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)

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Added by silenius on 06-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The Two Bros retro release of Oh Brother Tripel is pretty good...and I'm not much of a Belgian fan. The beer pours a clear orangish color with thin head that is not lacing. The smell was typical of most Belgians with that slight twang. The taste is a sweeter malt taste with a slightly acidic flare. The mouthfeel is full body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, white head. Soft sweet aroma with notes of banana and grassy hops, with alcohol wafting in the background. Golden color. Starts off sweet, slightly acidic, and boozey with surprising hoppiness. Middle is dominated by a boozy malt. Finish moves into malt and hop bitterness.

Not bad, overall. Surprisingly hoppy. I like that more yeasty-malty-banana in my Tripels.

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Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 oz. bomber bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $6.99 a week ago or so into my clean, clear Voodoo Brewery pint glass. No "best by" date observed but a large sticker states: Cleveland Beer Week Special Release and left side of label mentions "Celebrating 15 years with 15 beers" and "Retro Release 11 of 15"

A Light yellow translucent body under a generous but brief white head that dissipates quickly, The body reminds me of a Bud Light, really. 2.5

S Belgian yeast and some sweetness from apparent candi sugars but not very characteristic of the style really. I have to say that so far I am dissapointed. 2.5

T Malt sweetness and Belgian yeast tastes certainly classify it as a Belgian Tripel but this is a rather weak one really. It just delivers on the required tastes and that is about it. Also there is a very weak aftertaste. It tends to just disappear. 3.0

M Some syrupy sweetness is there but it quickly leaves. Lingering syrupy sweetness is not necessarily typical for the style but this leaves really quickly. Overall the feel is on the thin side for an artisan Tripel. 2.5

D/O Drinkability is reasonable for the style. Overall this is unimpressive. 3.0

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Photo of nicnut45
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber poured into sam adams perfect pint glass. No freshness dating indicated.

A-Pours a slightly hazy light honey color. Minimal head on the pour. And a ring forms on the sides as I drink.

S-Banana. Alcoholic banana that is. Nothing much else to be had here.

T&MF-This beer has the worst banana taste I have ever had. Reminds me of that gawdy 99 Bananas liquor. After the punishing bananas flavors, in comes the horrible alcohol taste. Dont get me wrong, I dont mind boozy alcohol flavors in the appropriate style. But this is like rubbing alcohol or wood glue. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and carbonation could be a bit more for the style.

O-Im wondering if the fermentation temps were a bit too high. This is not a pleasure to drink and I doubt if I will finish it. More attention to detail needs to be considered if they are planning on doing this style again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never picked this one up a few years ago, just wasn't something that sounded appealing.
Working through the 15th anniversary series, and here it is again.

Poured into a tapered mug, it has about a half inch of foam initially that fades to nothing after the first couple sips. Sadly doesn't look remotely Belgian as a result. Some streamers of carbonation, and a brassy orange color to it.

Smells nice, mainly yeasty esters with banana and clove notes.

A bit slick with rapidly fading carbonation. Big and chewy, apple, nuts, banana, clove, nutmeg flavors. Residual spiciness in the dry aftertaste. Tastes pretty good actually, with well hidden alcohol. Clean and fairly flavorful, overall lacking a little though.

Honestly not a big fan of most US Tripels, but this one is pretty much to style, minus the lack of a billowing head and effervescent carbonation.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None
Glass: Tulip

Two Brothers brews a fairly strange tripel with its emphasis on rather heavy yeast and musty banana. As I note below, this is a little reminiscent of an imperial hefeweizen, except the bananas gradually become overwhelmed by apple and pear esters, and there is none of the hefeweizen yeast specifics in the aroma or flavor. This was an acceptable tripel, but overall too heavy with too-little emphasis on the spices that are often noted in tripels and the complex light fruit esters.

Pours a 1cm head of slightly off-white foam that has average retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few wispy lines of foam atop the body. Lacing is above average, with solid splotches and dots along the sides of the glass. The body is a transparent orange-gold color, with light turning it a golden yellow hue. Carbonation is visible and quite active.

Aroma is of heavy banana, yeast, malt, a bit of mustiness, and old pine needles. Absent is much of the apple, pear, unripe peach/apricot, and herb mixture that I've come to anticipate from tripels.

Reading my description, this beer sounds something like an imperial version of a hefeweizen, except it is missing that smoothness of flavors and trading the banana, yeast, and bread intensities for ethanol, pear, and apple. I suspect there is a fair bit of wheat malt in the mash, but cannot confirm this. The front of the palate detects yeast, banana esters, and some mild apple and pear juice sweetness. Mid-palate of overripe banana, hints of tart pear and apple in a pale malt base, with some ethanol appearing as well. Back of palate picks up a bit of curry-like spiciness with continued pear and apple juice, and substantial ethanol, which is a bit of a turn-off as it detracts from the other flavors.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with moderate carbonation that produces a fairy smooth, softly fizzy mouthfeel. Ethanol is generally well felt on the tongue, throat, and in the nostrils, and while perhaps a bit too obvious and high for its own good, the result is still drinkable and pleasurable across the palate. The beer closes dryly, with fairly substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- pours a nice caramel with a 2 finger white head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- caramel, big Belgian yeast aromas, bananas, clove, and some other spices.

T- sweet caramel, banana, clove, more spices, and some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight slick, syrupy feel with some creaminess as well.

O- I thought this was a nice beer. I don't drink triples regularly, so hard to compare styles.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Man, I was gonna use this name as a joke-y name for an upcoming homebrew...oh, well... This stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, banana, light clove, a kiss of booze, and the vague notion of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, but the banana is the clear overlord here, dominating all other flavors. Near the end, it twists a bit, becoming an almost creamsicle-like orange kinda thing. It's odd, actually. Whatever spice was imparted by the yeast and whatnot has been almost completely eclipsed, taking away from the whole tripel-ness of things. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, almost slick feel. Overall, an okay tripel, but one whose lack of traditional characteristics and whose o'erwhelming sense of banana keep me from truly enjoying it.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this beer has a flat out bad appearance. It's flat with no sign of head even for a second, and is deep gold in color. It looks like apple juice.

The scents are caramel, clove, and a little banana.

Caramel and banana taste, but is very muted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and, thankfully, there is a little carbonation.

Blah. This is almost unrecognizable as a tripel and is not a good beer. At all.

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Photo of jampics2
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. 

This vintage is a few years old, so I'm excited to see how it's holding up!  The beer looks rather plain in my glass.  It's got a golden honey color, is relatively clear, and only retains a small ring of head. Could be better, much better actually, if it had a more hazy appearance, head retention, or any lace at all.  

Oh brother, I hope this at least smells nice.  Well, it does - some spicy honey, pepper, apple cider and belgian pale malt are pleasant and well balanced. The only problem is they are just not terribly expressive.     

The taste and mouthfeel are the  best parts of this  beer.  Its got notes of apple cider, great coriander and a sweet banana finish. Some lingering sweetness is noted and there is a kick of booze. Little oxidation for being a few years old, this has cellared quite well!  The beer is sparkling and has a medium body, but it could be just a touch more substantial.  Overall, I wasn't ranting and raving about this beer, but I also wasn't disappointed. A decent American Tripel, but no where near the best of the style..  

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Photo of HosP
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liked their Hop Juice, so I figured I'd try their tripel. Haven't had much tripel before so it's tough to compare.

A: Pours hazy golden color. Thin white head that doesn't stick around. Some sticky lacing present on glass.

S: Spicy, sweet smell. Apple tartness with some alcohol scents come through as well.

T: Good floral hoppy spice. A little more bitter than I was expecting. Hints of an apple tart as the drink goes on.

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

D: Not bad. Pretty easy to drink. A different taste that keeps you guessing what exactly it is. Overall though a good drink.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Aroma - Sweet fruits similar to ripe apples

Appearance - Poured a slightly cloudy yellow with no real carbonation after the that.

Taste - Very tripel like with sweetness and spice dominating the flavor profile. This is a very good by the book tripel flavor

Notes - Appearance wasn't to great and mouthfeel really killed this beer. The beer was pretty much flat, which isn't a good thing when trying to duplicate a Belgian style.

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Photo of joepais
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Santa justn for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a DFH snifter did not yield any head only thing that showed up was a light ring of bubbles around the glass. The body of the brew was a murky apricot in color.

The aroma is big on the Belgian yeast, bubblegum and cloves are right in your face. It is most defiantly sweet and candy like in the smell. The feel in my mouth is a solid medium with almost no carbonation. The flavor is sweet fruit up front with a nice pepper spice note in the end.

It was easy to drink. I finished the bottle with no problem it was a ok try at a triple not one of my American favorites but close

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Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better american tripels that I've had. Good golden color, a little heavy on the malt or fruit, like a quadrupel or dark strong but pretty close to a tripel none the less. This brewery makes a lot of good styles and are good at most of them, inculing this one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, copper toned gold with a small, off-white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe tropical fruit with notes of poached pears, mangos, and pineapple pulling through with a sugary sweetness.
Taste is of the flavorful bouquet coming through with a light caramel maltiness with apple, bubblegum, and apricot coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and yeasty.

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Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from DeCicco`s in Ardsley, NY.

The appearance is a very light golden color, with a short head.
Oh Brother smells of alcohol, yeast, neither are overpowering.
It tastes of some sugar, vanilla, light lemon.
Mouthfeel is fizzy with light bubbles, more of that alcohol presence begins to warm you up.
Drinkability is good and Oh Brother seems to be a beer that is more enjoyable with some time to decant. This is the second offering that I have had from Two Brothers and I am looking forward to trying something else from them in the future.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A lightly clouded light orange color. Small white head faded to a slick rapidly. A few large carbonation bubbles float slowly. Almost no lace.

Sweet alcohol hits the nose hard before finishing with a bready note. Sweet apple tartness is faint throughout. Bitterness is almost non existent.

Very malt heavy on the tongue. Tastes of freshly baked bread. Tartness of apples is present but loses some of the unique fruit flavor. Alcohol is quite strong.

Nice feel on the tongue and flavors do cling. A bit of over carbonation makes the tingle a bit distracting.

An average brew. Would work well with a cheese plate as a snack. A bit of an off balance with alcohol being too strong. Not bad, just others out there are better.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is yeasty and fruity with soft malt, floral notes, and some spice. Smells pretty good.

Pours translucent tangerine with little head. Looks pretty good.

Nicely thick with heavy citric flavors and acidity/tartness. Oily/filmy mouthfeel. Mildly bitter. Fruity and light. Mild malt. Hints of alcohol. Finishes slightly dry. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

Light & refreshing, nothing special or interesting. No indication of age. A copyright date on the label reads 2005, but surely that's just when the label was made. No mention of the beer on the brewery website. Suggested improvements: spicier, maltier, less fruity, more alcoholic or more indication of alcohol (this drinks like fruit juice). I am delighted to see so much yeast on the bottom of the bottle, maybe the yeast has just seriously mellowed it out given the uncharacteristic yeasty aroma and taste. No mention on the label that it is bottle conditioned. Some beers are noted as 'living' and are perhaps more likely to be kept off room temperature shelves.

Suggestion: add 'live ale' notice on bottle to instruct retailers to keep in a cooler and to warn consumers if found above cellar temperature.

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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 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 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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good drinker, this is a very yellow beer wih white head, and a significant white head at that. Lacey, sweet yeasty and smooth drinker. WIth pilsner malt you say? Good maling, and carbonation.Edgy not the most drinkable this holiday, but a nice Belgium.

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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 twbrewer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange hue with a thick solid foam covering entire top of tulip glass.Decent lacing.

S-The smell at first was a funky metallic and phenolic aroma.Also had a sour fruit smell.

T-Similar to the smell it had a tart/sour taste upfront but I also could pick up clove and spices with some scattered fruit.

M-Medium body with a smooth and almost creamy feel.

D-I'm glad I saw this and tried it.It is definitely worth tasting.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kroggdawg for sharing this bomber. This beer reminds me a smaller Maredsous 10. It has a balance of spicy phenols and citrus hops. I also dig the hazy amber appearance. The hops are a little different than your average tripel, but the yeast can match the dry, fruity versions from Belgium. Worth a try for something a little different.

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