NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel | Elysian Brewing Company

NIBIRU Yerba Mate TripelNIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel
BA SCORE
3.65/5
64 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
64
pDev:
14.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 34
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 MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of slvrmon82
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeefSkillet
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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 cestlavie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 bonz696
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Metz
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of savagepm
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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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 hreb
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Frankieteardrop
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of Billolick
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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Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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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Photo of gkunkle
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 grittybrews
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured honey-orange with a small finger of bright white head. Sweet aroma of banana, pear, ginger, and clove.

Low-to-moderate carbonation and a relatively light mouthfeel. Wheat and honey up front followed by banana, light Belgian spice, and a slight yerba mate tang on the tail end that becomes more bitter as it lingers.

Clean and light with a good balance of flavors -- just enough yerba mate to make things interesting without being overbearing.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of Booyakow
4.76/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was super excited to find this limited release brew at Barrel in St.Johns

Being a fan of Belgian Tripels, I was intrigued, then impressed by the interesting nuances that the Yerba Mate lent this brew. I really enjoyed the subtle smokiness and bitter finish from the herb infusion. Most Tripels are rather sweet from start to finish, but this one stands out of the crowd and is very well done.

Looking forward to the next 11 releases..I plan on buying a couple of each of the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse. One to drink now and one to save for an end of the world beer tasting with my friends.

Elysian came up with a killer concept and it will be interesting to see what beers are to follow..

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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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