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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 12
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 548 | Reviews: 253
Reviews by JohnnyS17:
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3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky, dirty orange, almost a brown. I had no head on my pour at all, so I can't even speak to the retention. For a tripel, I would say the appearance is below par. The smell is sweet like prunes. I can sense a small hint of earthy hops.

Pow! Right in the kissa! The sweetness punches you in the mouth, maybe a bit too brute. The hops come out much stronger in the taste. That's not to say that they are a dominant flavor, but they are certainly present, especially in the after taste. I would say the body is light to moderate, with a smooth feel and strong finish.

Overall, I'm in the middle ground. It is not the best Tripel I have had, but it certainly is not the worst. The crafting of the beer is a bit sloppy in that I think the sweetness is too strong and the 10% is not hidden as well as it could be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RUNYYFan
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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 Altair
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +0.5%
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 daveshawley
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Dani_rey
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 +4.9%
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 tripelz
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +2.7%
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 Mikkiicky
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mmbernie51
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -5.4%
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 -4.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
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