Redhook Tripel | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook TripelRedhook Tripel

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 03-11-2009

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 98
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of generallee
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint 6oz or 650ml brown bottle into a chalice. A born on date of May 21 09 is printed on the bottle. (Sampled on 7-1-2009)

Appearance: The body has a beautiful light orange amber color with very good clarity. A small creamy off whit head forms on top but quickly fades out completely and makes for no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma has a heavy phenolic presence plastic band aid, clove, fruity esters and a solvent like alcohol.

Taste/Mouth Feel: There is a harsh warming alcohol up front and wrapped around estery/fruity yeast notes with descent leafy hop bitterness in the background. Overall it is fairly sweet with a little more of the hop bitterness coming out in the finish. The texture is very smooth with a nearly flat carbonation.

Notes: This beer needs a lot more time to age as it is very raw when it is young. Also I think I got a bad bottle as far as the carbonation.

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

Bomber bottle, the paper label tells has circled "summer 2009" Not exactly what it means, brewed during?, best before? Anyway his one pours copper amber, clear, under a short lived head, leaves little lace behind on the glass. Tropical fruit nose. I get gin, lime, pepper, coriander, mouthwash notes. Moderately pleasurable take on the style. Not bad, but I doubt I would go for this one too often.

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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 StevenBilodeau
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Dewey0603
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 GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of beerbrains
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
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 Sammy
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the brewpub, this was or is now called simply "Tripel". Bubble gum aroma. Medium yellow colour with off-white soapy head. ABove average carbonation. Too much yeast up front and aggressively carbonation. Other than that, drinkable. Candi helped to disguise the high alcohol. Medium mouthfeel overall, some off-sournish in finish. A half pint is a lot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour brought up a fairly large head of frothy tan foam that then steadily dwindled down to a thin surface curtain and average collar. Only minor spotty lace was left behind. (I'd just cleaned my glass with salt and water - no soap).

The aroma expressed soft vanilla, and delicate tropical, red and dark skinned fruits. Nothing was really specific, except for perhaps some banana, but they were all clearly present. No alcohol was noticeable.

Unfortunately the same thing happened in the flavor... I pick up some banana, even coconut, and a hint of papaya on the tropical side; some plum/prune/raisin on the dark side; and some non-determined road-side berries and a hint of dark cherry on the red side. They're all there, but nothing really speaks up. On the other hand, is that really so bad? With several tastings I think I'm starting to enjoy the subtlety of the wide range of flavors. But I'm also getting some vanilla, which is nice, and all of these are buoyed by the softly sugary and bready malt notes. I only get really minor notes of pepper and spice, which is OK; and the restrained bitterness is still enough to guide it into a drying finish with a slight flicker of alcohol. (At 10.2% ABV I'd expect more of a slap, but they've kept this one under control!).

So, in the end, I guess I have to throw some good numbers at this one. It's mainstream in a way (a word that I'd imagine a lot of people would use to describe Redhook beers in general, but that's not my intention here), but it's also very enticing and fulfilling. I really love the way the flavors gently swirl around. It's superbly rounded and remarkably well-balanced (too balanced?...). If I had the opportunity, I would buy a case of this to enjoy on nights when I've already done my tastings, or to bring to parties to introduce newbies to something exciting. Beyond that, I'd at the very least say it's worth trying. Kudos!

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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 tempest
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Rooney107
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with tints of burgundy and burnt crimson. Small, foamy head with minimal lacing.

S- A crisp spiciness with hints of citrus and floral aromas. Doesn't seem to smell like archetypal Belgian Tripels (i.e. an interplay between dark and sweet fruit). Still, it smells quite intriguing.

T- Spice, currant, and minor hoppy notes hit me immediately. Perhaps some mild pepper and rum soaked fruits near the end. I don't really taste any alcohol--maybe a hint of warmth and vanilla. Somewhat balanced, but definitely not traditional. Of course, this doesn't necessarily bother me; it still tastes good, after all.

M- Low carbonation and requisite moderate mouthfeel.

D- Somewhat drinkable, but I wouldn't want to have more than 2 in a night. A decent entry from Redhook.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of jaycount
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hdofu
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with a peachy colored head. Smells spicy and tastes of the same spiciness. Has an overwhelming malt finish though which isn't quite as pleasant as I'd have hoped, but not bad. Does a pretty good job hiding the alcohol. Fairly good carbonation going on tickling the tongue. Overall its not offensive to drink but also not something demanding I drink another.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 Limited Release bottle marked May 21 09/453. Sampled on the 2009 NFL opening day - September 13, 2009. I really like the stability of the bottle. It is a thick brown glass and feels heavy. The pour is not impressive to me. It is too much copper in color with remarkable clarity and no head to speak of. I like my Abbey Ales to be cloudy. The aroma is a happy mix of wheat, cloves, and fruit. The mouthfeel is of medium to thin body. The tastes are a decent balance of wheat, clove, and hops with a slightly dry finish. It may be inspired by the traditional Belgian brews but it lacks something.

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Docer
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this bottle in my cooler for a little over a month... date stamped May 04 09. Purchased at Fred Meyer on 39th and SE Hawthorne.

- Light pour into an honest pint mug... little to no head whatsoever... quick tan flash of it, but now just a bubbling copper-penny colored ale with a light ring and lack of lacing. Very sour or cider-like in characteristic... but rather clear, and crisp.

- Little bit of vanilla, light currants.. little bit of oak, clove, and light banana.... semi-sweet malt presence...

- Nice upfront sweetness... the flavor literally transforms in your mouth as you swallow it. Reminds me of those old Genera Hyper-color shirts... but its the flavor. (lol) Well balanced vanilla, oak, some clove and banana... slight tropical zest and spice.... overall pleasant.Not much alcohol in the taste at all.. but once past the throat... big warming and heartburn sensation.

- Slight dryness.... some stickiness and oil... but overall decent....

- What a drinkable ale.. especially for its strength... %10.2 Alc.? Only the warm gut feels it... Overall a very nice ale and a great surprise from Redhook. Still wish I could get their regular Rye ale the once brewed....

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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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up at the Boise COOP today.. poured into my Delirium snifter while doing some late night lawn watering.

scant 3/4" head leaves no lace and an only descent cap... the brew is a crystal clear orange...

nose has a very minor "Belgian" aroma to it.. lite citrus.. even less phenolic elements.. some peppery essence, but I could be imagining things..

flavor is better with more "citrus" and some background Belgian qualities.. but it is still fairly lacking at this point.. lite spicy hoppiness combines with an equally lite spicy phenols... pepper?

the mouthfeel is the best part of this brew... good creamy feeling with a bunch of small bubble carbonation, but overall, it seems forced to me.. hard to describe... it reminds me of homebrew buddies give me where they really don't understand what makes Belgian beers Belgian... let alone what makes a good triple.

Overall.. I have fewer problems with this brew as it warms, but it just still seems like it was a rushed attempt at a style that maybe should not have hit the summer market just yet..

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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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