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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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 98
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gotta say that I'm impressed to see a timid brewery like Redhook attempting such a bold style, especially since so many American breweries can't (or won't) get it right.

The beer pours with an initial lively look of heavy efforvesence, medium golden / strong straw colors, and an active head that rised above the glass. However, the head soon proves to be made up of fizzy carbonation and fails to retain much foam. The beer just falls apart to the eye.

Very fruity, acidic, and alcoholic to the nose. Esters definately lead the way above softer confectionate malt sweetness and peppery phenols. Actually a nice aroma that is ester prominant.

Flavors begin with the softer sweetness and fruity character (think oranges, pears, appricots, and Juicy Fruit bubblegum). The soft sweetness needs more of a bready malt base because the flavors fade quickly into grainy tastes. Still, spicy and peppery flavors help to balance the beer and add complexity in the relatively low hopping rates.

While the carbonation exists, the beer has a pleasant dry fullness. But after the carbonation disipates, there's just not enough malt character to carry the beer or support the mineral content in the water, or buffer the sharp spices of the alcohols and phenols.

Honestly a better beer than expected going in but its no rival to better American attempts from Shafly or Brooklyn.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden-orange color with a two-finger, white, bubbly head of foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast, vanilla and dried apples.

T - It tasted of vanilla, cloves and tart apple. It had a nice spicy quality with a caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. It was medium-bodied with an alcohol warmth.

D - This tasted very good. I would have scored the drinkability higher except that by the end of the bomber I was somewhat bored with this one.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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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 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 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 Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Bottled on: 5/21/09.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, orange-gold body with initially a full, foamy, off-white head, but it settles out surprisingly quickly.

Smell: Sweet-scented aroma of wildflower honey sprinkled with sugar mixed with notes of white grapes and pears. Generous dose of cracked cloves. Some notable wafts of alcohol sting the nostrils.

Taste: Pale, faintly bready malts with a blend of honey and candi sugar sweetness. Kick of clove spiciness. Touch of tangy pear fruitiness dipped in white wine. Subdued, earthy bitterness. Fairly phenolic with some band-aid undertones. Peppery alcohol precedes the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A passable American-born tripel and an admirable attempt from ole Redhook. The drinkability is okay, but I was beginning to weary near the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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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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 Tone
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden / copper color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, banana, sweet malt, yeast, and slight clove. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, hops, banana, slight sweet malt, and some yeast. Overall, really good body, flavor, aroma, and complexity.

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

Red Hook Tripel

Mostly clear, shimmering golden, smallish white head.

Citrus zest aromatics, vanilla, light spice. Surprising vanilla from a tripel, not what I usually get.

Taste: smooth, supple, clean, and drinkable. More citrus zest, some lemon and orange. Little creamy and yummy, ...more zip, more zing, more spicy tingle. It comes and comes, then fades just a bit. Stays spicy and hoppy on the palate, too. Splash of fruit, pumped up with spice.

Soft, getting strong, spicy, brash, then mellow.
Not too bad. not too bad at all.

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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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 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 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 yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pretty looking 22 oz bottle

Clear golden orange color, small stream of rising bubbles, frothy cream colored head that diminishes to a ring of bubbles and little lacing. Very mild aroma, slightly sweet and pinch of alcohol. Medium body with very low carbonation makes this feel very slick. Flavors are fairly simple, initial sweet flavor, malty and candy sugar, some light spiciness (clover and pepper). Alcohol is present, but never overwhelming. Finish is fairly clean and dry with a light lingering bubblegum flavor. A decent value overall, but a fairly pedestrian American take on this style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Redhook Tripel from Redhook Ale Brewery
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