured very gently to keep large amount of sediment in the bottle.

The smell is strong warm apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. There is some bourbon and vanilla in the background also. Smell is simply Devine.

The taste is earthy spice from the yeast, cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, apple, and some bready malt. Very complex, but the spice is the dominant flavor, it is a little too strong. There is some mild bourbon on the finish.

There is moderate carbonation, you can feel the bubbles dance on your palate. The mouthfeel is medium, just right for the style.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, different from most tripels I have had, but still very tasty. I would love to get this as an extra in I trade. Received my bottle from Wcholiff in the noob round 3 BIF.

Photo of Neffbeer
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra
12oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a murky golden color with zero clarity. It yields a small one finger head that vanished quickly leaving decent lacing.

S: Big bourbon notes come rushing from the glass. Smokey vanilla, caramel, and oak are the dominant forces.

T: The bourbon absolutely dominates this brew. I am having trouble distinguishing the tripel from the barrel. Waves of vanilla, burnt wood, and caramel lead the way.

M: A lush, velvet texture pushes the medium body to it's limits.

O: Unbalanced as it is I still can't help but love it. Bourbon barrels...

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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.