Oh Brother! | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
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0
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Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pours into the ol' Corsendork tulip, generating a nice frothy eggshell capper, nice sticky laces too.

Just some faint musty aroma of dried candied fruit, which sweeten with the quaff. Not a bad all-around American cut at a Tripel, and it comes at a decent price per bomber. Still missing the fruity backbone and Belgium yeast.

Not a great brew, but I'd say a good introduction to the style beer. Lots better out there.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a light orange amber, a thin, watery but creamy-looking head above. Lots of bead action from below, different sizes of bubbles racing each other to the top. The result is a slowly receding head that plants a solid layer of lace all around the glass.

Aroma - bready grains and yeastiiness dominate the aroma.

Taste - rather sweet grainy opening. The alcohol tastes on the low side, so the grains and sugars are kind of unsupported. The yeast offers some banana and spiciness appropriate to the style. Tangy swallow, some mild hop bitterness that balances well, paired with an unwelcome metallic taste. That fades with palate adjustment but it takes a bit to get there. The swallow lets on that this has some abv to it, warming the throat. Finishes on the dry side, light fruit, tartness, and warmth.

Mouthfeel - bubbly and creamy, feels good in the mouth. A weighty brew as well, enhancing the bigger feel.

Drinkability - tasty enough to enjoy but not one I'd return to.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a goblet. 'Artisan Bottling - A Taste of Heaven'. I found several of these bottles at Malt & Vine in Yorkville, IL back in September; took one back to Oregon.

A: Fine suspended silt, golden/straw color, few streams of rising carbonation. Dense creamy white head, building to a baout one-finger before falling to a thin sheet of tiny bubbles. Good lace in ragged bands.

S: Quite fruity (apples, unripe peaches, tangerine, melon) with a spiced, herbal yeastiness. A little tart/'funk' sting.

T: The fruit, particularly apple and melon rind, are pronounced. Covering is a spicy yeast that's true to the Belgian tripels. Medicinal bitterness in the finish.

M: Thin in the first sip, builds a little then diminishes again. Carbonation is mild, mouthfeel generally creamy - sedate for a tripel, however. Medium body. Long-lasting sticky cling of sweet/dry malt.

D: Moderately drinkable, but a couple notches below the Belgian standard-bearers. Has some good flavors and holds true to the gist of the style, but ultimately falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Worth a try.

It should be noted that this beer, though currently listed as 'RETIRED' (yes, I reported it) has plenty of recent reviews, which leads me to believe this bottle is reasonably fresh; however, there's no indication on the bottle of when this was brewed so the age is indeterminable.

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Photo of Redrover
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with the very cool Two Brothers label.

Beer pours a hazy straw with a minimal head. Sticky lacing.

Nice nose of spices, sugar cookies and grain. Very enticing!

My first impression is a slightly sour malty beer. The hops add a bit of bitterness and pepper taste later. Some fruit flavors (green apple and plum) emerge after a few sips. Lots going on, but it could be a bit better integrated. I can not pick-up any of the 8% alcohol which is a testament to the brewer.

The mouth is sturdy and a bit slick. This is not a bad beer, may get better with a bit of cellaring to let the flavors settle in together. A nice try from the 2 Brothers!

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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 thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw color with a finger of head that fell to a light coating over the brew. The nose was big in nice sweet banana touched with a hint of lemon and light spiceyness. There is a thickness to the aroma that I have not experienced in other brews. The flavor really took me back. There was a lemony tartness that seemd out of place. Also tasted a orangey citrus and banana creamyness. It had a very clean finish. I found the citrusy character to impede the rest of the flavor character. The feel was moderate but slightly crisp, with a moderate carbonation. I'd like a sight bit more body. Overall, enjoyable. Nothing really jumps out to make this a great brew, but its definately solid.

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Photo of Crosling
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange color. Small foam which settles in a ring. Fairly nice nose. Hints of polish and flowers, along with other hints of a pastry kitchen and a touch of light fruit platter. Flavor has nice balance, with hints of polish and sweet light fruits. Fairly respectable American example of the triple style.

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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 SPLITGRIN
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong pour only gets a half an inch of soft off white head. Body is a golden straw honey in color. Nose has some crisp fruit, with mellon and bready yeast tones. Enters the mouth with mineral based spices with tones of clay, tree sap, and crisp apple. Very yeasty throughout carrying some un-ripe fruit notes. Lacks a bit of balance and complexity I expect from the style. Alchol hides very well. Mouthfeel is a puckering thickness from spice and crisp fruit. Overall it is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear yellow color with a decent head and ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has an interesting citrus and lemon character. Not bad. The flavor has a lot of the citrus, but with a very odd twist. Weak on the spicing. Some tartness in there that I don't care for. The body was medium and the drinkability was ok. It's a good beer, but it doesn't have any of what I look for in a tripel.

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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 blitheringidiot
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big ole double deucer bottle pours with a slightly cloudy hazy golden straw topped with a settled ivory thin headcap, leaving some drippy lace.

Nose of bread dough and the pilsner malts are detectable. This has an American Macro scent to it as a result, I believe. Even before I read the label, the pilsner popped out.

First swigs: Clean soft bread dough and flour dryness works with the flavor. A quick slight aftertaste. Slightly spicy pepper but a bit easy on the style with a lemon peel touch.

Feel is smooth and with a tight carbonation. Quite a dry feel. No detectable awl-kee-hawl at all. Smooth.

Last swigs: An easy tripel without any overwhelming notes for better or worse. At the risk of having beer bottles thrown at me for saying this, slight malt liquor-esque taste with Belgian yeast strand.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

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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 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 orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Oh Brother! Tripel pours from the bomber a pale, slightly cloudy yellow orange hue with a half inch of bubbly arid white head on top. Spotty lacing with lots of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a sweet grain maltiness that's a bit bready. Fruity esters of apple, pear and citrus along with a mellow spiciness. Yeasty. I seem to be getting a decent amount of herbally, citric hops as well. Enjoyable.

First sip brings a crisp pale pilsner maltiness, a bit bready, along with a nice mix of fruity flavors. Hints of apple, pear, orange and lemon are in the mix. Mellow spiciness runs throughout and tickles the tongue. The herbal hops are noticeable on the way down, but don't really stand up to the overall sweetness of the brew. There's a sourness throughout as well. Overall it's a nice take on a tripel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, bubbly and creamy. A bit on the light side..it's easy to drink fairly quickly. I'd like a bit more body but can't complain. I'll easily finish this bomber...probably faster than I should. It's good to see Two Brothers experimenting and hopefully there will be more to come in the future.

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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 IntriqKen
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite a triple, but I will try to rate it on it's own legs.
Pours a soft golden yellow with a half finger of white that leaves behind sticky lacing as it melts to a simple white ring.
Aromas are soft sweet malts without much of the belguim funk you would expect to find in a triple.
Flavor is immediately very citrus...mostly oranges but then fading to lemon bitterness. Only in the aftertaste do I find anything resembling a belgium.
Mouthfeel is adequately substantial and aftertaste is clean and dry, however mostly due to the extremely citrus hops in the flavor profile.

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Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jwinship83
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden orange color with a minuscule head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Very complex. orange, sugar/sweet, other spices i cant finger.

T- Mildly sweet. not as much so as it smells, but more alcoholic than it smells. again, spices i cant finger. almost wheat beer like.

M- Nice full body and smoothness that goes well with the carbonation.

D- overall i think this is a pretty odd/different take on the style which isnt necessarily a bad thing. Its something that i could have had another one on draft, but not another bottle. not right away at least.

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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 BeerBelcher
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While I've enjoyed other Two Brothers beer (in particular I like Cane & Abel), this one didn't do much for me. It is a tripel that is missing a lot of what I usually look for in a tripel: I didn't find this example to be very spicey/clovey, it didn't have much fruity flavor, and it lacked the champagne-like bubbles resulting from secondary fermentation that provide a smooth and tickling mouthfeel.

Color is straw. Head is exceedingly minimal. Aroma is very faint. I did get some fruitiness; maybe some isoamyl acetetate, but not much there. Flavor is very mild, a bit of brown sugar sweetness mixed with some additional fruitiness; some banana and maybe a bit of apple. Still, not much in the way of spice, not much in the way of fruitiness, and mouthfeel struck me as being downright flat.

This beer wasn't a bad drinking experience, but it just didn't represent what I really enjoy about tripels.

I can't say I'd recommend this. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Oh Brother! from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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