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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
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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Reino

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (ckeegan04)!

Appearance- A nice apricot hued brew pours from this cool 750ml bottle, producing a fizzy, sparkly two and half finger head. The head must have been having a bad trip because it disappears much too quickly. I'd like to have it stay around longer and trap some of those delicious volatiles the beer is producing, but unfortunately, that's not the case. When held to light, the apricot/gold shines bright, and a watery blond is visible on the bottom of my goblet. There is pretty much no lacing left by the head. If you look at my scores for this beer, you can tell I think Boulevard crafted a hell of a Belgian tripel, but apparently they missed the memo on what a tripel's head should be about.

Smell- Whoa, sweetness galore. Me likes. Synthetic banana (like in candies like Runts or Laffy Taffy), sweet pear, and just a tiny little hint of coriander. The yeasty spice is definitely hiding, but it's there. The more I sniff this beer the more I get orange juice, or not even orange juice so much as Sunny D. Anyways, it smells very good.

Taste- Well, sweetness from the nose, say hello to your old friend spice. People who know me on BA know that I am very wary of coriander because certain breweries go way overboard with it. I much prefer clove, but this beer delivers lots of coriander right up to the point of too much and then pulls back the reigns. Candi sugar, sweet pear and that synthetic banana are entangled with coriander, some pepper notes, and a touch of clove. As it warms, these flavor combos almost form a sweet celery flavor. It sounds gross, but I don't like celery and I like this flavor. The beer's flavors don't really progress in your mouth, which is not always a bad thing, until the very last second. It's pretty much a mash-up of everything all at once, and then, at the very end, you get a faint heat with that orange juice (citrus hops?) sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The best way I can describe the finish is that it's like a weakly made Screwdriver with that OJ sweetness that is just the tiniest bit altered from a bit of alcohol being present. I have had very few tripels that don't make me nauseous from too much sugary sweetness. The spice of Long Strange Tripel does an excellent job of balancing, and if there were more clove and stronger/truer banana/pear notes, I think I'd be in love.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation of this beer is so high that it nearly burns your tongue off. Obviously it is suppose to be high, but I think they went just a tiny bit too far. Maybe that's why the head disappeared. The high carbonation shot it up to the ceiling. That Screwdriver flavor sits on the middle of your tongue and lingers on it with coriander hanging in there, too. The high carbonation and the bit of alcohol really burn that flavor combo into the tongue because of the carbonation. Not an unpleasant feel, but not perfect, either.

Drinkability- I rarely enjoy tripels (unless we really count some of those Unibroues as tripels), but this one did almost everything right that most tripels do wrong for me. The 9% goes down quite nicely, never trying to show up the sweet and spicy flavors. I could drink a lot of this in one sitting. If they fixed the head retention, this beer would be a monster. This beer could have a Unibroue sticker thrown on it and you wouldn't second guess it. That's a big compliment in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 21:32:32 | More by Reino
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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.