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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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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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Photo of dstc
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with a off-white head. Head falls to a almost nothing with no lace to speak of.

Sweet, herbal and somewhat metallic aroma.

Rather sweet taste yet tangy. Very full flavored, warming alcohol. Ends a bit sweet then has a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Rather full in the mouth.

I like it. Bit surprised. Nice offering from Redhook.

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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 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 farrago
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very moderate froth across the surface, even when aggressively aimed into the glass, dissolves so swiftly you may not be able to register the light tan color. The liquid has a coppery orange cast to it, like fresh rust, fades to a more yellowish hue around the rims, super-tiny bubble beads visible within. Nothing showy about the nose, enough esters to produce banana accents to the apricot, fig, nectarine base, milk chocolate and coffee ice cream then ensue, candied oranges and hints of clove and pepper finish things off, good lasting power and not too full. Full-bodied in a creamy, loosely knit fashion, the carbonation is quite active and dissipates a lot of the sweetness. That said, fig, date, raisin flavors combine with apricot, peach, pear to create a full array of fruit. The chocolate, mocha element smooth and subtler here. Tenuous breadiness, inclines to scone or soda bread in nature. The orange citrus moderate, stays at a steady level throughout. While dry enough, finishes syrupy like it's not sure what a clean, succinct ending should taste like. Made in an ingratiating style, in looking to please too many may disappoint those who would be most appreciative.

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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 jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring layer leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light spicy nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits and warming. Hint of alcohol at finish. Bottled 5/21/09, the brewer suggests drinking this within a year. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

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Redhook Tripel from Redhook Ale Brewery
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