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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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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of notafood
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cloudy orange with just the slightest ring of white head on
the edge of my tulip.

Sweet and yeasty, some fruits are present, banana and citrus. Malts and some alcohol are detectable as well.

Mmmm. More tartness from the fruits and yeast than I was expecting, but still sugary sweet. A big grain presence helps round this out for a very palate pleasing beer.

A bit of a bite up front, good smooth and somewhat dry aftertaste.

A fine tasting beer but not one I would want in succession. I will probably go back to The Keg and pick up another one to cellar (didn't know this was discontinued!).

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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 Nipitato
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: A gold hue without any head. Slightly hazy.

S: A nice pleasant aroma that is not overpowering. Some good clove, soft and sweet malt, and overripe fruit.

T: A blah taste. Clove is noticeable. What really defines this beer is a bitterness that carries throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not hot. Somewhat spicy. Lacks any substantial fruitiness.

MF: Medium body. Lacking appropriate effervescence. Dry mouthfeel. Also, not particularly creamy.

D, notes: Maybe I don't really like tripels but I fount this beer to be overly bitter without enough sweet malt character. drinkability somewhat suffers due to lack of appropriate style characteristics.

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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 scruffwhor
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey, cantaloup melon with no head, a little bi of foam after the pour and no visible bubbling due to the opaque cantaloupe color. The aroma is a very melony fruit arome with some light herbal and rock candy notes as well in the nose. Still missing some yeasty aromas that I love in a tripel. The taste has a lighter melon note with some better yeasty bread flavors. Makes me thnk of an open field in DuPage count in Glen Ellyn. The palate feels natural with some wet dryness... if that makes sense. Never as good as the Belgian mde tripel's, but not bad.

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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 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 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 thechaacster
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Binny's in Glen Ellyn. Pours a cloudy, highly carbonated gold with a finger and a half of white head. Spicy clove aroma. The spice carries over heavily into the flavor, with lots of lemony citrus and some other kind of fruit character that I can't put my finger on. Whatever it was, it was very strong and slightly puckering. The 8.5% abv was not really noticeable, but I just found the fruit and spice character to be too unbalanced to make this particularly drinkable. Okay, but kind of disappointing.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a long stem chalice)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish body with a gentle carbonation of lots of bubbles and a thin ring of white head around the rim.

S- The smell is cidery and fruity with a faint perfume floral hint. No real spicy notes but the alcohol is only noted in the cidery smell.

T- Some slightly sweet fruity/apple notes with a soft bubblegum quality. There is a faint sour or tart note in with the fruity taste. The finish is slightly sweet with a slight carbonic acid bit. Some slightly sweet pear notes as it warms.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a slight fizz to lighten it.

D- It has a strong fruity flavor but most of the fruitiness is dominated by apple. It would nice to see some more complex characteristics help balance the apple. The lack of head and lacing even with a strong pour was a little disappointing.

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Photo of cokes
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Muddy strawberry blonde with a minuscule and momentary off-white before it goes entirely bald.
Nose of candy sugar and dough, with a peripheral bite of peppercorns and all spice.
It brings the doughiness first, across the mouth. Sweetened with powdered sugar, and a background nod toward peaches and dates. The spiciness and phenolic qualities are muted, but some clove and peppercorns are noted, along with something vaguely vanilla. No real hop movement to speak of, just a drying slightly bitter alcohol flame at the close.
Medium-heavy bodied and plodding due to an insignificant carbonation level, as it is nearly flat after a couple minutes. What should be a sparkling a nearly refreshing big beer ends up cloddish and awkward. This issue plagues both the taste and drinkability scores as well (and, actually, appearance too). It's a few bubbles away from being decent, but as is, it's a bit of a chore.

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Photo of Tolann
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Really yellow just like a tripel should be. Head was white, but gone fast. A little hazy over all. Not a ton of carbonation.

S - Not too huge. Sweet fruity and juicy smell. Not citrus, but maybe apple. Has that crisp like a bite into an apple smell.

T - Some sour is my first thought and some apple tartness is my second. Not as Juicy as I hoped. Kinda mellow.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Not a lot of bubbles, but still gives me burps. Smooth drinking and not much after taste.

D - Not the most outstanding tripel in my mind, but i wouldn't mind it again. Bummer you can't get Two Brothers in Denver. I guess carrying the 'tripel' badge of honor I was expecting more.

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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 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 EPseja
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOTE: This rating is based on "Tripel" as the style! Marks would be slightly higher is this beer were in another category.

Imported for me as a Christmas gift from my brother who lives in the burbs of Chi-town. Sweet!

Served from a 22oz. bomber in a Chimay Chalice at just below cellar temperature.

A - Slightly hazy tan-gold color. Even with a vigorous pour, it was tough to get a head of half an inch, and even that was turned to a thin film in only seconds. Lacing is weak and patchy.

S - Cidery, with a sweet and sour character almost reminiscent of a Flemish ale. Some floral notes and delicate citrus.

T - Woah. Whatever sweetness starts out on the tongue is quickly beaten down by a honeyed sourness that pulls you right to the fringes of the style class. In the middle and toward the swallow, there is noticeable yeastiness to accompany the sour notes, and a bready undertone. The finish is tart and the alcohol is noticeable here. The aftertaste (for some odd reason) smacks of Rooibos tea. Overall, this reminds me a bit of Petrus Aged Pale.

M - Tingly and a bit aggressive on the tongue, but mellowing as it evolves. Pillowy at its peak, and a quick watery swallow.

D - I opened this beer hoping to get a nice sweet Tripel, but instead I got something far different This beer is not necessarily bad for what it is, but I think that it's a bit off the mark to fall solidly into the Tripel category. Drinkability? Now that I know what it's all about, I will very much enjoy the rest over a game of Half Life while my daughter is sleeping.

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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 blakesell
2.67/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. It could be retired, but it was around this summer.

Appearance- Beer pours still with no hints of head whatsoever. Carbonation does cling to the sides of the glass lightly. Beer itself is a cloudy yellow brown.

Smell- Smells wheaty and yeasty, very much like a hefe. Yeast is a bit stronger giving an excellent scent of Belgian nature. Belgian notes are slight at best. Light fruits with citrus such as orange and kiwi come to my nose lightly.

Taste- Tastes solidly like a German Hefeweizen. No notes of a Belgian Tripel outside of maybe the yeast. Slight light fruits that are brought on by the yeast. No hops, no other Belgian notes.

Mouthfeel- Lightly creamy, yeasty, estery, highly warming, medium light bodied, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability- This tastes nearly like a German Hefe. I would not revisit this beer, which is good as it's now gone on the tap, and retired according to BA.

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Photo of KeefD
2.59/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a hazy orange honey color into a snifter developing ZERO foam and leaving behind NO lacing. Quite the boring poor and look. Smell is super yeasty! I left the yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but the smell is quite overwhelming. Slightly sweet in the smell with hints of alcoholic phenols present. Smells almost like cough medicine. Taste is super sweet with hints of licorice, pale malts and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Very floral and sweet. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, but this could be due to the total lack of carbonation. Did I get a bad bottle?? I just didn't enjoy this one. I've normally enjoy just about every Tripel I've tried, but this just seemed to be more miss rather than hit.

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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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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.36/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Found this in Chicago during the holidays, in a large bottle (Arrogant Bastard size). I was happy to try a new American tripel. So we poured it at my parent's house with loads of fanfare. But this tasted like sh|t.

I wonder why they call it a tripel. It's got some Bret type bacteria in it, kind of like a lambic or a wild ale. Or maybe it's just contaminated. Either way it was horrible. I couldn't finish 1 glass, the rest went down the drain.

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