Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 106
Gots: 186 | 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 ebrauser
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a snifter from Homer Brewing Co.

Appearance: Straw gold with audible carbonation and a pure white head which left only slight lacing.

Smell: Bananas and Belgian yeast give rise to a pungent alcohol smell that complete the nose

Flavor: Sweet cloves, yeast, and slightly grape flavors all blend together in a way that is by no means intense. There is a sour/sweet lemon citrus like that of a lemon drop that leads into a lingering semi-sweet and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Low/medium body with slightly coating feel to it. Alcohol is hardly present, even at 9%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Boulevard's Smokestack Series is really impressing me. Kudos to them for putting out excellent beers in this line, and this one is no different.

Pours a lovely golden, slightly hazed color with a thick, dense, rocky head. Lacing was nice as the head formed a cap in the middle all the way as it drank.

Fairly balanced aroma of spice, bready yeast, some soft fruit and apples, and some herbals. No alcohol detected in the nose

Again, balanced. The flavors are all over the place, but not chaotic. The malt hits first offering a bit of sweetness, but that's stymied by some lively herbal spice in the middle. The fruit kicks in after that with some pear, apple, slight lemon. A tiny pinch of clove finishes it off.
I would like to feel more carbonation and/or hops on the finish just to give it a 'zing'. Otherwise, it drank very well and pounded the whole bottle rather quickly. Excellent

Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark yellow with big bubbles. Cloudy, can't see through. Big bubbles with a huge thick head. Decent lacing.

S: Very traditional belgian beer smell. Sweat bready belgian yeast, spot on for the style!

T: very traditional belgian style tripel. Again, all flavors are original and for the styel, its great. the yeast reings supreme with a slight booze kick on the back end

M: medium carbonation, a little light compared to the more traditional belgian tripels

D: For an american belgian tripel, thsi is quite close to some of the best authentic belgian beers. They haven't messed with the style and it is quite enjoyable. i would buy this again.

Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this bottle, the original Long Strange Tripel (3rd release in the Smokestack series).

A: The tripel golden, bedecked with orange highlights that add a depth of hue. While objects on the other side are fuzzy, the ale does indeed remain translucent. A finger of fluffy foam, white, has left a few isolated patches of lace behind.

S: Sweet with pale candi sugars, the nose has pear and light fleshy fruits at the forefront. Mild spices follow although the aroma is by no means hot.

T: Bready and sweet, the pale biscuity flavors mix with fleshy fruits right away. The biscuity flavor is a little more pronounced, perhaps the results of a few years in the basement. Pears and peppercorns, a caramel richness and a dash of anise. Larger sip with a preponderance of carbonation provide a bit of a jolt to the sinuses. The soft fruity sweetness makes me want more.

M: The yeast, sweet and spicy, steals the show, although the biscuity caramel comes in a close second. Age has treated the tripel well.

D: Where's the fresh orange? Oh wait, wrong tripel. My head is still focused on Tripel Sec. This is an admirable entry into the tripel realm, solid flavor and little in the way of booziness (despite the bigger strength).

Photo of Strix
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale orange, good initial head with slight lacing.

Light fruits, yeast and spices in the nose.

Light malt, yeast, spices (especially clove and pepper) and fruits (peach, melon, and orange) blend together well. Impressively complex and balanced.

Smooth but full mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation, warming feel.

I prefer this to the Westmalle Tripel I had last night. Very flavorful, I wish I could get more of Boulevard's big beers!

Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy apricot with a decent sized, foamy, white head. Pretty good retention with a thin layer of lace left.

S - Tart apple, pear and orchard fruit are quite strong. A good level of spiciness as well. Touches of candi sugar and a hint of Belgian yeast. Sweet and spicy aromas mix, with the spiced aspect winning out.

T - Like the nose, a strong spicy flavor with clove, white pepper, and a touch of orange rind. Tart golden fruit also makes up a large portion of the flavor. Background of sweet candi sugar and a slight fruity sweetness. Hints of yeast. Alcohol is definitely present, but not overly strong.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little too sticky/syrupy for my liking.

D - With the strong spice, slight alcohol, and syrupy body this isn't overly drinkable and one that I took my time with. That said I wouldn't mind having one a different day.

Notes: Not entirely sure what to think of this. The flavors were nice, but then I thought they got to be a little overwhelming. Strong on the spices but a slight sweetness in the background.

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

A: Poured a yellowish golden color with great carbonation with big fluffy white cap

S: Some clove, spice, banana, booze. Big nose.

T: Clove, spice, banana , some bubblegum and belgian yeast

M: Warming and spiciness

D: Very good and would recommend

Photo of NODAK
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma here is fairly sweet, with fruity esters dominating. I also detect a whiff of alcohol.

Pours a dark blonde in the glass...cloudy as expected. Head is initially thick but goes down quite quickly.

There's a fair amount of fruit and banana upfront, but nowhere near as sweet as the sweeter tripels I've tasted. Carbonation is also pretty spritzy, which helps break it up. The body contains big notes of Belgian yeast to go with the fruit....and a very mild hop bitterness hits at the end, but again, is faint. Alcohol is noticeable here, even when at its coldest.

As it warms up, it seems a bit sweeter than when it was cold...and it's more pleasing.

All in all, it's a good example of style...perhaps not my favorite, but it's solid. A bit disappointed at the lack of spiciness.

Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly cloudy golden yellow, with 3 fingers of white head. Reduced down quickly, leaving little lacing.

Smell: Bananas and cloves up front and some alcoholic esters. A bit of spiciness as well.

Taste: Bananas and cloves are prevalent, as well as a bit of spiciness at the end. I can taste the alcohol in this one. Pretty solid taste for this tripel.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light to medium body, with some fine carbonation that makes this beer pretty smooth. This beer is 9% alcohol and it really is hidden very well. It's not my favorite tripel that I've had, but a decent brew nonetheless.

Photo of daledeee
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Poured this into my usual large wine glass. Lots of head and lace with cloudy yellow orange body.

Nose is nice with Belgian hops and orange peel with spice.

Taste is very good. Very good hops blended with malt and fruits. Orange and apricot blend with spice. This is a very good blend of flavors, well balanced.

I drank a different beer while this one warmed up. It got fairly warm but it is very appealing. Nice carbonation and medium body. Very drinkable. I could not detect alcohol. It is like I could drink more of this but I know better. These guys are turning into one of my favorite breweries. I have yet to have one of their big bottles that I didn't like.

Photo of duhbled
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard keeps doing it right!
I poured my Long Strange Tripel into a 16 ounce pint. The head on it was 1.5 fingers and settled with virtually no lacing. I'm guessing this is because of the high alcohol content, but hey, I really don't know. The color was an opaque amber with beautiful bubbles rising up.

The smell was definitely hoppy with a nice alcohol scent. I inhaled it several times getting a good whiff of the hops. Very nice. My favorite smell.

Upon tasting it, the sweetness hits me first, followed up by a nice punch of hoppiness, ending in a mellow, dry finish. The alcohol isn't really a taste, which makes this a nice one.

The feeling of warmth rushes over me after a half glass which indicates the high alcohol content. I love how it finishes mellow and dry.

Overall I rate this tripel a 4.5 because of it's pure drinkability!
Boulevard...I married my best friend there and we keep coming back to the gorgeous brews to be had.

Photo of bbkd3b
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Comes out and hits the glass with the an as-expected golden haze. The head is pretty huge. It's lively, frothy, 2-fingers and has okay retention. Big drawback though, as I didn't get much lacing out of it. After a while it looked really flat, actually.

S: Oh, yeasty as usual. I love that smell. Other scents are kind of weak: a fair amount of spices, with clove dominating. Still, it's very inviting, and that's a huge plus with me.

T: Ah, now we're talking! A good tripel!!! That clove really takes over here, and along with it is a nice bready flavor. Closer to wheat bread than anything else. It really sustains the whole through the mouth and... it's just a good beer. Exactly what I expect from a tripel.

M: Lighter-bodied, with heavy, heavy carbonation. It almost feels sharp on the tongue. After the first couple of drinks, there was an aftertaste of alcohol, but that disappeared shortly. Not

D: It's strong, but I can see myself drinking a couple of these over an evening.

Overall/notes: First time using this glass (Maudite snifter)! Found it cheap. While the appearance isn't all that grand, it tastes fantastic and should be appreciated. Finally, a really good Missouri beer. I'm proud of my state!

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

n8dietz.... need I say more?!?!?!

Pours a hazey banana peel and amber colro with a good bubbly two finger head that within about five minutes recedes to nothing. Nice visible carbonation when held to the light.

The aroma is of dry fruit from the malt and yeast combo. But there are some bananas that seem a bit yeasty to me.

Lots of toasted fruit flavors mixed with some very light caramel malt flavors. Te carbonation gives teh palate a dry pop at the front. The alcohol just warms and relaxes the palate and body. Pretty good.

Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a glowing fiery orange into my Chimay goblet and quickly forms a fluffy white head that persists forever.... Very murky yet almost appears to glow...

Loads of sweet malts charged up with a spiciness from the hops... Lots of banana and clove aspects as well.... Very spicy aromas... A little yeast comes through as well...

Loaded with clove flavor, this one could pass for a Christmas ale... Its packed full of spiciness from the cloves and yet at the same time the malts are sweet and smooth...

A terrifically easy drinking brew... Well done Boulevard

Photo of brewcrew76
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No. 3 in series - Batch T9114

A - Golden copper with lively carbonation and a thick white head that left a puffy cloud behind that looked like you could float something on top of it.

S - Toasty, bready grain, lemon and citrus, pear, spice and graham cracker.

T - Phenols and spice, graham crackers with honey, fruity with lingering cloves.

M - Crisp with good carbonation. Drier than other tripels which makes it very smooth.

D - I think the dryness of this one makes it stand out against other tripels.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. Pours with a quick-brimming off-white foam with a sufficient head retention as the lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Nearly crystal clear with a glowing pale golden color. Peppery alcohol, hint of tropical fruit, faint white chocolate and a little bit of medicinal phenol in the nose. Moderate crisp body is extremely fluffy with lots of rolling carbonation which is par for the style. Maltiness sets the tone with a strong foothold of light bready and doughy biscuit flavor, both the phenols and hop bitterness balance with herbal and sharp accents. The alcohol comes off a little spicy but only slightly warming, it's a bit tame which is great, but deceiving. Dried fruitiness middle to end with apricot, pineapple, mango. The finish is close to bone dry.

Very impressive, looks like someone did their homework before jumping feet first into this Belgian style. Kudos to Boulevard for this most excellent Tripel.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another really awesome Boulevard beer sent to me by Onion. As Ive said before, I love their labels. This one is my favorite. With an homage to The Grateful Dead, this label recalls psychedelic posters.

A- Nice massive white head. It will stand out above the rim. You have to spend some time pouring this beer. The beer is a hazed over light gold with burnt gold parts. Looks nice.

S- Lots of chalky smelling Belgian yeasts. Lots of fruitiness. Apples, hoppy smells like oranges and creme and lots of spice. Tripels like this are always difficult for me to peg all the scents simply because there are so many and most of them can only be found in beers like this. This one smells devine, one of the best.

T- An American hoppy tasting rendition of a tripel. Im getting lots of orange and pineapples and a light touch of pine bough. Plenty more of the chalky, fruity yeast and plenty of spice with a dash of alcohol.

M- Approaching full bodied, the beer is fairly clean as it feels like nothing sticks to the mouth. Its very fluffy though. I might like to see a little more crispness on the finish.

D- Alcohol will hit you, but this is still a good drinking tripel.

Photo of TheZakOne
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very dark golden color with nice head and decent retention.

Citrusy aroma strong on the hops as well. Very pleasent after a long day at work. Hints of maltiness come wandering inbetween bursts of lemon.

Tastes sweet and extremely hoppy. Malty undertones can be noticed after the initial zest.

Pretty heavy beer. You can deffinatly tell your drinking on something good.

Average drinkability due to the thickness but perfect the way it is. Wouldn't want them to change it for anything.

Photo of gonger
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-What looks like the typical amber of pale ale in the dim light of the pub becomes hazy golden straw when held to the light. A thin ring of head remains after a few minutes in the glass. I can see the pancake of yeast in the bottom of the glass.

S-Fruit, spice, hard Christmas candy, nectarine, the mild banana smell of the yeast.

T-Sweet-tart, mildly spicy, cidery, yeasty, and again, like Christmas candy.

M- rich, tart, a little pucker at the end

D-Yes...to be shared like wine, as in ' a loaf of bread, a jug of triple, and thou'.

A pretty decent brew. I prefer it on the cooler side, say 45F.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yay more smokestack beers. This beer served in an imperial pilsner glass. Beer is orange and really hazy. Forms a big head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated but the head doesn't have any staying power.

Aroma is sweet and estery, smells pretty good. Some yeasty breadiness in there too.

Hmmm....this beer is medium to light in body and has some carbonation on the palate. Beer finishes slightly dry with an out of place bitterness on the back that makes this beer slightly hard to drink. Not my favorite tripel for sure.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fine looking beer with a thick head that lasts a while, ample lacing, a hazy, golden straw color, and rising carbonation bubbles.

Smells quite hoppy, with obvious orange and lemon, fruit, some malts, and plenty of spice. An inviting smell that had me sniffing the glass over and over.

A complex taste barrage of (very) sweet fruits, lightish-medium hops, smooth malts, spicy citrus, a hint of pepper, and a complex, almost earthy background that I can't quite describe, but know I like. You can slightly taste the alcohol, which is usually "bad" in my opinion, but in this case it's of no importance. The strong flavors dance from front to rear on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Sweet and smooth, full yet not overpowering, slight bitter aftertaste that's just enough to be nice but doesn't dominate the experience.

Drinkability: 5, see below.

I'm slowly enjoying the entire bottle while writing this review, and I gotta say that this is damn good stuff. Hands down one of the best beers I've had in a decade, and certainly worthy of the highest rating I've given out yet. Thanks to all those who recommended that I try the smokestack series.

And I say all this despite the high ABV, a parameter that I tend to prefer around the 5-6% range (generally, at least for everyday use), and have difficulty with when it's up in the 8.0 and higher range. Not today. This 9% tripel blows that theory out of the water. Delicious, a five on taste for sure, and an amazing 5 on drinkability. Well worth the price I paid for it ($7.50). I can't wait to get another. I'm bringing a couple of bottles of this for special occasions with my closest contacts for sure.

Photo of Reaper16
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a Tripel Karmeliet giant tulip

Welp, this is a Boulevard Smokestack Series beer. They are consistently some of the finest looking beers I've ever seen and Long Strange Tripel is no exception. 4 fingers of off-white head billow out; a tower of cloud. Typically bright orange body with just enough clarity to make out the stream of carbonation bubbles. The head slowly recedes to a dense two finger sized mass. Lacing is clumpy. Finest looking Tripel I've seen.

Orange and lemon - not tart at all but sweet - flood the nose before I pick up on some interesting spice, like a nutmeg sort of smell. I'm unsure if there is any candi sugar in this tripel or not. The amount of hops in this tripel seems greater than in other renditions of the style that I've tried. There is a legitimate grapefruit aroma from lupulin. A smidge of alcohol rounds out the nose on this deliciously sweet American take on a classic Belgians style.

A solid if unspectacular tripel. Sweet fruit hard candy is the dominant flavor, backed up by a generous floral hop presence. It finishes dry with a subtle spice component. This is not complex but very well crafted. Some apple juice flavors develop as the beer warms. Alcohol is a flavor component here but it isn't too bad.

The body is a just-right amount of thickness. It feels somewhat creamy; full without being heavy. This beer is 9% ABV and you do feel it if you're attempting an entire 750mL bottle by yourself. It is pleasing enough to drink two glasses of; the alcohol would be the only hindrance.

This is a very solid example of the Tripel style, certainly one of the better American versions I've had. It retains a very Belgian nature while also expressing an Americanness (mostly because of hops). Worth drinking.

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

Poured a hazy orange color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus, yeast and small alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex brew.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from .750 into Duvel tulip.

A- First thing I notice is the huge 3 finger head that recedes slowly but doesn't leave much lacing. A dark golden with a big amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Probably because I am one of the few who shakes the bottle to get all the sediment out.

S- At first whiff, a big amount of candi sugar and Belgian yeast. A little bit of spice and some floral notes as well. The alcohol barely peaks its head out as the beer warms.

T- The hops are a lot more present in the taste than in the mouth. Again, big amounts of Belgian yeast and candi sugar that are synonymous with tripels. A big amount of spice is present and I big up a lingering flavor of black licorice which I think is a little weird. Some grassy notes round this one out. The spice lingers throughout the whole duration.

M- Medium bodied that is very crisp and dry on the finish. A bunch of carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D- You don't feel the 9%ABV until you have finished the beer. It never peaks out and the crispness of this beer makes it quite thirst quenching. Another Boulevard Smokestack beer that impresses me. I am looking forward to trying some of their regular offerings.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is orange citrus with Belgian yeast, spices and some alcohol. The flavor is alcohol, citrus (oranges and pears) with some coriander, pepper and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is rather strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.