SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a redish color with minimal white head, body then fades to a golden orange color. Nose is a sweet syrupy malt note with some light banana and a miniscule hint of clove and vanilla. a light sweetness. Palate is syrupy with a cloying feel and a bitter, stingy finish. Leaves a light alcohol and film note on the throat. Flavors of light syrupy caramel malt with hints of cherrys and vanilla and some banana and a light bit of coriander. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
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. The aroma has a heavy phenolic presence plastic band aid, clove, fruity esters and a solvent like alcohol. 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.
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
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 don’t like that style and this one isn’t 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.
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. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2009
I’d been saving this one for awhile and was looking forward to it. Pours a nice bright orange color with a short-lived fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and a little spicy. Kind of smells like dust. Flavor is similar. A little malty a little dusty. MOuth feel is pretty bland really dusty. Not so hot.
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bottle @ home. Not exactly sure how long I’ve had this but it’s surely been over a year. A touch hazy, burnt orange appearance with a white head. Dull citrusy, bready, slightly boozy aroma. Bready, slightly boozy, a touch spicy, a little bitter, lightly citrusy flavor. Not tasting all that great now. madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
24th May 2010ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Clear gold beer. Little white head. Softish dry palate. Sweet dry malt, a little metallic and a little brandyish in it’s warmth. Some orange peeping through before a dry finish and a warm afterglow. Unsubtle and a bit clunky.
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 (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
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 they’re far better when they aren’t; 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 can’t support brewing like this. But honestly, I’m kind of grateful this is as poor as it is, because otherwise I’d feel obliged to drink the rest of this. A lengthy, cloyingly sweet finish of honey, cardboard, raisins, and sugar. GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
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. It’s 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. It’s 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. It’s a pity that the aroma was so inviting, because the flavor is so disappointing. One of the few beers I’ve had to eject down the drain, and that always makes for a sad day.