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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a big foam. Very attractive. Peculiar herbal scent.

Weirdly sweet and fruity. Sharp and woody. Flowery notes and makes me think of the very rank but aromatic California bay laurel leaves. Something like lacquer thinner, but more friendly to the palate. Quite bitter, and more medicinal than any hop known to man. Heads toward the harsh. Interesting for a few sips, but I am thinking of what I could wash my mouth out with that would take away this taste.

Barely drinkable, even though the flavors are interesting and might be tolerable in another context. From the 22 oz bottle. I feel like I'm foaming at the mouth. Down the drain and where's the fizzy water?

mactrail, Jul 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MarkyMOD, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
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.

Mora2000, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev -11%

imperialking, Mar 05, 2013
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

Billolick, Apr 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Gonzoillini, Feb 23, 2013
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.

smakawhat, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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

JohnGalt1, Jan 26, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.12.12.
First in the series.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with a large foamy, off-white head with good retention.

S - Sweet citrus, subtle floral notes.

T - Sweet candied fruit, malty sweetness, with some citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet and citrusy, a bit much on the sweet side. Better than expected.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 14, 2012
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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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 26, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Griffith, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Elysian Nibiru is burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the fruity side, a touch acrid. Lime.

Taste is surprisingly smokey. Not familiar with yerba mate though, even as a cascadian, other then it's some type of simulating herb...so perhaps that's the taste? Otherwise, I'm getting a nice punch of lime.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit dry, medium-light bodied. Soft.

Drinkability is okay. It's interesting, but not exciting. Not flaws though. I think I'm digging the smokey note, but the soft mouthfeel is my favorite attribute.

ccrida, Feb 09, 2012
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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.

thagr81us, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Durge, Sep 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

mhaugo, Oct 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

malfunxion, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a sheet of white. Smells of classic American style triple Ashlee and just a hint of yerba. Taste follows asking the same with sweet notes and a little bit of coriander.mouth feel its a little hi with smooth carb.decent, but nothing special

harrymel, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Immortale25, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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…

Daniellobo, Jun 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

RoryOMoore, Mar 04, 2012
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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.