MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Peachy mahogany Nose spicy, lots of floral character and sweetness, sugared fruit and perfume. Flavor is not all that tripel-esque, bit spicy and yeasty, but very fruity, lots of candy sugars. Itís more an average Belgian Strong instead of average Tripel, like that actually helps or anything.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this from PA, which explains itís presence in the Baptist hungry, cerebrally-impaired state of North Carolina. River Horse brews havenít wowed me. This one pours hazy dark straw with medium to small white head. Aroma of huge floral esters, Brett, Belgian candi sugar, fruit, spices. Tastes spicy, Bretty, with a smooth, extremely fruity, Bretty finish. More smooth as it warms, with notable complexity and very good balance. River Horse may become more than a New Jersey Hippo if they can make more beers like this one...
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear golden, small white fizzy head, spotty lacing, moderate carbonation. † Spicy nose, belgianesque (not to be confused with a true belgian) with fruity notes as found in English Barleywines. † Bready, orange peel like spices, with a peppery aftertaste. † Not as fruity or floral as I have come to expect for a Tripel. † Moderate body and mouthfeel. † Tiz okay, ABV is well hidden, its tasty, but it is also rather ordinary. † Needs to be a bit more floral me thinks. † Thanks MAP!
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought this 12oz bottle from Normís in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear amber color with hardly any head. Decent lacing around the glass. Not much of an aroma. Light fruit aroma, and a hint of malt. Apples in the taste. Kind of flat. Alcohol presence is hidden well though. Not the best triple Iíve had, but for River Horse, itís not too shabby.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice golden glassy copper color, tiny bit of head. Aroma, first reminded me of salami, then smelled like my turtles cage after a week without it being cleaned. Not flattering at all really. Upon closer inspectiom, there was some light belgian-esque sweetness and spice as well. Flavor is a sweet and thing breadish flavor, but its really leaving me sitting here, asking, where is the rest of my tripel? Wheres my 10% as well. I taste a bit of cotton candy and malt. "the palate improves with age" uh hun, sure cuz this is about as one dimensional as it gets for a ícraft beerí. Looks like Iím gonna age the rest of this sixer for many a year before I try it again.
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2009 When I first poured this one out and caught the first scents of apples, caramel and sugar floating over the small white head that stuck through the experience in the form of decent lacing, I thought I had found a great beer. On first taste, I was dead wrong. Taste is of honey and sugar but way too watery and subdued to qualify as a good Tripel. If what the brewer says is true, perhaps I should hold onto the other bottles for a year or two and see if they develop better with some cellared age. Update 1/1/09: After several years in the cellar, I am revisiting this same batch. Pours a hazy copper with a thin white head. Smells of caramel, lightly fruity, some bananas, floral. Tastes dry and spicy with some nice citrussy hints. Mouthfeel is full. Finish yields honey and some peppery hints. This definitely improved with some age.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never have I had such a difficult time getting head (out of a beer) - I pretty much turned the bottle upside down and shook the beer out - nope, no head. Body was a really nice clear golden body, but with very little head and lacing, it looked flat. And this wasnít just one bottle - this was a whole 6 pack. Anyway, enough about the appearance. Aroma was great - malty sweet with vanilla and fruit. Taste was sweet and malty, mostly dry at the finish. This one is way too easy to drink.
notalush (4640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strawberry blonde in color, perfectly clear with moderate lacework - musty aroma with fruity esters, mostly apple, banana and pear, a hint of vanilla - the flavor is not as complex as the aroma suggests - a mild sweetness combines with a perfumy, flowery, herbal quality - more vanilla in the flavor - a bit of hops in the finish - not bad, but not all that impressive a belgian.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a light amber with no head. Aroma of banana, neco wafers and maybe rolaids. Tasted malty sweet, hints of banana (again), or maybe plaintain. I found it flowery and vegetal (in a good way).
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: poured an amber orange with a thin white head. Mild perfumey/flowery aroma. Flavor is banana, apricot, vanilla. A bit sweet. No hint of 10% in this one. Well, maybe a bit in the finish. Full bodied and flavorful. Well done.