BVery (9400) - Plymouth, 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 (608) - La Mesa, 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 (13825) - 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.
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 that’s been open a while. Medium bodied and oddly sharp at times, and way under carbonated. Seriously, where’s the bubbles?
Notes: Not very impressed. Has lots of strange yeast-gone-crazy flavors. It’s not tainted, just not organized. And just when I find some "classic" tripel flavors or aromas, they’re quickly ruined by something clunky and strange.
OD40oz (774) - 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.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, you’d be hard pressed to find much fault with this beer.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid offering from a brewery I’m not usually a fan of. 24 karat pour with a 1/2 inch white foam that left it’s 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 I’ve tried thus far.
robforbes (2168) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bu11zeye (12604) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.