Tripel Horse
River Horse Brewing Co.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #455
Ranked #35,321
3.72 | pDev: 13.98%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
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Notes: 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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3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this about 10 years ago and thought it was decent. Revisited and find it to be bastardized and dirty- a poor rendition of the style. Poor color, lacks depth of sweetness, very one dimensional. Too brown instead of golden, too mineral forward instead of clean sugar, carb is too low. Light oxidation. Just flawed overall.

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RobertColianni from Pennsylvania, Dec 15, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden brown color with about a finger of thin white head. Moderate retention, decent lacing. Smells of tart fruits. Taste follows but with a hint of sweetness mixed in as well. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with a little alcohol aftertaste. Not my most favorite style in the world but this one seems true enough. Not outstanding, not bad.

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Sep 15, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty much all I drink these days is Belgians.

I'd say this rates. There is a "dirty" aspect to it though that I don't get from other trappist or belgians. There's a caramel finish that is almost cola-like. However, that can be found in a variety of respected belgians, even things like Bernardus. Overall I'd say if you're a REAL snoot, this may cause grumble. But if you go through Westmalle, Chimay, Rochefort, Caroluns (all spellings suspect) and the like, I think, especially for the price, this may satisfy.

It's not a great, or even "very good" belgian. But that fact that it's brewed right down the road from me (it is) and actually rates at all, means it'll likely be in my rotation.

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, no date, but new-er looking label... poured into a teku)

L: darker example of a tripel... a lightly-hazy, tawny-bronze colored liquid, that gets crazy hazier with the sediment layer swirled in... good bit of sludge in bottle; foam holds pretty steady for awhile; fabulous sheets of tightly-crusty lace

S: vanilla-smeared caramel, maybe a light hint of sultana and/or sweet white wine... surprisingly not much booze... perfumy, soft bubblegum-spice coloring

T: soft spicy booze pop, then a bunch of caramel and cake rushing through, lingering in the finish with a little leathery yeast fragrant spice in the aftertaste... I distinctly recall a spiced donut flavor in previous bottles, and it's sort of present here - coriander, clove, and yeasty dough... rather yeasty, but the thick malts and stewed fruity booze bowl you over

F: plump bounce, plush push, but relatively buoyant underbelly; very stealth heat, undercutting the malt blanket, and it takes its stoking its flame... like drinking spiked dough

O: had this for the first time maybe 15 years ago... quirky, strong Belgian ale that hasn't strayed too too much in flavor over the years... its spice(ing), layered caramel, and quiet power do help it to stand out, but it's remained rough and Rubenesque, arguably mirroring some of the richer Belgian out there (Abbaye Des Rocs, Het Anker... I'll think of others) ... a golden Quad??... I wish I could say I'd grab some bottles more often, but this has always been a bit of a chore to drink; one-and-done deal

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Jul 06, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, it is strong but sweet on the back of the tongue. Goes great with cheese and fruit, or a before dinner drink. Smells like the perfect Belgium beer but made locally in NJ.

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chiefz1 from New York, Aug 12, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So far, this is the best of the American imitations of a Belgian tripel. It doesn't have the overwhelming spiciness of Victory's Golden Monkey. It has the smoothness one expects from a tripel but the carbonation is a little more than that of the originals I've had (Tripel Karmeliet, Chimay, etc.). I'm trying to convince a bar I go to frequently to add this beer to its taps.

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GaryG7 from New Jersey, Jul 24, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange light red color, medium carbonation and bidy. Aroma is banana,clove,yeast,fruit, sugar and yeast. Taste is same as aroma, a bit sweet but far from being too sugary. The spice compliments the base beer but is far from overpowering. A fairly solid attempt at a Belgian ale

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Jan 08, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No doubt, River Horse beers have been inconsistent in delivery and reviews. This one is better now in 2017.
a) pours a muddy, hazy dull amber body that supports a short head that fails to lace or last. Muddy like a river horse.
s) Offers ample fruit, -*banana, tropical, pear -yeast, sugar, and a bit of spice. Interesting, enticing.
t) Follows smell with complex, meditative notes, ABV well hidden so if anything consumed too fast. Better at cask. I get all of pineapple, tangerine, papaya, melon, peach, lemon zest, and banana. Fruit salad, but I like it.
f) mouth feel is soft, pear-juice like, low carb, moderate body w chalky dry, peppery finish.
o) By far the best Hippo.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Jan 05, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the PubScout's favorite spiced tripels at this time of the rolling year...sweet malt, candi sugar and spices on the nose that all translate to the palate of this wonderfully warming beer. It's a 10% ABV beer, but the booziness is subtle--until after you've drunk two or three. Nicely made, wonderfully fragrant and well balanced with a tasty finish, this is a beer that even Ebenezer Scrooge might pay extra for. On second though, scratch that last. He wouldn't. The miser wouldn't pay a ha'penny more for an extra piece of bread. But because he loses out doesn't mean you have to. Get some before Christmas gets away from you.

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pubscout from New Jersey, Dec 23, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a fingernail of off white about the size of a quarter in the middle of the top. The aroma is of sweet Belgian candy sugar and lightly sweet Belgian malt. I'm tasting plenty of sweet, light Belgian malt and sweet candy sugar. The mouth is moderately carbonated and plenty dry.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 12, 2017
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3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Long stamp...15024734B11519.
A: Pours a hazy, effervescent gold with two fingers of loose head.
S: Smells murky, sweet, and malty. Bread and light spice.
T: Mostly sweet grain and booze, but also lovely notes of green apple, biscuity, and light spice.
M: Firm and full-bodied, with a voluptuous, almost creamy mouthfeel. While verging on syrupy at times, the spice level usually saves it.
O: Pretty good beer, pretty okay tripel. Too sweet for me (and they might wanna dial it back to the classic 9%).

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AgentMunky from New York, Aug 15, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A lil' paler than some Belgians, nice fruity aroma, slightly weak at 10 abv,but still very tasty, it drinks like a middle of a road Belgian.

I just revisited this brew...since it was in the beginning of my BA experience, and boy was I wrong !!!
It was diffently an off day for me, but I'm glad I went back to this beer, because it deserves better than what I first rated it.
This pours still a paler in color than I'm use to in a belgian, but nice full body foam with decent lace.
The smell is a nice fruit notes, and sweet malts in the mix and floral to a point.
As for the taste is follows the smell nicely with all the nice balance coming thru, and the ABV nicely hidden. It has somewhat a dark fruit taste with nice malts/hops blend.
The feel and overall are smooth, inviting, and finish a pleasnat mouth feel and maybe a little of that ABV coming thru at the end. Again, My Bad !!!!

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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania, Feb 16, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky shade of orange-brown, with only a slight half-inch of head that dissipates to a very thin layer after a while. Aroma is a huge explosion of candied sugar, dark fruits, banana, clove, cinnamon, and everything you could want in a dessert type beer. Taste follows suit, with the sweetness and spices taking up the majority of the flavor, but there's a nice kick of belgian yeasty flavor that combines on the finish with just a slight hit of alcohol to create what, in my opinion, is one of the best examples of an American take on the Tripel style.

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Whey2Hoppy from New Jersey, Jan 19, 2017
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2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Light gold with a 1.2 inch head
S - Wheat, Barely, Malt
T - alchol, wheat, yeast
F - Light carbonation
O - Ewing, New Jersey is a smalls college to in the shadow of the ever pleasant Trenton. Though Trenton may be rough and tumble, (and the first place, as a child i saw a real live pimp, but thats an entirely different story) this beer is more like Ewing, is just an average joe.

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0_0 from New Jersey, Aug 29, 2016
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5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- From a quick glance it appears to have a cloudy hint to a solid beer.
Smell- A nice smelling beverage with a kick of some hops and by some I mean a lot!
Taste - Imagine 3 horses kicking your taste buds with excellent flavor. When I say that the taste will knock you over. Please be careful!
Feeling - Drink a bit of this 10% ABV drink and you'll be feeling happy with your beverage choice.

Overall - A very enjoyable drink that I encourage everyone to try!

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Sak3 from Connecticut, Jun 25, 2016
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2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 2.38 (Including tax & deposit) ($ 0.199/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Bottle marked 06071534B21038 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – moderately strong, fruity, cloyingly sweet
Head – Average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy with rocks, diminishing to a three mm ring and layer
Lacing – excellent – wide rings of mostly tiny bubbles, good retention
Body medium yellow, hazy, many tiny floaters
Flavor – begins with unspecified spices, not much of yeast flavor or phenolics, ends with a little unpleasant sourness; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

A really unimpressive take on a Belgian brew. Appearance is good, but that’s about it. If it wasn’t for the unpleasant sourness, this would be acceptable for the price point, assuming the establishment was out of BMC and malt liquor offerings. As is, one and done.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.75.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Jun 21, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle, purchased from the brewery.

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Deep gold with a small white head. Fruity and spicy aroma, mostly lemon, banana, and pepper. Light grainy malt flavor with moderate fruit and spice from the yeast. Low level of alcohol is noticeable but it's mild. Medium-light bodied and drinkable.

Lacking the complexity and intensity of its more established Belgian brethren, but all of the right notes are there for a Tripel.

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, May 20, 2016
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2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle to pint glass. Aroma Is citrus, yeast, smoke. Color is hazy yellow. Taste is creamy....slight Wang. High Alcohol is masked well. Pretty good beer.
Bottle to flat glass.
Holiday party.
No change. Pretty much agree with 2013 eating and comments.

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Mar 19, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thoroughly enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a cloudy orange tinged yellow with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick pooling layer, and nice light lacing. Nose of candy sugars, coriander, orange zest, light banana, and sweet malty booze. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with sweet candy malts on the front, orange and banana notes on the sides and middle, and an herbal hop note on the rear mixed with pear notes with a touch of vanilla and a nice warming booze note on the back. Overall, a decent tripel with medium mouth feel, medium carbonation, and a moderately dry finish.

Thanks to John, my old roomie and good friend for this brew.

Cheers brother!

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Photo of EMH73
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a thin white head. Smells of spices, bananas and vanilla. Tastes of bananas, cloves, sweet fruits and subtle vanilla. Alcohol is also notable. Lightly carbonated and bodied. There are a lot better Tripels out there.

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EMH73 from New York, Feb 28, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with long lasting head. Aroma Belgian candy some banana notes. Taste is sugary, with spice notes. Good body and feel. Overall nice beer.

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vette2006c5r from Minnesota, Dec 28, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a disappointing line of white foam. There is a subtle amount of both small and very small rising bubbles. Pale yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cloves, bananas, white grapes and pears entangle with subtle buttered bread aromas and hints of vanilla and alcohol are present.
TASTE: Mild clove and banana flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of white grapes and pears along with hints of buttered bread. Subtle medicinal flavors (pretty close to cough medicine; I do recall encountering this unpleasant taste in another Tripel that I have had from a brewery out in Utah) and hints of alcohol and vanilla enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for clove and buttered bread, which both grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: Although subtle, that medicinal taste brought down the rating of this beer. My second brew from this brewery and I have to say that I have not been impressed yet.

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Myotus from Texas, Nov 21, 2015
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at The Brick House in Willow Grove PA. The appearance is a reddish golden color with a small white head. The aroma is hops, malt and some vanilla. The flavor is malt driven and has some fruit notes tossed in.

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ordybill from Georgia, Nov 17, 2015
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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy straw color with less than a finger of head. Both the nose and the flavor profile are funky - overly funky. There is a tarty note that surfaces on the finish.

In general, not well put together.

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57md from Pennsylvania, Nov 07, 2015
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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from a 32oz. growler.

Appearance: A really nice semi-hazy gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is white coming off a little subtle settling with even lacing. Rose about a notch below a finger's length upon initial pour.

Smell: light banana and the skin itself, but super light scent.

Taste: Banana again, lightly mellow cream coming off a bit sweet. Honestly tastes more like a dessert and if you were to add walnuts or pecans somehow this would be your banana nut bread beer. Personally I think it's pretty awesome.

Mouth: medium to heavy body, lightly sticky. Honestly takes a while for it to stick.

Overall: Very good brew and honestly looking at some of the reviews I can't believe it is this heavily criticized. Screw the reviews and drink this with a dessert and you will thank me for a very long time. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Oct 10, 2015
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