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Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Oh Brother!Oh Brother!

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BA SCORE
82
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%


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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malcontent

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat dull-looking, honey-colored beer more or less lacking head entirely.

Slightly powdery (aspirin) aroma with apple skins and a faint sweet citrus on board.

Rich, sweet malt body with a major yeast presence in the form of soft clove and bread. There's a surprising hop bitterness that betrays a touch of orange peel before being swallowed whole by the huge tripel sweetness I've come to love from time to time.

Tripels aren't usually highly carbonated but the Bros. Ebel have and issue with their beers ending up a touch listless at times. A little more priming sugar perhaps? Still, a nice, affable tripel that definitely shows it's homebrew roots.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 01:38:50 | More by malcontent
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cokes

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 05:21:25 | More by cokes
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Vancer

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 01:09:47 | More by Vancer
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:50:23 | More by BeerBelcher
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bassmantin

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a minimal frothy head.

Smell is very Belgian. You know, that Belgian suger. It's a bit tangy, too. Not overpowering.

The initial taste is pretty good. Decent malts, not terribly complex. A decent alcohol burn, but in general the aftertaste is flat and watered down.

Overall: this is a decent tripel, and since I love the style, I still enjoyed it, but it was a bit too moderate for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:43:23 | More by bassmantin
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:21:38 | More by jwinship83
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Crosling

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:05:06 | More by Crosling
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 06:43:54 | More by bluemoonswoon
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly surprised to find a ferkin of this abroad when there hasn't been any on offer at the source. Our first experience of a cask-conditioned tripel style. Pours a warm orange amber with a distinctive haze; the head is modest indeed, well not surprising with a cask-conditioned beer. It was interesting to try the style at the warmer temperature at lower carbonation than is typical. Sweetness and fruit - dried apricots and orange, hint of banana, dominate the beginning, yeast and biscuit in the finish, some phenolic and slight bitterness.

Serving type: cask

06-27-2008 04:10:02 | More by AylwinForbes
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 04:19:15 | More by Bighuge
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Two Brothers Tap House 6/19/08.

A: Served a glowing golden hazy peach color with a tiny 1/2 finger head. Small amount of lace.

S: Aromas of spicy/fruity yeast, coriander/clove, and lightly toasted yeast.

T: Very sweet candi sugar mixed with flavors of peach/apple/mango, and a nice spicy/fruity yeast.

M: Sweet, spicy, and oily. Coats very well.

D: Not a trace of the 10% abv. Dangerous!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 00:48:11 | More by GbVDave
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KeefD

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 05:18:29 | More by KeefD
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DavidEddie

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-29-08 as part of there May release Artisan series.

22oz bomber purchased from Two Bros. Tap House for $5.99.

Pours a hazy straw pale yellow. Bone white head falls quickly to a ring of lacing around my Karmeliet glass. Nice aromas of spicy Belgium yeast, bread, apples, and Bazooka bubble gum. Flavors of clove, citrus, pears, green apples, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and syrupy. Carbonation fell short towards the end of the bomber. Drinkability was still good considering the low carbonation. The 8.5% was hidden well enough. Can't wait to try this on tap. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 03:39:25 | More by DavidEddie
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IntriqKen

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 23:55:38 | More by IntriqKen
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EPseja

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOTE: This rating is based on "Tripel" as the style! Marks would be slightly higher is this beer were in another category.

Imported for me as a Christmas gift from my brother who lives in the burbs of Chi-town. Sweet!

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Chimay Chalice at just below cellar temperature.

A - Slightly hazy tan-gold color. Even with a vigorous pour, it was tough to get a head of half an inch, and even that was turned to a thin film in only seconds. Lacing is weak and patchy.

S - Cidery, with a sweet and sour character almost reminiscent of a Flemish ale. Some floral notes and delicate citrus.

T - Woah. Whatever sweetness starts out on the tongue is quickly beaten down by a honeyed sourness that pulls you right to the fringes of the style class. In the middle and toward the swallow, there is noticeable yeastiness to accompany the sour notes, and a bready undertone. The finish is tart and the alcohol is noticeable here. The aftertaste (for some odd reason) smacks of Rooibos tea. Overall, this reminds me a bit of Petrus Aged Pale.

M - Tingly and a bit aggressive on the tongue, but mellowing as it evolves. Pillowy at its peak, and a quick watery swallow.

D - I opened this beer hoping to get a nice sweet Tripel, but instead I got something far different This beer is not necessarily bad for what it is, but I think that it's a bit off the mark to fall solidly into the Tripel category. Drinkability? Now that I know what it's all about, I will very much enjoy the rest over a game of Half Life while my daughter is sleeping.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:04:16 | More by EPseja
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 03:00:27 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 22:32:20 | More by blitheringidiot
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 02:28:34 | More by TurdFurgison
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Redrover

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 00:28:56 | More by Redrover
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Has a clear straw color with nice lacing. Lagar yeast then peppery, musky smell. light body. Nice taste is grainy, yeasty, with an essence of oak. Finishes crisp and clean. A triple that tastes a little raw and unrefined, like many American brewed examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 09:11:51 | More by beerceller99
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 03:12:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 23:20:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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beerinator

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber.

Appearance: Hazy, Golden brown. Frothy white head, dissappeared quickly. The head was quite "noisy" when poured.

Aroma: Fruity, fruit salad with citrus and apples. There is a presence of yeasty earthyness and maybe hints of spices. But mostly the aroma is dominated by green apple sourness and fruit.

Taste: The tart green apple aroma continues quickly to the taste buds as well. This tripel is more sour than expected. The finish is dry, the mouthfeel is a bit light, but still comfortable. There are hints of peppery spice hidden by the apple.

Notes: This is not necessarily a beer that I would seek out, but it isn't bad. I'm not so sure that it isn't too sour for the style. I certainly haven't had a tripel before that had this much sour apple flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 23:30:34 | More by beerinator
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thechaacster

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Binny's in Glen Ellyn. Pours a cloudy, highly carbonated gold with a finger and a half of white head. Spicy clove aroma. The spice carries over heavily into the flavor, with lots of lemony citrus and some other kind of fruit character that I can't put my finger on. Whatever it was, it was very strong and slightly puckering. The 8.5% abv was not really noticeable, but I just found the fruit and spice character to be too unbalanced to make this particularly drinkable. Okay, but kind of disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 08:31:40 | More by thechaacster
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 03:09:55 | More by clvand0
Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.