Schlafly Tripel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

Added by dakid618 on 01-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
169
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.08%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
28
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Zachariah1978
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 JMS1512
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nick1427d
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gordavidson
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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