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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

1,220 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep golden color with just the slightest hint of haze and tubs of apparent effervescence. Head is at least 3 fingers, ivory in color and big, rocky and tenacious in nature. I'm impressed.

Smell: a veritable orchard. I love the apples and pears, but there's also some of the raisin and plum I associate with the tripel's darker cousins: strong dark Belgians and English barleywines. They should make incense of this stuff.

Taste: very good, although it didn't set me into a reverie like the aroma. Delicious orchard fruits on top of a sticky sweet malt base; for the most part what I'm looking for in a tripel. The alcohol is a little more readily apparent than in other tripels I've had (though I'll admit I'm having this a few degrees warmer than normal). The more I drink of this, the more it appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with Brobdingnagian carbonation yields a spectacularly creamy texture. While it's true a tripel has to work pretty hard to get a bad mouthfeel score from me, this one has worked hard enough to get a good one.

Drinkability: this is a delicious beer and I would not hesitate to drink all of it I find. It is definitely among my favorite tripels.

I found this beer at a local grocery store that had about two dozen good micros; a below-average selection for this area. Among those, however, was a case of this stuff for $8.99 a bottle. I don't know what the beer buyer there was thinking, but I shall be patronizing this store again soon.

flagmantho, Jan 08, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is around two years old.

Poured into a smokestack goblet. Orangey amber with a silk blanket of white head.

Spicy yeast on the nose, mostly clove, white pepper, and lemon rind.

Has a bit of a weizen bock taste to me, with banana and clove coming out pretty strongly.

Not remarkably complex, but it is very drinkable and the alcohol well hidden.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into a 20oz. tulip glass. Batch number T8340

Pours a hazy golden orange and a conservative pour still caused about a half glass of fluffy airy head. After a minute the head receded to a one finger depth with much larger air bubbles that average. After several sips the head has receded once again to a tiny layer of bubbles on top the the beer

The aroma is of the classic super fruity spicy Belgian tripel yeast smell. There is no mistaking what style this beer is and I'm loving it

The taste is a little fuller than other tripels I have had. I'm not sure if it was as attenuated as others in the style. The fuller taste isn't very detracting though. Up front all the citrusy fruits are present and ending with a nice clean crisp dryness. The 9% alcohol can be tasted in some warmth but it isn't smack you in the face or overpowering the other flavors. The aftertaste has a little too much yeast taste that lingers a bit. This has been in the fridge for some time so I would imagine most of the yeast would have dropped out of suspension but one never knows with a bottle conditioned beer.

The carbonation is suitably high for the style and helps with the drinkability a lot since it is a bit filling.

A solid tripel from a domestic brewery and I was glad I was able to obtain many of the smokestack beers through a friend. My only complaint is it felt a little too full in the body but I won't have any trouble finishing this whole 75cL bottle by myself.

weatherdog, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. Pours with a quick-brimming off-white foam with a sufficient head retention as the lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Nearly crystal clear with a glowing pale golden color. Peppery alcohol, hint of tropical fruit, faint white chocolate and a little bit of medicinal phenol in the nose. Moderate crisp body is extremely fluffy with lots of rolling carbonation which is par for the style. Maltiness sets the tone with a strong foothold of light bready and doughy biscuit flavor, both the phenols and hop bitterness balance with herbal and sharp accents. The alcohol comes off a little spicy but only slightly warming, it's a bit tame which is great, but deceiving. Dried fruitiness middle to end with apricot, pineapple, mango. The finish is close to bone dry.

Very impressive, looks like someone did their homework before jumping feet first into this Belgian style. Kudos to Boulevard for this most excellent Tripel.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

SD-Alefan, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of DuckDodgers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DuckDodgers, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JakerLou, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Beerswag, May 14, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours cloudy darker apricot, loose and also fine bubble light head and film, bubbles rising to the top....light sheeting and just spots of lace...fruity nose, notes of tropical fruit, gin, juniper bite, smoke, yeasty goodness. Tasty and complex triple from Kansas City..who would have thunk it...good stuff

Billolick, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, honey, and hay

Taste: peppery and earthy hops, honey, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a less bitter end

Overall: This is arguably the best tripel I have had so far. I love how clean it is and the spicing seems just about right. I could certainly see myself picking this up again.

tigg924, Oct 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

aquazr1, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is orange citrus with Belgian yeast, spices and some alcohol. The flavor is alcohol, citrus (oranges and pears) with some coriander, pepper and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is rather strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy honey gold with massive, billowing, clingy, white head.

Smell: Spicy, wih clove and pepper. Rounded out with banana and other fruits.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet core of banana, fleshy fruits and bread. Over that is a dry layer of clove, pepper and grassy hops, which lingers on the finish. Fantastic balance.

Feel: Highly effervescent with a medium body and dy finish. Very refreshing.

Overall: One of the easiest drinking 9% beers I have had. This is also a fantastically balanced, superb Tripel. Boulevard really knows how to make some killer Belgian-style beers.

bsp77, Jun 04, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a frothy white rocky head. Clean, fresh aroma of spun sugar, clove, apricots, straw, yeast, and gingerbread. Sweet, yet tangy taste without being syrupy. the combination of clove and rosemary is incredible as it gives it a taste of sweet sage. More clove and yeast towards the back, with the gingerbread cookie finish. Everything is subdued without losing any flavor. Excellent beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

tylerbrowe, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/06/09

Poured from a 750ml bottle bottle into a couple of standard water glasses. Split with gf. The gentlest of pours coaxes a massive five finger head of rocky off white head. head exhibits tremendous staying power, however leaves no lace. Color is a wonderful clouded glowing orange with plenty of suspended sediment.

Nose- Interesting. Mild lemon citrus with underlying medicinal notes.

Pallate- Nice. Light lemon zest, heavy on the medicinal notes. Very subtle and pleasant. Some vanilla. Finish is very long with a nice moderate bitter bite. Moderately sweet. Shows it alcohol in the long dry finish.

Drinkability- Good but a bit strong.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, a little slick in the mouth.

Kraken, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of beerkittycat
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very murky yellow-orange despite being careful to store upright and pouring slowly. A vigorous white head nearly clears the lip of my tulip glass but then settles into about a centimeter of foam for the duration. Aroma has some nice esters of lemon and orange along with the familiar spicy Belgian yeast characteristics. Unfortunately, there are also some distinct fusel alcohol aromas akin to nail polish remover lingering around. Flavors of the same lemon and orange along with a nice balance of sweet malt are quite nice but alas the fusel alcohol overcomes the finish and causes me to curl my nose as I swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and the effervescent carbonation may also contribute to the dominance of the fusels as well. This beer had some great potential but the fusels need to be removed.

beerkittycat, Jul 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dogfishandi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of juicebox
5/5  rDev +20.5%

juicebox, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 08/09/2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and funky smell with lots of fruit esters. Big scent of Belgian yeast with hints of barnyard funk, white pepper, and clove spices. Big hints of banana, pear, apple, and bubblegum. Grassy hops and hints of citrus orange and lemon. Pale bready malts with hints of wheat grains, biscuit, and crackers. A very zesty and fruity aroma. Good use of the yeast.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a yeasty, spicy, and funky Belgian taste with big fruit esters. Funky Belgian yeast throughout with a good dose of white pepper and clove spicing. Lots of fruit taste with notes of banana, pear, and apple along with some bubblegum. Citrus orange and lemon. Also some grassy hops in the mix. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, and crackers. Fairly bitter and dry taste with lots of zesty spice and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very drying.

Overall: A really good take on the Belgian Tripel style. Nice balance of spices and fruit esters. Very zesty.

MattyG85, Mar 15, 2013
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.