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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: resirob on 11-23-2004)
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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

big frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch, really just not doing it for me at all. finish is the same, clean but lacking true depth.

overall an ehh for me. i have had much better in the style for sure.

mikesgroove, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

ianjsullivan, May 21, 2011
Photo of r0nyn
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

r0nyn, May 14, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin for sharing this. A 12 oz bottle in a pilsner glass (hey, you drink from what you got).

A: The tripel is golden yellow and hazed over, completely opaque. A small white head came with the pour and didn't lace.

S: The nose has sweet candi sugars and a bit of peppery heat. What's here isn't that strong, even for a 10% brew.

T: Candi sugars follow from the nose, sweet with fleshy fruits. Pepper is present, a coriander addition that adds more flavor. For as strong as the ale is, the flavor is much more reserved.

M: The mouthfeel is low on carbonation, allowing the relaxed flavors to linger just a little while longer.

akorsak, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Moderate notes of grain, lemon and perfume for the malt and hops, light to moderate dough and soap for the yeast, with hints of clove in the background. Head is small frothy whole with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is mostly clear yellow. Flavor is moderately sweet to start and finishes moderately sweet and a touch bitter. Palate is light to medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. A pretty good Abbey Tripel that leans a little to much on the sweet side.

CuriousMonk, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow body with some white head.

S- Lots of pink sugary bubblegum and booze, some cloves and yeast.

T- Follows the nose with more of a bitterness from the yeast and spices

M- Creamy frothiness to it which enhaced the yeastiness for me.

O- Decent Belgian knock off, worth a try.

foogerd, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of bonbright7
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this cask at Dave's Bellport Beer where a River Horse tasting was going on last night. The pin was obviously fresh as it poured with mild carbonation from the gravity feed.

In its murky orange and golden way, the Triple looked like most like the Belgians I had previous had and it seemed to sparkle a little in my glass. The aroma of coriander, peppers, honey, and hops seemed to bring out an unexpected and appealing element in the ale.

My first taste told me this was dead-on for style guidleines as it hit the magical spicy wheat in high abv very well. I loved the body of the ale as I had more and more...

Easy drinking with an eye on the occasional hotness, this made for a great serving.

bonbright7, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle, with an unclear bottle code. "149" may mean the 149th day of last year, as I've had it in the cellar since the summer.

a hazy golden color and 1/2" white head. decent lacing. smells of belgian yeast and herbal spice.

tastes of bready yeast flavor, well balanced with some sweetness and mild spice. the label says nutmeg and corriander. I definitely pick up the nutmeg in the aftertaste.

very smooth mouthfeel, although higher carbonation. the bit of age has mellowed any alcohol bite that it might have had.

jmdrpi, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color. Really interesting looking beer. They're particles floating around in the beer, weird. Looks decently carbonated.

Sweet Caramel, little pine, dark fruits like raisins and a noticeable hint of spice.

Very tasty beer. Citrus, spice, raisin, slight booze but works well with it; for a 10% ABV it is hidden very well with a hint of alcohol.

Medium mouth feel that fills your mouth. Carbonation is NOT extreme but is there. Feels really nice in the mouth.

This is quite a easy drinking beer for a ten percenter. Taste is really good, feels really nice in the mouth. I wish I had one more of these to enjoy but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

9InchNails, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - 10% ABV - Described as a "Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Spices"

APPEARANCE: Hazy Golden Yellow with Reddish tones. Very much like a light Witbier. Pours with about 3/4 inch of head, which dissipates in about 30 seconds and leaves light lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Smells like a maltier hefewiezen. Light notes of citrus and malts. Other than coriander no spices stand out.

TASTE: Light citrusy flavoe with subtle notes of spices, which complement the beer really well. This is where the spices really shine. This is followed by a little bready/yeasty flavor near the which is not a positive thing. It finishes with a little hoppy bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and summery. Reminds me of a great hefeweizen with some character. Carbonation is pretty good (med-high).

DRINKABILITY: Very enjoyable. I could easily drink a few of these.


negroobserver, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of tetsuoni
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this ale over a year ago in Stone Ridge, NY. When they ran out, I couldn't find it anywhere, but it stayed on my mind. Last week, I drove to Lambertville to make sure I wasn't crazy, and that it did in fact exist, and was as good as I remember. I'm so glad I did. Jimmy the brewer gave my Rhinebeck Brewing partner Jay and myself a grand tour of the brewery (plus the brewpubs Triumph & Ship's Inn - what a day!). This is a great tripel, in leagues with La Fin Du Monde, Merry Monks, Defiant and St. Bernardus.

It's got the yeast characteristics I seek out in tripels, but the 10% alcohol is not overpowering. It goes down smooth, with nice floral and banana notes. Ales brewed with spices are often overpowered by their spices, but not here, where the application is subtle.

tetsuoni, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed on 1/12/2011 from a 12oz. bottle.

A: hazy shade of amber with a big white fluffy head. not entirely opaque with minuscule carbonation racing to the surface.

S: sweet, burnt sugars. caramel and baked pie. alcohol.

T: vanilla, caramel, & toffee. raisins with a big alcohol warmth. gingerbread spice and a complexity introduced from the yeast.

M: creamy mouth feel with a tickling combination.

D: overall, a pretty good example of an American tripel. easy drinker with a manageable alcohol component.

Jimmys, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Buddha22
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

As a fellow New Jerseyian I find the tripel horse to be a pretty decent beer. For such an alcoholic beer it is rather drinkable and I get hints of coriander and lemon in the beer. I would get this beer again and I am proud it comes from the Garden State.

Buddha22, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of LeftyEtc
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A Golden yellow unfiltered body capped with a one inch creamy white head that lasted quite a while before receding into the beer leaving just a small white ring around glass.

S- Very sweet candy, caramel, citrus and Belgian yeast are all screaming for attention and begging to be tasted.

T- Orange peel and watermelon rind along with hoppy acids lend a bitterness balanced well with sweet sugary malts and many fruity notes. Finishes with an alcohol burn but not too overbearing.

M- Chewy and sticky, this cloudy brew is complex and interesting. I think the biggest difference between this beer and the best in its class is the easily identifiable alcohol. It is still easy to drink, especially for 10percent, if my attention needs to go nowhere else then I could easily drink a few. This is my favorite or River horse beers and I am very happy to live within walking distance of them, the brewery tour they give is informative and tasty.

LeftyEtc, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Ryanm1
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out to be a little cloudy like Belgian style wheat ales, and golden in color. Slightly lucid.

Smells fruity and sweet when poured. Belgian style with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Not too flavorful. Very alcoholic. Smooth and spicy. Local NJ brew.

Ryanm1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of dlmccabe1
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't love this beer. From the start it's sweetness at every turn. You can smell and taste candi sugar and the mouthfeel has a honeyed quality. There is a light Belgian yeasty aroma, but you kind of have to search it out and it's not on the palate. I don't get a lot of spice either.

There are moments of Belgian Tripel in this beer, but there is a lot of sweetness that makes it difficult to find.

dlmccabe1, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with a one-finger white head that left minimal lacing.

S: Biscuit malt and Belgian yeast. Overtones of peach and honey.

T: The front is sweet, with honey and candi sugar coming to the fore. The center gains more spice and a hint of bitterness, while the back has more hop bite, but brings everything into balance. This is not a beer to have young. Young, it has too much of an ethanol flavor (rocket fuel), but aged, even just a couple of weeks, it opens up into a wonderful palate of complexity.

M: Rich like honey-water. Alcohol bite in young bottles, mellows with age.

D: It's difficult to rate drinkability in a 10% ABV beer, but as far as it goes, this is on a par with the Belgian beers I had in Europe this summer.

speter, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA poured into a St. Bernadus chalice. The beer bottle label does not match that on the picture, but is more of a medieval typeset. Looks way better,

a- Very nice golden typical tripel hue and a full, creamy tan head.

s- Gentle orange scent. Typical boozy sweet Belgian yeast scent. Full of fruity esters... towards the apricot/peach/orange side. Nothing harsh/hoppy.

t- Very smooth, tasty. Fruity apricot is dominant in this one. A small detectable hint of vanilla. Less sweet/more bitter than similar tripels. Tasting some spices, maybe allspice, nutmeg, and coriander. Quite enjoyable!

m- A little more carbonated than what I'm used to for this style, but not overpowering.

d- Drinks a little too easy for 10% ABV... just sayin. It tastes boozy and has a nice little burn but it taste good and its easyt o get carried away! Could only dirnk one or two before wanting to move on.

TheSupremeAJ, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of bgildea
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color with a very thin white head that didnt last long or leave much lacing.

S: Nice sweet smell typical of a belgium tripel.

T: Starts with a slight sweet taste then moves into a waxy bitter taste. Slight amount of bitter hoppy finish.

M: Decent amount of chew for a triple.

D: It's a fairly drinkable beer, especially for a triple.

Overall: The beer was pretty good. I wasnt amazed by it, and there are definitly better triples out there.

bgildea, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of cooch69
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

River Horse Tripel poured into a Delirium Tulip glass a dark golden yellow. It had a tight 2 and a half finger head that was pure white. Fairly clear, but there was a good amount of stuff in there.

It smells of alcohol, candi sugar, pale malts, herbal hops and some fruit esters.
Taste is full of esters (apricot and white grapes). The hoppiness was on a level a bit more than a traditional Belgian would be, but it was'nt too bitter. A thin malt backbone to this one. Mostly covered up by the hops, the yeast and the sugar. But is was a semi satisfying brew in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was vibrant and creamy. Alcoholic and slightly burny, but not too agressive. I think I'll give my other one some time and see how it transforms.

cooch69, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip style glass - beautiful apricot orange color.

Modest off-white head that disapates quickly leaving a thin rim of foam. Little lacing.

Aroma of booze (uh-oh!) and some cloves and some pepper.

Sweet on the pallate but then the high alcohol kicks in and simmers down the back of your tongue and throat.

Too strong to drink alone - I recommend having it with a real meal.

Overall pretty tasty but I can't drink more than one of these without getting a little silly - I tend to avoid double-digit alcohol % beers because things ain't pretty when I'm silly.

cpanossian, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of mrbeery
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is a nice drinking brew. tasty and sweet. had it ice cold and the sweet was to much for me but 50 degrees and this one comes home.the high octain is absoltely invisable and it just gets better as visit goes on.like to age this just to see if it changes at all.

mrbeery, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of drtth
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazed golden apricot color with a 1" fluffy white head, with a cluster of large bubbles on top. The head slowly but noticeably recedes to a ring of foam and an island of foam with a thin layer over the rest of the surface of the liquid. Some foam clings to the sides of the glass. Sipping leaves speckles of foam that mostly slide back down into the liquid.

Smell: Immediately on opening the beer there is a pleasant aroma of yeast and spices leaving no doubt this is a Belgian style beer but on further reflection and after repeat sniffs there is a touch too much spice in the nose. However, one thing I like about the aroma is that it seems well integrated so that neither the yeast nor the spices shove the other aside. I'm not really picking up any hints of the high ABV.

Taste: The flavors begin sweet, some of which is from the alcohol and some of which has a light caramel character from the malt. There is no burn from the alcohol and some vanilla, nutmeg and coriander ride over the top hiding some of the yeast character and keeping their presence known.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied but lightly creamy with thin carbonation. The finish is medium in length, has some hop bitterness that pops out from the spicy sweetness and then fades into dryness at the back of the palate.

Drinkability: This is an interesting take on a Tripel. Its not as yeasty as I'd expect a tripel to be nor does it have the green orchard fruit flavors I like in my favorite tripels. But that being said I'm enjoying this beer and it makes up for some of its defects by being quite pleasant to drink. With this ABV it is a "one a night" beer that I'll probably have again one day, but its not the first Tripel I'd reach for while shopping.

drtth, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa a few weeks back and finally got around to giving this a shot. I noticed that River Horse redid a lot of the packaging for the product and I'd never given this a shot before. With both of those in mind, I wasn't sure how close this would be to a beer from Belgium but I had to admit, this was a bit better than I anticipated!

The pour was by far the best aspect of this beer - a gorgeous opaque dark gold hue could be seen once I got everything, including the sediment, out of this bottle. The head was nice and the lacing was pretty good as it indicated where I drank down to after each sip. The taste was that of the vanilla that was described on the label, along with a very high amount of sugary sweetness, bubble gum, and vanilla. Even though it sounds complex, those combination of flavors was thinner than other Belgians and Trippels that I've had before and allowed this to go down relatively easily, especially when combined with the relatively light mouthfeel.

Of course, this packs a wallop in terms of the alcohol but that's to be expected. I couldn't have more than one of these in a sitting but that has more to do with the style than how this beer was brewed. While not the best Trippel out there, it's nice to see a New Jersey Brewer give this a go and for an occasional foray into something rare, this wouldn't be a bad choice at all!

JerzDevl2000, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
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