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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 mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange with a bit of bronze tint. A tiny head that vanished quickly. No lacing.

S - Lemon and grapefruit pith. Slightly bread like with a bit of grassy hops in the background. It isn't offensive by any standards, but it isn't terribly inviting.

T - A bit of a sour lemon flavor at first that shifts to a lightly sweet malty, slightly breadish, profile. This maltiness continues to evolve into a slightly sour mildly citrus bitter flavor. The aftertaste has some notes of grassy hops and diacetyl too. To be blunt, I don't think this is a typical tripel flavor, so it might not be an exemplary model for the style. On the otherhand, I am enjoying this flavor a lot for some reason.

M - Smooth, medium bodied pretty refreshing.

D - Not bad at all. I am rather impressed. By no means is this a beer I will seek out, I probably won't have it again, but I wouldn't mind having it again if I stumble upon it. It has pretty drinkable effect, but it is 10% abv (which is well masked by the way. Worth trying at least once.

mrasskicktastic, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Below average for the style, still quaffable. Chocolate brown colour. 10% is a lot, and I was getting it from the aroma through the afterhammer. A bit of sweetness, an OK chewy yeast. Spice, but nothing too complex. Fizzy carbonation. This is an interesting brewery.

Sammy, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange color with massive white puffy head. Smell is strong of bananas, with lots of summer and citrus fruits mixed in. Taste is mainly of bananas, spices, and a bit of pepper. Finish a bit alcoholic (which would be expected) but overly unpleasant. A very nice beer with great drinkability (considering its alcohol content)

tgbljb, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a taster glass, pours copper amber to light gold, good half inch whitish head and decent lacing. Nose is pretty nice, light fruits, slightly spicy yeast, and a candy-like sugar. Tastes of all kinds of fruits, quite smooth, actually a really good mouth, candy sugar sweetness, only slightly aware of the abv, handled very well... Really, I'm pretty impressed by this beer, a great interpretation of a classic style. Too bad I got this as a gift, only had a few, and gave a few away.. would have liked to have this again.

objectivemonkey, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of macster
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color with a thin, weak white head which fades quickly to a spotty film. No lacing noted. Aromas are pleasing, just a bit tame. Notes of ripe apple, banana, apricot give this a very fruity nose with additional hints of caramel, ginger, yeast and candy sugar. Carbonation is very minimal giving it a somewhat flat, slick texture; otherwise mouthfeel is full. Taste starts out very sweet and a bit cloying. Flavors of apple, pear, apricot, banana, honey, yeast and some restrained spices comes through nicely. Finish is helped from getting too sweet by the 10% alcohol and a touch of hops. Taking into consideration how many better Tripels are available, one try is enough

macster, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of jpweisel
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a beer w/ 10% ABV the alcohol taste is minimal.

It has a fruity taste(orange or apricot) and the color is dark amber. Minimal head and not a lot of carbonation.

I orginally had on tap and then bought a 6 pack. Each bottle tastes different and better w/ time.

I have recommended to others and they agree this is a great high alcohol beer.

jpweisel, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of aquatonex
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium honey colored, rather cloudy. Decent carbonation, not much head along with some hints of lacing. Smells are light for a Tripel, and I do not detect the alcohol in the nose, which is good. Sweet fruitiness (peaches and citrus, not raisins) and light malts. Taste is not alcohol-y, another plus, but the actual flavors are not so balanced. Rather sickly sweet, makes me a little nauseous actually. Now that I think about it, I had 2 others of these months ago and they tasted totally different. It definitely got BETTER with age, however I think it still needs time to mature and balance out. Overall, OK, if I had rated this months ago I would have been much more disappointed.

aquatonex, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as part of my MicroBrewClub April shipment.

Beer pours a dark orange with a minimal head. The initial nose out of the bottle was of sour apples. Taste is a nice medley of sour apples, candied sugar, with a nice dry hop finish. Alcohol was warming with the first sip only. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice and full for the style. Drinkability is pretty good. The hign abv is well masked. Not a bad job of brewing. It is a nice representation of the style but just not quite up there with the tripels from Belgium. But it is worth a shot!

arizcards, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark honey amber color, with a thin white head that lace quickly
no visible carbonation

S - hoppy with fruity ester aromas, like that of raisins or dates, a draker fruity resemblance, even a slight hint of pine

T - more sour than i expected, lemony at first, then sweetness combines to form a smoked meat taste, like kielbasa, then finishes sweet

M - smooth, finishes dry though

D - high drinkability, a nice tripel, needs slightly less sour and sweet for me, but damn tasty

sinstaineddemon, May 16, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Selection in my Beer of the Month package. No freshness date, but not sure one is needed for this beer. 12 oz bottle poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—pours cloudy rust color with absolutely no head whatsoever, no lacing either, is this beer flat? We shall see….

S—fruity and sweet, spicy ginger, some ripe fruits, other holiday type spices show up, too, cinnamon, nutmeg, alcohol is hidden well (it is 10% abv after all)

T—very flavorful, all the smells come out in the taste, ginger is probably strongest, followed by ripe fruits, alcohol is hidden very well…I expected it to be boozy, but it’s not.

M—very, very smooth, medium bodied, good carbonation despite the appearance

D—very good. I would love another, but could have two more. The 10% abv is sneaky in this one.

hanco005, May 14, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flirts with being overly sweet but dries up to a reasonabley crisp finish. Fruity with peaches, canned peaches and nectarines. A hint of corriander can be found. The odors are more inticing than the flavor but the flavor profile is good. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for something that's 10% strong.
Not a tripel for everyone, but for those that like sweeter examples of the style this should fit the bill.

ommegangpbr, May 11, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an everso slightly cloudy copper colour with a thin head that leaves little to no residue on the glass.

The aroma is a pleasant mix of yeast, sweet candy, fruit, some spice and a touch of vanilla.

Flavour is basically more of the same. It starts with a juicy fruitness that is somewhat sweet then moves into a vanilla flavour which combines with a yeasty finish that is somewhat tart as well. Although a 10% ABV beer, alcohol is not noticeable at all here. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and light to medium bodied.

I enjoyed this one. Is it an Americanized verion of a Tripel? Sure, but it's a pretty good version nonetheless.

SixpointJMH, May 07, 2006
Photo of pbr85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalis
A: Pours a hazy yellow with a small half inch white head that diminishes.
S: Yeasty odors, mango, wheat scents.
T: Not very sweet, but well balanced. Unadulterated wheat flavor. A little bit of fruity sweetness. Some earthy hop presence. A pleasant tasting beer.
M: Smooth carbonated beer.
D: One of the few tripels that I've had, but my favorite. A local beer to where I grew up and one that I first had at my uncle's house, which is 10 minutes from the brewery. A good choice for a belgian style.

pbr85, May 01, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dull golden in color with shades of rustic copper. Creamy, dull-bone white head that leaves trails of spotted lacing.

Semi-sweet candied sugar and vanilla. Banana, pineapple, tropical fruit esters. A cutting clove, peppercorn hint giving the aroma some spice. Touches of diacetyl.

What and rustic grains coated generously by a sweet candied sugar. The clove and pepper quality follows leaving a nice dry spice for the aftertaste. Waves of light island fruit: banana, pineapple, even coconut with hints of thin diacetyl.

A light medium bodied; slightly thin on the palate given the creamy sweetness and dry, gritty spices.

A decent flavor profile; the alcohol presence is virtually absent. The thinness of this Tripel really detracts some quite good flavors.
Notes: This is my final beer drank and reviewed as a single man.

NEhophead, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish golden color with a half inch of bubbly white foam on top. Some spotty lacing appears as the head quickly falls. Aromas of sweet crystalline, slightly caramelly malts with some cotton candy essence alongside light fruity tones. A touch of vanilla swoops in along with a nice yeasty aroma. Nice, but it fails to really draw me in.

First sip brings a sweet, sugary maltiness upfront with a drizzle of caramel. Light tropical fruit flavors and somewhat spicy yeast tones work in. A drop of vanilla on the way down. Finishes smooth with a short lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side with plenty of fast moving bubbles. Goes down easy enough and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10%. An interesting tripel that I was happy to be able to try, luckily it was not overly sweet. I'd imagine I'd have this again given the opportunity.

orbitalr0x, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of scooter231
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Strawberry juice colored, not clear but not too hazy, very little head, and no lacing. Nose is such a bouquet of fruit scents- oranges, peaches, berries- so fruity. Zesty, too. Sugary. Floral. Yeasty.

Taste is a bit too fruity sugary, just toooo sweet. I'd rather it be a bit more subtle. Mouthfeel isn't very full-bodied at all, and though it's a bit chewy, it's rather thin. Drinkability is relatively high considering alcohol content, but this is too sweet for me.

scooter231, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with hardly any head at all, a wispy ring of pale froth surrounds the side of the glass initially. When roused a on-finger thick head that is a tannish color appears, but then quickly disappears again. The beer itself is a lightly hazy, full gold color. The aroma is fruity, a bit sweet, and a touch spicy, though not as much as I would like. The aroma has something akin to a earthy spiciness sort of like coriander. Fruity notes of pear and apple are evident in the aroma. There is a bit of malt character towards the end of the aroma, a bit of toasted malt and a dry biscuit type note.

The beer is fairly thick up front, but is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting from the fullness or aroma. This is a good thing, but surprisingly this beer seems to be missing a complexity that is found in good examples of the style. This beer has a fruitiness in the taste that is similar to the aromas found in the aroma; I get notes of pear and apple. The spicy notes, while quite a bit more subtle than I would like, are evident; I get spicy notes of black pepper, a hint of ginger, and perhaps some notes of lemon zest. It does hide the alcohol quite well though. In the end this beer is just a bit lacking. This is not a bad beer, but there are so many really good Tripels out there that I would rather have.

Gueuzedude, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend Ray brought this bottle over for a party at the house last year but I just cut into it tonight. What a treat. I poured the beer into s Standard (Tap) pint. What a steal. The beer poured a sweet brown/golden color and clear with a slight white head. The aroma of this beer is of some Belgian candied sugar and some toasted malts but very approachable. The taste is a bit deceptive or should I say very deceptive at 10% but is it sweet and had a pleasnt malty taste that hides the high abv which I like, I like alot. I find this beer to have a medium body that is easy to drink and boy that is nice since RH has another fine beer on their hands. I will probably crack into a Frostbite right now!

ggaughan, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In an attempt to create a standout Tripel, it becomes a little overkilled. Begins with every fruit and spice imaginable in a beer. Among which are pears, pineapples, oranges, pepper, and corriander. The malt and sugar base becomes over attenuated and the yeast exhibits a stressed plastic and fusal unnecessarily hot flavor and feel. The candy sugars add a powdered sugar taste and powdery texture. If you're interested in a pure alcohol beer and are not fussy about flavor, then this one is probably for you. If not, then there are much better Belgian Tripels out there.

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a variety pack of River Horse beer. I do not often see a triple in a Variety pack, especially not a 10%ABV beer in a case that sells for onl $25 and includes the Triple, ESB, Pale, and Lager. This was an excellent find :)

Many aspects of this beer reminded me of Gulden Draak / Dark Triple A Belgian Strong Dark Ale. This of course is a triple but to me they seem to be in a wonderful league of beers I adore! Tripel Horse is not quite as extreme in the sharp sweet burntness as Gulden Draak; but is is still quite toasty and quite sweet. Excellent.

Appearance: Pours with absolutely no head into my tulip glass. The beer is a very attractive ruby brown. It has minimal lacing.

Smell: Very toasted malt raw sugar and dark fruit aromas.

Taste: Smooth and noble, this beer starts off very easy. There is a very strong solid thick malt backbone to this beer that holds everything together. There is a little pinch of browned butter and sugar and a prod of gentle hops followed by a nudge reminding you 'yes there are hops here too' and it all works together magnificently to create a flavor masterpiece! Brilliant!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slick. a bit buttery or oily with some definite spicy pricklies along the way. It has a nice dry finish that keeps my mouth salivating!

Drinkability: This beer goes down way too easily! Some how I got drunk just writing a review and damnit if I'm not gonna open another. Definitely a nightcap beer! It is big but very easy to drink! What a treat!

Hope this is helpful!

Phatz, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of walleye
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes to weeare138 for this. from the bottle. poured goldem honey, with a small white head that left a very small amount of lacing. aroma sour, with a big kick of alcohol followed by pine, grassy, than get a whiff of something sweet could it be the vanilla I couldn’t tell. flavor, a light lemon, yeast, a slight sourness, and alcohol. enjoyed this one

walleye, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of drunkmonk
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Pours a beautiful honey color. Small head quickly vanishes to a faint oil spot in the middle of my goblet. No carbination is visable.

s: Vanilla, clove, pear, candied sugar and belgian yeast.

t: nice: vanilla, spice, candied apple and corriander followed by a touch of oak. As this beer warms the oak flavors really start to come on. A boozy warmth lingers in the mouth.

d: This is not in the same class as some of the world class belgian triples, but it is a solid example none the less. Nice job by a small brewery. Recommend anyone that comes across this to give it a try.

drunkmonk, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of taez555
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very slightly cloudy, but mostly clear, golden yellow/orange body with a small white head.

Yeast, banana, alcohol, tropical fruits, and some light phenols. Just a nice classic triple smell.

Taste is medium to full bodied. Immediately what hits you is the big bitterness against the background of a grainy, yeasty malt base. Yeast, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, banana, light tropical fruits. Very spicy with distinct fresh nutmeg or cinnamon tastes. A rather large bitterness. It lingers with an aspirin like bitter graininess.

A rather nice triple, sort of an americanized version with the larger hop taste, but beyond that just bigger and surprisingly true to style. Good beer

taez555, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of jorjoria
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer served in a St. Bernadus goblet.

A: This beer has a nice bright caramel color and pours with very little head for a tripel. Also the head settles very quickly and bubbles are large then I have seen with other triples.

S: The beer has a very sweet caramel aroma with light citrus note. Overall though the smell is weaker then would be expected.

T/M: You defiantly notice the citrus flavors and quite a bit of acidity on the front of the tongue. The beer seams to spring to live one it gets inside of your mouth filling it with carbonation. A well balanced beer as a whole but not really all that exciting.

D: Overall still a very drinkable beer but by no means my favorite of the syle.

jorjoria, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice orange color with very little head....settles to nothing.
Smells yeasty, light citrus and slight honey.
Taste is very good, if you like a sweet ale. Citrus, malt and spice are pretty well balanced, nothing big, with an alcohol finish that is not overpowering. Well worth letting this warm up a bit.
Mouthfeel is good...lower end of medium.
Very drinkable...but 10 % ABV....go slow.
I'll definitely buy more bottles; and hope to try it on tap.

Hautacam, Jan 13, 2006
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