Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale

I picked this beer up at Half Time since it’s not distributed in Jersey. Let’s see how their take on a tripel is.


ABV: 9.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Why is the Grim Reaper holding a mailbox? Well, that mailbox is from a dead Dark Horse beer. The Grim Reaper better known as “Death” was quite fond 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.”

Random: I like the label art on this one. It’s one of the better ones from Dark Horse.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of orange, peach and apricot with some yeast and spice. So far, so good. The taste was really bready, like a yeasty biscuit, but maintained its brightness with notes of golden fruit, specifically peach and apricot. There was spice present in the form of coriander, but it was not intense. It had some sweetness as well. The booze was well-hidden, making this a dangerous brew. The body had medium thickness with high carbonation, which made this very drinkable. I picked this up at Half Time for $3.39 for the twelve ounce bottle, which put the price per ounce at $.28, which is more on the expensive side. Despite this, I found it to be a very enjoyable beer that I would search out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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