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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
87
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

porknwhiskey, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of sfsean28
1.94/5  rDev -49.7%
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.

sfsean28, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of n2185
2.1/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

n2185, Dec 18, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

JamieLynn81, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

miguellunarusso, May 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Houser, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

threedaggers, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Huhzubendah, Aug 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

edenstjames, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
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
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3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strange yellow cap on this 750mL bottle. Painted, as it flaked off on my opener.

Golden - lighter than I would expect from a Tripel - shallow white head, but a pretty solid ring around the outside. Chunky lacing hangs around.

Smells outstanding - honey, lemons, lavender and greenery found on the nose. Nice maltiness, with just a hint of hops.

A bit of astringent alcohol is what nips the tongue first - apparent, and out front of the rest of the beer. Similar flavors to the nose - all there, but hidden under the alcohol, not much fun.

Rolling the hops around at the back of your mouth - not bad, as there's a good amount of hoppiness, with the malts underlying and bringing things together. It then ends rather dry - even a bit sapping of the tongue.

While it didn't start out well, after the first pint, I started to warm up to it. Smooths out and becomes more enjoyable once it comes to room temperature - not sure it should ever even be refrigerated. Best as warm.

The alcohol is the only major drawback here, but it is significant enough to draw it down.

mdcrouser, Apr 10, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy, spicy aroma with lots of estery fruit notes.  Subtle barnyard earthiness with grass and hay hints along with peppery spice, especially corriander.  Decent malt presence along with sweet booze and light fruit.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with lots of tight carbonation up front. Slightly earthy with subtle grassy hops which compliment the dry spiciness.  Peppery with some coriander maybe grains of paradise.  Very dominant overpowering the other notes and lingering into a boozy, dry finish.  Decent malt backbone adds fullness to palate.  As it warms sweeter fruit notes emerge with hints of orange peel, tangerine, apple and light berries.  The Abv is decently masked with a decent amount of booze-heat in the finish but not too overpowering.  Decent but way too heavy in the spices for my liking and not all that complex.  

corby112, Oct 24, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color wih an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spices, yeastiness, and some fruitiness. Tastes of spices, fruitiness, citrus (lemons), and yeast. Medium alcohol finish. Medium sweet with a lighter tart lemony finish.

hopdog, Jun 04, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a crown capped 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed Duvel glass.

A= At about 50 degrees this ale poured a hazed orange gold color with a huge 2.5" foamy white head and an explosion of carbonation release. The head showed serious retention and left behind patches of sticky lace all over my glass.

S= Pretty muted in the aroma department, but I did smell some light citrus (tangerine and orange) as well as a hint of yeast. Alcohol was purfumey and nice.

T= Started with an odd sweetness that did not blend nicely with the rest of the flavors. Sort of reminded me of a sweet asian sauce. Other flavors soon followed, such as some hints of grain, light fruity esters, tangerine, and spicy alcohol. Call me crazy but I sear there was a hint of brown sugar in there too. Finish tried to dry out but never quite got there.

MF= Medium bodied with a big bubbly effervescent feel.

D= Not a bad tripel but not the best either. Solid brew from a very good brewery. The huge ABV for the style and the slightly-too-sweet character make this one I probably won't seek out again.

spointon, Sep 26, 2010
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

n8dietz... once again you are the man!!!!

Pours a bright sunshine ochre and hay. Nice head initially, but after the first por, not much foam from the 750 ml. bottle.

Make sure you let this beer warm up before you review it!

The aroma has sweet malted grains that make me think of honey drizzled biscuits with just a little powdered sugar. Add to that some powdered bananas as well for an almost wheat beer aroma.

The alcohol doesn't wait to make an appearance with this tripel's flavor. You get some sweet, lightly toasted malts upfront. Then a quick punch the your palates gut with spicey alcoholic zest. This lingers from the middle of the palate all the way to the finish and after you've swallowed the beer. You still get some hot banana flavors after the alcohol has washed away most of the malt flavors.

The palate is like a mixed warm malt glaze soup with a warming dose of alcohol. This tripel is meant only for the Winter in my opinion.

scruffwhor, Sep 27, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

warnerry, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Gonzoillini, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

VeganUndead, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

dfillius, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

match1112, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Fitze, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

klesniew, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mrfrancis, Jun 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.