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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,298 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,298
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 mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of IpeeA
3/5  rDev -27.9%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of seth72104
5/5  rDev +20.2%

seth72104, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mattkooler
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mattkooler, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tchaos
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tchaos, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bpk59
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Beer is a hazy light amber in color with a honey hue. Generous fluffy head is exceptionally creamy and frothy. Lacing is light and retention is good.

Smell has Belgian funk, Belgian spices and Belgian yeast. Light citrus, clove, and light malts are also prevalent. Also present are some coriander and maybe some lemongrass.

Taste has highlights of citrus and Belgian candi against lightly sweet malts and delicate spices. Hints of some light tropical fruit linger as well (banana, pineapple). Booze is well-masked. As this beer warms the fruity notes take over in a subtle way.

The beer has adequate carbonation and medium-to-light body. Quite solid.

Overall: I consistently come back to this beer when I'm looking for a light, easy-drinking tripel. Nice fruity notes, delicate spices and a light sweetness are blended together in masterful fashion. The head is exactly what a tripel should have - huge and creamy. A great example of what a tripel should be.

I've gotta mention this - I can't look at the label without thinking of "The Dude" from "The Big Lebowski." This is a good thing!

Very highly recommended and a personal favorite.

bpk59, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of BobZ
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Builds a large frothy head, close to 3”, which hangs around. A very clear (for bottle conditioned ale) bright orange yellow, good lacing.

Smell: Spicy pear and green apple aromas.

Taste: As in the nose, pear and green apple flavors are sweet upfront then there is a hoppy spicy finish with bitterness. The warmth from the spice or perhaps from both the spice and the ABV lingers on the palate with the bitterness, maybe too much so, not a horrible taste but not all that pleasant of a finish.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth but the burn at the finish spoils this one a bit.

Overall: It fits the sweet up-front, bitter at the finish Tripel profile. The white fruit meaning pear and apple flavors make it a bit unique; however, the finish keeps this from being a very good example of the style. Glad I tried it but there are many other tripels I prefer.

BobZ, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light fruitiness and just a note of candy sugar. In the taste, a nice fruitiness, dryer yeast, and a mellow presence of candy sugar. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruit and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and hides the ABV well.

OWSLEY069, Nov 08, 2011
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 argock
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 02-2012 stamped on back label. Purchased at Binny's Liquor Depot (Chicago, IL) for $8.99.

A: Peach hue with foamy white 1-2 finger hed with good retention but only occasional dots of lace.

S: Floral and light fruity aroma with a bit of white pepper. There is a subtle yeastiness that provides a nice accompaniment.

T: The flavor is very good although a touch boozy with apple and pear fruitiness meeting yeast, floral, herbal hops, and peppery alcohol. Quite sweet overall but with plenty else going on to leave a very complex, rounded profile.

M: A little syrupy with very full body. It could use more carbonation to combat the thick feel.

O: LST is a nice tripel that could reach unbelievable with a couple of really easy fixes of more carbonation and toning down the alcohol component.

argock, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear golden hue with a big, rocky almost two finger head that faded to leave some spotty clouding and a nice halo.

S - Nice smell here with light banana and typical tripel spice note (cloves), some light honey like sweetness, and citrus.

T - More of the same. The banana is super light and there is an almost bubblegum quality. Very odd. There are more of those nice belgian spices with some slight booze noticeable.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Really good carbonation and a super light body.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. was a tasty tripel with really good mouthfeel. Would try this again.

rudzud, Oct 20, 2011
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 tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, honey, and hay

Taste: peppery and earthy hops, honey, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a less bitter end

Overall: This is arguably the best tripel I have had so far. I love how clean it is and the spicing seems just about right. I could certainly see myself picking this up again.

tigg924, Oct 01, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dull golden tone while yielding a big 2"+ frothy off-white head which fades at a fairly quick rate, leaving lacing in spots.

nose is good, offering some fruity elements (orange peel, peach, a hint of banana), spice, yeast, and a touch of toastiness.

the taste delivers a opening dose of bubblegum that blends nicely with notes of fruit, yeast, and spice. a little bit of a hoppy presence evident in the finish. nicely balanced; booze shows itself as it warms. medium-bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

overall a very good, borderline great triple; flavorful and tasty, would definitely revisit.

perrymarcus, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of xuptygm
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head on this one is like a freakin' sprite...big a super bubbly receding quickly to nothingness. Appearance is great, looks warm and inviting with its glowing golden color. Tons of carbonation rising to the surface.

Alcohol taste is somewhat spicy. Hints of fruit (not sure what fruit though). Light bodied. I realize the style is typically very carbonated but this had way too much for me. Maltiness is extreme, a good thing. It compliments the bread-like tones in the dry finish.

A very good tripel, but I would like to see the carbonation toned down to improve the mouthfeel.

xuptygm, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've traded this away many times, and am somewhat embarrassed that I have never actually had it myself. So, here we go: this bottle was so difficult to get the cork out of, that I almost used a wine opener to get into it. Seriously difficult, my wife said "I hope its worth it!". After finally getting the cork out, it let out a large POP. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a cloudy light orange color, huge fluffy head fills the glass. Retention for days before I can actually drink it. Beautiful really. Smell- tart cherries, lemon citrus, bisquity bready aroma. Taste- nice sweet and tart cherries, followed by a dry bitterness, some watery qualities to it, but not a knock on the beer at all. This is refreshing, complex, and overall hides the 9% ABV like a charm. Glad to be able to get this year round, yet another solid offering from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

lnashsig, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this one at Lukas Liquors a while back, and eagerly looked forward to cracking it open. Poured an opaque golden color with a large, prickly white head. Aromas of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar and white pepper. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of bubblegum, spice, lemon, pepper, yeast and candi sugar. Quite enjoyable.

emmasdad, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber, slightly chilled, in ale glasses

A: light golden color, little carbonation; at the end of the bottle millions of yeast flakes are evident (but they don't spoil the fun)
S: pear, banana, and pavement; enzymes really dance in the nose
T: decent Belgian-style trippel; bottle conditioning not too cloying; very strong flavor, with banana and pear, with hints of nutmeg.

Great beer.

Arithmeticus, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lnashsig for another Smokestack Series treat. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 5-2011.

Bright, nearly opaque orb of Princeton Orange fills the glass, topped by a finger of ivory merengue. Rich tendrils of lacing climb the sides. Good retention, viscous glossy legs.

Subdued, sweet, biscuity aromatics...improving as the ale warms.

Rich deep malt, bright and clean with fruit (melon? guava?) and flowers (orange blossom?) leading into a zesty yeast profile - full and complex with a nice balance of phenols and esters. Mild but lasting bitterness offsets the sugars in the medium-dry finish.

Creamy, effervescent, full-bodied, and just a little warm from the alcohol.

Packed with flavor, the only strange thing about this Tripel is how little it strays from the best Belgian examples of the style. Well done.

augustgarage, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of thirsty4beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick 'n foamy white head, phenomenal lacing, crystal clear golden tripel

S: very complex, kind of yeasty, peppery, slightly fruity, and sort of a cough syrup phenolic quality

T: biscuity, doughy, and bready base with some yeasty spiciness. definitely a bit of heat but not as much as expected. very well balanced with some hoppy bitterness and a candied malt sweetness present. the slightest trace of dried apricot.

M: perfectly carbonated, with a moderately crisp body

O: hands down one of the best tripels I've had and easily THE best belgian I've had from an American brewery. I want more!

thirsty4beer, Aug 15, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

S - Peach, apricots, oranges, pears, spice.

T - Follows the nose, fruity yeast, grainy malt, oranges, apricots, peaches, and pears. Spice really opens up at the end along with grassy hops.

M - Creamy smooth feel, full bodied, bright moderate carbonation.

Very refreshing, great mouthfeel, highly enjoyable beer.

StaveHooks, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of mmva321
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard gets its grubby American hands all over the traditional Belgian Tripel and finishes with a beer that is bound to turn off the most purist of the beer drinkers. However, the Long Strange Tripel is really only different and not inherently inferior. It lands right in the middle on the totem poll, and maybe even a bit higher depending on what mood your tongue is in. The appearance actually forebodes what the beer has to offer. It's a deep amber color, very orange. This differs from the usual light and yellowish tint most tripels have. The head is slightly off white, about 2 fingers worth, and the beer is wonderfully carbonated.The smell is where the beer is most triumphant in its uniqueness. I get a lot of yeast, some roasted malts and apples. Some alcohol is present along with more fruits. A richer aroma indeed. Then the taste really kicks your purist gut and doesn't apologize. I prefer the traditional brew, but clap clap to Boulevard for doing something new in a year round manner. Yeast, alcohol, apples, pear, roasted flavors highlight a beer that stands out, but not really above, the pack. Mouthfeel is heavier/creamier then most tripels, but is wonderfully carbonated and works extremely well to enhance the enjoyability of the beer. Overall, worth a taste. I may not go back to it, but the new flavors may attract some repeat customers.

mmva321, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of BurgerJones
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an Affligem goblet.

Color was orange amber, much darker than usual tripel but beautiful nonetheless. Small white head, littel lacing.

Aroma oranges and peaches.

Taste same fruits, warming alcohol, yeasty tang at finish.

Mouthfeel a little bit thin on body and light on carbonation, left me wanting something.

Overall very enjoyable, and an uncommon-tasting tripel.

BurgerJones, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 08/2011.

750 mL bottle with typically stubborn cork. Boulevard uses corks that can only be extracted with a corkscrew.

Served cold into a chalice, LST is a hazy copper orange color with thick creamy head. Good retention but no lacing.

Aroma is really nice with lemon cake and fresh cut flowers.

Flavor is more intense than I expected from the smell. Strong peppery spice, sour lemons, herbal, and yeasty qualities. All in good balance but more of a punch than the "authentic" Belgian versions.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Ovearll a good tripel but, for $10, I would go with a St. Bernardus or Westmalle for a little more or a sixer of New Belgium for a lot less.

GilGarp, Jul 15, 2011
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.