Redhook Tripel | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook TripelRedhook Tripel

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 03-11-2009

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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 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 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 wagenvolks
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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]

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Photo of Brutus627
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kirok1999
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a weak, lazy light gold, just a wisp of bubbles on the top, not much else going on.
Smells slightly spicy, bunches of corriander, herbs and lavender.
Mild taste for a tripel with a strange, slightly metallic finish. Tastes like sugar was added yet it's a bit weak and thin. Feels slightly sticky with very mild carbonation.
An average tripel, nothing outstanding but the finish puts me off.

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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 JBogan
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.

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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 SFLpunk
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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 WhiteOak
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of heganhound
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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 MA08
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Pours a clear amber with orange highlights and a two-finger off-white head that fades quickly to a sticky ring. No lacing.

Smell is orange zest, pepper, Belgian yeast, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

Taste begins with some pepper and coriander,along with some yeast and light citrus flavors. A hint of candied-sugar and cinnamon is quickly overwhelmed by alcohol. Finishes very dry.

Well-carbonated, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

Certainly not the best tripel I've had. Alcohol is not well-hidden at all, making this one a bit tough to finish. Perhaps the alcohol heat will mellow with some age.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with a thick head that quickly fades.Aroma is citrus fruits.Taste is citrus,vanilla,and malts.Alcohol is very well hidden.It is more on the watery side but still a decent beer.I would recommend to try once...although It would be a long shot for me to buy this again.

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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 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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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 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 Flashsp2
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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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