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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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259 Reviews

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 592
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 11
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jerseyemt on 05-21-2003

Our take on a Belgian Style Tripel Ale, brewed with spices and fermented with a Trappist yeast strain which lends hints of vanilla and creates a variety of complex flavors.
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Reviews: 259 | Hads: 592
Photo of Myotus
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a disappointing line of white foam. There is a subtle amount of both small and very small rising bubbles. Pale yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cloves, bananas, white grapes and pears entangle with subtle buttered bread aromas and hints of vanilla and alcohol are present.
TASTE: Mild clove and banana flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of white grapes and pears along with hints of buttered bread. Subtle medicinal flavors (pretty close to cough medicine; I do recall encountering this unpleasant taste in another Tripel that I have had from a brewery out in Utah) and hints of alcohol and vanilla enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for clove and buttered bread, which both grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: Although subtle, that medicinal taste brought down the rating of this beer. My second brew from this brewery and I have to say that I have not been impressed yet.

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Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy straw color with less than a finger of head. Both the nose and the flavor profile are funky - overly funky. There is a tarty note that surfaces on the finish.

In general, not well put together.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from a 32oz. growler.

Appearance: A really nice semi-hazy gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is white coming off a little subtle settling with even lacing. Rose about a notch below a finger's length upon initial pour.

Smell: light banana and the skin itself, but super light scent.

Taste: Banana again, lightly mellow cream coming off a bit sweet. Honestly tastes more like a dessert and if you were to add walnuts or pecans somehow this would be your banana nut bread beer. Personally I think it's pretty awesome.

Mouth: medium to heavy body, lightly sticky. Honestly takes a while for it to stick.

Overall: Very good brew and honestly looking at some of the reviews I can't believe it is this heavily criticized. Screw the reviews and drink this with a dessert and you will thank me for a very long time. Salud!

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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy dark orange color with a thin layer of white head. Smells of bready malts, sugar sweetness, and yeast.
Taste is of bready malt, banana, sugar, bit of spice and yeast.
Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty average Tripel, overpowering sweetness.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber fairly hazy color, creamy white head, about one finger settling into a thin ring around the edge. Esters hit you in the nose along with a lot of biscuit and a touch of bubblegum. Banana in the taste with more bubblegum. This could be exceptional without the heavy alcohol taste, and with a touch more carbonation.

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

Medium amber brew, hazed and effervescing - strong sweet fruits smells, accompanied maybe by some spices - tastes similarly sweet, with tropical fruitiness and some hints of holiday-type spices. Medium body, moderate carbonated feel. An average take on the tripel, but worth the exploration if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of classixIII
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first from River Horse, hopefully first of many! Light golden pour with a long tail of yeast and solids at the end making it very cloudy. Awesome creamy head that stayed forever. Everything you would expect for the style , maybe a bit more bitterness at the end. Ill find more.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep orange body, a few floaties not many, and some nice simple amounts of carbonation if only a little in the body as well. Head is a creamy classic simple white color, two fingers. Falls to a nice simple thin puck and good even collar.

Mild sensing fruited orange, but has a tinge of real nice sweetness but also a faint tartness as well. Spicy estery notes, a faint clove mixing in as well, going for a good basic balance. Not bad fairly solid but that tinge of sourness has me a little concerned.

Palate comes with quite a good amount of sweetness. Sugary and a bit syrupy, but also with large amounts of banana and fruit quality. Decent body, almost a little wet but still manages to not take away from enjoyment. Boozy finish, a little bit of hot clove going on as well. The banana takes away from a bit of orange and malt sweetness, and really starts to dominate and feel out of place though.

Overall not bad but a bit too much sugar like sweetness and booze. Some decent character is in here with some ester and fruit enjoyment, but it's a little bit large and needs to be reigned in a bit.

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Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of wingleader09
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of J-Rye
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jrschaef
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of hippolover22
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of NJTransplant
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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!

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Photo of bmeehan
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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.

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Photo of dorosjim
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

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Photo of malprep
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.4/5  rDev -35%
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.