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

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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
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: 125 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with a decent slight off white crown atop,aromas are a nice mix of tropical fruit and oak,sweetish alcohol comes thru as well.Very warming and quite fruity on the palate,overripe pineapple,and tangerine-like fruit mixed with vanilla tinged toasted oak flavors.The description says its a sipper and its right,its a very good sipper at that.

Photo of MadScientist
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Jason
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Booze meets Tripel ... nice. Crackling lace holds to a thin ring around the glass. Cloudy orange golden color. Clean bourbon of vanilla and wood and booze in the nose with suggestions of raw honey, peaches and more solvent. Small but moving smoothness within the creamy medium body. From the creaminess comes the booze, a lot of flavor but the solvent character is held to a minimum due the maltiness adding more depth. Fruity boozy sweet and spicy finish.

it might be slightly hot but nothing over the top, a sipper for sure ... you can't rush this beer but I certainly had a great time drinking it.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +6%
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 Lazerlobe
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Westmalle Chalice

A: A lick of head on a clouded amber body

S: Candied fruits, bourbon, sticky caramel, hint of booze, orange candies, charred wood.

T: Cheap bourbon, marmalade, marshmellow, vanilla, and another wave of thickened sugar march on the palate.

M: Carb is a tad high for me but settles down with time.

D: A bit too sweet to want to attack two back to back. Still, a flavorful tripel.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is dominated by bourbon, with notes of caramel and brown sugar, oak, alcohol, vanilla, charcoal, a little yeastiness, a little fruit, and ALCOHOL. The flavor also has big bourbon notes upfront, with notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, caramelized oranges, yeasty esters, candy sugar and fusel alcohol. The mouthfeel is a little thick, and drinkability is seriously hampered by the alcohol presence. This is an exercise in barrel aging gone wrong, the end result is drinkable but in no way better than the base beer. They need to tone down the bourbon character and allow the tripel to shine through more.

Photo of ewright
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: The pour is hazy orange-amber in color with a 1/4" layer of white head that recedes to a thin ring all too quickly. I'd like to see more retention in a tripel, barrel aged or not.

S: Boozy and bourbon laced up front. The Belgian esters rise in the background with some spice and a muted bubblegum note. I'm also getting faint note of 'nilla wafers, likely from the oak barrel. There's something else there ... maybe a hint of green raisin? Complex, but hard to nail down.

T: Initially, this tastes like a standard tripel, but with a shot of bourbon added. Other than the booze and a slight oak note, nothing really stands out at first. On the back of the tongue, I start to get a faint banana note. There's a definite bourbon twang in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate to low carbonation ... maybe this is why there isn't much head retention. The beer is pretty solid on the tongue, but the booze in the aftertaste helps to keep the palette lighter than expected.

D: OK, this is hard to describe. I'm not giving this beer very high marks on any specific characteristic, but I really enjoy it. This is my second bottle from the same 4-pk; I recall the first one fondly. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this one, with another month or so of age, doesn't stand out as much but it is still tasty. This beer confuses me, but in a good way.

Photo of Neffbeer
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
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...

Photo of akorsak
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbrew and Trent1011 for this 12 oz bottle. Mother Earth was the revelation of our OBX trip this summer.

A: The tripel has an orange hue that seems to fit in well in these early stages of the fall. It's darker hue renders it opaque, albeit with a radiance. A finger of white head quickly disappeared, leaving only thin legs behind.

S: That's a blast of bourbon right there! Fresh oak, coconut and vanilla crowd the nostrils on each sniff. Rich and sweet, the barrel really warms the tripel up. That being said, there isn't much of a tripel scent, too much of the wooden sweetness.

T: Lots of heat from the very first sip. The bourbon barrel adds a burn that is as authentic as things get. Peppery flavors result, mixing with the vanilla and coconut from the barrel. Plenty of full wood follows, although that also adds to the boozy burn. Tripel spices come through late in the game, candi sugars and yeasty fruits, though they are faint. Larger sips cover up the tripel, replacing it with the burn.

M: The mouthfeel could pass for the real thing, the burn and the fade...come see the sun kill everyone! This beer has an incredibly rich wooden flavor, a lasting impression.

D: While it's only 9%, the ale feels a whole lot bigger. This is one of the bourbony-est beers I've ever come across. That being said, the cooler flavors work nicely, a rich taste. That boozy heat is tough to deal with though.

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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 smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 blackie
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: st. bernie chalice, rich golden-amber in color with a pretty scant head, thin ring around the glass

s: sweet pale malts, honey, tropical fruit preserves (whoever said orange marmalade nailed it), estery, bourbon and vanilla, the bourbon isn't overpowering - it's actually pretty restrained here - but it just doesn't really add or detract very much from this particular tripel

m: lightly carbonated with a slick, sugary body

t: very sweet - lots of bready honey flavor from start to finish, some belgian yeast influence with a light spice and esters, lots of residual sugar here, sweet citrus preserves, honeydew melon, light to moderate bourbon with a high vanilla component, booze modest but really there as it warms to room temp, finishing with a light woody astringency

d: okay...much like the standard tripel - average and kinda sweet, but with the obvious addition of bourbon - not really a good thing, not really a bad thing, just a thing, but it does give this one a slight edge over the standard version

single from Bruisin' sometime this summer

Photo of WeisGuy
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Crittervision for this generous extra.

a - pours a hazy bright golden amber, one-finger white head with moderate retention and lacing

s - really weird, strong peanut butter aroma, lots of roasted peanuts, definite notes of oak and bourbon heat along with some Belgian spice and yeast, some vanilla in there as well

t - once again, a strange peanut butter/roasted peanut taste up front but not as strong as in the aroma, more oak and spice mixed with banana, yeast and bourbon heat on the backend

m - medium-to-full bodied, carbonation on the slightly low side, moderate alcohol warming, somewhat sweet on the finish

d - not all that drinkable with the strange peanut butter aroma/flavor and the bourbon heat, just not that enjoyable really

Unique brew to say the least. I might be crazy for the peanut butter that I picked up on, but one other person in the tasting group got the same thing. I don't see it mentioned in any other of the reviews, though. Not worth going out of your way to seek out, but worth a try just for the uniqueness if you see it on the shelf.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl, who brought 3 of these bad boys back from a trip to NC. Pours a very hazed, deep gold color with a fluffy off-white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is straight up burbonic plague! Like pouring Jack in a Golden Monkey and swirling with a sliced vanilla bean. Crazy smelling brew, I think this has Curieux beat on bourbon intensity. Defines extreme brewing and the smell hits you from a mile away.

Taste still has a ton of bourbon flavor in it, but the tripel characteristics show through quite nicely. Sweetness is there along with a burning wood char character. Mouthfeel is full and alcohol big. Surprisingly smooth though, increasingly so as this fine elixir goes down. This is just one of those brews that every beer geek really must try. Truly a 'wow' drinking experience.

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bmanning at a tasting this evening. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes and leaves behind some very spotty lacing. There is a thin half collar on the top of part of the beer. The nose is completely lacking in what I would describe as typical tripel characteristics. The bourbon has completely taken over, though it's somewhat nice. The taste adds in some slight sweetness, though bourbon is still the predominant note. There is some slight grain there as well. Medium body with a bit of alcohol. Decent enough, though I think the bourbon has really taken over without leaving much, if any, of the base beer behind.

Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
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 wchollif
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light caramel with a very light head and some sediment.

Nose is fantastic, pure bourbon.

Taste is slightly sweet with lots of caramel notes and well integrated alcohol and light carbonation. You really get the bourbon on first taste but it seems to dissipate.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a clean finish. I would say very drinkable for an aged beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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 rmalinowski4
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Shaggy9356
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Extra from wchollif...thanks! Grabbed 12oz. bottle of tripel from the fridge never reading the bottle and seeing that it was bourbon barrel aged.

Appearance: Hazy orangish, not super appealing to look at, minor lacing along glass. Whispy foam, light carbonation.

Smell: Bourbon, mead, vanilla, esters

taste: holy crap, who poured some tripel in my bourbon? Crazy bourbon flavor dominates, lots of vanilla, more mead. Real hard time picking up the base flavor of the beer. A little heat on the swallow and some isopropyl taste.

Drinkability - not expecting this one bit. I love bourbon but this may even overdo it for me. Not a huge fan of the finish. I like that they tried this but maybe again a % of it in the bourbon barrels and blending it would make for an easier beer to drink. Surprised to see this in a 12 oz. bottle.

This may take me the rest of the night to finish and its only 4 pm.

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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.