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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,146 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,146
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 74
Gots: 114 | 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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Beerzebub

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden-orange color. A good inch of bubbly off-white head that quickly melts to a dense quarter inch. Finely textured loops and meandering tendrils of lace.

The aroma is rich, complex, fruity, and spicy. Peach cobbler, fresh white grape juice, golden apple, mixed spices including clove. Foundation of light, honeyed, sweet malt. A bit of herbal hops. The fruit is unrestrained, but doesn't dominate the other components; this aroma is balanced, elegant, cohesive, and very pleasant.

This is tasty. Complex fruit character, vaguely of apple and peach. A healthy dose of fruity, malty sweetness is balanced by some astringency like fruit skin or tea, and some mild herbal/grassy bitterness. A bit of mixed cookie spices in the background. The malt is clean, light, and sweet, with some honey aspect. The finish dries out, the fruit fades, and the herbal bitterness and astringency come out a bit. Great balance and great taste.

The texture can get a little fizzy and seem over-carbonated, but it's soft and pleasant overall. Drinkability is superb, probably owing to the great balance, and to the easy-to-love flavor that's impossible to get tired of.

Great beer, I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 07:35:01 | More by Beerzebub
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A
White/White/Amber. Almost too white, but not. Thankfully, not transparent when chilled (most likely unfiltered, or minimally filtered). Gleefully translucent. Heavy carbonation. Pouring 375mL of the beer from the 750mL bottle into my tulip glass results in a 3.5cm head that is barely contained by the ample glass. The head dies down quickly to a thin film of bubbles on the surface, but lacing on the glass is prominent throughout enjoyment. It's exactly what I expect out of a Tripel from Belgium.

S
Sweet, mild to moderate ester profile. Slight banana aroma, very slight mild citrus. Sweetness more profound than other estery aromas. This beer is entirely in accordance with the Tripel profile.

T
Up-front light malty bitterness with just barely enough hops to balance it. Characteristic candi sugar flavors are robust, but not profound. No other sucrose/glucose/adjunct presence. Alcohol lingers last on the tongue. 100% in compliance with the Belgian Tripel varietal. Yeast profile tastes very similar to a Chimay yeast strain, but it's not Chimay.

M
Light. Almost too light, so it's perfect for a Tripel. This varietal requires the extensive use of candi sugars. Yet, fermentation is entirely complete. Residual sugars are almost undetectable.

O
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,146 ratings.