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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 602
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 21.41%
Wants: 11
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States | website

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 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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Photo of JCarey
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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,

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of BrianScottK
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
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

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Photo of Huffs
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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).

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Photo of ixodus
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Ryki
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of Contagion
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
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!

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Photo of glasscleaner
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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....

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.