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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 140 | 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 feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My notes are minimal, but my enjoyment was full.

Long Strange Tripel, Boulevard...

hazy golden hue, huge white head...

sweet and spicy aroma...right on for a tripel.

Lemon, .lime, orange, and more in the flavor, with a spicy kick.

Delicious stuff...perfect fit for the tripel style.

That's all I had to say while I drank it, but it says it all.

feloniousmonk, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my fiance for randomly picking this up for me, and to specialk for helping me drink it.

Pours a cloudy orange with amazing head retention and a thick yeast haze. beautiful tripel to look at, reminds me of a duvel in a tulip.

Smells suprisingly hoppy with a sweet malt quality and a slight estery nose. typical for a tripel but delightful none the less.

Tastes malty with a slight hop nuance and a sweet fruity-like aftertaste not too overly complex but solid.

Not to overly carbonated which is good, I think a belgian can easily be too overly carbonated which diminishes the malt quality that we love so much.

This is possibly the best of the smokestack series that I've had, besides the saison. will definitely buy this in the future for a solid tripel.

naterock, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roo Naterocks fiance' on this one

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a cloudy copper with a nice white speck of yeast floating and a near perfect head that lingers the entire lenght of the brew.

S-A bit alocholy, with notes of pine, little earthy with a very subtle honey/sweet note.

T&M-Bready with great notes of alcohol and the slightest hops bite nice bitter middle and finish, nice smooth full body.

D-Would love to have this around often and would also love to age one to try I belive this would be the best of all the smokestack to age.

SpecialK088, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a large white head that hangs around forever. Surprisingly only low amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I was expecting thick rings of lace after each sip.

Has a spicy Belgian yeast aroma along with a vinous component.

At first the beer has a heavy spicy yeast flavor but as the beer warms the fruit and vinous qualities come through. Hints of alcohol warm the palate. Finishes with a cracker like dryness.

Medium body with a robust carbonation. Very nice texture.

A good Tripel but far from my favorite. High ABV ensures limited consumption. I did enjoy this one more than Boulevard's Saison

morimech, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split two ways into two pint glasses. Pours a light yellow with alot of carbonation and strong head. Smell has some light fruit and spice. Taste is not as pronounced as most tripels, but it's certainly not subdued by any means. A good amount of sugar in the taste. Not overly carbonated like alot of triple, making this beer pretty drinkable.

jdubjacket, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a light hazy orange color, with lots of carbonation and extreme head! About 2 fingers worth.

S: typical Belgian spicing. clove, slightly grassy, a tinge of alcohol. slightly fruity banana aroma.

T: nice rich taste. lots of malt and fruit sweetness. lots of clove spicing and a slight warmth from the alcohol which is mostly unnoticeable. Awesome triple, if not a bit sweet.

M: very nice. goes down smooth. lots of head to break through...which gets caught on my moustache :)

D: Pretty deceiving ABV, but damn good taste, if not a bit sweet. I could drink this all night probably.

julian, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Gold pour with an excellent facsimile of a lacy Belgian head. Overripe green apple aroma, some sweet citrus. Flavor is doughy malt with apple and banana esters and a touch of clove spiciness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated, dry finish. A pretty standard tripel.

illidurit, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a champagne like cloudy lemon color with a ton of carbonation. the smell is good, has a sugary aroma to it with some citrus in there too. taste is great, the effervescence on the tongue is awesome as is this the whole beer, i dont know what makes a tripel a tripel, maybe the yeast but it sure is awesome.

1fastz28, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


cool champagne bottle and image of Boulevard employee Harold "Trip" Hogue on the label pours amber burnt orange and produces a nice big fluffy head that slowly dissipates into a film it also has a champagne like carbonation moving up the Unibroue tulip glass I poured it into

sweet malts give off a honey aroma along with the expected Belgian yeast aromss that make you think of cloves and bananas

tons of sweet malt again a bit of that honey there are some clean malts and some crystal malts in this as well followed by the herbal and fruity Belgian yeast funk, this over all blends well with but fails to mask the spicy, peppery alcohol that it finishs quite dry with

very effervescent which helps deliver the flavor, this makes it quite a lively beer. medium body with a nice dry finish

very drinkable beer, good looking, tasty just a quality tasty tripel that is rather true to style.

Donnie2112, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Viggo, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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...

bennetj17, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

biegaman, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

beerkittycat, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

tavernjef, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Crosling, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.03/5  rDev -27%
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.

mentor, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Gehrig, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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).

Bighuge, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

barleywinebrewer, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

allengarvin, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

JohnGalt1, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

stephens101, May 23, 2008
Photo of wardough
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

wardough, May 17, 2008
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.