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Redhook Tripel - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-11-2009

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 117
Photo of tdawgydog
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turned to this after a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet. Sort of the opposite ends of the spectrum.

A - Looks were about the best thing this brew had to offer. Pours a nice amber color with a good 1 finger head that dissipated to leave a nice lace around the top of the glass.
S - Strong scent of caramel and alcohol. This is a 10% abv that doesn't go unnoticed.
T - Very strong in alcohol taste. I feel like they could have done a better job hiding the high ABV of this brew. My taste buds may have been tainted by the Karmeliet. Certainly not one of my favorites in this style.
D - Tough to finish this bottle. It tastes as if it could have been barrel aged. Each sip is like doing a little shot of whiskey.
M - Not bad, it seemed to go flat rather quickly.

All in all I probably wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into a Harpoon chalice, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head fizzes loudy, and is quickly down to an minimal scattering of bubbles, very leggy but with scant lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Taste mirrors the nose, starts sweet, lots of spiciness in the middle, and a sedate alcohol warming at the close. Mouthfeel is a little prickly, and drinkability is pretty good. Not bad, and you have to appreciate their limited release effort here.

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Photo of BDJake
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear golden copper with a finger of head that dissipates quickly, inconsistently lacing

S- strong concoction of yeast, vanilla, clove, and sharp due to the abv

T- big malt backbone, with notes of banana, clove, yeast, and alcohol- i could not notice the cinnamon as advertised on the bottle

M- chewy, boozy, but with decent carbonation

D- not so bad, but it's more of a sipper and was more enjoyable as it rose in temperature

It's good to see Redhook try their hand at non-traditional styles, and hopefully they can keep improving on their new releases. Although not the best, I really did enjoy it and have supported the brewery for years.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a medium foamy head that leaves almost no lacing. The smell is pungent with pepper,banana,clove,alcohol,and yeast. The taste is full of bread yeast,alcohol,cloves,banana,and sweet malt flavors. The m/f is medium for a high octane brew with all the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer,but it's not one of the better Tripels.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is malty with a fruity undertone and hints of hops as well as a good alcohol bite. It pours a nice clear amber with some bubbles and a decent, if not persistent, white head. Rich, mouth-filling flavor is malty, fruity and just slightly smoky with a hoppy hint and a bit of alcohol zing. Lively, sassy texture dances on the tongue and all the way down the pipes.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is hints of banana, clove and spices with some fruity esters and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some fruits malt along with some spices and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. Probably my favorite from Red Hook. The high ABV does make it a sipper.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich cidery orange with lots of apparent effervescence and a one-finger white head. The head seems rather small for a tripel.

Smell: subtle but enjoyable pear-and-apple aroma. Not a lot of complexity but quite nice.

Taste: sweet malt whose characteristics include pear, apple, a tiny hint of raisin and a little alcohol warmth. This beer masks the alcohol worse than other tripels (admittedly, it has more alcohol to mask), but overall the flavor is still rather good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Good, creamy mouthfeel. There is considerably more carbonation than the head would indicate.

Drinkability: quite nice. It's not the perfect tripel, but it's still completely serviceable. A good beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a small white head that slowly fades into a tiny head of creamy foam.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, mineral water, poached pear, honey, and citrus.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of light caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, perhaps a hint of bubblegum, golden raisins, and chewy apricots.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tropical fruit salad lingering along the palate before the yeasty, semi-dry finish

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Photo of Riccymon
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a clear, wine-like orange-red color with a bit of head that dies in just a minute. Smell is yeasty and boozy with light notes of orange; a little on the subdued side.

To this point, appearance and aroma haven't blown me away. My first sip, however, reveals the delicious fruity, sweet flavors that I'd expect in a much more expensive Belgian tripel. Notes of grape, orange, and something herbal with a perfect sugary sweetness near the end of each sip. There is a little fusel alcohol around the edges, but this enhances rather than detracts from the flavor, which isn't always the case.

This tripel is medium-bodied, which I found contributes to its drinkability. Redhook's offering also finishes very smoothly and leaves the mouth hydrated. I can't find anything to pick at, really.

I didn't expect to enjoy this beer half as much as I did, but for this price, I'd buy half a dozen more to keep on hand if I could find them. It's not La Fin Du Monde, but it's damn good.

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Photo of JKFox
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing flavors I must say. Little disappointed at the Cloves as I could not taste them feeling the Vanilla and Cinnamon overpowering it. A nice bitter bit to it. However I did notice that there was no left over fermintation on the bottom as most True Belgian Styles do. Not a big downer though, I got my money's worth. None the less a great addition to the Redhook Family. Great Brew from the Western Washington Area!

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper/orange color with a moderate white head.

S: Lots of fruit, yeast, and sweet malts. The slightest bit of spice is noticable.

T: Yeasty and biscuity, with a sweetness that matches most other tripels. Slight bitterness to balance. Alcohol is obvious in the brew, but it's not too astringent. Nothing overwhelming in the taste, which is somewhat refreshing. Amazingly, it still has the standard Redhook "house taste" and is almsot instantly recognizable as a redhook brew.

M: A little warming alcohol and oddly thin body for the style.

D: Good, with nothing too major to complain about, but nothing overly spectacular that makes me want to jump and get it again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thought this one would be good, because I like Redhook. Well, here we go.

First thing I noticed was that it was clear. I expect a good tripel to be hazy at the very least, and this one disappointed me. The body was deep yellow, and the head was only a thin layer that dissipated quickly. Looks like something's been left out.

Aroma was grainy, slightly spicy, slightly fruity, and a little peppery. Overall, though, the nose was weak. Not enough other qualities to overcome the grainy smell.

Taste was again grainy, with a little bit of spice and, surprisingly, banana. Almost like a wheat tripel (has anyone ever tried that?) It didn't seem reminiscent of the style at all.

Mouthfeel was OK but that was it. It hid the ABV, but again, it didn't seem like the style was right.

Drinkability... sorry guys, not only will I not be buying another, I regret spending as much as I did for this one. This experience has reinforced the idea that I need something so I can access the Internet from the package store. Too bad I can't afford one right now.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured clear golden color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate yeasty, cough drop and citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Medium yeast sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this while in Vegas as I had been looking for it in the Bay Area without luck.

Sweet looking bottle with a great feel and the Brewmaster stamp and signature is a nice touch.

Caramel/apple juice color pour. Creamy off-white head stays throught the session.

Aroma consists of bananas, apples and other citrus fruits.

Definite Belgie taste with tasty apple leading the charge. Somewhat tangy swallow with hints of vanilla, clove and cinnamon.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Some frosty bubbles on each sip until the end.

I really like this attempt by Redhook to create something different and I salute their effort.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy brought a bottle of this over and I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear dark gold color. The head is nice and tall, dark white, great retention and nice thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are boozy, grapes and toffee.
Taste: The flavors are winey, apple and lots of toffee.
Mouthfeel: The body is a bit thin and warming.
Drinkability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from the local Kroger. Cheap!

Appearance: Clear orange-gold. Short lived fluffy white head with some lacing. Looks pretty good.

Smell: Very yeasty. Spice is there. Sweet fruit (citrus, pear, banana too). A little bready. An occasional hint of mustiness.

Taste: Very sweet and yeasty. Lots of alcohol taste. Peppery and spicy and fruity. Finishes with a long bready yeastiness and lasting booze. Nothing really bad here, but it tastes kind garbled if thats possible, and too much ethanol taste in there.

Mouthfeel: Its actually a little undercarbonated and approaches syrupy.

Drinkability: This is a decent, but unrefined tripel. Too much alcohol to drink alone, but not really good enough to make a point of sharing. However, its cheap and accessible, so worth a try.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is fruity and malty with a soft Belgian yeastiness. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear gold, moderate head. Looks good.

Moderately sweet with crisp sugar/honey-attenuated edge of alcohol. Mildly fruity, tropical, floral. Hints of spices - lemon peel, coriander, ginger/mint. Otherwise moderately malty - bready with some toast. Finishes softly dry with a hint of alcohol. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A careful pour from the bottle yielded a thin white head, which quickly gave way to some edge lacing. The body is a perfect bright honey-amber color, with some fine bubble trains observed from the side of the glass.

S- The nose is definitely Belgian (good job RedHook!) with aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and lesser hints of honey and clove.

T- What do you know- it tastes like a Belgian Tripel! Tons of crackerlike malt, stale hops and belgian yeast flavors, which finish dry and peppery. Little bit of heat from the alcohol going down.

M- Nice medium body- textured with lots of unattenuated sugar... somewhat syrupy... and some nice soft carbonation. Definitely a bigger mouthfeel than I would expect from a Belgian Tripel, but it works REALLY well here.

D- Wow, I could kill this bottle on my own (although prudence tells me not to). Very drinkable, but any session with this brew would ultimately be cut short by the high ABV.

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Photo of Kromes
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a gold color with no head. No real carbonation in the glass. Very clear beer.

S: Aromas are of malt, a little clove spice, some yeast funk and alcohol. A good aroma.

T: A grainy malt and yeast flavor that is quickly overpowered by the alcohol warmth and flavor. There are some spice/clove and there is a slight metallic flavor that I can't really put my finger on. It finishes with some spice, hop, and alcohol. Not a bad finish.

M: I was expecting a little more carbonation, the beer is a little bit heavy feeling.

D: It is drinkable, but to rate it in it's class, I have had many more tripels that are better. I would be hesitant to reach for it again, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of alexhammond
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redhook. Nice fruity/vanilla scents, and maybe a hint of cinnamon or other spices. Tastes are similar, and the alcohol is hidden pretty well for a 10% abv beer. Despite the high content, it's very drinkable. Only ordered one due to time constraints, so I think I'll try and seek out a bottle of this to have on hand. Fans of this style will probably not be overly impressed, but for someone like myself who doesn't drink a ton of Belgian styles, it's a really solid offering from Redhook.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a one to two finger head - thin bubbled. Then settles to a thin wispy head with fairly sticky lacing. Gold to bronze in color.
S) Apple. Banana. Light hint of malts.
T) Big malty nose - mellow apple. Some caramel. Alcohol. Earthy notes of root. Hops in the finish linger just below the surface but are drowned out by the alcohol..
M) Medium body. Alcohol effervescence. Fizzy. Somewhat creamy.
D) A decent Belgian style. Malt and alcohol are prominent.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a massive white head that quickly ran away. No lacing. Tart apple and wheat aroma, earthy, and spiced. Very carbonated, kind of acrid mouthfeel. Tart again up front, with a lot of apples and pears, and a heap of spice. Unbalanced, though, which gives it a strange bitter bite that is very un-trippel-like. Sticky sweet finish. Worth a try, not a second.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden amber, with two fingers of white pillowy head, massive amounts of carbonation

S - sweet and bready aroma, a mild banana/vanilla combination that other reviewers mentions is present, a slight spice note, perhaps clove

T - the taste is sweeter than i thought it would be, instead of yeasty/bready with banana/vanilla sweetness, its vice versa, some soft slightly sweet oak notes

M&D - soft is the best way to describe this, smooth and slightly syrupy, effervescent despite this, nice brew

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Photo of atsprings
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint-glass a crisp dark orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit of spice, sweet fruit and booze. The taste is a bit more on the malty side, but some spice comes through nicely. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with the alcohol fairly well hidden. This one was better than I expected, but still not that great.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewey at Redhook Brewery. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance was a hazy light brown with a quickly receding white head. Smell was pleasant, apple, pear, dark fruit, and some clove. All were in good balance. The alcohol was somewhat noticable but not unpleasant. Taste was more of the same. Good balance with the spices and the fruits. Slight yeasty note present that I could have done without. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A good match. Drinkability was good considering the high ABV. It was really only noticable in the warming effect after each sip. I would call this dangerously drinkable thanks to the pleasant flavor.

Overall, I was more than slightly surprised by this as I am not usually a fan of "Budhook." A good tripel that is, at the very least, comparable to others of the style.

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Redhook Tripel from Redhook Ale Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.