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Elysian 12 Beers of Apocalypse # 1 - Nibiru Yerba Mate Tripel



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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.65%
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. Elysian 12 Beers of Apocalypse #1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice. Not a great tripel, but a very nice beer. I was a bit tired when I started trying this and the caffeine in it must be very high because halfway through I was wide awake and slightly anxious. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark yellow to very light orange. Let’s just call it golden. It had a small, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left just barely fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate pale malts, light-colored bread, and biscuit; light to moderate herbal and grassy hops; light to moderate spicy yeast; lighter earthy hops; slight funk; banana; some sort of herbal tea; and light fruits. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet; light to moderately acidic and slight to lightly bitter. There was pale malt, spicy yeast, slightly earthy yeast, herbal tea, light-colored fruits, honey, white bread, cake, slight funk, biscuit, and floral hops. The light to medium body leaned toward medium and was syrupy and a bit oily and then slightly dry with soft but tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours yellow orange with white head. Nose and taste of banana, yeast, spicy hops and lots of exotic herbs. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
bottle, thanks to mora2000, golden colored pour with herbal fruity yeast and plastic notes, corn mash finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle shared by Dr. Silverworm. Poured clear amber color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex spice citrus & yeast aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet citrus flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Balanced drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle, shared. Mostly clear, orange-gold color. Little white head, bit of lace. Smooth, lighter carbonation. This is an interesting tripel... Some interesting earthy notes here, along with the light spice that you’d expect. Dry texture. Light bitter taste, some spice. Interesting augmentation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3512) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at Stagshead. Pours pretty golden with white head. nose if fruity and bready. tastes of vanilla, tropical fruits, yeast, earth, white pepper, light butterscotch. not as big of flavor as really good triples though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Fruity, peachy, and yeasty, with lighter floral notes, honey, and spices. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2013
Tap at Elysian, Seattle, 27/05/13. Clear light golden with a thin off white head. Nose is rich in caramel, dark fruits, light spice, boozey notes, yeast esters. Taste comprises summer fruits, caramel vein pumping throughout, light yeast notes, sugars, citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, light booze notes in a sweetish finish. Ok tripel, the booze and sugar are fairlt well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
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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