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 HosP
3.77/5  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. (602 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of bassmantin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never picked this one up a few years ago, just wasn't something that sounded appealing.
Working through the 15th anniversary series, and here it is again.

Poured into a tapered mug, it has about a half inch of foam initially that fades to nothing after the first couple sips. Sadly doesn't look remotely Belgian as a result. Some streamers of carbonation, and a brassy orange color to it.

Smells nice, mainly yeasty esters with banana and clove notes.

A bit slick with rapidly fading carbonation. Big and chewy, apple, nuts, banana, clove, nutmeg flavors. Residual spiciness in the dry aftertaste. Tastes pretty good actually, with well hidden alcohol. Clean and fairly flavorful, overall lacking a little though.

Honestly not a big fan of most US Tripels, but this one is pretty much to style, minus the lack of a billowing head and effervescent carbonation. (867 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 Rennpferd
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (254 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 MillRat
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Two Bros retro release of Oh Brother Tripel is pretty good...and I'm not much of a Belgian fan. The beer pours a clear orangish color with thin head that is not lacing. The smell was typical of most Belgians with that slight twang. The taste is a sweeter malt taste with a slightly acidic flare. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer. (380 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (270 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 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 beerceller99
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  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. (1,728 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 brewdlyhooked13
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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. (992 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 russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (536 characters)

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