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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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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 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 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 nickfl
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice, two finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leves only moderate lace on the glass.

S - A spicy yeast aroma with lots of pepper and clove as well as some pineapple.

T - Bready malt with some spicy notes of black pepper and clove. Pineapple and orange in the middle and a finish of soft malt, vanilla, clove and lingering fruity yeast.

M - a moderately thick body, moderate, carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nicely put together, the yeast character has a bit too much clove for my taste and it could stand to finish a bit dryer than it does. Still it is an enjoyable triple and better than the average American attempt at the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Rather sweet-smelling aroma of pilsner malts awaiting a wheelbarrow full of toothsome candi sugar supported by notes of fresh fruit and, ever so slightly, some spices.

Taste: Ample pils malts along with fresh pears, white grapes, and citrus glazed with layers upon layers of sweet, gooey candi sugar. Low bitterness. One small, tiny pinch of spice. Finishes sweet and fruity with plenty of alcohol warmth to invigorate the soul and enliven the senses.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though I'm left wanting just a bit more spice character and a slightly drier finish, it's still a very tasty American-born tripel simply loaded with potential.

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Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes:

Picked this up in Wichita in early 09

Pours a honey color with a finger of cream colored head. Oily sheen to this, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bubblegum, apples & loads of tropical fruit

T: Peaches, passion fruit & dryness up front, plus pineapple, candi sugar & a bit of citric hops. More pineapple, passion fruit & dryness as this warms, plus a touch of grapefruit. Finishes with green banana & dryness

MF: Syrupy with low carbonation & a bit of a coarse/grainy feel to this

Drinks easy for the style, & a good tripel. Will pick up a few bottles if the price is right, I bet this will age nicely

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 ShanePB
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

Sweet, banana esters, confectioners sugar sweetness, orange, and pear form the aroma. Flavor reveals underpinnings of tart citrus, surprisingly forward, with a lightly bready malt backbone. The finish is dry and spicy. More sharp fruit character than expected. Touch of honey in the finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and fruity, it smells like tropical fruit, apples, bubblegum, candi sugar and some peppery spice. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some pears and bananas. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, and it has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's easy to drink and the alcohol isn't too noticable in the taste. However, it does catch up to you after a while. Overall I thought this was a good brew, I'd pick it up again.

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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 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 Suds
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy Golden in color with a towering white head. Very yeasty and peppery in scent...yeast and ripe fruit. Lots of alcohol as well. The flavor is very Belgian...clove, bubblegum, spice, pepper, and lots of yeast. Warming on the tongue. Full in body and very effervescent. Excellent.

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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 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 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 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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