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

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Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)Tripel Overhead (Bourbon Barrel-aged)

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cvstrickland on 05-04-2010

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 146
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle purchased from Brawley's Beverage in Charlotte. Poured into a Skull Coast Pint Glass

A- Pours a deep orange with a half finger white head, no lacing at all (pour choice of glass though

S- Not getting a whole lot. Up front it's mainly caramel then a lot of Vanilla, and oak scent.

T- Up front its strong vanilla and oak bourbon flavors. A little bit of citrus and a belgian yeast flavor on the back end. I love the way this tastes. It's on the verge of being to overpowering with the bourbon flavors but it's just right. Slight caramel flavor as well.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Read a lot of reviews of Mother Beers being too carbonated but this one is just about right.

D- The alcohol isn't present at all for a relatively big beer.

Mother Earth continues to do barrel aged beers well (Silent Night is awesome). I am really surprised at such a low rating. I am positive I will buy another bottle of this. Such a great beer.

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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.

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Photo of rmalinowski4
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a redish, golden yellow with little head. Poured very gently to keep large amount of sediment in the bottle.

The smell is strong warm apple cider with a cinnamon stick in it. There is some bourbon and vanilla in the background also. Smell is simply Devine.

The taste is earthy spice from the yeast, cinnamon, bourbon, vanilla, apple, and some bready malt. Very complex, but the spice is the dominant flavor, it is a little too strong. There is some mild bourbon on the finish.

There is moderate carbonation, you can feel the bubbles dance on your palate. The mouthfeel is medium, just right for the style.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, different from most tripels I have had, but still very tasty. I would love to get this as an extra in I trade. Received my bottle from Wcholiff in the noob round 3 BIF.

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for this extra
12oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.

A: It pours a murky golden color with zero clarity. It yields a small one finger head that vanished quickly leaving decent lacing.

S: Big bourbon notes come rushing from the glass. Smokey vanilla, caramel, and oak are the dominant forces.

T: The bourbon absolutely dominates this brew. I am having trouble distinguishing the tripel from the barrel. Waves of vanilla, burnt wood, and caramel lead the way.

M: A lush, velvet texture pushes the medium body to it's limits.

O: Unbalanced as it is I still can't help but love it. Bourbon barrels...

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Photo of koopa
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a bit on the cloudy butterscotch side. The crown is white, minimal in size, shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, a hint of alcohol, coconut, and a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Same as the nose. The coconut bourbon thing is quite enjoyable but the dash of heat and whisper of rubbing alcohol isn't.

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard for the style.

Overall: Glad I got to try this one actually but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of abecall98
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A nice extra from Bucketboy, Thanks!

A - pours a cloudy copper color. Very thin head, grabs onto sides of the glass. Looks very thick.

S - oh boy, is that Bourbon, yes it is. Lovely. A hint of sweet fruity esters finishes the nose. I like this.

T - bourbon is the strong, very dominate in the taste. A few more sips show the yeast in action, that classic Tripel banana clove is present. Alcohol is very very present, and that's not too cool however.

M - not like your average Tripel. The beer is lightly carbonated, but that's expected from bourbon barrel beers. Still, more carb would amplify this beer a point or 2.

D - the beer is pleasing, inviting, and tasty, but that Alcohol, ohan that alcohol in the finish... Please go away. It's only a 9% abv. Beer, go away.

O - this was a pleasant extra. I have been very very underwhelmed from beers lately, and although this beer is not perfect, it is still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Shaggy9356
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Extra from wchollif...thanks! Grabbed 12oz. bottle of tripel from the fridge never reading the bottle and seeing that it was bourbon barrel aged.

Appearance: Hazy orangish, not super appealing to look at, minor lacing along glass. Whispy foam, light carbonation.

Smell: Bourbon, mead, vanilla, esters

taste: holy crap, who poured some tripel in my bourbon? Crazy bourbon flavor dominates, lots of vanilla, more mead. Real hard time picking up the base flavor of the beer. A little heat on the swallow and some isopropyl taste.

Drinkability - not expecting this one bit. I love bourbon but this may even overdo it for me. Not a huge fan of the finish. I like that they tried this but maybe again a % of it in the bourbon barrels and blending it would make for an easier beer to drink. Surprised to see this in a 12 oz. bottle.

This may take me the rest of the night to finish and its only 4 pm.

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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.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Atually kind of an ugly, extremely hazy yellow color. Decent head and lacing.
I can almost sum up the rest of this review with the single word "bourbon"
Bourbon totally dominates this beer in both the taste and the nose
Trace of malts, yeast can be detected, but the bourbon takes the cake.
Taste was almost totaly bourbon.
Think they over did it with this one a bit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jbelflower for sending this as an extra.

Pours honey gold with an inch of white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like bourbon. Oak and vanilla with a caramel mixed in.

Tastes like bourbon and caramel. Nicely balanced with a tiny bit of spice i detect.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, not very carbonated for a tripel.

Drinkability suffers, it tastes great, but just something about it makes it a little tough to drink.

Definitely worth a try, no idea what it costs as far as 6 pack worthy.

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Photo of wchollif
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light caramel with a very light head and some sediment.

Nose is fantastic, pure bourbon.

Taste is slightly sweet with lots of caramel notes and well integrated alcohol and light carbonation. You really get the bourbon on first taste but it seems to dissipate.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a clean finish. I would say very drinkable for an aged beer.

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Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden tan with a silky beige head. Nice lace.

Nose has floral hops, tropical fruits, candy malts and peppery yeast along with a good amount of oak. Also some nice notes of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste is a bit hot, but I like what the barrel aging did to this beer. The bourbon and oak flavors are well balanced yet still play a large roll in the flavor profile.

Creamy, smooth body. Well carbonated. Lacking complexity in the finish, a bit hot. Should age well.

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

a: st. bernie chalice, rich golden-amber in color with a pretty scant head, thin ring around the glass

s: sweet pale malts, honey, tropical fruit preserves (whoever said orange marmalade nailed it), estery, bourbon and vanilla, the bourbon isn't overpowering - it's actually pretty restrained here - but it just doesn't really add or detract very much from this particular tripel

m: lightly carbonated with a slick, sugary body

t: very sweet - lots of bready honey flavor from start to finish, some belgian yeast influence with a light spice and esters, lots of residual sugar here, sweet citrus preserves, honeydew melon, light to moderate bourbon with a high vanilla component, booze modest but really there as it warms to room temp, finishing with a light woody astringency

d: okay...much like the standard tripel - average and kinda sweet, but with the obvious addition of bourbon - not really a good thing, not really a bad thing, just a thing, but it does give this one a slight edge over the standard version

single from Bruisin' sometime this summer

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Westmalle Chalice

A: A lick of head on a clouded amber body

S: Candied fruits, bourbon, sticky caramel, hint of booze, orange candies, charred wood.

T: Cheap bourbon, marmalade, marshmellow, vanilla, and another wave of thickened sugar march on the palate.

M: Carb is a tad high for me but settles down with time.

D: A bit too sweet to want to attack two back to back. Still, a flavorful tripel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Crittervision for this generous extra.

a - pours a hazy bright golden amber, one-finger white head with moderate retention and lacing

s - really weird, strong peanut butter aroma, lots of roasted peanuts, definite notes of oak and bourbon heat along with some Belgian spice and yeast, some vanilla in there as well

t - once again, a strange peanut butter/roasted peanut taste up front but not as strong as in the aroma, more oak and spice mixed with banana, yeast and bourbon heat on the backend

m - medium-to-full bodied, carbonation on the slightly low side, moderate alcohol warming, somewhat sweet on the finish

d - not all that drinkable with the strange peanut butter aroma/flavor and the bourbon heat, just not that enjoyable really

Unique brew to say the least. I might be crazy for the peanut butter that I picked up on, but one other person in the tasting group got the same thing. I don't see it mentioned in any other of the reviews, though. Not worth going out of your way to seek out, but worth a try just for the uniqueness if you see it on the shelf.

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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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of atsprings (hooked me big-time up after the first one of these broke in transit!). Bottled 04/10.

Pours into my Corsendonk tulip with a murky peach body (radiant tangerine when held to the light). A soapy head quickly builds and fades to a scant patch & ring of foam that leaves no lace. Bourbon bursts from the glass and hits the nose with notes of vanilla, fresh oak tannins, and delicious booze. Big caramel presence as well with some light yeasty tropical fruits, and although the Tripel characteristics are largely over-shadowed, it's impressive just how much bourbon they squeezed into this beer's aroma.

Wow...this beer is hot! Big, boozy bourbon notes immediately coat the palate with vanilla & green oak. The tripel presence shines through more than in the aroma, adding spicy peppercorn and sweet malts to the mix. Mouthfeel isn't overly thick, and the carbonation level is right on, but the alcohol is tongue-numbing throughout the entire sip. Basically, the booze is all over the place, making me think this would be a great candidate for a few years in the cellar. Right now, however, the bourbon is too powerful. A sipper for sure, and I'd go so far as to recommend sharing a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out honey orange with a slim, loose white head. The lacing is very thin and soapy like residue in the shower.

The nose is all bourbon. Aromas of butterscotch and vanilla mingle.

The mouth is much the same. Loads of bourbon, some candi sugar. I feel as if the delicate style has been overpowered by the barrels or maybe just exposed to them for too long.

Fairly heavy body, certainly not stout-like, but heavier than most tripels nonetheless. Moderate carbonation. Warm for sure.

I love barrel aged beers, but I feel like I have no idea what this beer tastes like. I might as well have just licked the barrels.

I think I need to go get the non-barrel-aged version.

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