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

very good
147 Ratings
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

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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of hyoung41
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tcwaugh
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two of these beauties at Tasty Beverage downtown. One to celebrate and one to age.

A- Poured heavy into my Bell's tulip glass with a thick head that fades quickly. This beer is surprisingly very hazy with an golden orange tint.

S-The predominate aroma is definitely the bourbon & oak that smacks you in the nose. Followed by light yeast and candied sugar notes.

T-Like the nose the first thing that I get is the whiskey, vanilla, oak flavor that only intensifies as the beer warms. That flavor is nicely complimented with a peppery spice and carmel sweetness that is well balanced. Also I get the yeast flavor that characterizes a lot of tripels. Then the bourbon comes back for a lingering after taste.

M-Nice creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O-Overall a great well balanced beer and one that I will getting on an annual basis. I'm interested in seeing how this one ages.

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Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a light honey orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of apples, vanilla, belgian yeast esters, caramel, and honey. Not much whiskey or barrel influence that I can tell besides maybe the vanilla.

T: The taste is a big improvement over the nose. Lots of flavors ranging from vanilla, whiskey, belgian yeast esters, caramel, and creamy malt.

M: The feel is creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Nice medium body.

O: This is pretty tasty and something I'd try again. I really want to try the base beer now to see how much has changed with the barrel aging.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2012 with a cork and a cage.

a: This is a nice looking beer with an orange tinted medium amber having good clarity. The head retention is alright but a little short lived for the style; the off-white head leaves some lacing on the glass as it settles.

s: This beer has a great balance with the oak character somewhat dominate the solid spicy, fruity belgian tripel aroma. There is a moderate vanilla oaky aroma with some of the carmel bourbon notes. The peppery and spicy phenols along with an orange dominated citrus esters making up the characteristics of the tripel. There is also a slight banana aroma which I think is from the bourbon bit it might be from the yeast, wither way it's fine to have a little in a tripel. There is a little bit of spicy, floral hops aroma and the alcohol adds a light perfumy character.

t: This has the spicy, fruit, wood and alcohol flavors descending order but they're pretty well balanced. The spice is again mostly peppery while the citrus flavor is dominated by orange. The burbon barrel character bring flavors of oak, vanilla and burbon to the party. There is a moderate malt sweetness that might be out of hand if it wasn't for moderately-high bitterness a all the rich flavors going on in this beer. The alcohol is soft and spicy along with a light burbon character coming through.

m: This beer has a medium body along with a creaminess. There is a moderately-high level of carbonation but no astringency. There is some alcohol warming that creeps from your palate to your belly.

o: This is a complex beer that doesn't overwhelm despite all the layers of flavor. It's a very good tripel married with a the burbon barrel. The first time I had this I was a huge fan, an though it was the finest example of an oak aged beer I had ever had, this second time around wasn't as impressive but I did burn my tongue the other day which could be throwing off my taste buds. Fortunately I've got a couple more bottles and will come back and reevaluate after I've recovered.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Royal Chalice with a murky, dark honey, muddy orange beer. The soft pour produced a slight off-white head though the term is used loosely. Highly viscous, this one clings to the glass, leaving a fine coating of lace that waxes and wanes with each sip.

A subtle aroma of fruit and slight whisky. Apple juice mixes with some malt and floral aromas. The light Belgian funkiness is present, though well off in the background.

Warmth is a great friend to this beer, settling the whisky booziness and bringing out the spiciness. While sweet on entry, a light, sour middle carries into a subtle, but lingering, finish. One will also find apricot and apple.

Boozy, though not hot, the dense body is syrupy in texture with prickly carbonation that is quite lively all the way down. Residual sugar builds on the lip with each sip.

This is a beer I had sought after for several years. I found it to be relaxing and enjoyed it while reading inside on a hot, sunny Memorial Day. This was definitely a good trade. I plan to finish the bottle on the front porch after the weather cools down.

Every once in a while, one encounters the unmistakable mark of passion. The brewers at Mother Earth have left that mark on many of their beers. For this, and the ability to recognize it, I am thankful.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours and looks like apple cider. Lots of bubbles and a head that stays for quite some time.
S: Very sweet and fruity. Pineapple notes, apple, sweet, a little kick.
T: Hits being sour and bitter. Not the same notes as in the smell. A little bit of sweetness but it's overpowered quickly by alcohol which seems to dominate the beer.
M: Sits a little sour. Body is decent. It's bearable but not mind blowing.

Overall I was really optimistic about this beer which smelled great and fruity and complex. The taste though is almost exclusively sour and alcohol so not really impressive. It's doable but not blowing my mind.

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Photo of rabiddawg
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

1201st Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- Truly a good looking color. A bit of yellows all mixed in with a good bit of white head that fell slowly with a good amount of cling.

Smell- I didnt get much of the bourbon on the nose really. I did pick up on some vanilla from the barrels and I got some banana and then even some other fruits like pear.

Taste- I got some bourbon on this one but really the flavor was just a strong spicy tripel with some good backing citrus from the pear flavor. A very dry tripel.

Mouth- A full medium body with a medium dry carbonation. Residual fruit and yeast flavors.

Drink- A pretty good beer. The 9% was well hidden and the use of bourbon on a tripel was fairly new for me. I'd like to try to this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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 leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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