Redhook Tripel
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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #440
Ranked #33,606
3.71 | pDev: 10.78%
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 117
Photo of Boto
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerbrains
2.16/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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,

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear orange color. Poured a 2 finger off-white to beige (where thicker) head that dissipated to thin cap that thickened around the edge. Laced in intermittent wavy rings.

S: Light-colored fruits, bubble gum and pepper. Some clove and lemongrass in the background.

T: Sweet and candy-like. Light-colored fruit like apricot and banana follow. Spicy up to the finish where warming alcohol softens the fruits and spices.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol finish is rough and some of the flavors a bit untamed.

D: There's smoother examples in the style, but all-around, its pretty good. A little rough, a little boozy.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served: On tap from New England Brewfest

A: Cloudy amber with finger width head.

S: Like a hefe. Did not smell strong like other Tripels I have had.

T: Bananas and spice. Other flavors from coriander and the like? Burn from the spices and 10% ABV.

M: One of the best tripels I've ever had actually (at least in small tasting doses). Fruity and smooth enough for enjoyment but not to be a fruitier beer.

D: Good drinkability, but watch out for the ABV!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22 ounce bottle a deep golden-amber color, with a moderate white head. Aromas of orange peel, Belgian yeast and maybe banana. On the palate, mildly fruity, sweet and yeasty and a little bit peppery. A solid effort, but not a $7/bomber.

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Photo of DocSkalski
4.97/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a nice clear golden orange, with a thin head and light lacing as you drink. Could use a bit more carbonation for my taste, otherwise perfect.

Smell - This is my favorite part of the beer. The aroma is similar to what you smell when brewing with Carapils specialty grains in the initial mash. It is a bit unusual, but it pleases my nose more than any beer ever has. Many may not appreciate this the way I do, so I admit I'm biased, but the smell takes me to my own happy little world of bliss and wonder. Lol

Taste - Hits your palate hard with the thick bodifull flavors of a perfectly roasted malt, smoothes to a balanced bitter sweet flavor (mostly sweet), and finishes with a sweet floral and Nobel hops touch. This is a wonderful flow of events that keeps you drinking and enjoying the brew.

Mouth feel - The mouth feel is just as if not more prominent and wonderful than the taste. The beer seems to release its carbonation as it hits your tongue, holds steady with that smooth/sharp exuberance and then fades with a light tingle revealing a quick flourish of flavors. No other beer I've tried presents its mouth feel quite so prominently or uses it to such an advantage in enhancing the beer's flavor.

D- As I said before, this beer encourages you with each swallow, and at 10.2% ABV it'll sneak up on you. This beer is 2nd to none. On my personal "best of BA" list, this ranks in at #2, 2nd to the Westvleteren 12 I've yet to try (I hope it's better, but I don't see how it could be).

p.s. - Served in a Chimay goblet.

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Photo of UA8
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber body with a one finger cream colored head.

Scents of pear, apricot, spice, and belgian yeast.

Mimic of the nose but with a spice and slightly medicinal finish.

Medium viscosity and light carbonation.

Overall a nice effort for the style by an american company. Save a bit of an off taste in the finish.

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Photo of Flashsp2
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Redhook Tripel Limited Release bomber into a pint glass (at a friend's house, this would be in a pinot glass at home)

A slow pour generates a giant half glass head of light beige medium bubbles and a perfectly clear red body with gold highlights. Retention is decent, with the head simmering down to a thin topping which lasts a few minutes, and there is no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is banana and clove, some pepper and alcohol.

Taste is banana, yeast, sweet malt, ground black pepper and fruity alcohol, in that order.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but broken up by the high level carbonation, which combines together to make a nice drink.

Drinkability is so-so, since the alcohol is so prevalent. I like the fact that Redhook goes out on a limb to make some truly good beers on occasion (Double Black coffee stout, etc), but this one is just too intensely alcoholic for my tastes. If the ABV was a little better masked than this would be outstanding, but as it stands, it's just a good beer without truly being world class. Not great, but well worth the $7.50 for the 10.5% ABV bomber.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap served in a chalice

A bright, deep orange body with a small, off-white cap that was never more than a half of a finger. Spotty lacing.

Aroma of bubble gum and spicy phenols with just a hint of lemongrass.

Candy sweetness throughout with spicy phenols and a soft bubble gum flavor that lingers with the booze. A somewhat rough take on a tripel, but it works fairly well.

Medium body with a rugged boozey finish. This guy is rough around the edges for sure.

Although this guy isn't a dry and complex as the best in the style, it holds up fairly well. Once in a while its nice to come across a tripel like this.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Little Ortino's. Served in a 10-oz glass, this tripel appeared a clear oranger with a short white head. It was a simple, but tasty tripel with a mix of spicy and herbal orange candy note. At first I thought the body was a little too thick, but now I see that it was appropriate for a 10% beer. Clearly no hint of alcohol since I couldn't guess the ABV. And when I think about all the Redhook beers I've tried, this is easily the best. It can stand not with the best, but with plenty of Belgium's more respectable brews. Check it out if you like the style.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel normally are strong, which this one obviously is, but also taste like it. This one doesn't have that strong alcohol flavor. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly there, but not strong. Appearance is a cloudy golden yellow. A little cloudier than expected. There isn't much of a head but it is a glorious head while it is there. The nose is a sweet concoction of sugar cane and caramel. The flavor is very sweet malts and a little yeasty. Over all the there isn't much complexity to it, but what is there mixes well. It's a full bodied beer that definitely lets you know you just drank it after it passes through your mouth. The flavor lingers as well as a nice oily feel. Nice balance to flavors and feel to this one. Too bad it's only a limited release.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had over at the Red Hook pub in NH.

Pours a clear golden straw color, not much head and doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell has a faint aroma of banana and plenty of clove.

Taste is light and crisp, good carbonation, flavor is a bit lackluster though except for a heavy clove presence that makes it feel a bit too herbal with a bad aftertaste in the realm of astringency, hardly any candied sugar.

Excited to try something limited from Red Hook only to be disappointed, good thing they had Haulin' Oats on draft as well.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For a 10.2% abv this drinks very well. Pours into a glass with some head, good retention as I swirled it around. Little lacing but that's ok. The smell was a bouquet of hop aromas and sweetness, maybe fruit, unsure... The taste was crisp, and refreshing. And like I said very drinkable, the brothers reserve do it again.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: dark straw yellow brew, thick 2 fingers of rocky head dissipates into larger bubbles as it settles and leaves chunks of foam on the glass.

S: cotton candy, silage, raw grains, lemongrass.

T: Light candy sweetness, mild lemony hops. Pretty simple, no complexity. Kind of boring.

M: moderate sugar slickness, smooth, medium carbonation. EtOH hidden well.. very surprising considering how subdued it is. That is, there's not much to hide the alcohol in either mouthfeel or taste.

D: Smooth, light, refreshing, but very simple.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - brilliant clarity, despite yeast in suspension, deep amber colour, pretty dark as far as a tripel goes, small white head, below average retention, leaves a bit of lace

S - sweet, cotton candy to start, spicy phenols kick-in and take over,

T - big sweetness that never really washes away, even the big alcohol in the aftertaste does not dry it up, pity, because the yeast character is quite nice with lots of fruit and spice (reminiscent of the westmalle strain)

M - med body and med low carbonation makes this drink more like a blonde doppelbock than a tripel, quite rich, big alcohol is smooth

D - this isn't as bad as people make it out to be, though it would not hold up well in a side by side with the classics

Dry this baby out, kick up the carbonation and this beer would be a winner. That's really all that is missing here.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright, clear golden-amber. Moderate white foam, quick to settle.

S- Muted Belgian yeast, bread dough. Pronouced fusel alcohol / volatile solvent off-smell.

T- Sweet caramel malt, honey-toasted mixed cereal grains. Fusel alcohol / solvent off-flavor.

M, D- Substantial texture, rounded mouthfeel. Malty sweet & sour finish.

Notes: The bottle suggests spice complexity and light malt, but I get the exact reverse, with no spice but richer malt. Straightforward without complexity.

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. I'm impressed. Poured with a nice white head and a little lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is a little mild; not much of the Belgian aromas, but nice. Flavors and body are on the soft side, sweet with bitter overtones. Alcohol is sneaky. Great body and carbonation. Finish is easy. Oddly in spite of the alcohol it's almost a session brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light red color with minimal amount of white foam. Light vanilla smell, but not picking up much else. Light Belgian taste with something akin to a mild sour cinammon. Bit of heat at the finish, but not enough to overwhelm. Small carbonation.

Overall a good taste, not great - a fair attempt at a full Belgian style. Drinkable, but not a 'must have.'

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Redhook Tripel from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 117 ratings