Tripel Horse | River Horse Brewing Co.

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83
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639 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
639
Reviews:
271
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
130
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Pahn
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of mjernewein
1.18/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On opening... it looked good, had a nice head.

And then, I had a sip. This is bar none the worst Belgian style beer that I have ever had the misfortune to encounter.

Overall Taste: Budweiser mixed with molasses
Aftertaste: yard clippings
Aroma: smelled like ham

This stuff is crap with a capital C. I want the $17.00 that I spent on the six pack back.

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Photo of hurshybear
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of samie85
2.04/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A-Pours a hazy orange/light amber color with a one finger white head that quickly disspates.

S-I'm getting bubblegum, vanilla, and some nutmeg or allspice with a bit of apple, and some plum. Pretty interesting aromas; I'm drooling...

T-Wow, not following the nose at all. First thing I taste is what solvents/rubbing alcohol smell like with some spicy characteristics(nutmeg/allspice) with vanilla and then back to that solvent/rubbing alcohol taste. Pretty rough.

M-The mouth feel is pretty thin with lots of carbonation and a dry and warming alcohol finish in the back of the mouth and throat.

D-Not good at all, the alcohol is way too present and I'm pretty sure that's what is ruining this beer for me. I can't get by the alcohol, it totally overwhelms the rest of the flavors in this beer. Things seemed so promising based on the nose.

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Photo of J-Rye
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe it was just that the 6-pack wasn't treated well before I bought it, but the fact that there was a taste that was not unlike bile turned me off to this beer and the brewery.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Did not like at all. Looked nice but the rest I didn't like.

Edit. Re review. Heavy clove, spice. Hazy filthy yellow body. Head is gone. Taste is boozy and spicy. It's actually ok

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

An OK beer. The 10% abv is hidden pretty well. Probably wouldn't try again. nb

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

D+ (2.35) / AVOID

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Photo of largadeer
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A hazy amber body with three fingers of white foam. This stuff is intensely carbonated - a torrent of rising bubbles keeps the head going for what seems like forever.

Smell: Spicy and sweet with an almost over the top clove aroma and a bit of soap beneath that.

Taste/mouthfeel: Good God, this is cloyingly sweet. Sugary as hell with an almost excessive spiciness. Clove, nutmeg and coriander with a refined white sugar sweetness is how I'd describe this. Light bodied, slightly overcarbonated and horribly sweet. If you enjoy eating sugar packets you may enjoy this. Personally, I think I'll grab something drier.

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Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a spumeous head that is rock solid and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are extremely phenolic and yeast forward highlighted by bananas, cloves, a touch of lemon and a solvent alcohol element.

The taste follow the nose with banana and clove flavors that are joined, mid palate, by a prickly harshness; the finish is quite alcoholic, but contains some tropical fruit elements in addition to the solvents.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is estery with lots of warming alcohol.

Overall this is just a subpar example of a Belgian style ale. Too boozy and phenolic and just a pass for me going forward.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Cloudy gold with 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, banana, booze, and clove.

Taste
Huge clove spiciness, banana bread, and booze. Some caramel notes in there.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, oily, warming, spicy, and somewhat cloying.

Overall
I need a Westmalle to redeem myself.

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Photo of Dcunicelli
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of John_Squires
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of jurbanik
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Rudgers73
2.51/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my Hennepin goblet.

There is a decent 2 inches of head that initially sits atop a strange colored tripel. It is an amber, dark honey color. It is also crystal clear. This has already brought me to a tough choice: Do I rate this beer on what it tastes like, smells like, etc. or do I judge it on the standard of a typical Belgian Tripel? The head falls to a retentive chunky layer about an inch thick. I've made my decision to rate it against a true Belgian Tripel...
They have the nose about right. Sticky sweet and smooth. Mellow yeast and ripe fruit. C02 and bittering hops (saaz?) Cookie dough sweetness. On to the taste.

Doesn't really taste like a tripel at all. It is very coarse, one dimensional, and hot. Burnt candi sugar, artificial sweetener, more like a high octane red ale. They need to work on their hop and yeast integration to make this a round an balanced beer like a good tripel should be. It's too harsh for anything delicate to permeate from the beer. Where is the delicate bready malt, the sweet citrus, and the cloves? This is just a strong beer made with candi sugar.

Not so awesome.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly yellow, large doughy head, decent lacing.

Aroma is floral malt, very wet and fruity.

The flavor is good, floral malt, some apple, banana. However there is a strong astringent bite during the finish, something I've encountered with American tripels before. It really kills the brew and harms the drinkability.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, it's a little bit too carbonated, but medium bodied and with a good consistency. Astringent bite sucks.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear amber in color with a thin, sizzling white head that forms a thin ring and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty for a Trippel, with notes of fruit, bubblegum, and a subtle corn note. Doesn't really smell like a Tripel.

The flavor is actually quite harsh and abrasive. It's dominated by grainy malt and corn notes with a bit of dry fruit and citrus. It's not sweet like the nose, rather peppery and harsh with alcoholic heat. It bears an unpleasant hop finish that is far too bitter for this style.

Body is quite big and grainy, not delicate or effervescent like a good Belgian ale. I could not finish the 12 oz bottle.

I was expecting more based on the other reviews.

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
2.72/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving-bottle

Citrusy orange/tangerine taste and smell and dry like a cheap champagne.

More along the lines of a Lager than a Belgium. A Tripel seriously?

"Brewed with spices" but hardly tastes like it ~ hardly worth explaining let alone trying or even finishing

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Photo of Scstroud827
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

It wasn't bad and yet it didn't meet my expectations. I drank it but can say I won't get it again.

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Photo of orprince
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of gshackles
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Justindemino
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thought it was good but I'm just not a Belgian fan.

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Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Original score and review from 2007

a: Clear golden color with a medium sized white head. A pretty lively beer, lots of ascending bubbles.

s: Alcoholic floral perfume up front. Some cinnamon, artificial sweetner and cloves.

t: This beer just tastes artificial. Sour cloves, floral perfume, and artificial sweetner. Very unpleasant.

m: Fizzy and a bit thin.

d: I didn't finish it.

Revisited 11/2014

Someone suggested years ago that I revisit this one and I finally did. I upped the scores a bit but this still isn't all that good. I was able to discern some soft fruit notes but this is just way too sweet. The finish was an unpleasant medicinal artificial sweetener with hints of cloves. The mouthfeel seems to have improved, this bottle was soft and full bodied.

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Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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