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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,143 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 74
Gots: 113 | FT: 3
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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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-25-2013 07:02:40 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-17-2013 18:55:28 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-28-2013 19:00:52 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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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mactrail

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Halcyondays

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

06-20-2012 05:01:56 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 17:14:04 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-05-2013 10:29:33 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 07:22:31 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-09-2012 02:12:58 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 19:51:07 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:17:27 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 23:04:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-26-2013 02:52:38 | More by oriolesfan4
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Zorro

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:09:53 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:15:10 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:40:15 | More by DoubleJ
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.