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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 1064
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%

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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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Stange Tripel – Tripel (9.2%) - Boulevard Brewing Co. (Missouri)

App: Beautiful, golden-apricot pour with a serious two finger head that persists nicely. Very cloudy, with noticeable sediment and steady carbonation. Tons of that sticky, dense lacing you expect from belgian styles.

Smell: Warm creamy esters very forward. Aromas of apricot, lemon, and an orange blossom like floral aroma. The esters are very forward, hiding all hops and all but a touch of graininess.

Taste: Slightly sour on the foretaste with spicy hints of white pepper that comes through with apricot and citrus rind. Not out of line for what you'd expect from the nose. Esters even more present in taste, with some low alcoholic flavor. Hops bitterness comes through subtle and pleasant after swallowing. Balanced, considerate, and well crafted, but not my favorite tripel.

Mouth: Very actively carbonated which makes an otherwise solidly medium bodied brew feel that much lighter. Alcoholic warmth is present, especially after swallowing.

Home tasting, 750ml bottle into Snifter. 4/10/14.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 02:48:01 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of Jadjunk


4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Well, the first days are the hardest days, says master mechanic Trip Hogue, one of our first employees. We gratefully dedicate this rich, golden Tripel to all those who keep on playing in the band." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel. Available as a year-round 12 oz. 4 packs, in 750 ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive white-gold head head of a crisp, frothy consistency that retains very well with light, spotty lacing. Body tone is a very hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and cloudy sediment. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly sweet wheat malts and biscuity pale malts for some body with a mild Belgian spice in the aroma. The aroma is very clean. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Bready pale and wheat malt generate a moderate sweetness that follows through with a delicate yeast spiciness, finishing with a touch of cider esters and alcohol. The simplicity is notable against others in the style, but such may be desirable for fans of a traditional Belgian Tripel. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, fluffy and peppery. Carbonation adds some mild spritely carbonation for a soft crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Well balanced- an appropriate level of malt and fruity sweetness is well countered by peppery spice, tart fruit notes and the slight touch of alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate, accented by the mildness and simplicity of the flavors. 4

(Overall) Long Strange Tripel is overall a very enjoyable, yet simple Tripel with some mild, but expected roughness around the edges. I somewhat prefer Boulevard's other Belgian-styled offerings, as I find many slightly better built. However, Long Strange Tripel would certainly be a viable option for anybody looking for an enjoyable, traditional Belgian Tripel. Highly drinkable. 4

Boulevard Brewing Company's
Long Strange Tripel

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 02:48:35 | More by Jadjunk
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best beer Boulevard makes. Their Belgian born brew master brings the right amount of tradition to the sometimes overly innovative American brew culture.

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass with a stark white head, the beer is straw colored with a slight orange hue. Overall a gorgeous beer.

Smell- Bright citrus fruit notes. Mild smell of hay. Alcohol is present.

Taste- Alcohol is on the front. Fairly sweet with mild grapefruit notes. Apple notes and mild floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. A little dry. Has a mild acidity.

This is my go-to pizza beer. It tastes incredible with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:57:14 | More by _grant_
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip. Bottle imprint says Best By 06/04/14.

A: The body is a translucent orange-brown color with a decent foamy, white head that retains well, reducing to a ring at the glass edge with a sheet of bubbles on the surface on the beer.

S: Belgian yeast aromas dominate. Complementary scents of hay and lemongrass are present, but not heavy.

T: The belgian yeast and fruitiness comes out right up front. Becomes spicy, with banana and bubble gum flavors as it progresses. A clear note of booziness it present almost form the start all the way to the end.

M: Body is light/medium is feel, with a very effervescent carbonation texture. Smooth in feel, and not a hint of dryness.

O: A beautiful Tripel, above average for an American offering, slightly above center mass for an authentic Belgian. This beer is all about the complementary aromas and flavors. The main is just there to carry the good stuff to you for your enjoyment. While the aroma is not powerful, the flavors do follow, and jump it up a bit. Not a bad beer, and a good fit to the Smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:36:38 | More by Badger6
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4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into 16oz mug (mainly because it's the only glassware available to me right now).

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a large white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and yields very little lace.

Smell: Melons and mangoes, flowers, spice hints, and a bit of spice. Backbone smells like your typical Belgian yeast. Smells great, and is very potent in the aroma department.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts make up the backbone of this brew with that prototypical Belgian yeasty flavor really shining. Gets fruitier toward the finish- white grape, pineapple, and hints of apple and lemon. There is a very slight spice alongside bittersweet alcohol flavors at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, crisp carbonation and a more refreshing finish. A good amount of warming alcohol at the end.

Overall: This beer is absolutely fantastic. The most memorable tripel I have had in quite a long time.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:11:43 | More by Mosstrooper
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New York

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a bit hazy amber deep orange with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has sweet orange, ripe pineapple, some clove, spice, sour apple, a hint of lemon, a Belgian yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows of that a sweet musty grape, a lemon zest, white pepper spiciness, and then punch of an apple drying, alcohol, and bittering in the middle that continues onto the end. There’s a caramel bready malt in the middle in the end as well. It is quite dry on the end. There’s a gentle sweetness in the front and then a cleaning dryness follows it up.

Tons of carbonation with a medium to full body.

A really well made tripel that stood up very well against La Fin du Monde. Pairs well with aged sharp cheddar cheese.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 05:39:12 | More by dar482
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip

Honey colored with massive,cloud-like head.

Smells of banana, honey, walnuts, and clove.

Taste is the same as the scent. Sweeter than I had expected.

Medium carbonation with full, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent tripel but lacking some of the peppery,more spicy flavors I enjoy with other tripels.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:34:49 | More by baakabak
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4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip
Best by 5.14.13 on bottle

Pours a golden orange color with an epic 3 finger head that leaves a foam mountain that takes forever to settle

Heavy spice in the nose with citrus and clove with some pear

Great balance of Belgian spice, fruit, and malt with a slight peppery finish

Didn't know how this would age but damn

Wow. This one is top shelf tripel. Boulevard dont play

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:28:51 | More by ikantspel
Photo of clayrock81


3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish body with massive two finger head that dies slow and leaves lace. A spicy and fruity aroma mostly, although yeast and orange are there as typical with a Belgian style beer, but more along some floral spices and sweet fruits or close to (it could be anything although I want to say sweet apples that I like). The beer is light bodied and has a spicy edge that I found leading to a crisp finish, for the most part I get sweet, tropical fruits (apricot, mango, something in that range) and some sugary malts in the beer as this triple seems to be more sweet than most of this style. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I guess when I order a triple I expect something closer to style and not so sweet as the sweetness became overbearing at times.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:40:14 | More by clayrock81
Photo of artoolemomo


3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very Belgian in that it pours up a ton of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber/apple juice color which glows golden when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Starts off with warm banana, followed by subdued cloves. Slight notes of apple and lemon. The only dominant on the glass was banana and the initial smell of this from the bottle is replaced by very round cloves. Almost creamy. Or rich with a touch of honey. Swirling shows a little bit of spice- coriander, a touch of cinnamon.

Taste- Starts off apple and lemon while definite clove notes come in and out. They are fairly ashy and bitter to such a degree that really take over palate. Ends in strong spice- some undefined but also a large amount of coriander and light touch of pepper and cinnamon. Shows more banana and the clove note of this tripel is more enjoyable than any other I've had in a tripel. It adds dimension and character and plays well with the other notes on the flavor profile. Still, I wish other aspects of this beer were more dominant and had more presence. Lacks complexity for most of each taste but seems to make up for it somewhat with the spice bill on the finish. Pretty much a good beer that could be a really good beer. Light notes of honey as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tiny touches of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation. Some smoothness, some creaminess. One aspect that gives the beer a chance of being a really good beer.

Drinkability- Becomes more and more easygoing. No sign of 9.2%, which is a little high for a tripel. A little under 4 bucks seems very fair for a bottle.

Overall- A good, solid tripel that has suggestions of being really good. Definitely worth a try and I will be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:21:59 | More by artoolemomo
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4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours light yellow with small head. Visible sediments and yeast from bottle conditioning
S: Orange peel, apricot and some other fruity sweetness on the nose. Very pungent for the style.
T: Refreshingly bright for a tripel with citrus, orange, coriander and a little musty yeast
M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O: Boulevard threw in some twists to this tipel to take the traditional style and throw in some WOW factor. The taste and nose are very prevalent just like I enjoy. A must buy if looking for a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:58:18 | More by SavvyStudent
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North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best Before 03-2014.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with a bit of hay and barnyard must plus some lemongrass. Slightly soapy.

T- Bright, tangy fruitiness combines with the Belgian yeast to create a smooth yet vibrant flavor. Alcohol taste is there but works well within the construct of the flavor profile. Notes of spice, banana and a hint of bubble gum.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- A wonderfully constructed Tripel full of subtleties and nuances that make for a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:10:23 | More by Immortale25
Photo of HardTarget


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw yellow glass holds a ridiculous two finger white sticky head of foam. Plenty of sticky spots of lacing down the glass, excellent retention, but just a little over done. There is a bit of chill haze as well.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeasty nose, light banana esters, tonic water base. Clean and inviting.

Taste: Great balance, a bit of sweet bready malt, a touch of alcoholic heat, a hint of leafy earthy hops, all in a frothy almost American lager clean package.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, made for a lively cork pull but it froths excessively when poured. After the rush, a medium body goes a bit limp and cask.

Overall: Pretty awesome beer. Tasty, clean, has classic Trippel flavors but comes across as, not mild but balanced, restrained. Controlled. A nice sipper for a long strange evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:52:58 | More by HardTarget
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New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity malt nose, and flavor is sweet citrus and coriander. Higher ABV is hidden. Best by Feb 2014, $3.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:15:10 | More by jdhilt
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:42:31 | More by tastybeer
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New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. Cage/cork

an Orange and gold color, moderate fizzy white cap, which is surprisingly gone pretty quick.

Sweet and tangy, very citrus upfront aroma. Big yeast, which is great, sweet and very earthy, wild effect with tart candy.

A strange fruity array in the taste, the balance is thrown off here by the citrus and sour effects that don't seem to get in check with the malt or hops. The yeast flavor is unique, not in a great way for me at least. The malt comes across as slick and sweet, tangerine and grapefruit seems odd for the style to me. I look for earthy, tangy yeast to compliment the malt and hops, this one dominates with wild, but strange flavor's.

The feel is a bit more relaxed than I like, I look for a crispy, dry, tartness and this one comes over as a bit heady in the malt. Not as lively and dry as some Tripel's that i love the most.

All in all, a bit weird, unique for sure, but the flavor's don't work together as well as some of the top Triple's. Certainly good enough for a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:06:36 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright yellow with a fluffy white 2 finger head with excellent rentention. Very good looking beer!

S - Very citrusy smelling, but not a hoppy type citrus. Lots of orange and lemon. Also has a yeasty aroma to it

T - Very similar to the smell. Lots of citrus and yeast of front. Hints of raisins and apples on the finish.

M - Very slick feeling in the mouth. Not bubbly at all. A meduim bodied beer that warms the mouth. Must be from the high ABV. Still a very smooth beer. Would never guess its 9%

O - Great beer. Something different. Not my favorite style, but lots of flavor in this beer. Would only take one or two! Will pick up from time to time for sure

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 14:52:06 | More by Goosehunter75
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3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bright golden Tripel is simply alive in a rush of carbonation that pops and fizzles like Alka-Seltzer. The eruption of fizz holds on for quite a while before slowly ebbing away.

The aroma is strong but reminds of Juicyfruit gum. I've never quite got what scents and flavors surround this gum but assume it's a fruity citrus. I gathered a yeasty tone and it was followed by a clove like scent.

The flavors were similar to the aromas but the Juicyfruit resembles bubblegum a bit more. The flavor is sweet, maybe even syrupy, with some Apple or pear.

The feel is not as carbonated as one may expect with the rush of bubbling in appearance. Light, refreshing but not thin at all this hides the strong ABV very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:31:52 | More by KYGunner
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4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into Chimay goblet. Cloudy straw Belgian look with beautiful thick foamy head. Lots of lingering lace down the glass.

Smell is great. Peppery alcohol, hints of orange and maybe coriander.

Taste is outstanding. All of the citrus and spice from the nose is present. Alcohol is well hidden, especially for ABV. A little warm and you definitely feel it, but it doesn't mar the taste. Mouth is a little thin, but this is a great beer.

If you didn't look at the bottle, you would never guess it was an American Belgian. Boulevard nailed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:16:35 | More by Labeorphile
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4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tulip glass. This bottle had exceeded the "Best By" date by 6 months but apparently none to its detriment.

This pour had a very nice full head which hung on for the duration of consumption. The odor was spicy/fruity and very pleasant. Orange appeared to me to be the predominate fragrance.

A very enjoyable brew. This beer was certainly one I plan to have again. A very nice example of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 18:42:56 | More by skywizzard
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4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 18:38:26 | More by mikejseal
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into my FW snifter glass – split two ways
Notes taken on 10/26/13

A: Hazy goldenrod body with fine bubble action that conjures up a pure white topping. Sound retention with a rather low level of stick. Only some modest dotting and light alcohol streaks noted down the glass.

S: Light fusty citrus peel with golden orchard fruits and a touch of yeasty bread. There is a soft caramel sweetness and not much alcohol coming through the nose. Faint hit of spicy phenols on the back end with white peppercorn, banana, and clove. Very subtle and not overbearing. Smells pleasing and nice with a more delicate approach.

T: More golden fruits like pear and apple but not in a tart or sour way. Spices of coriander, pepper, and clove. Firm with a crackery malt base and a hint of caramel sweetness. Touch of banana peel there. Very smooth with the alcohol really well masked. Some subtle bitterness on the finish but it’s not harsh and does not detract from my overall enjoyment. All in all a pretty damn tasty brew.

M: Very frothy and almost over carbonated. Light, airy, and soft with a drying crispness. Mild bitterness and a very clean finish.

D: I am no purist and am far from an expert on this style but I found this to be a relatively tasty brew and very drinkable. Not a big fan of heavily phenolic brews and this one suits me just right. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 22:32:44 | More by Nugganooch
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, had a friend pick this up from Specs in Houston, we don't get Boulevard in this part of Louisiana. Firstly, I'm a big fan of the Trippel style so hopefully I'm not too biased in my review.

Appearance -Orange/ Gold colored, typical trippel color. Poured a relatively big head though that may have been operator error; somewhat thick head stayed laced around the edges.

Smell - A medley of citrus, somewhat hard for me to pinpoint, kind of has a malty aroma as well.

Taste- Very similar and follows the smell, but I get a bit of grapefruit and a slightly hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Not a heavy but moderate and very balanced carbonation.

Overall - There is nothing at all wrong with this beer and a lot of good things going on with it. It is almost a perfect example of the style with a hoppy finish. I really like it and will get my hands on some more and try later.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:40:54 | More by DPJ3322
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4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased at McNeive liquor in Topeka, KS. "Best by 12/07/13" printed in white on the bottle. Poured into a Tallgrass cervoise glass at refrigerator temperature.

Look: Big three finger head of fizzy, bone colored head. Very creamy looking. Gold colored body. Eventually a cap remained on the beer, though a swirl of the glass quickly brought forth about a finger of head.

Smell: Big Belgian yeast esters. Cloves, banana, pears, oranges, and spice cabinet. Slightly floral. Nice bready malt backbone. Smells like a big beer but no alcohol is noticeable.

Taste: More of those big Belgian yeast esters. Pear, banana, orange, cloves, and spicy pepper. Very sweet tasting. More of that big bready maltiness. Almost like someone added sugar to it.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, creamy body. I'm assuming it's due to the awesome bottle conditioning. It feels like a big beer but it's not at all hot.

Overall: A very nice looking beer with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation was spot on. The alcohol was well hidden due to the spicyness and sweetness. It's like it doesn't want you to know. Overall a great example of an American take on a Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 04:44:09 | More by CowsandBeer
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a bottle with a "best by" date that was about six months ago. Pours a hazy orange-gold with about three fingers of sudsy head. Head recedes to a soapy film that's chunky in parts and lasts for the remainder of the beer. Very nice white lacing throughout. Looks beautiful and funky - kinda this beer in a nutshell.

Smells of yeast and pink fruit, namely guava and passion fruit.

Taste mimics the nose to some extent. Bright, rich and juicy, with guava, lemon, grapefruit, green raisins and honey. All enshrouded in yeasty funk. Seems juicier tasting than a traditional tripel, but there's a buttery richness in the middle that speaks to its heritage. Starts out really bright and dangerously drinkable, but as it warms and mellows becomes sort of buttery, warm and boozy. Very nice, unique, refreshing quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:34:35 | More by Mongrel
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,064 ratings.