NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel | Elysian Brewing Company

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NIBIRU Yerba Mate TripelNIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"12 beers of the apocolypse" series (January).

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 34
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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
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?

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Photo of PaulJohnson
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not high on my list of "must try". However, my local beer-slinger gave me a sample to quaff.
The nose was very average...not sure I picked up the Yerba Mate, however, I am not a Yerba Mate pro.
Taste was off a little....maybe the lines. However, I would drink this beer if bought for me....but won't buy it.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber with a sheet of white. Smells of classic American style triple Ashlee and just a hint of yerba. Taste follows asking the same with sweet notes and a little bit of coriander.mouth feel its a little hi with smooth carb.decent, but nothing special

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Photo of Billolick
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info

Pours slightly hazed medium honey amber, off white head, that stays a bit, then leaves a thicker collar and respectable low sheeting/lace.

Fruity nose, mostly tropical with lime.

More fruit on the tongue, then also herbal tea notes. Strange and differant take on the style, has sort of an after shave lotion quality. Which is never a good thing in a beer. Finishes with what tastes like hops but who the hell knows...not in love

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jellikit
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on draft at Baileys Taproom. Served in a 12oz snifter. Body is a pretty golden amber color with not a whole lot of carbonation, tipped by a half finger of creamy white head that leaves some pretty lacing. Aroma of pale malt and a touch of sweetness like candi sugar, along with a whiff of smoke that's almost peaty.
Palate is light pale malt with a bit of a honey note, accented by some very light, fruity hops. Candi sugar again adds some sweetness, and an unusual smoky character from the mate sticks around well after the swallow. This is an interesting brew with a good special ingredient (one that I drink almost every morning). Still, it's not my favorite. I appreciate the energy boost I'm getting from it, though, and may need to keep a bottle on hand to get me started some evening soon.

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Photo of hreb
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber served in pint glass. Beer pours pale golden with a thin white head and lots of carbonation. Belgian-y aroma.

Initial assessment of the flavor are that it's fairly sour, even for a tripel. I'm not a huge fan of yerba mate as tea (...tisane). This beer... bothers me less. The interesting combination of sourness and herbal bitterness works really well with the triple, and I give the team an A for ingenuity and execution, though a C+ for flavor.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. Pours clear amber yellow with a thin white head that retreats to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves light lacing on the glass. The best way I can describe the aroma is herbal - it's hard to pick out anything specific beyond a mild, lightly floral odor. The flavor is likewise hard to nail down - it starts out sweet and funky like a tripel, becomes herbal and floral, and trails off bitter and earthy. It tastes just a touch young - another couple months might help blend the flavors better. As it stands today, it's a decent, off-beat interpretation of a classic Belgian.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer in Elysian's "12 beers of the apocolypse"

From the website .... "NIBIRU, named for the mysterious planet X supposedly on a collision course toward earth. Nibiru is a Belgian style tripel flavored with an infusion of yerba mate. Combining the yeasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors of the South American herb mixture, with German Northern Brewer, Czech Saaz and American Amarillo hops round out the uniqueness of this first beer of the Apocalypse."

On tap with dinner at Bar Gernika... pours a pretty clear yellow/lite golden ... decent lacing and retention.

Good traditional aroma with a fairly balanced yeasty phenol/ester profile. a bit of an herbal sorta grassy nose.

Flavor is pretty much the same.... with a subtle citrus and a more pronounced herbaceous element. pale malts build and carry the structure of the yeasty and herby/bitter flavors... Interesting, I have no idea what Yerba Mate tastes like, but I still think this is a pretty good base beer.

Light/medium body with nice small bubble carbonation that doesn't let up...

The end of the world is going to be busy and boozy... "12 beers of the apocalypse" and Stone Vertical Epic... I hope Elysian pulls out this series much better than Stone has so far. :-p

All 3.5's

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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