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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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.

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Reviews: 79 | Hads: 158
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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.  

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of CMW
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of njbcmatt
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear yellow color with a short 1/4" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness, grass, soft yeast, and a bit of alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: nice malt presence with a soft spicy yeast tone, green grapes, a hint of grass, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is warming and contributes to the flavor as it is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is very long here.

Drinkability: so-so as this is a big beer and it is a slow sipper at best. It will take a while to get through the bomber if it is a solo session.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is as good as any Tripel I ever had!!! Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet as a muddy orange color with a big, delicate whte head. Some thin lacing on the glass and head retention pretty good for a 10% beer. Strong and pleasant aroma of Belgian yeast and fruit (apples and pears).

Taste is excellent!!!! Belgian yeast and fruit are most prominent, a little spicy (black pepper) and some candi sugar as well. This one says Belgian all the way, not St. Louis.

Mouthfeel is rich and very smooth. There is no hint of the alcohol unless you take a big gulp and then it might be the spices that kick in!!!

Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength. Definitely a sipper but well worth the effects of a little too much.

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Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: A whole hand of thick white head that produces nice thick lace lining around the jar. This is set upon a deep golden body Head retention pretty impeccable.

S: Nice pale malt and big candied fruits.

T: Nice green raisin candied fruitiness. A bit boozy, grape peel, ends with an almost oak wood sap bitterness, but this mellows to a green apple sweetness

M: Nice medium body.

D: A bit potent, but good potent.

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Photo of Naugros
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, a brewery in St. Louis making Belgian-style beers. Worth a try and it will mark off Missouri on my quest to try a beer from all 50.

The first pour is impressive. Crystal clear golden yellow with a three finger head that shows some nice retention and leaves behind good lacing. The carbonation is evident, running up the sides.

It sure smells like a Belgian with the appropriate hops and yeast scents. I'm pleasantly surprised so far.

And now the moment of truth...um...well, this is where it falls short. What a shame. The hops are not well-controlled and don't bring any good flavors to the tongue, only some acrid bitterness. There's a sweetness here, but not biscuity or fruity, but more of a wet hay sensation.

The carbonation bites at you and the alcohol burns the palate a little. It's easy to swallow because you want it out of your mouth quickly. This is not one I'll buy again, but I'll be fair and try something else by Schlafly again in the future.

I looked at the average rating and saw a B+. So I went in search of a bottling date and checked the cap for signs of infection. Nope and nope. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say I got a skunked bottle, but it doesn't seem that way.

I also noted that all the reviews from 2010 are well below the average. Maybe this run was not one of their better ones and this beer used to be better crafted than this batch.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Copper pear with two finger foamy head that has good retention. The pillow of foam leaves a fine coat of lace.

S- Light fruits, raisins and Belgian yeast and spice. Banana esters are there, some bread notes and even bubble gum hints. It really does smell like that childs bubble gum toothpaste in a way.

T- Light fruit and Belgian yeast/spice up front. Some banana. Grassy hops balance out the flavor a bit but the spice notes are a bit too high. Some alcohol, bread and apples finish off a decent flavor.

MF- High carbonation stings the tongue, moderate thick body. Some warmth. Coat of heavy spice and grassy hops. Fairly creamy.

DB- Decent 750ml price. A bit heavy on the spice but still nice. Try more from this company but may not have this one again, a one glass thing.

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Photo of dzni
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden color with nice head that dissipates quickly
N - I get some citrus and possibly some apricot and herbs
T - I'm overwhelmed by carbonation and hoppiness, such that I don't really taste much else. Maybe I'm missing something.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation
D - Carbonation really hits you up front, so much so that it seemed to mask any flavors that I was picking up in the nose. Then I pick up noticeable hoppiness, but I never really pick up much else. It's a rather refreshing beer, though, with a slightly heavy body and alcohol content. This is good for a mild Spring day outside with burgers. I could think this all night, but it's a little high in alcohol to do that for long!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Schlafly Tripel from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.