Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) | Mother Earth Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
147 Ratings
Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States
motherearthbrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cvstrickland on 05-04-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
147
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
25
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The true meld of a Belgian Tripel matured in bourbon barrels

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Photo of rockyfire
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a crystal sniffer. Cloudy reddish orange with a thick, creamy white head. Excellent head retention. Very smooth head. Light swirling revives the head to full size.

Smell: Apple, pear, pepper, grass, and a strong alcohol scent. There's also a lot of a wood aroma.

Taste: Smoky and slightly toasty flavor. Sweet, dry scotch flavor. Sandy, with a big malty and fruity flavor. Light apple, lemon, and a crisp wood flavor that lasts through into the aftertaste. The wood is very much oak and bourbon in flavor. Earthy and gritty in a good way. A light hop ending as well with a bit of yeasty spice. There's also a very light lingering alcohol flavor that is balanced very well with the woody malt flavors. This tastes great. It is not your ordinary tripel.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and velvety. Well carbonated but not sharp on the palate at all. Coats the palate very well and the flavor opens up nicely.

Drinkability: This beer is absolutely delectable. Wonderfully smooth with a balanced and complex flavor. Other brewers should strive to brew something this good. Need to share this with someone. I wish they made this all year.

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4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that I have secured a stash for the winter, I'll post a little review. Mother Earth Brewing has really got something going on here. Cloudy, cola tinged gold. Slight creamy head that dissipates into decent lacing. Looks thick and honeyed. Huge smells of vanilla, alcohol, bourbon, some spice, but cannot really discern. A lot going on here, but there is no doubt that this is going to burn. But it doesn't. The bourbon presence is well tempered by the vanilla flavors imparted by the oak and the sweetness of the triple. It really is a remarkable combination, and all melds together, dare I say, perfectly. This is a thick sipper, smooth as chugging syrup. All things considered, drinkability is pretty good.

I was not overly impressed with their normal triple, and did not have super high expectations going in to this beer. A very nice surprise that I look forward to revisiting when it gets a bit cooler.

Edit - Revisited this beer this weekend. I still like the combination of the Tripel and the barrel aging, but the bourbon presence is MUCH stronger than I recalled.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl, who brought 3 of these bad boys back from a trip to NC. Pours a very hazed, deep gold color with a fluffy off-white head. Fades fast and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is straight up burbonic plague! Like pouring Jack in a Golden Monkey and swirling with a sliced vanilla bean. Crazy smelling brew, I think this has Curieux beat on bourbon intensity. Defines extreme brewing and the smell hits you from a mile away.

Taste still has a ton of bourbon flavor in it, but the tripel characteristics show through quite nicely. Sweetness is there along with a burning wood char character. Mouthfeel is full and alcohol big. Surprisingly smooth though, increasingly so as this fine elixir goes down. This is just one of those brews that every beer geek really must try. Truly a 'wow' drinking experience.

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4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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