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Redhook Tripel - Redhook Ale Brewery

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-11-2009)
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well here is another one of redhook's attempts at a big beer. I tried their double hook... not bad... now for the tripel.

Served from a 22oz bomber.

Very light, thin white head. Not a lot of lace. Little retention. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Very crisp on the nose. Bananas, some spices, orange peel, a touch of booze, cloves. A fairly mellow tripel.

Taste: Very light tripel. Alcohol, a lot of spices, bananas, orange peel, and cloves are all present.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Leaves a fairly dry aftertaste filled with spices.

Overall, fairly easy drinking tripel. Good enough for multiple pours. The only thing that bothered me is that is was fairly light on flavor. I may decide to grab some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 16:09:35 | More by mothman
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JBogan

Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an attractive deep golden color with a reddish tint. However there's almost no head or lacing, so in this regard it falls behind most other Belgian tripels.

Smells a bit of fruit, including bananas, along with a bit of mustiness.

Taste was similar to the aroma. It also had sort of a "chalky" taste to it. Nothing really off putting, but not what I'd call delicious either. Had an alcohol bite in there as well.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and slippery, with a decent amount of carbonation.

I really enjoy it when an American brewer makes an attempt at a Belgian style beer, and applaud Redhook for this. However I must say this beer is a step below most Belgian tripels I've had. A worthy try which falls a little short.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 23:20:29 | More by JBogan
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markskar

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours coppery orange, foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation, very little lacing.

S - Mildly spicy aroma, bit peppery. Not too strong on the spices, but just enough to mask the alcohol.

T - Nice tartness, bit of coriander and orange. Not overly complex, but good flavor.

M - Dry, warming. Not overly impressive, but not bad.

D - Not bad. Certainly a sipper with the high abv, but quite enjoyable. There are much better Tripels on the market, but this is good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 19:29:48 | More by markskar
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wagenvolks

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz into a Unibroue tulip. Sexy bomber (part screen-print; part label with Brewmaster's signature) with a bottling date of May 21, 2009.

Pours an attractive, deep tangerine-melon hue with a fleeting wisp of a light khaki head. Huge bubbles rise up from the glass's etching, but the head is completely gone in a matter of minutes. Nice aroma of standard Belgian yeast esters and a hint of clove. A little on the sweet side, but still appetizing with notes of grassy, floral hops in the background.

Whoa now! A cacophony of flavors attack the palate at the same time, bumping into one another but not entirely cooperating: a spicy Belgian note here, a bitter hoppiness there--all balanced by a pale malt backbone that gets overwhelmed by a massively hot, boozy finish. Way too carbonated for a tripel, adding harshness to the medium body. Not too chewy, but the leafy bitterness is extremely rough around the edges. This limited release isn't the most drinkable Tripel I've come across, and I'm going to have trouble finishing the bomber...hopefully it will improve with some aging, because I was left wholly underwhelmed by its aggression. Small wonder I normally shy away from RedHook brews...[edit: finally drain-poured after struggling through 1/3 of the bottle]

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 02:34:31 | More by wagenvolks
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into a belgian chalice type glass. Nice honey amber color, but almost no head, and that dissipated quickly. Very aromatic, belgian yeast and candy sugar. Sweet and spicy flavor. Much better than I was expecting to tell you the truth. Zesty mouthfeel, tight bubbles. Pricks at yr cheeks. Like I said, much better than I though RedHook could put out. I am happily surprised and look forward to their other limited releases.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 00:51:00 | More by AChamberlain
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown glass frosted pry-top bottle. Label stamped May 21 2009.

Appearance: Poured straight into a chalice, giving off very thin and very little head. Quickly fades to nothing. Beer has a slight haze and is bright amber with large bubbles.

Nose: General fruit and banana, also fermented rice (sake), slight fermented orange note. Not really appealing nose.

Palate: Lots of banana with some nutmeg and orange juice all in a row. Toss in some pineapple juice that's been open a while. Medium bodied and oddly sharp at times, and way under carbonated. Seriously, where's the bubbles?

Notes: Not very impressed. Has lots of strange yeast-gone-crazy flavors. It's not tainted, just not organized. And just when I find some "classic" tripel flavors or aromas, they're quickly ruined by something clunky and strange.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 06:13:15 | More by SFLpunk
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good ambery orange color. The head is very small and not much there.

S- Smell of dark fruits and lots of booze. Very boozy for sure in the smell.

T- The taste is tasty, caramel, dark fruits, and vodka...I mean the alcohol. This has a kick to say the least.

M- Thin to medium body.

D- Easy to drink, but watch out for the alcohol, that packs a punch! I was pretty well off before I knew it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 22:10:55 | More by Wetpaperbag
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color, pretty clear, but lots of tiny streaming bubbles to boost the orange-tinted white head. Alas, they don't work that well, and the foam that initially is about an inch and a half is naught but a millimeter cap. The nose breaks through easily, and is quite strong, if a bit one-sided. Sweet, pale malts with some candi sugar influence. Hints towards citric fruit. Spicy, definitely coriander.

The flavor is pretty strong as well, with some estery, banana flavor matching the herbal phenolics I noticed in the aroma. Spices aplenty, along with a good amount of citric fruit. A little diacetyl in the finish, along with the (expected) heat from the 10% Tripel.

This is a pretty solid effort. Obviously going huge on this style has Euro Strong Lager dangers. Good level of bubbling keeps this at bay, while still allowing the flavors to bloom. Overly hot for drinkability; really the flavors don't coalesce into a tour de force beer. It just sort of hangs around with its hands in its pockets.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:53:01 | More by BretSikkink
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 3, 2009.

Pours into the frosted bomber into a chalice glass with unusually dark color - a golden orange with good clarity and thin cream colored head.

Aroma is pleasant but subtle with a nice fruity spicy character that is perfectly suited to the style. Yeast comes across fairly strong but it's pleasant.

Flavor is intense with lots of good banana and tropical fruit, strong spice notes, and alcohol. I've never seen a tripel this high in ABV but it works alright. I definately get a warming sensation but it's not 'hot' as they say.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good level of carbonation for the style although I prefer it to be less.

Overall the flavor is on target and the aroma is nice. It's a good American interpretation of the style. As usual, we have to go big and this is definately a BIG tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 02:00:09 | More by GilGarp
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froghop

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of clove, orange, sweet fruits, white pepper, spice, and some malt.

taste is thick, dry, spice, sour malt, some fruits, and the alcohol is apparent, becomes more sweet as it warms, end is dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 16:50:49 | More by froghop
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thedanyes

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good heavy-hitting (10.2%!) Belgian Tripel Style Ale from Redhook. I poured straight from the 650ml bottle into a wide snifter. Color was a rich gold with very little head. I thought this beer was a great example of the Belgian Tripel. Nothing really stood out about it as abnormal, and I think that could be considered a compliment.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 05:10:49 | More by thedanyes
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife was hitting the mall, so I went to the brewery for a beer, and found this on tap. The beer was a golden color with a medium-sized white head that left a fair amount of lacing. It had a sweet and spicy aroma, with a little yeast. Taste was pear and apple, some spice (maybe pepper), and again a bit of yeast. This beer was easy to drink and very enjoyable. I wish I could have brought a growler home, but that was not to be.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2009 21:39:59 | More by lordofthewiens
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a light gold with a foamy white head.

The smell was sweet, with a hint of hops and spicy elements.

The taste is classic belgian, some spicy pale hop flavor with a bit of a dry yeast feel.

I was not able to have a full glass of this beer which would have been a pleasure. The feel of this beer was smooth, nice even balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2009 17:58:55 | More by Duhast500
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I settled into my glass of this pale copper beer after touring Redhook's brewery and was left wondering how they can even brew a small batch of ale at their enormous facility. Perhaps some unseen pilot brewery produces a limited number of draught-only beers for service at their Forecaster's Public House.

This Belgian-style tripel came served with a smile in a hearty snifter. It was slightly less than clear with minimal head and lace and emitted an airy Belgian scent of coriander and white pepper. Overall character is effectively balanced along classic Belgian lines with satisfying spice and a regal aftertaste. Many American tripels suffer from the intrusion of harsh alcoholic notes derived from overuse of candi sugars. Thankfully these were not present in Redhook's representation. Instead, the beer is both elegant and informal and much better than what you'd expect in comparison to their standards.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 02:31:33 | More by RedDiamond
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