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

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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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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Dicers
2.62/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

really no idea why this is so popular. The taste does not blend well together whatsoever

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Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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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