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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Wow -- a strong tripel. Very juicy up front, very dry on the finish. Apricot, plum, apple and doughy yeast. Malts are appropriately balanced and consistent on the palate, but they just can’t handle the extreme fruitiness of the hops (though they do an admirable job on the high alcohol content). Light toast, oats, almonds. Really delicious, as an American tripel, and adventuresome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5103) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2014
750mL bottled with love on 1 2313, consumed here on 6 1414. Nose is sweet and dusty, light hay and still-bright lemony citrus, light floral background and some of the sweetness I associate with things like spelt and buckwheat. Yeasty notes with controlled jammy fruit, though no yeast to be seen in the body. Pours clear golden with strong carbonation and a sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly sweet, medium tart, low bitterness with medium alcohol warmth that ticks up with every sip; slick and strongly oily, tons of phenolic development with slighter esters. Touch of pepper under clove and jam, bits of sugar in the full body, and extremely (exquisitely) effervescent. Hay and very light grass, but otherwise straight, strong golden malt up the middle, classic sugary tripel. They just made this one way, way too hot, it’s every bit its 10% abv, but it’s enjoyable in the giddy sugar-rush of received good news (for food and conversation with company rather than moody contemplation in Beethoven’s melancholy), if not exactly recommendable in general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GRM (3116) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
Brown bottle, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on March 14 2014; eye: coppery, lightly hazy, tiny sheet of off-white head, light lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light Belgian yeast, light coriander, light fusel; mouth: malt, caramel, light fig, fusel, finale in caramel with light presence of acridness, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slightly syrup texture; overall: ordinary FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 14 mars 2014; œil : cuivrée, légèrement voilée, petite couverture de mousse blanc cassé, légère dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger levure belge, léger coriandre, léger fusel; bouche : malt, caramel, léger figue, fusel, finale en caramel avec légère présence âcre, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement sirupeuse; en résumé : ordinaire

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
pushkinwow (2149) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from GRM. Light yellow with an off white head. Candied smoked meat with some reminants of a five alive can and lots of malt, develops into a bit of a rancid orange juice box taste as things start to ferment, continues to be quite malty, somewhat booze. This one was a little odd for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
Rated on 7-06-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized frothy, fizzy white head that mostly diminishes, transparent golden body lively, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing adorns my glass. The aroma is rich malt, sweet, fruity, and some clove. The taste is semi-sweet, malty, fruity, candy sugar, rich, clove, and has a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is medium bodied. This is a sipping beer at 10%ABV. The flavor seemed a bit off and thus makes this beer a disappointment for me since this is one of my favorite beer styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (2510) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Jason! Hazed, golden-yellow color with a foamy white film & collar resting softly on top. Aroma has some grass, grains, a hint of lactic tartness, slight yeast, mild funk, & a finish of lemon zest. Almost like a cross between tripel & Berliner weisse. Taste is very, very spicy Belgian yeast, more so than the aroma indicates. White pepper, bittering ashy hops, potent phenols, some mint, abrasive yeasty esters, a closing touch of clove, & a solidifying barnyard essence from start to finish. Thick bodied, high & sharp carbonation. Aroma & taste didn’t match... smelled more soft & tart, taste was quite aggressive with lots of spicy Belgian yeast. Not bad, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5193) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Courtesy of Jason R

Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, yeast, apple, and a touch of spice. It pours a transparent golden-orange with a one finger white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There’s a good amount of thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with citrus, candi sugar, light honey, and yeast. The finish apple, faint floral notes, and a hint of alcohol. It’s medium bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
A golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar malt with fruity notes, coriander, light creamy notes, OK. In mouth, sweet candy sugar malt with citrusy pulp, grassy hops, alcohol warmth, OK. Bottle from GRM.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3088) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
750ml bottle, with an amber-gold color, and an off-white head, with a belgian yeasty, spicy earthy fruity lemon, grapefruit peel nose, with some good honeyed pale, pilsener, toasted malt, faint panettone cake dough, lemon marmalade notes, with a candy sugar, honey bread crumbs, faint honey lollipop candyish accent in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied with a warmth yeasty, spicy, fruity candied citrus peel, lemon marmalade, candyish lemon lollipop, candy sugar, honeyed pale, pilsener, toasted malty character, with a panettone cake dough, lemon pie crust, honey bread crumbs, residual sugar, spicy, honeycomb cereal flavour, leading towards a warming yeasty, spicy, doughy, candied lemon, grapefruit fruitness, candy sugar, honeyed pale, pilsener, toasted maltiness finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
freeofthoughts (674) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tap pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of white foam. The aroma is musty Belgian pale malts. The flavor starts with a light tartness and rich Belgian musty flavor, very grainy. It stays musty but some sweetness comes in, it is quite simple and easy to drink for 10%. The brew gets a little stronger with warmth but doesn’t get too abrasive or sweet, it retains an old Belgian musty funky earthy feel throughout with some lemon peel coming out as it warms a while adding depth. Interesting and we’ll done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (541) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Not bad. Pours golden with a very intense flavor. Nice aroma, not to strong considering high abv

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