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Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 3
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 thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

thewimperoo, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jampics2
3.75/5  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..  

jampics2, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liked their Hop Juice, so I figured I'd try their tripel. Haven't had much tripel before so it's tough to compare.

A: Pours hazy golden color. Thin white head that doesn't stick around. Some sticky lacing present on glass.

S: Spicy, sweet smell. Apple tartness with some alcohol scents come through as well.

T: Good floral hoppy spice. A little more bitter than I was expecting. Hints of an apple tart as the drink goes on.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp and finishes dry.

D: Not bad. Pretty easy to drink. A different taste that keeps you guessing what exactly it is. Overall though a good drink.

HosP, Jul 21, 2010
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
Photo of joepais
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

joepais, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better american tripels that I've had. Good golden color, a little heavy on the malt or fruit, like a quadrupel or dark strong but pretty close to a tripel none the less. This brewery makes a lot of good styles and are good at most of them, inculing this one.

david18, Dec 02, 2009
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 mltobin
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from DeCicco`s in Ardsley, NY.

The appearance is a very light golden color, with a short head.
Oh Brother smells of alcohol, yeast, neither are overpowering.
It tastes of some sugar, vanilla, light lemon.
Mouthfeel is fizzy with light bubbles, more of that alcohol presence begins to warm you up.
Drinkability is good and Oh Brother seems to be a beer that is more enjoyable with some time to decant. This is the second offering that I have had from Two Brothers and I am looking forward to trying something else from them in the future.

mltobin, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of RedChrome
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lightly clouded light orange color. Small white head faded to a slick rapidly. A few large carbonation bubbles float slowly. Almost no lace.

Sweet alcohol hits the nose hard before finishing with a bready note. Sweet apple tartness is faint throughout. Bitterness is almost non existent.

Very malt heavy on the tongue. Tastes of freshly baked bread. Tartness of apples is present but loses some of the unique fruit flavor. Alcohol is quite strong.

Nice feel on the tongue and flavors do cling. A bit of over carbonation makes the tingle a bit distracting.

An average brew. Would work well with a cheese plate as a snack. A bit of an off balance with alcohol being too strong. Not bad, just others out there are better.

RedChrome, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of steveshields
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first ever beer review. I like Belgian beers but have just really gotten into beer and this site over the past 12 months.

This beer is 8.5% and I have had it once before. I figured it was worth going back and reviewing.

A: The beer looks great- golden/straw color similar to La Fin Du Monde. nice thick head that diminishes fast. Already laced my glass after a few sips. Cloudy, full of yeast which was visible on the bottom of the bottle. Fizzy like a can of soda.

S: Smells good. Fruit forward with apricot/orange notes. Some clove goodness.

T: It's very good. One of my favorites from Two Brothers. Very smooth, fruity. A bit orange and some nutmeg maybe? Not hoppy at all.

M: This was a bit of a letdown for some reason. Starts out very carbonated but becomes maybe a bit syrupy? Lingers a bit. I rated it a 3 but bumped it up to a 4 because this is my first review and maybe I don't want to judge too harshly. The beer is great.

D: I couldn't do a 4-pack, or even a 6, but who could with these big beers? I'll still drink me an Oh Brother any day. Next? Saint Bernardus.

steveshields, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for 6 months in fear of alcohol presence.

Poured from a bomber into a Belgian chalice.

Ultra hazy. I kept it as still as possible in order to allow the yeast to settle. Somehow, the pourer managed to allow the yeast to mix. No biggie, though it deters my scoring of this beers appearance. Little to no head, with a white ring around the top. Light orange body, with golden edges.

The scent contains honey, orange, ripe banana, lemon, and light belgian candies. Light belgian yeast is also present and rounds the smells out nicely. Very sweet, but on par with how a triple should smell.

Everything the smell alludes to is present in the taste. The orange sticks out the most, which is usually an displeasing taste IMO but this beer has executed this flavor well. A little bit yeasty. Some tart raspberry flavors are on the end. Well done. Not the best triple from that of which I have had to date, but for $5.99/bomber I can learn to curb the complaints.

CoolJosh, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap

A: Clear golden color. Moderately carbonated. Head dissapates quickly, but lingers.

S: Faint cloves. Strongly sweet. Spicy, floral hops present.

T: Plenty of malty sweetness at first. A hint of honey and biscut. Definite cloves present. Nicely balanced fruitiness. The hops are definitely stronger than in most tripels, but are of the noble variety with earthiness and spiciness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp and finishes dry.

D: An excellent tripel. A bit more on the hoppy end, but balances out well with the sweetness. I'll pick it up again.

brewdoc75, Jun 09, 2009
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 youngblood
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber. Very subdued head. Doesn't leave much lacing at all on the way down. Looks like it cleared up a bit as I drank it more.
Smelled very spicy. Some cinnamin, clove, ripe melon, nice citrus sneaking through also.
I was pretty disappointed by the taste. Not that its bad by any means, but the nose had me very excited and it tasted a little bland. There's some spice coming through mostly phenols, bit of a spicy alcohol/hop aftertaste. Again, its decent, just not out of this world for a tripel.
The mouthfeel was very very nice. Had some great weight to it and was very smooth. Actually this has one of the best bodies of any beer I've ever had.
I thought it was quite easy to kick back for a tripel. Again, the flavors are overbearing and that can be nice, but not necessarily for a tripel.

youngblood, Apr 30, 2009
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 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 Nipitato
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A gold hue without any head. Slightly hazy.

S: A nice pleasant aroma that is not overpowering. Some good clove, soft and sweet malt, and overripe fruit.

T: A blah taste. Clove is noticeable. What really defines this beer is a bitterness that carries throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not hot. Somewhat spicy. Lacks any substantial fruitiness.

MF: Medium body. Lacking appropriate effervescence. Dry mouthfeel. Also, not particularly creamy.

D, notes: Maybe I don't really like tripels but I fount this beer to be overly bitter without enough sweet malt character. drinkability somewhat suffers due to lack of appropriate style characteristics.

Nipitato, Nov 13, 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 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 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 Tolann
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Really yellow just like a tripel should be. Head was white, but gone fast. A little hazy over all. Not a ton of carbonation.

S - Not too huge. Sweet fruity and juicy smell. Not citrus, but maybe apple. Has that crisp like a bite into an apple smell.

T - Some sour is my first thought and some apple tartness is my second. Not as Juicy as I hoped. Kinda mellow.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Not a lot of bubbles, but still gives me burps. Smooth drinking and not much after taste.

D - Not the most outstanding tripel in my mind, but i wouldn't mind it again. Bummer you can't get Two Brothers in Denver. I guess carrying the 'tripel' badge of honor I was expecting more.

Tolann, Nov 01, 2008
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 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 aerozeppl
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

aerozeppl, Oct 19, 2008
Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.