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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,264
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 96
Gots: 165 | 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 goatgoat
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle

A: Light straw yellow. Pours a thick creamy head that sticks around for quite a while before receding to a thin cap of foam. No lace.

S: Crisp. Pretty fruity with a slight citrus character. A sweetness that comes across as light honey.

TM: Continuing a crisp sweetness. Very light and easy on the mouth. A high carbonation that plays well. Finishes with a slight spiciness, clove, that leaves a tingle on the sides of my tongue. A well hidden 9% abv. Very pleasant.

D: A very quaffable brew. Damn, Boulevard!

goatgoat, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey/copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some fruity ester and nice Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix between some spicy and somewhat peppery yeast and some fruity ester with light peach notes while being very well supported by medium sweet Belgian malt. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation while alcohol is not apparent. Very well done and probably one of my favorite US brewed tripel.

Phyl21ca, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pretty and well-designed bottle of this here "Long Strange" pops with a satisfying crack, the cork flying, and gas pours from the brown bottle... so far so good... into the chalice with ya!

Looks pretty solid: dark dull orange-gold, fluffy, nearly 3 finger dense foamy head that fades to a few centimeters, tiny touches of lace... yup, this hits the nails on their caps.

Now here is where it gets interesting... there's a lot going on: sweet toasted and honeyed malts, tart green fruit and lemon, a little pepper, but the fermentation character here is odd and different. Lots of clean, sharp and sour yeast character, vitamin B, sulfur, perhaps a smudge of chlorine, overripe oranges, a twang of old hops... there is a LOT going on here, most of it good. Sharp and characterful, in any event, but not the best I've smelled.

Flavor is pretty good - mostly comprised of sweet malt and sugars and balanced by fruity, green and spicy notes... not the best blend I've had, but solid and - for a beer from Kansas! - pretty impressive. There's a good bit of spicy, peppery stuff going on here but it doesn't quite blend into a masterful taste like, say, Allagash or Westmalle. That said, few Tripels do.

Mouthfeel is nearly spot on - damp, crisp, just full enough, and finishes yeasty, sweet and dry. Could be a little more carbonated, but I'm not complaining much. Easy. Warming in the throat, and that's about the only place you'll find the alcohol in this brew. I am convinced there is a slight aftertaste of sea water in the finish... no, really.

Long Strange is admittedly a bit strange, but this is a good American Tripel and with some tweaking, I think could be up there with the best. Recommended if you find it.

kkipple, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a cold night. The sun shone for a bit this afternoon, making a break for it through the haze and clouds of the last couple days. "Weather? Why always the weather?" Because. A thick cloudy formation on top of a honey-gold liquid... Like headlights cutting through a foggy night, the haze. After the tilt, the patches slowly sink down, they don't stick... and the cloud cover didn't stick around too long either.
And there's someone baking some biscuits and sugar-grilling some asparagus somewhere in yonder house... Aroma green and alcoholic, but candy-sugar sweet. Candied yams, I believe. Is it 1800? Someone needs to teach the cook how to use spices, apparently dried bananas and coriander are the only things that she sees fit. A horse gallops by with a cart behind it, though there seems to be a sheepdog there in place of the driver...
Funk, alcohol. The spice character is minor in the flavour... but the sugar is there in force. Buttery pancakes with tons of syrup... amaretto, and some table-water-cracker-yeast.
The syrup coats the mouth, full and thick, but not something you'd want a glass of... there seems to be a lack of something here. The sugar is so much more prominent than any other character, spice, or ester, let alone funk.
Sugar and alcohol. I was disappointed. It didn't snow either. A good couple years would probably add something. Some more funk, more spice, something. This tastes like an unfinished beer, honestly.

Thanks to kkipple.

khiasmus, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality Belgian from the boys in Kansas City.

Pours a pale, only slightly hazy gold with a finger or so of creamy head.

Aroma is rich with ripe fruit, but banana is the big player here, along with a bit of bubble gum. Only a tiny bit of spice around the fringe.

The beer tastes like it's aroma promises... fruit forward, primarily banana. A bit of juicy fruit. Again, the spice is really subdued, bitterness offers a clean finish and contributes to a bit of earthiness. A bit of alcohol warmth towards the end.

Mouth could use a bit of work... carbonation is mostly there, but something is leaving it a bit big, a bit prickly. Not quite as creamy as the best.

Still, this is super balanced and drinkable.

errantnight, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle (batch T8123), into a Delirium tulip.

The color of Long Strange Trippel is a beautiful golden copper hue with a near-crystal clarity. Torrents of bubbles rise up from the glass-etched bottom to fuel a well-retained, creamy, eggshell-tan head. The aroma brings light, fruity esters of peach and pineapple that blend well with notes of fresh cut grass, floral & pine hops, and a gentle, yet spritzy booze presence.

Rich layers of crystal and Belgian malts unfold and quickly mix with grassy hops and fruity yeast esters. The booze balances on unrestrained, but never quite crosses that threshold, instead contributing a welcome warmth to the finish. As this tripel warms, the booziness intensifies, but it never becomes unpleasant. Mouthfeel is of medium consistency and super well-carbonated, bordering on too much bubble, but, like the alcohol level, never crosses the line. I can feel my stomach warm as I near the half-way point of the first glass. *smiles*...Pretty solid Belgian interpretation, here--kudos to Boulevard!

wagenvolks, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of BeerCheese
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap! Look at the head on that beer! This thing poured like a beer from a nearly empty keg! And the wait for the head to drop so I could pour more in the glass was LONG. Very impressive head indeed. I'm surprised beer didn't shoot out of the bottle when I popped the cork! Color is a hazy darkened gold. Nothing wrong with that.

(Wow, the head is STILL 50% there, and FLUFFY!)

Sweet fruity smell, with a little citrus back there somewhere.

Taste hardly cut the high ABV! With the temperatures well below 0 degrees Fahrenheit outside tonight, this is the perfect warmer! Very malty with some hop balance on the finish. Strength of the alcohol and the sweetness make this a sipper.

Medium light carbonation (surprise with the big head), with medium heavy body. This baby really sticks to your tongue. That alcohol keeps saying "here I am" while the malt tries to mellow it out and the hops pull it back in with a little bite of their own. All in all a nice flavor that I liked a lot - in moderation. Grew on me more and more with every sip.

Very drinkable beer if I could stay sober long enough to drink more than 1 of these huge bottles! I might have to put the cork back in just to see how the other half of the bottle holds up in the fridge over night.

BeerCheese, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of abents
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a majestic golden pale color with a very large white head that sticks around for quite sometime. This beer looks amazing, it's paleness reminds me of that Duvel color minus the slight yeast haze this beer possesses. Smells of bready yeasts with some fruitiness to it as well. Taste is pretty solid on the sweet bread-like tripels usually have. Slight fruity sweetness to it, fairly balanced with a hint of alcohol on the finish. Pretty well rounded tripel, nothing standout amazing, but solid as an American offering.

abents, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of turamarth
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the proper first gen smokestack chalice.

Appearance: First drop that hits the bottom of the cup erupts into a big fluffy head, even the most careful pour from me gave a large amount of head. The head it self is nice and white. The body is a pretty light amber/ hay color, and you can see lots n lots of tiny little bubbles. Lots of sticking on the glass and great head retention.

Smell: Good hop smell right of the bat. Deeper into the nose is a sweet malt note. Maybe a little sourness. There is a fruity smell, but I can't pinpoint the note.

Taste: You can tell this beer has a slightly higher abv, but its complimented well by the other flavors. There is a nice bready taste that sort of carries over into a dried hay flavor. The beer seems to be slightly heavier on the malts vs hops, but still very balanced as par with every other bully product.

Mouth: A great carbonation feel. The body is fairly light, but the head of the beer stays with the entire drink, so it sneaks into your mouth and provides a tasty slightly creamy contrast to the light body.

Drink: This is very drinkable for the abv. I could see my self getting into trouble with this beer.

turamarth, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mil bottle, batch T8088 into a goblet.

A - Darker golden color, approach brown. Head formation is very aggressive and strongly retained. A pile of carbonation is evident. Little hazing.

S - Potent yeast aroma. Spicy. Strong phenolic notes as well. A light amount of fruity flavors hide behind the scenes.

T - Starts off with a fairly muted profile. There are some spicy and yeasty flavors. Mid-stream comes back with a growing phenolic flavor. Finishes with a sweet malt tone. Aftertaste is minimal.

M - Fizzy and biting - this is a highly carbonated beer. Once you get past the bubbling edge, the body of the beer itself is more thick and creamy.

D - My concerns with drinkability of this beer are more to do with tripels that this beer. Although I would say the carbonation fills me up more than perhaps an equivalent like kerberos or Bernardus.

Probably my second favorite of the Smokestack series.

katan, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy hazy loght tan colored. Thick billowy head that lingers. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: smells of sweet bread. Little hop aroma if any. Very typical to style

Taste: tastes like a triple. Nice sweetness with a bit of spiciness. Alcohol is evident up front. Yeast prevalent in flavors. Misses that zip of true belgians though. Nice try for a KC beer.

Mouthfeel: perfect to style. Medium to heavy even with the high carb. Some heat from the alcohol

Drinkability: nice b eer alcohol heat brings the drinkability down a bit.

Squelch, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a massive fluffy white head that stays as an inch-thick cap for the duration. The carbonation bubbling up from the bottom is huge.

The smell is very sweet with light fruit and candi sugar but there is definitely some citrus hops as well, especially lemons.

The taste is sweet but has a more dominant Belgian yeast backbone that maintains a bready character throughout. The lemons hit up front with some sugary sweetness in the middle. The finish has the slightest bitterness from the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an exceptional amount of carbonation, possibly a tad too much. Overall, it's very creamy but with lots of activity on the palate.

This is another very good beer from the Smokestack series and, so far, I'm impressed with this series. Looking forward to trying the others.

gford217, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy orange color with ample floaties and a nice thick white head. Although the head has nice retention, I don't get to much in the lines of lacing.

S- Notes of orange, apple, pear, apricot, yeast, cloves, bananas, and suggestions of pepper (black, not white).

T- Starts out with a spicy medicinal yeast component with notes of minerals, clove, bits of pepper, apple, and the medicinal/astringent component that reminds me of Orval.

M- Ample carbonation is nice and the medicinal component screams Belgium.

D- A nice drinkable tripel that offers up a little taste of belgium. For the price point and being made in the USA, this is a nice treat. Will drink again.

Greggy, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange color... lots of visible carbonation, and a dense off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Aroma of funky yeast, apricot, banana, and some grassy malts. Quite decent, especially for an American Tripel!

Taste: Well-balanced mixture of hops, yeasts, and malts. Less fruity than the smell. All the flavors have a nice definition here, but nothing is overpowering. Hoppy/yeasty aftertaste. Less "extreme" than a genuine Belgian one, but this is certainly not "out of whack" with the style.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth in general, rather light-bodied. Feels almost like merangue melting in your mouth... unique and nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with a nice balanced flavor and no alcohol noticeable in the taste (rare for domestic takes on Belgian styles with high alcohol content).

This is honestly probably the most accessible Tripel I've ever had. Maybe not as authentic as some would like (not as much extreme funky yeastyness), but it is a really drinkable, balanced, and enjoyable beer. In all truth, one of the most exciting beers I've had recently: shows that American breweries are capable of making good Belgian-style ales that don't taste of alcohol and aren't obvious copycats. I certainly won't give up my Westmalle, but this will certainly get on my 750 mL rotation around here...

mithrascruor, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/16/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Batch number on the back label of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Lightly clouded medium colored golden pour. Good one inch plus head upon pour and left some smaller patches and slight lines of lacing in it's wake.

Smell- Ligher nose, but nice scented. A good amount of corriander and a sweet whiff of powdered sugar. Very very slight bandaid like scent, but overall a really light, but nice nose.

Taste- Very nice combo of a yeasty and bready malt background supported by a nice, but not too strong sugary sweetness. Some light lemon flavor and a good dose of corriander...even some hops in there.

Mouthfeel- A bit of a higher carbonation level with a light hoppy and sugary aftertaste.

Drinkability- Another good tripel. Not quite Tripel Karmeliet, but very good and quite exceptional for and American brewer. Would not turn down a glass of this.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. The bottle is very nice looking with quite a hippie looking label. I am really digging the far-out looking hop cone on the back side, too. Bright, deep gold with 2" of fluffy foam. Very clear.

S. Sweet from the Belgian candi sugar, a tad grassy and somewhat hoppy. Touch of booze, too.

T. A little grainy and harsh, but the Belgian yeast really throws off some tastes that make the beer stylistic.

M. Medium to sticky in the mouth with relatively high carbonation.

D. Not an excellent attempt, but a good one and an excellent beer name and label!!

MMAJYK, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy light orange color. The head is a massive, billowy three inches in height, and recedes very slowly leaving lace chunks all over the glass. The aroma is of passion fruit, orange peel, wet hay, barnyard funk, with a hint of floral hops. The taste is very funky up front, with citrus fruits kicking in later on, and then receding into a lingering funky finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice and lively tripel. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number T8172

Blurred-through honey colored with a monumental Cool Whip textured eggshell pillar rising above.
Predominant dough and hay aromas mix with lemon peels, cement, unripe apricots, and applejack booziness. It's neither the deepest nor the broadest of aromas, but it gets the job done.
A soup crackery, Wheat Thin, pale maltiness is the first thing perceived in the mouth. It is then doused liberally with powdered sugar, then widens into vanilla-laced cookie dough and cotton candy. Fruitiness lies in the weeds for a while, but apricots and muskmelons appear after it warms a bit. Yeast brings impressions of slate, white pepper, cardamom, and a more assertive sour-leaning lemon rind. The closure is full of sun baked hay bales and general grassiness. The snappy bitterness helps hide the booze that begins to peek from around the corner.
Full bodied, and pushing syrupy if not for the aggressive CO2. From these bubbles' hard work, it gathers a cottony texture and sprightliness that so many American Tripels lack.
In all, it's just a solid, all-around authentic Tripel.
Well done.

I've now fully realized that this Smokestack Series is something special.

cokes, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a frothy white rocky head. Clean, fresh aroma of spun sugar, clove, apricots, straw, yeast, and gingerbread. Sweet, yet tangy taste without being syrupy. the combination of clove and rosemary is incredible as it gives it a taste of sweet sage. More clove and yeast towards the back, with the gingerbread cookie finish. Everything is subdued without losing any flavor. Excellent beer.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy peach color with a sea of little floaties and a fine-bubbled, thin off-white head on top.

Aroma of Juicyfruit gum, banana, sweet malts, Belgian yeast, fresh biscuit, sugar, cloves, and a touch of earthiness.

The taste matches the aroma. Super sweet with the Juicyfruit gum, banana, lemon, sweet malts, yeast, biscuit and cloves. The 9% alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Lighter bodied, clean and dry, with a wallop of carbonation.

A very fine tripel from the folks at Boulevard. So many nuances to smell and taste.

Monkeyknife, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of maura427
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 4 beers in the Smokestack Series this was not my favorite, but it was not bad and not last by any means.

Larger bottle with cork stopper, comes out with a large pop but didn't present with the foam I was expecting, which was good. The beer poured well, had a clean taste and actually tasted quite a bit like their Boulevard Wheat with a much smoother finish. Very bright and classic warm Belgian taste with fruity and spicy tones, however much less carbonation and more alchohol.

Been waiting awhile to taste the series and I was not disappointed by this one! I live outside Chicago but am from KC and finally found the beer in Iowa.

maura427, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a slight haze at 58 degrees. A three inch head of porous white quickly fell to reveal a placid surface and a few dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with tropical fruit, phenols, and light malt. Tangerines, apricots, mango, and a hint of vanilla. Definately a hoppy Triple.

Light to medim bodied, with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Slightly sticky with a rounded honey character.

Ripe fruit, honey-drizzled malt, and cut grass start the palate. A vanilla-like yeast bite follows through along with cloves, peaches, and warming alcohol.

Finishes with a firm bitterness, mild alcohol, and lingering fruit with yeast.

Good stuff. Plenty of fruity hops step forward as the beer breaths. Yum.

brewandbbq, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a really semi clear yellow amber with lots of small white bubbles making 3 fingers of the suds.
Smell is very tripel. Some banana, lots of clove and a strong yeast that burns the nose.
Taste is candy sugar clove and spices. Really a nice tripel here. Very refreshing and clean.
Mouthfeel is very clean.
I would definatly have this one again. This is the best of the series from Boulevard Brewing Co.

peabody, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Bobo77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having heard good things about the Boulevard Smokestack Series as well as having recently reacquired an interest in the Belgian Tripel Ale style, I picked this 750 mL bottle up.

Bottle reads No.3 in the Smokestack Series. Batch No. 78067 on label.

Pours a thick pale headed orangish tan color, lighter than I had anticipated.

Smells of caramel, citrus, apricot,and some warming alcohol and spice. (Note: I now realize, thanks to the forum on this site, that the alcoholic aroma and taste are probably due to my allowing the beer to warm slightly before drinking.)

While the taste has the sweetness that is common with this style, it seems to have, I want to say hops showing up?? Hops aren't usually something that I think of with Belgian ales, but this one is different. Much more bitter than the St. Bernardus that I tried recently. Has a rich creamy mouthfeel like other tripels. Not bad at all but still not my favorite among the tripels that I have sampled.

As far as the artwork on the label, if we graded these this beer would get an A+ from me for the groovy, hippyish label art.

Bobo77, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of adamparker05
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited with this next offering from Boulevard.Thier double-wide ipa was outstanding, and I'm interested to see their take on a Belgian triple.

Pours a wonderful cloudy, rich yellow/ amber. The outer edges of the glass are like pure yellow gold, but the core is sporting the more orange, ambery hues.

Aroma is like a golden fig tart. Coriander and rich, aromatic spices. Clove.

Taste is yeasty and spicy, with a bit more of te fig tart (Or rather it's flaky pastry crust). Bit of a banana finish with some more of the clove.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with good, crisp carbonation.

Very drinkable!

Wow! Who knew such a good, authentically Belgian triple would come out of Kansas City!

adamparker05, Oct 18, 2008
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,264 ratings.