image of Elysian Brewing's Yerba Mate Tripel courtesy of our Flickr page For the past few weeks people have mourned the passage of January. Soon those same mourners will be looking back on February with the same (hopeful) reverence. Why all this mourning? The answer is simple, the pending Apocalypse.

If you believe in the Mayan Calendar then more than likely you’ve prepared yourself for what’s to come. Some say that on 12-21-2012 (or 12-21-12) the world will end. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard someone warn of a pending apocalypse. But it is worth considering if you’re the superstitious type.

Not wanting to shy from a marketing opportunity Elysian Brewer came up with this great idea for a line of beers, all with an end of the world label.

The first in that series was Nibiru Belgian-style Tripel. But we aren’t done with mentioning this beer with a barefoot on the label. On top of being brewed with your usual belgian tripel recipe, the brewery added yerba mate. With the strength of a cup of coffee, the health benefits of tea and the rewards of chocolate, yerba mate might very well be the additive one needs for a beer like a Tripel.

Brewery Description

named for the mysterious planet X supposedly on a collision course toward Earth. The Elysian / Fantagraphics Nibiru will be a Belgian-style Tripel flavored with an infusion of yerba maté. Combining the tasty esters of Belgian yeast and the compelling tea-like flavors of the South American herb mixture, the beer will weigh in at around 7.6% alcohol by volume. A mixture of German Northern Brewer, Czech Saaz and American Amarillo hops round out the uniqueness of this first beer of the Apocalypse. Oddly enough there’s another apocalyptic-themed Nibiru out there: a super volcano currently burbling most dangerously beneath Yellowstone National Park. It too is scheduled to end life as we know it very very soon.

Our Thoughts
You Should Try It. It’s not every day one gets to try a beer that is naturally energized, let alone named after a super volcano that may erupt in our lifetime. Don’t get all end of the world on us just yet. Instead crack open a Nibiru and enjoy the first few months of 2012. Cheers to 2013.

image of Elysian Brewing's Yerba Mate Tripel courtesy of our Flickr pagePoured from a 22 ounce ‘bomber’, that we picked up from the brewery, Nibiru appears clear and with a definite (blood) reddish-gold hue. Resting in the glass there is an initially strong white, foam,  head that forms. It soon recedes, leaving ridge lines of lace along the surface.

Immediately sniffing after the giving the glass a swirl reveals aromas of honeydew melons but presents an overall fruitiness. Further sniffs allow for the impressions of citrus to be recalled.

Sipping one gets some minor spiciness (reminiscent of tequila) as well as a smoky-like quality. As someone that hasn't much experience with yerba mate, I initially pondered oxidation before realizing that the impression was more than likely the distinct smokiness I was tasting. Overall Nibiru has a medium weight as it rests on the tongue and there is hardly any stickiness.

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In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.

About the photo’s author

Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

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