Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,461
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 127
Gots: 252 | FT: 2
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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.

23 IBU
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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/16/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Batch number on the back label of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded medium colored golden pour. Good one inch plus head upon pour and left some smaller patches and slight lines of lacing in it's wake.

Smell- Ligher nose, but nice scented. A good amount of corriander and a sweet whiff of powdered sugar. Very very slight bandaid like scent, but overall a really light, but nice nose.

Taste- Very nice combo of a yeasty and bready malt background supported by a nice, but not too strong sugary sweetness. Some light lemon flavor and a good dose of corriander...even some hops in there.

Mouthfeel- A bit of a higher carbonation level with a light hoppy and sugary aftertaste.

Drinkability- Another good tripel. Not quite Tripel Karmeliet, but very good and quite exceptional for and American brewer. Would not turn down a glass of this.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish gold with a huge, thick, dense, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - some fruit, some faint yeast

T - apricot, faint peach, some straw, a faint bitterness in the finish

M - some warming alcohol, medium to full bodied, crisp

This is a nice Tripel. The traditional flavors are evident and the strong ABV is noticeable, but tucked away. Overall, this is a solid offering with a traditional flavor profile. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Belgian beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours cloudy darker apricot, loose and also fine bubble light head and film, bubbles rising to the top....light sheeting and just spots of lace...fruity nose, notes of tropical fruit, gin, juniper bite, smoke, yeasty goodness. Tasty and complex triple from Kansas City..who would have thunk it...good stuff

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern tier tulip. It poured a hazy, light amber/gold color with a modest white head to it. The head faded relatively quickly and left only a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright, citrusy flavor to it with notes of lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. I get a modest Belgian yeast spice to it as well. Some sweeter, malt qualities come through pretty nicely as well.

The taste shows more of the brighter, citrusy notes to it up front. I get some of the lemon rind and orange peel qualities to it right off the bat. Towards the finish more of the Belgian yeast spice shows up with some clove like flavors. The malt gives it a pretty nice sweetness throughout the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. It had some nice flavors to it and was pretty drinkable as well. not bad with regards to style either.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boulevard's Smokestack Series is really impressing me. Kudos to them for putting out excellent beers in this line, and this one is no different.

Pours a lovely golden, slightly hazed color with a thick, dense, rocky head. Lacing was nice as the head formed a cap in the middle all the way as it drank.

Fairly balanced aroma of spice, bready yeast, some soft fruit and apples, and some herbals. No alcohol detected in the nose

Again, balanced. The flavors are all over the place, but not chaotic. The malt hits first offering a bit of sweetness, but that's stymied by some lively herbal spice in the middle. The fruit kicks in after that with some pear, apple, slight lemon. A tiny pinch of clove finishes it off.
I would like to feel more carbonation and/or hops on the finish just to give it a 'zing'. Otherwise, it drank very well and pounded the whole bottle rather quickly. Excellent

Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard...in San Diego? That's a first for me. Ok, so it was really Carlsbad that I spotted this bottle of tripel. It comes in a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, which may partially explain why the bottle cost $11. The important part is that I will like it, right? On to the beer:

Good start. The color is a hazy yellow orange that glows in the glass, topped off by an inch thick, semi-soapy/rocky head, and reasonable retention. I like the nose, mind you, this is my favorite Belgian style of beer I have before me. Sugared apricots, dried fruit, vague citrus. Not too sweet.

I dig this. No, I really dig this. It only takes a moment to let the burst of apricots, fresh tangerine, subtle grassiness, pleasant spicy alcohol, and mineral aspect to soak your palate. The body is nearly full, with "squishy" carbonation. A little dry bitterness lingers in the aftertaste...with echoes of sweetness and alcohol.

Who kidnapped the monks and put them in Kansas City? Long Strange provides a quality beer experience with plenty to talk about.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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 the 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.

Update 3/5/15: Still think this is too close to a saison, not enough bright bite to match most tripels. That said, it is delicious.

Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good till February 2013.

Real nice clear orange and peachy body, a little cloudy, with lots of columns of carbonation rising, spiraling to the top. Head is off white, a little soapy and has some minor retention to it.

Spicy brown dry nutmeg, sweet candy and malts, dry yeast sensations. A nice tolerable sweetness on this with what seems to be classic Belgian candy sugar hiding in the back.

Taste is pretty solid. A real nice malty grain and chewy density to this giving to baked bread. Lots of effervescent carbonation and crisp soda like feel on the palate, just a touch watery. Finishes dry like an almost solid brut or crisp dry white wine. Real nice yeast and bread punch at the end.

It's a real solid tripel, nothing too mindbending or blowing or makes me want to really have again, but it's a good solid brew.

Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange with golden peach hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, soapy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Visible yeat even though it's the fist 33cl pours of a 750ml bottle and visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy, slightly tart(read: not sour/wild) aroma with a bit of estery golden fruit from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some ripe banana, bread and subtle grassy malt character.

Soft carbonation up front that tickles the tongue with a heavy yeast medium body. Lots of earthy funk that again is not sour or acidic. Lots of estery light golden fruit, especially apple, pear and most prominent, banana. Nice peppery spice with a bit of zesty corriander that is slightly countered by a subtle malt backbone. The spice is very prominent up front and lingers throughout over the other flavors into a long dry finish which is slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident in the flavor but their is no warmth whatsoever, making this one dangerously drinkable. A bit to heavy on the spicy side but has a nice full body and complex flavor.

Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed orange gold colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells of coriander and fruit, honey suckle malt. Black pepper in the ethanol fumes. Soft yeasty bread aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with a nice powdery yeast in honeysuckle. Mildly fruity but not any particular fruit. Truly tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a Seriously tasty beer. It could be more complex but it is better than the sum of its parts.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer opens with a soft pop of the cork then pours a full light tan foam head that fades back into a cobweb. There is a sea of microbubbles that swirl through the orange body.
S- This beer has a soft floral perfume note with only a faint sweetness. Otherwise pretty clean
T- This beer has a soft light sweetness to a thin flavor of fruit that fades to a pungent hop finish with a soft pine note. The faint note of apricot and a big boozy alcohol heat that covers everything but the hops.
M- This beer has a light thin mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat when cold but it lingers in the aftertaste. Then it soon grows to a big alcohol heat that grows and grows.
D- This beer is a bit thin and light which is ok until the big boozy alcohol heat and pungent hops bitterness covers up all the subtle flavors.

Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle, the original Long Strange Tripel (3rd release in the Smokestack series).

A: The tripel golden, bedecked with orange highlights that add a depth of hue. While objects on the other side are fuzzy, the ale does indeed remain translucent. A finger of fluffy foam, white, has left a few isolated patches of lace behind.

S: Sweet with pale candi sugars, the nose has pear and light fleshy fruits at the forefront. Mild spices follow although the aroma is by no means hot.

T: Bready and sweet, the pale biscuity flavors mix with fleshy fruits right away. The biscuity flavor is a little more pronounced, perhaps the results of a few years in the basement. Pears and peppercorns, a caramel richness and a dash of anise. Larger sip with a preponderance of carbonation provide a bit of a jolt to the sinuses. The soft fruity sweetness makes me want more.

M: The yeast, sweet and spicy, steals the show, although the biscuity caramel comes in a close second. Age has treated the tripel well.

D: Where's the fresh orange? Oh wait, wrong tripel. My head is still focused on Tripel Sec. This is an admirable entry into the tripel realm, solid flavor and little in the way of booziness (despite the bigger strength).

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, one of four installments in their Smokestack Series, sampled at around 8 months of age. Shared by the man they call Grub!

The beer is clear and remarkably sleek. A peach stained head compliments the fare, apricot hued body; our communities would be much prettier places if they would make cars and paint schools in this colour. This looks quite promising.

The smell is zestful with soft, ripening notes of orchard fruits. What is more prominent, however, is the unlikely find of citrus: orange, marmalade, a distinct hit of mandarin. The yeast also provides just a hint of spice but leaves phenols absent and bears no indication of alcohol strength.

The more traditional flavours of orchard fruits - pears, peaches, apples - are clean and vivid in taste. They soften the grainy wheat and lighten the hefty malt base. These flavours compliment the beer's sweetness and damn, are they ever nice on the tongue.

Boulevard has done the monks proud. I'm extremely impressed to see a Belgian style crafted so remarkably well by an American brewer - this is somewhat rare. Right to its end the beer could maintain its creamy head to the level; warming served only to bring out subtleties; and it was dangerously quaffable (and subtle) for its strength.

This is the third Smokestack Series beer I've tried and each has impressed me more than the last. Everything about it mimicked the great examples of the style. Their Long Strange Tripel, along with their Saison, are styles they've understood and the result has been ideal beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this one.

750ml Bottle
Batch: T8173
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice three-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeast, and a nice touch of spice. Medium body, a little to spicy/hot for me. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, but not as good as other's I've had to date.

Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch T8067.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" beige head above the clear dark golden brew. Head is moving and grooving, but keeps on trucking, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet and effervescent, with spices present amply as well. Taste is a spinning experience of sweet, spice, and alcohol warmth, all flavors coming on spearately now and again. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Numbness does seem to slowly appear on the tongue and at the back of the throat, but this one's worth the effort.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 received in trade a long while back from jhammerly .. proper trader for sure .... my only contact for La Folie and even better he made sure to get me all four of the Boulevard Smokestack series. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger head looks promising.. crystal clear honey brew.. nice lacing.

Smells bready from the get-go. Quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness and just enough spice.. some background peppercorns.

Wow.. I would guess this is brewed in Belgium no doubt. Pale malts are compounded by a white peachiness throughout.. fruity and I like it... reminds me of a ripe white peach essence. A little bit of cardamom and white pepper.. Perfect mouthfeel is silky and fine bubble carbonation.. A little green apple as it warms.. awesome.

This review is limited (I am trying to get some other stuff done while not neglecting my review) .. but I am very impressed .. I would have guessed this one was brewed in Belgium.. fantastic.

Jimi is an awesome trader.. Cheers.

Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing. Classic tripel aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, cardamom, Belgian yeast; peppery. Flavor follows with initial apple and pear juice, bread malt, finishing drier with well developed cardamom and clove bitterness. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from carbonation. A very nicely made domestic tripel, a bit astringent on early drinking, but developing more flavor and a balanced finish as the glass is emptied. Well done.

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Huge head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, banana, slight hops, and slight tart malt - smells really enticing. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with a high carbonation level. Very smooth and easy drinking. Tastes of tart malt, banana, sweet malt, slight hop background, a nice smooth finish of tart malt. The relatively high alcohol content is well hidden and the associated dryness/tartness of a Tripel are lessened by Boulevard. I highly recommend this brew!

Photo of flagmantho
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, deep golden color with just the slightest hint of haze and tubs of apparent effervescence. Head is at least 3 fingers, ivory in color and big, rocky and tenacious in nature. I'm impressed.

Smell: a veritable orchard. I love the apples and pears, but there's also some of the raisin and plum I associate with the tripel's darker cousins: strong dark Belgians and English barleywines. They should make incense of this stuff.

Taste: very good, although it didn't set me into a reverie like the aroma. Delicious orchard fruits on top of a sticky sweet malt base; for the most part what I'm looking for in a tripel. The alcohol is a little more readily apparent than in other tripels I've had (though I'll admit I'm having this a few degrees warmer than normal). The more I drink of this, the more it appeals to me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with Brobdingnagian carbonation yields a spectacularly creamy texture. While it's true a tripel has to work pretty hard to get a bad mouthfeel score from me, this one has worked hard enough to get a good one.

Drinkability: this is a delicious beer and I would not hesitate to drink all of it I find. It is definitely among my favorite tripels.

I found this beer at a local grocery store that had about two dozen good micros; a below-average selection for this area. Among those, however, was a case of this stuff for $8.99 a bottle. I don't know what the beer buyer there was thinking, but I shall be patronizing this store again soon.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,461 ratings.