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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beer Tasting: River Horse Tripel

The Beer: River Horse Tripel Horse
Style: Belgian-style Tripel
Reviews: Beer Advocate Rate Beer
Packaging & Date Stamping: 12 oz. brown bottle; no evident date stamping on bottle

From where & how stored: Purchased as part of a variety case from Exton Beverage, stored at 42F since then

Pricing: $23.99 per variety case of 24

Availability: Year-round

ABV, IBU, and Other Available Stats: 10% ABV
Bryan's Notes
The Look:
- nice amber color
- one-finger head fades quickly
- a few stray floaties take up residence on the bottom

The Aroma:
- obvious sweetness
- faint spiciness
- touch of vanilla
- overall, though, not a big nose

The Taste:
- a bit of spiciness comes through as it warms
- bit of mild sweetness

The Verdict: this medium-bodied, slightly carbonated beer certainly does not offend. Though, it doesn't 'wow' me either. It's just a flat-out decent drinking beer, with a few interesting notes here and there, but that falls short when it comes to tripels.
Adam's Notes
The Look:
- amber orange
- no head to speak of
- not very carbonated

The Aroma:
- sweet malt nose
- very pleasant

The Taste:
- the taste is like the nose
- sweet and soft
- a bit thin
- some yeast bite or something
- bitter off taste in the finish

The Verdict: Would I buy a case of it? might be a cost thing. I like it, but, it isn't top of its class.

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