Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: silenius on 06-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 96
Photo of Redrover
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with the very cool Two Brothers label.

Beer pours a hazy straw with a minimal head. Sticky lacing.

Nice nose of spices, sugar cookies and grain. Very enticing!

My first impression is a slightly sour malty beer. The hops add a bit of bitterness and pepper taste later. Some fruit flavors (green apple and plum) emerge after a few sips. Lots going on, but it could be a bit better integrated. I can not pick-up any of the 8% alcohol which is a testament to the brewer.

The mouth is sturdy and a bit slick. This is not a bad beer, may get better with a bit of cellaring to let the flavors settle in together. A nice try from the 2 Brothers! (673 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange color. Small foam which settles in a ring. Fairly nice nose. Hints of polish and flowers, along with other hints of a pastry kitchen and a touch of light fruit platter. Flavor has nice balance, with hints of polish and sweet light fruits. Fairly respectable American example of the triple style. (309 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. 

This vintage is a few years old, so I'm excited to see how it's holding up!  The beer looks rather plain in my glass.  It's got a golden honey color, is relatively clear, and only retains a small ring of head. Could be better, much better actually, if it had a more hazy appearance, head retention, or any lace at all.  

Oh brother, I hope this at least smells nice.  Well, it does - some spicy honey, pepper, apple cider and belgian pale malt are pleasant and well balanced. The only problem is they are just not terribly expressive.     

The taste and mouthfeel are the  best parts of this  beer.  Its got notes of apple cider, great coriander and a sweet banana finish. Some lingering sweetness is noted and there is a kick of booze. Little oxidation for being a few years old, this has cellared quite well!  The beer is sparkling and has a medium body, but it could be just a touch more substantial.  Overall, I wasn't ranting and raving about this beer, but I also wasn't disappointed. A decent American Tripel, but no where near the best of the style..   (1,112 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear yellow color with a decent head and ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has an interesting citrus and lemon character. Not bad. The flavor has a lot of the citrus, but with a very odd twist. Weak on the spicing. Some tartness in there that I don't care for. The body was medium and the drinkability was ok. It's a good beer, but it doesn't have any of what I look for in a tripel. (431 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ole double deucer bottle pours with a slightly cloudy hazy golden straw topped with a settled ivory thin headcap, leaving some drippy lace.

Nose of bread dough and the pilsner malts are detectable. This has an American Macro scent to it as a result, I believe. Even before I read the label, the pilsner popped out.

First swigs: Clean soft bread dough and flour dryness works with the flavor. A quick slight aftertaste. Slightly spicy pepper but a bit easy on the style with a lemon peel touch.

Feel is smooth and with a tight carbonation. Quite a dry feel. No detectable awl-kee-hawl at all. Smooth.

Last swigs: An easy tripel without any overwhelming notes for better or worse. At the risk of having beer bottles thrown at me for saying this, slight malt liquor-esque taste with Belgian yeast strand.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering. (859 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at half time back in August. Giants game is good enogh a reason.

A:Nice cloudy straw color. Good amount of floaties at the bottom of my duvel tulip. About half a finger of white head with the poor. Good head retention. Some lacing.

S: A nice earthy funk nose on this. The nose makes me think I did not wait long enough on this beer. The barnyard is in it's infancy. Just a really nice nose. More of a saison that a tripel but the label says it is a weird beer. Some overripe fruit as well.

T: Not as good as the nose. Nice sweetness up front.Some nice fruit in the middle. A little bit spicy from the yeast in the back. There is a slight barnyard hint as well.

M: Very good crisp mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation. Refreshing.

D: A good beer that might be great with a few more months on it. This is an interesting hybrid of a saison and a tripel. Can't say I had anything like this. Good effort all around. (920 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,128 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A= This one poured a beautiful pale golden color with snow white 1" head. The head dropped to a clumpy skim and left delicate lace down the glass.

S= I found aromas of orchard fruits (green apples and pears)as well as sweet bakery malts, powdery yeast, and a bit of alcohol.

T= This ale tasted of tangy and sharp green apples, sweet malts, fruity Belgian yeast, and a mild alcohol bite. Very well balanced.

MF= Nicely carbonated, in the Belgian effervescent style. Medium body.

D= I have been passing this one over in the fridge for a long time and now regret my delay in trying this fine ale. Very good example of the style (certainly better than many American interpretations I have had). Highly drinkable! (798 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 oz. bomber bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $6.99 a week ago or so into my clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass. No "best by" date observed but a large sticker states: Cleveland Beer Week Special Release and left side of label mentions "Celebrating 15 years with 15 beers" and "Retro Release 11 of 15"

A Light yellow translucent body under a generous but brief white head that dissipates quickly, The body reminds me of a Bud Light, really. 2.5

S Belgian yeast and some sweetness from apparent candi sugars but not very characteristic of the style really. I have to say that so far I am dissapointed. 2.5

T Malt sweetness and Belgian yeast tastes certainly classify it as a Belgian Tripel but this is a rather weak one really. It just delivers on the required tastes and that is about it. Also there is a very weak aftertaste. It tends to just disappear. 3.0

M Some syrupy sweetness is there but it quickly leaves. Lingering syrupy sweetness is not necessarily typical for the style but this leaves really quickly. Overall the feel is on the thin side for an artisan Tripel. 2.5

D/O Drinkability is reasonable for the style. Overall this is unimpressive. 3.0 (1,226 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden orange color with a minuscule head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Very complex. orange, sugar/sweet, other spices i cant finger.

T- Mildly sweet. not as much so as it smells, but more alcoholic than it smells. again, spices i cant finger. almost wheat beer like.

M- Nice full body and smoothness that goes well with the carbonation.

D- overall i think this is a pretty odd/different take on the style which isnt necessarily a bad thing. Its something that i could have had another one on draft, but not another bottle. not right away at least. (581 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers brews a fairly strange tripel with its emphasis on rather heavy yeast and musty banana. As I note below, this is a little reminiscent of an imperial hefeweizen, except the bananas gradually become overwhelmed by apple and pear esters, and there is none of the hefeweizen yeast specifics in the aroma or flavor. This was an acceptable tripel, but overall too heavy with too-little emphasis on the spices that are often noted in tripels and the complex light fruit esters.

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white foam that has average retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few wispy lines of foam atop the body. Lacing is above average, with solid splotches and dots along the sides of the glass. The body is a transparent orange-gold color, with light turning it a golden yellow hue. Carbonation is visible and quite active.

Aroma is of heavy banana, yeast, malt, a bit of mustiness, and old pine needles. Absent is much of the apple, pear, unripe peach/apricot, and herb mixture that I've come to anticipate from tripels.

Reading my description, this beer sounds something like an imperial version of a hefeweizen, except it is missing that smoothness of flavors and trading the banana, yeast, and bread intensities for ethanol, pear, and apple. I suspect there is a fair bit of wheat malt in the mash, but cannot confirm this. The front of the palate detects yeast, banana esters, and some mild apple and pear juice sweetness. Mid-palate of overripe banana, hints of tart pear and apple in a pale malt base, with some ethanol appearing as well. Back of palate picks up a bit of curry-like spiciness with continued pear and apple juice, and substantial ethanol, which is a bit of a turn-off as it detracts from the other flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderate carbonation that produces a fairy smooth, softly fizzy mouthfeel. Ethanol is generally well felt on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils, and while perhaps a bit too obvious and high for its own good, the result is still drinkable and pleasurable across the palate. The beer closes dryly, with fairly substantial stickiness on the palate and lips. (2,231 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a nice caramel with a 2 finger white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, big Belgian yeast aromas, bananas, clove, and some other spices.

T- sweet caramel, banana, clove, more spices, and some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight slick, syrupy feel with some creaminess as well.

O- I thought this was a nice beer. I don't drink triples regularly, so hard to compare styles. (492 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I've enjoyed other Two Brothers beer (in particular I like Cane & Abel), this one didn't do much for me. It is a tripel that is missing a lot of what I usually look for in a tripel: I didn't find this example to be very spicey/clovey, it didn't have much fruity flavor, and it lacked the champagne-like bubbles resulting from secondary fermentation that provide a smooth and tickling mouthfeel.

Color is straw. Head is exceedingly minimal. Aroma is very faint. I did get some fruitiness; maybe some isoamyl acetetate, but not much there. Flavor is very mild, a bit of brown sugar sweetness mixed with some additional fruitiness; some banana and maybe a bit of apple. Still, not much in the way of spice, not much in the way of fruitiness, and mouthfeel struck me as being downright flat.

This beer wasn't a bad drinking experience, but it just didn't represent what I really enjoy about tripels.

I can't say I'd recommend this. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI. (987 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Tastes 8/7/08

This beer poured a translucent opaque dark straw orangish yellow body with a white head.

Nose was strong yeast smell. Soft grain, bananas, ripe golden fruit. Very yeasty and weisbeir esque.

Taset is medium to light/full bodied. Very smooth with a flater carbonation. Very yeasty, lots of oranges, ripe fruits, mangos, fresh grain, bread and some anise. There's this mild anise numbing flavor throughout. Strong earthy and maybe even some citrus hops. Surprisingly strong bitterness, but never completely over the top. Very present alcohol.

Better than most american triples, but still out of balance. Bitterness and yeast seem to be over the top a bit. (691 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light orange body with lemonade yellow highlights topped with a finger of white foam; modest duration and lacing relegates much of the appearance score to color and not the foam lattice accoutrement. Yeasty aroma with fruit and especially dried fruit, with no shortage of spice--pepper, coriander especially.

Good taste, well-represented by green sour apple, apricot, raisin, lemon, with spices. Without being too critical of Oh Brother! for it is a really good beer, the flavor lacks defining characteristics. There are various flavors and traits, but none that indicate, "Ah, that's what best characterizes Oh Brother!" All the characteristics are quite nice and well done; I suppose I was looking for something to mark this as great. It hasn't happened yet, though Oh Brother! is no slouch, a distinct Tripel.

The mouthfeel, however, is excellent, smooth with a good sour bite, amply carbonated. Thus far, it's the best and most definitive characteristic. The fact that the high ABV (8.5%) hardly appears is also impressive. This is no ordinary Tripel and, while I'd prefer something bolder, I'm not necessarily insisting upon something traditional. Its peculiarity is a fine trait. It doesn't wow me, but I like it. Quite good and well worth trying. (1,263 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a one and a half finger off white head and lively carbonation. Good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild overall but there is sweetness from candi sugar with hints of spicy cloves and fruitiness that suggests tropical fruits and apple.

The taste starts out on a sweet note then becomes a little spicy and very fruity. I am getting the apple again, some lemon, and something like mango. A bit of floral hops on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, but the finish is kind of heavy and seems like it leaves a coating in the mouth. Carbonation level is fairly good for the style, a bit more might be ideal.

Overall it's pretty tasty, but has some imperfections. Not the best tripel out there but it's drinkable. However, at $6 dollars a bomber I would rather just get a couple bottles of La Fin Du Monde. (937 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours cloudy hazy bright yellow-orange with a small off white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Fruity and spicy yeasty aromas. Fruity and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed. A very tasty tripel, I think I will pick up another bottle. (364 characters)

Photo of KeefD
2.59/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy orange honey color into a snifter developing ZERO foam and leaving behind NO lacing. Quite the boring poor and look. Smell is super yeasty! I left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but the smell is quite overwhelming. Slightly sweet in the smell with hints of alcoholic phenols present. Smells almost like cough medicine. Taste is super sweet with hints of licorice, pale malts and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very floral and sweet. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, but this could be due to the total lack of carbonation. Did I get a bad bottle?? I just didn't enjoy this one. I've normally enjoy just about every Tripel I've tried, but this just seemed to be more miss rather than hit. (715 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Santa justn for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a DFH snifter did not yield any head only thing that showed up was a light ring of bubbles around the glass. The body of the brew was a murky apricot in color.

The aroma is big on the Belgian yeast, bubblegum and cloves are right in your face. It is most defiantly sweet and candy like in the smell. The feel in my mouth is a solid medium with almost no carbonation. The flavor is sweet fruit up front with a nice pepper spice note in the end.

It was easy to drink. I finished the bottle with no problem it was a ok try at a triple not one of my American favorites but close (646 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is yeasty and fruity with soft malt, floral notes, and some spice. Smells pretty good.

Pours translucent tangerine with little head. Looks pretty good.

Nicely thick with heavy citric flavors and acidity/tartness. Oily/filmy mouthfeel. Mildly bitter. Fruity and light. Mild malt. Hints of alcohol. Finishes slightly dry. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Light & refreshing, nothing special or interesting. No indication of age. A copyright date on the label reads 2005, but surely that's just when the label was made. No mention of the beer on the brewery website. Suggested improvements: spicier, maltier, less fruity, more alcoholic or more indication of alcohol (this drinks like fruit juice). I am delighted to see so much yeast on the bottom of the bottle, maybe the yeast has just seriously mellowed it out given the uncharacteristic yeasty aroma and taste. No mention on the label that it is bottle conditioned. Some beers are noted as 'living' and are perhaps more likely to be kept off room temperature shelves.

Suggestion: add 'live ale' notice on bottle to instruct retailers to keep in a cooler and to warn consumers if found above cellar temperature. (1,198 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber with 1 finger of foamy off-white head into a tulip glass. OK retention leaves some lacing. Smells of clove, yeast, sugar, wheat, peppery spices, banana, citrus, and light alcohol. Tastes of grainy wheat, candied sugars, yeast, banana, clove, pepper, orange peel, and some alcohol. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Semi-syrupy and smooth, sweet with some bitterness but still a little unbalanced. A good Americanized tripel that holds out for the style, but is still lacking that oomph. (517 characters)

Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.