Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 152
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.71%
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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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 152
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.76/5  rDev -29%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of n2185
2.17/5  rDev -44.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
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.   (1,011 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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! (1,105 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,552 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of fltmedic
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden orange amber with heavy sediment, a tall foamy head quickly rising to the rim of the snifter, them reducing to a thin covering on the surface.

Mellow citrus, honey, apple and light floral aromas concentrate nicely at the lip of the glass.

The taste is crisp, but not as bright or sharp as the 10% ABV might suggest. The fruits and malts play in balance and the finish is not bitter at all.

Sparkling and smooth, with a medium weight to the tongue.

This is a charmer among triples and, guessing from the yeast in the 750 ml bottle, will only get better with age. (582 characters)

Photo of CMW
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light yellow color with a mid sized white head.

S - Fruit flavors seem to dominate the nose along with a little touch of alcohol.

T - Similar to the nose in that fruit flavors seem to be predominant. Passion fruit and banana is what stands out. There is also a small bit of spice which plays well off the alcohol.

M - Carbonation was medium and it had a semi-thin body.

O - This is a good beer from a good brewery. The entire bottle went down much easier than expected. (486 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.93/5  rDev +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. (814 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly is an undiscovered gem from St. Louis, Missouri, that has recently arrived on the East Coast. This is their version of a bottle-conditioned Belgian trippel.

This beer opens brilliantly with an explosive froth; eventually, in due time, the settling ceases to leave a translucent body of amber beneath a foam pillow. Within it, a sparse school of carbonation bubbles rises upward. The snifter rim is encased in gooey, globs of lacing. Alliteration, indeed!

The nose scents a cloying waft of honey and cider; the palate detects a surprisingly malty blend of alcohol and grape that fades with a citrusy crispness.

While nobody can confuse St. Louis with Brussels - or even the dreary Liege, Schlafly does an excellent job of brewing this pleasant Belgian, one that goes very easy on the palate. (803 characters)

Photo of njbcmatt
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

A- Pours golden, clearer than I expected, with a big fluffy white head

S- Belgian yeast phenols, some alcohol too, my guess would be that this batch fermented fairly warm, with emphasis on banana/bubble gum notes

T- Definite alcohol presence and warming, strong bubble gum-like phenols, a little bit of malty, bready sweetness

M- Lingers like it should, minimal to no aftertaste

D- Solid, if unspectacular. Was more wowed by the Grand Cru and Quadrupel offerings from Schlafly, but definitely good enough to keep going. (539 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at approximate 50 degrees, warming up as it took me quite a long time to drink it. Definitely not meant to be drank ice cold.

Yellow to slightly tan and hazy. Tons of rising bubbles. Huge head that lasts. Lots of lacing.

Potent yeasty smell, a little over the top. Sweet and slightly spiced too. Fruits and citrus round out the aroma.

Tastes sweet, spicy, peppery, yeasty, fruity (raisins, pears), lightly grainy with a touch of hops. Light bitterness that lingers some. Excellent tasting tripel! I really like this beer.

The alcohol isn't noticeable unless you take a big gulp, then it packs a bit of a wallop. Rich and thick, luxurious going down. Medium to full bodied. Tangy carbonation.

Drinkability is high for this strong of a beer. I plan to buy a couple more next time I'm in town and age them.

Great as a cold sunday morning brunch while watching football. (881 characters)

Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
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