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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
86
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: dakid618 on 01-17-2009)
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Reviews by callmeishmALE:
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

callmeishmALE, Dec 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

warnerry, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of cschepers
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

cschepers, Jan 27, 2009
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.

Franziskaner, Feb 09, 2014
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.

pmcadamis, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of swamiswamu
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

swamiswamu, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of RickS95
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

RickS95, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

tempest, Dec 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Hatshep18, Dec 11, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Gonzoillini, Apr 02, 2014
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

russpowell, Jun 07, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kegatron, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Jeffy5050, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of beveritt
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

beveritt, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 06, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

VeganUndead, Apr 05, 2014
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of n2185
2.1/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

n2185, Dec 18, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

amicar, Jan 24, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DCdevyl78, Jan 16, 2014
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.

Prost!

fourstringer, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
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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

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

metter98, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

rkcrozier, Aug 27, 2012
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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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