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River Horse Tripel Horse | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Tripel HorseRiver Horse Tripel Horse

Brewed by:
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 NJTransplant
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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 bmeehan
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

This is one of the single best beers I've had in quite some time. It's got a beautiful color, a rich taste, and a smooth finish for a beer that's 10% abv. I love this beer.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

APPEARANCE - Opaque orange, 1-finger head that dissipates eventually. Some lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, sweet, a little herbaceous.

TASTE - Herbaceous, not as sweet as most Tripels. ABV mostly hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Quite light, not syrupy. OK carbonation.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Quaffable, mild. Not a sipping beer.

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Photo of dorosjim
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A little too sweet for the style even with 6 months of age on it but not at a bad beer at all. Hides the ABV well and has a nice light refreshing body. Lots of flavors and hidden complexities as well with bubble gum being very prominant

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Photo of malprep
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am from NJ and could not image a smooth 10% ABV to come from Ewing, NJ but River Horse does a nice job here. Beer has a nice smooth taste. Appearance is very good and has a great appearance. Mouthfeel shows the Belgium style ale. Went down very smooth. Would purchase again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Saw this on the shelf with 4 varieties of River Horse, went for the high test, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a very sweet malt aroma with some spice. Pours to a translucent deep orange with a wispy head that fades fast. On the taste the first thing that hits is the mouthfeel, this brew is syrup thick. On the taste there is a sweet fruitiness with citrus and banana esters. Consistent taste throughout then the real flavor comes through in the aftertaste: a little bite of very slightly bitterness mostly tart and a sense of the ABV that this brew packs but it still remains very hidden. An extremely smooth drinker, too smooth though in that it doesn't have much going on and that with a 10% ABV is a stealth bender.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

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

Caramel, banana, booze, and clove.

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

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

I need a Westmalle to redeem myself.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one years ago. Forgot all about it and ended up with one in a variety pack. So be it. Poured it (what I used to call "Triple Horse") into a snifter. Amber-orange coloring, about a finger of head, little-to-no lacing.

Smells like a cold hot toddy (bet you didn't see that coming). Clove, citrus, honey; smells sweeter than most tripels.

"Yeah?" the old man at the back of the room asks.
"Well, maybe," I reply, "but I'm no expert on Belgian things."

Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Oh well. A little syrupy as it goes down. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

Not spectacular, but decent.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep yellow, not much carbonation for head.

S-Heavy on the alcohol. Way too present. Some spices and wheat but the alcohol dominates it.

T-Some spice, wheat and grass. Slight lemon. But the alcohol presence is too much.

M-Lighter, slightly watery, no carbonation.

O-No reason to have this beer be 10%. The alcohol throws off the rest of the flavors, hurting what could have a good beer.

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Photo of JCarey
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After tasting this at the brewery and drinking half of a six pack over the past two months, I feel like I should review this beer.

Pours a light golden, clear yellow with lively carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. Nice live yeast to keep this beer for a while(a few of the 6ers in the store had yeast, as well).

Yeasty funk, alcohols, and spice on the nose. Some earthy hops come through.

Take the strongest Belgian you've ever tasted, and add some spices. I'm not usually a fan of spiced beers, especially in the Belgian style, but this is delicious. At ~10% ABV, the Belgian yeasties hide it well. My mouth is just overrun with Belgian yeast flavors and caramel malt flavors.

Slightly creamy, well carbonated, a little warming.

Almost perfect Belgian Triple in my book.

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Photo of IronLover
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with a murky, viscous appearance. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Medium bodied with rich tangy, slightly subdued carbonation. Sweet banana and yeasty aromas with spicy corriander notes. Sweet banana flavors and yeast up front transitioning to tangy spices through the middle. Spicy, corriander and yeast flavors intensify from the middle to end. Finishes with a heavy, yeasty aftertaste,

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Photo of Dennycurr
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe some of these. "blah", reviews.
I know, I know this a sort of snobby review club, but heck...give this beer a big heads up!
Don't dance around it's, "...interesting taste", or, ...bannana flavor...", or hem and haw about the intricasies of this beer.

Tell it like it IS!!

This is a damn good, powerful, flavorful beer.

I will order this again in a flash.

It is now in my list of beers that I will look for.

Btw---it looked fantastic in my Duval glass.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a winter beer! Though I wouldnt hesitate to drink it at other times too. Loaded up on alcoholic goodness, excellent for piling up the beer sweaters, but careful, cuz it doesn't taste like a 10%er. Pours an opaque golden amber brown sugar honey gold. Crisp, carbonatey, and creamy on the mouthfeel. Taste is ruddy, very balanced, malty enough for anyones liking but not overdone. I really like it. Certainly not a session beer and not just cuz of the awesome ABV; its like a fine desert in how rich it is. But perfect on a snowy day like today. If gingerbread men could drink, this would be their beer (cuz their not gonna drink ginger beer, thatd be canabalism). Cheers!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Brooklyn tulip at Brass Rail in Hoboken. My first New Jersey rate! Pours a murky yellowish orange with a small ring of white head. Aroma of banana, clove, yeast, booze, pears. Flavor follows similarly with banana, clove, spiciness, pear, apple, honey, yeast. Very very sweet and boozy for the style, but a mix sipper. Heavyish mouthfeel with low carbonation. An interesting interpretation of a tripel and a bit on the boozy side but not too bad. Worth a try, especially for ticking Jersey.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, medium gold, no head to speak of. Maybe the glass was dirty?

Smell: A light bready malt scent that did not blend well with the smell of caramel apples. Interesting...but made me wonder what I was in for, and not in a good way.

Taste: Banana bread with low, but apparent bitterness. There was a definite presence of phenols typical for the style, but like the smell, the taste felt unbalanced, as if the combination of flavors was a rash experiment gone slightly wrong.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation, and some noticeable alcohol warmth. Effervescent. This time, they got it right.

Overall: An "interesting" beer that could have taken both its sweet and spicy flavors down a notch to create more of a balance. I'm all for experimental brews, but this wasn't so much creative as it was...out of whack, for lack of a better term. I did feel, however, that my reaction was quite subjective and this could be someone else's absolute cup of spiked tea.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Quite a dirty triple almost brown and hazy in color. Just a 1/4 inch of head that settles back to a mild lace ring.
S - My god that is the strongest vanilla/bubblegum smell I ever got in a Belgium ale! Some fruity yeasts and some bread underneath but very little hops or alcohol smell. Not bad.
T - Well not very much coriander or spice, maybe not any lemon but its fairly sweet fruity yeasts and very little drying which may put some off but it's amazingly drinkable.
M - Light to medium in body well hidden ABV.

Overall not bad for under 3 bucks for a single. A very flavorful high octane Belgium ale that may not be traditional but is still very well crafted and delicious.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap pint in Alfie's, 9th Ave, New York on 18 Jan 2013.

First three words on my notes: Bubble-gum, cloudy and sweet. That kind of sums up the brew nicely. Luckily I like sweet brews normally, this one however caught me out somewhat.

If this is supposed to be in a Belgian Tripel style they've gone wrong completely: as a stand alone brew however it was fine, not really to my liking but there is nothing bad or poor about it.

The alcohol is well hidden by the vanilla/bubble-gum flavours and I managed to finish my pint without any undue problem, but I'll never have another.

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Photo of BrianScottK
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Smells of brown sugar and bananas. Sweet and malty on the fore with no lingering kick from the high ABV. Silky smooth mouth-feel. Loved my first experience with Tripel Horse, but will have to try it again to dive in a little deeper.

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3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up from the brewery during a trip to NJ.

Hazy unfiltered apricot. Nice white fluffy head. Not much staying power. Small wet driplets of lace fall back into the glass.

Lightly floral and sweet. Fruity banana and other yeast esters. Corriander, lemon, clove. Light toastiness, wheat and pilsner malt.

Sweet light lemony wheat and pilsen. medium corriander. light floral bitterness. fruity yeast esters, banana and clove dominate, phenols. Little booze kick.

Medium body. decent carbonation. light stickiness.

Tasty and strong American-style version of a tripel that isn't quite a tripel. But its still a decent brew.

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Photo of BeerlyLegal
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5


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 Huffs
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and little head developed. Came and went fast, no lacing (10%ABV). Appearance is cloudy and dark yellow to orange in color. Aroma has some grain and citrus notes, not very potent aroma. Taste was gummy with citrus notes (orange). Also a taste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not creamy, just heavy. Aftertaste of alcohol.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A clear orange body with a less than one finger off white cap that rises and falls fairly quickly. The cap settles to a thin collar, with some dots of lace.

Big bubble gum, nutmeg, and clove notes leap out of the glass. Ethanol and some herbal, medicinal notes are also present.

Nutmeg and clove hit the palate first. A big rush of bubble gum, herbs, and ethanol mid-palate. The finish is more bubble gum with some earthy hops. The bubble gum notes are dominant, and bring a very sweet presence to this beer. It's a little distracting at times, but doesn't really turn me off.

Medium body with even carbonation. Smooth.

A nice tripel. Nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, very little lacing, super cloudy wheat orange yellow color.

Nose brings plenty of wit like wheat aromas, lots of wheat and tripel like Belgian spices coriander like, lots of citrus zest, Belgian esters with touch booze and bubblegum phenols, light Clementine flesh.

Taste continues, light Belgian tripel spices light coriander allspice like but light, fluffy malts with plenty of wheat, very Belgian wit like. Plenty of citrus again, fresh Clementine, orange peel galore, little tangy. Light yeasty flavor comes through with esters, some warming and slight tingly booze bringing hint of bubblegum phenols again. Finish is bitter, orange rind, light spices, wheat, Clementine, some light booze and a bit sticky despite drying.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy but fluffy, good carb, some warming and tingly booze.

Overall decent, more like a double Belgian wit but that can pass as a tripel these days since most American brewers seem to think that that is what a tripel means. However, well done wheat, spices, citrus, nice esters and phenols, and nice booze warmth.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

River Horse Tripel Horse pours a mildly opaque orange, with a few tangerine highlights. A slightly aggressive pour yields two fingers of frothy white foam quickly rising up and spilling out of the glass a little bit. Head retention is decent, but there's not much lacing left at all. There's a little bit of banana bubblegum to the nose, with some delicate nutmeg aromas providing a bit of balance. There are some peachy stone fruit and banana flavors to greet my palate, before a warming booze and the more citrus coriander notes set it. The nutmeg and clove finish is very subtle. The balance just isn't there for me though, it's too much fruit and citrus that's not offset enough by the nutmeg and spice. The mouthfeel is very mediocre for a Belgian style beer. The body is to flabby, but just by a bit. The real issue is in the carbonation which is noticeably lacking in its liveliness. Tripel Horse is an alright brew, but it's not a great Belgian style beer, and it's probably not even the best tripel brewed in the state (which would be Flying Fish Exit 4).

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Photo of ixodus
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy light orange color with a very small white head that dissipates very quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. I slow poured this but I see a lot of yeast floating around inside the glass with a lot of yeast still at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Strong phenolic aromas. Banana, orange zest, mild clove, alcohol esters.

Taste - Spicy and fruity with citrus and bananas, it's a little hot.

Mouthfeel - Soft carbonation, heavy body, very soft but the heat is slightly off putting.

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River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
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