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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter AleRiver Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale

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283 Ratings
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-22-2008)
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discord257

New York

5/5  rDev +40.4%

12-15-2011 20:38:06 | More by discord257
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mattyrubes

New York

5/5  rDev +40.4%

01-16-2012 00:11:35 | More by mattyrubes
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AntLeatherface

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

01-08-2013 04:10:03 | More by AntLeatherface
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Tombomb

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this beer in a beer club mixed case. The theme of the case was BIG beers. With that said, so far this is the best that I have had. The pour was from a 12 oz bottle, beer was about 48 degrees. The color was a nice copper/dark amber color. Very nice head with a moderate pour that seemed to stand up well. There was some lacing ar I drank the beer from a guinness glass. The smell was cool. Lots going on in this beer. The smell had a spicy/fruity nose. The taste was better than I thought it would be for the alcohol content. I taste the dark malts and raisins. The finish could be a little smoother, but overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 19:59:23 | More by Tombomb
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A light see-through brown in color with a thin, lively tan head. The aroma is fine indeed – some caramel, chocolate, cotton candy and malts, they’re there. Off the cuff, a very sweet and fruity body; some roasted caramel malts give way to lively Belgium spices. Some alcohol is noted, an inviting warming factor; traces of chocolate, coriander and pepper left on the palate. This was enjoying; massively drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 02:54:28 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Ranbot

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

01-19-2012 22:31:45 | More by Ranbot
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Snarf103

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

02-12-2013 04:41:14 | More by Snarf103
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, bordering on black, with mahogany hues and a low light brown head and light decent carbonation. Prominent chocolate, roasty, and Belgian yeast aromas with some dark fruit notes. Robust dars malt and dark fruit flavors; nice balance... not sweet at all. Medium-light bodied.

Very nice American BSDA !!

Per label: "lots of roasted Caramel Malt"

'5274' lasered near bottom
Tasted: 11/20/06

($1.79 / 12 oz bottle)

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 19:22:04 | More by RBorsato
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brown into a glass with about a finger of white lacing.

Tingley mouthfeel.

Very powerful smell of cherrys and similiar fruit esters along with a smell of alcohol present as is such in other high abv beers that use belgian yeast.

As for tastes its got the sweetness I expect in my belgians. Kind of tastes like a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Great beer if you like winter belgians.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 02:15:58 | More by Ryanm1
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a mahogany brown, dark-brown hue with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a copious amount of lacing...
Nice, subtle aroma of caramel, cream, vanilla, esters, and candied sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a strong suggestion of candied malts, caramel, dulce de leche, creamy, butter, syrup and molasses, and slight cocoa powder...
Good, rich, creamy, sweet mouthfeel that left a nice, sweet flavor on the tongue...
Ultra-easy level of drinkability, bursting with malts, and hardly any detection of alcohol in this one...
Good stuff from River Horse...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 04:58:04 | More by dsa7783
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jjchristiano

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Went to a RiverHorse meet the brewer event and this was one of the taps. Served from a small 12 oz tulip glass. I really enjoyed the beer and found it very true to its Belgian Dark Ale style definition. A great beer to sip by the fireplace. Not a beer for guzzling at a tailgate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 12:11:25 | More by jjchristiano
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Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Dark for a Belgian ale (at least in my limited experience), reddish orange rust lava, or lipton tea. Cloudy as all get out, with a nice yellowish head. A delicious beer from my home state. First NJ microbrew I've ever had in fact. 8.0% abv is awesome too!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:11:00 | More by Johnny_Muir
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think this beer does what it was meant to do very well. Its warming and very good for the cold months.

Pours a very very hazy brown with about an inch of head that eventually recedes to a lace at the top of the glass. Not too much on the nose, just some dark fruit such as dates figs and raisins. Also some mild phenolic scents.

Up front the beer is slightly spices. It follows up with some dark malts and dark fruits whose mild sweetness is balanced by a very mild hop presence leaving the slightly high alcohol content to warm your throat on the swallow.

Medium bodied with lower than average carbonation. This beer is slightly mild overall but does what it does extremely well. Extremely drinkable on a cold winters night

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:45:55 | More by jtierney89
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theycallmedoc

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Guinness Pint glass.

A- Dark brown/amber and hazy, can barely see through if at all. Thick head that likes to hang around for as long as it can hold on. Sticky as it gets. Beautiful to look at. Antsy waiting for the head to die down. After a few sips found some solids floating in the bottom.

S- Smells like an almost moldy christmas tree, hoppy. Grassy. Can almost smell the malt trying to break through.

T- Hoppy with caramel malts. Some spices with a metallic finish. Alcohol has a mild presence but not as much as the flavor of gnawing on a mouthful of wood chips.

M- Very thick and creamy. My favorite kind of body; thick legs and smooth down the gullet.

D- Being a Jersey Boy I'm very partial to Riverhorse. But as always a delicious brew. Two or three might be my cap, but super delicious and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:25:29 | More by theycallmedoc
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ETF5000

California

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Like the previous reviewer, pouring this into a german halbe glass proved a bit challenging. At first there seemed to be little head but then it instantly shot up and overflowed. Watch out fellow advocates!

A - Once it settled down, it left about one knuckle of creamy tan head with adequate lacing. Held up to the light, this beer is gorgeous with a dark amber color, even maroonish, with copious amounts of carbonation shooting up to the top. Very inviting indeed.

S - At first sniff I was a bit underwhelmed, but after analyzing it a bit more I found a prominent caramel malt that definitely took center stage with some nice subdued hop bitterness at the end. Call me crazy, but I think I may have even caught a hint of grapefruit near the end.

T - Nice mellow taste, light and refreshing even. I wouldn't say that this is a very complex beer, but drinking something like this with a nice caramely malt flavor up front is perfect in front of a fire (in the Winter perhaps?). This one has a very sweet aftertaste that sticks around for a fair amount of time after taking a sip, very tasty.

M - The first sip was a bit harsh on the carbonation, it honestly had the slight stinging sensation of champagne. I would much rather have this beer with less carbonation. However, after letting it fester for a bit I found it much more enjoyable on the palate. After the carbonation died down this feels great in the mouth. Great job, but consider toning down the carbonation.

d -I could drink a couple of pints of this no problem. Not sure what the alcohol content is on this brew though, this could get me in trouble...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:06:51 | More by ETF5000
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark crimson, almost burgundy color with an off-white colored head that was never very intense, but remained present throughout the session. Some bits of lacing were left behind in my goblet. Aromas of caramel, cooked sugar, grains, honey, and clay. The taste was a sweet and relatively mild with flavors of fruits, honey, and caramel present upfront. The finish was what I most enjoyed about this beer because without warning, it gave off coffee flavors that left me wanting more. I detected a dry, bitter taste in the back of my throat, just as I would were I drinking coffee. The beer coated my entire mouth quickly and left behind hints of the various flavors in this beer. I still can't believe this beer has an ABV of 8%; I would have guessed it was around 5%...the alcohol is that well hidden.
Overall, this is just an excellent brew that I really enjoyed and look forward to having more of in the very near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 13:57:56 | More by jaluria
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

04-22-2014 03:35:26 | More by Hobbit
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KevMo84

California

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

06-08-2014 07:19:08 | More by KevMo84
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motothrillz

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

02-02-2014 21:01:39 | More by motothrillz
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CTChef

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

03-28-2013 01:24:59 | More by CTChef
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear garnet color. A thin and tight beige head dwindles away in seconds. All that's left is a slightly bubbly rimming. The lacing is adequate. I really like this aroma. It's sweet and candy like but a bit musty and yeasty as well. The taste is very pleasing. Sweet and fruity yet yeasty and bready as well. A little roasty as well. A nicely crafted belgian style beverage. The carbonation is lively enough and the body checks in around medium. I like this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 02:06:43 | More by Bighuge
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into Coke glass

Appearance: Black body, white half-finger head that dissipates to very little lacing

Smell: Bananas and clove

Taste: Basically follows the smell, except with more raisin and more booziness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very dry

Drinkability: Drink slowly

Overall: Yet another great Belgian imitation from NJ

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 18:22:26 | More by tjd112
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had the chance to try a few River Horse brews when I lived in the Philly area and honestly wasnt all that impressed but Iam gonna give them a go again.This offering poured a deep murky ruddy brown with a tight formed 1/2 finger slight off white head that was gone quite fast leaving no lace behind.Aromas of vanilla,raisin,roasted nuts and slight phenols are pretty appetizing,I like the flavors going on mainly because the phenolic flavors dont dominate somewhat pruney and raisiny with some herbal sharpness and cola lingering flavors with a hint of earth as it warms.Goes down very easily the mouthfeel is spot on not overly heavy for such big flavors,I like it better than most I think.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 19:49:53 | More by oberon
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy reddish copper with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Film clings to the side while a thin layer of lacing slides down the glass.

N: Cherry, honey, fig, banana, candy sugar, light funk, hints of cinnamon and perhaps some clove.

T: Banana, cherry, cinnamon with hints of funk and clove. Bready malts and honey flow in with a hint of grape and fig. Finishes with clove and cinnamon.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, mild carbonation, clean and dry.

O: Nicely balanced and easy drinking. 8% ABV is well hidden. Mainly consists of cherry, banana and bread. Spicing is light with a mellow yeastiness. Sweet and candy-like. This makes a wonderful winter treat!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:19:24 | More by justintcoons
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ChrisNYCLIDC

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would. Usually not a fan of winter seasonals but this one was rich in flavor, dark, but not too dark and could definitely taste fruit, caramels and other warm flavors. Not a bad aftertaste I get with these wintery beers, not too sweet either. Quite enjoyable from a small brewery near me that I've really grown to like.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:55:22 | More by ChrisNYCLIDC
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River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.