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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 254
Hads: 573
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 91 | 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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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)

Photo of BrianScottK
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Smells of brown sugar and bananas. Sweet and malty on the fore with no lingering kick from the high ABV. Silky smooth mouth-feel. Loved my first experience with Tripel Horse, but will have to try it again to dive in a little deeper. (272 characters)

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

Picked up from the brewery during a trip to NJ.

Hazy unfiltered apricot. Nice white fluffy head. Not much staying power. Small wet driplets of lace fall back into the glass.

Lightly floral and sweet. Fruity banana and other yeast esters. Corriander, lemon, clove. Light toastiness, wheat and pilsner malt.

Sweet light lemony wheat and pilsen. medium corriander. light floral bitterness. fruity yeast esters, banana and clove dominate, phenols. Little booze kick.

Medium body. decent carbonation. light stickiness.

Tasty and strong American-style version of a tripel that isn't quite a tripel. But its still a decent brew. (626 characters)

Photo of BeerlyLegal
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5


Citrusy orange/tangerine taste and smell and dry like a cheap champagne.

More along the lines of a Lager than a Belgium. A Tripel seriously?

"Brewed with spices" but hardly tastes like it ~ hardly worth explaining let alone trying or even finishing (267 characters)

Photo of Huffs
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and little head developed. Came and went fast, no lacing (10%ABV). Appearance is cloudy and dark yellow to orange in color. Aroma has some grain and citrus notes, not very potent aroma. Taste was gummy with citrus notes (orange). Also a taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not creamy, just heavy. Aftertaste of alcohol. (350 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A clear orange body with a less than one finger off white cap that rises and falls fairly quickly. The cap settles to a thin collar, with some dots of lace.

Big bubble gum, nutmeg, and clove notes leap out of the glass. Ethanol and some herbal, medicinal notes are also present.

Nutmeg and clove hit the palate first. A big rush of bubble gum, herbs, and ethanol mid-palate. The finish is more bubble gum with some earthy hops. The bubble gum notes are dominant, and bring a very sweet presence to this beer. It's a little distracting at times, but doesn't really turn me off.

Medium body with even carbonation. Smooth.

A nice tripel. Nothing mind blowing. (694 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, very little lacing, super cloudy wheat orange yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of wit like wheat aromas, lots of wheat and tripel like Belgian spices coriander like, lots of citrus zest, Belgian esters with touch booze and bubblegum phenols, light Clementine flesh.

Taste continues, light Belgian tripel spices light coriander allspice like but light, fluffy malts with plenty of wheat, very Belgian wit like. Plenty of citrus again, fresh Clementine, orange peel galore, little tangy. Light yeasty flavor comes through with esters, some warming and slight tingly booze bringing hint of bubblegum phenols again. Finish is bitter, orange rind, light spices, wheat, Clementine, some light booze and a bit sticky despite drying.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy but fluffy, good carb, some warming and tingly booze.

Overall decent, more like a double Belgian wit but that can pass as a tripel these days since most American brewers seem to think that that is what a tripel means. However, well done wheat, spices, citrus, nice esters and phenols, and nice booze warmth. (1,187 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

River Horse Tripel Horse pours a mildly opaque orange, with a few tangerine highlights. A slightly aggressive pour yields two fingers of frothy white foam quickly rising up and spilling out of the glass a little bit. Head retention is decent, but there's not much lacing left at all. There's a little bit of banana bubblegum to the nose, with some delicate nutmeg aromas providing a bit of balance. There are some peachy stone fruit and banana flavors to greet my palate, before a warming booze and the more citrus coriander notes set it. The nutmeg and clove finish is very subtle. The balance just isn't there for me though, it's too much fruit and citrus that's not offset enough by the nutmeg and spice. The mouthfeel is very mediocre for a Belgian style beer. The body is to flabby, but just by a bit. The real issue is in the carbonation which is noticeably lacking in its liveliness. Tripel Horse is an alright brew, but it's not a great Belgian style beer, and it's probably not even the best tripel brewed in the state (which would be Flying Fish Exit 4). (1,118 characters)

Photo of ixodus
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy light orange color with a very small white head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. I slow poured this but I see a lot of yeast floating around inside the glass with a lot of yeast still at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Strong phenolic aromas. Banana, orange zest, mild clove, alcohol esters.

Taste - Spicy and fruity with citrus and bananas, it's a little hot.

Mouthfeel - Soft carbonation, heavy body, very soft but the heat is slightly off putting. (497 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Bananas, citrus, and dark fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bananas, spice, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Average tripel. I was not impressed by the smell or taste. (371 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got in a variety River Horse pack.

I've had this twice now, the first poured into a beer mug, the second straight out of a bottle.

Smaller head, maybe 1 finger, with minimal lacing.
The smell has a distinct fruitiness to it, raisins, citrus primarily stick out.

The taste wasn't my favorite, with the alcohol content of 10% almost feeling pervasive in the flavoring.
Not to an unbearable point but I wouldn't run back to drink this again.

Good carbonation and full bodied aftertaste.

Overall it's not a bad beer but not one that I enjoy that much. (552 characters)

Photo of Ryki
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet taste, like a banana split. Like Blue Moon on Steriods. Love this Beer! I like my beers less hopped. This stuff is almost like mead. It's a Belgian Style Tripel, but it doesn't say what the base is. I presume it's wheat based. Just went to their website says Pilsen, White Wheat and Caramel 15. This is the best beer I have tried in a while. (347 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a spumeous head that is rock solid and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are extremely phenolic and yeast forward highlighted by bananas, cloves, a touch of lemon and a solvent alcohol element.

The taste follow the nose with banana and clove flavors that are joined, mid palate, by a prickly harshness; the finish is quite alcoholic, but contains some tropical fruit elements in addition to the solvents.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is estery with lots of warming alcohol.

Overall this is just a subpar example of a Belgian style ale. Too boozy and phenolic and just a pass for me going forward. (692 characters)

Photo of Contagion
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a Golden Amber coloring to it. There is a hint of hazinesst. Light passes through easily and you can make out images through the glass, but not clearly. When I poured it a half inch head formed consisting of a thick mass of tiny white bubbles. It faded to a film on the top of the beer and some lacing formed on the side of the glass.

The aroma was an enticing blend of Bananas and cloves. What I found surprising is that with a 10% ABV I could barely detect a hint of alcohol without searching for it. The flavor, much like the smell is mostly of bananas and cloves with a touch of roasted malts. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but not much. As the beer approaches room temperature you get a slight biscuity flavor. The finish is leaves a pleasant malt flavor in the mouth.

It’s a light bodied beer. The carbonation is just right for the beer to add some bite to the tongue, but not to be distracting.

This is a dry beer that drinks very easily. When you factor in the 10% ABV you have to really watch yourself or you could end up feeling the effects quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to enjoying it again. (1,149 characters)

Photo of angelogarcia3
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Riverhorse Tripel has a fantastic golden color. It is a Belgian-style ale that was served to me in a pint glass at 516 Kitchen in Syosset. It pours with a very thin white head with a clear golden color.  Aromas of raisins, sweetness, & caramel hit the nose.  A syrupy spicy feel in the mouth with tastes of golden raisins, plum, & sweetness with slight alcohol kick. This a really great beer! (394 characters)

Photo of glasscleaner
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

River Horse Tripel Horse may not qualify as a true version of the Belgian style,yet it has many tasty redeeming qualities which make it an appealing hybrid quaff.
New Jersey brewery provides the goods for those who can appreciate the Hippo on the bottle.... (257 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden-orange with a short lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of ripe peaches followed by musty yeast, bready malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of ripe fruit, yeast, spices, piney hops and alcohol. Finish is long and very spicy. Nice brew. (289 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy brown amber with a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a nice veil of lace that almost completely covers.

S: Belgian yeasts and spiceyness with hints of tangerine and lemon citrus and the characteristic bubble gum aromas. Very nice.

T: Some spicy tones in the beginning with some yeastyness and sweetness towards the end. Kinda falls flat though, I was hoping for more flavors. Everything kind of runs together here.

M: Moderate carbonation works with spicyness but doesn't help the overall flavor. (514 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a bit of a fail. Yellow pour with a large off-white head, aroma is incredibly spicy with orange, pepper, coriander, and allspice. Taste is also a bit of a train-wreck, odd yeast followed by sugar, candy malts the spices listed above. Mouthfeel is medium-full, although it is quite boozy. Overall I'd recommend skipping this one, no one can be great at all things. (375 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by slight bubblegum characteristics and lots of sweet yeasty aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some Belgian spice flavors at first followed by notes of bubblegum and then a strong, sweet yeast flavor dominates. There are hints of light fruit notes intertwined as well, and the finish has a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a bit too thick but at least has a decent amount of carbonation and isn't sticky sweet.

O: An alright tripel, though nothing special. Even with a decanted pour, the yeast dominates the nose and palate. It'd be nice to have more balance and depth as well as a higher attenuation. (805 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy bone white head that sticks around forever. Smells floral with malty caramel and twinges of pomme fruit. Yeasty esters abound reminding us of its pedigree. Taste is malty sweet with caramel and light green apples. An abundance of ethanol or higher alcohol meld with spicy phenols in a long sweet finish. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Decent flavorful tripel, but a bit rough with alcohol burn. (569 characters)

Photo of csrbv
4.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that I first tasted back when River Horse had a restaurant called 'The Porterhouse' back in 1997 or so. This particular beer is what started my love for Belgium style beers.

Appearance - Not a translucent beer, blocks light. The beer is a dark golden color--beautiful!

Smell--this is my least favorite aspect of this beer,
Taste - While not quite a Triple--it seems more complex with other spices and a darker color than a traditional Belgium triple. I give it a great rating once again for this 10% Belgium Triple. Tastes very smooth. Slightly sweet with minimal taste of hops.

Mouth feel - Great mouth feel, full bodied.

Overall - Great Triple-ish beer, though keep in mind the 10% ABV, you want to be careful drinking too many at one time ;) Also due to the strength it does get smoother with age. (820 characters)

Photo of Sharkophile
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that doesn't last too long.

S: Smells very fruity and sweet, with a little bit of spicy yeast.

T: Banana (like a hefe), honey and light fruit flavors, along with a spiciness from the Belgian yeast (clove, again like a hefe). Sweetness continues into the finish with light hops and a pretty hefty punch of alcohol.

M: Medium to full body with light carbonation. Pretty creamy.

O: Is there such a thing as an imperial hefeweizen? Doesn't taste like a typical tripel, but I like it alot. (566 characters)

River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.