Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
877 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:
#31,778
Reviews:
351
Ratings:
877
pDev:
13.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
113
Trade:
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3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this a at Old Chicago on tap, but never got around to reviewing it. This review will be based on the bottled version. It pours a murky golden-yellow color with a bit of stoplight-amber at the very core. The stark-white head settles nicely at about a quarter-inch and leaves a small amount of lacing, only at the very top of the glass.

Like you'd expect from most tripels, the first things to breach your nostrils are equal amounts of clove and subdued fruit. Hints of over-ripe bananas coated in a light battering of cloves spices, followed by some mild malt sweetness and a touch of Belgian-style yeast. Unfortunately, this aroma isn't as robust or commanding as many tripels out there, and doesn't have much complexity. Even warming up over time doesn't really reveal anything new or exciting.

The flavor follows closely to the nose in both the flavor profile and the somewhat underwhelming nature. A sea of malt upon which a big of bananas and apple skins lie, coated with a bit of brown sugar and followed up by some kitchen spices. Alcohol character starts off low at first, but by the end of the glass, the phenol character is quite high and almost even a little intimidating.

One of the most disappointing factors of this beer is its straightforwardness. Even the Belgian yeast really fails to open up and develop, and rather you're left with a small hint of bubblegum in the finish and some small, bready notes close behind. It tastes like a watered down tripel that's not really watered down, rather it's just somewhat flavorless in comparison to other beers of the same style. Medium bodied, lightly creamy with a high amount of carbonation.

From reading the review above, I'm sure it sounds like I hate this beer. I don't. I guess I was being hard on it because I expected much more. It's definitely "good" in the sense that I'd have it again (and I have), but it just doesn't stand up to some of the big-boy tripels out there. It lacks the robustness, finesse, and complexity that the style commands, although it's still a reasonably tasty and drinkable beer in a more broad sense.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Photo of sjones5045
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours fairly flat for a Belgian Trippel and has an pretty hazy orange look. The smell hit you with a little spice which is mostly cloves but nothing that seems to impressive. The taste is pretty lacking too. It hits you with some cloves and like the look, it was kind of flat. Keeps reminding me of a watered down version of Weyerbacher Merry Monk. Overall nothing great going on here. I probably will pass on this in the beer isle.

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4.36/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- yellow-orange with little yeast floaties. They seem so content, totally relaxed just chilling in the middle of my beer glass. I feel like we're friends already. It's a shame I will soon consume them all.

S - Farmhousey. Bready. Wild yeast. Are those even words? Spell check only recognizes 'wild' and 'yeast' so maybe not. If they were, they'd are called synonyms. Sort of. In a way at least. Accurate is a word that could be used to describe the first four words that were used to describe the scent of Sapient Trip Ale.

T- Oh man. My tastebuds feel like they are awake for the first time. This really opened my eyes. It's a delicious Belgian, grain and spice lacing the tongue and leaving it tingling after.

M- A nice full bodied Tripel, the hug that this beer gives to the inside of your mouth seems to linger.

O- Just great. I'll be repurchasing the shit out of this.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent tripel. Nice fruity esters with an underlying sweetness that works. It's a bit boozy though, which would probably be a big detractor for me. But it isn't like a lot of the disastrous tripels you see American breweries putting out.

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 877 ratings
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