Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
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449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,468
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 129
Gots: 255 | 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:
Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007

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
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Photo of searsclone
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a chimay goblet. bottle says best by 2/2013. I have another bottle that I will keep as long as possible, then update the review. golden color with a huge tan head, bubbles directly up the center

smell is dark fruit, maybe plum? some bready yeast, alcohol and vanilla

taste is sour apples, spice from the hops, smoke, bread and well hidden alcohol that goes straight to your head

mouth feel is crispy with a really dry finish

overall it's very complex. too complex for me to figure it out. try this one if you have the chance! (541 characters)

Photo of mikejseal
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My store ended up with a case of this tripel back in January that was scheduled to "expire" in february and I couldn't get the distributor (who shall remain nameless) to switch it out. It ended up underneath a table and after I rediscovered it a few days ago, I decided it would make an excellent xmas present to myself. And I was right- pure heaven. Served in a goblet from a champagne style bottle.

Appearance- Rich gold color, good head and lacing

Smell- Fruity, spicy, w/ cinnamon, cloves, orange peel and honey.

Taste- Rich and malty, spices and oranges with no bitterness. The alcohol content is well disguised.

Mouthfeel- Crisp with vigorous carbonation.

Overall- Loved it, and I think the extra (and accidental) bottle conditioning didn't hurt. (757 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into my Rieder mug with a huge head and very great looking lacing down the sides. Large bubbles hover inside and smaller bubbles rise to the surface very quickly; it looks very complex from the start!

Smells delicious. Flowers and coriander in the aroma; a sense of the color 'white' as I inhale. Tastes like it smells. Coriander, orange-pineapple (slight), and a healthy juice type of texture residing within the taste itself. Awesome stuff, absolutely awesome. One of my favorite tasting beers as of this point.

Mouthfeel is hugely creamy and well-rounded. Drinkability is extremely, extremely high for a 9.0% ABV beer.

Overall, one of the best there is imo. I love this stuff so much. (707 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle - Best by 8/9/13

Boulevard Long Strange Triple filled my tulip glass with a hazy golden hue that produced a big 2+ finger mountainous creamy white head that over [a long] time reduced to a lot of sticky foamy lacing. A fruity aroma of bananas, lemon dominate the nose with cloves in the background. The flavor is similar to the nose but more complex. The fruit character of apples, pears, bananas is upfront along with the breadiness from the Belgian yeast and a light candy sugar. There is a nice low bitterness from the citrus hops. Clove and white pepper add a nice spiciness to the finish. Moderate crisp body with plenty of active carbonation.

I am becoming a BIG fan of Boulevard's Smokestack Series - I sure wish Boulevard distributed to Michigan! - hint, hint. (789 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked & caged bottle purchased at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks South. Batch T9317 11/10

A: Pours a hazy orange red with a smallish white head that laces fairly well.
S: A superb nose, with all sorts of fruit aromas: Pineapple, mango, apple, hints of Belgian funk. All this comes together and makes me think Brett, yet I can't find a single reference to this beer being bretted.
T: More of the nose. Some grain, with mainly fruit and light notes of barnyard and sourdough. Yum. Wish I had more.
M: Strong carbonation with good fruit and bitterness that lingers.
O: A delicious beer. Well worth finding again. Boulevard continues to impress, and it may be my "sleeper" brewery of the year... (697 characters)

Photo of Hopscat
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle 'best by 12-7-13' into pint glass.
Beautiful 3 finger white head ,with nice retention and lacing on side of glass.
Smells of banana , cloves, lemon and apples with some sweet malts in background. Just delicious. Reminds of another belgian tripel had recently (Piraat).
Taste follows the complexity in the nose, with sweet malts- biscuit/crackers and candi sugar, banana (yeast esters) , nice spicy , fruity and bready with some alcohol warming toward back of palate . Nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy, medium with plenty of carbonation to perk up the tongue.
Overall a real nice tripel. My favorite domestic so far and is every bit as impressive as the two imports I've had.
Boulevard is a class act IMO (716 characters)

Photo of BeerCheese
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! Look at the head on that beer! This thing poured like a beer from a nearly empty keg! And the wait for the head to drop so I could pour more in the glass was LONG. Very impressive head indeed. I'm surprised beer didn't shoot out of the bottle when I popped the cork! Color is a hazy darkened gold. Nothing wrong with that.

(Wow, the head is STILL 50% there, and FLUFFY!)

Sweet fruity smell, with a little citrus back there somewhere.

Taste hardly cut the high ABV! With the temperatures well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit outside tonight, this is the perfect warmer! Very malty with some hop balance on the finish. Strength of the alcohol and the sweetness make this a sipper.

Medium light carbonation (surprise with the big head), with medium heavy body. This baby really sticks to your tongue. That alcohol keeps saying "here I am" while the malt tries to mellow it out and the hops pull it back in with a little bite of their own. All in all a nice flavor that I liked a lot - in moderation. Grew on me more and more with every sip.

Very drinkable beer if I could stay sober long enough to drink more than 1 of these huge bottles! I might have to put the cork back in just to see how the other half of the bottle holds up in the fridge over night. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boulevard's Smokestack Series is really impressing me. Kudos to them for putting out excellent beers in this line, and this one is no different.

Pours a lovely golden, slightly hazed color with a thick, dense, rocky head. Lacing was nice as the head formed a cap in the middle all the way as it drank.

Fairly balanced aroma of spice, bready yeast, some soft fruit and apples, and some herbals. No alcohol detected in the nose

Again, balanced. The flavors are all over the place, but not chaotic. The malt hits first offering a bit of sweetness, but that's stymied by some lively herbal spice in the middle. The fruit kicks in after that with some pear, apple, slight lemon. A tiny pinch of clove finishes it off.
I would like to feel more carbonation and/or hops on the finish just to give it a 'zing'. Otherwise, it drank very well and pounded the whole bottle rather quickly. Excellent (891 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy orange color with lots of visible bubbles. Tower of gorgeous, creamy, sudsy head forms on the pour and gradually recedes leaving a volcano shaped froth in the center as the sides erode away. As the head disappears, it simply blankets the glass in the frothiest lacing I have ever seen. It took a solid 10 minutes for the head to recede enough for me to even take a sip. Not complaining though, this beer is so beautiful I hardly want to drink it.

Aroma is absolutely intoxicating. Wonderfully fresh with tart citrus fruit and pine. Lemon oil. Fresh yeast feeding on wheat germ. Hint of menthol and cloves. Every bit as good an aroma as Westmalle and La Fin du Monde.

Wheat malt backbone with plenty of fresh yeast. Mild sweetness of white grapes. Alcohol adds a drying chardonnay character. Piney hops. Hint of cloves. Very well balanced.

Medium to full bodied and drying from the alcohol and combination of light malt bill and assertive hops. Small bubbles but there are plenty of them. Smooth throughout with a yeasty, grainy texture.

A truly exceptional tripel. One of my favorite styles and this one does not disappoint. Such a beautiful beer with complex aromas and flavors that is well balanced. (1,220 characters)

Photo of duhbled
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard keeps doing it right!
I poured my Long Strange Tripel into a 16 ounce pint. The head on it was 1.5 fingers and settled with virtually no lacing. I'm guessing this is because of the high alcohol content, but hey, I really don't know. The color was an opaque amber with beautiful bubbles rising up.

The smell was definitely hoppy with a nice alcohol scent. I inhaled it several times getting a good whiff of the hops. Very nice. My favorite smell.

Upon tasting it, the sweetness hits me first, followed up by a nice punch of hoppiness, ending in a mellow, dry finish. The alcohol isn't really a taste, which makes this a nice one.

The feeling of warmth rushes over me after a half glass which indicates the high alcohol content. I love how it finishes mellow and dry.

Overall I rate this tripel a 4.5 because of it's pure drinkability!
Boulevard...I married my best friend there and we keep coming back to the gorgeous brews to be had. (953 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a tulip glass, and the brew produces about a four finger thick bright white, and puffy head with glorious retention. The body is lightly hazy, and has a nice amber golden color.

The aroma and taste is coriander, orange rind, vanilla, peach, and bubblegum.

Feels full in body with mild carbonation. Oily slick and warming in the end... Very good interpretation of the style! (396 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. It's a beautiful hazy gold with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. There are a little floral hops in there but mostly sweet.

The taste is not as sweet. Wow this is a good tripel! It has the perfect Belgian hop profile and the right hint of spice.

Well done, Boulevard. This smokestack series continues to impress. (420 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Long Strange Tripel is a hazy burnt gold with a huge white head, very slow to subside, leaving heavy lace. The rocky, clingy settling of the foam was what finally bumped it to the upper echelon.

Smell is very good. The fruity, floral esters, loads of bananas. Ther's also a mineral bite, almost saison like, but with an appropriate touch of phenols. I particularly appreciate this as a diversion from the thick, sugary tripels so common state-side.

Taste is also very good. I'm normally more critical of tripels then other belgian blondes, but this one is very well done, particularly considering it's robustness. Sweet, spicy, dry finish, not too hot, satisfying, tasty flavor overall. The alcohol is well hidden, light phenols. Classic esters of bananas, cloves and vanilla, once again, I'm impressed with Boulevard not taking any shortcuts on the authentic ingredients, as well as executing them very well.

Mouthfeel has a heavy, creamy carbonation, a bit of crispness but not exactly sharp. The higher ABV is particularly drying, but overall it's very digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, I'm really impressed. After the saison's, this one really shows they know how to do Belgian blondes. For a stronger tripel, it's super tasty, clean and smooth. Decent price for the premium packaging to boot. I'm looking at the scores I'm giving it, as they keep creeping up through the bottle, but I really can't knock it further in any category. Really well done tripel, I didn't even have to give it bonus points for the overt reference to my all time favorite band! (1,613 characters)

Photo of Uglylilpup
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another knockout from Boulevard. Many fruity/ banana flavours here with beautiful pour, color, lacing and head. My only complaint is a bit of burn and chalkiness in the aftertaste but another sip washed that down. Has a nice heat to it. Very nice. (247 characters)

Photo of humanawho
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - clear golden color with a strong bone white head

S - sweet and spicy nice and smooth and as you would expect from a tripel

T - sweet and spice with a nice pineapple and peach flavor; very smooth

M - nice bubbly mouthfeel

D - very smooth and drinkable (259 characters)

Photo of DemoniChris
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint.

A - Lovely yellow-orange with a bit of haziness to it. Huge frothy head that lasts quite a while. Not much lacing.

S - A very floral tripel. Banana is quite dominant accompanied with lemon zest and bready malts. Peppery qualities and Belgian yeast is present in the background.

T - Grand light fruit flavors such as lemon, apricot and peaches. Belgian yeast definitely comes through with a hint of bubblegum. Pretty complex and highly drinkable!

M - Quite a light body with a really great amount of carbonation to go along with it. Finishes with a bit of spice and overall fairly dry.

O - Boulevard's Smokestack series is among my favorite lineup of beers, and this one is no exception. This one is up there when it comes to tripels and it's everything you want in the style; refreshing, drinkable, complex beer. (847 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best By: 08/09/13
12oz bottle into snifter

A – Pours a bright vibrant orange with a strong white head. Leaves nice, strong lacing. Carbonation is strong and there is some sediment apparent here.

S – Smells strongly of belgian yeasts, malts are pale and a tad muted pale. Floral notes abound, with lemon, wildflower honey, dried apricots, anise, cinnamon. Complex here, each sniff gives way to new notes.

T – Initially bright, the notes of lemon and yeast come through. Eventually leads to a peppery and herbal body. Finish is long and bright again, with big citrus and yeasty notes.

M – Great here, just fizzy and light enough to aide in bringing the full depth of flavors to the forefront. Overall quite dry, crisp, and lingering.

O – Stellar. I don't much care for Boulevard's everyday shelf offerings, but the Smokestack series is truly a remarkable step up. For $2.50 a bottle this is a winner through and through, and would have no problem standing toe to toe with other world class brews in the same style. (1,027 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color of the clear body was a highly attractive golden yellow, and the pour formed a three finger head being fed by lots of carbonation streamers. The nose has a distinct aroma of lemons and coriander. The taste was very refreshing due to a sweet biscuit like flavor. There were notes of coriander and orange peel in the taste, and the finish was very dry. The beer was extremely easy to drink, and hid the high carbonation level very well. Reminded me a lot of Duvel in the overall construction, which is a great thing in my book. (535 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.5/5): Hazy golden-orange color with a large creamy white head. Visible bubbles on the side of the glass. Tripels are in my opinion the best looking style in the beer world, and Boulevard's take looks outstanding. Not as deep of an orange as some that I've seen, but still a gorgeous specimen.

Smell (4.5/5): Aromas of apricot, banana, and sweet tropical fruits from the yeast as well as some light breadiness. Very pungent, the yeast dominates. A bit reminiscent of La Fin du Monde, but more of a wheat/banana note than I remember tasting in that beer.

Taste (4.5/5): Apricot, orange, and banana in the beginning with some nice yeasty tang. A bit medicinal in the finish, though not an off flavor. It gets more complex as it warms, as any good high gravity beer does. Speaking of alcohol: there's hardly any alcohol presence is noticed, besides a little warmth in the chest and throat.

Mouthfeel (4.5/5): Smooth–the carbonation level is nailed. There's a perfect bit of tingle as it goes down the hatch. Creamy from the first sip; the body on this is a satisfying medium.

Overall (4.5/5): Long Strange Tripel is probably the best American take on the Belgian Tripel style I've had to date. It's fairly traditional, but there's nothing wrong with that. It's fruity, yeasty, generously carbonated, and–despite the high alcohol–quite easy to drink. Awesome flavor and exceptional feel. Get it when you can in four packs. (1,444 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold, clear with little floaters everywhere (sinking fast to the bottom) and a whole bunch of carbonation bubbles. The head on this is fantastic. Large, billowy, sticky foam. Aroma is sweet, floral, delicate, spicy, and soothing. Warm apple pie slides to mind. Taste is a welcome match. Sugar cookie dough, fruit, spice, banana cream, and coriander-like. Mouthfeel is smacky through the finish/almost chewy. Smooth and medium-fullish body. Delicate carbonation distributed evenly throughout. Overall very nice. Always a great style for the holidays and this is a very enjoyable example of it. (592 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet looking drink. Pale orange color sitting beneath a huge, thick white head. Continuous bubbles rise, feeding the head. Great retention, the head falls around the edges first, leaving a peak mixed in between the thick lace.

Very fruity nose. Peppery Belgian yeast is there, but seems mild. Smells like a tropical island.

Exceptional taste as the traits of the nose carry over to the mouth. Tropical fruit with the slightest bit of pepper. The pepper doesn't dominate making for a pleasant taste, just enough for some balance.

Nice complexity as nothing is dominant. Sweet and tart from the fruit, spicy from the yeast, a clean, crisp carbonation gives each sip a dry finish. Long lasting heat deep into the swallow. Medium bodied.

This is really good. A better tripel than some Belgians make. Overall, it's tasty and easy to drink. A good beer. (854 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Wow a slow steady pour results in a massive foamy four finger head which doesn't appear to be in any hurry to go anywhere. The sides have gone down a little after a few minutes leaving a thick frothy lace and a mushroom cloud effect in the center. Super effrevescent. Slightly hazy straw colored with orange hues. Some sediment

Aroma: Pear, apple, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A bit of saison-style funk. Buttery bread. Caramel. Honey. Some grassy and floral notes. Really a lot going on here. Every time I take a whiff I get a new and very distinct aroma

Taste: While not as much going on as in the nose, still very good. Distinct apple and pear notes. A tad of honey. Some breadiness and Belgian yeast. Some traces of caramel. Some medicinal herbalness. Some spicy peppercorn notes or maybe just warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonated. Slight tinge of alcohol and spiciness

Overall: A fantastic domestic tripel. Among the best that I've had in fact. Should be relatively easy to obtain and you should definitely give it a try. This has been a go to for me for a while now and I still get it regularly (1,138 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours a deep clear translucent gold with amber hue capped by a foamy and fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Exceptional retention and tons of thick lacing. Rich yeast light ripe fruits, flora, and medicinal alcohol on the nose. Light dried mixed fruit notes, including some tropical hints, yeast, bready malt that is present, but not overstated, finishes dry with herbal hop bitterness. Some slightly warming alcohol present.

Really well-balanced. Without a doubt, one of the finest American brewed tripels available and compares favorably with many of its Belgian counterparts. (674 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # T12123

P:  A clear shimmering golden body of furious effervescence and crowned with an off white cloud of weightless creamy head. Retention is great and leaves walls of of creamy lacing. 

S:  Sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, peach taffy, powdery yeast, sweet bursts of alcohol, thick sweet malt base, spices, traces of mint, white grapes, sweet apples, banana, pears. Sweet and malty but a very balanced aroma. 

T/M:  Creamy and aggressively carbonated creating a nice dryness. 
Taste is more muted than the nose and delivers a peppery, cinnamon alcohol sting surrounded by a wave of juicy bubblegum.  Fruit really showcases the balanced sweetness and hosts a fantastic base for the herbal and fruit rind hop bitterness.  

O:  I can't believe I waited so long to try this. Every time I saw it in the store I would start to grab it but decided not to.  This was well worth the wait. The rich candy and fruit mixed with the subtle bitterness all in a creamy succulent body.  And given  ABV the alcohol is very well hidden.  This is by far an outstanding Triple.  Another satisfying smokestack.  (1,116 characters)

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.