Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by putnam on 04-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
865
Reviews:
348
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Photo of DaveCash
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mustangdon
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattsucks
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AJmon13
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mambajahamba
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from one of Dark Horse's great garish single-serve bottles (keep the artwork coming folks)

Look--Initially pours like a classic trippel--copper/gold, hazy, and inviting. However, very quickly "settles" into a perfectly clear brew like a macro. Not offputting, just weird.

Sweet malts and yeasts forward, but a very strong phenolic aroma, almost like a phenolic wit, if that makes sense.

Taste--Yep. Another "merican" take on a Belgian style that thinks bitter or "unique" means better. Based on the brewer's description of its own brew, this is a tripel "take" that has its roots in Dark Horse's summer wheat brew. That explains the weird cacophony of flavors clashing on the palate. It does have the malts and yeasts with some cracker complexity to tell you they were thinking about creating a tripel when they were brewing this, but the phenols of the original wit "base" overwhelm it with a medicinal quality, and the hops are a bit too aggressive on the finish. Not an offensive take on a tripel per se, just a strange medicinal one. This could have been good. It ended up being kind of a mess.

Feel--Thin for the style, probably another side-effect of being a variation on a summer wheat brew.

Overall-- Dark Horse has been a "hit" or "miss" for me over time. Its take on Scotch Ale ("Scotty Karate") is exceptional. Plead the Fifth is a good stout. Maybe this brewer is simply better at the British brewing styles, because its attempts at Belgians (their wit--Kamikaze Kaleidoscope --and this brew) are just a little off, mostly because of an apparent effort to be intentionally off-beat. Not a drain pour, but not one I will try again.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip from a single, pours a slightly hazy reddish peach with a 1 finger crown of puffy head that subsides quickly...some carbonation bubbles. Nose is pretty good: cloves and belgian yeast, tangerine, caramel...I don't get a lot of layers though, and once it hits the tongue, this concern is amplified. It's good, but there's just not a lot of depth or complexity. Not quite as much carbonation as I expect for the style...fairly substantial body with a touch of boozy heat.

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Photo of mbratt93
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtomlins
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky, muddy amber with a smallish head. The aroma leads with lots of spice - cinnamon, sandalwood, and a huge amount of clove - then fruit - apricot jam, bananas, spiced pears, and some notes of walnut and pecans as well. The flavor is more fruit forward, with ripe banana, apricot, still a lot of clove, cinnamon, roasted nuts, and a pleasant hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel is rather sticky with soft carbonation. Overall, this is a really solid American Tripel, it hits the classic notes with an emphasis on the spice, and some odd and uniques touches.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate in a snifter. This nice little tripel
pours a murky gold tinged amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of light cracker, mild notes of pineapple
and mango, light herbal hops, yeasty bread, and light candy sugars. Flavors exceed the
nose with mango, light apple, and pineapple braced against a nice herbal hop that mellows
with warmth. Candy sugars and crackers hit on the middle to rear and fade into the back with
with a light banana note. Nice mouth feel, lightly slick with mild carbonation. Overall a nice
brew from a great brewery who makes some of the best stouts I have had.

Cheers

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Photo of tlema1
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L: cloudy orange/amber color, tight white head
S: I get Belgian yeast, and a little sourness
T: somewhat of a Trippel taste, but not fruity
F: very dry, weird after taste
O: I've enjoyed all Dark Horse beers that I've tasted...until this one

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Photo of djl9701
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lochef81
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice typical Belgian style tripel.
Taste delicious!
As a tripel should be.

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Photo of BigRed10
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of salinasa
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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