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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A generous dose of hibiscus flowers lends a crimson tint and a hint of cranberry tartness to this tripel, melding harmoniously with subtle tropical fruit undertones and spicy phenolic notes from the abbey ale yeast. Brewed with soul by Hardywood Craft Brewery, and exclusively available at your local hibiscus adorned Trader Joe’s, this Hibiscus Tripel ale will inspire your senses and dance across your palate, leaving you thirsty for more.

Best with gouda or edam cheese, grill poultry or fish, fruit based desserts.

This beer is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s (in 750mL bottles) and at Hardywood (on draft).

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3.4
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Draft. Rich amber beer with a whitish head. Spice and yeast aroma with light fruitiness. Fruity flavor with light caramel and yeast. Medium bodied. Fruitiness and yeast linger with light spice and light caramel.

5
dflb (52) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 Crafted by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Hibiscus Tripel is a Belgian-style Tripel Ale brewed with hibiscus flowers. The smell of Belgian yeast and floral aromas waft to your nose as you drink. The yeast and strong alcohol content of 8.2% gives the body of the beer an incredibly smooth texture to the drink. The Belgian yeast used adds a spice to the finish. At first, the beer comes across as a stylized Tripel. On the other hand, the hibiscus is faint. Although cranberry can be sensed, the tart generated from the two should have a bigger presence. The tartness experienced is overtaken by the ester of the yeast. Green apple is tasted, but isn't apparent to your senses. The yeast and light tart overpower the flavor of the green apples. The strength of the alcohol brings out the green apples used to brew this beer. Hibiscus Tripel is a very pleasing Belgian-style Tripel. Normally, the alcohol isn't noticeable and the elements tell all. This Tripel is light compared to others. The combination of the alcohol and yeast gives this beer a buttery quality to the take. The hibiscus and cranberries provides an under-the-radar tartness to the beer; you experience the Belgian characteristic more. As much as this beer can seem like a plain Tripel, it is not. Take your time and discover more as the beer develops as you keep drinking. Cheers. Prost. Drink for the love of beer. For more beer reviews, visit my blog 'Drink For the Love of Beer.'

3.8
bhensonb (15830) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Capped 750 from the Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours gold with a white head. Aromas of floral and spice - tho light for me. Med body at least. Flavor is floral, spice and for me some definite banana. Spice could well be clove. Floral is so light this could be considered a simple tripel. Old school. Quite nice.

3.6
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Amber pour with a short white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with hibiscus notes, candied fruit and sweet malt. Taste is spices, sweet malt, candied fruit, floral notes and grains. Body is medium with a moderate prickly carbonation and light dryness. Ends with more fruit notes, candied fruit, sweet malt, caramel, spices and grains.

3.4
Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2016
750ml bottle 12/15/16 (Trader Joe’s Naperville)-42° in Trappist Glass-Pours a dark golden with a small white head. Aroma of floral, Belgiany yeast, and spices. Taste of the same. this medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and a bit different but hits the spot on a chilly night.

3
mansquito (6970) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Trader Joe’s in Queens: pours orange with a large white head. Aroma is light hibiscus, yeast and fruitiness with some spice. Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking. Really yeasty and spicy. Not that great. I expected more from Hardywood.

3.3
scarletfire65 (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bomber at home with Caressa, Buddy, and Marilyn whilst cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. Tropical fruit and Belgian yeast on the nose. Full bodied with noticeable alcohol. Very sweet up front. Yeasty and spicy, white pepper, coriander, clove, rye, banana syrup, vague fruity esters, tart hibiscus on the finish. A well made triple, just a tad sweet.

3
rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2016
From TJ’s. The hibiscus + syrupiness add too much sweetness. Other than than not bad. Serving: Bottle

3.7
tmoreau (4670) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters displaying a hazed, ruby highlighted, orangey gold color, with a presentable, and fairly stubborn layer of soft white froth, and foamy spots of lacing. The nose was yeast induced, spicey phenols, a hint of banana, subtle tea & herbs, and esters as stone fruit. Light to medium bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was similar notes, finishing with a bit of tanginess, and pleasant dryness. Basic style representation amped by some successful additions.

2.9
Aurelius (5587) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Nice Belgian style bomber, good label. Rosy, dark for a tripel. Impressive head. Stinks. Fruity, acidic aroma with general weirdness going on. Sour, fruity, astringent, woody. Muddled spice, greenish, immature. Clingy, woody aftertaste. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.


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