Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Tripel is a big, loud style of beer already (see our views on Victory Golden Monkey), so leave it to New Jersey to turn “big” and “loud” on its ear. River Horse’s Tripel Horse is a slightly nontraditional but still delicious take on this Belgian style. Brewed with a malt bill and yeast culture that gives this a more “bready” taste than most tripels, along with faint hints of vanilla, it ends up being a horse that rides WAY too easy for its whopping 10 percent ABV. The spicy notes that rise from the glass make it a great beer to pair with dinner, but the boisterous alcohol content also makes it a beer to approach with caution. By all means, approach — it’s one of Jersey’s finest exports — but tread carefully, lest you go all Snooki on your friends just four beers into the night. Tripel Horse is sometimes available at Redwood.