NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +30.8%
I was super excited to find this limited release brew at Barrel in St.Johns
Being a fan of Belgian Tripels, I was intrigued, then impressed by the interesting nuances that the Yerba Mate lent this brew. I really enjoyed the subtle smokiness and bitter finish from the herb infusion. Most Tripels are rather sweet from start to finish, but this one stands out of the crowd and is very well done.
Looking forward to the next 11 releases..I plan on buying a couple of each of the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse. One to drink now and one to save for an end of the world beer tasting with my friends.
Elysian came up with a killer concept and it will be interesting to see what beers are to follow..
02-29-2012 19:09:41 | More by Booyakow
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
a clean golden orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head and good lacing.
smells of apples, orange peel, banana.
a very bitter orange peel flavor up front, earthy, grassy, almost tree bark like bitterness with a floral backbone to the flavor coming from the yerba mate.
a very flavorful tripel with a nice fruity twist to it. medium body with a high amount of carbonation. drink leaves a sticky resinous feeling on the lips.
glad i got to try this one... ordered it over the summer and have been storing it in the cellar since..
11-30-2012 02:23:24 | More by facundoCNB
4.22/5 rDev +15%
- 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.
- Clove, banana, bready yeast, and a soft sweet simple grain. Little citrus, zesty herbal zing, and sweet candy. Nice.
- 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.
- 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.
02-11-2012 02:54:11 | More by Docer
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
A nice herbal offering, the mate shines nicely over the Belgian sense.
Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Charles Burn's label illustration feet stepping over glass and dirt. Side narrative goes over intent of the series, collaboration intent, and main characteristics. Notes 7.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.
A - Clear pale amber pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.
S - Nose is a bit subdued, light malty, yeasty sense, with a small grassy touch emerging...
T - …mmm. Not there at first, but as one progresses the mate emerges, never overwhelming but this is a distinct grassiness. Soft bitter/sweet notes, citric touches… Light yeast and spicy, and a nice grassy sense, mate, maybe off-putting to some but it feels pretty balanced all things considered.
M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a tiny astringency in the finish.
O - Good flow, never overwhelming and with a nice character.
Notes: Nice experiment, good if one is familiar with mate, but even if one is eager to try herbal servings this one while not extraordinary is well worth the try. Props to Elysian for brewing with yerba mate in any case, I could not resist it, and it works…
06-08-2012 03:31:38 | More by Daniellobo
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
A- Light colored, not a lot of head. May have been poured poorly by the bartender. It's the golden color of hay; light gets through but pictures would not.
S- Banana candy - specifically the hand candy from those little machines. Some bread grains come through as well.
T- In the mouth the banana is more real banana than the candy that presents itself in the nose. Orange juice is very prevalent by way of citrusy hops and sweetness. A touch of bubble gum is identifiable. Caramel malt sits in the background but barely stirs.
M- This ale has similar carbonation to a glass-bottled soda. It feels great going down and and leaves just a bit of thirst for the next sip. Feels like Duvel!
D- Like many belgian 'trippels' this goes down easier than it should. Intoxication may ensue but will be well worth it.
I like these sweet, extra strong Blonde Belgian brews. I'd like to go back to Belgium. I miss hops while I'm there, but their ales are indisputably the most flavorful.
11-12-2012 08:15:04 | More by sam_bliss
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel at the Swamp Tavern. $12 a bottle, but what they hell. I figure I can get all 12 beers of the apocalypse there, and it's one of my regular stops. Poured in to a snifter.
Pours a rich gold color, with a bit of chill haze. Loose bubbly white head reduces to a few big bubbles in a minute or two.
Smell is fairly faint, a sweet fruity aroma, like honey dew melons and pears.
Taste is a soft fruit flavor, pears, with a coriander spice note, and a mild bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is light and smooth, mildly carbonated, with some alcohol heat on the finish.
Overall a drinkable triple. I'm not much on the style, but this is easily as good as the New Belgium Triple.
02-20-2012 01:36:34 | More by RJLarse
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a swing-top Deccico's half-growler into a DFH pint glass at Durge's.
A: Muted, golden yellow color with a decidedly chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of white foam which settled nicely into an off-white cap.
S: Soothing, like herbal tea leaves, spearmint, honey and grassy hops with a little minted fruitiness as well.
T: Sweet and mellow up front, followed by a malty rush of toasted grains and gummy, banana esters. The tea-like quality is there for sure; refreshing and slightly mineral tasting with an earthy, Yerba Mate sweetness. The finish is slightly peppery with just a hint of alcohol.
M: Sweet, smooth and mellow, this medium-bodied brew glides like a nice cup of herbal tea lightly sweetened with honey.
O: I thoroughly enjoyed this unique tripel made with Yerba Mate. As a tea fan, the 7.6% ABV was practically unnoticeable between the careful selection of grains, hops and herbal additives that make this tripel unusual as well as tasty.
07-01-2012 19:49:49 | More by Gambrinus1184
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-04-2013 02:11:49 | More by ckollias
4/5 rDev +9%
On tap at beveridge place pub in 12oz snifter. First beer of the night.
Appearance: transparent apple juice color with minimal bubbles and full long thick lacing. Millimeter head.
Smell: minimal. A grassy, herbal, saison like nose with hints of apple and barnyard.
Taste: bitter finish but sweet up front. Really sweet. Lots of grassy notes but ripe fruit too. Citrusy ripe. Tangelos. Fun balance of Yerba matte bitterness and citrus. Spiced cake.
Mouthfeel: really thick. Little carbonation. Ok no carbonation. Juice like. Sticky. alcohol vapors on the finish.
Overall: a fun new kind of beer made with a great ingredient. Enjoyable and high in alc. One of my fav Elysian beers to date.
02-05-2012 21:39:13 | More by Mages64
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
Enjoyed on 2/8/12.
Appearance: Pours a totally clear, light golden color. Not even one finger of white foam dissipates quickly.
Smell: Some citrus with a yeasty backbone. Strong aroma that jumps out of the glass.
Taste: Sweet with some citrus and yeast flavors combining to make the beer interesting. Very light hop finish and the beer seemed to have more of an herbal flavor as it warmed.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with average carbonation level. Alcohol isn't noticeable.
Overall: Not sure that I'd be able to call this a Tripel without it being advertised as one, but it's a delicious enjoyable beer worth trying. Good kickoff to a cool idea for a series.
02-09-2012 04:20:38 | More by mfavoino
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
01-26-2012 04:10:06 | More by LiquidAmber
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
Another lovely brew captured at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY this tripel shows a light cloudy amber color with a sturdy bubbly white head and lots of lace. The aroma offers a vague vanilla dough and skunky tea. Different and intriguing. The flavor features honey tea and yeasty lemon with evergreen grain. It’s a solidly medium body brew with midland carbonation and a slightly viscous feel. This was very pleasant and something I would revisit. Definitely of the Belgian pedigree but something that might still appeal to the uninitiated.
09-14-2012 17:53:22 | More by Durge
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
03-21-2012 00:40:37 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.
Appearance: lightly hazy pale-golden hue with a thick two-finger head of frothy ivory foam. Looks to be a nice lace on the glass, too.
Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of a lemony character to it. Not bad; it reminds me of a beer brewed with grains of paradise. Not bad, but I just don't feel like the lemon and malt character mesh well here.
Taste: light malt flavor with a somewhat grainy touch. Lemon character is still present but is much more subdued than in the aroma. I don't have a lot of experience with yerba mate, but I feel like it is lending an earthy character here which I rather like. It's an unusual tripel, but it works for me.
Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. Creaminess is decent but not as big as I like in a tripel.
Overall: this beer gets points for being a little bit weird. It's a good basic tripel with an interesting twist.
03-08-2012 18:14:16 | More by flagmantho
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
12 beers of the Apocalypse series #1
Very malty aroma with just a hint of Belgian yeast "funk." Malt and more malt.
Deep gold colored and very clear with a small pure white head and a dozen columns of rising bubbles.
First sip seems pretty clean with lots of caramel and base malt flavors. A little warmer and there's bready yeast and spicy notes. Nice hop bitterness so it's dry even with all that malt flavor. I only get a little of the Yerba Mate advertised on the label but it's in there enough that I might have picked it out without knowing. A little bit of fruit from the yeast too.
Medium bodied, seems light with a pretty high carbonation level. Definitely hides the alcohol in a major way.
It's a nice tripel. Enough spice to be a little unique but not way out there funky.
01-31-2012 05:00:20 | More by czechsaaz
NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.