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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,389
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 108
Gots: 220 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007

Lately it occurs to us that if, back in 1989, you planned on starting a brewery in the back of your carpentry shop, you'd been wise to seek out someone like Harold “Trip” Hogue. A collector of ancient Volvos, Trip was well qualified for the make-do engineering required to coax recalcitrant equipment out of retirement and into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. It's a beautiful hazy gold with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. There are a little floral hops in there but mostly sweet.

The taste is not as sweet. Wow this is a good tripel! It has the perfect Belgian hop profile and the right hint of spice.

Well done, Boulevard. This smokestack series continues to impress.

Photo of trappistlover
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle courtesy of jrorie!!). Pours a hazy apricot color with quick dissipating head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma has candied sugar and dried fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit our sour. Bitterness is very low and reminds me of citrus peel. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth with the alcohol noticeable mostly because it warms the throat and chest. The sweetness is a tad to the high side, but its a pretty nice beer. I’d drink this again with pleasure.

Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish yellow with a nice two finger head with a ton of lacing

S - oranges and pears stick out with some yeast. Very fruity nose

T - taste follows the nose closely. Starts off with sweet grainy malts that is overwhelmed by orange/coriander flavors with a bit of nutmeg and clove. The coriander is the most dominant fla or. End with some spicy hops. Interesting.

M - lots of carbonation, but not as much as the lacing would make you believe with a medium body

D - interesting tripel here. Reminded me of an amped up wit or Weiss bier. Pretty different tripel,

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

Poured into delirium tremems tulip from 750 ml.

Golden color and persistent white lacing with large bubbles, not sure I've seen that before, fairly effervescent as well.

Nice hint of yeast and bread in the aroma. The taste is a little peppery, and not as sweet as other tripels I've had, which is fine. Alcohol noticable in the finish, may want to age a bit to smooth out, but a nice tripel nonetheless.

Photo of chiccabeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to start my reviews in the order of the way one would drink the beer. So to start it has a nice amber look to it with a little murky tinge to it. If not poured properly you will get a lot of head. Not a bad thing, but just delays drinking the sweet nectar. Long strange is a very sweet and sour beer. I taste oranges and lemons. The finish is very sweet almost like biting into a piece of candy. Overall, this is a very good beer and well made. I would recommend this beer as an after dinner drink. Cheers.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color w/ a three finger egg colored head which lingers a little bit. Carbonation is pretty high w/ this beer. Smell is that of spice, corriander, yeast, lemon peel. Citrus smelling without being overbearing. Nice... Taste is that of corriander, spices, yeast. The alcohol at 9%, is completely hidden to me. I'd almost like a little alcohol burn on this one, just like my favorite Belgian Tripels. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and light, and the aftertaste doesn't stick around forever- medium range length for the aftertaste. All in all this is a good example of a tripel, and I'm really glad work sent me to a part of the country this was available.

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern tier tulip. It poured a hazy, light amber/gold color with a modest white head to it. The head faded relatively quickly and left only a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright, citrusy flavor to it with notes of lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. I get a modest Belgian yeast spice to it as well. Some sweeter, malt qualities come through pretty nicely as well.

The taste shows more of the brighter, citrusy notes to it up front. I get some of the lemon rind and orange peel qualities to it right off the bat. Towards the finish more of the Belgian yeast spice shows up with some clove like flavors. The malt gives it a pretty nice sweetness throughout the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. It had some nice flavors to it and was pretty drinkable as well. not bad with regards to style either.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow body with allot of a rising carbonation topped by a fast paced, just darker than eggshell head.

S - Ahhh, the sweet aroma of Belgian yeast.

T - Slightly tart with a sweet edge of alcohol and citrusless tangerine. Of course the Belgian yeast flavor is present as well.

M - Light and airy with a moderate coarseness accross my tongue.

~ This is a good beverage. I think it to be worth the sampling.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been pretty happy with the SmokeStack series from Boulevard, so I am hoping that this beer is no exception. Let's give it a go:

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow-orangish golden color with tons of bubbles rising and the head actually raises up after the pour. The head was a solid 3" of off-white creamy foam that started to mingle with bigger bubbles in the middle of the head as you can see through the glass, but the top of the beer is solid cream. There is tons of lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got the essential sweet malt and citrusy lemon rind notes that you expect with a Tripel. There are defined wheaty notes in here, and otherwise the cold beer is really clean. As the beer warms up some, the aroma is getting more earthy...as the classics do. Nice!

Taste: The flavor is top-notch as well. It has a slightly bigger body than some of the classic Belgian examples, but I am seriously splitting hairs with this comment. The lemon and wheat are big players in the flavor as they were in the aroma. There is a decent alcoholic presence that adds clean spice in the beginning of the flavor profile and some lingering warming on the back of the throat after drinking. As the beer warms up some, the spice is becoming more evident as is some toasty bread crusts from the malt. The carbonation is high as it should be, so the beer comes across as quite drinkable...as it should.

Opinion: I am really happy with this beer. It is undoubtedly a Tripel and it definitely holds water against the classic examples of this style...so I think that is saying a whole lot...so kudos to Boulevard and their Brewmaster. That said, I would pick up St. Bernardus or others over this one, but they didn't come from The States...and that is a plus for this beer as you don't get this high of a quality Tripel from The US very often. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip. Thanks to my father-in-law for picking up this bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with almost no head. No head on a tripel--are you kidding me? Bad, bad, bad. No good. The nose is a bit of malt with some very light phenols. Taste has a bit of bread with light yeast character. Not impressed. Feel is light with low carbonation. Overall, not impressed. This is nowhere near a tripel, let alone a good one.

Photo of TANSTAAFB
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boulevard Brewing's Long Strange Tripel...WOW!!!

Pours a lovely orange brassy golden color with a large fluffy white head that dissipates to a thin but stable layer that is maintained by generous carbonation.

Perfect balance of sweet and bitter, spiciness from the yeast is distinctly Belgian but not overpowering at all. The phenols and esters find harmonious tension in a very complex brew.

Each sip brings new aromas and flavors as it warms from the mid 30's to room temp. Green apple and pear with a touch of subtle sweet sulphur.

Very dry, the carbonation dances in your mouth.

I wholeheartedly agree with the A rating and will most definitely savor this again.

Now comes the imortant question...anyone got a recipe? :D

Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle came from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO. Enjoyed at a Super Bowl party, first beer of the night, and poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance- Orange in color, cloudy, and half a finger of head with bubbles.

Smell- Very fruity with an orange, grapefruit scent and yeast character.

Taste- Sweet with spicy hops and great amount of malts. Am enjoying with kiwi, strawberries, and spinach dip. Awesome Combo!

Mouthfeel- Unbelievably smooth while Medium bodied and right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Easy to drink Tripel for me. I enjoyed the bottle with a friend and could easily have popped another one. Now onto a Chimay.

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

232nd review on BA
bottle to goblet
C/C 750 ML
Batch T10036 2/11

With a pssst of the cork popping...

App- A fading sunlight orange with a very noisy pancake batter head with a one finger pour that lingered for just a bit.

Smell- It's a full rich yeasty earthy smell. Undeniably Belgian with the light effervescent grassy note to it as well.

Taste- For brewers in the US especially MO to attempt a classic style is no easy undertaking. Boulevard has done a great job. It's a nice blending spicy, dry and yeasty. At the end of the beer, this was very tasty.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium high carb level with a very dry finish.

Drink- Outstanding for a US tripel. Loved it.

Photo of ChillMike
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright golden color with a nice white head and lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Dry malt smell if that makes sense, some dough, alcohol and finished with a nice sugary smell. Not great but not bad.

T: Starts off with an alcohol taste but that's quickly wisked away with a nice sugar cane, clove and banana flavor nothing special but tasty enough.

MF: Light to medium body, a nice oily type of feel on the tongue, not as much carbonation as I would have expected.

D: Fairly decent, pretty good bang for the buck a bit high in the abv, but a nice one to share with friends.

Photo of ebrauser
3.95/5  rDev -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
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.