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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel | Elysian Brewing Company

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3.65/5
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64 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
64
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
Trade:
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.59/5  rDev -29%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very crystal clear body, bright amber orange, but filled with lots of stuck bubbles to the glass. Lots of fast rising carbonation in places too. Head is a nice white, foamy and about two fingers on a solid pour.

Bouquet has a nice pear fruit quality, but also some fusel alcohol heat. Good sense of sugars and malt, not bad.

Woah, what's going on here this is hoppy it seems! A real chewy mouth malt feel hits, bringing some dough ball action. Swallow brings a real crisp yeast blast and bitter hop. Dry pine action on the aftertaste, with a creamy tripel solid slightly sweet body. Flavors of hop and slight sugars meld in a tripel style nicely.

Overall what an interesting beer, I am enjoying this real neat take.

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3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a light to medium orange amber with great clarity. Half finger white head dissipated quickly, leaving a ring and slight lacing. Aroma of bready and sweet malt, light fruit, Belgian spicing and a light non-hop herbal element. Flavor follows with crisp flavor of bready malt, Belgian yeast, a hint of citrus and a pleasant, very distinct mate and hop finish. Flavor is somewhat subdued, but the flavor progression is nice and the mate adds an interesting element. Belgian flavors are fairly tame, and I would not have identified this as a tripel blindfolded, but it does have light Belgian tripel characteristics. Light to medium bodied. I enjoyed this start of the 12 beer of the apocolypse. A great way to start the first month of the last year of eternity.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: lightly hazy pale-golden hue with a thick two-finger head of frothy ivory foam. Looks to be a nice lace on the glass, too.

Smell: light malt aroma with a bit of a lemony character to it. Not bad; it reminds me of a beer brewed with grains of paradise. Not bad, but I just don't feel like the lemon and malt character mesh well here.

Taste: light malt flavor with a somewhat grainy touch. Lemon character is still present but is much more subdued than in the aroma. I don't have a lot of experience with yerba mate, but I feel like it is lending an earthy character here which I rather like. It's an unusual tripel, but it works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. Creaminess is decent but not as big as I like in a tripel.

Overall: this beer gets points for being a little bit weird. It's a good basic tripel with an interesting twist.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Elysian Nibiru is burnt gold with an off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is on the fruity side, a touch acrid. Lime.

Taste is surprisingly smokey. Not familiar with yerba mate though, even as a cascadian, other then it's some type of simulating herb...so perhaps that's the taste? Otherwise, I'm getting a nice punch of lime.

Mouthfeel is slick, a bit dry, medium-light bodied. Soft.

Drinkability is okay. It's interesting, but not exciting. Not flaws though. I think I'm digging the smokey note, but the soft mouthfeel is my favorite attribute.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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…

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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