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Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Oh Brother!Oh Brother!

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BA SCORE
82
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: silenius on 06-28-2005)
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
Photo of IBUnit63
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice while sitting at the desk in what passes for an office in our house in the company of Beavis, our currently passed-out purring cat.

Pours a golden honey color but is quite flat to the eye. Small sparse carbonation bubbles rise from body.

Excellent malt sweetness (candy malt, so says the bottle) with cinnamon, honey, maybe a drop of clove and some nice coriander. Some lemon peel and orange zest ooze a prevalent citrus nose. Can smell some caramelized alcohol, too.

This is much more tart than expected from the style but not a surprise from the nose. Has some Belgian Pale Ale characteristics to it - a little dry with austere wheat electricity and that nice citrus grapefruit hop essence. Sugar cane sweetness balances the alcohol. Nice and light for a Tripel but full of flavor.

Carbonation is more prevalent on the palate than visually. Citrus hop pucker tightens up with is loosened by the cinnamon sugar & spice as well as the alcohol.

This packs a bit of a latent wallop but is very easy to drink and enjoy over some time. Good late summer, early fall Trippel.

IBUnit63, Sep 06, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oh Brother! Tripel pours from the bomber a pale, slightly cloudy yellow orange hue with a half inch of bubbly arid white head on top. Spotty lacing with lots of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a sweet grain maltiness that's a bit bready. Fruity esters of apple, pear and citrus along with a mellow spiciness. Yeasty. I seem to be getting a decent amount of herbally, citric hops as well. Enjoyable.

First sip brings a crisp pale pilsner maltiness, a bit bready, along with a nice mix of fruity flavors. Hints of apple, pear, orange and lemon are in the mix. Mellow spiciness runs throughout and tickles the tongue. The herbal hops are noticeable on the way down, but don't really stand up to the overall sweetness of the brew. There's a sourness throughout as well. Overall it's a nice take on a tripel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly and creamy. A bit on the light side..it's easy to drink fairly quickly. I'd like a bit more body but can't complain. I'll easily finish this bomber...probably faster than I should. It's good to see Two Brothers experimenting and hopefully there will be more to come in the future.

orbitalr0x, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. Sizable yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. Pours cloudy medium apricot, minor head with delicate ringed lace left behind.Peppery spice and Belgian yeast notes on the nose. More pepper, slight bubble gum note and plenty of ripe fruit as it slides over the tongue. More yeasty interest as it warms. Drying hop not as well in the finish. Pleasant stuff. Decent if not amazing take on the style.

Billolick, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of dwvarner77
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep yellow color with a tall, thick creamy ivory head. The head falls relatively quickly, but maintains about a quarter inch. There is a decent lacing left behind. Active carbonation visible.
Aroma is very malty, banana is there, phenolic alcohol present, some clove spiciness in the background.
Taste is malty at first, again the banana wheat is there, and then there is a peak of spice quickly overtaken with an aftertaste of strong alcohol and a hint of wheat.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a slight active carbonation to tingle the back of the tongue, and the alcohol provides a warming effect.
Drinkability is high, even regarding the alcohol. Quite tasty.
I've been looking for Two Brothers to put forth a brew that was prominently above average, and I think I've found it. I'll recommend this one for as long as it lasts.

dwvarner77, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a long stem chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish body with a gentle carbonation of lots of bubbles and a thin ring of white head around the rim.

S- The smell is cidery and fruity with a faint perfume floral hint. No real spicy notes but the alcohol is only noted in the cidery smell.

T- Some slightly sweet fruity/apple notes with a soft bubblegum quality. There is a faint sour or tart note in with the fruity taste. The finish is slightly sweet with a slight carbonic acid bit. Some slightly sweet pear notes as it warms.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz to lighten it.

D- It has a strong fruity flavor but most of the fruitiness is dominated by apple. It would nice to see some more complex characteristics help balance the apple. The lack of head and lacing even with a strong pour was a little disappointing.

rhoadsrage, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of IntriqKen
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite a triple, but I will try to rate it on it's own legs.
Pours a soft golden yellow with a half finger of white that leaves behind sticky lacing as it melts to a simple white ring.
Aromas are soft sweet malts without much of the belguim funk you would expect to find in a triple.
Flavor is immediately very citrus...mostly oranges but then fading to lemon bitterness. Only in the aftertaste do I find anything resembling a belgium.
Mouthfeel is adequately substantial and aftertaste is clean and dry, however mostly due to the extremely citrus hops in the flavor profile.

IntriqKen, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of nicnut45
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber poured into sam adams perfect pint glass. No freshness dating indicated.

A-Pours a slightly hazy light honey color. Minimal head on the pour. And a ring forms on the sides as I drink.

S-Banana. Alcoholic banana that is. Nothing much else to be had here.

T&MF-This beer has the worst banana taste I have ever had. Reminds me of that gawdy 99 Bananas liquor. After the punishing bananas flavors, in comes the horrible alcohol taste. Dont get me wrong, I dont mind boozy alcohol flavors in the appropriate style. But this is like rubbing alcohol or wood glue. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and carbonation could be a bit more for the style.

O-Im wondering if the fermentation temps were a bit too high. This is not a pleasure to drink and I doubt if I will finish it. More attention to detail needs to be considered if they are planning on doing this style again.

nicnut45, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Muddy strawberry blonde with a minuscule and momentary off-white before it goes entirely bald.
Nose of candy sugar and dough, with a peripheral bite of peppercorns and all spice.
It brings the doughiness first, across the mouth. Sweetened with powdered sugar, and a background nod toward peaches and dates. The spiciness and phenolic qualities are muted, but some clove and peppercorns are noted, along with something vaguely vanilla. No real hop movement to speak of, just a drying slightly bitter alcohol flame at the close.
Medium-heavy bodied and plodding due to an insignificant carbonation level, as it is nearly flat after a couple minutes. What should be a sparkling a nearly refreshing big beer ends up cloddish and awkward. This issue plagues both the taste and drinkability scores as well (and, actually, appearance too). It's a few bubbles away from being decent, but as is, it's a bit of a chore.

cokes, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drinker, this is a very yellow beer wih white head, and a significant white head at that. Lacey, sweet yeasty and smooth drinker. WIth pilsner malt you say? Good maling, and carbonation.Edgy not the most drinkable this holiday, but a nice Belgium.

Sammy, May 18, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers Oh Brother! is an interesting and refreshing "tripel"...

A cloudy yellow body with an orange casts rests lazily beneath a short but creamy head of white. It looks more like a orangey weizen than a golden tripel; but that's not a fault, just an observation. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising along the side of the glass. The head retention is limited, and it leaves little lace about the glass, but it's still an attractive glass of beer.

The nose is yeasty with notes of soft fruit and a light touch of spice over a sweetish and even candly-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a very fine bubbled, (obviously bottle-conditioned) natural carbonation that tickles the tongue. It's not as effervescent as many examples of the style, but it is quite charming.

The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with its yeasty, sublimely tart and sweet fruitiness (juicy red apples, lemon) nestled in amongst a soft bed of sweet malt. Some notes of banana appear as well (this really is a lot like a weizen). The bitterness is kept to a minimum (it's firm but not solid at @ 25 IBU's), and yet it still finishes mostly dry due in part to a nice touch of peppery spiciness. The alcohol never appears; and it's actually quite refreshing despite its sweetish nature. It's quite enjoyable, and somewhat intrigueing!

NeroFiddled, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Two Bros retro release of Oh Brother Tripel is pretty good...and I'm not much of a Belgian fan. The beer pours a clear orangish color with thin head that is not lacing. The smell was typical of most Belgians with that slight twang. The taste is a sweeter malt taste with a slightly acidic flare. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

WoodBrew, May 18, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kroggdawg for sharing this bomber. This beer reminds me a smaller Maredsous 10. It has a balance of spicy phenols and citrus hops. I also dig the hazy amber appearance. The hops are a little different than your average tripel, but the yeast can match the dry, fruity versions from Belgium. Worth a try for something a little different.

tempest, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent apricot with a pinky of beige head. Murks up at the bottom of the bottle. Average head retention

S: Perfumy hops, pineapple, & a bit of tangerine

T: Apricot, tropical fruits & lemony hops. Pineapple, a touch of grapefruit, some breadyness, maybe a bit of shortbread as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, a touch of white pepper, apple skins & white grape juice

MF: Medium bodied, fairly aggressive carbonation

Pretty good drinkability, a solid take on the style

russpowell, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Vonerichs
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this beer has a flat out bad appearance. It's flat with no sign of head even for a second, and is deep gold in color. It looks like apple juice.

The scents are caramel, clove, and a little banana.

Caramel and banana taste, but is very muted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, thankfully, there is a little carbonation.

Blah. This is almost unrecognizable as a tripel and is not a good beer. At all.

Vonerichs, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that settles into a light ring. Not really up to tripel standards. The aroma is of pale malt and candi sugar, banana, nice Belgian yeast phenols. Very nice aroma. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar but also sweet from what I am gathering is an aging malt as it has some grape like sweetness. There are some banana, lemon and traditional Belgian spice flavors as well. The feel is fairly light and fizzy, a tad astringent from the lemony flavors. A good tripel. The lemon flavor is a little odd and overall not quite as earthy as others. Still good for a brew that has been retired.

Gmann, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this earlier today at the Two Brothers Tap House.

A: Poured into a small snifter the beer glows an incandescent and slightly cloudy yellow and gold topped with a half an inch of frothy bone white head that fades in about a minute and leaves a bit of lacing down the class during the entire session.

S: Pretty interesting and unlike most tripels, I thought this one might be able to pass for an imperial weizen at first sniff due to the heavy aroma of banana and clove. Given time the aroma begins to expand a bit and candied apricots and pineapple become more prevalent, but a tad on the sweet side, even for a tripel.

T/MF: Heavy and sweet and thick with the candi sugar that become more apparent in the nose. A good deal of clove and herbal spiciness to go along with the sugary pineapple and apricot and banana. The carbonation is livly enough but the finish is rather long and sticky and really weighs the beer down more than it should.

D: Maybe I drank this in the wrong order, I had a beire de guard previous to this one, but this beer just seemed overly sweet and overly thick for what I've come to expect from the style. A very fresh and unique beer nonetheless but I would stick to one of these in a night and that's all.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

beersdmf17, May 29, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never picked this one up a few years ago, just wasn't something that sounded appealing.
Working through the 15th anniversary series, and here it is again.

Poured into a tapered mug, it has about a half inch of foam initially that fades to nothing after the first couple sips. Sadly doesn't look remotely Belgian as a result. Some streamers of carbonation, and a brassy orange color to it.

Smells nice, mainly yeasty esters with banana and clove notes.

A bit slick with rapidly fading carbonation. Big and chewy, apple, nuts, banana, clove, nutmeg flavors. Residual spiciness in the dry aftertaste. Tastes pretty good actually, with well hidden alcohol. Clean and fairly flavorful, overall lacking a little though.

Honestly not a big fan of most US Tripels, but this one is pretty much to style, minus the lack of a billowing head and effervescent carbonation.

emerge077, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong pour only gets a half an inch of soft off white head. Body is a golden straw honey in color. Nose has some crisp fruit, with mellon and bready yeast tones. Enters the mouth with mineral based spices with tones of clay, tree sap, and crisp apple. Very yeasty throughout carrying some un-ripe fruit notes. Lacks a bit of balance and complexity I expect from the style. Alchol hides very well. Mouthfeel is a puckering thickness from spice and crisp fruit. Overall it is quite easy to drink.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

matjack85, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of notafood
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy orange with just the slightest ring of white head on
the edge of my tulip.

Sweet and yeasty, some fruits are present, banana and citrus. Malts and some alcohol are detectable as well.

Mmmm. More tartness from the fruits and yeast than I was expecting, but still sugary sweet. A big grain presence helps round this out for a very palate pleasing beer.

A bit of a bite up front, good smooth and somewhat dry aftertaste.

A fine tasting beer but not one I would want in succession. I will probably go back to The Keg and pick up another one to cellar (didn't know this was discontinued!).

notafood, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange hue with a thick solid foam covering entire top of tulip glass.Decent lacing.

S-The smell at first was a funky metallic and phenolic aroma.Also had a sour fruit smell.

T-Similar to the smell it had a tart/sour taste upfront but I also could pick up clove and spices with some scattered fruit.

M-Medium body with a smooth and almost creamy feel.

D-I'm glad I saw this and tried it.It is definitely worth tasting.

twbrewer, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Aroma - Sweet fruits similar to ripe apples

Appearance - Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with no real carbonation after the that.

Taste - Very tripel like with sweetness and spice dominating the flavor profile. This is a very good by the book tripel flavor

Notes - Appearance wasn't to great and mouthfeel really killed this beer. The beer was pretty much flat, which isn't a good thing when trying to duplicate a Belgian style.

jwhawkins81, Apr 18, 2010
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Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.