River Horse Tripel Horse | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Tripel Horse

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River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

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

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
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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Photo of frykid
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass....

L: cloudy golden / orange color, a small head formed,,,,a lot of carbonation observed right after the pour
S : nice aromas of hops and malt
T: taste of spices, but I could not distinguish exactly, it was a little bitter...though it was a flavored nicely....the alcohol was noticeable in the drink...finished dry..
F: smooth with a bit of an aftertaste

Overall : a good drink, enjoyable...

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Photo of 0_0
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of h0wdy
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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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Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of q33jeff
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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%
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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of Myotus
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy dark orange color with a thin layer of white head. Smells of bready malts, sugar sweetness, and yeast.
Taste is of bready malt, banana, sugar, bit of spice and yeast.
Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty average Tripel, overpowering sweetness.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber fairly hazy color, creamy white head, about one finger settling into a thin ring around the edge. Esters hit you in the nose along with a lot of biscuit and a touch of bubblegum. Banana in the taste with more bubblegum. This could be exceptional without the heavy alcohol taste, and with a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber brew, hazed and effervescing - strong sweet fruits smells, accompanied maybe by some spices - tastes similarly sweet, with tropical fruitiness and some hints of holiday-type spices. Medium body, moderate carbonated feel. An average take on the tripel, but worth the exploration if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of classixIII
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first from River Horse, hopefully first of many! Light golden pour with a long tail of yeast and solids at the end making it very cloudy. Awesome creamy head that stayed forever. Everything you would expect for the style , maybe a bit more bitterness at the end. Ill find more.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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 chinchill
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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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Photo of Beertsipper
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, cloudy with very small head. Little carbonation. Aroma of yeast, bananas, clove, some citrus. Very smooth. Tastes good cold, and as it warms flavors pick up. I don't necessarily like this style, but this one was way more drinkable than La Fin Du Monde. An "under the radar" beer.

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Photo of wingleader09
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a six-er of Tripel Horse this afternoon and chilled it in the fridge. I poured it into a 20oz pub glass and it had a cloudy orange colored appearance with a short head that dissipated rather quickly. I could definitely smell the hops and spice notes in it. I liked the taste which was fruity and mildly spicy with a creamy mouthfeel. It had a hoppy finish like any good Belgian Tripel should have. The 10 ABV is not necessary in my opinion and I would like this beer much better if it was a 6 or 7 ABV. By the time I finished the glass, I was definitely feeling the warmth. I liked this beer but it's not a session beer for me. Would I buy it again? Probably.

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Photo of J-Rye
2.16/5  rDev -41.5%
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 Gajo74
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy orange color with a big foamy head and excellent lace retention. I detected belgian candi sugars, raisins, alcohol and medicinal aromas. Taste is fruity, as in green grapes, medicinal and perhaps slightly too boozy for my taste. A dry finish leaves a phenolic aftertaste. Strong carbonation, full bodied and very alcoholic especially as it warms. This is a sipper given the high ABV. The alcohol does produce a nice warming effect. Not a bad belgian style american made ale, however, it has its flaws.

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Photo of jrschaef
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Belgium style ale. Worth the price. Poured well, fresh fruity aroma, and a great solid taste with hints of spice, but not overpoweringly spicy. Nice beer to have for a few slowly quaffed brews.

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