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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"12 beers of the apocolypse" series (January).

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 01-26-2012)
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Reviews by hreb:
Photo of hreb
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours pale golden with a thin white head and lots of carbonation. Belgian-y aroma.

Initial assessment of the flavor are that it's fairly sour, even for a tripel. I'm not a huge fan of yerba mate as tea (...tisane). This beer... bothers me less. The interesting combination of sourness and herbal bitterness works really well with the triple, and I give the team an A for ingenuity and execution, though a C+ for flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours slightly hazed medium honey amber, off white head, that stays a bit, then leaves a thicker collar and respectable low sheeting/lace.

Fruity nose, mostly tropical with lime.

More fruit on the tongue, then also herbal tea notes. Strange and differant take on the style, has sort of an after shave lotion quality. Which is never a good thing in a beer. Finishes with what tastes like hops but who the hell knows...not in love

Photo of Mora2000
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of passion fruit and other fruit notes, along with some Belgian yeast and some biscuit malt. The flavor is completely different. I get the same tropical fruit and yeast from the aroma, but I also get a big load of herb notes - which I assume is from the Yerba Mate. There is also a light amount of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on draft at Baileys Taproom. Served in a 12oz snifter. Body is a pretty golden amber color with not a whole lot of carbonation, tipped by a half finger of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma of pale malt and a touch of sweetness like candi sugar, along with a whiff of smoke that's almost peaty.
Palate is light pale malt with a bit of a honey note, accented by some very light, fruity hops. Candi sugar again adds some sweetness, and an unusual smoky character from the mate sticks around well after the swallow. This is an interesting brew with a good special ingredient (one that I drink almost every morning). Still, it's not my favorite. I appreciate the energy boost I'm getting from it, though, and may need to keep a bottle on hand to get me started some evening soon.

Photo of socon67
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a high white foam head. Lacing is pretty sweet on this one.

S - Smells of tropical fruit, and a bready yeast.

T - Initial sweetness of exotic fruits make you think Del Monte brewed this. Has a slight pungency of belgian yeast strain. Finish has a slgith tartness.

M - Decent drinking tripel that is generally relaxed and an easy drinker. Minimal carbonation.

O - More of an oddball tripel but a fun one to try. This would be a good gateway to belgian styles.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, and medicinal. The flavor was of sweet malt, bubblegum, medicinal, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The bubblegum aspect on this one was quite surprising and welcome. However, the medicinal quality was not so welcomed. Nothing on this one really was too memorable in my opinion. Really glad I got the chance to try this one, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again unless the opportunity presented itself.

Photo of jellikit
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Bottle.
Appearance: yellow. Hazy. Thick foamy head. Sweet artwork on label
Smell: pear. Esters of Belgian yeast.
Taste: strong Belgian yeast profile followed by a bitter, grassy flavor. Pear and fruit.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: weird combo of herbs and a Tripel. Not horrible. Not stellar

Photo of Docer
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice golden orange Tripel. Frothy fingers of white head settle to a medium sized spotty messy ring leaving a touch of lace about the tulip. Little bit of pancaking over the brew. Looks solid.

Smell: (3.5)
- Clove, banana, bready yeast, and a soft sweet simple grain. Little citrus, zesty herbal zing, and sweet candy. Nice.

Taste: (4.5)
- Nice blend of herbal flare, light bitter zest, sweet malt, candies, and grassy hop. This bad boy is balanced beyond belief. Not as zesty and yeasty as a common Tripel, but Elysian has certainly made it their own with this one while staying true to the style. The taste must be the best quality about this beer. Little spice, fresh herbs again hit the palate, zingy clean taste.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to almost light body. It's certainly a drying brew. Light stickiness, touch syrupy, but more so puckering and cloying. Carbonation is nice and not overdone like so many of this style.

Overall: (4.5)
- Very solid, very balanced, and very tasty beer. I really like it, and I rarely seek out a Tripel as a regular drinker. But I will buy more of this one. It's quite good, and a very nice start to the 12 beers of the Apocalypse series. This puppy seems near perfected.

Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very crystal clear body, bright amber orange, but filled with lots of stuck bubbles to the glass. Lots of fast rising carbonation in places too. Head is a nice white, foamy and about two fingers on a solid pour.

Bouquet has a nice pear fruit quality, but also some fusel alcohol heat. Good sense of sugars and malt, not bad.

Woah, what's going on here this is hoppy it seems! A real chewy mouth malt feel hits, bringing some dough ball action. Swallow brings a real crisp yeast blast and bitter hop. Dry pine action on the aftertaste, with a creamy tripel solid slightly sweet body. Flavors of hop and slight sugars meld in a tripel style nicely.

Overall what an interesting beer, I am enjoying this real neat take.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer in Elysian's "12 beers of the apocolypse"

From the website .... "NIBIRU, named for the mysterious planet X supposedly on a collision course toward earth. Nibiru is a Belgian style tripel flavored with an infusion of yerba mate. Combining the yeasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors of the South American herb mixture, with German Northern Brewer, Czech Saaz and American Amarillo hops round out the uniqueness of this first beer of the Apocalypse."

On tap with dinner at Bar Gernika... pours a pretty clear yellow/lite golden ... decent lacing and retention.

Good traditional aroma with a fairly balanced yeasty phenol/ester profile. a bit of an herbal sorta grassy nose.

Flavor is pretty much the same.... with a subtle citrus and a more pronounced herbaceous element. pale malts build and carry the structure of the yeasty and herby/bitter flavors... Interesting, I have no idea what Yerba Mate tastes like, but I still think this is a pretty good base beer.

Light/medium body with nice small bubble carbonation that doesn't let up...

The end of the world is going to be busy and boozy... "12 beers of the apocalypse" and Stone Vertical Epic... I hope Elysian pulls out this series much better than Stone has so far. :-p

All 3.5's

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a light to medium orange amber with great clarity. Half finger white head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring and slight lacing. Aroma of bready and sweet malt, light fruit, Belgian spicing and a light non-hop herbal element. Flavor follows with crisp flavor of bready malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of citrus and a pleasant, very distinct mate and hop finish. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but the flavor progression is nice and the mate adds an interesting element. Belgian flavors are fairly tame, and I would not have identified this as a tripel blindfolded, but it does have light Belgian tripel characteristics. Light to medium bodied. I enjoyed this start of the 12 beer of the apocolypse. A great way to start the first month of the last year of eternity.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Smurf2055
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of atr2605
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with pretty good retention
S-tropical fruit, bit of citrus
T-more tropical fruit, some bready flavors in the finish with an herb bitterness from the mate
M-medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-interesting take on the style, I have had better tripels but I liked the mate added to it. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of the large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with huge frothy white head that lasts forever and ends in a solid persistent lace and decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy sweet Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a spicy sweet flavor dominated by Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent triple – worthy of a try.

Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of Metz
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a clear golden yellow coloring. No real head was noted, but spots of lacing were seen dripping down the glass as the beer disappeared. There was a transient chill haze without sediment, while carbonation appeared average. The aroma was strong of adjuncty grain, heavy metallics, light molasses, and woody dryness. To cut came apple juice sugar, red grape astringency, vanilla icing, syrupy honey, and cayenne spice with warmth. Our first impression was that there was a decent buttery quality to the flavoring, while the back was very bittered with wood and citrus. The flavoring opened with the sweetness of honey, wheaty malts, chalky adjuncts, and the sweetness of orange flesh. The middle peaked with more honey, sweetness of pale grain, and fusel alcohols to wash. Citric hops, pale and wheaty malts, mustard seed, grape juiciness, and tannins blended and marked the finish of the sip. The aftertaste breathed of big tin and yeasty metals, citric hop resins, heat of booze, and more wheaty, adjuncty grain. The body was medium, and carbonation was average. There was decent froth and coating all around the mouth, with an ultimate astringent bite to the hard palate. Each sip gave okay slurp and froth, but little cream to the lip. The abv was appropriate, and this guy is more of a sipper, but goes down smooth enough.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the bite of flavoring. While much of this came in the form of adjuncts, the blend certainly wakes the palate up. We do wish that the advertised yerba mate was more verbose in all of its organic, woody, leafy flavoring. Everything else about this beer was just simply okay, and while this is an interesting concept, the execution is underwhelming.

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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.