Sapient Trip Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #478
Ranked #36,499
3.7 | pDev: 12.97%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better know as "Death" was quite found of our classic Sapient Summer Wheat Ale. When we changed it into a Belgian Style Triple, Death thought it would only be appropriate to bring something from that beer into this beer. So he picked the mailbox, and we weren’t about to argue with him. You can say what you want about him, but that Death sure has a big heart. So anyway...we brewed this beer with a Trappist yeast strain so it is very traditional. The flavors are incredibly complex with notes of mild fruit and finishes with a bit of clove. Although this beer is higher in alcohol it is very smooth and finishes dry on the palate.
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy peach in color, with a flimsy and ridiculously small centimeter thick head. The small amount of foam quickly becomes a thin collar, and ultimately nothing at all. The pretty color of this brew, however, saves it's ass from a low appearance score. The color is at times like carrot juice, multicolored peach skin, and tangerine candy. Despite the lace of head, a good deal of spotty lace is smatered all around the surface of the glass.

S - Caramel, taffy, and fruity candy. My wife recently bought some organic tangerine flavored licorice that came in a brown paper bag, and this smells a lot like those interesting treats. Apple skin. Yeasty and fresh as can be, this smells delightful.

T - Sweet tangerine and mango flavored taffy. I've had confections at an old-fashioned confectioner's shop that taste a lot like this...the sweet gooey stuff that's pulled on a big old fashioned iron taffy puller. This is never overly sweet or cloying, as a really nice hop presence tightens things up. This starts sweet and thick, moves through a hoppy and slightly boozy mid-palate, and ends with a fresh fruit and sea salt neutral finish with a very faint white pepper note. Damn...this is crazy-complex and tasty as hell.

M - This feels lighter on the palate than it really is. Sugars abound at the initial sip and made me think that this would be a really heavy beer, but the really heavy hop flavors and alcohol feel keep this in check. This has a very low level of carbonation, but the bubbles that I can feel are an occasional sharp prick in a sea of smoothness.

D - Killer drinkability! No ABV listed, but I can bet it's pretty high...who cares? I'd still session this one! This is honestly one of the better tripels our there IMO, especially for an American take on the style...I think I'm a sucker for the hops, and the high level of malt sweetness in this one is just the perfect balance for the flavors presented here.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium orange, a bit dull, with a white foam head. Some retention, some decent lace. Whoops, looks like this one is bottle conditioned, as my final pour put a bunch of yeast floaties in the glass.

Digging deep for aroma. Mild, but there. Tropical fruit and some yeasty funk.

Flavor up front is tropical fruit, funk, booze, and bitterness. Then -- gone to rind bitter. Failure of flavor to stay is a minus, and a big one.

Fuller bodied, nice carbonation.

OK attempt. Flawed, but what well. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blurred toasted gold body resides below a vanishing cream head.
The nose is generally muted, but exudes a predominant breadiness, along with wafts of bruised bananas, and humid basements.
It begins with a crispy pils malt base that suggests saltines and hay bales. The confectionary deluge begins; candy sugar, and candied oranges, and candied pineapples, and raw honey, and caramelized apples, and rum-soaked bananas. Just as this teeters oversweet, yeast-derived nuances scratch out a dry spot filled with menthol, thyme, rosemary, and limestone. Hopping is a role-player, and contributes like-mindedly arid notions of dry lemongrass and tea leaves.
This could easily be an obese gooey blob of a tripel, but the persistent, tiny carbonation slakes the mouth, and forms scaffolding that brace the sweetness to give it support and functionality, and create a numbingly drinkable the literal sense, as this often seems pollinated rather than brewed.

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Photo of theembalmer
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, it is the first craft brew that I fell head over heels for. It starts a little bitter then turns sweet with a finish that is a nice spice like nutmeg or allspice. The fact that I live 20 miles from the brewery makes life awsome! They have inspired me to get serious about my own beer making. The one draw back is that this beer must be enjoyed draft rather than in the bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of AJmon13
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zerk
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold/light copper with w quite persistent 1/2 inch white head. Aroma is a mixture of tropical fruits, coriander, and pepper, quite a lovely smelling brew. Flavor doesn't have quite the depth that the aroma would suggest, beginning slightly sweet, then finishing with some light fruit and spice notes. As it warmed a bit, the flavor began to take a little more shape. Has a medium body with medium carbonation... quite smooth actually. Overall this is a pretty good Tripel... pretty much right on for the style.

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Photo of Mcculler
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little thin on the head for the style, pours a cloudy golden.

Smells of very overripe bananas, pears, a little apple.

Tastes of bananas, nuts, pears, apples, coriander, and that Dark Horse muskiness - a yeast thing?

A little thin on the mouthfeel, with a strange powdery carbonation.

Not too sweet - very drinkable for the style.

An interesting American Tripel - but a little odd. Not as overly sweet and simple as Victory's, its flavors are perhaps strangely balanced.

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Photo of khargro2
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Pours a beautiful tropical orange glow, about 90% opaque with just enough light penetrating to see a faint shadow of my hand on the other side.The head is not being measured as it's in a small tulip glass, but it did pour pretty nice and currently has a ring sitting on top.

Smell : Some tropical notes - pineapple and papaya, along with some plum and fig. A light breadiness also accompanies the aroma. For the most part it is weak though, and hard to nose. Out of the bottle it smells mostly of tropical guava, blood orange, and pomegranate.

Taste : Hmmm. An interesting and complex flavor profile is presented here, beginning with a hoppy citrus backbone, complicated by yeast and cracker malts. Dark fruits and plum skin, blood orange, and slight honey butter follow shortly after. It waves goodbye on a dark fruit skin note, with more juiced citrus. It's not your typical Trippel, but it's got enough yeast presence to tell you it's Belgian-inspired.

Feel : Medium bodied mouth feel, somewhat watery but a small zap of carbonation underneath. It ends semi-dry.

Overall : This is really not a bad ale, I'd have it's just very strange.

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Photo of putnam
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orange liquid...
Aromas of candied orange blossoms crushed under new tire rubber. Smoky, creamy and mildly peppered.
On the palate it is sweet and juicy with pulpy, plump red apple flesh, tangerine, hot electrical wires and powdered sugar. There is a naiive candied sweetness to this beer that prevents it from acheiving much better than average drinkability,

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

It pours a cloudy orange with close to 1 finger's worth of foam that starts shrinking quickly. Some decent lacing ensues.

It smells of candy sugar, light pepper, some fruitiness, and some alcohol.

The taste is very much on the sweet side by way of candy sugar(?), with good notes of fruit that add more sweet and a touch of tart, some peppery notes that intensify as the session goes on, and plenty of drinks the full 8.5% and possibly more. Lots of warming.

It has a lightish body with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? The booze and the mouthfeel are factors here that slow down the session more than should be but seeing that's it's like 12F outside, the significant warming is actually welcomed. A prety good example of the style, overall.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden/brown color with about a finger of quickly receding head. Smell is strong spices, caramel, clove, and super sweet dark fruit. Taste is upfront malt overload before the subtle spices kick in to wash it down. No sting or harshness from the spices which I often find to be the case, but there is a bit of an odd lingering cinnamon/nutmeg on the back of the throat. This is very easy drinking, not bigger than medium bodied but there is a slight sense of creaminess. Overall this is a very solid beer that I probably wouldn't buy again simply because it is not a preferred style, but I definitely would recommend it to others.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite the murky trip ale with a deep bronze/golden body and a bright white head, pretty clouded. Lacing is fine and even carbonation was effervescent and smooth versus most of the recent Dark Horse brews I've had with supper fizzy carbonation. Blasts of sugar and booze, tropical fruit including mango and pineapple. For sure there's a bit of nutty yeast like notes and mild spices. Flavor brings out more tropical fruit content with excellent spicing balance, a bit of alcohol in the finish enough to make it a rough experience slightly fusel. The yeast dough/nut combo is almost like one of those Italian nougat desserts. Not much in the way of an evident hop profile here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly cloying with residual sugars this one has a ton of malt in it, carbonation is better than most of their other offerings still not world class but acceptable. Drinkability is solid an Americanized version of the style one of the better ones in that regards but compared to a Belgian tripel it's hard to compare the two.

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Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 894 ratings