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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one, I've really been enjoying these Smokestacks.

Pours a hazy golden, huge and thick white head forms, drops a ton of lace and settles down to a thick layer, great retention, looks great. Smell is sweet and sugar, white wine, fruits, yeast, wheat, orange and tangerine, apricot, some spice, really good. Taste is sweet, honey, grass and wheat, yeasty, a ton of fruit, wine, spicy finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden. Very nice tripel! Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 19:33:50 | More by Viggo
Photo of bennetj17


3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, sun-like orange with a thick white foam holding steady. Fairly strong carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is rather unremarkable. Just some faint citrus spice and Belgian yeast notes. Not bad, very basic for the style.

Citrus and melon fruit flavor, lightly sweet with some bready alcohol notes toward the finish. Decent spiciness but not too much in the way of complexity. I wish there was a bit more bitter contrast in the end to match the maltiness. Light mouthfeel, a bit slick, fine carbonation.

Overall not a bad Tripel. Alot of American versions don't really come close, but this is pretty standard, just nothing special. Worth trying if you can find it...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 03:11:34 | More by bennetj17
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, one of four installments in their Smokestack Series, sampled at around 8 months of age. Shared by the man they call Grub!

The beer is clear and remarkably sleek. A peach stained head compliments the fare, apricot hued body; our communities would be much prettier places if they would make cars and paint schools in this colour. This looks quite promising.

The smell is zestful with soft, ripening notes of orchard fruits. What is more prominent, however, is the unlikely find of citrus: orange, marmalade, a distinct hit of mandarin. The yeast also provides just a hint of spice but leaves phenols absent and bears no indication of alcohol strength.

The more traditional flavours of orchard fruits - pears, peaches, apples - are clean and vivid in taste. They soften the grainy wheat and lighten the hefty malt base. These flavours compliment the beer's sweetness and damn, are they ever nice on the tongue.

Boulevard has done the monks proud. I'm extremely impressed to see a Belgian style crafted so remarkably well by an American brewer - this is somewhat rare. Right to its end the beer could maintain its creamy head to the level; warming served only to bring out subtleties; and it was dangerously quaffable (and subtle) for its strength.

This is the third Smokestack Series beer I've tried and each has impressed me more than the last. Everything about it mimicked the great examples of the style. Their Long Strange Tripel, along with their Saison, are styles they've understood and the result has been ideal beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 15:17:24 | More by biegaman
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2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very murky yellow-orange despite being careful to store upright and pouring slowly. A vigorous white head nearly clears the lip of my tulip glass but then settles into about a centimeter of foam for the duration. Aroma has some nice esters of lemon and orange along with the familiar spicy Belgian yeast characteristics. Unfortunately, there are also some distinct fusel alcohol aromas akin to nail polish remover lingering around. Flavors of the same lemon and orange along with a nice balance of sweet malt are quite nice but alas the fusel alcohol overcomes the finish and causes me to curl my nose as I swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and the effervescent carbonation may also contribute to the dominance of the fusels as well. This beer had some great potential but the fusels need to be removed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 17:39:41 | More by beerkittycat
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this "strange" tripel is of a heavily smeared dark golden fog that looks quite thick and lush. Poured slowly as I could see as soon as it hit the goblet a foam rapidly took over, even so, with pouring slow this gained a two inch girth before I finally got it about 5/8's full of liquid. The foam is quite taughtly settled in a firm density of off-whitish hue. Long, ink blobby lace sticks across the glass in a few areas.

Nose is most notably made up of some dullish, pale fruityness of pear, apple, and melon. It comes across as tenderly sweet mostly with the decorated airy fruits filling in the extras with a good portion of that specific yeasty spice to it thats adding a bit of sugars and peppery tannins.

Taste has a firm hold and bold, yet tenderly ampled supply of sweet bready malts and pale, mushy fruits of pear, melon, red apple, and banana soaking in well enough to render into the finishing areas where the yeast does its thing with some tannin-like spices, crusty sugaryness, and a hint of herbal grasses. Drys off nicely and with ease.

Body is pretty full and actively firm and bold with a girthy middle and somewhat lasting chewyness of malts and has lightly spiced areas making for an interesting array of fun palate pleasing adventures.

Another solid Smokestack series brew and a good sippin' Tripel thats crafted solidly by Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 01:40:19 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Crosling


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exploding cork. A mild gusher. An alive beer. Yellow color with a full foam. . Light aromas, polish-like, with herbs and light fruits. Flavor has nice balance and a nice malt and yeast complexity. A lot of fruit character (peach, pear, nectarine) with the notion of spices from the yeast. I really think it's a beer of high quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 05:07:39 | More by Crosling
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3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw-peach color with a nice tan head that settlles slowly. Smells musty and lemon. Very mild aromas. Not much to say about this one, as there isn't much here.

Tastes wet sweet to start with strong flat phenolic. Not clovey and not quite smokey. Yellow cake and esters of orange, rather than my lemony expectation. Grassiness from yeast mixes with the phenolic in an unpleasant way. I know some people dig that flavor, but it makes me cringe. Bleech. Dry finish leaves lingering phenol. Light body, but finish isn't quite as crisp as I'd expect in a Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 20:31:37 | More by mentor
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white cap on a cloudy orange-copper body, and the big bottle provided about four glasses to minimize the thick, heavily carbonated foam. Spicy aroma blends well with fruit, lots of pepper and ginger with apricot, sour apple, and orange peel.

This is really delicious! I'm impressed with how well Long Strange Tripel maintains a tight balance between fruit and spice, the somewhat sticky syrupy malt with the spicy carbonation. Extremely well done as with the mouthfeel, smooth, well-carbonated, syrupy.

Outstanding beer, an excellent tripel. The Smokestack series is one of the best things American brewers have concocted and released in the last year. All I've tried have been terrific, and this ranks among my favorite tripels. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 16:56:25 | More by Gehrig
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, this beer be good!

pours a fat head, pretty clean white color.

I smell biscuits, that oh-so-delectible belgian yeast funk and a side of fruit.

Taste is killer, might not be the most complex Tripel, but is is very approachable and has high drinkabilty. I think I could easily finish a whole 750ml by myself, but alas, I guess I can share like a good little beer monkey. Alcohol is well hidden. Damn near perfect in my opinion, but I have always had an affection for Boulevard beers...go Chiefs and Royals!

Try this with an apricot stilton and you will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 19:23:38 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky copper. Bigass thick crop of pure snow white head. It sticks around for fucking ever. Lace is quite full. Aroma has warm biscuity malt feeling to it with some fruitiness and spiciness as well. Also some cake batter sweetness. And yeasty esters. I guess this smells pretty damn good. As it turns out, it tastes pretty damn good too. The cake doughiness transfers to the palate nicely, and that's a quality I love in tripels. Sweet yellow batter. Just a hint of alcohol spiciness. A little cracked black pepper. Some light peachy fruitiness. Nice even flowing mouthfeel. Carbonated to perfection. Light-medium bodied. Very nice beer. Overall, the Smokestack series was pretty impressive (except for the Double Wide). Glad I dropped the coin on them (except for the Double Wide).

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 04:56:20 | More by Bighuge
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raverjames for this bottle! Batch T8039.

A - Nice corked and caged bottle. Cork came off with a huge pop but thankfully no foam over. Rich clear orange bronze color with a huge fluffy white head.

S - could be just me but I got light biscuit malts and tropical fruits, maybe a hint of yeasts.

T - Nice warming candi sugar malts, hint of cloves and yeast esters.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, well hidden abv and smooth light finish.

D - drinks incredibly easy but a bit lighter taste than I would've preferred for a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 13:36:34 | More by barleywinebrewer
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Chimay glass, this is a quite cloudy orange-amber beer with an initial but fading thick and creamy head. Nose is dead-on for the style, and very nice: sweet, candied fruitiness, flowery hops, and a few peppery phenols. In the mouth, it's well balanced and tasty. With a moderate but prominent bitterness, herbal hops mix with spicy yeast notes, giving maybe a hint of anise. A soft fruitiness is present throughout. The finish gives a touch of alcohol and fades away with lingering yeastiness. Nice soft, creamy body.

Excellent! I wasn't impressed by any of the standard Boulevard lineup, but this is the second wonderful 750 I've had from them.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 13:20:34 | More by allengarvin
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 received in trade a long while back from jhammerly .. proper trader for sure .... my only contact for La Folie and even better he made sure to get me all four of the Boulevard Smokestack series. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger head looks promising.. crystal clear honey brew.. nice lacing.

Smells bready from the get-go. Quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness and just enough spice.. some background peppercorns.

Wow.. I would guess this is brewed in Belgium no doubt. Pale malts are compounded by a white peachiness throughout.. fruity and I like it... reminds me of a ripe white peach essence. A little bit of cardamom and white pepper.. Perfect mouthfeel is silky and fine bubble carbonation.. A little green apple as it warms.. awesome.

This review is limited (I am trying to get some other stuff done while not neglecting my review) .. but I am very impressed .. I would have guessed this one was brewed in Belgium.. fantastic.

Jimi is an awesome trader.. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 08:20:10 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me...
What a long, strange trip it's been"

--the Grateful Dead

Shimmering apricot with honey colored edges and a barely visible yeasty haze. The pale khaki colored cap was three fingers to start and isn't giving ground willingly. It could use some help in the texture department. Not bad, though. A few splotches of smeary lace don't pull the score down because the beer itself looks so good.

It smells pretty damn good too. There's nothing strange goin' on, just the typical tripel golden fruitiness complemented by a hint of yeasty spiciness. I'm not jumping out of my chair, but the brewers (so far at least) have done a more than credible job with a style that confounds quite a few American craft brewers.

I'm surprised at how delicious this beer is. It could use a bit more depth and complexity, but that borders on nitpicking... especially since a little voice inside my head says 'this is the real deal' each time I tip the glass up. It looks like the boys from Boulevard Brewing have done their homework.

The beer's strongest suit is its remarkable balance. There's a lovely mixture of sweet, bitter, tart and spicy. Plenty of pale malt holds down the bottom end, a few orchards worth of fruit (tart pears and snappy apples) occupy the middle ground, and generous pinches of clove and white pepper zip and zing on the top end. The yeast is crucial in a beer of this style, and it looks like the brewery picked a humdinger.

The mouthfeel didn't seem good enough initially. With time and warming, it just does earn the score seen above. It isn't quite as caressingly creamy as the best of style, but it isn't that far off either. As always, a perfect amount of perfectly sized carbonation is the key. It's obvious that these guys thought LST through from A to freakin' Z.

This Smokestack Series beer is one of the nicest surprises of the past several months. I'm floored by the fact that a brewery in Kansas City, MO is capable of brewing a Belgian-style tripel that could hold its head high in the best beer bars in Brussels. Simply put, Boulevard Long Strange Tripel is a home run.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 22:32:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a nice haul of new goods from Boulevard for the holiday weekend. Nice to see them step it up a notch and branch out into the bigger beers. Love the psychedelic label as well. Let's get to this. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge 2 and a half finger beautiful off-white head. Head settles down in an unhurried fashion leaving little to no lacing behind while the active carbonation keeps things interesting for a while. Smell is complex but not as robust as some of the other tripels I've tried, but has quite a bit going on with sugar, malts, bananas, oranges, some yeast, some sweet bread and a hint of spice going on. Tastes creamy up front with the alcohol heat, the next thing I noticed, not as blended as I prefer in my tripels. That being said, it still tastes darn good with some hops thrown in actually putting an edge on the malt goodness, along with creamy banana and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and creamy. All and all a great tripel that will definitely be revisited in the future. Kudos for Boulevard for branching out and kicking butt on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 21:01:42 | More by stephens101
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last of the Boulevard Smokestack series and this one definitely exceeds my expectations.

My gorilla took out the cork (who the hell do they get to put those corks in....they must be from WWE or play for the Chiefs).

Appearance: Deep gold in color. Good clarity. Bubbles screaming to the surface like a diver who wants a bad case of the bends. Effervescent. It kept it's head for about 5 seconds and dissipated into a white ring.

Smell: Apples. Black Pepper. Clove. Pineapple. Get a little citrus from the hop. Oranges. No perceived alcohol.

Flavor: This is good and well balanced. Sweet, fruity flavors. Hop balances it out just perfectly. Damn, the alcohol is well hidden. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The carbonation adds to the creaminess of this drink.

D: I could drink this all night long....if I had another liver.

Well worth the money. Don't pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:24:00 | More by wardough
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx. 50 degrees

After removing the the cage, the cork is removed with a loud, satisfying pop. The mist-like vapors coming from the bottle send the scent of honey and malt up to my nose, briefly.

The pour results in quite an impressive head. Thick creamy white foam that stands on it's own for a good 60 - 75 seconds. When it finally settles, I'm left with a liquid that is an amber color, not unlike a beautiful sunset.

Pulling the glass close to my nose, I smell honey, pepper, citrus, malt, and floral. Quite alot happening in the nose.

Tasting it is worth the wait. Once again the honey notes come to the forefront. They are joined by peaches and oranges mingling with maltiness, a bit of hops buried down a level or two, and a very nice pepperiness.

The nice thing about Tripels, in general, is the way they feel in your mouth. The liquid has what seems like thousands of tiny little bubbles and in each mouthful it seems that hundreds of these bubbles get into every space of your mouth.
This results in a wonderfully creamy sensation when drinking one.

Overall, this is a great example of what an American made Tripel can be.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:08:50 | More by coldmeat23
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greeted with a loud pop upon prying out the cork. Pours a nice clear copper/orange. A torrid of carbonation in the glass. Huge frothy head. Smells yeasty, rich sweet malts of light candied fruits. Subtle but noticable low AA hops on the tongue, vibrant and alive. Yeasty booziness strikes next. The candied fruits follow up with a grainy aftertaste mingling with the fruits. Light mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 04:17:19 | More by timbro81
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle: Batch T7341: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was quite a bit of a white head on it, and it had an audible fizz. Leaves almost no lacing. Nice aroma, if a touch light for a tripel. Notes of peppery spices, yeast and a bit of breadiness. The taste is also a touch light for a tripel. A bit bready, citrus, banana, spicy notes. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 01:36:18 | More by Boto
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3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

720 ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Murky light orange color. Thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Nice peppery spice. Honey and malt aromas round it out.

Taste: Nice mildly spicy start & finish with some honey and brown sugar notes. Mild bitter finish. Somewhat less intense than some tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth finish - quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 00:45:56 | More by psinderson
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3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with an average white head. Tight bubbles, very decent lacing. Color is a translucent light orange to amber color that is just a bit cloudy.

S - Has a hoppy smell with some light fruit overtones

T - Wonderful fruity taste. Has a nice light apple taste. Light hop flavor, slightly malty. Very pleasing overall.

D - Sipper not a tipper. Slight bite.

M - Bubbly feel that has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:28:24 | More by Squaretooth
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 7276, thanks to my buddy Eric for hauling this back from Mizzou!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 1+ finger of pearl-white head. Started getting floaties
halfway through the bottle. Great sounds coming from my chalice as I empty the bottle! More floaties at the bottom. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Fruitty (apples, pears, lemons) & honey

T: Fruitty, appleskins, grapes, apricot & some warmth up front. Candi sugar, honey & more
appleskins, some earthy yeast notes as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, much fruittyness & bit of boozey warmth

MF: Slick with low carbonation & syruppy notes

Drinks fairly easy, but the boozeyness does slow you down a bit. A solid tripel, hits most of the right notes, but just doesn't really reach me

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 05:09:21 | More by russpowell
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden/orange color with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head. It left some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled citrus, yeast and some light caramel malt. A floral presence, too.

T - It tasted slightly bitter with a good deal of citrus flavor. It was somewhat hoppy with a light maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice version of a tripel. It's the first Smokestack beer that I've tried and it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 17:56:24 | More by zeff80
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3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear, golden body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweetish candi sugar aroma with notes of bananas, cloves, with a bit of peppery alcohol.

Taste: Honey-coated maltiness with a sticky candy sweetness. Obligatory Belgian esters. A mild, fleeting bitterness is encountered along the way. Touch of peppery alcohol. Yeasty, candi sugar finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability: The Long Strangly Sweet Tripel was just a hair too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 21:32:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. Good head on a Belgian light colour. Thick mouthfeel and lots of malt. Quite yeasty. Smooth taste, yeasty aroma and yeast in taste. On the sweet side, but not too sweet. Spices like corriander. Well suitably carbonated. Not a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:48:03 | More by Sammy
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.