Nibiru
Elysian Brewing Company

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From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Tripel
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
30
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 05, 2020
Added:
Jan 26, 2012
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  3
SCORE
83
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Notes: Yerba Mate Tripel (Apocalypse Series No. 1).

A Belgian style tripel with yerba mate.
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
December 29th, 2015 - Here's a treat with some Szechuan kick. A sparkling, scintillating spice appears first in the smell, which I take initially to be black pepper, but it's brighter and more glittery, and features some preserved lemon and strawberry notes. The body is soft and foamy, and starts buttery and a little unctuous, with some squash (cooked in brown butter and brown sugar) and a short aftertaste. It's mild for all those notes, with a slight herbal touch. For all the intriguing tastes going on, it's an interesting beer, though the kind I'm satisfied having just one serving of.
Mar 05, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by zestar from California

Oct 15, 2014
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Reviewed by jellikit from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
Bottle.
Appearance: yellow. Hazy. Thick foamy head. Sweet artwork on label
Smell: pear. Esters of Belgian yeast.
Taste: strong Belgian yeast profile followed by a bitter, grassy flavor. Pear and fruit.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: weird combo of herbs and a Tripel. Not horrible. Not stellar
Oct 06, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by malfunxion from New York

Aug 31, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2014
 
Rated: 3.5 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jul 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jan 16, 2014
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Reviewed by ckollias from Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of the large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with huge frothy white head that lasts forever and ends in a solid persistent lace and decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy sweet Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a spicy sweet flavor dominated by Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent triple – worthy of a try.
Nov 04, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Smurf2055 from Washington

Jul 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

Jun 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by thebouch01 from Pennsylvania

Jun 04, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by Twig2848 from Connecticut

May 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Asics from Washington

Apr 27, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 05, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Feb 23, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by Immortale25 from North Carolina

Feb 04, 2013
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Reviewed by TheBrewo from New York

3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing a clear golden yellow coloring. No real head was noted, but spots of lacing were seen dripping down the glass as the beer disappeared. There was a transient chill haze without sediment, while carbonation appeared average. The aroma was strong of adjuncty grain, heavy metallics, light molasses, and woody dryness. To cut came apple juice sugar, red grape astringency, vanilla icing, syrupy honey, and cayenne spice with warmth. Our first impression was that there was a decent buttery quality to the flavoring, while the back was very bittered with wood and citrus. The flavoring opened with the sweetness of honey, wheaty malts, chalky adjuncts, and the sweetness of orange flesh. The middle peaked with more honey, sweetness of pale grain, and fusel alcohols to wash. Citric hops, pale and wheaty malts, mustard seed, grape juiciness, and tannins blended and marked the finish of the sip. The aftertaste breathed of big tin and yeasty metals, citric hop resins, heat of booze, and more wheaty, adjuncty grain. The body was medium, and carbonation was average. There was decent froth and coating all around the mouth, with an ultimate astringent bite to the hard palate. Each sip gave okay slurp and froth, but little cream to the lip. The abv was appropriate, and this guy is more of a sipper, but goes down smooth enough.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the bite of flavoring. While much of this came in the form of adjuncts, the blend certainly wakes the palate up. We do wish that the advertised yerba mate was more verbose in all of its organic, woody, leafy flavoring. Everything else about this beer was just simply okay, and while this is an interesting concept, the execution is underwhelming.
Jan 10, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by hannaho from Washington

Jan 06, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 24, 2012
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Reviewed by facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
a clean golden orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head and good lacing.
smells of apples, orange peel, banana.

a very bitter orange peel flavor up front, earthy, grassy, almost tree bark like bitterness with a floral backbone to the flavor coming from the yerba mate.

a very flavorful tripel with a nice fruity twist to it. medium body with a high amount of carbonation. drink leaves a sticky resinous feeling on the lips.

glad i got to try this one... ordered it over the summer and have been storing it in the cellar since..
Nov 30, 2012
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - Golden pour with a high white foam head. Lacing is pretty sweet on this one.

S - Smells of tropical fruit, and a bready yeast.

T - Initial sweetness of exotic fruits make you think Del Monte brewed this. Has a slight pungency of belgian yeast strain. Finish has a slgith tartness.

M - Decent drinking tripel that is generally relaxed and an easy drinker. Minimal carbonation.

O - More of an oddball tripel but a fun one to try. This would be a good gateway to belgian styles.
Nov 14, 2012
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Reviewed by sam_bliss from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pint glass

A- Light colored, not a lot of head. May have been poured poorly by the bartender. It's the golden color of hay; light gets through but pictures would not.

S- Banana candy - specifically the hand candy from those little machines. Some bread grains come through as well.

T- In the mouth the banana is more real banana than the candy that presents itself in the nose. Orange juice is very prevalent by way of citrusy hops and sweetness. A touch of bubble gum is identifiable. Caramel malt sits in the background but barely stirs.

M- This ale has similar carbonation to a glass-bottled soda. It feels great going down and and leaves just a bit of thirst for the next sip. Feels like Duvel!

D- Like many belgian 'trippels' this goes down easier than it should. Intoxication may ensue but will be well worth it.

I like these sweet, extra strong Blonde Belgian brews. I'd like to go back to Belgium. I miss hops while I'm there, but their ales are indisputably the most flavorful.
Nov 12, 2012
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Reviewed by atr2605 from New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with pretty good retention
S-tropical fruit, bit of citrus
T-more tropical fruit, some bready flavors in the finish with an herb bitterness from the mate
M-medium-light bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-interesting take on the style, I have had better tripels but I liked the mate added to it. I wouldn't hesitate to have it again
Oct 28, 2012
 
Rated: 4.5 by mhaugo from California

Oct 07, 2012
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bright, fruity aroma rises from a dark, golden yellow body. The head is rich, creamy, and thick. Light malt grains also present in the smell. Soft and smooth body contains a nice malt backbone; quietly sweet taste well-balanced with a definite yet not over-powering bitterness.; not overly fruity in flavor. Soft bread.

A very nice, easy drinking tripel; perhaps more of a standard pale ale profile as I didn't get much Belgian fruit notes other than in the aroma. Slightly below the ABV spectrum per BA's style guidelines for tripels, but kind of works in this beers favor. Perhaps not a classic tripel rep, but an excellent beer experience overall.
Sep 30, 2012
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Reviewed by Durge from Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another lovely brew captured at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY this tripel shows a light cloudy amber color with a sturdy bubbly white head and lots of lace. The aroma offers a vague vanilla dough and skunky tea. Different and intriguing. The flavor features honey tea and yeasty lemon with evergreen grain. It’s a solidly medium body brew with midland carbonation and a slightly viscous feel. This was very pleasant and something I would revisit. Definitely of the Belgian pedigree but something that might still appeal to the uninitiated.
Sep 14, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Aug 21, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by slvrmon82 from Delaware

Aug 20, 2012
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Reviewed by Mora2000 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of passion fruit and other fruit notes, along with some Belgian yeast and some biscuit malt. The flavor is completely different. I get the same tropical fruit and yeast from the aroma, but I also get a big load of herb notes - which I assume is from the Yerba Mate. There is also a light amount of tartness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Aug 18, 2012
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Reviewed by HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle opened on 8.12.12.
First in the series.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy light orange with a large foamy, off-white head with good retention.

S - Sweet citrus, subtle floral notes.

T - Sweet candied fruit, malty sweetness, with some citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sweet and citrusy, a bit much on the sweet side. Better than expected.
Aug 14, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by cestlavie from New York

Aug 07, 2012
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Clear golden color with a big foam. Very attractive. Peculiar herbal scent.

Weirdly sweet and fruity. Sharp and woody. Flowery notes and makes me think of the very rank but aromatic California bay laurel leaves. Something like lacquer thinner, but more friendly to the palate. Quite bitter, and more medicinal than any hop known to man. Heads toward the harsh. Interesting for a few sips, but I am thinking of what I could wash my mouth out with that would take away this taste.

Barely drinkable, even though the flavors are interesting and might be tolerable in another context. From the 22 oz bottle. I feel like I'm foaming at the mouth. Down the drain and where's the fizzy water?
Jul 23, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by bonz696

Jul 22, 2012
 
Rated: 3.25 by Metz from Maryland

Jul 07, 2012
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Reviewed by Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a swing-top Deccico's half-growler into a DFH pint glass at Durge's.

A: Muted, golden yellow color with a decidedly chilled haze beneath a two-finger head of white foam which settled nicely into an off-white cap.

S: Soothing, like herbal tea leaves, spearmint, honey and grassy hops with a little minted fruitiness as well.

T: Sweet and mellow up front, followed by a malty rush of toasted grains and gummy, banana esters. The tea-like quality is there for sure; refreshing and slightly mineral tasting with an earthy, Yerba Mate sweetness. The finish is slightly peppery with just a hint of alcohol.

M: Sweet, smooth and mellow, this medium-bodied brew glides like a nice cup of herbal tea lightly sweetened with honey.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this unique tripel made with Yerba Mate. As a tea fan, the 7.6% ABV was practically unnoticeable between the careful selection of grains, hops and herbal additives that make this tripel unusual as well as tasty.
Jul 01, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by savagepm from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2012
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Reviewed by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A nice herbal offering, the mate shines nicely over the Belgian sense.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Charles Burn's label illustration feet stepping over glass and dirt. Side narrative goes over intent of the series, collaboration intent, and main characteristics. Notes 7.6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a good frothy head, fair retention, consistent surface memory and nice touches of lacing.

S - Nose is a bit subdued, light malty, yeasty sense, with a small grassy touch emerging...

T - …mmm. Not there at first, but as one progresses the mate emerges, never overwhelming but this is a distinct grassiness. Soft bitter/sweet notes, citric touches… Light yeast and spicy, and a nice grassy sense, mate, maybe off-putting to some but it feels pretty balanced all things considered.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, and a tiny astringency in the finish.

O - Good flow, never overwhelming and with a nice character.

Notes: Nice experiment, good if one is familiar with mate, but even if one is eager to try herbal servings this one while not extraordinary is well worth the try. Props to Elysian for brewing with yerba mate in any case, I could not resist it, and it works…
Jun 08, 2012
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Reviewed by thagr81us from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Kuhnhenn tulip. Poured a golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, bubblegum, and medicinal. The flavor was of sweet malt, bubblegum, medicinal, banana, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The bubblegum aspect on this one was quite surprising and welcome. However, the medicinal quality was not so welcomed. Nothing on this one really was too memorable in my opinion. Really glad I got the chance to try this one, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again unless the opportunity presented itself.
Jun 07, 2012
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