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River Horse Tripel Horse - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

254 Reviews
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Reviews: 254
Hads: 573
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 93 | 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:
Beer added by: jerseyemt on 05-21-2003

Our take on a Belgian Style Tripel Ale, brewed with spices and fermented with a Trappist yeast strain which lends hints of vanilla and creates a variety of complex flavors.
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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: dark cloudy yellow. no head on this one, just a thin fizzy ring.

s: smells like a spicy wheat beer, and i'm not sure they use wheat in this beer. belgian yeast hides in the background behind the alochol.

t: peppery spices, belgian yeast, fruit.

m: full body, decent carbonation, sharp dry finish and a bit of warming from the alochol.

o: glad i got it as an extra, but dont think i would seek it out on purpose. seems flat maybe a touch oily and the spice dominates the belgian yeast a little too much. (509 characters)

Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium yellow with a lingering white cap. Unfiltered hazy look.
S- when first poured it had a wit smell. As it warmed the smell turned more towards a classic sweet tripel smell.
T- Has the sweet tripel taste, but it turns to citrus finish. The alcohol is not hidden nearly as well as in some of the better tripels.
MO-There is a creamy feel. Overall a good beer, but there are so many very good tripels around. I'd got for it again. (435 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very transparent orange color. Barely any head. Agitating the beer helps to leave merely bits of dots for lacing.

S-Sweet nose. Malty with noticeable alcohol. Apple cider notes. A bit fruity. Yeast comes into play as well. Sweetness prevails.

T-Yeast and sweetness. Sweet honey. Coriander. After the first sip, the flavors mesh together well. Don't have much experience in the Tripel style.

M-Medium carbonation. Alcohol is a bit too intense. Dry but sweet. Sugary sticky.

O/D-I've had all of the beers from this brewery's variety pack. This, like the others is just another notch in the belt. (610 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a long bottle of this sitting on a Spirits Unlimited shelf so who knows how long it's been sitting there for.

Pours a pale, very cloudy amber/orange which is even a little gray in spots. Not much head, and whatever head did appear was whisked away rather quickly. Not sure if it's just my bottle (which unfortunately has no date on it) but it didn't look healthy to drink. Despite this, I dive in anyway.

Aroma's pretty nice yet subdued. Nothing big but lots of subtle scents that add up to a unique bouquet. Slightly figgy with touches of Belgian candied sugar at first followed by clove, bubblegum, bananas, and coriander. The flavor presents alot of these same flavors with a big yeast taste as well. Oddly enough, alcohol is barely perceived what so ever.

The beer is medium in body and deceptively easy to drink.

I did like drinking this beer, the flavors were good and it was easy to drink but this beer shares more in common with a hefe weizen or a lighter styled weizen bock than it does a belgian tripel.

Had the guys at riverhorse tried to not like this delicious brew with a style it does no justice too, I would've given it a higher score. (1,163 characters)

Photo of keysofebony
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this a nearly perfect beer. Although I do now have some beef with River Horse because I made a beer that tastes almost identical to this, but it was 8.5% and not as smooth...damn river horse...touche

Appearance- belgian hefeweizen appearance; very hazy golden (i accidentally let all of the sediment in...gives me heartburn) Very frothy, smooth head that leaves a complete film along the top. Impressive.

Smell- Banana goodness, don't smell ANY alcohol. I want this as an air freshener. basically flowery banana. that's it for me.

Taste- A little bite between small amount of hops and alcohol, very tiny hop influence here. A little taste of pear on the finish, but an overall bold beer with a good malt base to it and well tamed ABV. A little spice to it..oh and did I mention banana; tastes like they used a Weihenstephaner yeast. (thats what i used in my own imperial hefeweizen recipe)

Mouthfeel- creamy, a tiny tiny bit dry at the very end, but medium sweetness throughout.

Overall- this seems like a semi-session-able beer but there would be a world of drunk waiting for you. after one i feel like I drank one tastier blue moon but feel tipsy like I drank 3. Very enjoyable, I can't compare it much to other tripels cause ive never had a real one before. However this is a above average/near perfect brew. Impress your friends with this and see them get hammered cause the alcohol taste is almost non existent. Will definitely buy more, especially cause the brewery is ~45 mins away from me. (1,510 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy amber with a loose white head that fades to film with wispy trailers. Big yeast, sour orange and stewed apricot on the nose.
Mango jam and sponge cake with clove hit then orange and branch hops.
White pepper finish and dry linger. Medium, chewy, some burn.

Had this in the cellar a good two and three years, and even that couldn't save it. Hot, simple and unsubtle. River Horse just don't do great work. (416 characters)

Photo of Belpaire
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A crazy hazy straw color with minimal head and virtually no retention or lacing.

Smell is estery cloves with a with a firm malt backbone. A whiff of alcohol.

Taste is a light refreshing malt with a hint of funk. Noticable alcohol. Tastes fades out into an almost smokey buttery thickness.

Certainly not a session beer at 10% and flavor wise, this beer is more for sipping. (405 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, straw yellow, trace head, very little head

S: banana, bubble gum, floral, yeast, kiwi

T: tropical fruits, yeast, mild floral finish

M: med body, hint of tongue prick, mild crisp mouth

O: Solid Tripel from Jersey. Not world class,
but you could do much worse. Hefe lovers
may find this a nice gateway into Belgians.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE! (352 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: dark brown-orange with tons of haze. Head is practically nothing, which is unfortunate. The color indicates that this is going to be a big malty tripel, rather than a light fruity tripel. Let's find out!

Smell: big malty it is! Sweet, nicely malty aroma, although not particularly strong or complex. This is a great base, a great starting point, but it really needs some more character to go over the top.

Taste: quite nice. The label says this brew is made with nutmeg and coriander, which I find complement the malt-forward character of this beer quite well. There's also a tiny hint of tartness (a flaw? who knows) and a little alcohol bite (which punches below its weight, considering the 10% heft of this brew). I like it; it could function well as a winter warmer, too.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with a decent but unspectacular creaminess. The body and alcohol provide some texture, but better carbonation would do this beer absolute wonders.

Overall: this beer is far from perfect, but I find the spicing welcoming. Summer is turning into fall here, so maybe the clouds and drizzle are making me appreciate it more. In any case, this is a tripel I'd have again. (1,236 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a golden yellow color, pretty big fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer had some decent wheat like aromas and a little bit of spices on the nose. The taste of the beer wasn;t too bad, I found that it was pretty close to what I would consider a good Tripel. Some of the flavors were a little off which is understandable. The mouthfeel was also decent, found it to have a good body and was drinkable. Overall it's an above average Tripel, wouldn't need to have it again though. (508 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted belgian ale glass, color is pale, opaque copper, then head that dissipates to a feint ring with no lacing.

Smell is full of yeasty notes from bananas to clove, hint of some fruit sugar sweetness and bitterness

Taste upfront is full of yeasty flavors, same as the smell with cloves, bananas, light hint of the coriander added. Something off in the flavor, maybe the sugar used created an interesting fruitiness instead of a drying quality.

Mouthfeel is a typical triple, somewhat sweet and sticky but light drying. Again the sweetness added from the sugars seems to have stuck around instead of drying.

Overall, I'd call this an average triple. yeast scents and flavors are solid but a little two sweet in the flavor profile. (749 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange gold, medium white head retains as lacing.

Smells of honey, orange zest, coriander, cloves and lemon citrus.

Tastes honey sweet with a bit of cinnamon/clove bite, followed by lemon grass and orange zest citrus flavors.

Medium to full body with softer carbonation across the tongue. Hints of alcohol warmth.

Pretty darn good trippel, not the best ever but hits the spot. Pretty drinkable considering the strength. Tastes more like an imperial wit than a trippel to be honest. (508 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber in color with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that faded quickly, as the lacing slides down fast.

Smells of sweet malt, coriander, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, floral hops, citrus hops, rum or slight alcohol; pretty sweet overall, with a nice malty aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with sweet malt, coriander, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, yeast, floral hops, citrus hops, rum or slight alcohol; the alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Well balanced malt and hop combo, but a lot less yeast taste then I expected since it’s named a “Triple”.

Mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth, with little to no carbonation and a light feel; it went down too easy and was highly drinkable.

Will seek this out again, as this beer was tasty, complex and hid the alcohol almost completely. This gets extra points for hiding that 10% ABV so well behind an enjoyable flavor. (917 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 30 2011.

Beautiful thick white head with amazing lacing. A rich golden orange and hazy.

It smelled a little hot and very floral.

The first sip was confusing - I enjoyed it very much but it did not seem to be a tripel. The taste was not as boozy as I had braced myself for. It was sweet (which I enjoy) and tangy. Excellent carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, however it didn't taste like a classic tripel style. Like a good tripel it brilliantly masked the high ABV but it wasn't as light bodied as I would expect and drank more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. (635 characters)

Photo of bpw28
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two Finger bleach thick white head, a hazy peach color (about a hazy 4 SRM), Good Carb, Pretty Nice lacing.

Smell: Massive booze (not hidden at all), bannana (kudos, it really smells like a freshly peeled bannana), citrusy coriander, grassy floral, sweet.

Taste: Booze in my face, bannana, grassy floral returns, more booze, bit of a lemony taste, booze, sweet, booze. Good carb, not very bearing. Mouthfeel is pretty solid.

Final Thoughts: It's alright. It meets alot of the things that I would consider of the style, so I guess its good. But I wouldn't buy this one again. Just not my bag I suppose. Good bannana nose though. (636 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alright I will make this one short and sweet - I picked this bottle up at the brewery tasting room, sampled from a tulip.

The appearance is good, light golden with some apricot hues, the ale is hazed and I let a little yeast particulate sneak in. The head is healthy and retains well. The lace stickage is ok and bead is fine. The smell is very banana with some slight clove tinges with a very sweet odor and relatively strong fusel alcohol aroma. The feel is my least favorite part of this ale, too sweet and has a warming feel pretty soon into the swallow with a slight spice tinge and some phenolics with a yeasty tanginess.

The Tripel is pretty mediocre flavor wise, it has some malt flavor, but mostly it just tastes sweet and simple with a yeasty tropical accent which comes off as ripe banana with a dash of spice. The flavor turns to alcohol pretty rapidly which is not quite like pure alcohol but doesn't really do anything to help matters. I would only recommend this if you have to try it because I have had more than enough of this (my wife would not split the bottle) since I had to drink 12oz myself. (1,120 characters)

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky, dirty orange, almost a brown. I had no head on my pour at all, so I can't even speak to the retention. For a tripel, I would say the appearance is below par. The smell is sweet like prunes. I can sense a small hint of earthy hops.

Pow! Right in the kissa! The sweetness punches you in the mouth, maybe a bit too brute. The hops come out much stronger in the taste. That's not to say that they are a dominant flavor, but they are certainly present, especially in the after taste. I would say the body is light to moderate, with a smooth feel and strong finish.

Overall, I'm in the middle ground. It is not the best Tripel I have had, but it certainly is not the worst. The crafting of the beer is a bit sloppy in that I think the sweetness is too strong and the 10% is not hidden as well as it could be. (828 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly intense stew of flavors. Long, long spicy nose. Carnations and sage. A hazy golden yellow in the wine glass. Pale color belies the thick mouth feel, which is quite sticky with sugar. A cordial-like flavor, perhaps a malt liqueur with herbs of Slovenia. It is kind of mysterious and intriguing. Hops? Hard to tell if the mix includes very aromatic hops or just the hyperactive Belgian yeast.

Quite drinkable as a bedtime sip or late night with cold pizza, say. Quite creamy and mouth-filling when you pour another inch after it's been open a while. (554 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

big frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch, really just not doing it for me at all. finish is the same, clean but lacking true depth.

overall an ehh for me. i have had much better in the style for sure. (521 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 120z poured into Chalice.

A: Dark gold and slightly amber. The head it not thick, though it does leave some lacing. The beer is a little clear.

S: Honey, malt, some floral scents.

T: Starts crisp but quickly becomes creamy. Bubble gum and fruit (banana) start off the beer with a hint of honey. The alcohol appears mid-way through. There is a bit of yeast towards the finish. The finish is a bit metallic, drier, and the alcohol sits at the back of the throat.

M: Heavy and on the creamier side.

O: I am originally from New Jersey, and I wanted to try to support state owned micro-brews. I was curious how this tripel would taste, and now I know. The smell is decent; though, honey dominates the aroma profile The taste is also okay. It has a lot of different flavors. It also has a lot of alcohol. Typically, tripels have a lot of alcohol; however, the better tripels balance the beer so well the alcohol is not obvious. This is not the case with this beer. It is not a beer that is so bad that it is not drinkable. However, there are a lot of other delicious tripels for roughly the same price. You will not be angry if you buy this beer, but it is not a beer to buy again. (1,188 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (not the most ideal situation, but eh). Consumed at the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hazy golden color with a minimal head fills the glass. It was probably served a little bit too cold as there's no head retention and very scant lacing. Smell is subdued notes of banana, citrus and bubblegum, melding together in a typical tripel aroma that's also got some faint notes of grain and malt. Interesting, but could have been a bit more robust.

Taste is quite clean and straightforward, with a good tangy citrus note to start, followed by a sweetish malt presence and a nice banana flavoring. Slight bubblegum on the back end with a mild yeasty component. Alcohol shows up as a fleeting warmth. Mouthfeel is decently full, with an almost fluffy feel on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a bit of tartness as a calling card.

On the whole, a solid example of the tripel style. It's not going to wow you if you've had better, but it's a good on-tap substitution if you're craving a good Belgian-style beer amidst the litany of BMC product like I was. (1,101 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my cousin for sharing this. A 12 oz bottle in a pilsner glass (hey, you drink from what you got).

A: The tripel is golden yellow and hazed over, completely opaque. A small white head came with the pour and didn't lace.

S: The nose has sweet candi sugars and a bit of peppery heat. What's here isn't that strong, even for a 10% brew.

T: Candi sugars follow from the nose, sweet with fleshy fruits. Pepper is present, a coriander addition that adds more flavor. For as strong as the ale is, the flavor is much more reserved.

M: The mouthfeel is low on carbonation, allowing the relaxed flavors to linger just a little while longer. (643 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Moderate notes of grain, lemon and perfume for the malt and hops, light to moderate dough and soap for the yeast, with hints of clove in the background. Head is small frothy whole with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is mostly clear yellow. Flavor is moderately sweet to start and finishes moderately sweet and a touch bitter. Palate is light to medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. A pretty good Abbey Tripel that leans a little to much on the sweet side. (538 characters)

Photo of foogerd
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow body with some white head.

S- Lots of pink sugary bubblegum and booze, some cloves and yeast.

T- Follows the nose with more of a bitterness from the yeast and spices

M- Creamy frothiness to it which enhaced the yeastiness for me.

O- Decent Belgian knock off, worth a try. (292 characters)

Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this cask at Dave's Bellport Beer where a River Horse tasting was going on last night. The pin was obviously fresh as it poured with mild carbonation from the gravity feed.

In its murky orange and golden way, the Triple looked like most like the Belgians I had previous had and it seemed to sparkle a little in my glass. The aroma of coriander, peppers, honey, and hops seemed to bring out an unexpected and appealing element in the ale.

My first taste told me this was dead-on for style guidleines as it hit the magical spicy wheat in high abv very well. I loved the body of the ale as I had more and more...

Easy drinking with an eye on the occasional hotness, this made for a great serving. (704 characters)

River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.