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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Photo of bceagles39
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Brass Rail in Hoboken, New Jersey on July 30 2011.

Beautiful thick white head with amazing lacing. A rich golden orange and hazy.

It smelled a little hot and very floral.

The first sip was confusing - I enjoyed it very much but it did not seem to be a tripel. The taste was not as boozy as I had braced myself for. It was sweet (which I enjoy) and tangy. Excellent carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, however it didn't taste like a classic tripel style. Like a good tripel it brilliantly masked the high ABV but it wasn't as light bodied as I would expect and drank more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of bpw28
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two Finger bleach thick white head, a hazy peach color (about a hazy 4 SRM), Good Carb, Pretty Nice lacing.

Smell: Massive booze (not hidden at all), bannana (kudos, it really smells like a freshly peeled bannana), citrusy coriander, grassy floral, sweet.

Taste: Booze in my face, bannana, grassy floral returns, more booze, bit of a lemony taste, booze, sweet, booze. Good carb, not very bearing. Mouthfeel is pretty solid.

Final Thoughts: It's alright. It meets alot of the things that I would consider of the style, so I guess its good. But I wouldn't buy this one again. Just not my bag I suppose. Good bannana nose though.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alright I will make this one short and sweet - I picked this bottle up at the brewery tasting room, sampled from a tulip.

The appearance is good, light golden with some apricot hues, the ale is hazed and I let a little yeast particulate sneak in. The head is healthy and retains well. The lace stickage is ok and bead is fine. The smell is very banana with some slight clove tinges with a very sweet odor and relatively strong fusel alcohol aroma. The feel is my least favorite part of this ale, too sweet and has a warming feel pretty soon into the swallow with a slight spice tinge and some phenolics with a yeasty tanginess.

The Tripel is pretty mediocre flavor wise, it has some malt flavor, but mostly it just tastes sweet and simple with a yeasty tropical accent which comes off as ripe banana with a dash of spice. The flavor turns to alcohol pretty rapidly which is not quite like pure alcohol but doesn't really do anything to help matters. I would only recommend this if you have to try it because I have had more than enough of this (my wife would not split the bottle) since I had to drink 12oz myself.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky, dirty orange, almost a brown. I had no head on my pour at all, so I can't even speak to the retention. For a tripel, I would say the appearance is below par. The smell is sweet like prunes. I can sense a small hint of earthy hops.

Pow! Right in the kissa! The sweetness punches you in the mouth, maybe a bit too brute. The hops come out much stronger in the taste. That's not to say that they are a dominant flavor, but they are certainly present, especially in the after taste. I would say the body is light to moderate, with a smooth feel and strong finish.

Overall, I'm in the middle ground. It is not the best Tripel I have had, but it certainly is not the worst. The crafting of the beer is a bit sloppy in that I think the sweetness is too strong and the 10% is not hidden as well as it could be.

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Photo of mactrail
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Truly intense stew of flavors. Long, long spicy nose. Carnations and sage. A hazy golden yellow in the wine glass. Pale color belies the thick mouth feel, which is quite sticky with sugar. A cordial-like flavor, perhaps a malt liqueur with herbs of Slovenia. It is kind of mysterious and intriguing. Hops? Hard to tell if the mix includes very aromatic hops or just the hyperactive Belgian yeast.

Quite drinkable as a bedtime sip or late night with cold pizza, say. Quite creamy and mouth-filling when you pour another inch after it's been open a while.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

big frothy head and a nice hazy amber color, a bit darker then i expected to be honest and definitely lively. aroma is soft and light with peaches, pears, and tons of dry hops. really not at all what i was expecting, but what can you do. same with the flavor, not really all that i was expecting, light with too much emphasis on the grains and not enough punch, really just not doing it for me at all. finish is the same, clean but lacking true depth.

overall an ehh for me. i have had much better in the style for sure.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 120z poured into Chalice.

A: Dark gold and slightly amber. The head it not thick, though it does leave some lacing. The beer is a little clear.

S: Honey, malt, some floral scents.

T: Starts crisp but quickly becomes creamy. Bubble gum and fruit (banana) start off the beer with a hint of honey. The alcohol appears mid-way through. There is a bit of yeast towards the finish. The finish is a bit metallic, drier, and the alcohol sits at the back of the throat.

M: Heavy and on the creamier side.

O: I am originally from New Jersey, and I wanted to try to support state owned micro-brews. I was curious how this tripel would taste, and now I know. The smell is decent; though, honey dominates the aroma profile The taste is also okay. It has a lot of different flavors. It also has a lot of alcohol. Typically, tripels have a lot of alcohol; however, the better tripels balance the beer so well the alcohol is not obvious. This is not the case with this beer. It is not a beer that is so bad that it is not drinkable. However, there are a lot of other delicious tripels for roughly the same price. You will not be angry if you buy this beer, but it is not a beer to buy again.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass (not the most ideal situation, but eh). Consumed at the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery in Atlantic City, NJ.

Hazy golden color with a minimal head fills the glass. It was probably served a little bit too cold as there's no head retention and very scant lacing. Smell is subdued notes of banana, citrus and bubblegum, melding together in a typical tripel aroma that's also got some faint notes of grain and malt. Interesting, but could have been a bit more robust.

Taste is quite clean and straightforward, with a good tangy citrus note to start, followed by a sweetish malt presence and a nice banana flavoring. Slight bubblegum on the back end with a mild yeasty component. Alcohol shows up as a fleeting warmth. Mouthfeel is decently full, with an almost fluffy feel on the tongue. Finishes slightly dry, leaving a bit of tartness as a calling card.

On the whole, a solid example of the tripel style. It's not going to wow you if you've had better, but it's a good on-tap substitution if you're craving a good Belgian-style beer amidst the litany of BMC product like I was.

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

Thanks to my cousin for sharing this. A 12 oz bottle in a pilsner glass (hey, you drink from what you got).

A: The tripel is golden yellow and hazed over, completely opaque. A small white head came with the pour and didn't lace.

S: The nose has sweet candi sugars and a bit of peppery heat. What's here isn't that strong, even for a 10% brew.

T: Candi sugars follow from the nose, sweet with fleshy fruits. Pepper is present, a coriander addition that adds more flavor. For as strong as the ale is, the flavor is much more reserved.

M: The mouthfeel is low on carbonation, allowing the relaxed flavors to linger just a little while longer.

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

On tap at a beer festival poured into a sampler glass. From notes: Moderate notes of grain, lemon and perfume for the malt and hops, light to moderate dough and soap for the yeast, with hints of clove in the background. Head is small frothy whole with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is mostly clear yellow. Flavor is moderately sweet to start and finishes moderately sweet and a touch bitter. Palate is light to medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. A pretty good Abbey Tripel that leans a little to much on the sweet side.

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Photo of foogerd
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow body with some white head.

S- Lots of pink sugary bubblegum and booze, some cloves and yeast.

T- Follows the nose with more of a bitterness from the yeast and spices

M- Creamy frothiness to it which enhaced the yeastiness for me.

O- Decent Belgian knock off, worth a try.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this cask at Dave's Bellport Beer where a River Horse tasting was going on last night. The pin was obviously fresh as it poured with mild carbonation from the gravity feed.

In its murky orange and golden way, the Triple looked like most like the Belgians I had previous had and it seemed to sparkle a little in my glass. The aroma of coriander, peppers, honey, and hops seemed to bring out an unexpected and appealing element in the ale.

My first taste told me this was dead-on for style guidleines as it hit the magical spicy wheat in high abv very well. I loved the body of the ale as I had more and more...

Easy drinking with an eye on the occasional hotness, this made for a great serving.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 bottle, with an unclear bottle code. "149" may mean the 149th day of last year, as I've had it in the cellar since the summer.

a hazy golden color and 1/2" white head. decent lacing. smells of belgian yeast and herbal spice.

tastes of bready yeast flavor, well balanced with some sweetness and mild spice. the label says nutmeg and corriander. I definitely pick up the nutmeg in the aftertaste.

very smooth mouthfeel, although higher carbonation. the bit of age has mellowed any alcohol bite that it might have had.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy golden color. Really interesting looking beer. They're particles floating around in the beer, weird. Looks decently carbonated.

Sweet Caramel, little pine, dark fruits like raisins and a noticeable hint of spice.

Very tasty beer. Citrus, spice, raisin, slight booze but works well with it; for a 10% ABV it is hidden very well with a hint of alcohol.

Medium mouth feel that fills your mouth. Carbonation is NOT extreme but is there. Feels really nice in the mouth.

This is quite a easy drinking beer for a ten percenter. Taste is really good, feels really nice in the mouth. I wish I had one more of these to enjoy but the alcohol sneaks up on you.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - 10% ABV - Described as a "Belgian Style Ale Brewed with Spices"

APPEARANCE: Hazy Golden Yellow with Reddish tones. Very much like a light Witbier. Pours with about 3/4 inch of head, which dissipates in about 30 seconds and leaves light lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Smells like a maltier hefewiezen. Light notes of citrus and malts. Other than coriander no spices stand out.

TASTE: Light citrusy flavoe with subtle notes of spices, which complement the beer really well. This is where the spices really shine. This is followed by a little bready/yeasty flavor near the which is not a positive thing. It finishes with a little hoppy bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and summery. Reminds me of a great hefeweizen with some character. Carbonation is pretty good (med-high).

DRINKABILITY: Very enjoyable. I could easily drink a few of these.


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Photo of tetsuoni
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this ale over a year ago in Stone Ridge, NY. When they ran out, I couldn't find it anywhere, but it stayed on my mind. Last week, I drove to Lambertville to make sure I wasn't crazy, and that it did in fact exist, and was as good as I remember. I'm so glad I did. Jimmy the brewer gave my Rhinebeck Brewing partner Jay and myself a grand tour of the brewery (plus the brewpubs Triumph & Ship's Inn - what a day!). This is a great tripel, in leagues with La Fin Du Monde, Merry Monks, Defiant and St. Bernardus.

It's got the yeast characteristics I seek out in tripels, but the 10% alcohol is not overpowering. It goes down smooth, with nice floral and banana notes. Ales brewed with spices are often overpowered by their spices, but not here, where the application is subtle.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed on 1/12/2011 from a 12oz. bottle.

A: hazy shade of amber with a big white fluffy head. not entirely opaque with minuscule carbonation racing to the surface.

S: sweet, burnt sugars. caramel and baked pie. alcohol.

T: vanilla, caramel, & toffee. raisins with a big alcohol warmth. gingerbread spice and a complexity introduced from the yeast.

M: creamy mouth feel with a tickling combination.

D: overall, a pretty good example of an American tripel. easy drinker with a manageable alcohol component.

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Photo of Buddha22
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

As a fellow New Jerseyian I find the tripel horse to be a pretty decent beer. For such an alcoholic beer it is rather drinkable and I get hints of coriander and lemon in the beer. I would get this beer again and I am proud it comes from the Garden State.

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Photo of LeftyEtc
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A Golden yellow unfiltered body capped with a one inch creamy white head that lasted quite a while before receding into the beer leaving just a small white ring around glass.

S- Very sweet candy, caramel, citrus and Belgian yeast are all screaming for attention and begging to be tasted.

T- Orange peel and watermelon rind along with hoppy acids lend a bitterness balanced well with sweet sugary malts and many fruity notes. Finishes with an alcohol burn but not too overbearing.

M- Chewy and sticky, this cloudy brew is complex and interesting. I think the biggest difference between this beer and the best in its class is the easily identifiable alcohol. It is still easy to drink, especially for 10percent, if my attention needs to go nowhere else then I could easily drink a few. This is my favorite or River horse beers and I am very happy to live within walking distance of them, the brewery tour they give is informative and tasty.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out to be a little cloudy like Belgian style wheat ales, and golden in color. Slightly lucid.

Smells fruity and sweet when poured. Belgian style with hints of coriander and nutmeg. Not too flavorful. Very alcoholic. Smooth and spicy. Local NJ brew.

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Photo of dlmccabe1
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't love this beer. From the start it's sweetness at every turn. You can smell and taste candi sugar and the mouthfeel has a honeyed quality. There is a light Belgian yeasty aroma, but you kind of have to search it out and it's not on the palate. I don't get a lot of spice either.

There are moments of Belgian Tripel in this beer, but there is a lot of sweetness that makes it difficult to find.

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Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden color with a one-finger white head that left minimal lacing.

S: Biscuit malt and Belgian yeast. Overtones of peach and honey.

T: The front is sweet, with honey and candi sugar coming to the fore. The center gains more spice and a hint of bitterness, while the back has more hop bite, but brings everything into balance. This is not a beer to have young. Young, it has too much of an ethanol flavor (rocket fuel), but aged, even just a couple of weeks, it opens up into a wonderful palate of complexity.

M: Rich like honey-water. Alcohol bite in young bottles, mellows with age.

D: It's difficult to rate drinkability in a 10% ABV beer, but as far as it goes, this is on a par with the Belgian beers I had in Europe this summer.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA poured into a St. Bernadus chalice. The beer bottle label does not match that on the picture, but is more of a medieval typeset. Looks way better,

a- Very nice golden typical tripel hue and a full, creamy tan head.

s- Gentle orange scent. Typical boozy sweet Belgian yeast scent. Full of fruity esters... towards the apricot/peach/orange side. Nothing harsh/hoppy.

t- Very smooth, tasty. Fruity apricot is dominant in this one. A small detectable hint of vanilla. Less sweet/more bitter than similar tripels. Tasting some spices, maybe allspice, nutmeg, and coriander. Quite enjoyable!

m- A little more carbonated than what I'm used to for this style, but not overpowering.

d- Drinks a little too easy for 10% ABV... just sayin. It tastes boozy and has a nice little burn but it taste good and its easyt o get carried away! Could only dirnk one or two before wanting to move on.

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Photo of bgildea
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden amber color with a very thin white head that didnt last long or leave much lacing.

S: Nice sweet smell typical of a belgium tripel.

T: Starts with a slight sweet taste then moves into a waxy bitter taste. Slight amount of bitter hoppy finish.

M: Decent amount of chew for a triple.

D: It's a fairly drinkable beer, especially for a triple.

Overall: The beer was pretty good. I wasnt amazed by it, and there are definitly better triples out there.

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Photo of cooch69
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

River Horse Tripel poured into a Delirium Tulip glass a dark golden yellow. It had a tight 2 and a half finger head that was pure white. Fairly clear, but there was a good amount of stuff in there.

It smells of alcohol, candi sugar, pale malts, herbal hops and some fruit esters.
Taste is full of esters (apricot and white grapes). The hoppiness was on a level a bit more than a traditional Belgian would be, but it was'nt too bitter. A thin malt backbone to this one. Mostly covered up by the hops, the yeast and the sugar. But is was a semi satisfying brew in my opinion.

Mouthfeel was vibrant and creamy. Alcoholic and slightly burny, but not too agressive. I think I'll give my other one some time and see how it transforms.

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