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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Notice a unique aromatic nose with a hint of vanilla esters, which comes from the Belgian ale yeast. Tripel Horse has a big body and rich mouth feel and finishes mostly dry with only a touch of sweetness. If you shy from some of the sweeter Belgian ales, we think you will enjoy this one. The palate improves with age, so keep some on hand and you can ride Tripel Horse down a new path with each opened bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle. Fruit on the nose. Thick, creamy, fruit and spice flavor. Another very enjoyable offering from River Horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Golden in color with a slight haze and alrge white head. High carbonation and great head rentention. Aroma of sweet malt, fruit and subtle spice.Flavor is bready,herbal,fruity with a warming alcohol mouthfeel Body is silky and smooth yet medium-full. A bit more alcolholic than I like or perhaps not as balanced as it could be but very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
Strong vanilla, lavender, citrus, floral and honey characteristics in the sweet, sweet nose. Some notes of alcohol and orangey tannins are also apparent. Clear, pale copper-gold body with low white head that recedes to ring. Herbal, spicy hops, tannin-full fruitiness and moderate to strong bitterness are all there but flavours never seem to marry and donít play off each other too well. Somewhat thin medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastatcouere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heitz (7) - USA - NOV 19, 2005 does not count
Nice aroma, very citrusy. Kind of weak for a tripel. Nice drinking beer, but not what I look for in a good Tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
bottle...mostly transparent orangish pour with absolutely no head. I poured aggressively and it still could produce no head. Yeastly aroma, citrus (orange) presence also. Oh, thank god it is not flat. Sweet start, with some spiciness. Orange citrus, rock candy, yeast come to tongue and mind. The sweetness melts away and finishes a little dry. I like this fact, because otherwise it would be cloying. Nice balanced mouthfeel with some hops becoming evident toward the end. Well done, I feel better about this beer now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6011) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle - courtesy of slob. Pours a hazed amber with a small white head. Nose is peppery and spicy with notes of yeast, citrus fruits, light melon and sweet malts. Some light candied fruitiness as well. Taste is peppery as well with spices and yeast. More citrusy notes, light candied fruits (tangerine, melon) and sweet malts. Body is light with mild alcohol warmth. Lightly carbonated. Sleek feel at times. Finishes with more peppery spices, yeast, sweet malts, candied fruits and light alcohol. Not nearly as bad as recently rated, IMHO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Bottle from Sunset Grill, 11/2/2005. Pours a chill-hazed, deep hay/straw yellow, with a strong light-orange tint to it. Head is small and white and poorly retained. In the nose there is a strong current of spicy vanilla beans, white pepper, tangy citrus and what, I suppose, might be considered Belgian-like yeast. Not very convincing on that aspect, but the rest is interesting. Some honey grains and warm, sugary, white dough. I like SOGís suggestion of scented paint-thinner, it certainly is unique, but not altogether displeasing. Flavor is considerably more attractive than the nose, for me, with more oranges, lemons, nectarines, peaches, tangerines and what not. Quite citric, though not heavily acidic or bitter. Sweet doughy malts, with more vanilla on the end. The yeast just dosent cut it. Itís almost like they took regular American house yeast and fermented it really high to get lots of fruity esters. The mouthfeel is bubbly, and at times substantial, though ultimately, not lively and expansive enough to measure up to the real thing. Alcohol is controlled, if somewhat apparent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Glowing, transparent orange with a sudsy saliva puff swirling in the center for the head. Nectarines, alcohol, cloves, orange extract, pepper, lemon zest and fruity banana esters lead to a comprehensive aroma thatís reminiscent of a scented paint thinner. First sip washes in and Iíve already forgotten the flavor suggestions. Consecutive sips enforce a flavor profile purely from a repetition standpoint. Husky, sweet lemon traits, orange skin, imitation cloves and distinguishable alcohol presence. Overbearing sugary lemon drops and an ill dosage of pepper. Light, sweet, slick and the most brevity of spice to placate the palate. Laughable attempt at complexity, finishing like melted ice in a spiked middle school dance orange-pineapple punch. What it boils down is this: another episode of "even if you can brew it, doesnít mean you should do it." Thanks for the bottle, Thaichile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2007 The Lure:
Inventive vanilla sweetness in thick layers over bananas and citrus fruit. Flower petals and grapefruit zest are whispered within, linked by the doughy yeast. A different concept, kudos for that.

The Festivities:
A serene mouthfeel is created by the low carbonation and honeyed malt sweetness. Oranges hang on to the soft yeast, and there is no alcohol to be tasted. A definitely floral perfume distinguishes it from other Tripel variants. Some watery moments disappoint, and point to the lack of depth.

At first sight, something different might seem off the mark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Clear golden, the white head is thin and fully dispersed. Very very sweet aroma contains lightly spicy, yeasty vanilla and honey notes, somewhat perfumey, but basic all the same. Doughy in mouth, it keeps that same old same old sweetish herbal, honey, vanilla profile that amplifies its simplicity through a simple light-medium body with biting, but not terribly authentic carbonation. So sweet! Where are the hops?

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