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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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 socon67
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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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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 atr2605
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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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 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 grittybrews
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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 beergoot
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of slvrmon82
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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 flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 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 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 Immortale25
4/5  rDev +9%

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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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