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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 101
Gots: 178 | 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 jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

jlindros, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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

russpowell, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

oline73, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, Aug 23, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mendvicdog, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

mactrail, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -3.8%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

smcolw, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

oriolesfan4, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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-

kojevergas, Aug 18, 2013
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

Gueuzedude, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Trashcat, Nov 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

wrightst, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

imperialking, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

corby112, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Billolick, Aug 02, 2009
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 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.

tempest, May 20, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 04/24/2009; so this is pushing on 3 years old. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings to the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, apple, orange peel, apricot, biscuit, toffee, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Nice and very well balanced Tripel aromas. Taste of big apple, apricot, lemon, biscuit, toffee, pepper, clove, herbal, honey, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, pepper, and spices on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors, with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well done Tripel that has held up nicely over the years. Nice flavor balance and smooth drinkablility.

superspak, Feb 02, 2012
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

barleywinefiend, Oct 09, 2010
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.