Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) - Mother Earth Brewing
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4.68/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
09-08-2011 01:28:05 | More by rockyfire
4.55/5 rDev +14.3%
Now that I have secured a stash for the winter, I'll post a little review. Mother Earth Brewing has really got something going on here. Cloudy, cola tinged gold. Slight creamy head that dissipates into decent lacing. Looks thick and honeyed. Huge smells of vanilla, alcohol, bourbon, some spice, but cannot really discern. A lot going on here, but there is no doubt that this is going to burn. But it doesn't. The bourbon presence is well tempered by the vanilla flavors imparted by the oak and the sweetness of the triple. It really is a remarkable combination, and all melds together, dare I say, perfectly. This is a thick sipper, smooth as chugging syrup. All things considered, drinkability is pretty good.
I was not overly impressed with their normal triple, and did not have super high expectations going in to this beer. A very nice surprise that I look forward to revisiting when it gets a bit cooler.
Edit - Revisited this beer this weekend. I still like the combination of the Tripel and the barrel aging, but the bourbon presence is MUCH stronger than I recalled.
07-13-2010 01:27:11 | More by Onibubba
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
10-29-2010 03:32:35 | More by twiggamortis420
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottled on: 04/10.
Appearance: Pours a well clouded, dark orange-yellow body with a sudsy, white head.
Smell: Sweet-scented mingling of lightly bready malts, shaved coconut, lemon, bourbon-drenched barrels, orchard fruits, vanilla sugar, florals, and a hint of ground pepper and cloves.
Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly honeyish in the fore, then, a taste of soft French bread. The honeyed qualities join with some floral aspects to present a bit of honeysuckle as some pear and citrus fruitiness joins in. Gentle vanilla, coconut, and bourbon with a potent tannic oak wood character midway. Light yeasty spiciness. Warming alcohol presence and a little, last sip of bourbon on the drying, creamyish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: An interesting, tasty treat. It's not every day you come across a barrel-aged tripel, sadly. Nice one, Mother Earth.
12-14-2010 00:14:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.3/5 rDev +8%
Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Bottled 04/2010. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours a murky, burnt-orange - no head, just a bubbly, broken band around the edges. Huge nose - butterscotch and bourbon, with some light fruit (apricots?), a buttery quality and vanilla notes. Taste follows nose - a candy-like quality also comes out, as well as a slightly acrid character towards the back. There's also a little bit of alcohol expressed in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant, palate cleansing carbonation. This is definitely a sipper - almost like a brandy. I would love to see how this ages. A top notch beer.
10-17-2010 22:53:15 | More by Jwale73
4.3/5 rDev +8%
Thanks to Jbelflower for sending this as an extra.
Pours honey gold with an inch of white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
Smells like bourbon. Oak and vanilla with a caramel mixed in.
Tastes like bourbon and caramel. Nicely balanced with a tiny bit of spice i detect.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, not very carbonated for a tripel.
Drinkability suffers, it tastes great, but just something about it makes it a little tough to drink.
Definitely worth a try, no idea what it costs as far as 6 pack worthy.
12-10-2010 00:44:08 | More by bs870621345
4.3/5 rDev +8%
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.
07-05-2011 01:12:00 | More by GehenHerzog
Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.