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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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486 Ratings

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | 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 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
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the River Horse beers have improved lately, and this one is no exception. It pours a hazy dull orange body beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a big bubbled collar.

The nose is interesting and enticing with notes of tropical fruit, sugar, and a bit of spice.

In the mouth it's surprisingly soft for the style, with a medium body and somewhat restrained carbonation.

The flavor is quite fruity and spicy with notes of pineapple, tangerine, papaya, melon, peach, lemon zest, and banana. It's lightly malty, but more candyish; and dry-and chalky but not decisively bitter. It is balanced, however, despite its bold character, by a touch of drying alcohol, plastic-like phenols, and some peppery spice. It finishes chalky dry, peppery, and lingering with some juicy fruitness.


NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of robertp1024
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey amber color from top to bottom, because if you are looking for head, look somewhere else. This beer has a definite fruit smell. I am going to say maybe apple, peach and vanilla. The taste says the same....fruity and sweet. Tastes like a good Belgian attempt. If you are looking for a solid Tripel without too sweet a taste, look no further.

robertp1024, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm... This is a nice surprise. Pours a rich amber in color. Perfectly clear. No head though, no matter how hard I tired. Aroma is a bit fruity, peaches... Getting hints of yeast also. Flavor is really impressive. Malts come through at first very quickly followed by some very sweet Belgian sugars. Yeast flavors also, I had to look into the bottle to see if it was bottle conditioned. Also, picking up some apples coming through in the yeast. Very smooth drinking with this great interpretation of the style. The only down side is the alcohol, it comes through a bit too much (but at 10%, that is not a surprise). Gotta love those phenols.

MuddyFeet, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single from the Vintage Cellar, served slightly chilled into a goblet. The body is a luminous, tangerine gold color with garnet accents. Small white vanishes quickly and leaves no lace.
Aroma opens with a yummy, fresh wild mushroom yeast note, similar to the yeast aroma I get from Troeg's Mad Elf. Pleasing fruit esters of cherry and tropical fruits add to the intrigue. A note of honey and vanilla compliment some spicy notes in the background.
Mouthfeel reveals a smooth medium body that is lively and silky, with just enough carbonation to be ideal.
Taste reminds me a lot of Mad Elf, with vanilla accented, mushroomy yeast. Vanilla is prominent here, whereas Troeg's uses honey and cherries to similar effect. Lots of exotic fruit sweetness comes out as this warms, with a delicate bittering balance from the spicy hops and yeast. Pears, white grapes, and papaya meld with the creamy vanilla character toward the pie spice enhanced finish. Nicely complex, with the high alcohol nicely hidden away.
One of the better American stabs at the Belgian Tripel style. Very pleasantly drinkable. Wish I had bought more.

merlin48, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of eveninghawk
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a nice clover honey in color, very clear, but very little head to speak of... it disappears before being adequately admired. Smells a bit creamy, caramel really shining through. Taste is creamy and sweet with a little bite (which seems like that alcohol percentage peeking through). It's a pretty yummy tripel, nothing creeping up from the outside to surprise, but I like a tripel I can count on. It's nice all the way through, very smooth on the tongue.

As a good tripel, it goes down pretty easy, though make sure it's not too cold. I went with 45 degrees the first beer I had and it was way too cold. I'm up to 50 today and it's fabulous. You'll lose out if it's too cold. I'm going to hold onto the last few I have and save them for a rainy day.

eveninghawk, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat golden color-a bit darker then most tripels. No real head. Low aroma-somewhat yeasty and sweet. Malty flavor upfront. A very slight phenolic flavor . Some hop bitterness. Still sweeter then what I think a tripel should be. Has some good body to it. Overall a nice beer. Very much a US version of a triple-much more then Victory's Golden Monkey which is far more complex. I do have to say this is the first beer from River Horse that I can honestly say was worth trying

lackenhauser, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of bsap772000
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review on beer advocate.

This beer was given to me by my boss at a shower. Excellent. It pours a very white head of pourous foam, about a quarter of an inch. It disappears somewhat quickly. The aroma, right from the very start at a cold temperature, is beautifully strong. The mouthfeel could be one of the best features; it is still pretty darn good though. It is a bit watered, so it gives this tasty AND complex beer a bit of drinkability. This can be dangerous though as I wish I had more than just one!

The initial belgian light fruity estery qualities begin to mellow towards the end, and the complexity of this great beer begins to take shape. Darker notes....maybe almonds, mix in with this delicate but sophistocated gem. This beer is very enjoyable. Yes indeed. A bit of tart towards this finish as well. I feel like this is on the borderline of Flemish Red at the finish, but this could be a longshot. There is definately some tartness going on here a little.
Get one, or six or a case.

bsap772000, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 12 oz bottle in a tulip glass at room temp.
The beer pours a clear amber color with a creamy off white head foaming up 1 cm and fading to a fluffy surface layer slowly.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with apples and cloves mixing with some light toffee and candied sugar. A bit of floral hops poke through as well.
First sip reveals a lite body with very fine carbonation that leaves a light fizzy sensation on my tongue. Texture is very smooth and silky.
Flavor is lite and fruity with some clove as well. I get a bit of sweet orange or coriander up front and some peppery spiciness on the finish that bites ever so slightly on the finish. No real hint of alcohol anywhere. Very easy to drink and smooth. The beer slides down my gullet very nicely.
NOt a bad interpretation I would buy it again!

sulldaddy, Jun 01, 2005
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