dwyerpg (4267) - 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 itís 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 (676) - 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. Doesnít taste like a 10% ABV but certainly kicks like one. Fairly solid but slightly bland. Kind of right in Red Hookís wheelhouse.
mmmbeer (1190) - 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 (3356) - 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 (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 BOTTLE: Nice sweet tripel, clean copper pour, sweet, syrupy, Belgian spice notes. Some vanilla in here.
Bartzilla (518) - 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 thatís been pretty stagnant for awhile now. But... at $8.99 a bomb, Iíll spend the same amount on a 6íer of the New Belgium Tripel, which this tastes quite like. The bottle is a keeper. Great packaging.
bhensonb (9866) - 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. Itís 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.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz brown glass frosted pry-top bottle. Label stamped May 21 2009.
Appearance: Poured straight into a chalice, giving off very thin and very little head. Quickly fades to nothing. Beer has a slight haze and is bright amber with large bubbles.
Nose: General fruit and banana, also fermented rice (sake), slight fermented orange note. Not really appealing nose.
Palate: Lots of banana with some nutmeg and orange juice all in a row. Toss in some pineapple juice thatís been open a while. Medium bodied and oddly sharp at times, and way under carbonated. Seriously, whereís the bubbles?
Notes: Not very impressed. Has lots of strange yeast-gone-crazy flavors. Itís not tainted, just not organized. And just when I find some "classic" tripel flavors or aromas, theyíre quickly ruined by something clunky and strange.
OD40oz (750) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found this puppy at a discount liquor stoer. I was pumped to try it but. There was a definite vanilla aroma and taste to this one. Poured amber with a white head. Some lacing. It was definitely not worth the 7 bucks I forked out for it but it was better than a knee to the jewels.