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Oh Brother! | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Oh Brother!Oh Brother!

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silenius on 06-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of steveshields
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first ever beer review. I like Belgian beers but have just really gotten into beer and this site over the past 12 months.

This beer is 8.5% and I have had it once before. I figured it was worth going back and reviewing.

A: The beer looks great- golden/straw color similar to La Fin Du Monde. nice thick head that diminishes fast. Already laced my glass after a few sips. Cloudy, full of yeast which was visible on the bottom of the bottle. Fizzy like a can of soda.

S: Smells good. Fruit forward with apricot/orange notes. Some clove goodness.

T: It's very good. One of my favorites from Two Brothers. Very smooth, fruity. A bit orange and some nutmeg maybe? Not hoppy at all.

M: This was a bit of a letdown for some reason. Starts out very carbonated but becomes maybe a bit syrupy? Lingers a bit. I rated it a 3 but bumped it up to a 4 because this is my first review and maybe I don't want to judge too harshly. The beer is great.

D: I couldn't do a 4-pack, or even a 6, but who could with these big beers? I'll still drink me an Oh Brother any day. Next? Saint Bernardus.

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Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers Oh Brother! is an interesting and refreshing "tripel"...

A cloudy yellow body with an orange casts rests lazily beneath a short but creamy head of white. It looks more like a orangey weizen than a golden tripel; but that's not a fault, just an observation. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising along the side of the glass. The head retention is limited, and it leaves little lace about the glass, but it's still an attractive glass of beer.

The nose is yeasty with notes of soft fruit and a light touch of spice over a sweetish and even candly-like malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and delicately crisp with a very fine bubbled, (obviously bottle-conditioned) natural carbonation that tickles the tongue. It's not as effervescent as many examples of the style, but it is quite charming.

The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with its yeasty, sublimely tart and sweet fruitiness (juicy red apples, lemon) nestled in amongst a soft bed of sweet malt. Some notes of banana appear as well (this really is a lot like a weizen). The bitterness is kept to a minimum (it's firm but not solid at @ 25 IBU's), and yet it still finishes mostly dry due in part to a nice touch of peppery spiciness. The alcohol never appears; and it's actually quite refreshing despite its sweetish nature. It's quite enjoyable, and somewhat intrigueing!

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep yellow color with a tall, thick creamy ivory head. The head falls relatively quickly, but maintains about a quarter inch. There is a decent lacing left behind. Active carbonation visible.
Aroma is very malty, banana is there, phenolic alcohol present, some clove spiciness in the background.
Taste is malty at first, again the banana wheat is there, and then there is a peak of spice quickly overtaken with an aftertaste of strong alcohol and a hint of wheat.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a slight active carbonation to tingle the back of the tongue, and the alcohol provides a warming effect.
Drinkability is high, even regarding the alcohol. Quite tasty.
I've been looking for Two Brothers to put forth a brew that was prominently above average, and I think I've found it. I'll recommend this one for as long as it lasts.

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Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A= This one poured a beautiful pale golden color with snow white 1" head. The head dropped to a clumpy skim and left delicate lace down the glass.

S= I found aromas of orchard fruits (green apples and pears)as well as sweet bakery malts, powdery yeast, and a bit of alcohol.

T= This ale tasted of tangy and sharp green apples, sweet malts, fruity Belgian yeast, and a mild alcohol bite. Very well balanced.

MF= Nicely carbonated, in the Belgian effervescent style. Medium body.

D= I have been passing this one over in the fridge for a long time and now regret my delay in trying this fine ale. Very good example of the style (certainly better than many American interpretations I have had). Highly drinkable!

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a really nice cloudy orange color, hardly any head at all, looks like a nice belgian for sure. smell is good has a wonderful citrus aroma to it with of course a nice dose of yeast. a spicy and inviting yeast as well. taste is good, very smooth, a small alcohol presence, as well as yeast. not one of the best belgians out there but not bad by any means, BA says this is retired, it was the first time i've ever seen it when i picked it up, who knows

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light orange body with lemonade yellow highlights topped with a finger of white foam; modest duration and lacing relegates much of the appearance score to color and not the foam lattice accoutrement. Yeasty aroma with fruit and especially dried fruit, with no shortage of spice--pepper, coriander especially.

Good taste, well-represented by green sour apple, apricot, raisin, lemon, with spices. Without being too critical of Oh Brother! for it is a really good beer, the flavor lacks defining characteristics. There are various flavors and traits, but none that indicate, "Ah, that's what best characterizes Oh Brother!" All the characteristics are quite nice and well done; I suppose I was looking for something to mark this as great. It hasn't happened yet, though Oh Brother! is no slouch, a distinct Tripel.

The mouthfeel, however, is excellent, smooth with a good sour bite, amply carbonated. Thus far, it's the best and most definitive characteristic. The fact that the high ABV (8.5%) hardly appears is also impressive. This is no ordinary Tripel and, while I'd prefer something bolder, I'm not necessarily insisting upon something traditional. Its peculiarity is a fine trait. It doesn't wow me, but I like it. Quite good and well worth trying.

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Photo of maxpower
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours cloudy hazy bright yellow-orange with a small off white foamy head of small bubbles that doesn't last long, not much lacing either. Fruity and spicy yeasty aromas. Fruity and spicy yeasty flavors. Full bodied with soft carbonation, full and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticed. A very tasty tripel, I think I will pick up another bottle.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice while sitting at the desk in what passes for an office in our house in the company of Beavis, our currently passed-out purring cat.

Pours a golden honey color but is quite flat to the eye. Small sparse carbonation bubbles rise from body.

Excellent malt sweetness (candy malt, so says the bottle) with cinnamon, honey, maybe a drop of clove and some nice coriander. Some lemon peel and orange zest ooze a prevalent citrus nose. Can smell some caramelized alcohol, too.

This is much more tart than expected from the style but not a surprise from the nose. Has some Belgian Pale Ale characteristics to it - a little dry with austere wheat electricity and that nice citrus grapefruit hop essence. Sugar cane sweetness balances the alcohol. Nice and light for a Tripel but full of flavor.

Carbonation is more prevalent on the palate than visually. Citrus hop pucker tightens up with is loosened by the cinnamon sugar & spice as well as the alcohol.

This packs a bit of a latent wallop but is very easy to drink and enjoy over some time. Good late summer, early fall Trippel.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap

A: Clear golden color. Moderately carbonated. Head dissapates quickly, but lingers.

S: Faint cloves. Strongly sweet. Spicy, floral hops present.

T: Plenty of malty sweetness at first. A hint of honey and biscut. Definite cloves present. Nicely balanced fruitiness. The hops are definitely stronger than in most tripels, but are of the noble variety with earthiness and spiciness.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp and finishes dry.

D: An excellent tripel. A bit more on the hoppy end, but balances out well with the sweetness. I'll pick it up again.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Two Brothers Tap House 6/19/08.

A: Served a glowing golden hazy peach color with a tiny 1/2 finger head. Small amount of lace.

S: Aromas of spicy/fruity yeast, coriander/clove, and lightly toasted yeast.

T: Very sweet candi sugar mixed with flavors of peach/apple/mango, and a nice spicy/fruity yeast.

M: Sweet, spicy, and oily. Coats very well.

D: Not a trace of the 10% abv. Dangerous!

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Photo of silenius
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surely one of the best beers this brewery has put out to date.

Pours a hazed dark orange with a medium-sized head with ample lacing.

Smell is quite pleasant with a sweet phenolic and spicy nose with a nice core of malty sweetness. Hops are not prevalent, but lend balance.

Taste is the best part with a nice banana sweetness hitting first leading to some spicy hops and leaving with more sweetness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but has a hollowness to it that makes it less than perfect.

Very drinkable beer! I hope to see more efforts like this one!

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Photo of Gmann
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head that settles into a light ring. Not really up to tripel standards. The aroma is of pale malt and candi sugar, banana, nice Belgian yeast phenols. Very nice aroma. The taste is sweet from the candi sugar but also sweet from what I am gathering is an aging malt as it has some grape like sweetness. There are some banana, lemon and traditional Belgian spice flavors as well. The feel is fairly light and fizzy, a tad astringent from the lemony flavors. A good tripel. The lemon flavor is a little odd and overall not quite as earthy as others. Still good for a brew that has been retired.

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Photo of youngblood
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy amber. Very subdued head. Doesn't leave much lacing at all on the way down. Looks like it cleared up a bit as I drank it more.
Smelled very spicy. Some cinnamin, clove, ripe melon, nice citrus sneaking through also.
I was pretty disappointed by the taste. Not that its bad by any means, but the nose had me very excited and it tasted a little bland. There's some spice coming through mostly phenols, bit of a spicy alcohol/hop aftertaste. Again, its decent, just not out of this world for a tripel.
The mouthfeel was very very nice. Had some great weight to it and was very smooth. Actually this has one of the best bodies of any beer I've ever had.
I thought it was quite easy to kick back for a tripel. Again, the flavors are overbearing and that can be nice, but not necessarily for a tripel.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5-29-08 as part of there May release Artisan series.

22oz bomber purchased from Two Bros. Tap House for $5.99.

Pours a hazy straw pale yellow. Bone white head falls quickly to a ring of lacing around my Karmeliet glass. Nice aromas of spicy Belgium yeast, bread, apples, and Bazooka bubble gum. Flavors of clove, citrus, pears, green apples, and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and syrupy. Carbonation fell short towards the end of the bomber. Drinkability was still good considering the low carbonation. The 8.5% was hidden well enough. Can't wait to try this on tap. Worth a try!

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of AylwinForbes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly surprised to find a ferkin of this abroad when there hasn't been any on offer at the source. Our first experience of a cask-conditioned tripel style. Pours a warm orange amber with a distinctive haze; the head is modest indeed, well not surprising with a cask-conditioned beer. It was interesting to try the style at the warmer temperature at lower carbonation than is typical. Sweetness and fruit - dried apricots and orange, hint of banana, dominate the beginning, yeast and biscuit in the finish, some phenolic and slight bitterness.

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Photo of King_KongDCO93
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of CoolJosh
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for 6 months in fear of alcohol presence.

Poured from a bomber into a Belgian chalice.

Ultra hazy. I kept it as still as possible in order to allow the yeast to settle. Somehow, the pourer managed to allow the yeast to mix. No biggie, though it deters my scoring of this beers appearance. Little to no head, with a white ring around the top. Light orange body, with golden edges.

The scent contains honey, orange, ripe banana, lemon, and light belgian candies. Light belgian yeast is also present and rounds the smells out nicely. Very sweet, but on par with how a triple should smell.

Everything the smell alludes to is present in the taste. The orange sticks out the most, which is usually an displeasing taste IMO but this beer has executed this flavor well. A little bit yeasty. Some tart raspberry flavors are on the end. Well done. Not the best triple from that of which I have had to date, but for $5.99/bomber I can learn to curb the complaints.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tough beer to review here. This beer has a lot of very pleasant Tripel attributes, but lacks the 'punch' or 'oomph' that classic Tripels exhibit. I say it is because, in part, of the yeast used, however this beer comes closer to mimicking a good Belgian Tripel than do most. The pour brings hazy orange, copper, rusty colored brew with foamy head formation, great retention, and very nice lacing. The color could be a little darker than expected, leading me to believe the beer is over malted (substitution malts) or is begining to age. Aromas of peaches, pears, pineapples, appricots, mangos, under-rippened berries, and papayas give a lot of complexity to the otherwise, overly sweet malts. Light acidity tartness, pepery phenols, and soft alcohols give a bit more variety, although muted. Flavors of sweet maltiness lead the way with secondary layers of those esters and phenols found in the nose. Light soap flavors and high hop flavoring bring up the rear of the beer. Textures prove to be a bit heavy and under-attenuated despite the airy effect of carbonation and the dryness of the alcohols and hops, lowering the beers digestability. Still a good Tripel, just wish the yeast gave more complexity and attenuation as do classic Trappist versions.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at half time back in August. Giants game is good enogh a reason.

A:Nice cloudy straw color. Good amount of floaties at the bottom of my duvel tulip. About half a finger of white head with the poor. Good head retention. Some lacing.

S: A nice earthy funk nose on this. The nose makes me think I did not wait long enough on this beer. The barnyard is in it's infancy. Just a really nice nose. More of a saison that a tripel but the label says it is a weird beer. Some overripe fruit as well.

T: Not as good as the nose. Nice sweetness up front.Some nice fruit in the middle. A little bit spicy from the yeast in the back. There is a slight barnyard hint as well.

M: Very good crisp mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation. Refreshing.

D: A good beer that might be great with a few more months on it. This is an interesting hybrid of a saison and a tripel. Can't say I had anything like this. Good effort all around.

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Photo of corey0212
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the Comic Book BIF from SirSketch!!

Pours a glowing orange/yellow color, not much of a head on this one, just a thin film on top of the beer, and a slightly thicker ring around the glass....a few rogue patches of lace. Some nice fruity notes on the nose...green apple, faint banana, peppery aromas. Taste falls in line with the aromas, slightly bitter on the back-end, some honey-like sweetness. Crisp and bubbly mouthfeel, pretty refreshing. A tasty Tripel.

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Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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