Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

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720 Ratings
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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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(Beer added by: putnam on 04-20-2004)
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Reviews by BierStein711:
Photo of BierStein711
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into dimple pint (Yeah, I know not the best glass, but I don't have all my stuff moved yet).

Appearance Cloudy gold body with a quick reducing off white head

Smell: clove, banana, raisin, nuts, and alcohol

Taste: Banana, barley, raisin, and Belgian yeast

Mouthfeel: Thick

Overall, not too bad of a beer, but this isn't a great Tripel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say that is an interesting label on this beer and the beer inside is just as interesting.Pours a deep hazy dark yellow with some orange tint with a big fluffy head that leaves nice lace behind,big yeasty aromas very spicey and clovey with a splash of tropical fruit.Flavors as well in this beer are dominated by big yeasty notes,cloves and apple are very noticable with a touch of alcohol as it warms a little.A good stab at the style maybe could have a little more fruitiness but pretty damn good.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of tectactoe
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this a at Old Chicago on tap, but never got around to reviewing it. This review will be based on the bottled version. It pours a murky golden-yellow color with a bit of stoplight-amber at the very core. The stark-white head settles nicely at about a quarter-inch and leaves a small amount of lacing, only at the very top of the glass.

Like you'd expect from most tripels, the first things to breach your nostrils are equal amounts of clove and subdued fruit. Hints of over-ripe bananas coated in a light battering of cloves spices, followed by some mild malt sweetness and a touch of Belgian-style yeast. Unfortunately, this aroma isn't as robust or commanding as many tripels out there, and doesn't have much complexity. Even warming up over time doesn't really reveal anything new or exciting.

The flavor follows closely to the nose in both the flavor profile and the somewhat underwhelming nature. A sea of malt upon which a big of bananas and apple skins lie, coated with a bit of brown sugar and followed up by some kitchen spices. Alcohol character starts off low at first, but by the end of the glass, the phenol character is quite high and almost even a little intimidating.

One of the most disappointing factors of this beer is its straightforwardness. Even the Belgian yeast really fails to open up and develop, and rather you're left with a small hint of bubblegum in the finish and some small, bready notes close behind. It tastes like a watered down tripel that's not really watered down, rather it's just somewhat flavorless in comparison to other beers of the same style. Medium bodied, lightly creamy with a high amount of carbonation.

From reading the review above, I'm sure it sounds like I hate this beer. I don't. I guess I was being hard on it because I expected much more. It's definitely "good" in the sense that I'd have it again (and I have), but it just doesn't stand up to some of the big-boy tripels out there. It lacks the robustness, finesse, and complexity that the style commands, although it's still a reasonably tasty and drinkable beer in a more broad sense.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy dark honey color with big white creamy head. Big, drippy lacing. Smells are hefe-like phenols, alcohol, honey, and a very faint spice. This is a very light and fresh tasting beer. Honey, berry, fig, sugar, peppery spice , grassy flavor and tart alcohol come out more or less in that order. Mouthfeel is mid-bodied with very active but really teeny-tiny carbonation bubbles that give it an over-all fuzziness. May come off a little flimsy compared to its begian couterparts but for the price difference it is well worth considering.

Photo of migwell
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The subtleties elude me, since my sense of smell is poor, but this is a fine brew, quite strong, but full bodied and flavorful enough to disguise its kick.

It's a delightful, cloudy orange brew with a minimal head and no lacing at all. I would advise this brewery to rethink the graphic design of their bottle... death and the mailbox in muddy reds, oranges and greens announces something much more drab and lifeless than this superior brew.

Another note: I drank this with a very spicy meal which featured a habanero pepper chopped into the mix, and it stood up bravely, and in the end won the day!

P.S. Is there a way to dispense with the cheesy, comment-free smart phone 'reviews'? 'I'm just so busy, I cannot be bothered to comment...' Well then, don't bother!

Photo of wrycon
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks golden and slightly murky. Smells sweetly of yeast and apricot. Drinks very cleanly with a rounded fruit flavor to start. The flavor recedes evenly into a sllightly tart, slightly bitter level. Carbonation is there but not overpowering. This drinks really well. Likely grab more when able.

Like it? Yep

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/21/10

Poured into Chimay goblet. One finger of quickly dissipating head; cloudy with a few yeast floaters.

Smell is banana, with some bread and cloves.

Similar to smell. Not as overwhelmingly sweet as I remember it being. Some definite clove and slight pleasant bitterness on the finish.

Moderate carbonation, though mouthfeel is a bit sticky. Pretty good drinkability, abv not readily apparent.

Not the best tripel around (still a bit too sweet), but quite good. Would buy again.

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of babyhobbes
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a honey mead and is actually that typical honeybear honey color...not that that fancy light or dark honey. Pours thick with no head.

Smells likes grapes and lemons. Tastes that way, too, but a bit more sweet.

This was okay, but I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, comes with no freshness or bottling info. Pours clouded orange hued amber, under a fairly skimpy light tan head, that leaves scattered lace after a moderate swirl. Fruity nose, then a booze, hot first sip. Yikes, this one is a mess, on the unpleasant side. Unfortunately it lacks the characteristics of a well crafted tripel. Pass this one by, so many other more enjoyable Belgians out there...

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little extra in a trade with Hopdog.

Pours a vibrant golden orange. Whispy head with thick sheets of lacing.
Smells bready with banana, cloves and a sweet floral touch. Tastes bready and of bananas. Nice kick to this Belgian Style Trippel.
I truly enjoy a nice trippel and this one is just that, a nice representative of its class. Very tasty and satisfying.

Thanks to Hopdog for a great trading experience.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color

Smell: apples and Belgian spices

Taste: apples, pears, Belgian spices like coriander and clove, some alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, medium carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A slightly above average tripel. The spicing is good and hits the mark. However, nothing really jumped out to me about this one.

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some noticeable floating sediment. Very small off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian style tripel aroma with malt. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk and spice hints of clove and peppers. Dried fruit hints of bananas and pear along with a slight hint of citrus orange and pineapple. Sweet hints of candied sugar and honey. Sweet bready malt presence with hints of wheat, biscuit, grain, and yeast. A decent yeast driven tripel scent.

Taste: Like it smells, a very yeasty and spicy Belgian style taste with fruity esters. Belgian yeast and some funk upfront with spice notes of pepper and cloves. Dried fruit esters of banana and pear and a slight note of citrus orange and pineapple. A little bubblegum taste as well. Sweet notes of candied sugar and some honey. Big bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, wheat, grain, yeast, and a little caramel. A little more malt than typical of the style, but the taste is good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly drying and smooth. Some alcohol heat is felt but not a lot.

Overall: A decent Belgian inspired brew. Not up there with the best Belgian tripels but ok. Ha s some nice dried fruit notes.

Photo of KevBearcat529
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite the murky trip ale with a deep bronze/golden body and a bright white head, pretty clouded. Lacing is fine and even carbonation was effervescent and smooth versus most of the recent Dark Horse brews I've had with supper fizzy carbonation. Blasts of sugar and booze, tropical fruit including mango and pineapple. For sure there's a bit of nutty yeast like notes and mild spices. Flavor brings out more tropical fruit content with excellent spicing balance, a bit of alcohol in the finish enough to make it a rough experience slightly fusel. The yeast dough/nut combo is almost like one of those Italian nougat desserts. Not much in the way of an evident hop profile here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly cloying with residual sugars this one has a ton of malt in it, carbonation is better than most of their other offerings still not world class but acceptable. Drinkability is solid an Americanized version of the style one of the better ones in that regards but compared to a Belgian tripel it's hard to compare the two.

Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with cryptic stamp on neck served in a Paulaner Weissbier glass.

Pours slightly hazy amber with a large frothy white head. Good retention and lacing effects.

Aroma: sweet and spicy with hints of banana and other tropical fruits; yeasty with some wheat. Complex but not what I'd expect for style.

Taste: sweet (overly at first) with a pronounced, but not overpowering fruitiness that mainly consists of banana. Bready malts with a clear contribution from wheat. Alcohol esters reveal the high ABV.

Feel: soft, medium-light body.

O: strange tripel that tastes more like an eisbock or hefe-weizen than a Belgian Tripel.

Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Orange golden color, hazy. Thin white head. Malts and orange aroma. Flavour is not far off of the aroma! Good beer!!!

Photo of jeonseh
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle and poured into my Bell's tulip

A - a nice hazy golden color with hues of orange and bronze strung throughout. The beer is rather opaque as barely any light manages to penetrate the brew. Head formation was non existent as only a small number of white bubbles formed on the side of the beer, bordering the glass. Overall, the color of this one was attractive but wish it had some sort of head.

S - The odor was a mix of a light bready and yeast smell that intermingled with a hint of lemon and orange zest.

T - Initially sweet and reminded of honey. The beer is also rather fruity as I noted hints of black cherry, orange, and lemon. After the beer went down the gullet, the aftertaste was yeasty and malty. Additionally, the flavors lingered on as they took root on my tongue.

MF - As the beer first enters the mouth, it has a good bit of carbonation which is prickly on the tongue, yet never harsh. Good medium body as well and after the carbonation subdues, the mouthfeel becomes rather creamy. There was a slight astringent tingle that remained on the tongue as the flavors lingered.

D - Overall, this was one rather tasty tripel that exceeded my expectations. It had a ton of flavor and was easy to drink as well. My one criticism was that the nose did not come close to mirroring the other factors of this beer.

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.