Tripel Horse | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Tripel HorseTripel 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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3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a bit of a fail. Yellow pour with a large off-white head, aroma is incredibly spicy with orange, pepper, coriander, and allspice. Taste is also a bit of a train-wreck, odd yeast followed by sugar, candy malts the spices listed above. Mouthfeel is medium-full, although it is quite boozy. Overall I'd recommend skipping this one, no one can be great at all things.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by slight bubblegum characteristics and lots of sweet yeasty aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some Belgian spice flavors at first followed by notes of bubblegum and then a strong, sweet yeast flavor dominates. There are hints of light fruit notes intertwined as well, and the finish has a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a bit too thick but at least has a decent amount of carbonation and isn't sticky sweet.

O: An alright tripel, though nothing special. Even with a decanted pour, the yeast dominates the nose and palate. It'd be nice to have more balance and depth as well as a higher attenuation.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy bone white head that sticks around forever. Smells floral with malty caramel and twinges of pomme fruit. Yeasty esters abound reminding us of its pedigree. Taste is malty sweet with caramel and light green apples. An abundance of ethanol or higher alcohol meld with spicy phenols in a long sweet finish. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Decent flavorful tripel, but a bit rough with alcohol burn.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of csrbv
4.88/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer that I first tasted back when River Horse had a restaurant called 'The Porterhouse' back in 1997 or so. This particular beer is what started my love for Belgium style beers.

Appearance - Not a translucent beer, blocks light. The beer is a dark golden color--beautiful!

Smell--this is my least favorite aspect of this beer,
Taste - While not quite a Triple--it seems more complex with other spices and a darker color than a traditional Belgium triple. I give it a great rating once again for this 10% Belgium Triple. Tastes very smooth. Slightly sweet with minimal taste of hops.

Mouth feel - Great mouth feel, full bodied.

Overall - Great Triple-ish beer, though keep in mind the 10% ABV, you want to be careful drinking too many at one time ;) Also due to the strength it does get smoother with age.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy golden color with a small white head that doesn't last too long.

S: Smells very fruity and sweet, with a little bit of spicy yeast.

T: Banana (like a hefe), honey and light fruit flavors, along with a spiciness from the Belgian yeast (clove, again like a hefe). Sweetness continues into the finish with light hops and a pretty hefty punch of alcohol.

M: Medium to full body with light carbonation. Pretty creamy.

O: Is there such a thing as an imperial hefeweizen? Doesn't taste like a typical tripel, but I like it alot.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: dark cloudy yellow. no head on this one, just a thin fizzy ring.

s: smells like a spicy wheat beer, and i'm not sure they use wheat in this beer. belgian yeast hides in the background behind the alochol.

t: peppery spices, belgian yeast, fruit.

m: full body, decent carbonation, sharp dry finish and a bit of warming from the alochol.

o: glad i got it as an extra, but dont think i would seek it out on purpose. seems flat maybe a touch oily and the spice dominates the belgian yeast a little too much.

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Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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