River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 565
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 91 | 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 chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar .
Murky, golden body with a decent head.
This is rather spicy tripel with overly coarse carbonation.
More bitter than tart and more tat than sweet. Fairly complex flavor includes some yeast and bready malts. (240 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, cloudy with very small head. Little carbonation. Aroma of yeast, bananas, clove, some citrus. Very smooth. Tastes good cold, and as it warms flavors pick up. I don't necessarily like this style, but this one was way more drinkable than La Fin Du Monde. An "under the radar" beer. (298 characters)

Photo of wingleader09
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six-er of Tripel Horse this afternoon and chilled it in the fridge. I poured it into a 20oz pub glass and it had a cloudy orange colored appearance with a short head that dissipated rather quickly. I could definitely smell the hops and spice notes in it. I liked the taste which was fruity and mildly spicy with a creamy mouthfeel. It had a hoppy finish like any good Belgian Tripel should have. The 10 ABV is not necessary in my opinion and I would like this beer much better if it was a 6 or 7 ABV. By the time I finished the glass, I was definitely feeling the warmth. I liked this beer but it's not a session beer for me. Would I buy it again? Probably. (669 characters)

Photo of J-Rye
2.16/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe it was just that the 6-pack wasn't treated well before I bought it, but the fact that there was a taste that was not unlike bile turned me off to this beer and the brewery. (178 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice golden color but not much head. I detected belgian candi sugars, raisins, alcohol and medicinal aromas. Taste is fruity, as in green grapes, medicinal and perhaps slightly too boozy for my taste. A dry finish leaves a phenolic aftertaste. Strong carbonation, full bodied and very alcoholic especially as it warms. This is a sipper given the high ABV. The alcohol does produce a nice warming effect. Not a bad belgian style american made ale, however, it has its flaws. (482 characters)

Photo of jrschaef
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgium style ale. Worth the price. Poured well, fresh fruity aroma, and a great solid taste with hints of spice, but not overpoweringly spicy. Nice beer to have for a few slowly quaffed brews. (206 characters)

Photo of hippolover22
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my local NJ favorites. Tasty sweetness from a bottle. 10% is an added perk. Just saw someone reviewed this beer and gave it low scores because they don't really like Belgian beers. Not sure why they would even review it then. Of course its not an ancient monk recipe from Belgium but if you actually like a Belgian style beer give this one a shot. (362 characters)

Photo of RUNYYFan
4.75/5  rDev +28%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of NJTransplant
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. Very smooth and delicious. It is one that even people who do not like beer would probably enjoy. It is dangerous though, at 10% it can hit you hard, so you have to be careful with it. I hope to see Riverhorse able to distribute nationwide sometime soon! (290 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.75/5  rDev +28%

This is one of the single best beers I've had in quite some time. It's got a beautiful color, a rich taste, and a smooth finish for a beer that's 10% abv. I love this beer. (172 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +28%

APPEARANCE - Opaque orange, 1-finger head that dissipates eventually. Some lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, sweet, a little herbaceous.

TASTE - Herbaceous, not as sweet as most Tripels. ABV mostly hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Quite light, not syrupy. OK carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quaffable, mild. Not a sipping beer. (337 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

A little too sweet for the style even with 6 months of age on it but not at a bad beer at all. Hides the ABV well and has a nice light refreshing body. Lots of flavors and hidden complexities as well with bubble gum being very prominant (236 characters)

Photo of malprep
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am from NJ and could not image a smooth 10% ABV to come from Ewing, NJ but River Horse does a nice job here. Beer has a nice smooth taste. Appearance is very good and has a great appearance. Mouthfeel shows the Belgium style ale. Went down very smooth. Would purchase again. (276 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Saw this on the shelf with 4 varieties of River Horse, went for the high test, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very sweet malt aroma with some spice. Pours to a translucent deep orange with a wispy head that fades fast. On the taste the first thing that hits is the mouthfeel, this brew is syrup thick. On the taste there is a sweet fruitiness with citrus and banana esters. Consistent taste throughout then the real flavor comes through in the aftertaste: a little bite of very slightly bitterness mostly tart and a sense of the ABV that this brew packs but it still remains very hidden. An extremely smooth drinker, too smooth though in that it doesn't have much going on and that with a 10% ABV is a stealth bender. (733 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.4/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Cloudy gold with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Caramel, banana, booze, and clove.

Huge clove spiciness, banana bread, and booze. Some caramel notes in there.

Light bodied, oily, warming, spicy, and somewhat cloying.

I need a Westmalle to redeem myself. (374 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one years ago. Forgot all about it and ended up with one in a variety pack. So be it. Poured it (what I used to call "Triple Horse") into a snifter. Amber-orange coloring, about a finger of head, little-to-no lacing.

Smells like a cold hot toddy (bet you didn't see that coming). Clove, citrus, honey; smells sweeter than most tripels.

"Yeah?" the old man at the back of the room asks.
"Well, maybe," I reply, "but I'm no expert on Belgian things."

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Oh well. A little syrupy as it goes down. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

Not spectacular, but decent. (606 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep yellow, not much carbonation for head.

S-Heavy on the alcohol. Way too present. Some spices and wheat but the alcohol dominates it.

T-Some spice, wheat and grass. Slight lemon. But the alcohol presence is too much.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, no carbonation.

O-No reason to have this beer be 10%. The alcohol throws off the rest of the flavors, hurting what could have a good beer. (399 characters)

Photo of JCarey
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After tasting this at the brewery and drinking half of a six pack over the past two months, I feel like I should review this beer.

Pours a light golden, clear yellow with lively carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. Nice live yeast to keep this beer for a while(a few of the 6ers in the store had yeast, as well).

Yeasty funk, alcohols, and spice on the nose. Some earthy hops come through.

Take the strongest Belgian you've ever tasted, and add some spices. I'm not usually a fan of spiced beers, especially in the Belgian style, but this is delicious. At ~10% ABV, the Belgian yeasties hide it well. My mouth is just overrun with Belgian yeast flavors and caramel malt flavors.

Slightly creamy, well carbonated, a little warming.

Almost perfect Belgian Triple in my book. (795 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a murky, viscous appearance. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Medium bodied with rich tangy, slightly subdued carbonation. Sweet banana and yeasty aromas with spicy corriander notes. Sweet banana flavors and yeast up front transitioning to tangy spices through the middle. Spicy, corriander and yeast flavors intensify from the middle to end. Finishes with a heavy, yeasty aftertaste, (454 characters)

Photo of Dennycurr
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe some of these. "blah", reviews.
I know, I know this a sort of snobby review club, but heck...give this beer a big heads up!
Don't dance around it's, "...interesting taste", or, ...bannana flavor...", or hem and haw about the intricasies of this beer.

Tell it like it IS!!

This is a damn good, powerful, flavorful beer.

I will order this again in a flash.

It is now in my list of beers that I will look for.

Btw---it looked fantastic in my Duval glass. (474 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a winter beer! Though I wouldnt hesitate to drink it at other times too. Loaded up on alcoholic goodness, excellent for piling up the beer sweaters, but careful, cuz it doesn't taste like a 10%er. Pours an opaque golden amber brown sugar honey gold. Crisp, carbonatey, and creamy on the mouthfeel. Taste is ruddy, very balanced, malty enough for anyones liking but not overdone. I really like it. Certainly not a session beer and not just cuz of the awesome ABV; its like a fine desert in how rich it is. But perfect on a snowy day like today. If gingerbread men could drink, this would be their beer (cuz their not gonna drink ginger beer, thatd be canabalism). Cheers! (682 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Brooklyn tulip at Brass Rail in Hoboken. My first New Jersey rate! Pours a murky yellowish orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of banana, clove, yeast, booze, pears. Flavor follows similarly with banana, clove, spiciness, pear, apple, honey, yeast. Very very sweet and boozy for the style, but a mix sipper. Heavyish mouthfeel with low carbonation. An interesting interpretation of a tripel and a bit on the boozy side but not too bad. Worth a try, especially for ticking Jersey. (499 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, medium gold, no head to speak of. Maybe the glass was dirty?

Smell: A light bready malt scent that did not blend well with the smell of caramel apples. Interesting...but made me wonder what I was in for, and not in a good way.

Taste: Banana bread with low, but apparent bitterness. There was a definite presence of phenols typical for the style, but like the smell, the taste felt unbalanced, as if the combination of flavors was a rash experiment gone slightly wrong.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, and some noticeable alcohol warmth. Effervescent. This time, they got it right.

Overall: An "interesting" beer that could have taken both its sweet and spicy flavors down a notch to create more of a balance. I'm all for experimental brews, but this wasn't so much creative as it was...out of whack, for lack of a better term. I did feel, however, that my reaction was quite subjective and this could be someone else's absolute cup of spiked tea. (1,002 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite a dirty triple almost brown and hazy in color. Just a 1/4 inch of head that settles back to a mild lace ring.
S - My god that is the strongest vanilla/bubblegum smell I ever got in a Belgium ale! Some fruity yeasts and some bread underneath but very little hops or alcohol smell. Not bad.
T - Well not very much coriander or spice, maybe not any lemon but its fairly sweet fruity yeasts and very little drying which may put some off but it's amazingly drinkable.
M - Light to medium in body well hidden ABV.

Overall not bad for under 3 bucks for a single. A very flavorful high octane Belgium ale that may not be traditional but is still very well crafted and delicious. (682 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap pint in Alfie's, 9th Ave, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

First three words on my notes: Bubble-gum, cloudy and sweet. That kind of sums up the brew nicely. Luckily I like sweet brews normally, this one however caught me out somewhat.

If this is supposed to be in a Belgian Tripel style they've gone wrong completely: as a stand alone brew however it was fine, not really to my liking but there is nothing bad or poor about it.

The alcohol is well hidden by the vanilla/bubble-gum flavours and I managed to finish my pint without any undue problem, but I'll never have another. (580 characters)

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
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