Just as I was beginning to despair about our slow Oh Happy Day streak, I come home to an amazing little package from Redhook on my kitchen table… I had a chance to do the official unboxing tonight and I am very, very pleasantly surprised… not only with Redhook for going down the Belgian-style route, but for doing an amazing job with the packaging! 🙂
Wrapped in a special red ribbon, this beauty comes with its own Limited Release glass, that will surely be used, and nice big 22 oz bottle of the brew. I am letting it chill overnight but will get the official review up by this weekend, for sure!
See below for offical press release and keep an eye out for this one while supplies last!
Previous Oh Happy Day posts:
- Oh Happy Day #1 – Pipeline Porter
- Oh Happy Day #2 – Fish Tale Organic Ales
- Oh Happy Day #3 – Bell’s Brewery
- Oh Happy Day #4 – Widmer Brothers Brrr
- Oh Happy Day #5 – Redhook Double Black Stout
- Oh Happy Day #6 – Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale
Official Press Release:
Belgian-Style Tripel Next in Redhook Limited Release Series
Redhook Ale Brewery Introduces New Craft Beer Based on Traditional Trappist Brewing Methods
WOODINVILLE, Wash. – May 26, 2009 – Crafted with imported Belgian candy sugar, high quality European malts and a secret monastery yeast strain, the new Tripel Belgian-style ale from Redhook Ale Brewery will hit shelves for a limited time this summer.
“The limited release series is a lot of fun for us. On the heels of Double Black Stout, we experimented with this Tripel and brewed it in small batches, perfecting and balancing the strong flavors,” said Greg Deuhs, masterbrewer for Redhook Ale Brewery. “We stayed as close as possible to the Trappist methods pioneered by monks hundreds of years ago.”
Pouring a deep golden color, the Redhook Tripel offers a three-part flavor profile created during the brewing process: vanilla and clove in the first sip, followed by a slight pepper and cinnamon kick, and ending with a clean, smooth finish and more hints of vanilla.
The Tripel is a subtly sweet strong ale with a high carbonation level adding an effervescent quality akin to champagne. The fruity, spicy and warming characteristics balance with the soft malts to create an easy-to-drink yet complex brew, which earned a gold medal for the category at the 2008 North American Beer Awards. At 10.2% alcohol by volume, the Tripel is ready to drink now, but can also be cellared for up to two years to intensify the flavor.
Redhook brewers recommend pairing the Tripel with acidic foods such as sharp cheeses, olives, smoked pork, salmon and bittersweet dark chocolate.
The Redhook Tripel will be available in 22 oz. bottles (SRP $7.99) and on draught in western states in late May, with limited national availability following in late June. The Tripel will be on shelves at specialty food stores and beer markets through September, or until supplies run out. Redhook will introduce another limited release in the fall.
About Redhook Ale Brewery
Redhook Ale Brewery has been at the forefront of the domestic craft brewing segment since the company’s formation in 1981. Redhook brews eight styles of craft beer, including: Long Hammer IPA, Redhook ESB, Slim Chance Light Ale, Blackhook Porter, and seasonal offerings Copperhook Spring Ale, Sunrye Summer Ale, Late Harvest Autumn Ale and Winterhook Winter Ale. Redhook beer is brewed in its breweries – one in the Seattle suburb of Woodinville, Wash., and the other in Portsmouth, N.H. Redhook’s specialty beers are available in both draught and bottles and are distributed nationally through a network of wholesale distributors. For more information, visit www.redhook.com.