Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-21-2014 00:57:57 | More by laituegonflable
3.81/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
07-19-2014 20:08:53 | More by barczar
Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.