Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Sapient Trip AleDark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by putnam on 04-20-2004

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Photo of smakawhat
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A muddy dark brown orange body, lots of yeast chunks, some fast rising thin carbonation of white bubbles. No head produced on this barely at all, thin tan collar. For a tripel pretty unimpressive.

Nose is rather interesting. Lots of sweet candy, and a big yeasty thick punch. Hints of mint and lemon grass, and melon sort of mango fruit. Some really nice qualities here. Smells inviting.

Taste though is incredibly, "flat". Palate has a very weak feel, not carrying any big malt or sweetness forward. Wet. Finish is incredibly tasteless and watery. Mild bitterness akin to a dead pale ale.

Overall this tripel is not delivering, there's no body, no malt sweetness, no candy tasting goodness, even the wonderful bouquet on this is not coming out in the palate. Too bad because it smells really good.

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Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Lookjoesays
1.5/5  rDev -59%

Photo of Pillowburn
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Antnyd82
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of king75
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rjl910953
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Duff27
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Half inch pillowy white head on a dull dark golden colored body. Yeast sediment aplenty. above average head retention with good lacing.

S- Belgian yeast esters, cloves...nothing that screams "delicious!" though.

T- Kind of a confused, muddled taste. Tries to have that crisp Belgian yeast snap at the tail end of each sip but comes across 'off'...leaves an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Drinks at it's stated ABV.

M- Heavier mouthfeel for the style. Low, smooth carbonation.

D/O- Nothing jumped out at me. I had thoughts of drainpouring but I finished it. Pass on this one, there are better Tripels out there.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.85/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Appearance - Mark darker than expected. A hazy wind of carbonation and wheat brown/yellow hues. Decent lacing without much of a head. Very earthy looking.

Smell - Underwhelming to say the least. Light banana and belgian yeast. No hint of spice, and a total lack of complexity or body.

Taste - A very bland and honestly quite boring tripel. Everything about this beer is tame. Masked bananas, a shave of citrus peel, rotten toffee, and an awkward funky malt make for a less than impressive beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Just sort of unpleasant in the mouth. Quite bland and simple. The ABV is completely hidden under the wheat malt. I like Dark Horse as a brewery, but this one just really didn't do anything for me - compared to other dark horse beers as well as tripels.

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Photo of NumberNone
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of UncleRandy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Zbrown2307
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of evavro
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jethroe
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of fgilbert2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 865 ratings.
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