Schlafly Tripel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly TripelSchlafly Tripel

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 169
Photo of sfsean28
2.03/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Looked great and smell Ok, but tasted rancid. I bought the bottle off the shelf and I believe this is a damaged brew. no date on the bottle. Hate when this happens. I'm not sure if I should've continued to drink it. Its acidic and should come with a bottle of Tums.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of hopdog
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with bu11zeye (thanks!).

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color wih an averaged sized white head. Aromas of spices, yeastiness, and some fruitiness. Tastes of spices, fruitiness, citrus (lemons), and yeast. Medium alcohol finish. Medium sweet with a lighter tart lemony finish.

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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.  

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper colored with excellent clarity. Easily an inch and a half of densely packed off white head. Scents of pear and light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is highly carbonated and very dry. There's somewhat of a very earthy,bread like almost sourdough bread flavor. There's a bit of an olive oil aftertaste on the fade.

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Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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 cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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 Naugros
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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, 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 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.

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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.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with about one finger of fizzy white head. Aroma is of banana, fruit, yeast, and some spice.

Taste is fruity with some of the banana noted in the aroma. Lots of noticeble alcohol here, though it fades a little as the beer warms. Lots of peppery spice in the finish. This one cold stand to age for a while to take some heat off of it. Mouthfeel is medium to medium-full. High alcohol knocks the drinkability down. Decent tripel, I'll get a couple more to lay down for a while to see how they improve.

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Photo of Vancer
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Edit - Dec 2008 MUCH better this year - malty fruits mixed well with the Belgium yeast. Lots of alcohol (11%), but well hidden. Very tasty. All points bump up by 1

Old review:
Dog gone it, they can do better, and if not, quit brewing this half arse crap.

Amber orange pour, no life head or lacing. Almost no aroma but of weak apple malt. Quaff was a real downer - astringent hit of malty sweet Belgium yeast, just a note of, perhaps, banana. Bitter and medicine finish.

Not a Belgium at all, one of their worst efforts.

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Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from the 750ml bottle with a hazy golden yellow with a large head

S - smells earthy, fruity, and a hint of cheddar cheese that struck me as odd

T - the taste follows the nose. Starts with some very light fruits, soft grainy malts. There are also some grassy hops on the finish. This has the driest finish I have ever experienced in a beer. Overall, it is a nice blend of flavors - light, yet flavorful.

M - creamy mouthfeel; very smooth and full

D - this was a pretty solid brew from Schlafly. It isn't the best triple I have had, but it was very enjoyable. I would definitely purchase this again, albeit I would be more inclined to pick up their Biere de Garde over this.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Very bright golden/copper color with a nice 1 inch head that recedes slowly. with some great retention and lacing all the way down the glass.

S - The smell...hmm what can I say but that it smells like sparkling wine or white wine. Nice spices in the nose. Definitely some grape citrusy smells.

T - Nice, sharp clove taste that spices the tongue all the way down. Very refreshing and noticeable carbonation. A mild hop character at the back end with some dryness but not so noticeable. Similar to Goose Islands Tripel offering. I enjoy the beer but definitely not the best Tripel I've had.

M - Med-light bodied.

D - Refreshing, higher ABV.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian-style malt with some spicy yeasty notes and quite a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also a mix between some Belgian-style malt notes with light candy ester and quite a bit of residual sugar with a light peppery yeast finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable thought a bit too much residual sugar for my liking.

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Photo of Vixie
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellow orange color with a decent white head. Seems to have a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is on the malty side, also has a bit of spice to it, a bit on the peppery side. Also a hint of yeast, and a bread smell.

Starts out a bit fruity, and a bit of malt. There is a decent amount of spice in this, pepper and orange peel seem to dominate. Finishes with just a hint of a citrus hop bite.

Fairly smooth going down, with a hint of bite from the carbonation.

A pretty decent triple, probably one of the better ones I have had from a non Belgian brewery. While not up to the level of the best triples from Belgium, this is a good effort. The main complaint with it is it could be a bit more complex, but a nice beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This little beauty has a great looking hazed peach appearance with a very nice sticky head and great lacing. It is very strong stuff and has a lovely malt base that creates some nice contrast to the yeast flavors that produce some fruity overlays. Look out for this one as it is very powerful ale, and does not give notice as such.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Schlafly tulip. Thanks to jmarsh123 for the beer and the glass!

Appearance: orange-gold hue with plenty of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of creamy ivory foam which leaves some lace clinging to the glass. Attractive.

Smell: very orchardy aroma with lots of pear and apple character. It's quite sweet as well, but there's not a lot of actual malt character in the works. Good, but perhaps a little too fruity.

Taste: malty, fruity character right up front with more of an emphasis on pear than apple. Still quite sweet with rather a lot of alcoholic heat. Not bad, but I feel like it could be cleaner.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a ton of carbonation and a giant, satisfying creaminess. This is how it's done, ladies and germs.

Overall: despite the outstanding texture, the flavor is just a little too sweet and hot for me. Definitely worth a try if you're into tripels.

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