jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Pale rose-amber with good, foamy white head / Stylish nose of banana, cherry, and grape / Medium body, somewhat fat and creamy, restrained fruit and mostly dry with nice, bitter finish / Flavors of fresh cherry, grape, and resin with notes of banana / These fruit beers can be over the top, but this is restrained and elegant. Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Quite a solid beer by Dark Horse. The cherry to me is very natural; could be juice and/or real, but one thing it is not is medicinal. The beer needs to warm up to get the spicy belgian yeast phenols of the base triple, and this one has some earthiness (slight mushroom) - I like the aroma, with the tart cherry wafting in. The flavor is tart, sour and sweet. As the beer warms you notice the fruit less and the triple sweetness with pepper combination more. Had a large glass at Dark Horse and shared a growler among four people NYE. I like the fruit beers at DH (since 2001). hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
On tap at The Shark Club. Thanks for pointing this one out...I completely overlooked it! Poured a hazy golden color with a small sized head. Fruity, cherries present but not overpowering, spices, and a trace of yeastiness. alcohol content very well hidden and way too easy to drink. Was told this was a one off by Dark Horse, if it is not, I would seek it out again! Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Draft. Bright vlear golden amber color, white head. Aroma of very fruity white wine. Taste is apricot and peach with a bitter finish. Nice stuff. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2015
Tap...hazy pink pour with a creamy head. Nose of cherries, yeast, and hops leads to a big spicy, fruity, sweet-tart, bready taste that is also very easy drinking. Liked this better the the regular Sapient Tripal.
drsordr (2861) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Draft to pint at Cappy’s pour lightly hazy dark gold with thin white head. Nose tart cherry, light Belgian ester, sweet spices. Taste starts with the sweeter Belgian flavors, fruit, light stone fruit, then nice spice. Mid palate to late getting some of the cherry. Light spicy finish. cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
On tap at Pig Minds as a guest beer, pours a clear dark orange golden with a thin head and some sticky lacing, the aroma has a good amount of fruit and candy sugar, the flavor is smooth with a lot of cherry in the finish, nice mouthfeel, not bad. chinchill (5311) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Served at Appalachian Vinters in Asheville, NC. (from Sept. 2012 notes)
Lightly hazy amber with a medium size, off-white head. Head has moderate retention but leaves some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is nicely fruity with a definite cherry component but other vague fruity notes as well. Likewise, the cherry has a clear presence in the flavor but there are also notes of apricot, banana, and some vague, probably yeasty, fruitiness. Clove in the finish. Bready malt base lies in the background. Lighly sweet upfront, lightly bitter at the finish, with a substantial tartness throughout. Aftertaste is this beer’s weak spot.
M: Medium body and carbonation; lightly dry on the finish.
O: interesting and complex variant of a tripel. The substantial fruitiness makes this seem more like a fruit beer than a tripel. alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a hazy orange golden with a splash of pink and a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, honey, sweeter cherry character, some skins to the finish, additional fruit character, spicy Belgian yeast, interesting enough.