Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
BA SCORE
52.7%
Liked This Beer
3.67 w/ 873 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by putnam on 04-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,225
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
873
Liked:
460
Avg:
3.67/5
pDev:
13.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
112
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 873 |  Reviews: 350
Photo of Czequershuus
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +6.5%
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 -18%
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 +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lochef81
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9%
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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of salinasa
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmaskell33
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthiasGP
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a good example of "stick to your knitting."
Dark Horse is known for its stouts and does well in the British tradition.
So, why does Dark Horse think that it can do as well in the Belgian tradition?
It has brewed this triple for a dozen years and its does not rank in the top 100.
That tells me something.
If I were a brewer (and I much prefer being a consumer), I would not try to do both traditions because the work would be too much and the experiments would cut into the profits made in the British tradition.

As for making suggestions to improve Sapient Trip Ale, I might start another tirade... so Keep It Sweet and Simple: stick to your knitting.

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

Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, nearly opaque copper color. Fruity, banana-ish nose with a definite Belgian quality. Flavor has a slight tang with a juicy fruitiness. Very mild for a tripel. Well-balanced. High ABV is well-hidden.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of martinpfal
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just a good beer from DH. Light taste for a triple. I'd do it again.

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Photo of peteknepper
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msumike89
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AMCPhD
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Did not care for Belgians at all when having this first time. Should revisit

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.7% out of 100 with 873 ratings
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