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Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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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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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than goldenrod with a modest cap of bone white foam that will never be mistaken for being Belgian. Subsequent pours result in a 'shaken snow globe' effect that helps the cause. An attractive band of tattered lace helps as well.

Even though it's nothing to write to Brussels about, the nose smells acceptably tripel-like. Given the golden fruitiness and the clove spiciness, it's obvious that an authentic Belgian yeast strain was used. With more power, the next highest score might have had a shot.

Oh Brother! gets the basic outlines of the tripel style correct, but doesn't fill them in with enough substance to create anything approaching real craft beer artistry. Although the flavor profile is broad enough (all elements present and accounted for), it isn't anywhere near deep enough or complex enough. Part of the problem is the half-assed carbonation.

Specifics include buttery pears in sugar syrup, ripe bananas, orange peel, ground clove and a white grapiness reminiscent of sherry. It's a veritable cornucopia of fruit! With a few well-chosen tweaks, this could be one of the better Belgian-style tripels in the U.S. Things are definitely improving as mid-bottle approaches.

There aren't enough bubbles. Since the beer has almost no volume, the taste buds don't get a chance to mull over the various flavors for long. The result is simplicity... that could easily be complexity with better aeration.

Along with many other American craft brewers, Two Brothers needs to read "Belgian ale carbonation for Dummies". By getting that vital component so wrong, they've effectively hamstrung what could be one hell of a tripel. Bottom line: Oh Brother! doesn't deserve its exclamation point. Yet.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tough beer to review here. This beer has a lot of very pleasant Tripel attributes, but lacks the 'punch' or 'oomph' that classic Tripels exhibit. I say it is because, in part, of the yeast used, however this beer comes closer to mimicking a good Belgian Tripel than do most. The pour brings hazy orange, copper, rusty colored brew with foamy head formation, great retention, and very nice lacing. The color could be a little darker than expected, leading me to believe the beer is over malted (substitution malts) or is begining to age. Aromas of peaches, pears, pineapples, appricots, mangos, under-rippened berries, and papayas give a lot of complexity to the otherwise, overly sweet malts. Light acidity tartness, pepery phenols, and soft alcohols give a bit more variety, although muted. Flavors of sweet maltiness lead the way with secondary layers of those esters and phenols found in the nose. Light soap flavors and high hop flavoring bring up the rear of the beer. Textures prove to be a bit heavy and under-attenuated despite the airy effect of carbonation and the dryness of the alcohols and hops, lowering the beers digestability. Still a good Tripel, just wish the yeast gave more complexity and attenuation as do classic Trappist versions.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GRG1313, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Man, I was gonna use this name as a joke-y name for an upcoming homebrew...oh, well... This stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, banana, light clove, a kiss of booze, and the vague notion of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, but the banana is the clear overlord here, dominating all other flavors. Near the end, it twists a bit, becoming an almost creamsicle-like orange kinda thing. It's odd, actually. Whatever spice was imparted by the yeast and whatnot has been almost completely eclipsed, taking away from the whole tripel-ness of things. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost slick feel. Overall, an okay tripel, but one whose lack of traditional characteristics and whose o'erwhelming sense of banana keep me from truly enjoying it.

TMoney2591, Oct 04, 2012
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 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 15, 2005
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 feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed pale orange color, slim white head.

Pepper and spice in the nose, funky Belgian yeast and citrus fruit.

Taste: Peppery bite meets lush fruit, playful in the mouth, but...doesn't really snap. Sweetness prevails, little bitterness. Creamy, with a kick, but, again, missing some zing..zazz...zork.

Fullish body, but feeble finish. Not bad, but not memorable. Easy drinking, though, and the alcohol doesn't stick out too far.

feloniousmonk, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, copper toned gold with a small, off-white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe tropical fruit with notes of poached pears, mangos, and pineapple pulling through with a sugary sweetness.
Taste is of the flavorful bouquet coming through with a light caramel maltiness with apple, bubblegum, and apricot coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and yeasty.

weeare138, Sep 24, 2009
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 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 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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky copper. Thin bubbly head. Lace is minimal. Aroma is dusty and musty. Like a grain room kind of. Sweet candy like malt aromas as well. The candied maltiness carries over nicely to the palate as well. Slightly spicy and slightly phenolic. Doughy sweetness. Pretty good overall.

Bighuge, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Found this in Chicago during the holidays, in a large bottle (Arrogant Bastard size). I was happy to try a new American tripel. So we poured it at my parent's house with loads of fanfare. But this tasted like sh|t.

I wonder why they call it a tripel. It's got some Bret type bacteria in it, kind of like a lambic or a wild ale. Or maybe it's just contaminated. Either way it was horrible. I couldn't finish 1 glass, the rest went down the drain.

TurdFurgison, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of scruffwhor
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey, cantaloup melon with no head, a little bi of foam after the pour and no visible bubbling due to the opaque cantaloupe color. The aroma is a very melony fruit arome with some light herbal and rock candy notes as well in the nose. Still missing some yeasty aromas that I love in a tripel. The taste has a lighter melon note with some better yeasty bread flavors. Makes me thnk of an open field in DuPage count in Glen Ellyn. The palate feels natural with some wet dryness... if that makes sense. Never as good as the Belgian mde tripel's, but not bad.

scruffwhor, Jul 29, 2008
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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

barnzy78, Dec 04, 2011
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 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 Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pours into the ol' Corsendork tulip, generating a nice frothy eggshell capper, nice sticky laces too.

Just some faint musty aroma of dried candied fruit, which sweeten with the quaff. Not a bad all-around American cut at a Tripel, and it comes at a decent price per bomber. Still missing the fruity backbone and Belgium yeast.

Not a great brew, but I'd say a good introduction to the style beer. Lots better out there.

Vancer, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a goblet. 'Artisan Bottling - A Taste of Heaven'. I found several of these bottles at Malt & Vine in Yorkville, IL back in September; took one back to Oregon.

A: Fine suspended silt, golden/straw color, few streams of rising carbonation. Dense creamy white head, building to a baout one-finger before falling to a thin sheet of tiny bubbles. Good lace in ragged bands.

S: Quite fruity (apples, unripe peaches, tangerine, melon) with a spiced, herbal yeastiness. A little tart/'funk' sting.

T: The fruit, particularly apple and melon rind, are pronounced. Covering is a spicy yeast that's true to the Belgian tripels. Medicinal bitterness in the finish.

M: Thin in the first sip, builds a little then diminishes again. Carbonation is mild, mouthfeel generally creamy - sedate for a tripel, however. Medium body. Long-lasting sticky cling of sweet/dry malt.

D: Moderately drinkable, but a couple notches below the Belgian standard-bearers. Has some good flavors and holds true to the gist of the style, but ultimately falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Worth a try.

It should be noted that this beer, though currently listed as 'RETIRED' (yes, I reported it) has plenty of recent reviews, which leads me to believe this bottle is reasonably fresh; however, there's no indication on the bottle of when this was brewed so the age is indeterminable.

msubulldog25, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light orange amber, a thin, watery but creamy-looking head above. Lots of bead action from below, different sizes of bubbles racing each other to the top. The result is a slowly receding head that plants a solid layer of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - bready grains and yeastiiness dominate the aroma.

Taste - rather sweet grainy opening. The alcohol tastes on the low side, so the grains and sugars are kind of unsupported. The yeast offers some banana and spiciness appropriate to the style. Tangy swallow, some mild hop bitterness that balances well, paired with an unwelcome metallic taste. That fades with palate adjustment but it takes a bit to get there. The swallow lets on that this has some abv to it, warming the throat. Finishes on the dry side, light fruit, tartness, and warmth.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and creamy, feels good in the mouth. A weighty brew as well, enhancing the bigger feel.

Drinkability - tasty enough to enjoy but not one I'd return to.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 11, 2008
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Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.