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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editorís Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2014
22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy amber color. There was a very small off-white head that didnít linger at all. About no lacing. Nice, but subdued nose. Some banana, clove, vanilla,, lemon, other spices, faint wheat. The taste is good, but not as pleasing as other tripels. A bit of vanilla on top of everything else. Wheat, clove, some banana, other spices to the taste. Itís good, but the vanilla is a bit too much and distracts from the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
An okay tripel, but not in the same league as its Belgian counterparts. A healthy amount of spices, but nothing spectacular. Dark fruit and clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (2978) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
22oz bottle 1/9/11 (Orlando)-Pours a hazy orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, clove, cinnamon, and belgian. Taste of belgian, alcohol, vanilla, and malt. This full bodied brew was not bad. Have to say it held up pretty well. Nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GarrettB (918) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
11/21/2009 - I fell for the limited release line again, and this time I got burned. The Red Hook Tripel pours silently and produces little to no head. Itís clear, with a nice fox orange color, and a wreathe of carbonation in 5 or 6 discrete geysers. The aroma is wheaty and sweet, proffering smells of orange, pineapple and bubblegum, with a general sense of thick fruit syrups. Itís enticing, but the flavor is a betrayal. The palate is flat, soapy, reeks of chemicals and perfume, and becomes progressively more bitter in the mouth as it lingers. The kicker is the metallic aftertaste that sits on the tongue, refusing to budge even for a gulp of water. Itís a pity that the aroma was so inviting, because the flavor is so disappointing. One of the few beers Iíve had to eject down the drain, and that always makes for a sad day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2012
on tap-pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is fruit, clove,sweet light malt. Taste is clove, sweet light malt, rock candy, some fruit hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dextermorgan (91) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Interesting mix of a belgian tripel and hefeweisen elements. Creamy, pils-y aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Hearty syrup enriched body. Sharp yeast notes with tropical fruit character. Spice and belgian candy with funked old moss.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
madmitch76 (13351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
24th May 2010
Clear gold beer. Little white head. Softish dry palate. Sweet dry malt, a little metallic and a little brandyish in itís warmth. Some orange peeping through before a dry finish and a warm afterglow. Unsubtle and a bit clunky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 7/23/09. 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. Thatís a weird aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Not a bad beer by any means. Iíd love to see how this ages. I may have to get another...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
BottleÖ Pours cloudy and orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an unpleasant mixture of warm brow perspiration and meat broth with a hint of apricot. Full-bodied and lightly oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is minerally and bland. Finishes warming and a touch bitter. The only saving grace here is that the high abv is neither hot nor unpleasant. Otherwise, Bleh.

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