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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,165 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,165
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 76
Gots: 121 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lately it occurs to us that if, back in 1989, you planned on starting a brewery in the back of your carpentry shop, you'd been wise to seek out someone like Harold “Trip” Hogue. A collector of ancient Volvos, Trip was well qualified for the make-do engineering required to coax recalcitrant equipment out of retirement and into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere.

23 IBU

(Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007)
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fine looking beer with a thick head that lasts a while, ample lacing, a hazy, golden straw color, and rising carbonation bubbles.

Smells quite hoppy, with obvious orange and lemon, fruit, some malts, and plenty of spice. An inviting smell that had me sniffing the glass over and over.

A complex taste barrage of (very) sweet fruits, lightish-medium hops, smooth malts, spicy citrus, a hint of pepper, and a complex, almost earthy background that I can't quite describe, but know I like. You can slightly taste the alcohol, which is usually "bad" in my opinion, but in this case it's of no importance. The strong flavors dance from front to rear on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Sweet and smooth, full yet not overpowering, slight bitter aftertaste that's just enough to be nice but doesn't dominate the experience.

Drinkability: 5, see below.

I'm slowly enjoying the entire bottle while writing this review, and I gotta say that this is damn good stuff. Hands down one of the best beers I've had in a decade, and certainly worthy of the highest rating I've given out yet. Thanks to all those who recommended that I try the smokestack series.

And I say all this despite the high ABV, a parameter that I tend to prefer around the 5-6% range (generally, at least for everyday use), and have difficulty with when it's up in the 8.0 and higher range. Not today. This 9% tripel blows that theory out of the water. Delicious, a five on taste for sure, and an amazing 5 on drinkability. Well worth the price I paid for it ($7.50). I can't wait to get another. I'm bringing a couple of bottles of this for special occasions with my closest contacts for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 17:19:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.