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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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494 Ratings

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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)
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Photo of ggaughan
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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 -14.7%
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 +26.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +8.4%
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 -3.3%
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 +0.8%
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
Photo of barknee
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden ginger in color River Horse Tripel pours rather uneventfully with a frothy ring around the perimeter of the glass with tidal ripples of froth on the surface and having that understated and somewhat unwilling Ameri-Belge nose of sweet cotton candy. It took me a while to pin down the comparable taste and nose of this beer, but I would liken it to a scented chewing gum called C. Howard’s. The body of this beer is light with not much dimension, but easy-going and non-threatening. I guess one could totally ax this brew for its infantile and less than Tripel characteristics, but this beer drinks quite well with the alleged 10% ABV well repressed within. This beer lacks the level of carbonation that would provide a better tasting experience; as such a light version of the style is way to still to create true quaffing excitement. Although the brewmaster suggests cellaring some of this stuff for the future, this beer needs to be consumed young; as any extended bottle aging will result in disappointment. This Tripel simply doesn’t have the gonads for cellaring. Drink it now...then move on....

barknee, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a soft amber color that was easily penetrated by surrounding light. Only a slight head develops, but some light lacing is left behind. Aromas of Belgian candy, honey, grains, and earthy/leafy material. The taste is sweeter and much drier than might be expected with flavors of honey and fruit coming out. Very, very smooth and dry in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit cloying at first and even a bit astringent, but that quickly changes to a sweet, lingering taste that demands another sip to quench. Tastes very much like a mild sparkling wine. I couldn't believe the ABV was 10%, it could easily have been half that without a difference in taste, that's how well it is masked. I really enjoyed this beer; would think of it as more of a honey wine/beer than anything else.

jaluria, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of optikon44
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, the labels on this bottle are pretty cool. I am not sure what they're trying get across, but the design is elaborate.

Unfortunately, the appearance of the beer inside isn't. It pours a dark clear orange with a bunch of bubbles rising from the bottom. The head is a filmy, unattractive blob.

I bought this bottle during the Summer and let it sit in the cellar as suggested on the label. The scent has a much better balance now with fruity hops, spice, and a vanilla end note.

The beer also tastes better six months later. It was cloyingly sweet back then with too much power, but now it is well balanced and quite pleasant. It delivers all of the flavors it advertised in the smell.

For an American "Tripel", the brew master did a good job recreating the Belgian mouthfeel, with sweetness, a spicy bite, and high alcohol softness all taking their turns.

Overall, I recommend this beer, though I wouldn't have if you asked me when it was fresher. At 10% ABV it can probably sit for a while, now I wish I bought a few more this past Summer so I could try again after 12 and then 18 months!

optikon44, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright golden color with an OK light off-white head and low, slow carbonation. Fruity orange peel aroma and flavor. Also a bit white wine like ala muscat grapes. Definitely leans to the sweet side. Full-medium bodied with a sweet fruity finish.

A nice fruity strong Belgian but a bit off style. Regardless, I would buy again.

Per RH website: Small Batch Release.

'5001' lasered on bottom
Tasted: 12/02/05

($10.29 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden orange, nice color, but no head to speak of. There's carbonation, but nothing foamy, no lace, no icing.

The nose is tangy, grapefruit and tangerines. The alcohol is apparent and lends a spiritous edge to it. The mild hops have a floral bent but also seem a bit medicinal.

The taste is all intense sweet fruit (apricots?), with no room for anything else, kinda one dimensional. This, along with a syrupy, fizz-less mouthfeel makes for an uninteresting and cloying experience.

No go.

horndecker, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of ScarletLady
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the River Horse booth at a beer festival. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of carbonation considering how thick the beer is.It caused the flavor to explode in my mouth.

I was fooled by the light color (I am still learning) and really happy with the flavor. The 10% abv doesn't come thru in the very smooth taste. I tried it twice from the same tap. The first was fairly cold and the 2nd at a warmer temperature. Both were good.

ScarletLady, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse Tripel Horse

Inside the variety 12 pack

Appearance- light copper/ orange/ amber with a thin head.
Smell- malt, cane sugar, and pepper.
Taste- sweet! as in sugary sweet. Very malty with a hint of grape/ citrus.
Mouthfeel- crisp with no carbonation. Very sweet aftertaste. very quenching.

Overall- a bland looking beer that is quite tasty. It says 10% on the bottle and I can't taste a hint of alcohol!! Excellent job hiding it. A very good Tripel. Good thing I live close to Lambertville.

NJpadreFan, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Thanks MuddyFeet for the extra. served at cellar temp

appearance: a clear and sparkling pale orange, with a fluffy white head and rimmed lacing

smell: fruity, of the tropical and citrusy aromas...sugary candy-like sweetness, yeasty aromas, some spicy hints

taste: fruity and sweet...apricot, orange, white grape juice...that typical yeasty nature, nice pepper-spice flavors as indicated by the nose, some slight alcohol

mouthfeel: yeasty, medium bodied, refreshing

drinkability: quite drinkable

dirtylou, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of Brewfan
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Corsendonk tulip glass.
Frothy white head with not much retention. A few whisps of lace that didn't last too long either.
Very clear freshly cleaned brassy-orange color.
Light hoppy nose with some coriander and orange. Some banana, clove and pine essence towards the back.
Very laid back taste. Clean taste, but rather subdued for a 10% tripel. Alcohol taste is almost non-existant. Not like most tripels, in taste or smell, but extremely drinkable. Maybe a bit too drinkable at 10%.
Finishes a bit dry with a bit of candy sugar rounding out the beer.
Not a classic tripel, but very enjoyable. Wish I had another one, but alas, this was my only one.

Brewfan, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fiery orange gold. Absolutely beautiful color. Good clarity, with a short white head. Holds a collar throughout. Sweetened, fruity malt aroma. Candi sugar, mild floral hops, pineapple and caramel apple. Opens with a blast of sugar, enveloping the palate with a slick, greasy sweetness. Heaps of fruit. Baked, caramelized apple, pineapple chunks, melon and honey into the finish. Plenty of phenols to match, manifesting themselves as a plastic overtone. Spicy, floral hops blend nicely with the spicy, peppery yeast. A light wash of alcohol boosts the sweetness some, finishing just shy of cloying. Great carbonation, spritzy, yet just enough to carry through the rather haevy body. Leaves my tongue fairly dry, surprisingly. Overly sweet, perhaps. Balanced, with the spicy finish and phenols. Drinking a bottle takes me some time, mainly because the sugar gets a little overbearing. Still, very nicely done, especially for a brewery that doesn't specilize in belgian styles.

UnionMade, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear golden with hardly any head and no head retention.

The aroma was earthy and pepper spicy with a nice Belgian yeast presence and a fruity candy aroma in the background.

The flavor was light with a slight earthy presence and light pepper spice. The strong yeast presence in the aroma was muted in the flavor. Some slight sweetness was present, but not much complexity. As the beer warmed some slight fruity cider flavors emerged.

The finish was dry with a light pepper spice. The body was medium with a very low carbonation level. Alcohol was never a factor despite the beer being 10%. This one would sneak up on you due to the low flavor levels. The aroma was the best thing about this beer.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Vintage Cellar Radford.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" off-white head above the clear light amber brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, with reasonable lacing, both of which seem to be more or less to style. Aroma is malt sweetness and alcohol, with some spicing reminiscent of Belgians. Taste resembles the nose, spicy sweetness covering fruity alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, could use some more carbonation to smooth it out, and drinkability gets cloying with the sugar bent of this one. Not a bad brew, but I was hoping for more.

ppoitras, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden orange with light white head that shrinks into the body quickly with no signs of lace. Very sweet aroma, some fruity scents including apple. Very little spice and fairly big alcohol notes. The taste is very similar with big sweetness making up most of the flavor. Some light fruit and spice is lurking about. The alcohol stands out a bit too much. Sweet and with an alcohol bite is how this finished. Pretty solid mouthfeel, what you would expect. Fairly warming as well due to the big alcohol. Not bad just not interesting to me. It really didn’t have enough of everything but the sweetness and alcohol.

meathookjones, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden hue with not much head or carbonation. Strong smells of the distinct Belgian brew with alcohol and mild fruitiness. Light flavors of vanilla and fruity bananas. Medium body with light carbonation

I do so enjoy drinking this brew.

Notes: this one must not be served too cold.

NiceGuyMike, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Suds
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a tawny, amber color. It’s quite clear, and has a wispy, white head. Seems a little under-carbonated for the style. The aroma is something: alcohol and spice, strong vanilla, peppermint and sugar, bananas, grain, roasted malt. There’s a lot going on in that smell. The taste is full and sweet…it’s peppery-spicy, and has a slight alcohol warming sensation. It’s certainly mouth-filling, and very relaxing. The flavor and mouthfeel are great, but not quite up to the fantastic aroma. Some of those initial complexities get left behind. Finish has a restrained bitterness, and a lot of peppery spice. Solid and enjoyable brew.

Suds, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

True Confessions time, kids. I had this the other night out at House of Pizza in Millersville and was highly excited to see it in their cooler. They usually have some interesting things to try, plus I like their food as compared to Jack's, so there I was. I asked for a glass, which they gave me, but it was frosted, dammit. I figured, what the hey, I'll forge ahead. I now can say this unequivocably: a frosted glass is NOT the way to go.

It poured with a thin white head, but that can be attributed to the temperature of the glass. It had a spicy, yeasty nose. The beer was very clear and light amber in color. The mouthfeel was medium to creamy and it was very sweet in the mouth, with notes of vanilla. The finish was also sweet. I noted at this point that there was no indication, other than on the label, that this was 10% ABV.

As it warmed, I began to notice the alcohol burn in the mouth. The taste of sweet, fruity esters became more noticible. I also began to note the vanilla scent on the nose that the label mentions. I have now (re)learned my lesson. I will revisit this beer, but in a non-chilled glass.

Finally, the high alcohol content means lowered drinkabliity. I liked it, but man, was it powerful.

woodychandler, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12 ouncer, no freshness indication provided on the label. Pours an orangy shade of copper/amber. Suprisingly clear, minimal yeast /sediment in this one. Head is light and white and it leaves wispy and stringy lacing. Nose I picked up is some light coriander like spicing and some Belgian yeast esters. This is a fruity, dry, enjoyable brew. More like a hearty Belgian pale ale to me then a tripel, but who really cares what they call it. This is a pleasant and worthy U.S, take on the style. Strong and flavorful, well worth a try. Best stuff I've had from RH.

Billolick, Jul 03, 2005
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