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RATINGS: 642   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 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.

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3.8
shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
6/07/2007: Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale pours an opaque, deep gold color with some sediment suspended in it. There is a thin, frothy, off-white crown on top. The aroma is bready with some Belgian fruitiness, caramelized/roasted corn, and a nice sweetness. The sweet, caramelized malt and earthy fruitiness in the flavor are followed by some cigar smokiness and a mild bitterness in the finish. There is also some berry flavor in the mid-palate. No alcohol can be tasted at all. The body of this beer is medium and it is soft and very smooth on the palate. Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale has a nice depth to the aroma and flavor that is quite unique for a Tripel. This is a really complex and very tasty brew! I am quite impressed with this beer.

12 oz bottle DeMond’s Super Valu Foods in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan. Shared with Rob at our weekly/bi-weekly beer tasting.

3.4
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Bottle - purchased at Wacky’s party store next door to brewery. Light golden color. Small head with no lacing. Fruity aroma. There is some sweetness in the flavor, but wouldn’t call it fruity. More complex then my amatuer taste buds can describe. Don’t taste the alcohol, but the warming sensation reminds you of its strength. Overall nice smooth beer that I would recomend.

3.6
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Bottled. Poured lightly hazy peach with a quickly-receding white head.. thin dusting remained. Aroma was sweet and engaging with a peppery edge to it.. sweet light fruit and yeasty notes accompanied.. quite nice. Flavor found sweet candied pears, cloves, and white pepper primarily.. well-blended with a medium-length spicy/sweet finish. Great balance between the spicy and sweet notes throughout.. medium-bodied. Good stuff.

3.8
ganache (5958) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Bottle. Sweet yeasty aroma with some hoppy funk, lightly fruity. Interesting variant! Highly carbonated body is a rich, clear golden with a short white head. Taste is too sweet - almost cloying, with a strong strain of Belgian yeast and biscuity malt topped by candis. Orange rind and pear, rum and light peach. Medium body is extremely creamy, enough to feel full. Alcohol is - against style - not at all noticeable. Could do with some dryness (it’s hard to finish a bottle at this level of sweetness), but it’s still one of my favorite tripels.

3.7
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2007
A very nice Belgian. Peach-gold in the glass - slight haze with smallish head. Very appealing. Fruity nose. Aroma of apricots, pears, a bit of cinnamon. A bit of heat up front then apricot nectar. A bit cloying.

3.3
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2007 Not much head. Golden color. Very fruity as it hits your tongue, but then the alcohol blast comes in. Kind of like a mixed vodka drink. Bought a six so I had a chance to try it in different weather conditions. Was very good on a very hot summer day in the back yard.

4.3
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2007
awesome beer, alcohol does not affect taste whatsoever, but you still get a complex and flavorful mix of fruits... i could not get over drinking this beer

3.5
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle drunk 4/26. Hazy apricot/orange color. Big fluffy white head. Yeasty fruity aroma. Rich chewy ,and sweet. Almost too sweet. Good beer.

3.5
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2007
I thought this beer was more mild-mannered than many American tripels, most of whom hit you in the face with their cloviness. This beer is slightly sweet, with a bit of clove, and some sourness that I felt was out of place. Not bad, but not as good as La Fin Du Monde nor most of the imported tripels. The beer’s appearance was quite apealing: it had a lot of head that dissipated quickly and a hazy orange color which was exceptionally bright. Aroma was a light sweet smell without overpowering cloviness. However, I felt like the spice smell that was missing was not really replaced by anything else special. Flavor was sweet and somewhat clovey with a bit of white wine or vinegar sourness which I found out of place...but not bad. Mouthfeel was very carbonated, but not harsh. Pretty good, but not great. Fairly different than most other tripels. Recommended.

3
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Aroma is of Belgian spice, candied sugar, some malt, light yeast nose. Taste is Belgian spice, yeast, slight lemon zest, clove and some sweet malt. Lightly carbonated. Alcohol isn’t as well hidden as some tripels but it’s not horrible. The lack of a good amount of carbonation causes the beer to have a slighly syrupy mouthfeel. Not horrible but nothing to write home about.


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