River Horse-Tripel Horse

Type: Bottle

10% ABV

30 IBU


As a traditional Belgian Tripel, Tripel horse is about average for the field. It pours golden brown, with a full head.  On first taste, the beer is sweet and alcoholic.  There are notes of butterscotch, caramel, and almond.  As the aromas linger, there’s also a hint of orange and banana. There are even some slight herbs, but the sugary thick alcohol of the sweet yeasts dominates the palate.  In fact, the beer is a little too alcoholic without providing the complex base of a true Tripel.  However, for twelve or fourteen dollars a six pack, it’s a really good buy for a strong Belgian ale.  As a result, it earns an A for price.  In fact, I buy this beer a lot for small get togethers.  If you’re interested in the Tripel style, you can easily find more definitive brews in presentation and originality.  However, for casual drinking, you probably won’t find a better deal.

In Conclusion:  There are better Tripels out there, but River Horse’s Tripel Horse is a lot cheaper than most of those.

Food Pairing: Spicy and creamy pork or poulty dishes, Greek food, and pungent cheese like Limburger or Taleggio.

“Milk is for babies.  When you grow up you have to drink beer.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger


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