1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Oh Brother! - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Oh Brother!Oh Brother!

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 1fastz28
1fastz28

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 02:35:44 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of corey0212
corey0212

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:42:23 | More by corey0212
Photo of blakesell
blakesell

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 15:49:24 | More by blakesell
Photo of HopDerek
HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 22:45:23 | More by HopDerek
Photo of spointon
spointon

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 04:22:30 | More by spointon
Photo of notafood
notafood

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 20:37:17 | More by notafood
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:25:02 | More by Gmann
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 01:53:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of IBUnit63
IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 19:29:52 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 22:45:51 | More by taez555
Photo of Rennpferd
Rennpferd

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 04:55:00 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of Gehrig
Gehrig

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:26:28 | More by Gehrig
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 05:24:45 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of MillRat
MillRat

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 01:56:25 | More by MillRat
Photo of roadhouse
roadhouse

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 06:19:45 | More by roadhouse
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 04:14:54 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 02:38:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of malcontent
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
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of Vancer
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
Photo of BeerBelcher
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
Photo of bassmantin
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
Photo of jwinship83
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
Photo of Crosling
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
Photo of bluemoonswoon
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
Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.