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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 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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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 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 elniko
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottle marked with date of 5/21/2009 which I assume is the brewed on date.

A: For a Tripel just slightly underwhelming, head was smaller than I would expect. Still has the rich glowing golden hue. Good looking brew but not the greatest Tripel I've encountered.

S: Definitely some spiciness on the nose along with some dry fruity tones. Quite nice but a little benign for a Tripel.

T & M: Dryness that I would expect is definitely there. A little thin up front with a surprising amount of fruitiness on the finish. Pretty darn full bodied.

D: For the high ABV quite drinkable, more than one bottle of this brew would probably end an evening. I hear a lot of bad things said about Redhook but I found this brew to be a good represenation of the Belgian Triple style.

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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 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 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 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 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 Nick3
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Kapittel Watou chalice. Beer is a translucent burnt orange color. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Nose is pleasant with vanialla, clove, and banana. Taste is a bit off balanced, sweetness and bitterness just don't meld well but it's still quite drinkable. Carbonation is ample and the beer has a silky smooth feel that I really like. Warming alcohol sensation in the finish really makes it a sipper.

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Photo of GWaters
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz. refrigerated bomber.
Served in a Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer Mug (frosted)

A- Good ambery orange color. Good frothy head w/ some nice lacing on the mug.

S- Smell of dark fruits and alcohol essence. Very tangy in the smell.

T- The taste is tasty, caramel, dark fruits, and vodka...I mean the alcohol. This has a kick to say the least.

M- Thin to medium body.

D- Easy to drink, but watch out for the alcohol, that packs a punch! I was pretty well off before I knew it.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz picked up at a grocery store while visiting in Charlotte. Poured into my tulip glass. Pours a dark rusty orange with a decent-sized off white head on top. Little retention, and little to no lacing present. Smells of yeast, pineapple, and light breads.

The mouth is spritzy and well carbonated, as I would expect. Flavor is yeasty and slightly tart. Finishes slightly acrid and roasty. That's a weird aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Not a bad beer by any means. I'd love to see how this ages. I may have to get another...

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Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the brewery in Portsmouth while on a tour. The beer pours a crystal clear gold with just a hint of red amber. The aroma is ripe, fruity esters and dry, chalky yeast with a slightly vinous quality. The flavor is sweet upfront followed by a sharp, slightly harsh flavor that seems to be from a combination of the yeast at the alcohol. There are more esters in the flavor with a fruity and also astringent quality. Bitterness and herbal hops are there, but on the milder side. This is a quality brew from Redhook, I would love to see it widely available.

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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 HoosBrews
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass. Much less carbonation then I expect from a Triple. Aroma is sweet and fruity. A little banana and clove in the nose. In the taste, I get a big vanilla presence. Fairly unique for triple, but still pretty good. A little bit of warming alcohol and followed by a mild dry finish. Overall a decent limited release from Redhook. Might do better after a few months in the cellar since this one was pretty green (bottled on 5/21/09).

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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 PuckX
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

220z bottle poured into 22oz pilsner glass.

Hmmm.... I am a bit perplexed with this one. By itself I find it a really good beer, nice fruit tones, easy to drink, beautiful to look at, alcohol seemed really hidden to me. Could not tell it was 10.2 based on taste alone, had to look at the bottle.

That being said for a Belgian, it was so so. Lacking alot of the Belgian yeast characteristic flavor, don't get me wrong it's there, just not as prominant as I usually like it.

Hints of Saison flavor to it, maybe I am crazy but it is reminding me of a Saison I brewed.

That being said it is a good beer, make no mistake. I will probably go to the store I got these from and buy 2-3 to "cellar" and see how it ages out. I really do like this beer and am thoroughly enjoying it as I type this, just seems to be missing the Belgian "kick" that I have come to love from other breweries. Maybe because Redhook filters... who knows.

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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 allengarvin
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty bottle it came in, at least. I poured this into a Bernardus chalice: it came out a crystal clear golden color, with a good head forming, but it was pretty airy, and dissipated nearly instantly. The aroma is decent: quite fruity, lightly sweet, with a spicy, clove undertone. Good tart fruit flavor, with a spicy, phenolic backbone. On the downside, alcohol is fairly apparent, especially at the finish. Good amount of carbonation, and the body isn't too heavy.

I guess it's not too bad of a tripel. 10 or 15 years ago, it would have been a favorite, but there are lots of US breweries making far better belgian-styles today.

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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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