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 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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Photo of Ryki
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet taste, like a banana split. Like Blue Moon on Steriods. Love this Beer! I like my beers less hopped. This stuff is almost like mead. It's a Belgian Style Tripel, but it doesn't say what the base is. I presume it's wheat based. Just went to their website says Pilsen, White Wheat and Caramel 15. This is the best beer I have tried in a while.

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Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber color with a spumeous head that is rock solid and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are extremely phenolic and yeast forward highlighted by bananas, cloves, a touch of lemon and a solvent alcohol element.

The taste follow the nose with banana and clove flavors that are joined, mid palate, by a prickly harshness; the finish is quite alcoholic, but contains some tropical fruit elements in addition to the solvents.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is estery with lots of warming alcohol.

Overall this is just a subpar example of a Belgian style ale. Too boozy and phenolic and just a pass for me going forward.

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Photo of Contagion
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a Golden Amber coloring to it. There is a hint of hazinesst. Light passes through easily and you can make out images through the glass, but not clearly. When I poured it a half inch head formed consisting of a thick mass of tiny white bubbles. It faded to a film on the top of the beer and some lacing formed on the side of the glass.

The aroma was an enticing blend of Bananas and cloves. What I found surprising is that with a 10% ABV I could barely detect a hint of alcohol without searching for it. The flavor, much like the smell is mostly of bananas and cloves with a touch of roasted malts. There is a slight hint of alcohol, but not much. As the beer approaches room temperature you get a slight biscuity flavor. The finish is leaves a pleasant malt flavor in the mouth.

It’s a light bodied beer. The carbonation is just right for the beer to add some bite to the tongue, but not to be distracting.

This is a dry beer that drinks very easily. When you factor in the 10% ABV you have to really watch yourself or you could end up feeling the effects quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and look forward to enjoying it again.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Riverhorse Tripel has a fantastic golden color. It is a Belgian-style ale that was served to me in a pint glass at 516 Kitchen in Syosset. It pours with a very thin white head with a clear golden color.  Aromas of raisins, sweetness, & caramel hit the nose.  A syrupy spicy feel in the mouth with tastes of golden raisins, plum, & sweetness with slight alcohol kick. This a really great beer!

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Photo of glasscleaner
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

River Horse Tripel Horse may not qualify as a true version of the Belgian style,yet it has many tasty redeeming qualities which make it an appealing hybrid quaff.
New Jersey brewery provides the goods for those who can appreciate the Hippo on the bottle....

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Photo of mikeg67
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden-orange with a short lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of ripe peaches followed by musty yeast, bready malt and hint of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of ripe fruit, yeast, spices, piney hops and alcohol. Finish is long and very spicy. Nice brew.

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

A: Hazy brown amber with a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a nice veil of lace that almost completely covers.

S: Belgian yeasts and spiceyness with hints of tangerine and lemon citrus and the characteristic bubble gum aromas. Very nice.

T: Some spicy tones in the beginning with some yeastyness and sweetness towards the end. Kinda falls flat though, I was hoping for more flavors. Everything kind of runs together here.

M: Moderate carbonation works with spicyness but doesn't help the overall flavor.

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Photo of craytonic
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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Photo of n2185
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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Photo of johnnnniee
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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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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Photo of Sharkophile
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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Photo of match1112
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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Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium yellow with a lingering white cap. Unfiltered hazy look.
S- when first poured it had a wit smell. As it warmed the smell turned more towards a classic sweet tripel smell.
T- Has the sweet tripel taste, but it turns to citrus finish. The alcohol is not hidden nearly as well as in some of the better tripels.
MO-There is a creamy feel. Overall a good beer, but there are so many very good tripels around. I'd got for it again.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very transparent orange color. Barely any head. Agitating the beer helps to leave merely bits of dots for lacing.

S-Sweet nose. Malty with noticeable alcohol. Apple cider notes. A bit fruity. Yeast comes into play as well. Sweetness prevails.

T-Yeast and sweetness. Sweet honey. Coriander. After the first sip, the flavors mesh together well. Don't have much experience in the Tripel style.

M-Medium carbonation. Alcohol is a bit too intense. Dry but sweet. Sugary sticky.

O/D-I've had all of the beers from this brewery's variety pack. This, like the others is just another notch in the belt.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a long bottle of this sitting on a Spirits Unlimited shelf so who knows how long it's been sitting there for.

Pours a pale, very cloudy amber/orange which is even a little gray in spots. Not much head, and whatever head did appear was whisked away rather quickly. Not sure if it's just my bottle (which unfortunately has no date on it) but it didn't look healthy to drink. Despite this, I dive in anyway.

Aroma's pretty nice yet subdued. Nothing big but lots of subtle scents that add up to a unique bouquet. Slightly figgy with touches of Belgian candied sugar at first followed by clove, bubblegum, bananas, and coriander. The flavor presents alot of these same flavors with a big yeast taste as well. Oddly enough, alcohol is barely perceived what so ever.

The beer is medium in body and deceptively easy to drink.

I did like drinking this beer, the flavors were good and it was easy to drink but this beer shares more in common with a hefe weizen or a lighter styled weizen bock than it does a belgian tripel.

Had the guys at riverhorse tried to not like this delicious brew with a style it does no justice too, I would've given it a higher score.

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Photo of keysofebony
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this a nearly perfect beer. Although I do now have some beef with River Horse because I made a beer that tastes almost identical to this, but it was 8.5% and not as smooth...damn river horse...touche

Appearance- belgian hefeweizen appearance; very hazy golden (i accidentally let all of the sediment in...gives me heartburn) Very frothy, smooth head that leaves a complete film along the top. Impressive.

Smell- Banana goodness, don't smell ANY alcohol. I want this as an air freshener. basically flowery banana. that's it for me.

Taste- A little bite between small amount of hops and alcohol, very tiny hop influence here. A little taste of pear on the finish, but an overall bold beer with a good malt base to it and well tamed ABV. A little spice to it..oh and did I mention banana; tastes like they used a Weihenstephaner yeast. (thats what i used in my own imperial hefeweizen recipe)

Mouthfeel- creamy, a tiny tiny bit dry at the very end, but medium sweetness throughout.

Overall- this seems like a semi-session-able beer but there would be a world of drunk waiting for you. after one i feel like I drank one tastier blue moon but feel tipsy like I drank 3. Very enjoyable, I can't compare it much to other tripels cause ive never had a real one before. However this is a above average/near perfect brew. Impress your friends with this and see them get hammered cause the alcohol taste is almost non existent. Will definitely buy more, especially cause the brewery is ~45 mins away from me.

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

Pale hazy amber with a loose white head that fades to film with wispy trailers. Big yeast, sour orange and stewed apricot on the nose.
Mango jam and sponge cake with clove hit then orange and branch hops.
White pepper finish and dry linger. Medium, chewy, some burn.

Had this in the cellar a good two and three years, and even that couldn't save it. Hot, simple and unsubtle. River Horse just don't do great work.

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Photo of Belpaire
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A crazy hazy straw color with minimal head and virtually no retention or lacing.

Smell is estery cloves with a with a firm malt backbone. A whiff of alcohol.

Taste is a light refreshing malt with a hint of funk. Noticable alcohol. Tastes fades out into an almost smokey buttery thickness.

Certainly not a session beer at 10% and flavor wise, this beer is more for sipping.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, straw yellow, trace head, very little head

S: banana, bubble gum, floral, yeast, kiwi

T: tropical fruits, yeast, mild floral finish

M: med body, hint of tongue prick, mild crisp mouth

O: Solid Tripel from Jersey. Not world class,
but you could do much worse. Hefe lovers
may find this a nice gateway into Belgians.


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: dark brown-orange with tons of haze. Head is practically nothing, which is unfortunate. The color indicates that this is going to be a big malty tripel, rather than a light fruity tripel. Let's find out!

Smell: big malty it is! Sweet, nicely malty aroma, although not particularly strong or complex. This is a great base, a great starting point, but it really needs some more character to go over the top.

Taste: quite nice. The label says this brew is made with nutmeg and coriander, which I find complement the malt-forward character of this beer quite well. There's also a tiny hint of tartness (a flaw? who knows) and a little alcohol bite (which punches below its weight, considering the 10% heft of this brew). I like it; it could function well as a winter warmer, too.

Mouthfeel: pretty thick body with a decent but unspectacular creaminess. The body and alcohol provide some texture, but better carbonation would do this beer absolute wonders.

Overall: this beer is far from perfect, but I find the spicing welcoming. Summer is turning into fall here, so maybe the clouds and drizzle are making me appreciate it more. In any case, this is a tripel I'd have again.

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