River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 12
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jerseyemt on 05-21-2003

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Photo of RUNYYFan
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a frothy, but not too heady pour. Its initial look is a warm, almost sensual, honey and cream coloring. The aroma after the initial pour is a typical Belgian Style Ale with a spice and fruit accent that draws the imbiber in. As you drink, you become aware of hints of vanilla and clove from the malt and a hops kick near the end. In your mouth is a smooth, almost lush, caress of your tongue and gentle wash of your palate. Just bear in mind the 10% ABV can provide a real kick to those not familiar with the higher ABV that can be found in Belgian and such styled ales. This is hardly a chugging bear. It is the beer you enjoy amongst friends over an hour or two.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The Tripel is a tough style to go after as there are not too many original examples to compare it to, though a lot of renditions lean more toward the Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Massive bubbles gather from the very active carbonation which is to style. Bright golden amber color with a good enough clarity. Lilac, bubble gum, raw honey, vanilla, hint of solvent-like varnish and sage make for a very complex aroma. Big biting crispness followed by a slick smoothness from a fluffy medium body. Medicinal phenols are present with slight Band-Aid and bubble flavor, nothing too harsh. Cracker maltiness. Estery fruitiness ranges from star fruit to papaya, green banana to kiwi. Alcohol is warming and a little wild. Puckering yeast, powdery and chalky. Hint of green peppercorn, thick herb and a dry maltiness finish the beer off with a dry finish.

Calling this a Tripel is a stretch, as without a doubt it's closer to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Phenols and esters bring it to that level. Perhaps we are splitting hairs here. We'll simply deem this beer worthy of a try.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish golden color with a half inch of bubbly white foam on top. Some spotty lacing appears as the head quickly falls. Aromas of sweet crystalline, slightly caramelly malts with some cotton candy essence alongside light fruity tones. A touch of vanilla swoops in along with a nice yeasty aroma. Nice, but it fails to really draw me in.

First sip brings a sweet, sugary maltiness upfront with a drizzle of caramel. Light tropical fruit flavors and somewhat spicy yeast tones work in. A drop of vanilla on the way down. Finishes smooth with a short lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side with plenty of fast moving bubbles. Goes down easy enough and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10%. An interesting tripel that I was happy to be able to try, luckily it was not overly sweet. I'd imagine I'd have this again given the opportunity.

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Vintage Cellar, served slightly chilled into a goblet. The body is a luminous, tangerine gold color with garnet accents. Small white vanishes quickly and leaves no lace.
Aroma opens with a yummy, fresh wild mushroom yeast note, similar to the yeast aroma I get from Troeg's Mad Elf. Pleasing fruit esters of cherry and tropical fruits add to the intrigue. A note of honey and vanilla compliment some spicy notes in the background.
Mouthfeel reveals a smooth medium body that is lively and silky, with just enough carbonation to be ideal.
Taste reminds me a lot of Mad Elf, with vanilla accented, mushroomy yeast. Vanilla is prominent here, whereas Troeg's uses honey and cherries to similar effect. Lots of exotic fruit sweetness comes out as this warms, with a delicate bittering balance from the spicy hops and yeast. Pears, white grapes, and papaya meld with the creamy vanilla character toward the pie spice enhanced finish. Nicely complex, with the high alcohol nicely hidden away.
One of the better American stabs at the Belgian Tripel style. Very pleasantly drinkable. Wish I had bought more.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, no freshness indication provided on the label. Pours an orangy shade of copper/amber. Suprisingly clear, minimal yeast /sediment in this one. Head is light and white and it leaves wispy and stringy lacing. Nose I picked up is some light coriander like spicing and some Belgian yeast esters. This is a fruity, dry, enjoyable brew. More like a hearty Belgian pale ale to me then a tripel, but who really cares what they call it. This is a pleasant and worthy U.S, take on the style. Strong and flavorful, well worth a try. Best stuff I've had from RH.

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20 oz Harp Pint glass. This thing is like a porn star, head that wont quit. 3 Fingers of beer 5 fingers of head, this is with a gentle pour mind you. Nose is alcohol, slight floral and Belgian yeast. Head is massive rocky, slightly off white, with a tremendous staying pour and moderate lacing. Appearance is a dark amber. Its going to be awhile before I can finish pouring this much less taste.

Smooth slightly sweet and tart on the tongue. Hints of citrus. Very nice, lightly malted, yeasty esters, at the close. Carbonation keeps this fairly light for a 10% abv. Alcohol is well hidden, although it begins to show its heat at the end. This is a very fine example of the style. Mouthfeel is full, although drinking more then 2 would begin to diminish flavor returns. Very tasty.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear copper color. The head is thin and recedes quite rapidly, leaving just a whisper of lacing.

It smells like a tripel, very yeasty, yet has a strong charred wood, smoked bacon element, along with being earthy and spicy. The flavor offers plenty of berries, apples, and cloves, along with some caramel and sherry--the alcohol is well disguised considering the high ABV.

It's medium-bodied and moderatley complex, with a smokey, dry, yeasty finish, after a fruity center. It's drinkable. It doesn't possess the most personalityas far as tripels are concerned, but it's not bad.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 120z poured into Chalice.

A: Dark gold and slightly amber. The head it not thick, though it does leave some lacing. The beer is a little clear.

S: Honey, malt, some floral scents.

T: Starts crisp but quickly becomes creamy. Bubble gum and fruit (banana) start off the beer with a hint of honey. The alcohol appears mid-way through. There is a bit of yeast towards the finish. The finish is a bit metallic, drier, and the alcohol sits at the back of the throat.

M: Heavy and on the creamier side.

O: I am originally from New Jersey, and I wanted to try to support state owned micro-brews. I was curious how this tripel would taste, and now I know. The smell is decent; though, honey dominates the aroma profile The taste is also okay. It has a lot of different flavors. It also has a lot of alcohol. Typically, tripels have a lot of alcohol; however, the better tripels balance the beer so well the alcohol is not obvious. This is not the case with this beer. It is not a beer that is so bad that it is not drinkable. However, there are a lot of other delicious tripels for roughly the same price. You will not be angry if you buy this beer, but it is not a beer to buy again.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into glass. A hazy orange color with a creamy white head. Nose of fruits and spices. Strong taste of apple and spices I can't put my finger on. Lingering aftertaste of apples that lasts for 5+minutes. Great cover of the alcohol content in this one. Very enjoyable. Slightly carbonated with a medium body. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and it was quite reasonably priced. Would highly recommend it.

Photo of sloejams
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this last year at some point as a Beer of the Month selection.

It has a decent pale amber color. The aroma is of cloves, some cinnamon and a bit or coriander. Not a lot of yeast as expected in a tripel. Taste follows with a lil lemon to it.

It's a decent beer. I was happy to get something so big from the BOTM.

Photo of r0nyn
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (not the most ideal situation, but eh). Consumed at the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hazy golden color with a minimal head fills the glass. It was probably served a little bit too cold as there's no head retention and very scant lacing. Smell is subdued notes of banana, citrus and bubblegum, melding together in a typical tripel aroma that's also got some faint notes of grain and malt. Interesting, but could have been a bit more robust.

Taste is quite clean and straightforward, with a good tangy citrus note to start, followed by a sweetish malt presence and a nice banana flavoring. Slight bubblegum on the back end with a mild yeasty component. Alcohol shows up as a fleeting warmth. Mouthfeel is decently full, with an almost fluffy feel on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a bit of tartness as a calling card.

On the whole, a solid example of the tripel style. It's not going to wow you if you've had better, but it's a good on-tap substitution if you're craving a good Belgian-style beer amidst the litany of BMC product like I was.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out to be a little cloudy like Belgian style wheat ales, and golden in color. Slightly lucid.

Smells fruity and sweet when poured. Belgian style with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Not too flavorful. Very alcoholic. Smooth and spicy. Local NJ brew.

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend Ray brought this bottle over for a party at the house last year but I just cut into it tonight. What a treat. I poured the beer into s Standard (Tap) pint. What a steal. The beer poured a sweet brown/golden color and clear with a slight white head. The aroma of this beer is of some Belgian candied sugar and some toasted malts but very approachable. The taste is a bit deceptive or should I say very deceptive at 10% but is it sweet and had a pleasnt malty taste that hides the high abv which I like, I like alot. I find this beer to have a medium body that is easy to drink and boy that is nice since RH has another fine beer on their hands. I will probably crack into a Frostbite right now!

Photo of dacrza1
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Situation: Home from Tim's party and, having passed on two Ommegang offerings, the best remedy I could find in my own fridge is something as big as this...
Glassware: Affligem chalice...
Appearance: Light orange body, almost of an inner pink grapefruit color, with a fizzy discharge at the pour; head clouds to a mist y, uneven horizon...
Aroma: fresh hops--bright and aromatic--with flecks of malt and not much yeasty or fruity scents, strange for a Tripel?
Palate: active carbonation on the tongue; medium-bodied presence buzzes the throat; enough malt that the beer balances to a warming effect at its end...
Taste: Grapefruit astringency, acidic and fuzzy; some herbal components, oucnhy as clove and vanilla...at the halfway point, ridiculously easy drinking for the BAV this touts...
Overall: Citric flavors maintain throughout this rather masked tripel--I am blushed but not smashed by its ABV, with a true lack of afteburn...turns a bit fruity at its end and the only knock I have is its lack of a truly pronounced signature trait... a great add to their rather drinkable twelve-pack...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse Tripel Horse

Inside the variety 12 pack

Appearance- light copper/ orange/ amber with a thin head.
Smell- malt, cane sugar, and pepper.
Taste- sweet! as in sugary sweet. Very malty with a hint of grape/ citrus.
Mouthfeel- crisp with no carbonation. Very sweet aftertaste. very quenching.

Overall- a bland looking beer that is quite tasty. It says 10% on the bottle and I can't taste a hint of alcohol!! Excellent job hiding it. A very good Tripel. Good thing I live close to Lambertville.

Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below average for the style, still quaffable. Chocolate brown colour. 10% is a lot, and I was getting it from the aroma through the afterhammer. A bit of sweetness, an OK chewy yeast. Spice, but nothing too complex. Fizzy carbonation. This is an interesting brewery.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA poured into a St. Bernadus chalice. The beer bottle label does not match that on the picture, but is more of a medieval typeset. Looks way better,

a- Very nice golden typical tripel hue and a full, creamy tan head.

s- Gentle orange scent. Typical boozy sweet Belgian yeast scent. Full of fruity esters... towards the apricot/peach/orange side. Nothing harsh/hoppy.

t- Very smooth, tasty. Fruity apricot is dominant in this one. A small detectable hint of vanilla. Less sweet/more bitter than similar tripels. Tasting some spices, maybe allspice, nutmeg, and coriander. Quite enjoyable!

m- A little more carbonated than what I'm used to for this style, but not overpowering.

d- Drinks a little too easy for 10% ABV... just sayin. It tastes boozy and has a nice little burn but it taste good and its easyt o get carried away! Could only dirnk one or two before wanting to move on.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the River Horse beers have improved lately, and this one is no exception. It pours a hazy dull orange body beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a big bubbled collar.

The nose is interesting and enticing with notes of tropical fruit, sugar, and a bit of spice.

In the mouth it's surprisingly soft for the style, with a medium body and somewhat restrained carbonation.

The flavor is quite fruity and spicy with notes of pineapple, tangerine, papaya, melon, peach, lemon zest, and banana. It's lightly malty, but more candyish; and dry-and chalky but not decisively bitter. It is balanced, however, despite its bold character, by a touch of drying alcohol, plastic-like phenols, and some peppery spice. It finishes chalky dry, peppery, and lingering with some juicy fruitness.


Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Thanks MuddyFeet for the extra. served at cellar temp

appearance: a clear and sparkling pale orange, with a fluffy white head and rimmed lacing

smell: fruity, of the tropical and citrusy aromas...sugary candy-like sweetness, yeasty aromas, some spicy hints

taste: fruity and sweet...apricot, orange, white grape juice...that typical yeasty nature, nice pepper-spice flavors as indicated by the nose, some slight alcohol

mouthfeel: yeasty, medium bodied, refreshing

drinkability: quite drinkable

Photo of prototypic
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to csmiley for the brew.

Appearance: It's clear and golden brown in color. Head is foamy white and about two fingers deep. Retention was actually good although lacing was light and spotty. Nothing to get too excited about.

Smell: The nose is very underwhelming. It's extremely difficult to pick up much of anything. There's a noticeable yeasty aroma that overpowers everything else. It's a little spicy smelling, primarily clove with perhaps a bit of pepper. Alcohol is surprisingly not noticeable. That's a wrap folks. Disappointing.

Taste: The flavor is merely average. It's yeasty and a bit spicy. Actually only the clove spice is noticeable in taste. It's actually the only going for this beer. There are some light citrusy notes present. Mostly lemon. It is a little sweet. Again, alcohol is not noticeable in taste and that's very surprising for this beer. Honestly, it's one of the few positive aspects of this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and feels too thin. It lacks a creamy smooth feel. Carbonation is okay, but it's not enough to bump it up. Drinkability is pretty limited. I don't like the flavor, but it's pretty drinkabile for a 10% beer. That's something, isn't it?

This is a disappointing beer. I wanted to like it and I certainly tried. I just can't get there. Suffice it to say it needs a lot of work.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with a friend and served the beer in a small goblet.

The body is a clear gold with a short white hed, all good so far. The aroma is a bit odd with fresh, cut apples with spice. The flavor has more of the apple with light clove with an odd malt sweetness that reminds me of extract beer. Still, the drinkability of this 10% brew is quite good. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't make me want to continue.

Photo of beerluvr
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight, just off-white head settles over clear dark amber/bronze liquid. Candy sweet malty nose with light spiciness. Taste is fruity, a bit too sweet with brief hop bitterness, some hard to pin down spices and a strange bitterness. Can't say I really taste any alcohol here (10%abv). Finishes too sweet/cloying to really enjoy more than one bottle but it's nice to see this brewery attempting a bolder style of beer.

Photo of negroobserver
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - 10% ABV - Described as a "Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Spices"

APPEARANCE: Hazy Golden Yellow with Reddish tones. Very much like a light Witbier. Pours with about 3/4 inch of head, which dissipates in about 30 seconds and leaves light lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Smells like a maltier hefewiezen. Light notes of citrus and malts. Other than coriander no spices stand out.

TASTE: Light citrusy flavoe with subtle notes of spices, which complement the beer really well. This is where the spices really shine. This is followed by a little bready/yeasty flavor near the which is not a positive thing. It finishes with a little hoppy bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and summery. Reminds me of a great hefeweizen with some character. Carbonation is pretty good (med-high).

DRINKABILITY: Very enjoyable. I could easily drink a few of these.


Photo of Sporkus
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy auburn with a thin, fast-fading head.

S - Definitely a tart and varied fruit aroma ... conjures sour cherry, apple, prune and apricot. Cloves are present, too.

T - Aforementioned fruitiness and cloviness (is that a word?) are very prevalent. Sweet and a bit tart. Faint hops and a light carmel malt undercurrent. Alcohol is well-disguised--never would have guessed it was 10% ABV.

M - Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for having such high alcohol content.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a cloudy, dirty yellow color, with thicker than thick white foam. Long lasting, laces down the side. Really just have to sit and wait it out.

Smell is interesting - some cherry amongst other spices.

Taste is pretty good. I found it to be creamy, with hints of vanilla throughout. Almost a minor cola taste, which had me puzzled. Can taste the alcohol a bit as well. Finishes very dry.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

A tasty beer to be sure, but at 10% ABV, a tought one to come back to. I enjoyed my one and then called it a night.

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
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