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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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481 Ratings

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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:
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(Beer added by: resirob on 11-23-2004)
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Photo of samie85
1.88/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A-Pours a hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger white head that quickly disspates.

S-I'm getting bubblegum, vanilla, and some nutmeg or allspice with a bit of apple, and some plum. Pretty interesting aromas; I'm drooling...

T-Wow, not following the nose at all. First thing I taste is what solvents/rubbing alcohol smell like with some spicy characteristics(nutmeg/allspice) with vanilla and then back to that solvent/rubbing alcohol taste. Pretty rough.

M-The mouth feel is pretty thin with lots of carbonation and a dry and warming alcohol finish in the back of the mouth and throat.

D-Not good at all, the alcohol is way too present and I'm pretty sure that's what is ruining this beer for me. I can't get by the alcohol, it totally overwhelms the rest of the flavors in this beer. Things seemed so promising based on the nose.

samie85, May 14, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Columbia, PA on 2010-04-03

A - Clear amber with a 1.5 finger, white head

S - Sourdough and apple

T - Sourdough, apple, sugar, alcohol. Sweet finish. Not remarkable flavors; a bit bland.

M - Medium body and high carbonation. Very nice.

D - A decent sipping brew but lots of alcohol taste.

Tucquan, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of BravoTwo
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw, slightly more golden color. White head that did not maintain.

S - Spice notes, very belgian in the nose with complexity.

T - Spicy, nice belgian yeast character. Slightly more muddled than I'd like in a tripel. A little too boozy.

M - Nice level of carbonation, and a decent mouthfeel.

D - Drinkable tripel. A little less "boozy" and this beer probably would have gotten a 4.0 in the drinkability category.

BravoTwo, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured cloudy golden with a big, white foamy head that died down considerably. Well carbonated.
S: Smells of alcohol and sugar dominate the aroma, while there are some hints of vanilla and yeast.
T: There's plenty of taste in this beer, but it's dry and not sweet.
M: The beer is well balanced and the flavors mask much of the alcohol.
D: You definitely need to let this one warm up a bit to appreciate it. Triples are meant to be slowly enjoyed but this is relatively easy to consume since it comes in 12 ounce bottles.

metter98, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a 25cL chalice. The beer has a tarnished golden hue, somewhere between dirty straw and copper. There was a modest white foam head that has settled down a bit, leaving a thing coat of tiny bubbles. There is some patchy lacing. I can see a lot of carbonation within the glass. There is a yeasty and fruity aroma to the beer. There may be a hint of vanilla in there as well. There is certainly some vanilla in the flavor, as well as some alcohol, sweet sugars, and an overall creaminess. I like the creamy character, but there is something about the alcohol aftertaste that I do not like very much. It also leaves a bit of a mouthcoating that is characterized by the leftover carbonation bubbles sticking to my tongue. It has a medium body and leaves some stickiness on my lips. This is a fairly drinkable beer. As I mentioned, I don't like the aftertaste too much, but besides that I am enjoying this glass. I don't think I'd go for more than one bottle; there are more easily sessionable tripels available to me that I'd rather go for, such as Allagash or Karmeliet.

ToasterChef, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange caramel, with a light white head.

Smell of yeast, pears and other fruit esters

Taste is delicious. I have never seen a Tripel in a 6 pack and as such had to grab it today. Strong flavors of pear, doughy yeast, plums, some caramelized sugars, but light on the caramelization. Slight booze presence that will likely go away with some time. Medium body and good carbonation. This is a very good Belgian coming out of New Jersey in a six pack. I would definitely pick up this again.

Drinkability is good for the style . I enjoyed this slightly more than an Affligem that I had last night. Seems to be more complex, but perhaps that is why I enjoy it more whereas the Affligem Tripel is a little more nutty / clean.

alpinebryant, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, fruits and yeast. Taste is good, fruits, malts, a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality brew.

tone77, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a 3/4" offwhite head, which slowly receded to a haze layer with no significant lacing. The body was a cloudy medium amber with some persistent carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Big crackerlike malts, bananas, Belgian yeast aromatics, candy sugar and some non-descript spice comprise the nose. Impressive twist on the Belgian style...

T- A near perfect replicate of the nose with some surprising hop bitterness in the middle and thru the finish. The finish itself also exhibits some distinct corriander and lingering booze. Again, a nice American iteration of the Belgian style...

M- Nice medium to large body. Nicely underattenuated, with a creamy soft carbonation.

D- Smells good, tastes good, and goes down as smooth as a 10% abv brew can.

jgasparine, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of beer272
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - appearance ok, not a translucent beer, blocks light. The beer is orange, orange, maybe 10% brown. Amber is yellow orange. This was closer to orange. Lacing ok, but one needs malodextrine or black patent to get good heads?

Also saw yeast at the bottom of the bottle, not problem for me as it is good vitamin B. Looks like the yeast had medium flocculation.

S - Very good for the beer style with Belgium yeast. This is my first Belgium triple!?

T - A give it a great rating once again for this 10% Begium Triple. Tastes very smooth. Slightly sweet with minimal taste of hops.

M - Great mouth feel, full bodied.

D - Great Triple, though keep in mind the 10% ABV, you want to be careful drinking too many at one time ;) Also due to the strength will get smoother with age.

I paid $40 for a case right at the brewery which includes the NJ 7% tax, so about $1.56 per bottle before tax.

From looking at the reviews I sense we are reviewing different batches from this small brewery.

beer272, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange hued amber with a thick white head that hung around like this beer was on nitro big rings of lacing as well
Smell is citrus hops with a nice caramel maltiness
Taste is very malty with the citrusy hops tipping the balance bitter before the "tripel" fruitiness finishes the palate off, definitely an American version of the style
Mouthfeel is medium to light a bit to watery for my liking but not to the detriment of the overall
Drinkability is pretty good take a decent Belgian Tripel and soak a few hops in it and you get this

sliverX, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of tjd112
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured hazy orange with fast dissipating white half-finger head and little lacing

Smell - Very citrus like hops and a biscuity scent

Taste - Apricots, apricots, apricots

Mouthfeel - Moderate with a bit of sweetness

Drinkability - This drinks well for a trippell

Overall - A winner

tjd112, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a light one-finger white head.
Not much head retention or lacing.

S: Fruit smell of apricots and apple cider with some sourness. Malts are bisquity and fresh bread and hops are citrusy.

T: Hearty grains and caramel flavors give way to a pungent tartness of apricots, citrus, pineapple, and tangerine. Some sourness from yeast and a fusel alcohol presence.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium body with crisp carbonation.

D: This one has a warmth that is a bit harsh and somewhat more sour than sweet as a tripel should be. It is drinkable but needs some mellowing.

scottbrew4u, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of leoqueloquen
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer was good
It poured nicely into a sniffer glass leaving about a finger of awsome and tasty white head....Color deep amber. the sweet taste doesn't stay with young which I like. This is by far the best RIVERHORSE I have had.

leoqueloquen, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour -Comes out pretty viscous, this stuff has legs. Color is a deep, dark golden with an ultra foamy, pure white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma - Sweet, spicy, vanilla-ey and yeasty. The major trademarks of the tripel are present and accounted for and making my nose very happy.

Taste - Very smooth and the ever-present alcohol warms the stomach almost immediately with this one, 10% is a pretty warming number. The sweet, sugary goodness of the tripel flavors comes out nicely and with it some of the spiciness as well. The unique Belgian yeast flavor is also present and everything seems to mesh damn near perfectly.

Overall - Impressive! I really enjoy this beer and commend River Horse for doing a great job and a very difficult style to both make here in the US as well as market.

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would. Maybe another trip to the brewery is in order.

indiapaleale, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of quinnsi
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber golden appearance, slightly hazy with a finger of tight foam

S: Bananas foster! (Bananas and caramel with some bready yeast and malt)

T: Deep sweet belgian candy & light malt. Nice carbonation and very very mild hop tingle. No alcohol presence.

M & D: Coates mouth nicely. I could drink as many of these as the ABV would allow.

Overall a very nice, if sweet, tripel. Leaves a wonderful banana aroma in the mouth after drunk. My first brew from River Horse, and I must say that it exceeded my expectations.

quinnsi, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of ditch
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange color with an enormous head. Head hangs around till the glass is finished. Usually with a ABV this high the head retention seems to fade a lot faster. Maybe it has something to do with the yeast? Lacing is thick and chunky and hangs for the duration.

Smell is a wonderful fruity/floral bouquet. Hint of spice and yeast in there as well. Medicinal.

Tastes are hit or miss from bottle to bottle for me. Maybe a glassware issue? This is an edit. I have found this time to be a bit more enjoyable. Very sweet and floral. Still a bit of an astringent flavor, which I think is just a mix of the booze and yeast flavors. Not as overwhelming as the last one I had.

Mouthfeel is not bad here. Lots of carbonation! But, this is not a bad thing with this beer. But the astringent flavor makes you want to relieve your taste buds with a swallow.

Drinkability is pretty good. But the Overpowering boozy flavor keeps this one down to one a night.

Like I said, I've had a few other tripels that I have enjoyed. This is not one of them.

ditch, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a singe 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s Wines.

The first thing that is different about the Tripel from River Horse`s other beers is the artwork itself on the label. The colors are neat with a pig graphic and some warrior with a sword slung behind his back.
Appearance is a dark golden color with a nearly three finger head in the wide wine glass that I poured it into, nice. Onto the smell; a familiar scent, subtle malt, some citrus aroma, along with a sweetness. Taste consists of yeast, spice, wine, and sweetness. The mouthfeel to me is a bit richer than the rest of the characteristics of this offering from River Horse. The yeast and the heavy alcohol content linger for a bit. Drinkability on this tripel is good, but not as easy as some other out there. I say try this if you run into it on your local shelf.

mltobin, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man. Pours a deep cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops and light fruits. Flavor is sweet and fruity with Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Hmm, despite the commercial description, I thought this was a bit sweet. on the heavy side with its 10% abv. Good tripel.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo at the Gingerman NYC on 8/5/09,

Appearance: Little head retention, light amber in color.

Smell: Belgian yeast and candied malts of course. ha

Taste: Opens with candied malts with a subtle floralness. In the middle the Belgian yeast really comes through and the transition from middle to end there is a tangy citrus hint. Finishes intensely malty with a slight and very subtle hop leaving a malty and dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: As far as Belgian tripels go I would definitely have this again.

capra12, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a cloudy, dirty yellow color, with thicker than thick white foam. Long lasting, laces down the side. Really just have to sit and wait it out.

Smell is interesting - some cherry amongst other spices.

Taste is pretty good. I found it to be creamy, with hints of vanilla throughout. Almost a minor cola taste, which had me puzzled. Can taste the alcohol a bit as well. Finishes very dry.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

A tasty beer to be sure, but at 10% ABV, a tought one to come back to. I enjoyed my one and then called it a night.

KTCamm, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of mjernewein
1.15/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On opening... it looked good, had a nice head.

And then, I had a sip. This is bar none the worst Belgian style beer that I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.

Overall Taste: Budweiser mixed with molasses
Aftertaste: yard clippings
Aroma: smelled like ham

This stuff is crap with a capital C. I want the $17.00 that I spent on the six pack back.

mjernewein, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden with a lot of carbonation and a fluffy white head. The aroma is thin, grainy and phenolic - sweet, with rosewater and orange. The flavor tastes of molasses and ginger, like a liquid gingersnap, with a strange, almost disengaged bitterness. Elements of orange and a bit of spice. The mouthfeel is thin and pleasant. The alcohol burns a bit on the finish, but is otherwise well balanced.

Seanibus, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice yellow orange color. Fluffy head with lite lacing.

S- Belgian yeast, little hints of citrus, vanilla, pepper, sugar and alcohol.

T- Sweet citrus with decent vanilla, cream and peppery spice notes. belgian yeast throughout.

M- Mid-high bodied. Not overly carbonated. Slight stickyness lingers.

D- Prefer the overall taste and balance of the Double, but this one is still very good.

rfgetz, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Situation: Home from Tim's party and, having passed on two Ommegang offerings, the best remedy I could find in my own fridge is something as big as this...
Glassware: Affligem chalice...
Appearance: Light orange body, almost of an inner pink grapefruit color, with a fizzy discharge at the pour; head clouds to a mist y, uneven horizon...
Aroma: fresh hops--bright and aromatic--with flecks of malt and not much yeasty or fruity scents, strange for a Tripel?
Palate: active carbonation on the tongue; medium-bodied presence buzzes the throat; enough malt that the beer balances to a warming effect at its end...
Taste: Grapefruit astringency, acidic and fuzzy; some herbal components, oucnhy as clove and vanilla...at the halfway point, ridiculously easy drinking for the BAV this touts...
Overall: Citric flavors maintain throughout this rather masked tripel--I am blushed but not smashed by its ABV, with a true lack of afteburn...turns a bit fruity at its end and the only knock I have is its lack of a truly pronounced signature trait... a great add to their rather drinkable twelve-pack...

dacrza1, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with 2 fingers of sticky foam. Nose is grapefruit, apple, pineapples and mangos. Hints of grass, pine and toffee as well. Very fragrant. Strong apple flavour up front with resinous grapefruit in the back. Sweet, with alcohol sneaking through on warming. Well balanced bitterness. Substantial mouthfeel with a bit of hard carbonation. Definitely a sipper, and leaning towards the sweet side.

allergictomacros, Jul 11, 2009
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