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
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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 ckollias
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of the large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with huge frothy white head that lasts forever and ends in a solid persistent lace and decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy sweet Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a spicy sweet flavor dominated by Belgian yeast.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent triple – worthy of a try.

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

pint glass

A- Light colored, not a lot of head. May have been poured poorly by the bartender. It's the golden color of hay; light gets through but pictures would not.

S- Banana candy - specifically the hand candy from those little machines. Some bread grains come through as well.

T- In the mouth the banana is more real banana than the candy that presents itself in the nose. Orange juice is very prevalent by way of citrusy hops and sweetness. A touch of bubble gum is identifiable. Caramel malt sits in the background but barely stirs.

M- This ale has similar carbonation to a glass-bottled soda. It feels great going down and and leaves just a bit of thirst for the next sip. Feels like Duvel!

D- Like many belgian 'trippels' this goes down easier than it should. Intoxication may ensue but will be well worth it.

I like these sweet, extra strong Blonde Belgian brews. I'd like to go back to Belgium. I miss hops while I'm there, but their ales are indisputably the most flavorful.

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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 Gambrinus1184
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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 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 facundoCNB
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a clean golden orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head and good lacing.
smells of apples, orange peel, banana.

a very bitter orange peel flavor up front, earthy, grassy, almost tree bark like bitterness with a floral backbone to the flavor coming from the yerba mate.

a very flavorful tripel with a nice fruity twist to it. medium body with a high amount of carbonation. drink leaves a sticky resinous feeling on the lips.

glad i got to try this one... ordered it over the summer and have been storing it in the cellar since..

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Photo of Booyakow
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%
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
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