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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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1,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,387
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 108
Gots: 217 | 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:
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 cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of cdugan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of John11486
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden straw color, with plenty of very fizzy head made out of bubbles that rise very quickly to the top, and leaving no lacing as they dissipate.

S- Sweet malts. Some banana. Sweet candied fruits, like dried apricots. Strong Belgian yeast.

T- Sweet. Malty. Follows scent profile well. The sweetness really comes out as it warms. Delicious.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O- Wonderful. Really enjoyed this. Another solid offering from Boulevard.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle in to pub glass
A - very vibrant orange and yellow with a solid 1/4 inch whit frothy head.
S - very much citrusy, some orange peel, lemon, and other citrus sweetness
T - orange and lemon citrus, a tad bit of malt sweetness. The orange zest comes through as the prominent flavor.
M - very bubbly, dances on the tongue. Easy to drink.
O - very impressed with this one, very easy to drink and enjoy. Almost teeters on an IPA style with out the hop bitterness, which helped me enjoy this as muc has I did.

Photo of amart80
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of BWarrington
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UCLAbrewn84 jealouschalice for sharing this bottle

Look: Orangish yellow in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Some straw notes Belgian yeast banana and clove

Taste: Upfront is a bit of funk from the yeast with some decent fruit notes following behind. The banana really shined for me here

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good triple not great I wish it had a touch more fruit presence in the flavor

Photo of MJDonns
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tommyhock for this one!! #3 in the SmokeStack Series. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into a Founders snifter.
Bottle # T1 1201 with a date of 04-2012 on it (must be best by date).

A - pours a slightly murky, deep golden straw with a fluffy three and a half finger slightly off white head with good staying power. Highly carbed with large pockets of CO2 forming late in the glass. Some lacing.

S - typical belgian yeast phenols and esters with a certain sweetness. Almost like creamed corn - maybe some DMS going on here.

T - a very pronounced belgian yeast. A lot sweeter than I was expecting, especially in the late palate where some DMS sweet corn comes on. Nothing too much in the way of hops, but a noticeable bitterness lingers ever so slightly. An usually sweet mid and late palate with just a minscule amount of green apple in the mid palate. Some alcohol. Overall, the yeast profiles mix with the sweentess well.

M - medium to medium-full. A sweeter beer than I was expecting, maybe it didn't attenuate as anticiapted??

D - somewhate high for the residual sugars. I found myself rocking though the bottle very quickly as I searched for differe flavor profiles.

overall, a well done beer. I've been trying to get more into Belgians and this one helps out a lot. Somewhat sweeter than I expected, but maybe with a little longer aging, the yeast would finish off some of the sweetness.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful clear honey color with two fingers of pure white head. The foam settles nicely over time. There is a good amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up clove, honey, lemongrass, Belgian yeast, and just a touch of pepper. The beer seems really sweet, but has a nice cutting spiciness in the background.

T: The first hit is sweet, but biting. I get some hints of honey and lemon, with the belgian yeast characteristics shining through. The flavors smooth out in the middle. The finish is bitter and astringent.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nice carbonation, but the finish is really bitter, tart, and dry.

O: I think this beer is pretty good, but it doesn't quite do it for me. I've been supremely impressed with a lot of the Boulevard Smokestack series beers, but this one isn't on the same level as some of the others. All that being said... it's a pretty decent tripel.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of rtaps
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice yellow almost golden, white head with decent retention leaving minimal lacing behind

bananas, yeast its sweet and has some spice in it.

taste fallows the nose, bananas some alc. and a little bitter at the end

light carbonation and fluffy

overall it was a really nice tripel.

Photo of jimdkc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of blakelive784
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a non-transparent, murky golden orange color with a decently thick 2 finger, off-white head. Retention is pretty good considering the ABV.

S - Lemongrass, sweet fruit, banana, heavy yeast, spice, orange, and sweet pale malt. Moderate strength, subtly complex and awesomely inviting.

T - Spicy and fruity esters play well against the biscuity yeast in this beer. Built heavily on sweet pale malt. Clove, coriander, and orange all show through. I appreciate the abundance of subtle notes throughout the beer. The high ABV is only noticeable on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, prickly and dry on the finish. Works extremely well with the flavors.

D - A great example of the style. There's nothing extraordinarily unique about it, but it's damn good and I'll have it again.

Photo of TheSarge
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a tulip glass, and the brew produces about a four finger thick bright white, and puffy head with glorious retention. The body is lightly hazy, and has a nice amber golden color.

The aroma and taste is coriander, orange rind, vanilla, peach, and bubblegum.

Feels full in body with mild carbonation. Oily slick and warming in the end... Very good interpretation of the style!

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RyanLigeia
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy golden orange color with a thick white head that lasts and lasts. Very visible carbonation.

Smell- Bananas, a little apple, maybe even like a baked apple pie with some spices and the doughy undertones.

Taste- Same as smell with some lighter almost citrus notes and a little bitterness as well at the end. The abv is hidden well, careful.

Mouthfeel- Sort of thin then light and fluffy due to the carbonation at the end.

Overall- This is a great tripel but I wish it had just a little more body to it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of 6demonbag
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Flatlands
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice solid dark orange, good head, looks like a tripel should
S- More fruit then hops, just right to get you ready to drink
T - This beer has got me on a tripel kick, love the complex dance between the malt, hops and belgium yeast. I slow down for this one. Nothing over-powers, just right mix.
M - The alcohol helps brew give it some chewiness.
O - One of my go to favorites. Be careful of the big bottle because it is hard not to drink the whole thing and it's 9%. Hard to believe such a solid example of this style is brewed in KC but Boulevard has really made me proud to live here with their Smoke Stack line of beers.
I use this one to introduce friends and family to a tripel style beer.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of markeyri
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,387 ratings.