Sapient Trip Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #488
Ranked #36,783
3.69 | pDev: 13.01%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Sapient Trip AleSapient Trip Ale
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.
Reviews: 353 | Ratings: 892
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%

This is a spicy Belgian tripel ale. It pours a particulated orangish color with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent is typical of most Tripels. So is the taste but it carries a nice spice and clove. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good one for those that enjoy Belgian tripels.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy orange body, fine swarms of bubbles, soapy white head. Smell is sourdough bread, faint tropical fruits, mild spice, yeast. Under a shadow of bready malt the flavor ups the tropical fruits like apricot, mango, and melon, but retains a good amount of spice. Bubblegum and chalky yeast and alcohol wind things up, bleh. Delicate medium body with fine carbonation.
The finish was sloppy, but the rest of the flavor and overall experience was pretty true to tripel standards. I'd like to see more body.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles and some noticeable floating sediment. Very small off white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty and fruity Belgian style tripel aroma with malt. Belgian yeast upfront with hints of funk and spice hints of clove and peppers. Dried fruit hints of bananas and pear along with a slight hint of citrus orange and pineapple. Sweet hints of candied sugar and honey. Sweet bready malt presence with hints of wheat, biscuit, grain, and yeast. A decent yeast driven tripel scent.

Taste: Like it smells, a very yeasty and spicy Belgian style taste with fruity esters. Belgian yeast and some funk upfront with spice notes of pepper and cloves. Dried fruit esters of banana and pear and a slight note of citrus orange and pineapple. A little bubblegum taste as well. Sweet notes of candied sugar and some honey. Big bready malt presence with notes of biscuit, wheat, grain, yeast, and a little caramel. A little more malt than typical of the style, but the taste is good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly drying and smooth. Some alcohol heat is felt but not a lot.

Overall: A decent Belgian inspired brew. Not up there with the best Belgian tripels but ok. Ha s some nice dried fruit notes.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Red Rock in Ypsilanti, MI. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a cloudy golden. There was a ring of foam when the beer arrived at the table.

Aroma: Spice was present in the aroma but no "Belgian funk". Neither hops nor malt were readily apparent. There was a slightly sour aroma component.

Taste: There is definite spice and Belgian funkiness overlaid on a sweet malty backbone. Sour lingers with some bitterness. I would call this a classic Belgian trippel.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium-full body with light carbonation.

Overall: I rank this right up there with my other favorite Belgian trippels and would get it again.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Color was a medium amber, with next to no head. A few small streams of bubbles rose from the bottom. Aroma had a bit of alcohol, but shifted to a primarily fruity sweet, hints of prune. Reminded me a milder barleywine. Flavor was sweet, more on the sugary side, but not excessively so. Despite the sweetness, came across a little thin and watery. Overall it was pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dense mucky orange with a high rate of turbidity matter. Milky, creamy beige head is slight, moderately holding leaving a sparse and speckled lacing around the glass. A good amount of yeasty solids settle on the bottom of the vessel.

S: Aroma of pear, green fruit and some hefe-banana.

T: Flavor of fresh green melon, some banana, and some tropical fruit. Creamy oats and grains base, dry citrus, dry wheat, and a dry powdery milkiness. A gentle sourness occurs but he yeast is fairly tame, showing some oranges, apples and a toasty warmth of alcohol.

M: Mouthful is creamy, with some musky fruit, dry grains. Light fresh fruit snap, carbonation was a little loose and light. Rounds out with a warming of fruit alcohol.

O: Overall worthy drinkability, dry grains and fruit touch. Light warming of alcohol but is highly manageable. Wont blow your socks off, but would readily reach for another one. A little loose, could use some tightening up (i.e. sharper, crisper flavor and carbonation).

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a nice orangish yellow. pretty hazy with a white head that sticks around.

Smell: almost non-existant. dry bread and some banana

Taste: a strong dryness, some bananas, clove, belgian yeast. and strong alcohol. a bit too strong on the alcohol and subtle on the rest

Mouthfeel: not very heavy but the alcohol sticks around.

Overall: not a big fan of this one. alcohol should blend better. other flavors should have more kick

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Photo of tectactoe
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of sjones5045
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of donteatpoop
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of alex_hart
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a great belgian style tripel done by Darkhorse Brewing Company...had a ton of "floaters" in it (which always gets me pumped up), and it had great flavor...i was nervous when i saw the murky opaqueness of it upon the poor, but it did not in any way, shape, or form let me down

had different tropical fruits at the beginning of the sip, and as it moved to the back of the pallet the yeast, and a refreshing hint of bitterness, became present.

great addition to the mix six i picked out

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Photo of tdm168
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - dark, murky, cloudy yellow with a ton of dark sediment floating about; thin, soft cap of white head that fades quickly

S - very faint nose; some fruit, apple, pear, very faint yeast

T - fruit, pear, apple, bitter hops, yeast, vegetal, big booze

M - dry, warm, full bodied

I'm sorry to say that this is quite disappointing. First the appearance is frightening. It's murky and has a ton of stuff floating around. If this came out of a faucet I would have freaked out. The nose is almost nonexistent. The taste is intensely bitter which takes away from everything else. The booze is also intense. The finish is quite dry which seems to leave the intense bitterness on the palate. The esters that come through are nice, but that doesn't make up for the rest of it. I won't be picking this up again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance- Thin Head, light brown, red tinted, cloudy.

Smell - Pretty great. alcohol, a little grapefruit, is is that nutmeg? and some spice.

Taste - in the front, sweet Nutmeg? followed by alcohol, mild hops, and then strong alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, and ...average mouthfeel.

Overall - This was my first Dark Horse beer. I know they are rated highly, but I would say that if you want a triple, get another brand. Nothing special here.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very murky orange color ... TONS of sediment. No head, pretty much no lacing. About what's expected of a tripel.

Smell: A lot of grapey smells. Secondary aromas consist of alcohol and malts, and maybe a touch of bananas as well.

Taste/feel: Wow. The alcohol's not shy in this beer, as it hits me hard up front and on the finish. Initial taste is sweet with the fruits, and the finish is a bit bitter with some malts and the alcohol I mentioned. The feel is somewhat thin at first, but it thickens up a bit if you leave it on your tongue.

Overall, a very "different" tripel, and I love that. I'm used to the typical banana and clove flavors (to the point where I've often had some trouble deciphering between a Dunkelweizen and a Tripel), so this is a welcome change. The bit of tartness is also nice ... a wonderfully fruity, tasty beer.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy golden, orange color with a considerable amount of sediment throughout. About one finger of white head.

S- Smell was sweet and malty. Notes of honey and citrus.

T- Taste was very malty and sweet. Kind of reminds me of a hefeweizen with a wheaty and citrusy taste. At 9.5% abv, alcohol is pretty well covered by the sweet malts, but is still somewhat present in the taste.

M- Mouthfeel is medium with a somewhat dry finish.

O- This is a deliciously malty beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. I am more of an IPA/Imperial Stout guy, but this beer could certainly satiate my occasional thirst for something sweeter and maltier.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this in my kitchen, served in a snifter.

A: pours a golden honey orange color with not much head but with a bit of off white lacing.

S: smells sweet like honey, with wheat and grains, malt, hops, spices

T: tastes sweet, yeast, honey, sugar, hops, malts, bit of booze taste at the finish.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite smooth for the ABV, could hardly guess it's 10% until it's too late.

O: Overall it quite good, smooth, mellow. Has good texture, not too pricey, local, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has lots of fine yeast particles floating in suspension along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some small patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell has aromas of fruity esters (bananas seem to stand out in particular) and Belgian yeast along with some hints of candi sugar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial notes of malty sweetness along with hints of clove towards the finish.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer definitely coats your mouth quite well. No dryness is perceptible.
O: The beer definitely tastes strong but for the most part the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It's not very complex but is a pretty good American representation of a Belgian style.

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Photo of Raime
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours amber with a very slight orange tint. Finger and a half worth of long lasting head. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Adjunct, medium standard malt. Uhhhh....What?

T - Very slight standard adjunct up front, followed by a decent amount of malt, minimal pine, slight bubblegum.

M - Low carbonation with a medium body

O - Overall, At 9.5% this beer is an easy drinking killer, Although it tastes nothing as I had expected. Not a great craft brew honestly, But I'd have it again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice, color is gold to copper; head is white and frothy upfrongt but dissipates to a ring.

Smell is boozy, light pilsner malt, hint of hop citrus.

Taste is almost sweet, but balanced by the esters, pilsner malt exists but it finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is a little dry but not cloying or sharp.

Overall, a tasty triple, a touch less boozy smell and taste could help it quite a bit

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Apricot haze body with a one-finger head

S: some pale fruit and malt; slight yeat aromas

T: not quite what I expect in a triple, but delicious nonetheless: orchard fruits and apricots, chewy caramel malt

M: extremely smooth and silky - I drank it at slightly below room temp, and it was slick, easy-drinking nectar

O: I really liked this beer, but it had as much in common with some strong ales I've had as it did a tripel - fruity orchard flavors, but also savory, earthy, and musky - had a chewy consistency, whereas I think of tripels being a little more soft and fuzzy. Again, this was a great beer. I suspect it may be better than the reviews its getting simply because it is a little "off" as a tripel.

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Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light orange with very little white head that dissipates quickly with a thin lacing on the glass.

S - Belgian tripel of a lot of bready yeast over everything else, very distinct banana in the background

T- Big Belgian yeast flavor that covers up the alcohol pretty damn well, a little bit of sweetness, some fruit and clove in the background

M- Pretty full bodied for a tripel, medium to low carbonation, but enough to get by

O- Overall, im from Marhsall, Home of the Dark Horse, and this is one of my my favorite regular beers, it is no Westmalle, but is a fantastic american version of a tripel, and a Dark Horse staple that means spring has arrived and Scotty must leave

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The pour is dark orange and slightly hazy. Nice 2 fingers of head with decent retention and nice lacing, but relatively low carbonation and very little, if any, effervescence. Nose is faint but has some nice fruity esters (bananas and apricots) and a little bit if spiciness.

Full body and nice creamy feel. Lots of nice, sweet, fruity flavors reminiscent of pears and oranges. The sweetness is complemented by mild hoppy bitterness. I don't think the sweet and bitter flavors in this beer are as well married as they are in finer tripels, and the result is a bit medicinal. The finish is fairly dry with a warming bit of alcohol, but for the most part the alcohol is well-hidden. I don't get enough fruitiness or spiciness to suit my palate and the finish is a bit disappointing.

I am not a huge fan of tripels, but overall I think this is a nice example of the style and a fine part of Dark Horse's stable. For big fans of the style or fans of this brewery only. There are far better tripels out there if you're just starting to explore.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Candy sugar on the nose with some Belgian spice notes and a dry, yeasty finish.

T: Spices and candy sugar hit up front followed by some slight fruitiness and a chalky yeast finish. Light alcohol presence as well.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't cloyingly sweet, but is still a bit thick and under-carbonated for the style.

O: Not a terrible tripel, but not very good, either. It lacks complexity and attenuation and is a bit too boozy as well.

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Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 892 ratings