Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
86
very good
58 Reviews
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
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
146
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
22.92%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 146
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of bmanning at a tasting this evening. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes and leaves behind some very spotty lacing. There is a thin half collar on the top of part of the beer. The nose is completely lacking in what I would describe as typical tripel characteristics. The bourbon has completely taken over, though it's somewhat nice. The taste adds in some slight sweetness, though bourbon is still the predominant note. There is some slight grain there as well. Medium body with a bit of alcohol. Decent enough, though I think the bourbon has really taken over without leaving much, if any, of the base beer behind.

 687 characters

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Greensboro.Poured a slight hazed burnt orange with a decent slight off white crown atop,aromas are a nice mix of tropical fruit and oak,sweetish alcohol comes thru as well.Very warming and quite fruity on the palate,overripe pineapple,and tangerine-like fruit mixed with vanilla tinged toasted oak flavors.The description says its a sipper and its right,its a very good sipper at that.

 418 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: 04/10.

Appearance: Pours a well clouded, dark orange-yellow body with a sudsy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-scented mingling of lightly bready malts, shaved coconut, lemon, bourbon-drenched barrels, orchard fruits, vanilla sugar, florals, and a hint of ground pepper and cloves.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly honeyish in the fore, then, a taste of soft French bread. The honeyed qualities join with some floral aspects to present a bit of honeysuckle as some pear and citrus fruitiness joins in. Gentle vanilla, coconut, and bourbon with a potent tannic oak wood character midway. Light yeasty spiciness. Warming alcohol presence and a little, last sip of bourbon on the drying, creamyish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An interesting, tasty treat. It's not every day you come across a barrel-aged tripel, sadly. Nice one, Mother Earth.

 889 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

full of pears, apples, hints of light grasses and grains. Classic triple with a bit more fruit thrown in. Warming brings about alot more grassy notes and hints of light citrus which carry over well into the flavor. Smooth, loaded with light fruits that pop as it comes up near room temperature. Nice touches of light grains and a smooth, even feel hide the alcohol almost completely. Light oak and smooth bourbon come through in the finish, really nicely done

 459 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's rare that an American Tripel gets out of the candy sugar mode. This is something special. Not as yeast driven as a Belgian example, but you still get some great spice - cinnamon and cloves primarily - along with a blast of citrus - orange - and even a bit of melon - cantaloupe. The bourbon barrel gives mostly a soft vanillaand oak note, not much heat. A brilliant beer.

 376 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: Bottled 03/17/2015

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden honey in color with very light amounts of fine visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate orange + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy fizzy foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit/overripe pineapple and moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts and tropical fruits/overripe pineapple stands out which contributes a light amount of sweetness. Strong flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla in the finish which contribute a moderate amount of sweetness and a moderate to strong amount of bourbon booziness which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable but definitely a slow sipper as this beer has some pretty intense flavors and aromas. Glad I finally grabbed one of these and tried it, worth the wait. Bourbon barrel aging definitely adds to the complexity of this brew.

 1,206 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this bottle, Carl.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger or two of white head.

S: The barrel has really taken over here. Lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon notes. The more base Tripel aromas are there, but underneath. A decent amount of banana as well as some sugar, graham cracker, and bubblegum.

T: The flavor is much the same, though it's a bit more fruity and sweet. Heavy on the bourbon and oak with a mild citrus note, banana, and plenty more sugar and bubblegum flavors.

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Not very Tripel-like anymore, but still pretty good.

 633 characters

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Booze meets Tripel ... nice. Crackling lace holds to a thin ring around the glass. Cloudy orange golden color. Clean bourbon of vanilla and wood and booze in the nose with suggestions of raw honey, peaches and more solvent. Small but moving smoothness within the creamy medium body. From the creaminess comes the booze, a lot of flavor but the solvent character is held to a minimum due the maltiness adding more depth. Fruity boozy sweet and spicy finish.

it might be slightly hot but nothing over the top, a sipper for sure ... you can't rush this beer but I certainly had a great time drinking it.

 643 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to woolyb for this one!

A: Pours a hazy orange with a thick two finger off-white head, great retention and thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Sweet bourbon aroma right away. Lots of oak and vanilla and some alcohol. A little bit of apple and pear. Wouldn't be able to tell you that it is a tripel, as the bourbon mask those aromas.

T: Very nice combination of flavors here. Lots of peppery spice mixed with more apple and pear, a little coconut, vanilla, and oak/wood. Slight candied sugar in the middle with the wood really shining through on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Despite the alcohol showing itself on the aroma, it is pretty subdued on the flavor profile.

O: A beer that started a bit slow, but opened up a lot as it warmed. Another impressive beer from Mother Earth.

 821 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

There is not much head given to this off the pour, what is presented is a faint tan to white head that settles quickly to a thin collar. Body color is a deep orange, and very murky. Quite unattractive with blotchy colors of yellow and brown. Collar barely maintains any presence while resting.

Nose though is quite enjoyable. Lots of toasty vanilla and caramel sensations, but not much else. However it doesn't have a slight sucrose like quality, but not much else. Quite impressive if some of the classic Belgian characters seem to be shelved a bit.

Palate comes with a very thick but controlled body. Thick sugary malts and lots of light brown sugar flavor. Large rounding oak notes, and a sharp clove like sensing finish. Chewy palate of dense dark sugary sensing malts, with a nice sharp hot brown spices continuing. Moderate amounts of peach and orange fruit to compliment.

A nice example of a tripel that has done well in a barrel.

 984 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BucketBoy for this one. Bottle is dated 04/10. Served in my Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a half-finger of white foam that settles to a thin ring and some patchy film, perhaps a few tiny spots of lace. Hazy, peach juice body.

S - Holy crap! This smells like bourbon. There's some oak and vanilla too, but if you told me that someone just dumped straight bourbon into my beer I would probably believe you. As it warms there's a faint hint of stone fruits, but letting the temperature rise also brings out more fusel alcohol.

T - Taste has huge coconut and butterscotch flavor from the barrels, and some bourbon whiskey flavor. There's some fruity tripel in the background, I guess. Alcohol is a little better hidden in the taste.

M - Body is medium and smooth, with lower carbonation. It's a touch watery for a 9% tripel, and the alcohol heat is not particularly well-hidden - this must have picked up a few percent from the barrels. Finishes lightly sticky.

D - The sweetness and booze gets pretty fatiguing. I think it took me over an hour to get through a 12oz bottle. I probably should have shared this one with a friend or two. One of the most bourbon-influenced beers I've ever encountered.

 1,217 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We drank a vertical of 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the brewery tasting room, but I will review the 2012 vintage, which was poured in a tulip, the beer is a hazy, copper-orange coloring with a bubbly, white head. Nose of creamy vanilla, apricot, mango, pineapple, and very subtle nutmeg and clove spices. Flavors are roast forward, with a cream and tropical fruit overtone and a boozy bourbon kick in the backbone. Wow! Vanilla highlights, with a subtle warmth building as you drink. Smooth and robust bodied, with a fruity and vanilla aftertaste. Subtle spice linger on a smooth finish. Unreal!

 590 characters

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired by Nick straight from North Carolina, thanks dude! I've been on a Tripel kick lately and am always excited to try something new from Mother Earth. 750 ml corked and caged bottle, poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Cloudy golden bronze with a ever so slightly off-white head. The retention cap covers the entire surface and there are really clingy patches of lacing all over. It's a really nice looking beer but perhaps a bit darker in the body than most Tripels.

S: Massive yeasty notes come off strong in the aroma along with a whiff of alcohol. For being such dominating aromas on their own this threw me off for a second. Honeycomb, sweet caramel malt and caramel apple come through near the end. It smells way more malt and yeast forward than other Tripels, and doesn't seem to strike a good balance.

T: Big alcohol notes are noticeable around mid-palate and well into the finish. Unfortunately these flavors are quite intense and initially mask any flavor present. Belgian yeast elements make their mark along with very bready malts. Overripe citrus fruits are along with the alcohol burn in the finish and just a few seconds into the linger.

M: Fairly active carbonation, nice and fizzy on the palate. It's the mouth feel you'd expect for the style, really well done in this area.

Overall, this wasn't too impressive in comparison to other quality Tripels (both domestic and international). The flavors seemed strikingly unbalanced and in need of some refinement. Other than that, it had all the typical elements you'd expect right down to the great mouth feel but everything else needs to be tied together better.

 1,640 characters

Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8/26/2011

Bottle shared by Andrew, thanks!

A: Dark orange with a small white head.

S: Pronounced bourbon and oak with a dash of vanilla and a strong bubblegum presence. Malt is bready and sweet with a sugar notes. Apple is faint.

T: Bread and grain with sugar and bubblegum. Bourbon is light and oak is evident. The beer is quite sweet and alcohol is strong in the finish.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Smelled better than it tasted, and a little too sweet, but still enjoyable.

 512 characters

Photo of akorsak
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jbrew and Trent1011 for this 12 oz bottle. Mother Earth was the revelation of our OBX trip this summer.

A: The tripel has an orange hue that seems to fit in well in these early stages of the fall. It's darker hue renders it opaque, albeit with a radiance. A finger of white head quickly disappeared, leaving only thin legs behind.

S: That's a blast of bourbon right there! Fresh oak, coconut and vanilla crowd the nostrils on each sniff. Rich and sweet, the barrel really warms the tripel up. That being said, there isn't much of a tripel scent, too much of the wooden sweetness.

T: Lots of heat from the very first sip. The bourbon barrel adds a burn that is as authentic as things get. Peppery flavors result, mixing with the vanilla and coconut from the barrel. Plenty of full wood follows, although that also adds to the boozy burn. Tripel spices come through late in the game, candi sugars and yeasty fruits, though they are faint. Larger sips cover up the tripel, replacing it with the burn.

M: The mouthfeel could pass for the real thing, the burn and the fade...come see the sun kill everyone! This beer has an incredibly rich wooden flavor, a lasting impression.

D: While it's only 9%, the ale feels a whole lot bigger. This is one of the bourbony-est beers I've ever come across. That being said, the cooler flavors work nicely, a rich taste. That boozy heat is tough to deal with though.

 1,414 characters

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An average beer. Not a lot of bourbon in the beer, but enjoyable none the less. The belgium yeast is a little overpowering, but a good change of pace.

 152 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Label says Bottled On 031715.

A- Pours a murky dark amber color with a 1/8 inch off-white head that immediately dissipates to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Slightly sweet Belgian yeast aroma with a sturdy oak backing. Notes of overripe banana, apple and golden raisin. A bit of a bready characteristic.

T- Very smooth flavor of Belgian yeast and oak with some vanilla tones and more golden raisin. Sweet, but not overly so.

M- Slick but with some zing from the spicy yeast. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Very well done BA tripel. It's no Curieux but a nice attempt at that same flavor profile.

 801 characters

Photo of Jwale73
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bucketboy for the generous extra. Bottled 04/2010. Served in my DFH Goblet. Pours a murky, burnt-orange - no head, just a bubbly, broken band around the edges. Huge nose - butterscotch and bourbon, with some light fruit (apricots?), a buttery quality and vanilla notes. Taste follows nose - a candy-like quality also comes out, as well as a slightly acrid character towards the back. There's also a little bit of alcohol expressed in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pleasant, palate cleansing carbonation. This is definitely a sipper - almost like a brandy. I would love to see how this ages. A top notch beer.

 632 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
1.48/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I got this in a trade a while back and as afraid to open it. My fear was justified. This was the worst beer I've ever had. It smelled and tasted like cheap booze and nothing else. Not only was his a drainpour but I couldn't even swallow the first sips, I spit them out. If you like cheap booze this might be just the beer for you.

 330 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a-Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip glass a deep foggy honey yellow. TONS of yeast chunks in this bottle all floating around in the brew (a bit off putting but such is a tripel) had a 2 finger head with lacing that hung around.

s-The nose leads with a bourbon sweetness with a nice woody vibe (reminds me a lot of Backwoods Bastard). The usual tripel smells are there too, but bourbon sweetness really tells the story.

t-There is a lot going on in there. The bourbon flavor is tamed somewhat by the tripel flavors and they collide to create something pretty unique, but again bourbon sweetness seems to dominate all.

m/d-Medium bodied, chunky with yeast, and overall very in your face. Enjoyable though. Kind of like a rougher version of Backwoods Bastard. Alc is also pretty present, but a delicious tripel aged in bourbon barrels.

 838 characters

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like toasted oak and vanilla and coconut, with some apricot hops and sour yeast and vinegar.
T: It tasted like apricot and oak and sour yeast, with some coconut and vanilla and vinegar. It had a sweet and sour aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This wasn't a very refined beer, seeming more like a shot of bourbon poured into a mediocre tripel. But it's still enjoyable, if you enjoy bourbon. It was a bit hot with weak body, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Age probably wouldn't help, so this is as good as it gets. An interesting experimental beer that I personally enjoyed, since I'm a sucker for bourbon beers, but not great.

 762 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

 835 characters

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Thanks to ASUBeer for hooking me up with this one.

I must put out the disclaimer: I am not a huge fans of the yeast forward Belgian style ales. However, when they get up into the Tripple range, I tend to find a few more that I enjoy.

First and foremost, the Bourbon Barrel aging made this a very interesting ale all around.

Poured beautiful, with an active head putting forth aromas of Bourbon sweetness with undertones of slightly peppery/fruity yeast.

Taste, was a melange of bourbon, less yeast (the way I prefer it), hints of caramel and fruit.

Felt good in the mouth, not too light, not too chewy.

As it warmed, I found I enjoyed it more. It retained more of a Bourbon flavor, that was straight forward (lacking the other roasty characters that usually come with the barrel). More of that sweet Bourbon flavor, like it had been spiked with Southern Comfort or some other similar libation.

Glad I got to try this one, very interesting.

 951 characters

Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Coriander and cloves up front followed by a bit of a floral, orange-like aroma. Vanilla, caramel, and smooth bourbon follow, mixing well with the tripel aromas.

T: Similar to the aromas, there are some spicy Belgian notes up front followed by some sweet citrus flavors. The bourbon kicks in afterward, accompanied by vanilla and caramel. The finish is dry with a surprisingly slight alcohol burn and a lightly bitter yeast flavor.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit thicker than I like in tripels, but it's understandable with bourbon barrel aging. Still, the beer manages to have a pretty dry finish and overall is lighter than most high gravity bbal beers.

O: A surprisingly good beer. When I first poured it, the bourbon seemed to wipe out all of the tripel flavors. As it warmed, though, the Belgian flavors began to come through. Very well-balanced and not overpowering at all, despite being fresh. Even though I prefer tripels to be light, dry, and crisp, I wish this one were a touch sweeter and less dry to better accompany the bourbon flavors.

 1,181 characters

Photo of AgentZero
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Alex for sharing this one.

A - Orangish bodied beer with a bit of a white head that left some spots on the side.

S - I guess this is a tripel, but bourbon and barrel have obliterated it. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, candy corns, some belgian yeast I think and fruits, but not really.

T - It tastes like bourbon, candy corns, wood, decent amount of alcohol. You get the underlying tripel if you look for it in candied sugar, stone fruits, and some yeast, but it doesn't really matter.

M - Lower carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

O - This didn't work, just take any lighter flavored beer and leave it in a barrel to long and it will probably taste like this. Not saying it tastes bad per se, but it's just not good take on a tripel.

 750 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged) from Mother Earth Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe