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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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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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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.

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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.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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