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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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 272
Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsonta
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Myotus
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a disappointing line of white foam. There is a subtle amount of both small and very small rising bubbles. Pale yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of cloves, bananas, white grapes and pears entangle with subtle buttered bread aromas and hints of vanilla and alcohol are present.
TASTE: Mild clove and banana flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild flavors of white grapes and pears along with hints of buttered bread. Subtle medicinal flavors (pretty close to cough medicine; I do recall encountering this unpleasant taste in another Tripel that I have had from a brewery out in Utah) and hints of alcohol and vanilla enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for clove and buttered bread, which both grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth. Finishes with the slightest hint of dryness.
NOTE: Although subtle, that medicinal taste brought down the rating of this beer. My second brew from this brewery and I have to say that I have not been impressed yet.

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Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap at The Brick House in Willow Grove PA. The appearance is a reddish golden color with a small white head. The aroma is hops, malt and some vanilla. The flavor is malt driven and has some fruit notes tossed in.

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

Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy straw color with less than a finger of head. Both the nose and the flavor profile are funky - overly funky. There is a tarty note that surfaces on the finish.

In general, not well put together.

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Photo of A_winn
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TopherBreski
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Molson2000
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pjkelley82
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from a 32oz. growler.

Appearance: A really nice semi-hazy gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is white coming off a little subtle settling with even lacing. Rose about a notch below a finger's length upon initial pour.

Smell: light banana and the skin itself, but super light scent.

Taste: Banana again, lightly mellow cream coming off a bit sweet. Honestly tastes more like a dessert and if you were to add walnuts or pecans somehow this would be your banana nut bread beer. Personally I think it's pretty awesome.

Mouth: medium to heavy body, lightly sticky. Honestly takes a while for it to stick.

Overall: Very good brew and honestly looking at some of the reviews I can't believe it is this heavily criticized. Screw the reviews and drink this with a dessert and you will thank me for a very long time. Salud!

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Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy dark orange color with a thin layer of white head. Smells of bready malts, sugar sweetness, and yeast.
Taste is of bready malt, banana, sugar, bit of spice and yeast.
Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.
Overall a pretty average Tripel, overpowering sweetness.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarryBruner
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FrancisM12
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattycee
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hearty ale, good character, nice herbaceous flavors

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Photo of Jssteinman
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phigg1102
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber fairly hazy color, creamy white head, about one finger settling into a thin ring around the edge. Esters hit you in the nose along with a lot of biscuit and a touch of bubblegum. Banana in the taste with more bubblegum. This could be exceptional without the heavy alcohol taste, and with a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of SirMango
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber brew, hazed and effervescing - strong sweet fruits smells, accompanied maybe by some spices - tastes similarly sweet, with tropical fruitiness and some hints of holiday-type spices. Medium body, moderate carbonated feel. An average take on the tripel, but worth the exploration if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of classixIII
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first from River Horse, hopefully first of many! Light golden pour with a long tail of yeast and solids at the end making it very cloudy. Awesome creamy head that stayed forever. Everything you would expect for the style , maybe a bit more bitterness at the end. Ill find more.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of baseball636
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep orange body, a few floaties not many, and some nice simple amounts of carbonation if only a little in the body as well. Head is a creamy classic simple white color, two fingers. Falls to a nice simple thin puck and good even collar.

Mild sensing fruited orange, but has a tinge of real nice sweetness but also a faint tartness as well. Spicy estery notes, a faint clove mixing in as well, going for a good basic balance. Not bad fairly solid but that tinge of sourness has me a little concerned.

Palate comes with quite a good amount of sweetness. Sugary and a bit syrupy, but also with large amounts of banana and fruit quality. Decent body, almost a little wet but still manages to not take away from enjoyment. Boozy finish, a little bit of hot clove going on as well. The banana takes away from a bit of orange and malt sweetness, and really starts to dominate and feel out of place though.

Overall not bad but a bit too much sugar like sweetness and booze. Some decent character is in here with some ester and fruit enjoyment, but it's a little bit large and needs to be reigned in a bit.

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Tripel Horse from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 51.2% out of 100 with 642 ratings
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