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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 95
Gots: 160 | 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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.15/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.6%

nmann08, May 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, May 28, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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

brentk56, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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!

BEERchitect, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

zeff80, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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

StonedTrippin, May 20, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with yeasty notes of clove, vanilla, pear, and red apple.

T - Rich, thick malt up front, notes of red apple, vanilla, and pear. Some spicy hops in the middle and a finish of anise, pear, pineapple, clove, and cake.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Really nice. This tripel has a complexity and depth of flavor that one almost never sees in American brewed examples of the style. Very drinkable and very well done.

nickfl, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 23, 2013
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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.