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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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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Dark Horse into shaker
Aroma spicy and yeasty
Head removed by bartender, white, frothy, diminishing to frothy ring and thin layer
Lacing excellent – curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor heavy with yeast phenolics and spice; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4 (397 characters)

Photo of Hopsbythebay
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heady initial spice and clove flavor followed by a smooth banana, light citrus, and phenolic follow through. Solid tripel overall, smooth and complex. (150 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. A semi-aggressive pour yielded a 2 finger head that was an eggshell color. The beer itself is a cloudy, burnt amber. Banana, clove and spice, yeast, and sweet malt on the nose. Medium weight, and very creamy and smooth on the mouthfeel. Sour fruit, banana, and lots of spice up front on the taste. There's a strong, creeping banana flavor that gradually takes over and resides until the aftertaste. Finishes smooth and sweet.

Overall, pretty good. While tripels aren't my favorite style, I've liked everything I've had from Dark Horse, so I wanted to give this a try. I kinda wish I hadn't bought a 6 pack, but it's not bad. Better than the one I had with the bicycle on the logo. (711 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 3.27.14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Tangy Belgian yeast aroma with some bready malt backing. Notes of overripe banana and spice.

T- Yeasty flavor with some notes of apple and pear. Smooth for the ABV but not a whole lot of complexity.

M- Sharp from the yeast and booze with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Pretty standard tripel but earns points for being so drinkable yet strong. Probably has something to do with the fact that it's over a year old which I didn't realize until just now. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the beer though, so I'm submitting the review. (862 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in snifter glass. Looks like a tripel, smells like a tripel, tastes like a tripel. Hits all the notes without being exceptional. Decent, you could do worse, but there's a lot better tripels to reach for when the mood strikes. (236 characters)

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: aggressive pour into a Schell's snifter yields one finger of tan head. Body is cloudy golden beautifulness.

Smell: estery goodness - HUUUUUUUUUGE estery goodness.

Taste: the esters come flying through - this is more like a witbier with extra boozy goodness.

Feel: tangy, well carbed.

Overall: I like these guys, and this is a nice tripel, if maybe a bit too estery (is that a word?). (394 characters)

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 delta490
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even with a careful pour, its a murky orange with a thin creamy white head. A smudge of lacing hangs on. The aroma is lightly fruity and strongly cloves. There's also a hint of yeast. The taste follows in line with the aroma, with the cloves dominating. It gets old quickly. The body is a little thick but there is a nice little bit of carbonation. As tripels go, this one isn't terrible but it's certainly not a beer to go out of the way to find. (447 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice take on a Tripel. I have never had a hop kick to go with the light fruity, bubble gum flavors before. Good beer, but this one has a bit to much sediment for my liking. (172 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky amber with a one-finger sturdy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is yeasty with some floral hops.

T - The flavor is a mix of Belgian yeast, clove, and pear with a bitter hop bite in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Dry finish.

O - This was an interesting take on a Tripel. The hops tend to overshadow the subtleties of the Tripel. (421 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 Hophead777
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My perfect look to a fresh poured beer out of a tap. I drank it out of a 13.5 Belgian Snifter. This allowed the trip!! I loved this beer after a long day of work. The smell was hoppy and citrusy but not overwhelming in either area. This was an easy drinking hop in the back of the tongue beer. I loved the alcohol content while being so easy to drink. Which can be risky business! (380 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in February 2015.

Appearance: Deep amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a pretty long time, and left a little coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong influence of both a hops bitterness and a citrus sweetness in the aroma. There is some malty aroma, but the aroma is dominated by the hops and citrus aromas.

Taste: A nice balance of hops, herbs, and citrus flavors, that make for an interesting Belgian trippel, but with a strong bitterness from the hops. There is a nice after-taste with a hint of bitterness from the hops, which lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex Belgian trippel. (771 characters)

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 Barnoloid
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a spicy note to this tripel. Clove and banana dominate here, with a yeastiness that comes right through. Has a dustiness to the mouthfeel. Good but muddled in a sense. (176 characters)

Photo of Yellolab2010
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wow! Wouldn't even let me rate with out a review because I gave a low rating? I'll start by saying I love dark horse but am not a fan of Belgian tripels. I do continue to try them but just don't care for them! That being said this was not a low ball at dark horse by any means just me being fair in my ratings.
If you are a tripel fan you may really enjoy. (356 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Got me going! Pours a thick foggy amber with a ring of foam around the outside of the glass. Almost no initial appeal to this. In fact, there was a ton of sediment that I didn't care for at all. Looked like rocks in the bottom of my glass! Once I dove in it was a game changer. Great smokey, banana, clove nose despite the lack of head. "Once it hits your lips, it's so good!" Ready for whatever was to come, I was pleased. Slightly warming with the all the Belgian yeasty goodness. A beautifully crafted beer. (510 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber colour, got a fair bit of sediment in the pour. Head is off-white, sinks quickly to leave a thin rim of nice sticky lace. Lace saves an otherwise unappealing pour.

Smells rich and inviting. Sweet, with lots of complex residual sugars. Caramel toffee, tocay sweetness with raisins, treacle and a touch of nutmeg. Very enjoyable, sweet and complex. Just how a tripel should be.

Taste is a lot more bitter. Belgian phenols all over that, start early with a touch of rubber, bandaid note and gets really very medicinal midway. Plenty of malt, which helps remind one it's beer you're drinking. But yeah, it's a fine Belgian character, I just wish it didn't take such an early stranglehold.

A bit heavy with brandy warming through the mouth. Touch of carbonation.

Nice tripel characters, but just feels lacking in the complex sugars that makes the best Belgian versions sing in such beautiful harmony. (922 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden peach with a modest, frothy cream head that dissipates to almost nothing.

Pear, green apple, menthol, and Belgian yeast funk form the initial aroma. Notes of peach add complexity.

Flavor reveals more apple dominance, accented by pear skin, finishing fairly dry. Hops are slightly earthy and spicy art the finish. The malt backbone is overwhelmed by yeast esters, but provides lightly toasted support. It's a bit heavier than most.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Surely not the most complex yeast ester profile, and the malt is a bit heavy for the style, but a very approachable, inexpensive Belgian style beer. A minerally character emerges that is offputting, and the bitterness is more than I prefer. (770 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,472 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Murky light brown with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of brown sugar, fig, coriander/clove, a touch floral
T: Matches the nose. Pleasant spice, brown sugar, wheat & florals
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet but the alcohol doesn't stand out. Light carbonation
O: Not super complex but straightforward and is a good example of the style (385 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.21/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold color. The head is a finger high (white colored) and rather poorly retaining. A tiny ring of lacing is left on the glass. Not particularly attractive.

S: This has a rather heavy note of orange peel, combining with some stewed dark fruits, candied sugar, caramel and a touch of coriander. I hate to blaspheme, but...but...BUT...it smells like a roided-up Blue Moon. In a realm full of La Fin Du Mondes, this isn't a good place to be - however, the aroma isn't awful by any stretch.

T: There's something off about this one. At first, I think it's just a poorly handled orange peel note. Then, as I swirl it in my mouth, it hits me like a sack of dildos: this is tomato-y. After about the third sip, I couldn't wait to pour the dregs in. It seems to have helped a bit: the tomato disappears slightly (not completely) and grows more generically yeasty. This also seems to be acidic to the point of harshness, too. Nope, I'm ultimately wrong - this is still tomato-y as hell.

M: Like many Dark Horse beers, it's crisp and easy to drink for the style. It would be even easier to drink if the flavor profile didn't suck ass, though. Carbonation is slightly prickly but not intensely vibrant.

O: I've had some great 'Murican-made tripels (Allagash Tripel, Boulevard Long Strange Tripel, hell, even Flying Fish's Exit 4 was damn enjoyable). This isn't even close to being one of those - it might even be the worst example of the style I've had yet. The best I can say about this is that I can power through it without dumping it. Even better, Dark Horse makes a bunch of solid beer that I can drink instead of this crap. (1,674 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: a dark brown 355mL bottle with a great craft label - a very nice package.

Appearance: pours a burnished hazy orange-copper with a fluffy white head that drops away pretty quickly to a thin cap. Certainly not standard for a tripel.

Aroma: a combination of Belgian yeasts and some orchard fruits - not particularly good to be honest; very awkward.

Taste: and that awkwardness follows through to the palate. I love Tripels - it is one of my favourite styles - but this one is pretty ordinary. No body and little Tripel complexity.

Aftertaste: fades away quicker, again not much happening.

Mouth feel: very flat in feel - hardly any body at all.

Overall: whilst I am a big fan of Tripels, this was a very poor attempt. No complexity and no body, leaving just a half-hearted awkward whack of Belgian-ish flavours. Add a price over AU$150 for a case, and this one doesn't make the cut. (894 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: unfiltered cloudy dense dirty orange, zero head,
little lacing/may be flat

S: big orange peel, floral, belgian yeast, wheat

T: orange, belgian yeast, floral, mild biscuit
finish

M: med body, semi-oily, hint of dry, very little
carbonation.

O: Love this style, but some how just missing
the buzz on DH. Perhaps got a bad bottle or batch.

OK; NOTHING SPECIAL! (369 characters)

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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