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Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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79 Reviews
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Reviews: 79
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
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 Nipitato
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tolann
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a really nice cloudy orange color, hardly any head at all, looks like a nice belgian for sure. smell is good has a wonderful citrus aroma to it with of course a nice dose of yeast. a spicy and inviting yeast as well. taste is good, very smooth, a small alcohol presence, as well as yeast. not one of the best belgians out there but not bad by any means, BA says this is retired, it was the first time i've ever seen it when i picked it up, who knows

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Photo of corey0212
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Book BIF from SirSketch!!

Pours a glowing orange/yellow color, not much of a head on this one, just a thin film on top of the beer, and a slightly thicker ring around the glass....a few rogue patches of lace. Some nice fruity notes on the nose...green apple, faint banana, peppery aromas. Taste falls in line with the aromas, slightly bitter on the back-end, some honey-like sweetness. Crisp and bubbly mouthfeel, pretty refreshing. A tasty Tripel.

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Photo of blakesell
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. It could be retired, but it was around this summer.

Appearance- Beer pours still with no hints of head whatsoever. Carbonation does cling to the sides of the glass lightly. Beer itself is a cloudy yellow brown.

Smell- Smells wheaty and yeasty, very much like a hefe. Yeast is a bit stronger giving an excellent scent of Belgian nature. Belgian notes are slight at best. Light fruits with citrus such as orange and kiwi come to my nose lightly.

Taste- Tastes solidly like a German Hefeweizen. No notes of a Belgian Tripel outside of maybe the yeast. Slight light fruits that are brought on by the yeast. No hops, no other Belgian notes.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, yeasty, estery, highly warming, medium light bodied, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This tastes nearly like a German Hefe. I would not revisit this beer, which is good as it's now gone on the tap, and retired according to BA.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of notafood
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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!).

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Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was a hazy golden straw coor with a short head that quickly went down to nothing.

It had little to no smell.

It had a well balanced fruity malt and hops taste. There was a refreshing taste of clove in it that reminded me of hefe-weizen.

I found it to be very drinkable, this could be a very nice session beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of MillRat
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter at the Two Brothers Tap House. A color midway between banana peel and melon topped by a persistent white head. Aromas of melon and estery fruit plus citrusy hops with a subtle malt background. A sweet malt taste that fades to more fruit esters and left coast hops, and in a more mellow balance than some of the classic Tripels. As with most of TBB's higher ABV beers, the solid malt body obscures the ABV quite well. Like most tripels, this is not near the session-beer range, but the fuller body is appropriate for the style. With a little less oral fireworks than some other brews in this style, another round doesn't seem like such a bad idea.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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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.

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