Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dakid618 on 01-17-2009

Our Tripel features malt and yeast that set the fresh aroma of baked brioche against the sweet scent of ripened banana. This relatively light-bodied ale is fermented with a distinct Belgian abbey ale strain, then bottle conditioned with extra sugar and yeast for at least two weeks. Bottle conditioning creates the effervescent mouth feel, as well as the distinct Belgian lace prized in Belgian beers.

While the origin of the word “Tripel” is unknown, there is a theory that it indicates “strength in some way”, as Tripels tend to be high in alcohol and strong in flavor. The term is most associated with Westmalle, a Trappist brewery in Belgium. This term has spread to other Belgian and American breweries to describe a light-colored, strong ale with high alcohol content and Belgian yeast.

25 IBU
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Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as good as any Tripel I ever had!!! Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet as a muddy orange color with a big, delicate whte head. Some thin lacing on the glass and head retention pretty good for a 10% beer. Strong and pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast and fruit (apples and pears).

Taste is excellent!!!! Belgian yeast and fruit are most prominent, a little spicy (black pepper) and some candi sugar as well. This one says Belgian all the way, not St. Louis.

Mouthfeel is rich and very smooth. There is no hint of the alcohol unless you take a big gulp and then it might be the spices that kick in!!!

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. Definitely a sipper but well worth the effects of a little too much.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cschepers
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fancy slikscreened bomber bottle into an oversized wine glass.

a - hazy yellow. very little head.

s - sweet candi malt, peppery yeast, mediciny phenols, cloves.

t - lots of sweet candi sugar. yeast, honey, clove, tiny bit of white pepper. bit of phenols. not much hops. sweetness in the aftertaste. alcohol is almost completely hidden.

m - slick, but not too thick. fairly low carbonation.

d - pretty darn high. alcohol is hidden, and there are no offending tastes here.

this is a nice tripel, noting fancy but good. should age quite nicely.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with excellent clarity. Easily an inch and a half of densely packed off white head. Scents of pear and light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is highly carbonated and very dry. There's somewhat of a very earthy,bread like almost sourdough bread flavor. There's a bit of an olive oil aftertaste on the fade.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the taproom in STL.

A - Light orange brew with a big ass white head that shows good retention and leaves some nice arcing lace on the snifter it was served in.

S - Rich perfumed spice. You can smell the Belgian DNA. Very yeasty, fresh, and fruity.

T - Tight and focused hops attack initially, followed by some nice honey and yeast. Clover honeycomb. The booze is noticeable, but I actually like that unlike some other BAs. Like scotch or bourbon, part of the appeal of the bigger beer is alcohol spice.

M - Tight, medium-full bodied, and lively. Lots of tingly carbonation and hot alcohol keep this sweet honey flavored beer from getting to cloying.

D - An outstanding beer! I'm a big fan of tripels, and Schlafly did not disappoint me in the least.

Photo of swamiswamu
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a low amount of head for a tripel. The aroma has a faint banana undertone with a large overbearing alcohol odor. The sugar dominates the taste. It leaves a bubbly bouquet. Overall a pretty good tripel, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out of the bottle an apricoty/peach color. A thin white head sits on top, but the bubbles are gone quickly.

Has a sweet citrus scent, like if you dropped a banana in some orange juice.

Didn't see the taste coming. With the sweetness from the smell, the strong taste of carbonation and alcohol was like a punch in the gut. Actually kind of tastes like a wine cooler.

Strong is the only word to describe the mouthfeel. This is a bruiser. There is a burn from the second it touches your lips and it doesn't stop til after the swallow. I'm not sure how old my bottle was, but I think it could use some more time. Borders on astringent.

This is not something that is easy to drink. It doesn't go down easy and it's highly potent. Not at all what I was expecting.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to Columbia, MO. I let the sediment into my glass and had a hazy amber beer with a tall white head. At 10%, this is a big tripel and it rightly has a big character. It reminds me of Maredsous 10, another kick-ass 10% tripel. There's rich, spicy aroma and flavor with a little dried orange peel. It's bursting with cracked pepper, vanilla, cracked wheat, and fresh Italian bread. Yum. A mighty fine tripel from MO.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes:

Picked this up in Wichita in early 09

Pours a honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Oily sheen to this, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bubblegum, apples & loads of tropical fruit

T: Peaches, passion fruit & dryness up front, plus pineapple, candi sugar & a bit of citric hops. More pineapple, passion fruit & dryness as this warms, plus a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with green banana & dryness

MF: Syrupy with low carbonation & a bit of a coarse/grainy feel to this

Drinks easy for the style, & a good tripel. Will pick up a few bottles if the price is right, I bet this will age nicely

Photo of beveritt
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is painted on fleur-de-lis with an accompanying description on the back. Picked this up along with several others from Schlafly on a recent trip through Tennessee. No freshness date, but does discuss how this will improve with age.

Appearance: Bottle opens with an appreciable hiss and pours with three fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial cap of foam leaving behind some spotty lacing. The beer itself is perfectly clear amber with a hint of red and has an enormous activity.

Smell: Strong aromas of pineapples waft up from the glass as it sits in front of me. A more direct smell yields peaches and kiwi. Slight alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Sweet and fruity caramel malt upfront with that distinct Belgian tang I associate with candi sugar. Hints of citrus and fruit with a very mild bitterness. Finishes with a lingering semi sweetness and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as is expected from a Belgian. Body is good.

Drinkability: I am a big fan. This is immensely enjoyable and going down way to easily. Bog and flavorful, yet still approachable and refreshing. Too bad they do not make it to my area.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a JAFB snifter. This very nice Belgian style tripel pours a luminous yellow amber with a modest white head that fizzles to a thin ring with nice lacing. Nose of bananas, pears, apples, strong alcohol, light spice, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Flavors are very fruit forward with pears and apples to the front and sides mingling with nice sweet Belgian candy sugar notes. A light traditional Belgian spice comes through on the back and sears in with the solid crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish makes this a fine addition to anyone looking for a good tripel to enjoy from the states.


Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like tropical fruit, apples, bubblegum, candi sugar and some peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pears and bananas. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, and it has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and the alcohol isn't too noticable in the taste. However, it does catch up to you after a while. Overall I thought this was a good brew, I'd pick it up again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian-style malt with some spicy yeasty notes and quite a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also a mix between some Belgian-style malt notes with light candy ester and quite a bit of residual sugar with a light peppery yeast finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable thought a bit too much residual sugar for my liking.

Photo of n2185
2.17/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a dense white cap with good lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front followed by an unusual aroma. It's a sharp, chemical-like aroma with some fruity notes that is not particularly pleasant. Chalky yeast aromas bring up the finish.

T: Whatever created that odd aroma is also very present in the flavor. It's got some spices up at first followed by this sweet, sour, fruity, and slightly funky flavor. There is a chemical and medicinal-like quality to it as well. The finish has a light alcohol burn and some bread flavors.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little on the thick side for the style, but not too much so. The alcohol presence also hinders it.

O: I'm not for sure if this bottle was infected, but the odd sour/funky/sweet aspect of it really throws me off. And at a hefty $12/bottle, I'm not about to invest in another. I was unable to finish even half of the first glass of the bottle.

Photo of amicar
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler for enjoying with friends during dinner and while watching a video.

Poured a nice orange- tinged slightly cloudy yellow with a small- ish white head. Smell is nice- fruity, bannanna-esque; a tiny bit of spiciness in there. The taste is very nice- more of the same as the aroma; does have less flavor than others i've had in the same style, but very tasty nonetheless. The mouthfeel is full, and solvent-y (mostly in a good way), a little sweet and sticky, but restrained on this; The drinkability is my downfall. You don't get a lot of warning at how strong this stuff is. All I can say is I'm glad I split the growler, and that someone else drove me home.

Overall, very nice; Certainly there are much better examples of the style out there, but for a domestic micro at a reasonable price? Hard to beat.

Photo of fourstringer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label reads, Brewed with love 1 2313.

A: Inviting, cloudy golden yellow-orange body. 2 fingers of thick, off-white head with good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast with a round, vanilla character. Banana, apple. Candi sugar. Light spice. Biscuit. Dough. A bit earthier and maltier than your typical tripel, but nice.

T: Surprisingly tangy spice up front with development of a moderate hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish with a bit of a sour note lingering on the aftertaste. Boozy, but not excessive for 10% ABV.

M: Lighter on the carbonation than the average tripel, but brings a nice creamy texture. Fullish body for the style.

O: Very nice take on the style with a unique flair. Schlafly's Belgian yeast is legit. Solid outing.


Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light brownish amber with a big, two inch off white head. Lots of foam and lace left over from this one. Lots of visible carbonation was readily apparent. Smell was full of yeast and grain, a touch of alcohol was also present. Picked up some grassy aroma as well. The flavor was a classic tripel. Lots of yeasty flavors, plums, a touch of peach. A lot of bready grains mixed in as well. A touch of alcohol was definatly there and made its presence well known. Great smooth feel due to lots of carbonation. This was actually not as much of a sipper as I would have thought. I was easily able to drink this while walking around no problem. Not saying it would be a session beer, but not a snifter eaither. Overall I was actually fairly impressed with this. Had a great feel and flavor, full body and just a good all around belgian

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that died down but left thick lacing down the sides of the glass and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and spicy yeast in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of banana, bubble gum and yeast along with hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and is a lot heavier compared to other beers in the style. The beer is dry and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: The full-bodied nature of this triple definitely sets it apart from other beers in the style and makes it a good one to sip.

Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the proper glassware, this is a much better beer. It poured from the growler a hazy, straw colored beer with a thin egg white head. Nice aroma of citrus orange, coriander, and a touch of bread dough on the finish. The taste has the citrus up front with a lot of hard candy sweetness from the malt. Orange and coriander in the middle of the drink, and a nice yeasty bread dough character on the finish. The mouth feel is a little slick and then, but over all a nice drinkable beer. I had this in a shaker pint earlier today at the source, but from my wine glass, it seems a different beer.

Photo of obywan59
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 ml into my St Bernadus glass.

Golden-orange in appearance, like a thick apricot syrup. 2 finger white, bubbly head that totally filled my glass. The head dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and a light film over the beer. Light lacing. Second glass was thicker looking and less golden, more orange.

Smells kind of like over-ripe citrus. Maybe a bit of banana thrown in. Christmasy spice of Belgian yeast.

The first sip seemed really sweet to me, soon followed by a citrusy tartness as well. Like a thick dessert wine. Later sips were more like a dry to demi-dry white wine. Peppery.

Thick mouthfeel. Substantial bite from the carbonation, though no bubbles were visible through the haze.

A good drinker, although the thick mouthfeel, and the high ABV require that you pace yourself.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle pours a hazed, orange-gold color with a large cap of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Appearances can be deceiving, for all you foreshadowing fans.

Nose shows some definite yeast notes…apricots galore with some sugary apples and strawberries. Malts are biscuit and sweet, almost like French toast. Lots of alcohol, smells every bit the 10% beast it is.

Taste shows a ton of tropical alcohol and fruity yeast runs rampant. Alcohol is actually a bit rough and the malts are almost too sweet, I would like to see a lighter, grainier malt profile. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy, and the carbonation is not as prickly as shown by better examples of the tripel style. I have liked all the Schlafly big beers quite a bit better than this one. In fact, this is one of the worst tripels I have ever had. Oh well, I guess you cant win em all.

Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from State Line while on vacation. Since Schlafly doesn't make it to Philadelphia, it was nice to find them after having a few of their year round beers brought back by a friend. Split between my girlfriend and I, poured into two tulip glasses.

A: Golden yellow colored body with some noticeable haze. A white sudsy, bubbly head is on top that leaves some minor lacing and a thin, fizzy retention cap. Somewhat standard fair for the style but I've definitely seen better looking Tripels.

S: Banana, honey, bready and doughy malts start off the aromas in a very traditional manner. Towards the end of the nose are notes of yeast spice, white pepper and a very floral hop scent. It seems well grounded, balanced and on par for the aromas you'd expect for the style.

T: Huge Belgian yeast and spice flavors are immediately detected on the palate, along with doughy malts. Lemon, ginger, a touch of clove and a nice bitter bite is mid-palate. All is whisked away rather quickly leaving this finishing extremely clean and crisp.

M: Very bubbly, high levels of active carbonation with it feels clean and refreshing. It's on the thinner end of a medium-bodied beer but from having plenty of Tripels, this seems to be dead on for what the style calls for.

While I cannot say this has been my favorite Tripel, it's another valiant effort from an American brewer in attempts to take on a Belgian-style Tripel. I think if the appearance, for me, were a bit more inviting as well as the taste this would be an extremely well made beer.

Photo of sfsean28
2.03/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looked great and smell Ok, but tasted rancid. I bought the bottle off the shelf and I believe this is a damaged brew. no date on the bottle. Hate when this happens. I'm not sure if I should've continued to drink it. Its acidic and should come with a bottle of Tums.

Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two red wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to hwwty4 for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, bright, and rich looking golden hue with a creamy and bubbly light tan head that, sadly, didn't retain very well but left a thick lace-leaving ring behind.

S: Very nice aromas of bubblegum, clove, tropical fruit, green apple, and peach.

T: See above. Tangy fruit is pretty dominant up front but the middle settles in with some spices, bubblegum, and apple and then finishes with a flourish of peach and tart apple.

M: Loads of tangy fruit and some nicely peppery spices that enhance the dryness from the alcohol.

D: Given the fact that this is 10%, we found this to be extremely easy to drink. The alcohol began to warm our tummies, but only at the end of the bottle.

Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Copper pear with two finger foamy head that has good retention. The pillow of foam leaves a fine coat of lace.

S- Light fruits, raisins and Belgian yeast and spice. Banana esters are there, some bread notes and even bubble gum hints. It really does smell like that childs bubble gum toothpaste in a way.

T- Light fruit and Belgian yeast/spice up front. Some banana. Grassy hops balance out the flavor a bit but the spice notes are a bit too high. Some alcohol, bread and apples finish off a decent flavor.

MF- High carbonation stings the tongue, moderate thick body. Some warmth. Coat of heavy spice and grassy hops. Fairly creamy.

DB- Decent 750ml price. A bit heavy on the spice but still nice. Try more from this company but may not have this one again, a one glass thing.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon-amber color with a half inch of creamy off-white foam.

Aroma of bananas, green apples, Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, and fruit cocktail.

The taste is quite sweet upfront, followed by a bit of tartness. It's easy to note the bananas, green apples, Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, and fruit cocktail found in the aroma. The finish is clean and the 10% alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

Light bodied, sweet and dry, and moderately carbonated.

A tasty bottle-conditioned tripel from St. Louis? It's good to see a hometown brewery producing a tripel like this and succeeding. Nice work, Schlafly. I have a second bottle in the cellar to try in a year or so. I can't wait.

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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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