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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 109
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
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.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of thirsty4beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of StaveHooks
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of mmva321
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of BurgerJones
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of colt45n
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey gold with some sediment, a thick, off-white head, and very active carbonation.

S: Peppery coriander, banana peel, wheat, and yeast. Very fragrant as the beer warms.

T: A touch of wheat up front and fruity throughout. A kick of coriander and punch of alcohol at the end. The 9.0% shows itself on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice malt backbone. Slightly creamy with a lot of dryness at the finish.

Overall probably my favorite year-round beer the boulevard has, great flavor great beer!

Photo of n2185
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Oranges and apricots up front with a floral, ginger-like aroma after. There are some banana and bubblegum aromas in there as well as some slight spices and a yeasty finish.

T: Lots of bready yeast flavors on the tongue, even with a decanted pour. There are some spice notes and a little citrus flavor as well, but the yeast and bready flavors dominate. Slight alcohol burn on the finish, too.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has a bit thicker body than I prefer in tripels, but is still attenuated well enough that it's not sticky sweet.

O: A unique tripel. It's a bit thicker and darker than most tripels, but it works fairly well. I just wish it had a somewhat lighter body and less bread/yeast flavor. Still, a decent beer overall and at least it's not another sticky sweet bubblegum bomb like many tripels.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool name for a beer! Given to me by my good friend ragingbull.

Sampling cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper color with minimal bleached white head that fades to nothing fairly quickly.
Aroma is pears and some bready yeast and not much else, no off scents but not overly robust nose.
Average body and texture with a fine fizzy carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Flavor is sweet fruit with pears and apricot and some white grape. I also get some funky yeast notes that mix up the fruit a little in my mouth. The beer is very easy to drink with no hints of the ABV to be found throughout the sampling.
ENjoyable and straightforward, I enjoyed this more than the other tripel I split during the evenings events.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange/hint of tan hue body, 2 finger fluffy finger, amazing lacing!

S: peach/mango, yeast, hint of spicy

T: big sweet BEL yeast, slight boozy taste, mild slick spicy finish

M: med body, dry/crisp finish

O: Well the Smokestack Series has REALLY impressed me!
Very good Tripel (one of my fav styles). Big fresh flavors.
Smell says chug, taste says WHOA, SLOW DOWN!


Photo of HaysAmerica
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle w/ a batch # T10092 & bottling date of 4/11 into two glasses; a 10 & 20oz. snifter. Cork pops open very easily w/ lots of carbonation. Into the 10 oz. glass it has about 3-4 fingers of head that very quickly erodes into a slight layer of a white head quickly fading into nothing. Color is a light orange, straw tinged color w/ it being pretty cloudy.

The nose has that Belgian yeast, bready funk that Boulevard is known for. Apricot, some very complex light colored fruit aromas come to mind with this.

Taste is of orange mixed w/ apricot, mixed w/ yeast!! I'm a big fan of their beer for this Belgian yeast character that they use. Sweetness is the most prominent of the factors jumping out at me w/ this. An herbal hop presence is noted. Has a small warming effect on the back end of this from the alcohol & I'm picking up some pepper on the middle to back of this too. Finish is quick & typical for this style.

Mouthfeel is a medium. Very nice overall w/ everything that has gone into it.

A second pour into the large 20 oz. snifter produces even MORE bready yeast in the nose! There are a fair amount of little "floaties" from the yeast but not too bad. Nothing I'd kick up a fit about. Some stickage of the head but not much lacing as has been my experience w/ Tripels. Peppery, yeasty, apricot comes to mind again. Still some alcohol burn on the back of this one. Drinkability is high.

I've read that this is a very good interpretation of the style. While I don't have a lot of experience w/ the Tripels or even some of the Belgians for that matter, I have to say I really enjoy this beer. Now I have a solid idea, from this & some others, what to look for in a Tripel. Prosit!

Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up when I went to visit my family last year and I'm just getting around to trying it.

Corked and cages: batch T9114.

Very mild cork pop.

A: Golden, extremely cloudy, and with a ridiculous 1-2-3 + mildly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Fresh, with a citrus, and even a bit of cherry? (dunno.... that's the best way to describe it), and very much a fresh filtered-water quality.

T: Very subdued and balance to a tea! Granted, I've let this one age for a year... Citrus, Belgian funkiness (but not too much) and a wonderful fresh filtered-water quality (notice a theme on this one?) on the finish.

M: Fairly thick, not too sweet, and spritzy, almost champagne-like carbonation. The lingering in the mouth was still... sorry for the weirdness....but... freshly picked cherries.

O: Honestly, this is absolutely the best Tripel I've had in a while. Maybe it's because I dig Boulevard's taste profile in this setting? Dunno... but this one worked for me.

Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is pseudo-psychedelic with a drawing of a bearded man.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 4 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to puffy cap of foam leaving behind nice, spotty lacing. The beer itself is orange amber and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Sweet apricot aroma with slight hint of alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Sweet malt with fruity overtones. Very mild hop bitterness and slightly sweet alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Good body.

Drinkability: A nice, flavorful drink. Unfortunately, this doesn't make it to Ohio, so one and done for me.

Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for about 16 months now.

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick cap of suds on top. Excellent head retention.

Quite fruity. Pear and apple with some malty sweetness.

More of the pear and apple fruit flavors here along with some honey malt sweetness, spicy hops and a light bubblegum flavor. Nice bit of complexity to go with a warm alcohol and spicy finish.

Mostly soft carbonation in a medium-full body. Dry finishing.

This is a nice little tripel from the good old USA. I think I paid about $8 for this bottle when I bought it. I would say that makes this beer a nice value. Well made and nicely drinkable.

Photo of tito42
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Smokestack Series tulip. Bottled 11/11/2010, best by 08/2011.

A: Honey gold with some sediment, a thick, off-white head, and very active carbonation.

S: Peppery coriander, banana peel, wheat, and yeast. Very fragrant as the beer warms.

T: A touch of wheat up front and fruity throughout. A kick of coriander and punch of alcohol at the end. The 9.0% shows itself on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice malt backbone. Slightly creamy with a lot of dryness at the finish.

O: A good Tripel. For drinkability's sake, I'd rather have a New Belgium Trippel, but this Boulevard entry may be more true to the style. Of the Smokestack Series I've tried thus far, I'd rate this ahead of the Seeyoulator Dopplebock and below Tank 7.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. It's a beautiful hazy gold with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. There are a little floral hops in there but mostly sweet.

The taste is not as sweet. Wow this is a good tripel! It has the perfect Belgian hop profile and the right hint of spice.

Well done, Boulevard. This smokestack series continues to impress.

Photo of trappistlover
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle courtesy of jrorie!!). Pours a hazy apricot color with quick dissipating head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma has candied sugar and dried fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit our sour. Bitterness is very low and reminds me of citrus peel. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth with the alcohol noticeable mostly because it warms the throat and chest. The sweetness is a tad to the high side, but its a pretty nice beer. I’d drink this again with pleasure.

Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish yellow with a nice two finger head with a ton of lacing

S - oranges and pears stick out with some yeast. Very fruity nose

T - taste follows the nose closely. Starts off with sweet grainy malts that is overwhelmed by orange/coriander flavors with a bit of nutmeg and clove. The coriander is the most dominant fla or. End with some spicy hops. Interesting.

M - lots of carbonation, but not as much as the lacing would make you believe with a medium body

D - interesting tripel here. Reminded me of an amped up wit or Weiss bier. Pretty different tripel,

Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into delirium tremems tulip from 750 ml.

Golden color and persistent white lacing with large bubbles, not sure I've seen that before, fairly effervescent as well.

Nice hint of yeast and bread in the aroma. The taste is a little peppery, and not as sweet as other tripels I've had, which is fine. Alcohol noticable in the finish, may want to age a bit to smooth out, but a nice tripel nonetheless.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to start my reviews in the order of the way one would drink the beer. So to start it has a nice amber look to it with a little murky tinge to it. If not poured properly you will get a lot of head. Not a bad thing, but just delays drinking the sweet nectar. Long strange is a very sweet and sour beer. I taste oranges and lemons. The finish is very sweet almost like biting into a piece of candy. Overall, this is a very good beer and well made. I would recommend this beer as an after dinner drink. Cheers.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color w/ a three finger egg colored head which lingers a little bit. Carbonation is pretty high w/ this beer. Smell is that of spice, corriander, yeast, lemon peel. Citrus smelling without being overbearing. Nice... Taste is that of corriander, spices, yeast. The alcohol at 9%, is completely hidden to me. I'd almost like a little alcohol burn on this one, just like my favorite Belgian Tripels. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and light, and the aftertaste doesn't stick around forever- medium range length for the aftertaste. All in all this is a good example of a tripel, and I'm really glad work sent me to a part of the country this was available.

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
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 cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow body with allot of a rising carbonation topped by a fast paced, just darker than eggshell head.

S - Ahhh, the sweet aroma of Belgian yeast.

T - Slightly tart with a sweet edge of alcohol and citrusless tangerine. Of course the Belgian yeast flavor is present as well.

M - Light and airy with a moderate coarseness accross my tongue.

~ This is a good beverage. I think it to be worth the sampling.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been pretty happy with the SmokeStack series from Boulevard, so I am hoping that this beer is no exception. Let's give it a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orangish golden color with tons of bubbles rising and the head actually raises up after the pour. The head was a solid 3" of off-white creamy foam that started to mingle with bigger bubbles in the middle of the head as you can see through the glass, but the top of the beer is solid cream. There is tons of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got the essential sweet malt and citrusy lemon rind notes that you expect with a Tripel. There are defined wheaty notes in here, and otherwise the cold beer is really clean. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is getting more earthy...as the classics do. Nice!

Taste: The flavor is top-notch as well. It has a slightly bigger body than some of the classic Belgian examples, but I am seriously splitting hairs with this comment. The lemon and wheat are big players in the flavor as they were in the aroma. There is a decent alcoholic presence that adds clean spice in the beginning of the flavor profile and some lingering warming on the back of the throat after drinking. As the beer warms up some, the spice is becoming more evident as is some toasty bread crusts from the malt. The carbonation is high as it should be, so the beer comes across as quite drinkable...as it should.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer. It is undoubtedly a Tripel and it definitely holds water against the classic examples of this style...so I think that is saying a whole lot...so kudos to Boulevard and their Brewmaster. That said, I would pick up St. Bernardus or others over this one, but they didn't come from The States...and that is a plus for this beer as you don't get this high of a quality Tripel from The US very often. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip. Thanks to my father-in-law for picking up this bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with almost no head. No head on a tripel--are you kidding me? Bad, bad, bad. No good. The nose is a bit of malt with some very light phenols. Taste has a bit of bread with light yeast character. Not impressed. Feel is light with low carbonation. Overall, not impressed. This is nowhere near a tripel, let alone a good one.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.