Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by CrellMoset:
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A bottle from a trade that came and went a long time ago. Poured in to a tulip.
Appearance: Pours an unusually dark, turgid, bronzed gold, hazy without any actual particulates being noticeable. A moderate pour yields about half a finger of foamy fuzzy white head that fades down relatively quickly, though gentle swirls reveal plenty of wispy side stickage, and a persistent and dense collar suggests some good retention, too.
Aroma: Very juicy, with tons of raw sugar and fruit notes wafting up easily. Reminiscent at times of both pineapple juice and guava juice, a slight spicy underpinning keeps this one interesting.
Taste: Mature and perhaps a little oxidized, but still with plenty of goodness going on here. Not quite as sweet as it smelled, and perhaps a little fruitier than I was expecting, this one showcases a really nice fruit bouquet, with a slew of heavier citrus notes, lots of tropical notes (guava, mango, pineapple), and a few spicy, green esters. Hints of honey and clove.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and low on the carbonation side of things, which isn't the best combination, but at the same time it's not that sweet so it never comes across as syrupy or cloying.
Drinkability: Not the best tripel, not even the best out of Michigan I've had recently ... but a solid one nonetheless, and if you like yours on the fruitier side of things, it's worth a try. Then again, a lot of this could be the age on this bottle (it's at least three years old), so who knows. Worth a try either way, though I wouldn't imagine it being a go-to for me, if I had the opportunity to make it as much.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2011 06:46:20 | More by CrellMoset
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sapent Trip pours a nice golden color with a good sized non lacing head. There is a strong ester and yeast like aroma. The flavor has a strong banana taste and is very creamy. There is a good feel and good body to this beer, with strong flavors. Overall its full of creamy banana flavors.
Serving type: on-tap
06-25-2014 03:34:05 | More by vette2006c5r
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/6/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, orange, golden raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of apricot, orange, golden raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, golden raisin, pear, apple, light banana, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
06-18-2014 21:34:50 | More by superspak
Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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