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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1067
Reviews: 404
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. Good head on a Belgian light colour. Thick mouthfeel and lots of malt. Quite yeasty. Smooth taste, yeasty aroma and yeast in taste. On the sweet side, but not too sweet. Spices like corriander. Well suitably carbonated. Not a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:48:03 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting.

Pours a clear golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grains, spices, yeast, and some sugary/honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good tripel with some delicious aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 23:45:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me...
What a long, strange trip it's been"

--the Grateful Dead

Shimmering apricot with honey colored edges and a barely visible yeasty haze. The pale khaki colored cap was three fingers to start and isn't giving ground willingly. It could use some help in the texture department. Not bad, though. A few splotches of smeary lace don't pull the score down because the beer itself looks so good.

It smells pretty damn good too. There's nothing strange goin' on, just the typical tripel golden fruitiness complemented by a hint of yeasty spiciness. I'm not jumping out of my chair, but the brewers (so far at least) have done a more than credible job with a style that confounds quite a few American craft brewers.

I'm surprised at how delicious this beer is. It could use a bit more depth and complexity, but that borders on nitpicking... especially since a little voice inside my head says 'this is the real deal' each time I tip the glass up. It looks like the boys from Boulevard Brewing have done their homework.

The beer's strongest suit is its remarkable balance. There's a lovely mixture of sweet, bitter, tart and spicy. Plenty of pale malt holds down the bottom end, a few orchards worth of fruit (tart pears and snappy apples) occupy the middle ground, and generous pinches of clove and white pepper zip and zing on the top end. The yeast is crucial in a beer of this style, and it looks like the brewery picked a humdinger.

The mouthfeel didn't seem good enough initially. With time and warming, it just does earn the score seen above. It isn't quite as caressingly creamy as the best of style, but it isn't that far off either. As always, a perfect amount of perfectly sized carbonation is the key. It's obvious that these guys thought LST through from A to freakin' Z.

This Smokestack Series beer is one of the nicest surprises of the past several months. I'm floored by the fact that a brewery in Kansas City, MO is capable of brewing a Belgian-style tripel that could hold its head high in the best beer bars in Brussels. Simply put, Boulevard Long Strange Tripel is a home run.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 22:32:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that leaves sheets of lacing behind in the chalice

Smell: Doughy, fruity (apples, pears and bananas) and peppery

Taste: The doughy flavors up front are joined by a fruit basket of flavor almost immediately, with a peppery dash appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spice level is raised, but only complements the malty flavors that were established up front

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it lacks a little in the complexity department, the beer more than makes up for it in drinkability; no fusel alcohol flavors that mar so many tripels

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 23:52:45 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey/copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some fruity ester and nice Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix between some spicy and somewhat peppery yeast and some fruity ester with light peach notes while being very well supported by medium sweet Belgian malt. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation while alcohol is not apparent. Very well done and probably one of my favorite US brewed tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 03:42:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A definate fruit-forward Tripel with high sweetness and leaving me wanting a bit more in complexity and hop balance.

the orange-golden colored beer carries a significant haze and a lot of yeast particles floating about. Seems to have a viscous look similar to pureed fruits. A creamy off-white head has great staying power while leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Appricots, apples, and pears are the dominant features in the nose. Light herbal notes (hops) decorate the edges and the phenolic spices are equally as light. Nice, but somewhat one-dimentional.

Flavors do much the same except for the sweet maltiness that amplifies the fruity esters. Towards the end of the glass, these features prove a bit too much.

As expected the mouthfeel tilts towards heavy sweetness, thickness, and dangerously close to syrupy and cloying notes. Alcohol warmth helps but doesn't dry the beer nearly enough.

I think that the flavors are quite appropriate but they are not balances well with phenols and other yeast character. The body makes me want a Chimay White. Thanks again Exiled!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 15:34:12 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip. Thanks to my father-in-law for picking up this bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with almost no head. No head on a tripel--are you kidding me? Bad, bad, bad. No good. The nose is a bit of malt with some very light phenols. Taste has a bit of bread with light yeast character. Not impressed. Feel is light with low carbonation. Overall, not impressed. This is nowhere near a tripel, let alone a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:34:32 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices are present in the nose along with hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness but this is mostly canceled out by spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really good represention of the style and has some nice complexities in the smell and taste. Some alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but it doesn't really detract too much from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 15:53:13 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear, golden body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweetish candi sugar aroma with notes of bananas, cloves, with a bit of peppery alcohol.

Taste: Honey-coated maltiness with a sticky candy sweetness. Obligatory Belgian esters. A mild, fleeting bitterness is encountered along the way. Touch of peppery alcohol. Yeasty, candi sugar finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability: The Long Strangly Sweet Tripel was just a hair too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 21:32:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

It's surely been one, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises clove, banana, slightly waxy orange peel, cracked wheat, sweet flowers, and the slightest possible kiss of lemon zest. The taste shows off more of the orange (now complete with some flesh) and wheat, but the rest is still easily found. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice tripel, unsurprising seeing as it comes from the quality-producers at Boulevard. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:54:41 | More by TMoney2591
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My notes are minimal, but my enjoyment was full.

Long Strange Tripel, Boulevard...

hazy golden hue, huge white head...

sweet and spicy aroma...right on for a tripel.

Lemon, .lime, orange, and more in the flavor, with a spicy kick.

Delicious stuff...perfect fit for the tripel style.

That's all I had to say while I drank it, but it says it all.
Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 09:46:38 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #T9317.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweetness from flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and backs up the estery bite creating a good balance. There’s also a touch of spice that comes through in the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with some good complexity, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth sipping for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:10:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 7276, thanks to my buddy Eric for hauling this back from Mizzou!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 1+ finger of pearl-white head. Started getting floaties
halfway through the bottle. Great sounds coming from my chalice as I empty the bottle! More floaties at the bottom. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Fruitty (apples, pears, lemons) & honey

T: Fruitty, appleskins, grapes, apricot & some warmth up front. Candi sugar, honey & more
appleskins, some earthy yeast notes as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, much fruittyness & bit of boozey warmth

MF: Slick with low carbonation & syruppy notes

Drinks fairly easy, but the boozeyness does slow you down a bit. A solid tripel, hits most of the right notes, but just doesn't really reach me

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 05:09:21 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay more smokestack beers. This beer served in an imperial pilsner glass. Beer is orange and really hazy. Forms a big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated but the head doesn't have any staying power.

Aroma is sweet and estery, smells pretty good. Some yeasty breadiness in there too.

Hmmm....this beer is medium to light in body and has some carbonation on the palate. Beer finishes slightly dry with an out of place bitterness on the back that makes this beer slightly hard to drink. Not my favorite tripel for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 20:13:11 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:40:46 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden/orange color with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head. It left some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled citrus, yeast and some light caramel malt. A floral presence, too.

T - It tasted slightly bitter with a good deal of citrus flavor. It was somewhat hoppy with a light maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice version of a tripel. It's the first Smokestack beer that I've tried and it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 17:56:24 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head of 2/3 the glass fades semi quickly over semi hazy golden orange color, lots of big bubbly foamy head and bubbles coming from the bottom.

Nose is nice tripel, some citrus, semi sweet Belgian golden malts, some belgian yeast, light spices like hint of allspice, coriander, clove, ginger, light not really holiday like spices just light spice like aromas from the Belgian yeast, a bit of a candy jelly orange, some fruity esters and hint of phenols as expected, hint of apple, bit of candi sugar.

Taste is typical as well, some sweet candi sugar, orange jelly candy and zest, again light spices from the yeast, sweet belgian malts belgian yeast, bit of warming booze and esters, slight phenols, apple and pear fruits, almost juicy, slightly acidic, light toasty. Finishes dry but slightly sweet, lingering light spices and sweet malts, bit of fruit.

Mouth is heavier bodied, good carb, warming tingly booze.

Well, its a good beer, very standard for the style, nice malts, spices, belgian yeast fruit, esters, nice warming booze. Perfect beer for bunkering down in the middle of a very early season blizzard with no electricity. Good for keeping warm.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 14:52:06 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number: T8123; Sampled September 2008
There is lots of banana in this beer, first it smells of it as I am pouring this beer, but also the foam tastes of banana. Speaking of foam an not overly hard saw the head start to flow over the sides of my 25cl tulip glass, but I was able to react fast enough to slurp all of the excess foam; so no mess. The head stands a full four-fingers in height (including a finger above the rim of my glass) and is a pale tan color that is more the color of cream than anything. The beer is a has a nice copper hue to it as it sits on my desk, but shows a mostly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of grassy grain, spicy esters and fruit. Aromatic notes of bananas, definite clove, clean pepper, bubblegum / almost juicy-fruit esters, dusty-crushed grain aromas, a touch of unsalted saltine cracker, an at times strong green apple note and a touch of warming alcohol are all easily noticeable (none are a stretch for me) if you spend a little time with the nose).

Well carbonated still (even after resting for the last ten minutes), the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. Fairly dry, but it still has some sweetness that is accentuated by the fruity esters and the higher alcohol notes that pepper this beer. Sweet, malt accented banana flavors mix with sweet clove notes, touches of cotton candy, wild-flower honey, and ripe melon notes provide the sweet flavors in this beer. The sweetness is only lightly offset by pepper-like higher alcohol notes in the finish, a spicy clove notes in the finish that gets turpene heavy, a touch of dried ginger and a light astringency and bitterness that lingers on in the finish. Fairly light bodied as a decent Tripel should be, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but is far more quaffable than a 9% alcohol beer should be.

Can be a bit too hot and phenolic at times, but this is certainly an interesting Tripel. This is even tasty enough and I am certainly happy to find myself quaffing this for an evening.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:31:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large white head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Only a chill haze to the otherwise golden brew. Only some spotty lace.

Mildly sweet and floral. There's a bite of all spice and clove in the background. Light on the Belgian yeast.

The taste is stronger on the alcohol side than the smell indicates. Also, there is a stronger peppery taste, particularly in the swallow. The start is almost creamy. The body is full and the carbonation is high, like a good Tripel. Perhaps the highest praise I can give is that this seems to be indistinguishable from the excellent Tripels from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:33:40 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, playing Truckin' seems appropriate, in an interesting coincidence, the Greatful Dead were mentioned in the Cards-Giants Game 7 as I was writing this,

A: Pours goldenrod with a fizzy big white head, light spotty lace.

S: Sweet candied pear, some pineapple, orange, white pepper, very fruity.

T: Pear and yellow apple, lots of esters, some sugar cane on the back end adds a complex touch. Only light hopping in this one.

M: Medium-bodied, lush with a nice silky ethanol undercurrent which never interferes with the base beer. Slightly sweet aftertaste with a hint of spice. Soft yet crisp carbonation.

O: This is a wonderful American tripel. It reminds me a lot of Green Flash's classic version with the heavy fruit character and the nice spice undercurrent. Clearly American in its approach, well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:52:38 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden amber brew with plenty of foam in the Mort Subite globe. Really nice sudsy mouthfeel. The bubbles keep renewing themselves when you sip-- and this is from a bottle I had opened last night and recapped half full. Scent of alcohol and overripe fruit.

Strong cloves on the tongue, and when exhaling through the nose. It's a little much, plus the hint of bandaids. Crazy fruit with a sharp and hot delivery. Pineapple and apricot nectar, almost a barley wine intensity of flavor without the hops. Quite a powerful taste left in the mouth long after the last swallow. Some of the usual yeasty dryness. That spicy and yeasty flavor lingers long and it is indeed a long strange trip. Some tiny floaters in the last pour but no sediment to be seen.

This tastes more "Belgian" than most Tripels I've had. Certainly one that's worth seeking out and it's an education in the style, not to mention being a relative bargain. Bought at my local Ibis Market in Mission Hills, San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 07:12:35 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sort of reminds me of avery's nineteen. similar butterscoth flavor, but this one is more balanced and understated. pours a chaotic hazy gold color with maybe a 4 inch head in this tulip glass, pure white. smells fruity like peaches and pears, but not sweet. also notes of butterscotch, floral hops, and one hell of a fun yeast. flavor is great too, very fruity at first, then tempered by the yeast which has some spice to it. touch of candy sugar sweetness in the finish, which itself is mellowed by more hops that is common in a tripel feel is eipc, smooth and brightly carbonated, drinkable forever, medium body. this is a complex brew that is worthy of its grateful dead inspired name. i bought it for that reason, and am happy i did. the smokestack series is maybe one of the best big beer series in the country right now. they have all been unique and cash money delicious. gotta check out this brewery on my next trip back east

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:21:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Poured a yellowish golden color with great carbonation with big fluffy white cap

S: Some clove, spice, banana, booze. Big nose.

T: Clove, spice, banana , some bubblegum and belgian yeast

M: Warming and spiciness

D: Very good and would recommend

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:07:54 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with dinner at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. I made this mistake of drinking this after Moinette Blond, which while very similar, was a richer beer. So it was a more subtle tripel, but delicious and very drinkable. Like the other Smokestack Series Belgians I've tried, they've pretty closely nailed the style. The beer has a lovely mix of mild vanilla, light white bread grains, peppery hops, citrus zest, and Belgian spice. It does taste a little too similar to their Saison, but it's a good enough beer that I can forgive that. Certainly worth a try for anyone looking for a nice, fresh tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 23:13:45 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Lukas Liquor and served into a hybrid stem-snifter/tulip glass near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado per my friend blakelive784's recommendation. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given my friend's recommendation as well as the brewery; also, I loved Love Child No. 3 and I understand that this is the base beer for that one. 9.0% ABV according to my bottle. Bottle is 1 pint 9.4 oz with interesting label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork. Batch number 413Q16; 10-2013. Reviewed as a tripel because it identifies as such. Smokestack series.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard-vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours about 80% foam. Head is three fingers wide and of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Not much frothiness. No lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes. Retention is fairly good - about 4-5+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks good for a tripel, but it's not a paragon by any means.

Sm: Floral hop character, luscious Belgian malts, clean barley, cream, and fresh clove and banana (from the yeast). Lemongrass. Nice subtle spiciness. Some orange fruit esters, but perhaps not much orange peel per se. Certainly a fruity aroma; green apple, light apricot, pear. Nails the style down. Good sweetness/bitterness balance, with an appealing lightly nectary sweetness edging out any light hop bitterness. Honey. Nectar. A pleasant approachable aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Apricot, honey, light apple, light pear, decent nectar, pilsner malts, golden Belgian malts, clove, lemongrass, orange (fruit, not peel per se), and cilantro. Hop character is almost solely floral. Crackery malts. Some white pepper. Boy is there some balance here, though unfortunately the ABV does come through a biteen - especially in the third act. That said, the complexity and subtlety distract from the presence of alcohol - which in fairness is admittedly light - though a great beer in the style should be able to hide 9.0%.

Pretty good duration of flavour. Above average intensity and depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat soft. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not refreshing per se, but it is pleasant to drink - and quite approachable for the ABV. Good thickness and body. Dries towards the finish, helping it to coax out the next sip a biteen.

Not scratchy, harsh, gushed, hot, or oily.

Dr: Certainly drinkable for the well-hidden 9.0% ABV. A likable tripel that isn't strictly traditional, but then it might actually make some improvements. I'd get this one again, even if tripels aren't often a style I frequently gravitate towards. A pretty solid offering from Boulevard, and I can see why it made a good base for Love Child No. 3. Recommended for fans of the style; certainly one of the better American examples of the style that I've had. Not a unique or special beer, but certainly one I'd happily return to.

Alcohol is too present for it to quite be a "B", but it's a mighty fine tripel.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 05:19:33 | More by kojevergas
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.