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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.5
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Poured clear bubbly amber-gold with a thin white head - nice colour, not sure about that head. I don’t get much aroma off this one - sweet lightly caramel malt, a hint of acetone, but it develops a very nice fruity sourness as it warms - apricot, even a hint of green olive. The flavour reveals the alcohol, but the wood sweet malt, honey fruit, drily floral, still that acetone note too. Mouthfeel is still, lightly syrupy, quite a bit going on but all a little too muted to make me fully pleased with it. An excellent effort, though - maybe add a bit more body and some carbonation ...

3.6
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
Golden-bronze colour. Very bright...where’s the yeast at? Gently effervescent. In my Tripel Karmeliet glass this actually looks really good for a yeastless tripel. Aroma of apple liqueur, faint caramel, peach, wood. The body is a mix of creamy thick honey malts and woody/peppery alcohol with peach/pear esters dancing around in the back. The thing I see here is that while it has pretty good flavours and complexity, yeast would improve that. BUT, the mouthfeel is solid and I know you’d screw up the creaminess if you bottle-conditioned this. So you’re left with a decent tripel with areas of weakness that might be tough to fix without messing something else up.

3.7
alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Clear yellow color with. Fruity aroma with hint of vanilla. Sweet, fruity taste with slight vanilla aftertaste. Clean medium body beer. A nice offering from River Horse.

4
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle. Nose-lots of apple and very fruity esters. Taste-slight lotion, vanilla, very creamy, and floral. I liked this beer very much.

3.4
Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Dense white lacing with an orangish body. Arome suggested citrus, chewing gum, Southern Comfort, apple. A bit on the thin side, sweet but not thick, almost limp. Floral notes finishing with cinnamon and citrus, perfume. Doesn’t seem close to 10%. Quite decent, especially apart from the mouthfeel.

3.2
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.

3.7
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.

2.7
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, 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 don’t play off each other too well. Somewhat thin medium body with fair carbonation. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastatcouere.

3.1
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.

3.2
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.


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