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

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Added by putnam on 04-20-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
867
Reviews:
348
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrob21
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of RichardRaeder
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ethanmc12
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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 again...it's just very strange.

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Photo of dbauer78
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

This is a very light-bodied tripel. It drinks more like a session IPA than a 9.5 percent Belgian Tripel. It may not be true to style in my opinion, but I'd still drink it again.

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Photo of MustyDusty
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blkcatalyst
4.86/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewmanCapote
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JmikeyB
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooGood
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy murky lighting brown with floaties and sediment all over, looks like swamp water in a glass. Smell is fitting the style, but taste is very boozy and not too pleasant. I let it sit and warm up for a bit with no improvement so half went down the drain.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lyman77
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep, very cloudy, amber. Muddy, almost. One finger of sudsy head.

Nose is typically belgian, pleasant and not overpowering. The taste, like the appearance, is a muddled, almost musty affair. Notes of banana, yeast, and cloves are there but not overpowering. A slight bitter finish lingers. The feel is creamy and smooth. It's quite boozy at over 9%.

Overall I didn't particularly enjoy this one. I opened one and didn't finish it. A rare pour for me.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a downright opaque burnt orange color with a modest cap of soapy, off-white suds. Fruity aroma smells of orange, lemon, banana, and clove, with hints of honey and bubblegum.

The first sip reveals significantly more bitterness than would have been suggested by the nose (or the style for that matter). Resinous hops distract from the taste of banana, bubblegum, honey, and citrus. The yeast gives some quintessential Belgian character to what is a less than quintessential tripel. In spite of the thick, cloudy appearance, the mouthfeel comes off as thin up front before stabilizing itself on the back end with the help of the yeast and carbonation.

Overall, this beer was a little disappointing considering the encouraging aroma and appearance. The taste has some good things to offer, but the high bitterness and thin mouthfeel ultimately underwhelm. I think I’ll stick to Dark Horse’s dark beers from here on out.

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

Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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