Tripel Overhead | Mother Earth Brewing

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Tripel OverheadTripel Overhead

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark golden body with minor reddish tint with two finger head that dies quick. The aroma hits me of both yeast and orange, along with peppery spice, and then touches of both alcohol and possible tropical fruits. The beer has some interesting tastes along tropical fruit and peppery spice lines, as well as some sugary sweetness. Only problem with beer is that the alcohol cuts into it a little and the hops are strong and bitter citric. Due to this imbalance it's just not a beer that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends brought me a bottle up from NC, bottled May 2011. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, amber-tinged light brown coloring with a thin, sparse, white filmy surface coating. Nose of peach, pear, and pineapple, with a subtle woody character underlying, all-spice, coriander, and hints of booze. Flavors of creamy smooth fruit blended with hints of vanilla and a smooth, oaky highlight. The fruit remains tropical, but the creamy touch gives it an almost gelato character. Very well balanced. The spices and booze do a great job of cleaning up and corralling the sweetness, with a kick of cinnamon and nutmeg. The body is smooth and robust, and the spicing at the end does give it a touch of sharpness into the finish. The aftertaste is spiced and fruity, like a good fruit cake. The finish is smooth, and as I said before, it becomes crisp from the spices, leaving the palate clean, aside from a subtle spicy linger. Very solid brew, and easy to drink, which could be trouble with the elevated ABV.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a tall snifter.

Cloudy light copper body topped by a decent but not great head.

Aroma: soft ripe fruits; alcohol esters; baked bread. High complexity.

Flavor: rich and complex; lightly sweet with light bitterness in the finish. High ABV apparent but seems fitting. A surprising, and surprisingly strong, caramel note.

Feel: medium body and medium-light carbonation. Not hot but the high ABV is largely apparent

Overall: unusual but tasty tripel. Recommended.

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Photo of PJC1979
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a beautiful caramel color and equally fragrant caramel aroma. The taste is strong. First, a creamy caramel taste with a hint of vanilla. This is followed by a strong hit of the higher alcohol content. It has a light carbonation, and a generally pleasant mouthfeel.

This is overall a delightful "dessert" beer. Not one you would have a full pint of, but rather a slow sipping beer after a heavy meal.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville

A - orange, a bit hazy, no head

S - fruit, white grapes, a hint of spice

T - white grapes, faint alcohol, bread, orange peel, coriander

M - warm, medium to full bodied, smooth

This is a decent beer. It has really solid flavor and good drinkability for the ABV.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had. mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back. nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it

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Photo of aleckpa
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/2010

A- Beautiful orange color. Not really much of a head, but a nice lacing once everything settles. Champagne like carbonation from the bottom.

S- Some sweet fruits. Banana, orange. Some spice like cloves. Also smell some alcohol.

T- Very sweet. The sweetness attacks my palate. Orange, lemon. I can taste some belgian yeast too.

M- Medium thickness

O- I was expecting more out of this, but not too disappointed. I never had a fresh batch but I expected something a little better. However, I enjoyed it a lot. I can't tell it's American at all. I probably would try this again though.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this bottle my way!

A: Pours a rather hazy orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. It leaves behind a ring of foamy bubbles on the outer edge. Nice white lacing.

S: Rather sweet with a good bit of fruit aromas. Some banana, orange, and apple. The belgian yeast comes through for sure and to a lesser extent some clove/peppery spices.

T: Nice combination of flavors, some orange peel, lemon, and banana. There is a slight floral/grassy hop component in the middle. Nice subtle spices that aren't in your face like some other tripels I have had.

M: Medium bodied, but feels light for the style, but not in a bad way at all. Nice carbonation.

O: A very easy drinking tripel. For 9% its goes down smooth with a solid flavor profile. Would actually be quite refreshing on a warm day I think.

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Photo of Aaron420
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one into an old snifter of mine out of a bottle that I have had chillen around the house for about 6 months.

A: A very light opaque golden orange with a rather small white foamy head that leaves quickly leaving a small ring around the top of the beer.

S: A bit yeasty with a nice floral note to it. With a mix of malts and fruit.

T: It has mellowed very well with its age. It has a little bit of spice with a touch of hos but nether one is overwhelming. It has nice touch of a caramel malt note as well.

M: It is rather light bodied beer with a good amount of Carbonation.

D: Went down way to smooth for being 9% Abv could see myself sitting down and drinking way to may of these in one sitting.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazey golden color with a very small head that did not last for even a minute. No lacing or bubbles left behind. I am 2/2 with poor Mother Earth appearances. Sweet malt aroma with hints of fruit and yeast phenols. Mildly hopped with a touch of grass and flowers. No surprises in the flavor that was not detected in the aroma. More sweet than most tripels and not as vinous. A good dose of yeast phenols and some floral notes in the finish. Good flavor but nothing I would say is outstanding. If this beer had better carbonation, I would have no problem giving a good score. Nice body otherwise. Another beer hurt by poor carbonation/bottle conditioning. Good aroma and flavor otherwise.

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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ewright!

A: A hazy orange color. Me thinks this is bottle conditioned given all the haze.. Nice white head, that dissipates into a white ring.

S: Some booze in there. Sweet with berry and wine notes. There is a bit of a bready/flour scent in here as well. Something floral and slightly earthy in this. Wondering if it is the hops. A beer I could spend a while sniffing, and keep finding new things in.

T: Strong berry flavors, sweet, and some definite yeast character. This almost has a sweet champaign thing going on. Good, but a bit sweet.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is pretty good. Very dry.

D: Tasty, but almost cloying. I definitely enjoyed trying this out.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep brown color with almost purple hues when held to light. Smells of dark fruits, barley, cherry, and the Belgian yeast smell. Tastes much the same. Tastes like a real Belgian tripel with all of the above mentioned things. Mouthfeel is medium and oily. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orangish brown. A decent amount of white head that hangs around forever. looks like a tripel. Smells like a tripel. Fruity hints. some lighter almost citrus on the nose. Comes out strong on the tongue. A bouquet of flowers and light fruits. This is the real deal. A very solid Tripel from an otherwise I think unremarkable brewery. The mouthfeel is great. The booziness is a bit too apparent. Especially for being only 9 percent. But overall, pretty tasty

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

With a dull, golden hue, lacing is there. Star fruit, kiwi, mango and pineapple in the nose, with a hint of a pep- percorn-like alcohol as well. This brew is fresh and clean, yet fruity and alcoholic. A solid edge of malt, and some modest hopping, unfold a bit more in the end. Spicy fruity alcohol is present, middle to end. This beer is clean for the most part. Some light phenols show more of a light herbal or wildflower complexity. Wait, this is domestic? We couldn't tell. Stellar job!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for sending this up North. 12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Bottled on 04 10 indicated on the label. Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with a loose, half inch off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thick sudsy band around the edges and a skim across the surface. Some thin strands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a slightly turned, cideresque quality, as well as candied citrus fruits and a trace of belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose - there's also a bit of booze in the flavor profile, some light bitterness comes out at the finish, and the candied citrus fruit carry's over from the nose. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slightly viscous texture. Not a bad tripel, but the flavors are a bit out of whack and don't come together well. I have to say that after having had the BA Tripel Overhead, I'm a bit disappointed with the base beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that settles to amnice collar around the glass. Fruity aroma of banana, apples, and apricot mixed with some spice and begian yeast esters. Medium mouhfeel with some carbonation. Smooth and buttery feel. Sweet taste upfront of with the aforementioned fruit along with some spice. Alcohol notes as well. Pretty dry finish. Minimal lace left on the glass.

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Even with a center pour not much of a head, thin coating of cream white with no real staying power nor lacing. Very dark rusty orange color, moderate haze, would consider it transparent on the whole, widely dispersed very tiny bubbles within. Thick and super-sweet nose, built on banana cream pie, molasses, brown sugar and poached peach, apricot fruit, orange reduction, comes up with a solid pinch of white pepper for contrast, mossy earthiness as well, as it warms finds a more balanced presentation. Full-bodied, round and creamy mouth texture gently pushes outwards against your cheeks while softly soaking into the palate. The butterscotch, caramel, maple syrup flavors dominate the attack, slowly ceding ground to the concentrated tangerine, lemon citrus and close to dried fruit apricot, pear, peach, yellow apple fruit. Not as much banana or clove as one might expect, bit players. The pepperiness gone here but the earth, moss, dried tree leaves remain. Hard to call it "hoppy" but for the style credible hop showing. The carbonation works hard to add pacing. It's a "one and done" for the night beer, still, that one bottle will be a vivid treat.

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Photo of glazeman
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Big thanks for Macky20 for sending this as an extra!

A: Golden in color with a ½ finger white head that quickly fades into a crown. The head has poor retention and minimal lacing.

S: There's a little bit of sour cherries on the nose, and quite a bit of yeast. This is not an intense smelling beer. At the finish I get a tad of alcohol, but not much.

T: The first thing that struck me about this beer is that is much more yeasty than I anticipated, or than other beers in this style. There are some wild fruits in here as well as some funk, although there is not much sour or sweetness, more of a earthiness and a hint of bitterness.

M: The yeasty aspect of this beer combined with it's low level of carbonation imparts almost a chewiness to the mouthfeel. Personally, I prefer a more clean, crisp tripel such as delirium tremens.

D: Mediocre: The taste is not overly interesting and the beer is somewhat heavy. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one, but probably will not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of drewba
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbrew for hooking me up with this beer!

A - pours with a minimal head that hangs around for a little while. The head and all lacing eventually completely disappears. The beer itself is a hazy orange straw color.

S - BIG banana and clove, spice, burnt caramel. The banana and clove aromas are bursting out of this beer, it's fairly impressive how big of an aroma this beer is putting out there.

T - The smells in the aroma are well represented in the taste - lots of banana and clove, allspice, and assertive spicyness is sitting up front. Huge flavors here. In the background I'm picking up some caramel and rum. A touch of alcohol heat is found at the end of the taste, but its really just an afterthought.

M - Tripel Overhead has a hugely thick and rich mouthfeel. It coats your mouth, but has enough carbonation to keep it from being overwhelming.

D - I found letting this warm up got rid of some of the alcohol heat, but overall this is fairly drinkable - none of the flavors are sticking in my mouth and overwhelming my palate.

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Photo of rockyfire
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Semi-cloudy, brassy-gold color. Streamers of fine bubbles cut through a cloudy body. Surprisingly, head was not as voluminous as anticipated, and dissipated fairly quickly into a fine film. No lace to speak of.

Smell: Complexly floral with banana, clove, apple, pear, and raisins.

Taste: The complex aromas comes to life and substance in one's mouth. In addition come the welcome sharpness of lemon and green apple that cut through the flowery sweetness. Yeast and spice further leaven the brew. This beer blew me away with its never-ending revolving door of flavors. It challenges the drinker through the middle, all of the way to the drier, edgy, finish.

Mouthfeel: A sweet, mouthfilling brew. The carbonation is velvety and fine.

Drinkability: Oh my God is this drinkable! Absolutely no hint of the 9% hammer awaiting the person who approaches this beer too casually. Manages to be both substantial and delicate at the same time.

Wow! Quite honestly, this beer blew me away. This is a remarkable brew that will become a regular inhabitant of my refrigerator (along with his brothers; the one Aged in Bourbon Barrels--YUM. Manages to be both true to the style and individualistic.

Bottom Line: If it is available in your area, make it your business to give it a try.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of wheat, candi-sugar and some citrus fruits - mainly lemons and oranges.

The flavor is also pretty fruity. I get some citrus fruit as well as some wheat, biscuit malt, spicy yeast and some alcohol.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet. Thanks to atsprings for the trade!

Having already tried the Bourbon-barrel version of Tripel Overhead, I was excited to see what the actual 'tripel' character of this beer contained since it was largely overshadowed in the former. Appearance is similar, but shows off a much bigger head. The foam quickly settles to a patch of large bubbles and a surrounding veil. The body is a vibrant orange-sicle hue with a yeasty haze. Nice aroma, too, as bright citrus notes greet the nose with some grainy bread dough. Belgian spice and booze in the background.

THERE'S the tripel flavor I so desperately sought in the bourbon version! Really nice complexity of Belgian spices, orange peel, vanilla, and warming alcohol. The booze is mild, but adds a floral, fruity depth to the finish alongside a well-placed hop bite. Bubbly mouthfeel packs the appropriate carbonation and a medium body. Smooth and tangy across the palate with a superb, clean finish. All in all, an excellent version of the Tripel style, and a few notches above the Bourbon-barrel aged version by the same name. Recommended!

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: copper-straw with some hze, decent head with some lacing.

Smell: Lots of candi sugar;malt, could use some spice

Taste: A bit sweet and bready, candi and biscuit malts. Really needs some spice. A bit hot with alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit sticky but well carbonated

Drinkability: I keep saying this but the sweetness made it a bit hard to drink for me.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.47/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Pours a light golden orange with a sliver of head and spotty lacing. The aroma is extremely boozy and spicy...a real jolt to the senses. Similar to the jolt one would receive opening a bottle of nail polish remover. The flavor doesn't have that same acetone profile, but yet it is still extremely boozy. Heavy banana, heavy sweetness, and light spice and belgian yeast. Definitely an extreme version of the style, and quite frankly that makes it subpar. Just not drinkable at all. An assault on the senses with no room for the delicacy that I would desire. Not really any "off" flavors, but no "on" flavors either.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy coppery orange, with a thin covering of bright-white head. This maintains some foamy richness around the edges and leaves some light patchy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly sweet overall in the nose, with a LOT of fruity notes of green apple, orange, and maybe even a little bit of ripe banana. Sugary bread and spices work nicely here with that rich fruit character, while just a touch of herbal hop accent work their way into the scene as well.

The taste is similar to the nose, being mostly sweet overall with bread, sugars, and more apples and oranges. Some earthy hop character gives this a gritty bitterness that lingers rather heavily in the finish, along with some leftover spice, fruity esters, and a moderate amount of dryness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a sharp carbonation that prickles the tongue at times. There is a good bit of underlying heft present but the alcohol thankfully mostly just stays as some warmth on the breath after each sip.

I initially thought that this was a little too rich with the fruit notes at first but as this warmed, things balanced out nicely and this became a warming but smooth and easy sipping Tripel. This was good.

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Tripel Overhead from Mother Earth Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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