Schlafly Tripel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly TripelSchlafly Tripel

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

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Photo of dakid618
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass. Pours a hazy dark wheat color with two fingers of head. Smells wheaty and of piney hops. Taste is very complex. Hints of orange, lemon, and syrup maybe? Hard to identify as possibly the most complex tripel I've ever had. Almost no hint of alcohol despite it's 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is smooth and a little thick. Very drinkable. Goes down scary smooth for the alcohol content. I think this is the best tripel I've ever had. Excited to age some and re-review.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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 pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the taproom in STL.

A - Light orange brew with a big ass white head that shows good retention and leaves some nice arcing lace on the snifter it was served in.

S - Rich perfumed spice. You can smell the Belgian DNA. Very yeasty, fresh, and fruity.

T - Tight and focused hops attack initially, followed by some nice honey and yeast. Clover honeycomb. The booze is noticeable, but I actually like that unlike some other BAs. Like scotch or bourbon, part of the appeal of the bigger beer is alcohol spice.

M - Tight, medium-full bodied, and lively. Lots of tingly carbonation and hot alcohol keep this sweet honey flavored beer from getting to cloying.

D - An outstanding beer! I'm a big fan of tripels, and Schlafly did not disappoint me in the least.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always go into every new Belgian Style Ale made in the US with an open-mind, especially after discovering the quality of Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY, who has proven they can do it just as well as the Belgians, and perhaps better. The Schlafly Tripel joins the growing collection of American breweries and beer makers who are doing Belgian ales expertly. The look is a golden with three fingers of head. The smell is fruity with candy overtones. The taste is unique as it finishes with a honey, candy, fruity smoothness that sustains itself on the palate--in a very pleasant manner. The feel: it comes in creamy and ends with that classic champagne fizziness. Highly recommended.

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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.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love me a Tripel and this one is top notch. Smooth, flavorful, and and subtle yet appealing aftertaste, the ABV is disguised in a potentially dangerous fashion....big, yummy thumbs up.

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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.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, after the dfh 120 min its alll downhill from here, hahaha

anyway the color is nice, has a really cloudy light golden color to it, with a tiny bit of lacing going on

smell is of a strong yeast aroma and citrus, pretty decent

taste is really good, has a nice balance of sweet malt flavor and yeast.

mouthfeel is nice and highly carbonated, i love the way it bubbles

drinkability is high cause its so good

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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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from the Bottleworks location.

Hazy peach orange body with a small, tight-bubbled, gauzy, eggshell white head. Inviting nose heavy on tropical fruits, powdered sugar, banana rum, a hint of bubblegum, and a pinch of spicy pepper. Very nice.

Starts off with a little spicy bitterness and some toasted grains. Big fruit sweetness takes over. Pineapple, fruit cocktail, ripe pears, and banana. Soft wheat-y feel. Powdered sugar sweetness. Yeasty, banana-y finish, with a dose of peppery spice, and mild herbal bitterness. Warming, but not boozy. A very good Tripel!

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Photo of karst
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of bort11
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml silk screened bottle, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Not a whole lot of head, not really any lacing. Color is a hazy pale orange.

Smell is sweet fruity apricot, with some vanilla notes. A definite Belgian yeast must. Taste has apricot fruitiness. A little more vanilla, and the yeast comes off as peppery and musty.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, though the carbonation cuts into to create a cleaner finish. I really feel the alcohol warmth in my chest. This is very nice to end the evening with.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up on a trip to Columbia, MO. I let the sediment into my glass and had a hazy amber beer with a tall white head. At 10%, this is a big tripel and it rightly has a big character. It reminds me of Maredsous 10, another kick-ass 10% tripel. There's rich, spicy aroma and flavor with a little dried orange peel. It's bursting with cracked pepper, vanilla, cracked wheat, and fresh Italian bread. Yum. A mighty fine tripel from MO.

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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/amber color with a very bubbly, foamy, white, two-finger head. It left sticky, intricate rings of lace.

S - It smelled of dried fruits, spices and yeast.

T - Tasted of yeast, clove and was very spicy and peppery. Nice dried fruit flavors and some grain tastes.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was surprisingly drinkable. I didn't notice the high ABV. Very tasty and a worthwhile offering from Schlafly.

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Photo of skrib09
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer is a nice golden hue and is very close to being clear. great looking white head with good lacing.

smells fruity and sweet with plenty of malt. the alcohol is detectable on the nose.

taste is malty, and little roasty almost. plenty of sweetness with hints of pure sugar and fruit. complete mouthfeel with a lot of bubbles on the palate. alcohol is prominent, reminiscent of champagne.

good drinkability throughout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a JAFB snifter. This very nice Belgian style tripel pours a luminous yellow amber with a modest white head that fizzles to a thin ring with nice lacing. Nose of bananas, pears, apples, strong alcohol, light spice, and sweet Belgian candy sugar. Flavors are very fruit forward with pears and apples to the front and sides mingling with nice sweet Belgian candy sugar notes. A light traditional Belgian spice comes through on the back and sears in with the solid crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish makes this a fine addition to anyone looking for a good tripel to enjoy from the states.


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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon-amber color with a half inch of creamy off-white foam.

Aroma of bananas, green apples, Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, and fruit cocktail.

The taste is quite sweet upfront, followed by a bit of tartness. It's easy to note the bananas, green apples, Belgian yeast, Juicyfruit gum, and fruit cocktail found in the aroma. The finish is clean and the 10% alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

Light bodied, sweet and dry, and moderately carbonated.

A tasty bottle-conditioned tripel from St. Louis? It's good to see a hometown brewery producing a tripel like this and succeeding. Nice work, Schlafly. I have a second bottle in the cellar to try in a year or so. I can't wait.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly may be the most under-rated brewery in America. They make a ton of beers and they are all good to great. This Tripel is yet another testement to all of what is right about brewing.

The beer opens with a brightly colored straw-golden color with very lively carbonation. A dainty but firm head lasts the session while leaving lacing all along the glass.

Bold aromas of straight-up pilsner malts are decorated with a lot of fruitiness, spiciness, and that undeniable Belgian twang. A herbal, floral, perfumy hop character gains ground as I get deeper into the glass.

Even bolder flavors of sweet pilsner malts set the stage for a firmly malty, yet delicate beer. The huge pilsner influence leaves the beer with a more pronounced grain flavor than is usually found in Tripels. Fruits of peaches, pears, grapes, and oranges give a bright, ripe, and fresh flavor to the beer. The assertive hop presence give the floral, herbal notes a bit more credence than classic Belgian Tripels do. Ethanol flavors set in at mid-palate and begins to strip the beer of the delicate flavors found early.

Very well attenuated for a richly malty, but dry sweetness. Alcohols have an agressive presence making the beer numbing, tingling, and more representative than the 10% notes on the label. Dry and powdery, the beer has an evaporative quality in the mouth.

When compared to Trappist Tripels, the beer has some give and take. I like the hopping flavor, aroma and bitterness. I don't like the aggressive alcohol punch. The malt-grain profile is a bit dominant which should round out with some age.

After finishing the 750mil. bottle in about 1.5 hours, the buzz-factor seems much higher than the advertised 10%abv.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres

Pours a crystal-clear, honey-tinted, golden copper color. About one-fingers worth of slightly off-white foam forms the head. Retention is okay. Lacing is very good.

Nice Belgian yeast presence. Very nice presence of orchard/white fruits. Apricots, white grapes and bananas, mostly. Strong hints of candi sugars and light notes of spices.

Definitely closer to the sweeter end of the spectrum, as far as tripels go. Flavors pretty much follow the nose, and bring along a mild, caramel malt base. Very slight hint of alcohol slips in. This is impressive, since this clocks in at 10%ABV.

Good medium to almost full body. Very nice and smooth. I'd like it to be a touch creamier, personally, but the creaminess that's here totally works.

Tasting this good and having the alcohol so well-hidden, is dangerous. You could get ruined with this one, without even trying.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two red wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to hwwty4 for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a hazy, bright, and rich looking golden hue with a creamy and bubbly light tan head that, sadly, didn't retain very well but left a thick lace-leaving ring behind.

S: Very nice aromas of bubblegum, clove, tropical fruit, green apple, and peach.

T: See above. Tangy fruit is pretty dominant up front but the middle settles in with some spices, bubblegum, and apple and then finishes with a flourish of peach and tart apple.

M: Loads of tangy fruit and some nicely peppery spices that enhance the dryness from the alcohol.

D: Given the fact that this is 10%, we found this to be extremely easy to drink. The alcohol began to warm our tummies, but only at the end of the bottle.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. Pours gold with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly. It does have an effervescent carbonation. Lots of Belgian yeast aroma, more banana than clove. Also some alcohol and sugar. Medium bodied. Spicy flavor with some candi sugar. Nice spicy finish. Some warming alcohol. Very drinkable.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


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