Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
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:
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 AylwinForbes
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GbVDave
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!

Photo of KeefD
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.

Photo of DavidEddie
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!

Photo of IntriqKen
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.

Photo of EPseja
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
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.

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

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

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

Photo of Redrover
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!

Photo of beerceller99
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a long stem chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish body with a gentle carbonation of lots of bubbles and a thin ring of white head around the rim.

S- The smell is cidery and fruity with a faint perfume floral hint. No real spicy notes but the alcohol is only noted in the cidery smell.

T- Some slightly sweet fruity/apple notes with a soft bubblegum quality. There is a faint sour or tart note in with the fruity taste. The finish is slightly sweet with a slight carbonic acid bit. Some slightly sweet pear notes as it warms.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz to lighten it.

D- It has a strong fruity flavor but most of the fruitiness is dominated by apple. It would nice to see some more complex characteristics help balance the apple. The lack of head and lacing even with a strong pour was a little disappointing.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers Oh Brother! is an interesting and refreshing "tripel"...

A cloudy yellow body with an orange casts rests lazily beneath a short but creamy head of white. It looks more like a orangey weizen than a golden tripel; but that's not a fault, just an observation. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising along the side of the glass. The head retention is limited, and it leaves little lace about the glass, but it's still an attractive glass of beer.

The nose is yeasty with notes of soft fruit and a light touch of spice over a sweetish and even candly-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a very fine bubbled, (obviously bottle-conditioned) natural carbonation that tickles the tongue. It's not as effervescent as many examples of the style, but it is quite charming.

The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with its yeasty, sublimely tart and sweet fruitiness (juicy red apples, lemon) nestled in amongst a soft bed of sweet malt. Some notes of banana appear as well (this really is a lot like a weizen). The bitterness is kept to a minimum (it's firm but not solid at @ 25 IBU's), and yet it still finishes mostly dry due in part to a nice touch of peppery spiciness. The alcohol never appears; and it's actually quite refreshing despite its sweetish nature. It's quite enjoyable, and somewhat intrigueing!

Photo of beerinator
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.

Photo of thechaacster
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.

Photo of clvand0
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with a finger of head that fell to a light coating over the brew. The nose was big in nice sweet banana touched with a hint of lemon and light spiceyness. There is a thickness to the aroma that I have not experienced in other brews. The flavor really took me back. There was a lemony tartness that seemd out of place. Also tasted a orangey citrus and banana creamyness. It had a very clean finish. I found the citrusy character to impede the rest of the flavor character. The feel was moderate but slightly crisp, with a moderate carbonation. I'd like a sight bit more body. Overall, enjoyable. Nothing really jumps out to make this a great brew, but its definately solid.

Photo of dwvarner77
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep yellow color with a tall, thick creamy ivory head. The head falls relatively quickly, but maintains about a quarter inch. There is a decent lacing left behind. Active carbonation visible.
Aroma is very malty, banana is there, phenolic alcohol present, some clove spiciness in the background.
Taste is malty at first, again the banana wheat is there, and then there is a peak of spice quickly overtaken with an aftertaste of strong alcohol and a hint of wheat.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a slight active carbonation to tingle the back of the tongue, and the alcohol provides a warming effect.
Drinkability is high, even regarding the alcohol. Quite tasty.
I've been looking for Two Brothers to put forth a brew that was prominently above average, and I think I've found it. I'll recommend this one for as long as it lasts.

Photo of maxpower
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of silenius
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surely one of the best beers this brewery has put out to date.

Pours a hazed dark orange with a medium-sized head with ample lacing.

Smell is quite pleasant with a sweet phenolic and spicy nose with a nice core of malty sweetness. Hops are not prevalent, but lend balance.

Taste is the best part with a nice banana sweetness hitting first leading to some spicy hops and leaving with more sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but has a hollowness to it that makes it less than perfect.

Very drinkable beer! I hope to see more efforts like this one!

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Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.