Tripel Horse | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jerseyemt on 05-21-2003

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Reviews by bceagles39:
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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep orange body, a few floaties not many, and some nice simple amounts of carbonation if only a little in the body as well. Head is a creamy classic simple white color, two fingers. Falls to a nice simple thin puck and good even collar.

Mild sensing fruited orange, but has a tinge of real nice sweetness but also a faint tartness as well. Spicy estery notes, a faint clove mixing in as well, going for a good basic balance. Not bad fairly solid but that tinge of sourness has me a little concerned.

Palate comes with quite a good amount of sweetness. Sugary and a bit syrupy, but also with large amounts of banana and fruit quality. Decent body, almost a little wet but still manages to not take away from enjoyment. Boozy finish, a little bit of hot clove going on as well. The banana takes away from a bit of orange and malt sweetness, and really starts to dominate and feel out of place though.

Overall not bad but a bit too much sugar like sweetness and booze. Some decent character is in here with some ester and fruit enjoyment, but it's a little bit large and needs to be reigned in a bit.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Revisiting this beer in a bottle on 12 July 2017, picking up where I had left off during a brewery horizontal on the 4th of July.

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Ale brewed with Spices".

I could see a good bit of lees on the punt, so following the Pop! of the cap, I employed a very gentle pour so as not to rouse them. An in-glass swirl caused two-plus fingers of foamy, fizzy, tawny head to quickly rise and then fall away equally quickly. Nose was sweet, bready & spicy, like spiced banana bread or spice cake with bananas, Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). The taste was spiced banana bread with a bit of fusel alcohol heat added for good measure. Phew! Finish was breathtakingly (literally, I had to reach for my asthma inhaler) dry, between the spices & the alcohol heat. Phew!

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Photo of NJTransplant
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. Very smooth and delicious. It is one that even people who do not like beer would probably enjoy. It is dangerous though, at 10% it can hit you hard, so you have to be careful with it. I hope to see Riverhorse able to distribute nationwide sometime soon!

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Photo of pubscout
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a spumeous head that is rock solid and leaves a fair amount of lace

Smell: Bananas and coriander, with a touch of lemon and a solvent alcohol element

Taste: Starts out with a banana and coriander flavor that is joined, mid palate, by a prickly harshness; the finish is quite alcoholic, but contains some tropical fruit elements in addition to the solvents

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with fizzy carbonation; lots of warming alcohol on the finish

Drinkability: Reading through these reviews, it appears that this beer has been somewhat inconsistent in the past as my impressions are very different from some other reviewers; in any event, I think this tripel has a lot going for it but would be improved dramatically by reducing the abv a couple of points

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Photo of RUNYYFan
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has a frothy, but not too heady pour. Its initial look is a warm, almost sensual, honey and cream coloring. The aroma after the initial pour is a typical Belgian Style Ale with a spice and fruit accent that draws the imbiber in. As you drink, you become aware of hints of vanilla and clove from the malt and a hops kick near the end. In your mouth is a smooth, almost lush, caress of your tongue and gentle wash of your palate. Just bear in mind the 10% ABV can provide a real kick to those not familiar with the higher ABV that can be found in Belgian and such styled ales. This is hardly a chugging bear. It is the beer you enjoy amongst friends over an hour or two.

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Photo of Altair
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The Tripel is a tough style to go after as there are not too many original examples to compare it to, though a lot of renditions lean more toward the Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Massive bubbles gather from the very active carbonation which is to style. Bright golden amber color with a good enough clarity. Lilac, bubble gum, raw honey, vanilla, hint of solvent-like varnish and sage make for a very complex aroma. Big biting crispness followed by a slick smoothness from a fluffy medium body. Medicinal phenols are present with slight Band-Aid and bubble flavor, nothing too harsh. Cracker maltiness. Estery fruitiness ranges from star fruit to papaya, green banana to kiwi. Alcohol is warming and a little wild. Puckering yeast, powdery and chalky. Hint of green peppercorn, thick herb and a dry maltiness finish the beer off with a dry finish.

Calling this a Tripel is a stretch, as without a doubt it's closer to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Phenols and esters bring it to that level. Perhaps we are splitting hairs here. We'll simply deem this beer worthy of a try.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish golden color with a half inch of bubbly white foam on top. Some spotty lacing appears as the head quickly falls. Aromas of sweet crystalline, slightly caramelly malts with some cotton candy essence alongside light fruity tones. A touch of vanilla swoops in along with a nice yeasty aroma. Nice, but it fails to really draw me in.

First sip brings a sweet, sugary maltiness upfront with a drizzle of caramel. Light tropical fruit flavors and somewhat spicy yeast tones work in. A drop of vanilla on the way down. Finishes smooth with a short lingering fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side with plenty of fast moving bubbles. Goes down easy enough and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10%. An interesting tripel that I was happy to be able to try, luckily it was not overly sweet. I'd imagine I'd have this again given the opportunity.

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Photo of daveshawley
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Dani_rey
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of merlin48
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of tripelz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kraken
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20 oz Harp Pint glass. This thing is like a porn star, head that wont quit. 3 Fingers of beer 5 fingers of head, this is with a gentle pour mind you. Nose is alcohol, slight floral and Belgian yeast. Head is massive rocky, slightly off white, with a tremendous staying pour and moderate lacing. Appearance is a dark amber. Its going to be awhile before I can finish pouring this much less taste.

Smooth slightly sweet and tart on the tongue. Hints of citrus. Very nice, lightly malted, yeasty esters, at the close. Carbonation keeps this fairly light for a 10% abv. Alcohol is well hidden, although it begins to show its heat at the end. This is a very fine example of the style. Mouthfeel is full, although drinking more then 2 would begin to diminish flavor returns. Very tasty.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Osiris9588
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear copper color. The head is thin and recedes quite rapidly, leaving just a whisper of lacing.

It smells like a tripel, very yeasty, yet has a strong charred wood, smoked bacon element, along with being earthy and spicy. The flavor offers plenty of berries, apples, and cloves, along with some caramel and sherry--the alcohol is well disguised considering the high ABV.

It's medium-bodied and moderatley complex, with a smokey, dry, yeasty finish, after a fruity center. It's drinkable. It doesn't possess the most personalityas far as tripels are concerned, but it's not bad.

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Photo of Mikkiicky
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jsonta
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a Porter Bar .
Murky, golden body with a decent head.
This is rather spicy tripel with overly coarse carbonation.
More bitter than tart and more tat than sweet. Fairly complex flavor includes some yeast and bready malts.

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Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 663 ratings