1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Tripel Horse

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

494 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 494
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of River Horse Tripel Horse Alström Bros
Ratings: 494 | Reviews: 242 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of leoqueloquen
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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 +15%
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 +11.7%
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 +7.1%
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 +1.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +4.9%
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 -68.7%
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 -2.5%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.9%
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 +9%
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
Photo of cartagena
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Color is a cloudy copper.

Lots of tan color form head that will go down afterwards.

Aroma is like cherries/honey & alcohol

Taste had a big sweet bang of cherries/pinapple with sweet wine like taste but quickly leaves a clean dry taste.

This may not have the real taste of a tribel but its a good start and for the price. The 10% helps drinking one or two of these.

cartagena, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of wchesak
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a great divide chalice

A - huge white head, like a cloud, leaves lots of lace, copper color

S - yeast, vanilla, oaky

T - caramelly, nice bite to it, certainly some alcohol at the end

M - good carbonation, medium bodied, bordering on light bodied

D - enjoyed it, however...much of the beer is not to style of a belgian triple...but then again that seems like the growing trend anyway

wchesak, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge head. Hazy brown with lots of sediment.

Smells extremely boozy with muted fruit aromas. Banana, plum, and spices.

Taste is rich and creamy with fruit and dough. Alcohol heat blasts through, which is expected at 10%. Medicinal and band-aid notes are present.

I haven't really enjoyed any of the tripels I've tried, but this one's pretty decent. It's still a little off, in my opinion, and I doubt I'd want any more, but I'll have no problem finishing this glass.

IMincedTheKing, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of bwd110
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, courtesy of my neighbor, poured into imperial tulip.

A: Pours slightly darker than most tripels, humongous off white super fluffy head. Lots of yeast floaty thingies. Big lacing, long legged trails down the glass. Looks like a tasty beverage.

S: Nice and aromatic like a strong Belgian should be. Belgian yeast esters, green apples and dark fruit notes abound. One downer, this one smells overly sweet, pure cane sugar here.

T: Follows the nose, both good and bad here. Everything mixes quite well, it is just too damn sweet, candied apples, and sugar coated malts, even the yeast is candied with sugar! Still, a nice tart refreshing finishes ensues.

M: Medium body, creamy. Carbonation seemed big in the pour, but is nicely subdued in the mouth. Not the usual zap, like other belgians.

D: Big beer, but decent drinkability, the abv is hidden quite well.

Overall, not too shabby. River Horse is getting much stronger these days.

bwd110, May 23, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My friend Alex brought this into town when he visited. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Pretty loud "pffft" when the cap was popped. I was getting ready for a gusher, but no. From a solid pour,the off white head jumps to the rim. It took two pulls to get all of the 12 oz in the glass. Color is a hazy copper, dirty looking from all o the sediment. There was so much yeast in the bottle that the last drip from the bottle dusted the head with flecks of brown.

Smell is an interesting mix of orange rind, peppery yeast, hints of vanilla, and floral notes. Taste steps up the smell a bit. Vanilla bean husk is more prominent in the finish. Alcohol is a little present, but it does not detract.

Mouthfeel has a solid body with a little grit from the yeast. I know some people decant the yeast, but I like to dump it right in. More time than not it adds a little zing. Label does say its good for aging. I'll have to get another one to try out.

Blipped "King Horse" by Elvis Costello

bort11, May 22, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my Maredsous chalice. Appears a hazed copper color with about a finger of quickly fading, bone white head. Aromas and flavors are of spicy yeast, apples, fruity esters, and sweet malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not as sweet as I was expecting for a tripel, which led to a higher than average drinkability for me.

ClockworkOrange, May 18, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rotting orange peel with specs of suspended yeast appearing like growing mold. Tripel Horse's bare surface doesn't instill a lot of faith for a beer aimed at being a Belgian classic. If this truly were Belgian it would have a full mound of creamy, rocky head. Besides, its dreadfully mucky complexion lends it an appearance as polluted as the Hudson River anyhow.

Conversely, the aroma is everything one could ask for in a tripel. It is floral and fruity, sugary sweet and spicy, potent with a potpourri like bouquet. There's a big checkmark in each box. The smell of white chocolate drenched in Gran Marnier orange liqueur and sugary, almond flavoured biscotti smeared in pear compote is beyond exceptional.

The taste isn't nearly as detailed as the aroma, nor the bottle label for that matter, but it's still very pleasant. It offers bruised, softened orchard fruits, pear and peach in particular, with a splash of dry white wine and vanilla bean. I'm happy to drink anything this pleasantly tasteful, even if it doesn't quite compete on the same level as more authentic counterparts.

The mouthfeel - although less than spectacular - is surprisingly solid as well. The spice is gentle and tickles the palate; it never becomes overwhelming. It adds a welcome dimension to the straightforward suggestion of fruit. The beer is light bodied and enjoyable but I'd up the carbonation in order to really achieve full potential.

I wanted to say the alcohol wasn't obvious, although that would be misleading. It isn't outright obvious but a harsh, unmasked note of ethanol lends a very solventy characteristic that is unmistakable. The beer is insistently warming where as the best of tripels will be more refreshing and less obvious about their strength.

I have few complaints with River Horse's Tripel. I love the aroma and I really like the taste. I'd buy this regularly if I could. It doesn't drink exactly like a classic Belgian tripel but it's a lot closer than many American micro-breweries have come. I wouldn't change a thing to the recipe; with a little bit more attention to detail this could be one of the best.

biegaman, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was a thread on this recently so I wanted to give it a try and check out the pros/cons of this beer.

Pours an unfiltered, viscous, light-tea color with a decent white head.

Aroma of wild corn, hay, alcohol, and Belgian yeast. This like the bluegrass version of a triple. I also pick up maybe a little chocolate, possibly from the yeast though since I doubt there's chocolate malt in here.

Taste is fruity with a good malt backbone. A little fizy and soda like, but filled with flavor. Alcohol is vaguely perceptible but you're definitely tasting the beer, not the booze. Almost reminds me of a hyped up Saison. I have a feeling this is actually quite simple malt bill that through good brewing turns out to be a really nice beer. Definitely an effect from the candy sugar as well- lots of alcohol, great sweetness to it.

I can't really find anything wrong with the mouthfeel and this is a very drinkable beer. Good job, River Horse.

wiseguy142, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of BanditBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 3leggeddub for generously giving me this bottle acquired on a trip to NJ.

Pours a very hazy light amber into my snifter. Bright white head hangs out at about a quarter inch. Leaves a very sticky looking spattering on the inner walls of the glass.

Smell is a subdued alcohol heat (almost as if it were watered down) and slightly sweet aroma. Faint esters are present.

Really smooth going down, surprised it doesn't have any bite at 10% but the flavor is also somewhat shallow and quickly dissipating. Finishes dryI feel that it's lacking some depth and character that I've become accustomed to in this particular style. Having said that, I wonder if some age would make any improvements.

Could probably have a couple of these, just to prove to myself that it's really 10% but not sure that I would seek it out again.

Really digging the label art.

BanditBrewingCo, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of acdcfan99
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first review, but not my first beer. I thought it tasted great on its own merits. As an American Belgian Triple-style without the price tag and from a local (for me) source, I found it exceptional. It paired great with whatever food I put it with and it has a nice complexity on its own.

acdcfan99, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of chefmonty
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Mad Elf tulip glass

Pours a nice orange color with a thick white head, good retention and nice lacing.

smells of funky Belgian yeast, spice, apple, citrus and alcohol

taste is of fruit and spice. not too sweet with a clean dry finish

good mouthfeel and carbonation. not to thick, medium body

Very drinkable not too sweet like alot of Americam made Belgian style Triples. will definitly have this one again

chefmonty, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of buyaa
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Absolutely no head even when poured aggressively, has no apparent carbonation. Has the color and even look of real apple cider.

S: It even smells a bit like apple cider, a little sugary, with a hint of vinegar at the end if your looking for it, very little evidence of a 10% ABV here.

T: This beer has "big" taste, It does have that Belgian style of spices like thy raided mom's savory spice cabinet before making the beer, but if that is what your looking for then this is a good example. Better then others i have tried which are too sweet.

M: Personally like the mouth feel, it makes you stand up and notice this beer, This isn't Grandpa's bud and it tells you that with

buyaa, Mar 17, 2009
River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.