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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,147 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 74
Gots: 115 | 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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Kansas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-18-2011 15:27:04 | More by kckclassic
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-23-2011 16:34:06 | More by Yesdog
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6demonbag

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.8%

01-29-2012 02:27:28 | More by 6demonbag
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Florida

5/5  rDev +20.8%

11-21-2011 17:25:06 | More by bob727
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09-22-2012 17:19:58 | More by CowboyRob
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Missouri

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New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Texas

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Big_Beers

Idaho

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

grabbed a .750 bottle only a month away from its best by date.

Appearance: Poured a thick triple finger head that dissipated in a couple minutes to leave trace amounts of carbonation

Smell: white grape and apricot a little yeast but not much

taste: found that this one needed to relax in the glass for a couple minutes. Carbonation is a little much at first but 3-4 minutes in it settled and complicated. Very balanced beer still pick up on the soft fruits

Mouthfeel: What i would expect from a triple. Light and refreshing. Winelike

Overall- This american triple beats many Belgium that I have had...Hands down...With that said 90% of my beer intact is a form of Belgium style

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 15:27:38 | More by Big_Beers
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fine looking beer with a thick head that lasts a while, ample lacing, a hazy, golden straw color, and rising carbonation bubbles.

Smells quite hoppy, with obvious orange and lemon, fruit, some malts, and plenty of spice. An inviting smell that had me sniffing the glass over and over.

A complex taste barrage of (very) sweet fruits, lightish-medium hops, smooth malts, spicy citrus, a hint of pepper, and a complex, almost earthy background that I can't quite describe, but know I like. You can slightly taste the alcohol, which is usually "bad" in my opinion, but in this case it's of no importance. The strong flavors dance from front to rear on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Sweet and smooth, full yet not overpowering, slight bitter aftertaste that's just enough to be nice but doesn't dominate the experience.

Drinkability: 5, see below.

I'm slowly enjoying the entire bottle while writing this review, and I gotta say that this is damn good stuff. Hands down one of the best beers I've had in a decade, and certainly worthy of the highest rating I've given out yet. Thanks to all those who recommended that I try the smokestack series.

And I say all this despite the high ABV, a parameter that I tend to prefer around the 5-6% range (generally, at least for everyday use), and have difficulty with when it's up in the 8.0 and higher range. Not today. This 9% tripel blows that theory out of the water. Delicious, a five on taste for sure, and an amazing 5 on drinkability. Well worth the price I paid for it ($7.50). I can't wait to get another. I'm bringing a couple of bottles of this for special occasions with my closest contacts for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 17:19:54 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The numerical score above is of my most recent tasting.

Review 1-14-03

This time I'm drinking from a 12 oz bottle (with a regular metal cap) poured into a Boulevard chalice.

Most of what I said before in my 2010 review (see below) still applies. I'm struck this time by how well the brewers have balanced the sweetness with the dry spicy notes. Definitely you can pick up the high alcohol content but the alcohol is not overwhelming.

Lots of fruit, but also lots of shortbread. A little bit of pepper and maybe some other spices. Just a tinge of tartness.

Wonderful but slightly fluffy mouthfeel.

Review: 1-8-2010
AP: 5, AR 4.5, F 4.5, MF 4.5, OA 5.0

An amazing massive beer

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a rocks glass. The beer pours as a wonderfully beautiful golden-honey colored brew with a giant white head.

Fruity aroma. The flavor is rich and sweet, without being cloying. A fair amount of bitter hops help a great deal with the balance. There are some spices.

I haven't had many tripels, so Chimay White is my main source of comparison. This beer is sweeter than Chimay White and has more noticable alcoholic warmth. I still probably prefer Chimay White, but just by a hair.

Mouthfeel is nice. Lots of carbonation but also a nice smooth rich feeling on the tongue.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. Highly recommend it.

Lastly, while this didn't factor into the score, I did love the bottle and the name (but I love the Grateful Dead song in question)

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:31:38 | More by jmbranum
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.