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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Schlafly Tripel has patiently awaited joining the ranks of our bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ale series. It was the first festival ale for our HOP in the City beer festival which makes it dear to us. Tripel is hearty with a golden hue and a rich, fruity character. While this ale is light in color, it is fuller bodied than many darker ales. The characteristics make it a great after-dinner drink and a perfect complement to aged cheeses and fruity desserts. We age this ale for months before it touches a bottle, but, if you have the will power, it will improve for years to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Can split with Curly and ScottyP and Barrios at the Impromtu Woody’s Ticker Tasting. Clearish yellow golden pour with slight chill haze and thin wispy whitish head. Banana, vanilla, yeast, clove, and bubblegum. Alcohol on the nose and tail, but this would definitely mellow with some age. But overall, this is kind of a fake, american try at a classic belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, capped, thanks, BVC! Pours cloudy gold with a lacy white head. Sweet honey and caramel aroma and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, capped. Wow, what a gorgeous bottle. Thanks, BVC! Hazy medium gold with plenty of rising carb and some loose white foam. Creamy butter and green apple nose. A little bit of fusel there as well. Sharp fizzy body. Caramel, apple, and sweet cream on the mid-palate. Long creamy finish after a big boozy twang hits you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Golden bodied with crisp head. Honey and fruit aromas with light fusels. Estery body with tangyiness and moderate fusel underpinning. This one is showing off a bit too much of its alcohol for my liking. Just saw the comment my MmmcKay regarding Boulevard’s Long Strange Tripel and couldn’t agree more. I had Boulevard’s Tripel the same day as the Schlafly and Long Strange was leaps and bounds better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Great looking packaging, but that’s about all that I really liked about this beer. Yellow golden blond in color. This beer had very little head. The nose and flavors were very one note. That one note was of tropical fruit and more specifically banana. Below average Tripel, especially for the price, $12.99. Try Boulevard Long Strange instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
In short: A sweet (too sweet) basic Triple. Below average for the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Cloudy golden blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Taste is unfortunately dominated by honey and this sweet beer even gets crunchy-sugary. Too much residual sugars. Beneath the honey are some light but pleasant fruity notes of apricots, bananas and tropical fruits. Light fruity/citrusy hops presence but this beer needs a ton of dry/grassy noble hops. Long sweet finish. I don’t know what they were attempting here but if they tried to make a by-the-book tripel I assume they took a book written by the Ikea writing team and in which case we’re lucky we didn’t end-up with a trout flavoured beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1791) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Narnad was kind enough to bring a bottle of this to a wedding and split it with me, what a guy! Poured golden with lots of bubbles, a small-to-medium white head. Black pepper, clove and banana aroma. I didn’t really pick up an alcohol aroma, but could really taste it - wow was it hot. Otherwise, flavor had a decent wheat tanginess, fruity banana esters and a touch of lemon peel. Solid, but I think it could use a few months of bottle conditioning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et d’épices avec une pointe sucrée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde-orangée voilée. Présence d’une mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruit tropicaux avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût très sucré. (Rating #2422)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Poured a hazy yellow color with a small, fizzy, off-white head that provided excellent lacing. Aroma is a mixture of cloves, grainy pils malt, lot of alcohol, light yeast notes, some very light banana hints and a slight lemon/orange citrus toward the ends. Flavor follow the aroma with an early light banana, lemon citrus and yeasty flavors which move into a dry, alcoholic ending. The tripel has a moderate density but the alcohol makes it feel a little harsh at times. Overall a good tripel and well worth the price (which isn’t bad at all for this style and volume your getting).

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