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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,145 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 74
Gots: 113 | 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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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 08/09/2013
Glass: Tulip

Boulevard has a world-class tripel with this recipe. It's every bit as authentic-tasting as Westmalle, nearly on par with La Fin Du Monde, and quite affordable relative to the imports. The Belgian yeast characters are strong in the aroma and flavor, along with dried fruit, lemon rind/pith, and pale barley and wheat malts. The resulting mixture is a satisfying blend of bright and yeasty flavors, which could go well with any season or weather.

Pours a voluminous white head of small-sized bubbles, which lasts for several minutes. The head eventually settles to a thick, 0.8cm cap atop the body of the beer, which remains for the entire glass. Lacing is quite substantial, thick, columnar patterns line the entire inner glass sheets adorn the entirety of the inner glass. Body is a fairly bright yellow-gold color, transparent, light bringing out brighter yellow. Very strong and easily visible carbonation.

Aroma is of a Belgian yeast strain with a bit of mustiness and phenolics, pale and wheat malts, lemon rind, diluted honey, dried apples and pears. Quite good: bright and yeasty/musty simultaneously, with additional complexity to make you just want to keep inhaling the scents.

Front of palate gets bright, pale malt sweetness with strong Belgian yeast characters (dried fruit esters, phenols, mustiness) and fairly notable lemon zest. Mid-palate intensifies the Belgian yeast characters, particularly the phenols and musty qualities, putting these on top of light barley and wheat malts, a bit of pepper either from ethanol or phenols, dried grass/apple/pear flavors, and medium-intensity bitterness. Back of palate picks up ethanol, pale barley and wheat malt sweetness, faint dried fruit esters, and subdued Belgian yeast characters. Aftertaste is of Belgian yeast characters (dried apple/pear, phenols, mustiness), medium-intensity bitterness, slight lemon rind and bread, with a touch of ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-high levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel that takes a bit of time to reach a foamy, smooth state on the palate. Perhaps my only gripe with the beer, albeit minor, is this slight fizziness. Closes quite dry, satisfying, with moderate stickiness left across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 04:56:15 | More by falloutsnow
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Pours from the bottle a light gold with only a touch of haze from the rising bubbles. The white head starts big, but leaves quickly. A fine aroma of bananas, yeast and spice. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana, apples, yeast and a nice sweetness. The carbonation gives the mouth a light crispness. Simply an excellent tripel that tastes like it came straight from Belgium.

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The beer itself pours a smooth, small bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly but still collects around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy gold with a bit of orange notes. The smell has strong banana yeast notes with strong hints of bready malt notes. The beer also a slightly sour hop note that seems dulled by the other notes. The beer itself is fairly bananas. The banana notes are just as strong in the taste as it is in the smell but the hop sourness adds a bit of balance to the yeast and candi sugar notes. The malts have a stronger bread taste. The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with biting carbonation but on the lighter side. The beer also has a very smooth feeling despite the carbonation. Overall, a pretty good Tripel and most certainly one of the greats.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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
I'm shocked that a brewery in Mississippi can produce something so akin to the products of the monks of Trappist Abbeys in Belgium. If I had to choose between the Long Strange Tripel, or Chimay White, I'd have to choose both! Will definitely drink this beer again. If there were just ounces more of hops per barrell, I might rank this a pure 5.00. That's pure subjectivity, however--the beer is still world-class!

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Hazy gold color with a massive foamy white head that retains well and produces lots of nice lacing.

The aroma is cloves, bananas, assorted tropical fruits, yeast with spicy peppery notes.

The taste is similar, again, tropical fruits, especially bananas, cloves, pepper but with a nice bready malt background and a bit of pleasant bite in the finish that just makes you want more.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.