csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Served in a Bells tulip. Golden colored with a slight orange tint and a one fingered head that dies down pretty quickly. Gentle aroma of vanilla sugar, slight biscuit, a touch of rosewater and subdued phenols. Taste is reserved with some subtle pear and honey. Big mouthfeel at first, ending with some nice carbonation, a lingering mild sweetness, alcohol warmth and lingering white pepper notes. The alcohol is pretty laid back, but hit me halfway through the second glass.
bluemooner (586) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden with a lingering white head. Aroma is of light fruits, honey, and malts. Flavor is of malts, sweet fruits, especially banana, light hops, caramel, and breadiness. Medium bodied and alcohol presence is hidden pretty well. Decent overall.
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent spice aroma. Flavor is fairly spicy not too light. Good stuff. Zestiness is the prevalent characteristic, but it is overall just okay.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/23/09 from 22oz bottle. Aroma is classic clovey character with lots of holiday spice and citrus tang that has a slight blood-orange quality. Appearance is like perfectly clear honey with a medium maintained white head and classic belgian lace. Flavor has a very complex carryover of phenols that adds a unique earthy and spicy character that carries from the inital taste into the appropriately low noble bittering and faintly lingers in the finish. On first sip, it presents itself as an overhopped Americanized Beligin, the second just makes you realize the yeast strain has a balance of strengths that amps up throughout the palate. The malt sweetness is balanced, with a touch of caramel, a touch of breadiness, a touch of candy, and never overwhelmed by one over the other. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a sharp, spicy carb texture that stays into the coating finish and warms ever so subtley. Overall, a big brew that shows you how a well utilized yeast can bring out the best of malt and hops (even in a Belgian), rather than merely highlighting it’s own phenolic prowess.
Earlier Rating: 5/8/2008 Total Score: 3.8
5/8/08 From the Fermentor. Aroma is spicy clove phenol forward with a hard to place mix of fruit dominated by banana; candilike with strong yeast character. Appearace is a hazy yellow orange with a fluffy white head. Flavor is more of the interesting fruitiness blended with malt and no bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, warm and spritzy. Overall, a cool little brew that is easier drinking than most trippels and excellent phenolics.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells a bit like Band-Aids (as Belgians often do). Tastes sweet and thick and banana-y. Doesn’t taste like a 10% ABV but certainly kicks like one. Fairly solid but slightly bland. Kind of right in Red Hook’s wheelhouse.
mmmbeer (1208) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle served in tulip- poured a brazen orange with red hue, solid 1 finger head formed and shared some stories with me. Low carbonation, aroma of malt, candi sugar, and notes of dark fruit, vanilla, and raw strength. Hits the mouth with a low- medium body, malt is not like it would be for this style, but still great, the liquid transcents your senses and becomes notes of pure liquid goodness, finish is solid and lingers after a steak dinner (trust me, been there, done that). I know that Redhook has a partnership with ABBev (insert nipple twisting gasp here), but, for this brew, they merely put their head down, swinged for the fences, and hit part of the ball. SOLID BREW. And at the price point ($10 for a single 22oz.), I just may have to get another. Or 2. Or 20.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, from capones. Shared with Kyrsten, Mal, Cyn, and Naomi. Pours orange with a bright white head. Nose is sweet with a touch of spice. Taste is sweet with some vanilla and clove, much better than I had expected.
BVery (5606) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 BOTTLE: Nice sweet tripel, clean copper pour, sweet, syrupy, Belgian spice notes. Some vanilla in here.
Bartzilla (527) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Came in a beautifully presented, frosted bottle that cost me as much as a 6 pack of their ESB would run me on a normal night. But, damn... a Red Hook Tripel? Excellent moves that I had to try out. A little sweet, with hints of the standard tripel Belgian spiciness. A tiny bit of sulfur and candy on the nose. Goes down smoother than baby snot dripping off a door knob in the middle of summer. All in all, a great effort by a brewery that’s been pretty stagnant for awhile now. But... at $8.99 a bomb, I’ll spend the same amount on a 6’er of the New Belgium Tripel, which this tastes quite like. The bottle is a keeper. Great packaging.
bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Orange/copper color with a decent white head. Belgian kandi and spice lie beneath sweetish, somewhat tropical, fruit aromas. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavor is typically Belgian. Spice/yeast, hop, kandi and lighter fruit. Heat is not noticeable. It’s smooth and tasty. It drinks way too easy. Not all that sweet for a Belgian anything. A very good ale, but probably not going to duke it out with the big guys.