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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly TripelSchlafly Tripel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 124
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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karst

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from aged cask and possibly the best of the forty beers brewed at Schlafly and offered at the 2005 Hops in the City Festival. A near perfect day and a Belgian Tripel to match. Thanks Steve to you and your crew for putting on a great event. I am looking forward to bring back some growlers as you release your seasonals.

Pours a hazy peach-orange with a sticky head that laced the sides of the Schlafly Hop & Rye glass. Aromas of sweet fruit - peaches bananas and faint clove mingle with those of the malt base in a near perfect balance from the months of 54°F cellar cask conditioning. Full mouthfeel from the Belgium candy sugar disguises the 9-11% abv as the alcohol becomes lost in a grove of peach and banana esters with waves of sweet malts, yeast and bubblegum flavors.

A must try - Growler caution respect beer - share with friends!

Serving type: cask

09-18-2005 17:34:22 | More by karst
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fourstringer

Maryland

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.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

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
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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katan

Colorado

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
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Vixie

Illinois

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
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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
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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
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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
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nickfl

Florida

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
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kylehay2004

Florida

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
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

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
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bnes09

Illinois

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
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clayrock81

Virginia

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
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:34:33 | More by metter98
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n2185

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 00:50:51 | More by n2185
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Domingo

Colorado

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

Pours a rich honey color. Crystal clear, or a bit hazy depending on if you pour in the little bit of yeast from the bottle. A nice sheen of white head is there for the duration.
Sweet and fruity on the nose with just the slightest hint of hops on the back-end.
Pale malts come out big up front. Red apple and pears, too. A little bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Phenols give off a little banana and black pepper, but everything comes back to that massive bready malt. I'd say that malt potency reminds me a little of a maibock, but with an estery Belgian yeast adding fruit and a little spice to it.
A sipper, but an enjoyable one.
Good stuff and a pretty fine tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:44:54 | More by Domingo
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.  

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 18:41:46 | More by corby112
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:25:48 | More by mikesgroove
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FanofHefe

Illinois

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

Bomber poured into a tulip, bottled on 6-14-11. Hazy light yellow body with a bit of orange tint. Two finger, dense white head that dissipates leaving just some scattered lace.

Characteristic tripel aroma, a little less sweet on the nose than others I've had. Complex mix of the spices from the yeast and the lighter fruit flavors. Some additional notes of citrus and bready, sweet malt.

The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely and is a very good blend of tastes. The spices jump right out and mesh well with the sweet, fruity flavors.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Solid tripel and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:20:22 | More by FanofHefe
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DCon

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 OZ Bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $11.99. Poured from the Blue/Yellow Bottle into a Pint glass and has Bottled With Love on 6 14 11 on the bottom of the bottle with a sticker.

Aroma- Very complexed spiciness. Also a nice citrus/orange aroma that is very strong. Not much alcohol aroma even though this is a strong one!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that has decent retention (wish it was more foamy like many other Tripels). Has a deep golden/light amber color body and leaves nice lacing on ever inch of the glass.

Flavor- Spiciness starts this brew off and can notice the malt character helping balance this brew out. Has a nice hop taste with a medium hop bitterness at the end. Good sweetness in here too.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, High Carbonation, and leaves great amount of spice on palate!

Overall Impression- While Schlafly's "Bottle Conditioned" Brews are all Grade A beers, this one keeps that true! A great Tripel, with nice spice but also a good sweetness to it. Its well balanced and a pleasant beer. Go for it if its available!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 16:35:15 | More by DCon
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 14:28:59 | More by ShanePB
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Pencible

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with tons of white head.
S: It smelled like lemongrass and waxy hops, with some sour yeast and floral hops and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and bright citrus hops, with candi sugar and wild yeast. It had a clean aftertaste that was bitter and sour.
M: It was oily and slick, with lots of natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a decent tripel with good scent and taste and body, but really nothing unique or super enjoyable. The alcohol wasn't too strong, so it was pretty easy to drink. But otherwise, this was quite forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:29:39 | More by Pencible
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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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