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 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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Bananas, citrus, and dark fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bananas, spice, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: Average tripel. I was not impressed by the smell or taste.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got in a variety River Horse pack.

I've had this twice now, the first poured into a beer mug, the second straight out of a bottle.

Smaller head, maybe 1 finger, with minimal lacing.
The smell has a distinct fruitiness to it, raisins, citrus primarily stick out.

The taste wasn't my favorite, with the alcohol content of 10% almost feeling pervasive in the flavoring.
Not to an unbearable point but I wouldn't run back to drink this again.

Good carbonation and full bodied aftertaste.

Overall it's not a bad beer but not one that I enjoy that much.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

River Horse Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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