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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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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 17
Gots: 45 | 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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3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose: Lots of tropical fruit. Passion fruit and red grapes. Very juicy. Bready. Just a touch spicy.

Appearance: No head. Hazy spun-gold with hints of ruby. Cloudy with a few floaters.

Taste: Cloves at first. Massively fruity. Kiwi and mango dominate. A really nice wild-type (brett?) funk that's not in a lot of many Belgian-type beers made in America.

Overall: Good flavor. I was disappointed at first, but it's grown on me. The dry, yeasty finish helps. This has been an inconsistent six-pack though. Flavors and haze have fluctuated.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(edit 2011-Getting a tuity fruity gum like aroma..a lot of banana evident..taste is a little thinner than I expected but i'll stand by the original review for the most part)

Original 6-6-2007
8.5% ABV according to their website.

A-hazy bright orange/yellow....

S-Overripe mashed banana's...sweet juicy fruits (peaches, papaya, mandarin oranges)..also some B.O. like funky yeastiness...

T-Same as the nose but stronger on the juciy sweet fruits....add in a little pineapple and mango to the fruit cocktail mix...has a little bubble gum in it as well....light clovyness on the finish really completes the deal nicely. Hell of a nice flavor to this.

M-Medium to full bodied...medium to highly carbonated....feels right

D-What a nice surprise....great tasting triple with a lot of sweet fruity flavors....just enough clove on the finish to add some complexity...definitely worth buying....only thing I don't care for is the slight B.O. yeastiness aroma...

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3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date on bottle, purchased 8/2011, and well stored in temperature controlled conditions.

Poured into a Duvel Signature Tulip

Pours a rather thin but lively head which quickly dissipates into a thin film.
Very cloudy, orange/amber color, with lots of yeast floating around, and yes I did decant the bottle.

Lots of yeast and citrus (not hoppy) smells in the aroma

Very crisp entry on the palate of citrus flavors, lemon and orange, some pleasant yeast. A little malt comes out after the ale warms. Good medium mouth feel and noticeable carbonation.

An acceptable finish of lingering citrus and yeast.

Really not much going on here with this ale. An acceptable drink, but that’s about it. Needs a better yeast strain that actually resembles a Belgium ale not orange juice.
This ale does not really excite in any way, pretty ordinary compared to what’s on the market these days.
I cannot really recommend this one.

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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.

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.