It’s been a rough week here in D.C., as our cat Nigel was diagnosed late last Friday with a case of terminal bladder cancer. Last Saturday was spent with different vets, getting ultrasounds and prognoses, but the end result isn’t good – roughly nine months for our old man, maybe more if his meds work. I’ve had 14 good years with him, and he’s a true character, even drinking some alcohol from time to time, so I’m going to enjoy every day from here on out and dedicate this week’s review to my little buddy.
Today I’m cracking open Dark Horse Brewing Company’s Sapient Trip Ale. It’s a Belgian-style tripel, with quite an ominous character on the label (why’s Death using a mailbox as a weapon?) and a big-time 9.5% ABV, so I’m intrigued.
Sapient trip pours out a cloudy dark orange color, with a huge foam crown. There’s a ton of sediment at the bottom of my glass, evidence of the Trappist yeasts used to brew the beer. I get a blend of citrus and fruits on the aroma, backed by some malted sweetness.
Flavorwise, this is right about what I expected. I taste lots of spices up front, dominated by coriander and pepper, and a blast of sweet malts through the middle. The end note is defined by a crisp and dry blend of citrus fruits and cloves, but the mouthfeel is light and this is an eminently drinkable beer.
I really enjoyed this brew, and highly recommend it to anyone, even a beer novice. Dark Horse is a Michigan-based brewery, so I’m not sure where they distribute, but Sapient Trip is a March through August seasonal, so make sure to pick up a sixer over the next month if you run across one!