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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

120 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 05-04-2010)
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Reviews by hellhammermario:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

MadScientist, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mverity, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jason, Jan 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

mrw1zard, May 13, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jtladner, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
5/5  rDev +25.3%

JMS1512, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of whitekiboko
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

twowheelssoar, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Lazerlobe, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

leschkie, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of hyoung41
3.75/5  rDev -6%

hyoung41, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Doppelbockulus, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

silver0rlead, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of ewright
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

ewright, Aug 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Keith_R, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

wolfeman007, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Boski, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Neffbeer
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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...

Neffbeer, May 27, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

akorsak, Sep 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

VeganUndead, Sep 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

mdillon86, May 12, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

n2185, Jun 30, 2011
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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.