Redhook Tripel - Redhook Ale Brewery
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3.54/5 rDev -4.1%
22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy amber color. There was a very small off-white head that didn’t linger at all. About no lacing. Nice, but subdued nose. Some banana, clove, vanilla,, lemon, other spices, faint wheat. The taste is good, but not as pleasing as other tripels. A bit of vanilla on top of everything else. Wheat, clove, some banana, other spices to the taste. It’s good, but the vanilla is a bit too much and distracts from the beer.
03-08-2014 21:09:33 | More by Boto
2.15/5 rDev -41.7%
Tasting date 3-5-12. Date on bottle 5-4-09. Picked this up a couple of weeks ago at Davidsons in Denver.
This bottle is past it's prime. The beer is amber and has a fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving no trace it ever was there. Smell and taste are similar on this beer overripe fruits a little boozy. Not really pleasant at all.
I would like to have tried this when it was fresher.
03-06-2012 07:03:07 | More by beerbrains
3.95/5 rDev +7%
very cloudy with a nice big head of white on top that nearly came over the side of the glass. I was expecting a bit darker of a color here,
I pick up pears and apricots immediatly upon leaning into the glass. F hints of herbal spice, nothing too strong, just nice, almost meadow like touches of grasses and light grain. some notes of plums. Smooth near perfect feel and carbonation really lend themselves here to showing off the palate. Light fruits start off the exchange here, again picking up pears, apples, light lemon perhaps before rolling into that light grain with a touch of spice that just gives it that much needed balance. Finish strong and dry,
09-18-2011 03:13:16 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves a few dots of lacing behing
Smell: Butterscotch dominant with a spice cake element
Taste: Biscuity, at first, with the butterscotch growing in a dramatic fashion by mid-palate, where the spice cake aspect emerges; the sweet flavors linger into the finish though there is a hint of medicinal character underneath
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation
Overall: Well, low and behold, this widely criticized Tripel has turned into a barleywine after a couple of years in the bottle; not the best barleywine, mind you, and a bit one dimensional, but I suspect it is now a lot more drinkable today than it was in its youth
04-08-2011 23:38:46 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +8.4%
22 month old bottle, aged in the beer fridge. Had made its way to the back of the shelf and almost got overlooked.
Apple cider gold in color, with limited head as expected from the aged bottle. Very active carbonation. Surprisingly nice lace.
Nose is fruity esters with a slightly oily feel. Fairly strong contribution from pears and apples, even some apple pie spice.
Hits fairly light, but builds quickly. Very rich feel with lots of depth. Spicy and tart, with some light candy sugar in the finish. Active carbonation in the feel as well, combining with tart apricots, dates, and grapes, make this a pretty good sipper.
03-15-2011 01:11:26 | More by beer2day
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Beautiful butterscotch with a frothy crown that is darker than parchment and lighter than ecru. The original three finger thickness loses digits at the rate of one every few mintues, and leaves more finely dotted lace than the ABV and the relative lack of hop resins would suggest.
Spice esters are more prominent in the nose than are fruit esters. Thankfully, alcohol isn't hugely noticeable, despite the fact that this offering is slightly more alcoholic than most tripels. In the end, once warming has occurred, there isn't enough power or personality for the next highest score.
The Redhook Ale Brewery website recommends a shelf-life of 180 days for Belgian Tripel. This bottle is now 588 days of age and it doesn't taste any worse for wear. Given the style and the ABV, a mere 6 months is a ridiculously small window.
This is definitely a bold and sassy brew that wears its 10.2% like a badge of honor. In other words, the alcohol still packs a (warm, just short of hot) punch that isn't for the weak of palate. An in-your-face spiciness makes me wonder if the brewers didn't use something other than malt, hops, Belgian yeast and water.
Specific flavors include lightly toasted white bread, pears soaked in Poire Williams (pear eau de vie) and Stolichnaya, clove, and a generous amount of warming white pepper. Flavor notes mentioned on the label include cinnamon... which isn't completely crazy.
The mouthfeel, by virtue of its incompletely buried alcohol, is granite firm rather than crushed velvet smooth and silky. There's still a lot to like for lovers of big bold beer. Carbonation is pleasantly prickly, which is a positive rather than a negative.
Redhook Tripel Belgian Style Ale is not a classic version of the style by any means. It's a little rough around the edges (even after more than 1.5 years in the bottle), but its go-for-broke personality is appealing to the big beer lover in me. Prediction: once further aging has tamed the beast, it won't be nearly as good.
12-14-2010 14:06:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev -7%
Pours a larger 2 finger frothy head that fades quickly over very hazy yeast chunked orange wheat golden color.
Nose has plenty of Belgian malts, some bright fruit apple, apricot, peach, juicy, little boozy, light sweetness, and some very light darker toasty malts.
Taste brings some red ale like malts, plenty of Belgian malts as well, some sweetness with a bit of light candi sugar and light syrupy flavor, very light spices with a bit of clove and hint of even banana, a bit of vanilla and even a slight hint of orange. Some fruits with apricot and light apple again. Some warming booze with a bit of tingle. Finishes with a slight sticky quality, light boozy taste, still fairly sweet, and bit of the fruits and Belgian malts lingering.
Mouth is medium to slightly heavier bodied, some warming and tingly booze, and decent carbonation.
Drinkability is meh, with the warming and tingly booze and some sticky syrupy sweetness on the finish that turns a slight bit flemish.
12-01-2010 00:47:05 | More by jlindros
3.23/5 rDev -12.5%
Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a short 1/2" head. No lacing develops.
Smell: caramel, yeast, and some fruity sweetness is all that can be detected.
Taste: caramel, yeast, black pepper, pear, and sweet green apples are balanced with a mild bitterness. Alcohol is very noticeable and warming here.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth to start, smooth and a bit syrupy at the finish. Aftertaste is short but alcohol-laden.
Drinkability: this was a bit too boozey for the style which took away from the flavor profile. Slow sipping beer, and the large bottle should be shared.
11-16-2010 13:25:49 | More by Gavage
3.18/5 rDev -13.8%
On-tap 9/16/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramel, fruit, light malts, a little bit of Belgian yeast and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then a significant alcohol sting come in along with some mildly bready flavors from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but about where it should for the style and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, not the best representation of style, this is one is certainly not one of the better Tripels that I've had and is just a mediocre beer overall.
09-17-2010 16:21:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
Redhook Tripel from Redhook Ale Brewery
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