Schlafly Tripel | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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

Added by dakid618 on 01-17-2009

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of bort11
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 cschepers
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fancy slikscreened bomber bottle into an oversized wine glass.

a - hazy yellow. very little head.

s - sweet candi malt, peppery yeast, mediciny phenols, cloves.

t - lots of sweet candi sugar. yeast, honey, clove, tiny bit of white pepper. bit of phenols. not much hops. sweetness in the aftertaste. alcohol is almost completely hidden.

m - slick, but not too thick. fairly low carbonation.

d - pretty darn high. alcohol is hidden, and there are no offending tastes here.

this is a nice tripel, noting fancy but good. should age quite nicely.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 dakid618
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch bright white head sitting on top. Decent retention.

A nice aroma. Fruity esters, yeast, and a good spice.

Taste is alright. Sweet fruits, yeast, and spice. Pretty hot, alcohol could stand to be toned down or hidden better.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and this beer is lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Decent flavor, but a bit alcohol heavy. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Vancer
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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 aforbes10
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister for bringing me a growler of this for christmas. Poured orange brown with a little head that disappeared fast. Nice strong clovey sour malt odor. some fruit odors. Spicy, alcohol, nutmeg, clove, fruity, overripe oranges and belgian malt taste. yeasty too. Mouthfeel is fairly full and on the verge of syrupy. good all around.

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Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the proper glassware, this is a much better beer. It poured from the growler a hazy, straw colored beer with a thin egg white head. Nice aroma of citrus orange, coriander, and a touch of bread dough on the finish. The taste has the citrus up front with a lot of hard candy sweetness from the malt. Orange and coriander in the middle of the drink, and a nice yeasty bread dough character on the finish. The mouth feel is a little slick and then, but over all a nice drinkable beer. I had this in a shaker pint earlier today at the source, but from my wine glass, it seems a different beer.

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Photo of grumpy
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a great Trippel, but pretty tasty, and at $9 for a growler, it’s a bargain.

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange, with some cloudiness, minimal head and moderate lace.

Aroma: Fruity, spicy, yeasty, and malty

Taste: Nice blend of sweet malt, balancing hops, fruit, yeast and spice. Not the tart style, and not dominated by adjuncts.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated, not the creamiest Trippel out there, but certainly not thin and disappointing.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink in significant quantities. Only the ABV should slow you down.

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Photo of karst
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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 amicar
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler for enjoying with friends during dinner and while watching a video.

Poured a nice orange- tinged slightly cloudy yellow with a small- ish white head. Smell is nice- fruity, bannanna-esque; a tiny bit of spiciness in there. The taste is very nice- more of the same as the aroma; does have less flavor than others i've had in the same style, but very tasty nonetheless. The mouthfeel is full, and solvent-y (mostly in a good way), a little sweet and sticky, but restrained on this; The drinkability is my downfall. You don't get a lot of warning at how strong this stuff is. All I can say is I'm glad I split the growler, and that someone else drove me home.

Overall, very nice; Certainly there are much better examples of the style out there, but for a domestic micro at a reasonable price? Hard to beat.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours golden with a low amount of head for a tripel. The aroma has a faint banana undertone with a large overbearing alcohol odor. The sugar dominates the taste. It leaves a bubbly bouquet. Overall a pretty good tripel, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 maxpower
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep yellow color, creamy head, yeasty fresh banana and clove aroma, sweet malty and nice bubblegum yeasty flavors. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Watch out at 11% this one sneaks up on you, a growler and you are good to go.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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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