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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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452 Reviews

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Reviews: 452
Hads: 1,490
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 144
Gots: 264 | 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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good attempt at the style. Towering fluffy head, buttery aroma, cloudy golden body. Taste is sourdough, butter, spice. Smooth on the palate, fairly thick consistency, good, but not Belgian.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from the 750ml into a tulip, pours a dark gold with a nice egg white head, about a finger and a half of foam, leaves copious amounts of lace on the glass on the way down.

S: Fairly typical for a Belgian, yeast and biscuit with a little hints of citrus as well

T: Semi-sweet with a bit of malt on the nose, little punches of alcohol and pepper roll in and out, finishes a little tart. The taste completely disguises the ABV.

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finishes very dry

O: Scooped this up on a shopping run at the local market, saw it on sale for $10 so I decided to jump on it. This is the first offering I've had from Boulevard, and its rather great take on the style. You can tell that this is a rather researched and carefully crafted approach to the style as opposed to a brewer doing their own take, and it definitely works. Cheers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, part a swath of new Boulevard products to show up in Alberta last week. 'Unobtainium' - heh, cool.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming, dangerously close to boiling over tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head (aaaah, bottle conditioning), which leaves some streaky, chunky swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, doughy pale malt, estery and mildly phenolic yeast, red apple and Anjou pear fruit pith, a further twinge of floral honey sweetness, saucy banana, and leafy, earthy, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more bready, doughy graininess, a well-behaved gritty yeastiness, apple and pears, sure, but some additional, if hard to differentiate tropical fruitiness, back of the bus banana chips, some almost coriander-like spiciness to go with the evolving black pepper dust, and a mild weedy, floral, and only kind of liquored up hop bitterness.

The bubbles are nice and lifting in their equally engaging fizzy and frothy interludes, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and mostly smooth, a few hop and alcohol party crashers pounding on the outer gates. It finishes off-dry, of course, but moderated ably enough by spice, booze, and hop alike.

Overall, a very tasty and well-made version of the style, the typical overwrought sweetness kept to more sensible levels here. After seeing an IMAX (with my toddler, his first, and the only time I've ever heard him tell me 'it's too loud!') this afternoon that concerned the concept of air travel, I can say with great conviction that despite the quality of this brew, I'm glad that I didn't have to fly to Kansas City to get it.

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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.

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Photo of TH28
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. White head dissipated quickly. Aroma: Strong Belgian yeast esters/phenols, with banana most prominent. Clove and pear aromas also strong. Taste: Rich sweet maltiness with strong fruity flavors of pear, apple, and banana. Clove spice kicks in late. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and some alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finish: Slight lingering bitterness and pear. Fairly dry. Overall: Great tripel. Wonderful fruity yeast aroma and flavor

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best by August 2015, opened May 2015.

A – Really nice looking triple. Creamy dark white head pours two fingers high with great retention and lace. Solid orange gold body. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S – Sweet and surprisingly complex fruity nose. Necatrine, honey, orange creamsicle, tangy kiwi, and banana.

T - Well balanced and fruit forward. Banana, peach puree, green banana, plant stems, soft bitter greens, and coriander with a warm finish.

M – Soft and creamy, and medium-full for the style. Nice carbonation.

O – Great balance and flavor with a really nice, and relatively unique mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad at all. And I would be hard pressed to find a better tripel than this . . . That being said, I still think it should have a more intense carbonated feel. Still looking for something that feels like La Fin Du Monde and tastes like Allagash. Terrific tripel though and would gladly revisit this anytime.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, into tulip at 45 degrees.
Faint on the aromas - not bad... Juicy fruit, melon, citrus sweetness. Light breadynes

High carbonation on the MF for a Tripel. Little too prickly, IMO. Flavors are somewhat weak. Thin peach, apple, and light spice.

For the price ($11), this is a very nice beer, and decent Tripel. It just doesn't have the richness or full flavors that I was expecting.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - copper golden just shy of see through and one big lasting frothy head
Smell - peppery yeasty smell
Taste - belgium yeast with some pepper and banana with an tangy aftertaste with some booziness
Feel - medium body with a crisp with a medium carbonation
Overall - really great trippel

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light buttlegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: hazed and effervescent rich gold color with a few fingers of fat white head above; some lace trails stretched behind

S: soft pale fruits and tropical aromas, faint tart sugar notes, mild biscuit malts beneath

T: pleasantly fruity and hoppy, sweetness is mild and well-balanced with the other characteristics of the ale; hints of bitterness on the finish

M: soft, smooth and lush, some fuzziness, some tingle of carbonation... very style-appropriate

O: a very nice tripel, hops seem to be providing a unique character to it; comfortably sweet, nice and plush, modest aromas...

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Photo of SteveB24
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-nice golden/straw color, huge amount of white, sudsy head that retains very well, lots of bubbles active in the beer itself.
Smell-Belgian yeast fruit and spice, with a kick of citrus fruit and malty sweetness.
Taste-very much like the aroma, classic belgian yeast notes of apples, pears, and coriander, with a an unexpected kick citrus and sweetness, much like candied orange peels.
Feel-surprisingly mild carbonation in the feel compared to the appearance, but bubbles are definitely there, then a touch of creaminess with a semi dry finish.
Overall-Had high expectations for this beer as a Belgian style brew from Boulevard, and wasn't disappointed. excellent beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
Bottle date: 1-03-2014 ; not sure if this is bottled on or best before; I only bought it about 6 months ago so my guess is bottled on

A: Golden yellow, transparent, tons of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the glass, a big 2 fingers width of bright white colored head has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Tons of apple and white grape, a bit of spice, lots of fruity sweetness, eatery banana, subtle doughy yeast. Excellent nose, hits everything I look for in the style. 4.5

T: Lots of sweetness, balanced by spice on the finish. Lots of fruity esters, including a big banana character. Some citrus, pepper, yeast. Well rounded, although not as vibrant as the aroma. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriately high, ABV very well masked, drinkability is good. 4

O: Another very good beer from Boulevard, not spectacular, but certainly enjoyable and worth a try. 4.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle, this FINE tripel pours a fantastic lightly cloudy yet luminous golden amber with a most excellent layer of white fluffy foam and beautiful lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, bubble gum, strong alcohol, light peach notes, and light white pepper. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy up front, and mild stone fruit flavor to the rear and sides (improves with warmth along with a light bubblegum flavor), all blended behind a fantastic white pepper note that sears in the strong alcohol of a standard Belgian tripel. Solid carbonation makes for a lively mouth feel and easy drinking. Most excellent! A superb concoction from a brewer that I enjoy more and more with each new brew I try from them.


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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden with huge white head and good lacing. Bubblegum and white pepper most prevalent in the aroma. Peppery alcohol and honey smoothness in the mouthfeel and taste, with hints of apricot, pear and a bit more gum. Good stuff.

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Photo of 31Sam13
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a cheese ball name...and I love the Grateful Dead so I had to try this latest punnery...OH MY GOD...what have I in my paws but the most delicious Tripel I have ever tasted. The alcohol so well hidden and such a complex flavor, a unique color. This this trip was better than the one at the Alpine Valley shows where myself and these three girls ended up in my tent and ...went to sleep. Great shows though, and great beer!

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer does nothing for me. First it is too strong and difficult to drink. It tastes like grapefruit juice water. I don't see how this is rated so high. Just my opinion.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy gold with a large three-finger foamy white head. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of lemon, banana, and Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is candied sugar, banana, pear, pale malts, and Belgian yeast. The finish has corriander and white pepper. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O - This is an outstanding Tripel. The flavors are very balanced and make this an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: For Harry Potter watchers, has the exact color of Butter Beer. For non HP watchers that's a hazy, deep gold. Rocky, loose an crackling head. Not getting any lacing.

S: Lemon, spicy phenolics and hop additions. On the fruit side, I get mostly pear and gold plum; the banana is there, but doesn't lend sweetness. Quality pale, crackery malts. Overall impression is some tart and firm fruit flavors with a dryness. Reminds me of pear cider off the bat.

M: A medium body and medium-high dose of steady carbonation. Slightly dry. A tad too sharp.

T: Balance is spot on, not too sweet or heavy-handed with the Belgian candi sugars like some other beers I've had. Excellent peppery, lemon, and woody hop presence keeps the banana in check. Slight sulfur, and good pear flavor.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to find this in a 12 oz bottle.
A - Pours a hazy golden color with a big white pillowy head.
S - Aroma of lemon and banana.
T - Some lemon for sure. An earlier reviewer mentioned banana bread and I think he's right on.
M - Light and well carbonated.
O - Very good Tripel. Makes me wish I'd bought the 22 0z bomber.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy apricot color with 3 fingers of loose, white head. Loads of yeast floating about with moderate carbonation.

Banana, caramel, pear, lemon, candy sugar, and light potpourri.

Caramel-glazed banana bread and zesty lemon. Lighter notes of pear and golden apple. Pale candy sugars, dried hay, and potpourri. Notes of coriander, pink peppercorn, and earthy linger. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable.

Light bodied, crisp, spicy, well carbonated, and very dry.

A well executed Tripel. Complex and true the its Trappist counterparts.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of medium yellow + brass highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, spices, pale malts, and a light aroma of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana, spices, and that distinctive Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly.

O: A very nice American representation of the style - very enjoyable. The beer is relatively easy to drink though there is a light amount of alcohol present as the beers warms up.

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Photo of Mark_Griffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Light color, lots of foam. Dry. Typical Boulevard taste. Should have checked the date on the bottle before I bought it. Will try a fresher one next time.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Bottle dated best by 06/14 (1/2 year out if date):

Had this before with no review. Added a want to do a review with a fresher bottle, but the beer was actually ok, despite its age.

Pour was orange side of yellow, nice small-bubbled head that still rise to a couple fingers. Nose was pretty much shot, but some farm notes came through, as well as a hint of funk.

Taste was cracker beginning with a hint of citrus marmalade added. There was a fair honey-sweet maltiness in front as well. These flavors were consumed by a decent dose of carbonation to cleanse the palate to go into the more earthy than farmhouse flavors that represent the end of the beer. There also seems to be a funk that wants to come out but never does.

In the end, there was a little wet cardboard stale taste to this pour, which I am willing to write off as age. Will update my thoughts on a re-review.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed golden color with a large soapy white head. Suds last forever ontop of this Belgian style ale. The aroma has yeast, peach, green banana, pear, grain, and citrus. Perhaps just a whiff of the alcohol is present as well.

In the taste, soft pear notes, apricot, and citrus. Nice job with the yeast, it adds plenty of complexity to the beer alone. Hops are in full force with citrus, herb, and bitterness. Slight bit of hay and funk sneak in as well. Hardly a hint of alcohol.

Dry, effervescent body is perfect on this Tripel. I like a bone dry triple and this is surely that, nice and clean and well rounded.

Overall, this is a classic beer here from Boulevard. Solid flavor yet unique and keeps the drinker interested. I would like to try it fresh, this bottle was aged a bit, but very nice.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.