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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 BOTTLE: Nice sweet tripel, clean copper pour, sweet, syrupy, Belgian spice notes. Some vanilla in here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bartzilla (621) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 18, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 14, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
From 22 oz. bomber Appearance: Pours a light amber, showing visible carbonation, and a white pinstripe of a head. Aroma: Heavy whiffs of clove and Belgain yeast. There are also light whiffs of banana and spicy hops. Taste: A mixture of cloves and spicy, bitter hops hit the tip and middle of my tongue right off the bat. Then I get some fruity, sugary sweetness, followed by the same flavors from the beginning, in the finish, lingering on the back of my tongue. Also seems kinda boozy and warm. Mouthfeel: Sticky, and very fizzy. Overall: A well made Tripel, although this seemed very young as of this writing. While a tad hot, youíd be hard pressed to find much fault with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Solid offering from a brewery Iím not usually a fan of. 24 karat pour with a 1/2 inch white foam that left itís trail on the inside of the glass long after the pour. Aroma is banana, candied sugar, and clove. Ripened citrus, vanilla, and spice impact the palate. Medium to syrupy mouthfeell...not a bad beer. Best from Redhook Iíve tried thus far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2188) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2009
pours a clear orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing. smell is of clove, orange, sweet fruits, white pepper, spice, and some malt. taste is thick, dry, spice, sour malt, some fruits, and the alcohol is apparent, becomes more sweet as it warms, end is dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 23, 2009
Poured from the tap into a tasting glass. The color is a light gold with a foamy white head. The smell was sweet, with a hint of hops and spicy elements. The taste is classic belgian, some spicy pale hop flavor with a bit of a dry yeast feel. I was not able to have a full glass of this beer which would have been a pleasure. The feel of this beer was smooth, nice even balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
(Draught) Pours a clear pale yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of coriander, wheat, banana, and clove. Flavor of wheat, coriander, Belgian yeast, and candi sugar with a moderately dry finish.

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