NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel | Elysian Brewing Company

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NIBIRU Yerba Mate TripelNIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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.

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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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Photo of RJLarse
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel at the Swamp Tavern. $12 a bottle, but what they hell. I figure I can get all 12 beers of the apocalypse there, and it's one of my regular stops. Poured in to a snifter.

Pours a rich gold color, with a bit of chill haze. Loose bubbly white head reduces to a few big bubbles in a minute or two.

Smell is fairly faint, a sweet fruity aroma, like honey dew melons and pears.

Taste is a soft fruit flavor, pears, with a coriander spice note, and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, mildly carbonated, with some alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall a drinkable triple. I'm not much on the style, but this is easily as good as the New Belgium Triple.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice golden orange Tripel. Frothy fingers of white head settle to a medium sized spotty messy ring leaving a touch of lace about the tulip. Little bit of pancaking over the brew. Looks solid.

Smell: (3.5)
- Clove, banana, bready yeast, and a soft sweet simple grain. Little citrus, zesty herbal zing, and sweet candy. Nice.

Taste: (4.5)
- Nice blend of herbal flare, light bitter zest, sweet malt, candies, and grassy hop. This bad boy is balanced beyond belief. Not as zesty and yeasty as a common Tripel, but Elysian has certainly made it their own with this one while staying true to the style. The taste must be the best quality about this beer. Little spice, fresh herbs again hit the palate, zingy clean taste.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Medium to almost light body. It's certainly a drying brew. Light stickiness, touch syrupy, but more so puckering and cloying. Carbonation is nice and not overdone like so many of this style.

Overall: (4.5)
- Very solid, very balanced, and very tasty beer. I really like it, and I rarely seek out a Tripel as a regular drinker. But I will buy more of this one. It's quite good, and a very nice start to the 12 beers of the Apocalypse series. This puppy seems near perfected.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mfavoino
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 2/8/12.

Appearance: Pours a totally clear, light golden color. Not even one finger of white foam dissipates quickly.

Smell: Some citrus with a yeasty backbone. Strong aroma that jumps out of the glass.

Taste: Sweet with some citrus and yeast flavors combining to make the beer interesting. Very light hop finish and the beer seemed to have more of an herbal flavor as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with average carbonation level. Alcohol isn't noticeable.

Overall: Not sure that I'd be able to call this a Tripel without it being advertised as one, but it's a delicious enjoyable beer worth trying. Good kickoff to a cool idea for a series.

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Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 Livid
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 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 PacNWDad
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an ale mug. Rich golden color. The slightest bit of cloudiness - is there a secondary fermenation? One finger of head on the pour, dissipates fairly quickly, but a bit lingers for quigte some time. Not much lace on the sides of the glass - just a few dots here and there. Aroma is different than I would expect. Some malted barley. Some esters and phenols, somewhat like papaya. Some grassy notes. Flavor is reminiscient of Duvel - rich and sweet, with some of the earthy almost peaty flavor I get with a Belgian blonde. Decent amount of hops from the boil, perhaps the herbal qualities of the yerba mate as well, means it finishes dry, almost astringent. Rich body, with mild carbonation. Overall, a fun beer and I am looking forward to the next installment from one of my favorite local Seattle breweries.

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Photo of Mages64
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beveridge place pub in 12oz snifter. First beer of the night.
Appearance: transparent apple juice color with minimal bubbles and full long thick lacing. Millimeter head.
Smell: minimal. A grassy, herbal, saison like nose with hints of apple and barnyard.
Taste: bitter finish but sweet up front. Really sweet. Lots of grassy notes but ripe fruit too. Citrusy ripe. Tangelos. Fun balance of Yerba matte bitterness and citrus. Spiced cake.
Mouthfeel: really thick. Little carbonation. Ok no carbonation. Juice like. Sticky. alcohol vapors on the finish.
Overall: a fun new kind of beer made with a great ingredient. Enjoyable and high in alc. One of my fav Elysian beers to date.

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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 czechsaaz
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 beers of the Apocalypse series #1

Very malty aroma with just a hint of Belgian yeast "funk." Malt and more malt.

Deep gold colored and very clear with a small pure white head and a dozen columns of rising bubbles.

First sip seems pretty clean with lots of caramel and base malt flavors. A little warmer and there's bready yeast and spicy notes. Nice hop bitterness so it's dry even with all that malt flavor. I only get a little of the Yerba Mate advertised on the label but it's in there enough that I might have picked it out without knowing. A little bit of fruit from the yeast too.

Medium bodied, seems light with a pretty high carbonation level. Definitely hides the alcohol in a major way.

It's a nice tripel. Enough spice to be a little unique but not way out there funky.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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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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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NIBIRU Yerba Mate Tripel from Elysian Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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