shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
7/30/2009: Redhook Tripel Belgian Style Ale (The Limited Series Batch No. 002)... Aroma: Syrupy honey/toasted malt, hints of citrus, alcohol, and wet grains. Appearance: Brilliant orange color, transparent; thin off-white veil. Flavor: Candy citrus and tons of pale maltiness right up front followed by an unsettling bitterness and then an alcohol burn and some watery grain water. Palate: Medium-full and SYRUPY. Overall: Tripel? Hell no! This beer is like a Helles/Mai Bock! ...and I donít like that style and this one isnít even good.
22 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. by Vol. 10.2% / May 21 09 4 51) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #50 for this beer.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Rich golden pour, light head. Lots of spice, honey, yeast, vanilla and a wet woody note in the aroma. Flavor is yeasty and fruity. Boring. Lacking effort IMO.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I think some beers have better bottle designs than the beer that they contain, and this one could follow that rule. The bottle is pretty neat, textured almost with a bead blasted finish on it. The beer itself pours out a yellow color with a white colored head on it. Smell is yeasty and full of bread and sugars. Some alcohol is noticeable in the smell. In the taste the alcohol is far more pronounced with an almost burning as you drink it. As it warms up I believe it gets worse. This was not a very good beer..
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz bottle, remnants of Boonville. Pours a deep golden-orange color; slightly hazy; small-bubbled, off-white head with light retention and decent lacing. Uh-oh. Lots of stale maltiness, raisins, and overripe fruits in the aroma; cloying sweetness, with some alcohol present even at quite cold temperatures; sweet, sticky, overripe, boozy, and stupid; huge amounts of alcohol for the style, and none of the charismatic elements of the style. Full body (ugh); modest carbonation (did we forget to read up on what a tripel is?); not creamy, but cloying, non-astringent, with a bit of soft warmth coming through; following the aroma, just tons of raisins, stale malts, honey, and cloying malty sweetness; TRIPELS DO NOT NEED TO BE 10% ALCOHOL TO BE COMPLEX, and I present this as proof that theyíre far better when they arenít; complex and layered in the way that a compost bin offers wide-ranging complexity; no me gusta. This is difficult to drink, heavily viscous, and a shameful example of the style. I canít support brewing like this. But honestly, Iím kind of grateful this is as poor as it is, because otherwise Iíd feel obliged to drink the rest of this. A lengthy, cloyingly sweet finish of honey, cardboard, raisins, and sugar.
GarrettB (842) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber. Man the spice was too much on the nose. Some coriander but man an alcohol medicine pad on the nose also. Some fruit noticable in the flavor. But for the most part a hash spice flavor dominated brew. Harsh on the palate. Uck
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Wegmanís Holidays 2009 rated from notes and I remember this one too. Pours dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is rock sugary malt, hopcitrus. Tastes rather sweet, with rock malt, heavy hopcitrus. Not well balanced nor complex, this one wasnít great.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Cavie. Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma of alcoholic bananas. Tastes like alcohol. And bananas and cinnamon, but mostly alcohol.