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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 109
Gots: 195 | FT: 1
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of david131
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An orange liquid with a bunch of floaters that actually look rather unappealing, but it is probably my fault for not watching myself when pouring it. The off white head is thick and creamy and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Pretty aromatic for the style and has more depth than many. Caramel, light fruits, and a nice floral aspect. I have trouble putting my finger on what sets this apart from the pack, but I like it.

T- Sweet caramel, apple juice, pear juice, cotton candy, and a bit of alcohol. Belgian yeat flavors, but not as extreme as some other example of the styles. Nice.

M- Smooth with a definite numbing aspect from the alcohol.

D- A unique and enjoyable take on the style. The alcohol is a bit apparent, but the enjoyable flavors to this keep this drinkable. I prefer this over many Belgian examples.

Photo of BMoney575
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-14-10
Batch T9114

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange color with lots of yeasty floaters. The head is foamy with rings of chunky lacing.

Smell is pungent Belgian and booze, lots of fermented fruit and apple cider. The hops are in the back, adding a slight earthiness and and a bitter kick.

Taste is strong fruitiness, big-time alcohol. The earthiness comes in next adding a nice complexity. The finish is sharply bitter with a sizable alcohol warming. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thick and slick to go with the alcohol. Decent carbonation adds intensity to the hops.

Drinkability is good, complex flavors make the abv go down smooth.

Overall, very good. Pick some up if you can find it.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange color; lots of yeast and sediment at the end. Poured a 2 finger coarse slighlty off-white head with good retention. Lacing washed down the glass in little streaks.

S: Bready, bisuity malts. Light-colored fruits and yeast.

T: Consistent with aroma. Green apple, apricot, banana and more. Pepper and spices transition to an even bitter. Plenty of warming alcohol.

M: Medium body without being over-bearing. Sof carbonation for good balance of all the flavors. Enough bitter to cleanse a bitt.

D: Substantial flavor and body in a tripel that not too over-done.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Freethyhops for the hook-up.

What a great brew... Boulevard's excellence makes me want to visit Kansas City. (That is also the only thing that makes me want to visit Kansas City...)

A - Perfect look for the style, providing you don't pour from a disturbed bottle, or pour with an unskilled hand. Plenty of yeast in this one.

S - Bready-biscuity, green apples and pears and a little nuttiness, plus a pristine mineral quality and sweet alcohol.

T - Even in Belgium, this would probably be an excellent Tripel. Follows the nose. Green apple, big-time, plus a bubblegum-banana bread, and a little alcohol tinge. Cinnamon, green peppercorn, and cardamom nuances are available towards the finish.

M - Very well done. Softly effervescent and light-bodied enough to be refreshing, but full enough to be substantial.

D - This is a fantastic beer. Boulevard is probably the most underrated brewery in the country.

Photo of budgood1
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. corked and caged.

pours out a hazy and clouded apricot glaze colour with a moderate rocky head. thin wispy lace. candy sweet aroma with a dose of belgian yeast. some clove and banana with a peppery spice kick. this smells awesome. thick malty flavour with a sweet rock candy kick. lots of spice and fruit nuances...bananas and green apples chased by some clove and pepper intermingled with some grassy/lemony/green tea herbal notes. boozy spice is well placed and welcome. a little hop play for good measure at the end makes for a super tasty rendition of the classic tripel style. the body is ample enough and the mouthfeel lively enough to mimic this favourite belgian style. drinkability is superb; i sort of dig tripels and this is a nice sipper and definitely well constucted for a regional midwest brewery.

pretty damn good and recommended. i love all the sweet and juicy spiciness this smokestack offering provides. yummy stuff.

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a bubbly Ball jar.
a: Good light golden color, with good head retention and minimal lacing, from a white nose.

s: The aroma of a spicy yeast strain. orange and citrus notes.

t: The taste is well masking the 9%ABV and there are many flavors that are released as the ale warms.

m: A creamy, warming sensation as the ale passes down.

d: Very drinkable for the style, I would pick up this bottle again. Thanks Buddy for having me over to try!

Photo of craytonic
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lightly hazed tangerine/apricot honey color; enormous craggy head with good lace

Smell & taste: Good tripel, golden fruit (apple, orange, pear) and spicy, peppery yeast (white pepper, clove, coriander).

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, a bit thin but otherwise no complaints here

Drinkability: High, this one disappeared

Photo of ffejherb
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 4/4/10.

A - Appeared with lots of gunk dispersed throughout the moderately carbonated, hazy light orange body. The off-white foamy cap receded to a thin veil, leaving spotty lace attached to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and fruity with citrusy and spicy notes, as well as a mild pepper character. The strong yeast presence displays fruity esters suggesting fleshy fruit and pulp.

T - Initial flavor is intensely sweet with lots of fleshy fruit character - think apples and pears - but also with a light banana quality as well as citrusy hops. While there is an inkling of herbal notes and tobacco in the finish, it ultimately concludes with a sweet, sugary finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very sweet on the palate with very subtle bitterness.

D - While I found this to be a pleasant, fruity tripel overall, I felt the sweetness factor was cranked up a bit too high.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Looks like there's tapioca suspended in there."

Photo of mwilbur
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter. Bottle stamped batch 8340.
A: Pours a clear golden with high carbonation producing a 2 inch thick frothy white head. Decent retention.
S: Yeast, spice, and brown sugar. Hint of banana and clove. Some fruit esters. Very pleasant and fresh aroma.
T: Mmmmm...the banana and clove come to the forefront here. Banana bread, brown sugar, with a hint of soft herbal hops and malt.
M: Soft and oily feel. Lingers a bit on the palate, but not as much as most tripels. Slight fizzy effervesence.
D: Like a mash-up of a hefeweizen and a tripel...in my book that's a good thing. I continue to enjoy Boulevard's Smokestack series...well done! If you are looking for a more by-the-book tripel, you might want to look elsewhere.

Photo of mikeborglum
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this but I really didn't enjoy much. I can't say it was bad but the Tripel is definetly a different beer style. I have had several of the other Smokestack series and enjoyed them all very well - just don't know on this one right now.

Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Argonaut Liquors in Denver. I bought this during GABF and just got around to opening it. Shared it with my cousins, aunt, and uncle, who are some what of beer newbies, as my uncle's beer of choice is PBR and the others' beers of choice are wine. I was worried this one would be mediocre, but it did not disappoint.

Pours clear golden with a large, lacey white head that lasts a long time.

Aroma is very good and true to style: sweet malt, honey, green apple and citrus, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is also great, a little sweet and well-balanced. Lots of light fruits (green apple, pear, apricot, and citrus), with sweet pale malt and honey, spices, and Belgian yeast.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation and a satisfying mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable for the 9% ABV. A really well-crafted beer overall, one of the better American examples of this style that I've had.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Long Strange Tripel was a different beer. It had some similarities to a hefeweizen. It is a dark yellow color, with white head that lingers. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this beer, it is 9%. That might affect the drinkability for some. Overall, a decent beer, but probably not my favorite.

Photo of Vixie
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/orange color, and forms a roughly 2" white head. Looks like what I expect from the style, which is a good thing.

The first smell is malt, not surprisingly. Can also detect a bit of spice in there, mainly pepper.

There is quite a bit of malt at first, as expected. Can detect some citrus notes, and true to the smell, there is pepper in there. Not the most complex of this style I've had, but still a nice flavor.

Feel is fairly typical of the style, enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too thin.

Although not up to my standard for this style, which is La Fin Du Monde, still a nice beer. It is a bit spicier than usual, which makes it an interesting choice. This one is very reasonably priced here, making it an excellent bargain.

Photo of BigJim5021
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange with an incredibly persistent, billowy white head.

The aroma is heavy on yeast. It's got a pleasant phenolic smell to it. Faint alcohol. This just works for me.

Flavor is also phenolic, which pairs well with the apple and pear notes. Definitely not as sweet as some of the other tripels I've had, but very tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is punctuated by a very active carbonation and a bone dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty high given the abv. This is a really excellent tripel. I'm really looking forward to trying some other beers in Boulevard's Smokestack series.

Photo of brystmar
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a witbier glass.

A: gorgeous orangeish-gold with 1.5 fingers of frothy head. A thin layer remains atop the brew to stand guard. Strong lacing on my glass. Perfect.

S: wheat, sweet malts, banana, yeast, biscuits(?), hops in the background.

T: starts off like a witbier with big malty sweetness, then the yeast hits. Sweetness is balanced nicely by the carbonation and slightly bitter hoppy ending. A bit dry at the end too. Boozy warmth adds a nice touch on the way down. A really pleasant drink.

M: light-medium bodied with high carbonation that stings the tonuge.

D: easy drinking here, especially for a triple. Definitely not for everyone, but this beer will be in heavy rotation in my collection.

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

Shared by CrellMoset--thanks, Chris!

Appearance: this one is incredibly lively , with two inches of huge bubbly, ivory foam head, the bubbles in which seem almost alive themselves, popping extremely quickly. The brew itself is a peachy amber haze, with a constant stream of carbonation moving from the bottom to the top of the glass in what looks almost exactly like--oddly enough--a smokestack. The head expectedly doesn't last long, but about a finger or so of fine foam sticks around. Very neat, and very pretty. The lacing is sticky like the type that usually forms in a web, but is far more dense and long-lasting than that form of lacing tends to be. The contrast of colors along with the persistence of the head and lacing, added to the stream of fine carbonation continually coming from the bottom of the glass is rather impressive. I got the pour from the end of the bottle and there's a bit of yeast floating around in there.

Smell: Whew, the smell on this one is huge. The first note I get is a funky, slightly sour barnyard note, encompassing every scent from sweet grass and hay to horse hair to sour green apples. The sour apples are very prominent. There's a slight candy note of caramel and brown sugar. Slight hops blend in well with the rest of the notes, and yeasty malt notes are definitely there. Very nice, fruity, aromatic, and interesting.

Taste: Far more sweet than the nose would have you guess, but dry and with somewhat obvious alcohol (not extremely hot, but definitely present). Appley, but also syrupy--seems almost like a thinner consistency of the sauce in apple pie. Also has a few rubbing alcohol/nail polish remover notes in it. Only a slight funk here--very yeasty and a little spicy (clove and alcohol spice). Maybe slight banana notes, but there's only a hint of this here. Significantly improves as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Dry, alcoholic, and chalky. For the huge carbonation in the appearance, there's barely any apparent in the mouthfeel, which is, well, really weird to me. And it's a shame--I think that some more (or at least bigger) carbonation bubbles could do this one a bit of good. Alcohol is obviously apparent, and while not overwhelming, I think that it also knocks the mouthfeel a bit, as it's probably the strongest note in the aftertaste. Less chalky and abrasive as it warms.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable, I suppose, for the ABV, but the alcohol and mouthfeel combined make for a brew that's a bit hard to get down in any greater quantity than slowly sipping it. I wish the rest of this brew held up to the appearance and nose, which were phenomenal.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of thehand - great trader, many thanks. Got this one a good 8 months ago, so let's give it a go. Poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a bright, crisp, transparent golden brass body, a deep and resonant hue, absolutely brimming with effervescence. This was split with a friend - poured in to two equal cervoises - and while my glass was teeming with lively, rolling, large-bubbled effervescence, hers was absolutely engorged with it, seething almost violently forth from the nucleation site laser-engraved at the bottom of the glass. Its seemingly neverending, streaking upwards towards the fluffy white head with average to above-average retention for an abv% of this level. It's initial two-finger high mass fades to a thick and persistent sheen, consistently replenished by the rising bubbles, but leaves nice licks and blots of dry artwork in its wake. A few thin flakes of yeast remain perfectly in suspension, a result of the perfect balance between the forces imposed by gravity and blustery carbonation in a dense, liquid medium. A highlight.

Aroma: A very dry graham cracker-y note dominates the nose, mixed in with some green esters. That is, notes of dry honey, cloves, faint cinnamon, heavy spiciness, and a few unripe apple and extraordinarily unripe banana notes. A little one-dimensional, perhaps spice heavy - a natural result of the malts being a little on the dry side and the esters being a little on the neutral side - but it's not bad.

Taste: Chemical phenols and spices swirl amongst a sea of of biscuity, grainy malts, dry but also honey-like. Apricot, bananas, heavy apples, and a fair amount middling citrus provide an admirable balance against a very heavy clove and coriander balance. A little chemically in the aftertaste, but on the whole, pretty darn good actually.

Mouthfeel: Copy all those adjectives I used up there in the appearance and move 'em on down here. Crisp, bright, effervescent, this one's not syrupy or thick - again, by virtue of it not being a very sweet brew - but it is a little on the dense, thick side, but this ends up working very well with the amount of carbonation. The end result is a fairly puffy, slightly rocky, though quintessentially tripel-esque mouth that hits most of the right notes.

Drinkability: A very solid tripel, and one I'd be happy to try again. Sure, it has its flaws - a little chemically in places, too phenolic and spicy in others ... the yeast strain on this one was a kicker, no doubt - but on the whole it has more plusses than minuses, and that makes it a winner in my book. I'd love for them to Brett this one like they did with the Saison - now that'd be something to taste. At 9.0% abv, it's a little on the top end, but again, not so much for the style. Worth seeking out.

Photo of jampics2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The third beer in our "Super Boulevard Beer Tasting" for the Saints world championship victory!

Nice golden beer with a two finger head that recedes when the action starts.

Smell is GREAT! Belgian yeast that brings a apple and pear skin note to a great bready malt. This is a great nose for a triple.

Taste is awesome. Sweet light malts but the star of the show is the yeast. A great amount of fruit skin, a hint of plantanes, and some spices. The finish is fantastic - clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice abount of carb and good body.

Drinkability is a strong point for this beer. A really enjoyable and quaffable American triple. This stays true enought to the style while not being as intimidating as some others. A good effort by BLVD.

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch Number: T8249

A: Pours a cloudy pale gold with a 2 1/2 finger bright white head that does a very nice job of retaining and sticking to the glass.

S: Awesome aromas of fruit and spices. Toasted grain, pear, red apple, caramel, and bits of citrus zest.

T: Just as above with clove, banana, and some bready malt. Delicious.

M: Nicely spicy and sticky. Perhaps a tad drier than we would've hoped, but nice none the less.

D: Yet another excellent Boulevard Smokestack series beer. Delicious and very refreshing!

Photo of acelin
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this along with the slightly cloying Quad from Boulevard for a re-taste. I have to say this beer is heads-and-tails better than "The Sixth Glass."

Poured from a 750 ml Smokestack series into my Chimay chalice. What's neat about this beer compared to other smokestack brews is it is not GUSHING with head. It has a nice 2 finger head the lingers for awhile until it reduces to a minimal head, leaving minimal lacing. Quite a beautiful dark, matte golden color that resembles a clearer wheat beer meets belgian pale ale.

The smell resembles that of dried Apples, oranges, and a slight hint of banana. Belgian yeast is present as well - very lovely bready malt scent.

The taste reminds me of a witbier, with less thickness, more alcohol, less banana, and more apple. It's quite remarkable in terms of the malt character, perhaps a bit too sweet and in need of a longer fermentation period, or more hops.

Overall the taste is very nice, with a well masked alcohol spiciness/kick.

Mouthfeel is quite amazing, therefore the 5. Drinkability is amazing as well, seeing as I consumed this within 45 minutes.

Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is around two years old.

Poured into a smokestack goblet. Orangey amber with a silk blanket of white head.

Spicy yeast on the nose, mostly clove, white pepper, and lemon rind.

Has a bit of a weizen bock taste to me, with banana and clove coming out pretty strongly.

Not remarkably complex, but it is very drinkable and the alcohol well hidden.

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my first foray to Dennis Bros and their admirable sale associated with Hopslam, I was able to pick this little beauty for a nice price. Batch Number T8046
Grateful Dead reference on one of my more preferred styles. Can't wait.
Awesome pop when uncorking.
Wonderful fresh fruity and spicy full head. Lots of spitzy bubbles make a full head covering golden slightly cloudy bubble filled elixir. Yeasty aroma with bread dough quality. Slight vanilla.
Great mix of flavors. Malt and grain. Yeast and yeasty spiciness. Mild fruit. Alcohol, more warmth than flavor. I enjoy the flavors more towards the bottom of the bottle.
Nice light body, full of tiny bubbles and extra effervescence.
There is a bit of a flat quality to the flavor. Maybe aging isn't so good, (if that's the issue). The initial aroma had a great fruity quality that I was never able to capture again anywhere else in the drink. Nonetheless, this is drinking just fine. Finishing off the 750ml solo won't be a significant issue.

Photo of meeekyh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 ml bottle into my Fin Du Monde glass. Miles of off-white head and a nice hazy orange brew issue forth. As the head settles, not quickly mind you, the lacing is quite significant.

Crisp pear, bright floral notes, sweet grasses and alcoholic esters along with a bit of spice and vanilla make up the nose. Caramel comes out to play as she warms up a bit.

I enjoy the clean taste. Grain sweetness, bitter and tart all meld nicely. Hints of spice and orange, along with the alcohol itself, make for a warming sensation. A nutty aftertaste presents itself in the waning moments.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light for a trip. The carbonation is not as strong as in some I have had but not lacking. Finish is slightly dry and not lingering.

Drinkability is about as high as I can imagine for a trip. The dryness and lack of strong alcoholic notes along with the balance and medium carbonation all conspire to make this a highly quaffable ale.

I would say get some. Around here the price is quite good by comparison and the ale stands up with anything for drinkability, though the depth is a bit lacking.

Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, big head.

Smell: Pretty light, sweet, wheaty, hint of spice.

Taste: Sweetness, mild fruit flavors, some black pepper.

Drinkability: The 750mL is plenty for an evening.

Finally got to try the Boulevard Tripel, unfortunately I was a little let down. Not quite as flavorful and complex as I hoped, especially after I was impressed by their Quad. Still, it is a pretty good beer and was worth the $8.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.