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:
No notes at this time.

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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 79
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 roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

Appears a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a one and a half finger off white head and lively carbonation. Good amount of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild overall but there is sweetness from candi sugar with hints of spicy cloves and fruitiness that suggests tropical fruits and apple.

The taste starts out on a sweet note then becomes a little spicy and very fruity. I am getting the apple again, some lemon, and something like mango. A bit of floral hops on the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-light, but the finish is kind of heavy and seems like it leaves a coating in the mouth. Carbonation level is fairly good for the style, a bit more might be ideal.

Overall it's pretty tasty, but has some imperfections. Not the best tripel out there but it's drinkable. However, at $6 dollars a bomber I would rather just get a couple bottles of La Fin Du Monde.

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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 beerceller99
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Has a clear straw color with nice lacing. Lagar yeast then peppery, musky smell. light body. Nice taste is grainy, yeasty, with an essence of oak. Finishes crisp and clean. A triple that tastes a little raw and unrefined, like many American brewed examples.

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Photo of beerinator
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber.

Appearance: Hazy, Golden brown. Frothy white head, dissappeared quickly. The head was quite "noisy" when poured.

Aroma: Fruity, fruit salad with citrus and apples. There is a presence of yeasty earthyness and maybe hints of spices. But mostly the aroma is dominated by green apple sourness and fruit.

Taste: The tart green apple aroma continues quickly to the taste buds as well. This tripel is more sour than expected. The finish is dry, the mouthfeel is a bit light, but still comfortable. There are hints of peppery spice hidden by the apple.

Notes: This is not necessarily a beer that I would seek out, but it isn't bad. I'm not so sure that it isn't too sour for the style. I certainly haven't had a tripel before that had this much sour apple flavor and aroma.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly more tangerine than goldenrod with a modest cap of bone white foam that will never be mistaken for being Belgian. Subsequent pours result in a 'shaken snow globe' effect that helps the cause. An attractive band of tattered lace helps as well.

Even though it's nothing to write to Brussels about, the nose smells acceptably tripel-like. Given the golden fruitiness and the clove spiciness, it's obvious that an authentic Belgian yeast strain was used. With more power, the next highest score might have had a shot.

Oh Brother! gets the basic outlines of the tripel style correct, but doesn't fill them in with enough substance to create anything approaching real craft beer artistry. Although the flavor profile is broad enough (all elements present and accounted for), it isn't anywhere near deep enough or complex enough. Part of the problem is the half-assed carbonation.

Specifics include buttery pears in sugar syrup, ripe bananas, orange peel, ground clove and a white grapiness reminiscent of sherry. It's a veritable cornucopia of fruit! With a few well-chosen tweaks, this could be one of the better Belgian-style tripels in the U.S. Things are definitely improving as mid-bottle approaches.

There aren't enough bubbles. Since the beer has almost no volume, the taste buds don't get a chance to mull over the various flavors for long. The result is simplicity... that could easily be complexity with better aeration.

Along with many other American craft brewers, Two Brothers needs to read "Belgian ale carbonation for Dummies". By getting that vital component so wrong, they've effectively hamstrung what could be one hell of a tripel. Bottom line: Oh Brother! doesn't deserve its exclamation point. Yet.

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

Got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent apricot with a pinky of beige head. Murks up at the bottom of the bottle. Average head retention

S: Perfumy hops, pineapple, & a bit of tangerine

T: Apricot, tropical fruits & lemony hops. Pineapple, a touch of grapefruit, some breadyness, maybe a bit of shortbread as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, a touch of white pepper, apple skins & white grape juice

MF: Medium bodied, fairly aggressive carbonation

Pretty good drinkability, a solid take on the style

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

Somewhat dull-looking, honey-colored beer more or less lacking head entirely.

Slightly powdery (aspirin) aroma with apple skins and a faint sweet citrus on board.

Rich, sweet malt body with a major yeast presence in the form of soft clove and bread. There's a surprising hop bitterness that betrays a touch of orange peel before being swallowed whole by the huge tripel sweetness I've come to love from time to time.

Tripels aren't usually highly carbonated but the Bros. Ebel have and issue with their beers ending up a touch listless at times. A little more priming sugar perhaps? Still, a nice, affable tripel that definitely shows it's homebrew roots.

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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 taez555
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Tastes 8/7/08

This beer poured a translucent opaque dark straw orangish yellow body with a white head.

Nose was strong yeast smell. Soft grain, bananas, ripe golden fruit. Very yeasty and weisbeir esque.

Taset is medium to light/full bodied. Very smooth with a flater carbonation. Very yeasty, lots of oranges, ripe fruits, mangos, fresh grain, bread and some anise. There's this mild anise numbing flavor throughout. Strong earthy and maybe even some citrus hops. Surprisingly strong bitterness, but never completely over the top. Very present alcohol.

Better than most american triples, but still out of balance. Bitterness and yeast seem to be over the top a bit.

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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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Mikelove1121
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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