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. Editors Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 26, 2009
clean copper pour with a slight offwhite head. sweet malts in nose with some breadiness and some floral aromatic tones, a bit of fruitiness as well, banana and vanilla. a bit of booze as well. . Mouth is sweet malt with notes of burnt brown sugar, toffee, banana and clove, some vanilla as well. Bready malts dominate the finish with some boozy warmth. Not bad at all

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Tap @ OBF... Poured orange with a white head. Not very boozy tasting for 10.2%. Foamy palate. Sweet, syrup acidity. Cloves and toffee and tea flavors before a yeasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2009
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC. Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a finger-width, creamy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet with somewhat doughy malts, light flowery hops and a soft clove spicing, honey, and a bit of a banana fruitcake. Flavor is much more enjoyable than the somewhat weaker aroma. Sweet malts and some toffee up front with a nice burnt sugar, raisin taste. Good amount of leafy bitterness, spices, and other fruits before a slightly Belgian yeast, banana, doughy dry finish. Moderate aftertaste of slightly burnt caramel, bread, fruits, and spices. Medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a decent tripel. Not a whole lot of depth, but tasty enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Looks like a a lighter amber lager, but taste surprisingly good. Rich clear copper color with a small head that doesnt last. Uncharacteristic of the style. Good carbonation without all that annoying belgian yeast stink and foam. pine citrus vanilla, and corriander aroma. Good malt backbone, and the sweetness is balanced perfectly by the hops. Good carbonation without being annoying. Starts off with a good bite and the flavor peaks just above mild. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bomber from Total Wine (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark orange amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, caramel, honey, light spice, bread, yeast, some hints of banana and clove. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of candy sugar, banana, clove, spice, honey, caramel, some light fresh fruit notes. Generally medium body with a pleasing sweet, malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle from Windy City. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Bread, honey, and mild spice aroma. Bright lively palate. Tastes of malt, vanilla, some sweet spice, and a very bready finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle from Bev 4 Less: Poured a crisp brass/ copper color with little to almost no head formation. Nose detected was an appetizing combination of spicy yeast that allowed for hints to banana, clove and bubblegum which could of fooled me for a German hefeweizen. The flavor is gentle with smooth slightly spiced Belgian yeast that has a bold flavor of clove and background of pepper and lime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoosBrews (11) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass. Much less carbonation then I expect from a Triple. Aroma is sweet and fruity. A little banana and clove in the nose. In the taste, I get a big vanilla presence. Fairly unique for triple, but still pretty good. A little bit of warming alcohol and followed by a mild dry finish. Overall a decent limited release from Redhook. Might do better after a few months in the cellar since this one was pretty green (bottled on 5/21/09).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a 1 pint 6oz or 650ml brown bottle into a chalice. A born on date of May 21 09 is printed on the bottle. (Sampled on 7-1-2009) Appearance: The body has a beautiful light orange amber color with very good clarity. A small creamy off whit head forms on top but quickly fades out completely and makes for no lacing at all. Smell: The aroma has a heavy phenolic presence plastic band aid, clove, fruity esters and a solvent like alcohol. Taste/Mouth Feel: There is a harsh warming alcohol up front and wrapped around estery/fruity yeast notes with descent leafy hop bitterness in the background. Overall it is fairly sweet with a little more of the hop bitterness coming out in the finish. The texture is very smooth with a nearly flat carbonation. Notes: This beer needs a lot more time to age as it is very raw when it is young. Also I think I got a bad bottle as far as the carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottled on: 5/21/09. Appearance: Pours a brilliant, orange-gold body with initially a full, foamy, off-white head, but it settles out surprisingly quickly. Smell: Sweet-scented aroma of wildflower honey sprinkled with sugar mixed with notes of white grapes and pears. Generous dose of cracked cloves. Some notable wafts of alcohol sting the nostrils. Taste: Pale, faintly bready malts with a blend of honey and candi sugar sweetness. Kick of clove spiciness. Touch of tangy pear fruitiness dipped in white wine. Subdued, earthy bitterness. Fairly phenolic with some band-aid undertones. Peppery alcohol precedes the semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: A passable American-born tripel and an admirable attempt from ole Redhook. The drinkability is okay, but I was beginning to weary near the bottom of the bottle.

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