Oct 9, 2009

Redhook Tripel

Label: Redhook Tripel

Ever since first hearing of this limited release back in February of this year, it’s been on my list to find. Unfortunately half a year passed before it finally started making appearances in my area. And even more unfortunate, I grabbed the only bottle on the shelf.

I’m a big fan of Redhook’s offerings — their Longhammer IPA can routinely be found in the fridge during the summer and I stocked up thoroughly on the company’s Double Black Stout last year. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked to get my hands on the Tripel.


Redhook Tripel pours a clear, orange-tinted amber with a decent frothy head that faded pretty quickly.


There’s quite a floral nose on this beer with plenty of sweetness, spices, light fruits (apple and pear) and a bit of alcohol heat. Like plenty of Belgian beers, there’s a nice yeasty punch in the nose, as well.


Spicy. Boozey. Tasty. There is a great combination of alcohol, pepper notes and yeastiness to this one. It’s sweet without being overly so. The beer comes across a little syrupy, which after half the bottle had disappeared, had finally convinced me that this would make for a great after dinner sipper. And at 10.2% ABV, that’s probably what I should have done.


Is this the best American version of a Tripel I’ve had? Probably not, but I’ll be damned if I won’t be buying more of this one if/when I see it on the shelves. I love the light fruit and peppery combination that mixes really well with the kick the alcohol content provides.


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