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Schlafly Tripel - The Schlafly Tap Room

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87
very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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TeamD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-13-2012 21:35:13 | More by TeamD
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Ishogai

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-09-2012 21:33:05 | More by Ishogai
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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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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-28-2012 04:49:26 | More by EvanWilliams
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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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callmeishmALE

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +29.5%

12-12-2011 17:38:34 | More by callmeishmALE
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Hatshep18

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-11-2011 23:25:42 | More by Hatshep18
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +29.5%

11-20-2011 03:09:33 | More by captainbearcat
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-18-2011 21:29:17 | More by TheBishopco
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-16-2011 02:24:37 | More by oline73
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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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fltmedic

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 20:37:34 | More by fltmedic
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CMW

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:36:21 | More by CMW
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beveritt

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:11:57 | More by beveritt
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87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.