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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83
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336 Reviews
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Reviews: 336
Hads: 791
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 76 | 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: 336 | Hads: 791
Reviews by mountdew1:
Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Color was a medium amber, with next to no head. A few small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma had a bit of alcohol, but shifted to a primarily fruity sweet, hints of prune. Reminded me a milder barleywine. Flavor was sweet, more on the sugary side, but not excessively so. Despite the sweetness, came across a little thin and watery. Overall it was pretty good, but not great. (411 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SD-Alefan
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Beer looks decent, dark amber with about a one-finger head.
Aroma has a bit of spicy fruit and some nice, funky yeast odors but there's also an underlying plastic harshness.
Taste is not very pleasant. This seems harsh and rather crude for a Tripel. A lingering and unpleasant medicinal bitter finish. Nearly a drain pour.
Mouthfeel seems a bit thin.
I'm a fan of both Dark Horse and tripels but his seems a rather poor effort that lacks refinement. (450 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  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. (2,106 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of migwell
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (767 characters)

Photo of wrycon
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (309 characters)

Photo of dacubz
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of babyhobbes
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of VernonKell
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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... (411 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow. smells like a tripel. tastes like a tripel. there's a little bitterness at the end. overall, it's okay. i can't say i'd get it again when i'm in the mood for a tripel. (193 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy orange, 1” head with very fine bubbles, rings of lace
S: malt and yeast aromas with some large pitted fruit and hints of citrus.
T: Peach, plum, slightly over ripe fruit, biscuit, medium hop bitter accent on the finish. M: very creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: You do not notice the alcohol while drinking this beer. (345 characters)

Photo of juicebox
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of KevBearcat529
4/5  rDev +9%

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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