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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly TripelSchlafly Tripel

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%

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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Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clearish, reddish gold with voluminous soapy head on top of a great aroma that is less on the typcial Belgian notes of citric orange/yeast (they are in there, but more strong on bready/woody characteristics as well as sugary sweetness and fruits like apple, pear & white grap. A surprisingly thick, fuller body that is almost chewey thanks to a large yeast/bread malt twang. Pleasant biting sharpness for balance from lively carbonations and a good lemony citric/clove spice edge (and that high alcohol content). Plush fruits abound like sweet apple, pear, cherry, grape - giving off a distinct minor hoppiness - for an all around pleasurable beer. A sweeter, more robust/less sour(sharp) tripel than normal but is great to sip on.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 22:25:27 | More by clayrock81
Photo of drabmuh


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy. Forms a white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is simple, slightly yeast, nice lemony / citrus aroma on the back end, well balanced.

Beer has a medium body to it, nice feel with the carbonation in the mouth, overall pretty good. It finishes a little dryer than I care for, it is pretty high in alcohol I'm noticing. The bitterness, like orange peels, grows and it makes it less palatable as you proceed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 17:15:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Goliath


3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch bright white head sitting on top. Decent retention.

A nice aroma. Fruity esters, yeast, and a good spice.

Taste is alright. Sweet fruits, yeast, and spice. Pretty hot, alcohol could stand to be toned down or hidden better.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and this beer is lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Decent flavor, but a bit alcohol heavy. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 23:06:04 | More by Goliath
Photo of pmcadamis


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 05:37:17 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Vancer


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Edit - Dec 2008 MUCH better this year - malty fruits mixed well with the Belgium yeast. Lots of alcohol (11%), but well hidden. Very tasty. All points bump up by 1

Old review:
Dog gone it, they can do better, and if not, quit brewing this half arse crap.

Amber orange pour, no life head or lacing. Almost no aroma but of weak apple malt. Quaff was a real downer - astringent hit of malty sweet Belgium yeast, just a note of, perhaps, banana. Bitter and medicine finish.

Not a Belgium at all, one of their worst efforts.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2007 02:08:56 | More by Vancer
Photo of grumpy


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a great Trippel, but pretty tasty, and at $9 for a growler, it’s a bargain.

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange, with some cloudiness, minimal head and moderate lace.

Aroma: Fruity, spicy, yeasty, and malty

Taste: Nice blend of sweet malt, balancing hops, fruit, yeast and spice. Not the tart style, and not dominated by adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, not the creamiest Trippel out there, but certainly not thin and disappointing.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink in significant quantities. Only the ABV should slow you down.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2005 22:07:01 | More by grumpy
Photo of amicar


4.03/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2005 06:30:51 | More by amicar
Photo of swamiswamu


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2004 21:43:57 | More by swamiswamu
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This little beauty has a great looking hazed peach appearance with a very nice sticky head and great lacing. It is very strong stuff and has a lovely malt base that creates some nice contrast to the yeast flavors that produce some fruity overlays. Look out for this one as it is very powerful ale, and does not give notice as such.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 02:47:46 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of maxpower


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep yellow color, creamy head, yeasty fresh banana and clove aroma, sweet malty and nice bubblegum yeasty flavors. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Watch out at 11% this one sneaks up on you, a growler and you are good to go.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2002 19:20:53 | More by maxpower
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled the Belgian Tripel at the brewpub, and bought a growler.

The bartender told me that this beer was ~9% abv.

The appearance was golden and cloudy (unfiltered).
The aroma was very nice, smelling of bananas and sweet fruit. The aroma of yeast could also be detected.

The flavor was of bananas and peahces. The initial flavor was very strong! There was a slight yeasty taste. The mouthfeel was very smooth, and the drinkability was very good! But at 9% abv, one must be careful.

UPDATE: Sampled again on Dec. 26, 2004, at the Schlafly Tap Room. Still good, but not as good as I remember it being 2 years ago. Taste rating dropped from 5.0 to 4.5.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2002 03:42:21 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of fourstringer


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.


Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:15:49 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Franziskaner


3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 05:51:28 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of flagmantho


3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Thanks to jmarsh123 for the beer and the glass!

Appearance: orange-gold hue with plenty of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of creamy ivory foam which leaves some lace clinging to the glass. Attractive.

Smell: very orchardy aroma with lots of pear and apple character. It's quite sweet as well, but there's not a lot of actual malt character in the works. Good, but perhaps a little too fruity.

Taste: malty, fruity character right up front with more of an emphasis on pear than apple. Still quite sweet with rather a lot of alcoholic heat. Not bad, but I feel like it could be cleaner.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a ton of carbonation and a giant, satisfying creaminess. This is how it's done, ladies and germs.

Overall: despite the outstanding texture, the flavor is just a little too sweet and hot for me. Definitely worth a try if you're into tripels.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:06:59 | More by flagmantho
Photo of katan


3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Pours an orange to brown color. Lights of pearly white head formation, busts down quickly with a fair amount of lacing. A light film remains.

S - A strong citrus and spicy nose, with perhaps some more acidic sour notes in the background. No hopping detected, perhaps a little alcohol.

T - Starts off light and smooth, just a hint of some sweet pils malts. MId-stream brings in quite a bit of spiciness, citrus notes and just a bit of funk. THe sweetness here seems to be from a overwhelming sweetness, not at all a dry tripel. Finishes with a little alcohol flavor and a light spiciness.

M - Very full bodied, not an overcarbonated tripel by any means. Little bit of alcohol warmth. Very sweet and sticky.

O/D - A good tripel if you like the sweet ones. Not at all dry or very carbonated as the European counterparts. A bit filling and obviously a high ABV machine.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:09:14 | More by katan
Photo of Vixie


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellow orange color with a decent white head. Seems to have a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is on the malty side, also has a bit of spice to it, a bit on the peppery side. Also a hint of yeast, and a bread smell.

Starts out a bit fruity, and a bit of malt. There is a decent amount of spice in this, pepper and orange peel seem to dominate. Finishes with just a hint of a citrus hop bite.

Fairly smooth going down, with a hint of bite from the carbonation.

A pretty decent triple, probably one of the better ones I have had from a non Belgian brewery. While not up to the level of the best triples from Belgium, this is a good effort. The main complaint with it is it could be a bit more complex, but a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 02:31:46 | More by Vixie
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 20:38:22 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of sfsean28

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:30:08 | More by sfsean28
Photo of Flounder57


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: this beer poured a small puffy head that is still there. It is golden straw yellow with a hazy clarity and good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super mice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: sweet and breast malts, vanilla, spiciness, yeasty esters, earthiness, and Belgian candy.

Taste: All of the above plus some nice warming booze on the palate. There is some bitternes too that blends well with the sweetness of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, delicious, and tasty.

Overall: Pretty solid tripel out of St. Louis. Yes folks, St. Louis. Can't wait to enjoy the rest of the bottle to myself. Mm, mm delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 05:06:16 | More by Flounder57
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice, two finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leves only moderate lace on the glass.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with lots of pepper and clove as well as some pineapple.

T - Bready malt with some spicy notes of black pepper and clove. Pineapple and orange in the middle and a finish of soft malt, vanilla, clove and lingering fruity yeast.

M - a moderately thick body, moderate, carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nicely put together, the yeast character has a bit too much clove for my taste and it could stand to finish a bit dryer than it does. Still it is an enjoyable triple and better than the average American attempt at the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:37:36 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger head with nice retention on a murky golden with orange hue body.

S: candy sugar, banana, pineapple, clove, light yeast presence and lemon custard.

T: herbal notes with clove throughout. The fruit is sweet initially then tart with the musty yeast coming in strongest in the finish as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: this is a very flavorful and "belgian: tripel. The first beer I have had from this brewery and I am impressed thus far.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:34:32 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey orange with a decent white foam head. Good retention.

Some woody fruity notes, maybe some vanilla, some sweet malt, yeast, and alcohol.

Good balance of fruit and malt backbone, with a bit more chemical in the alcohol coming through. Some vanilla, some bitterness in the end that co-mingles with the malt. Decent, but a little mushy with an alcohol umbrella.

Full bodied, lean on the carbonation.

Overall, not bad. Drinkable, but not the best. Good middle of the road version. I still liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 15:25:48 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of onewetpaw


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

Poured into a tulip.

A- Pepper. Cloves and some slight fruity esters.

A_ Ridiculous large bone-white head that crept out of the glass. Very slight haze in the beer despite sitting in fridge for at least 2 months.

F- Perceptible hops giving a nice light bitterness. Overall subdued belgian fruity/spicy yeast flavors with some cloves and almost a little basil. No hot alcohol flavors despite the high ABV.

M-Light on the palate with high carbonation. Not thin at all despite high alcohol and likely relatively high sugar content in the recipe.

O- Very drinkable and pleasing example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 12:42:27 | More by onewetpaw
Photo of bnes09


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, honey colored brew. Lots of bubbles making their way to the top. Rich, creamy head with good retention and good stick to the glass.

Fresh aroma of bananas, apples, Belgian yeast and honey. Sweet, complex and inviting.

Sour dough bread flavor in the malt with a smooth quality. Belgian yeast provides an apple and banana flavor which suggests an enhanced quality with age. Subtle candy sweetness. Bright, citric hop flavor, lemon. Perfect balance. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Light to medium bodied. Lively carbonation brings the flavor to the palate. Dry in the finish.

Really good tripel. Complex, balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:16:32 | More by bnes09
Photo of twiggamortis420


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 05:15:32 | More by twiggamortis420
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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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