Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,460 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,460
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 127
Gots: 252 | 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:
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.

23 IBU
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Photo of Mark_Griffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Light color, lots of foam. Dry. Typical Boulevard taste. Should have checked the date on the bottle before I bought it. Will try a fresher one next time.

Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Bottle dated best by 06/14 (1/2 year out if date):

Had this before with no review. Added a want to do a review with a fresher bottle, but the beer was actually ok, despite its age.

Pour was orange side of yellow, nice small-bubbled head that still rise to a couple fingers. Nose was pretty much shot, but some farm notes came through, as well as a hint of funk.

Taste was cracker beginning with a hint of citrus marmalade added. There was a fair honey-sweet maltiness in front as well. These flavors were consumed by a decent dose of carbonation to cleanse the palate to go into the more earthy than farmhouse flavors that represent the end of the beer. There also seems to be a funk that wants to come out but never does.

In the end, there was a little wet cardboard stale taste to this pour, which I am willing to write off as age. Will update my thoughts on a re-review.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed golden color with a large soapy white head. Suds last forever ontop of this Belgian style ale. The aroma has yeast, peach, green banana, pear, grain, and citrus. Perhaps just a whiff of the alcohol is present as well.

In the taste, soft pear notes, apricot, and citrus. Nice job with the yeast, it adds plenty of complexity to the beer alone. Hops are in full force with citrus, herb, and bitterness. Slight bit of hay and funk sneak in as well. Hardly a hint of alcohol.

Dry, effervescent body is perfect on this Tripel. I like a bone dry triple and this is surely that, nice and clean and well rounded.

Overall, this is a classic beer here from Boulevard. Solid flavor yet unique and keeps the drinker interested. I would like to try it fresh, this bottle was aged a bit, but very nice.

Photo of dredmahawkus
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful Belgian! yeasty.....weird purple grape taste in there.....dunno what that is but it just tastes great! one of if not my favorite belgian! I like it better then Chimay! and its less money when you can find 4 packs!

Photo of WunderLlama
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

My neighbor brings out this a bottle of this while we are brewing beer.

" of course I love Boulevard, pour the beer!"

Don't exactly have my tasting notes hat on, but i remember a steady stream of carbonation in a orange yellow clear liquid with a one finger white foam cap.

Orange and spice aromas

Citrus taste, clean , crisp.

Very drinkable and I detect the alcohol on the end. Check the above and its plus 9.

Very good beer worthy of repeating.

Photo of avalon07
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange-ish color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Decent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of fruit (apples), yeast, and some malt.

T: Tasted of Belgian-style yeast, a hint of malt, light spices, apples, and pears. Quite a focused, complex flavor that's as good as many Belgian-made tripels. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, easy to drink beer. A lot of character and complexity with this beer.

Photo of philbe311
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A standard pour yields a voluminous rich whipped froth with a waffled top comprised of big airy chunky bubbles... Rock star retention... The color is a very pale muted amber... There is a slight haziness throughout... A cyclone of micro bubbled quick carbonation in the center of the glass with a few stray bubbles elsewhere... A subdued Belgian yeast presence... Some overly ripened light colored fruits... Golden raisins... There is a mix of floral and grassy notes mixed in as well... Just a light touch of honey as well... Good depth and complexity... The palate is an exact reproduction of the aroma... On the fuller side of medium bodied... Prickly carbonation... Sleek with a touch of dryness throughout that intensifies on the finish... Slightly sticky... A rock solid Tripel... The apperance is the rock star here with all other facets being solidly above average... Good stuff... I'm becoming a bigger fan of Boulevard with each and every passing brew I try...

Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

An excellent, fruity, flavorful yet dry tripel.

Photo of Roxie_B
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Pale gold color with two fingers of fluffy white head.
Smell: Belgian yeast, banana, pear and spice.
Taste: Light malt, candi sugar and a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Well attenuated and well carbonated.

Photo of shockney
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, cloudy, with a two finger white frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orange, citrus, clove, bread/yeasty, banana.

Taste: bread, banana, belgian yeast, slight spicing with cloves, and light well-harmonized fruity notes. Finishes dry and crisp and most amazingly of all, it does not have a heavy alcohol taste even though it is 9.20% ABV. It tastes rich yet it is also supremely light, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Dry, carbonated, crisp, light.

Overall: Full disclosure, this is one of my all time favorite beers in the world. I tried it for the first time two years ago when I was visiting a friend in Utah and it has haunted me since. I've had the pleasure of its company only twice since we first met. If anyone knows where to find it in NYC, please let me know. If you see it at a store, take it home with you. You won't regret it.

Photo of spacebear09
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance- Golden orange and cloudy, with a voluminous, frothy head that is bleach white

Smell- Funk.

Taste- Wheat, must, citrus. Strong Belgian yeast character really shines here. Finishes dry. Another delicious, unique beer from Boulevard

Mouthfeel- Dry, well carbonated

Overall- This is quite a good brew. Unfortunately, I read in a few other reviews that this beer tastes kinda soapy and now I CAN NOT shake this thought from my head every time I take a sip. When I first tried this I would have rated it higher but it really is kind of soapy. What can I say, It's no Fin du Monde but it is a welcome change of pace.

Photo of vkv822
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12oz into tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a thick, foamy off white head that dissipates to leaves a medium foam across the surface.

Aroma and taste are a very enjoyable blend of clove yeast phenols, and lightly fruity estery notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done, tasty Tripel.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked bottle into 12 ounce Shaker pint glass, "best by date" 03-2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly hazy golden color with two finger white head that persisted nicely until a thin unbroken layer of bubbles remained highly carbonated, there was a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread/yeast, pears, banana, some spice.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet bread/yeast, then banana, pears and a little spice, the 9.2% alcohol is well disguised.

PALATE: highly carbonated, creamy, medium bodied.

OVERALL: this is an excellent Tripel, tastes like it came from Belgium but was made in Kansas City, MO. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style. It's reasonably priced at $8.99, I'll definitely buy this again.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Golden color with a luscious thick head. Nose has notes of light stone fruit and white pepper. Tastes great; triple is a style that is growing on me. Perhaps too drinkable. Lemony flavors abound with a nice kick of both alcohol and spiciness.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of tangy yeast and peppery spice up front. A bit of soapy hop and some lemon notes. Taste is a bit more soapy, yeast isn't quite as pronounced. Lemon is moderate, not sweet but the balance is a bit soapy. Body is a bit syrupy but the strong carb helps to balance it.

Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

High alcohol content that does not take too much away from the flavor. bready and banana ar e the high points of the taste. Head is good and flavor is surprisingly balanced. Hops are balanced and go well with the banana, yeasty flavor. Great overall balanced brew and a must have for the true beer lover. Great Trippel

Photo of MartzMimic
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle a light gold with only a touch of haze from the rising bubbles. The white head starts big, but leaves quickly. A fine aroma of bananas, yeast and spice. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana, apples, yeast and a nice sweetness. The carbonation gives the mouth a light crispness. Simply an excellent tripel that tastes like it came straight from Belgium.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer itself pours a smooth, small bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly but still collects around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy gold with a bit of orange notes. The smell has strong banana yeast notes with strong hints of bready malt notes. The beer also a slightly sour hop note that seems dulled by the other notes. The beer itself is fairly bananas. The banana notes are just as strong in the taste as it is in the smell but the hop sourness adds a bit of balance to the yeast and candi sugar notes. The malts have a stronger bread taste. The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with biting carbonation but on the lighter side. The beer also has a very smooth feeling despite the carbonation. Overall, a pretty good Tripel and most certainly one of the greats.

Photo of SKYY
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A
White/White/Amber. Almost too white, but not. Thankfully, not transparent when chilled (most likely unfiltered, or minimally filtered). Gleefully translucent. Heavy carbonation. Pouring 375mL of the beer from the 750mL bottle into my tulip glass results in a 3.5cm head that is barely contained by the ample glass. The head dies down quickly to a thin film of bubbles on the surface, but lacing on the glass is prominent throughout enjoyment. It's exactly what I expect out of a Tripel from Belgium.

S
Sweet, mild to moderate ester profile. Slight banana aroma, very slight mild citrus. Sweetness more profound than other estery aromas. This beer is entirely in accordance with the Tripel profile.

T
Up-front light malty bitterness with just barely enough hops to balance it. Characteristic candi sugar flavors are robust, but not profound. No other sucrose/glucose/adjunct presence. Alcohol lingers last on the tongue. 100% in compliance with the Belgian Tripel varietal. Yeast profile tastes very similar to a Chimay yeast strain, but it's not Chimay.

M
Light. Almost too light, so it's perfect for a Tripel. This varietal requires the extensive use of candi sugars. Yet, fermentation is entirely complete. Residual sugars are almost undetectable.

O
I'm shocked that a brewery in Mississippi can produce something so akin to the products of the monks of Trappist Abbeys in Belgium. If I had to choose between the Long Strange Tripel, or Chimay White, I'd have to choose both! Will definitely drink this beer again. If there were just ounces more of hops per barrell, I might rank this a pure 5.00. That's pure subjectivity, however--the beer is still world-class!

Photo of whynot44
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a massive foamy white head that retains well and produces lots of nice lacing.

The aroma is cloves, bananas, assorted tropical fruits, yeast with spicy peppery notes.

The taste is similar, again, tropical fruits, especially bananas, cloves, pepper but with a nice bready malt background and a bit of pleasant bite in the finish that just makes you want more.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. The high ABV is not really noticeable until you've had a few.

Altogether very nice, an excellent and enjoyable brew. Outstanding.

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

A- cloudy, honey gold hue. Nice bone white head. Not too much lacing. An overall inviting look.

S- clean, spicy, clove, caramel, malt, banana.

T- pungent Belgian yeast, bready malts, definitely spiced (had a rum feel thing going on). Light citrusy hops.

M- tart and creamy (an unusual combination). Medium to full bodied.

O- a very nice beer. Another solid offering g from Boulevard. Would recommend and would buy again. If you're reading this, here's an extra tip/suggestion: try the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. It's awesome!

Cheers!

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: June 6, 2014
Consumed: June 6, 2014
Misc.: Best by Nov. 15, 2014

Poured a golden, straw, semi-clear color with 6-to-7 fingers of pillowy off-white head. Couldn’t believe how much head there was in the pour. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Tons of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top. Worst part of the beer by far. Way too much foamy head.

Smelled banana, cloves, caramel, honey, Belgian spices, faint Circus Peanuts and fruity notes.

Tasted similar to the nose. Very good. Could definitely taste the booze (9.20% ABV). Got cloves, Belgian spices, banana, honey, caramel malt, some Circus Peanuts, green apples, pears and some kiwi. Similar to most Tripel’s, but just better.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, somewhat spicy finish.

Just a fantastic Tripel. It may be the best I’ve ever had. So good.

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet looking drink. Pale orange color sitting beneath a huge, thick white head. Continuous bubbles rise, feeding the head. Great retention, the head falls around the edges first, leaving a peak mixed in between the thick lace.

Very fruity nose. Peppery Belgian yeast is there, but seems mild. Smells like a tropical island.

Exceptional taste as the traits of the nose carry over to the mouth. Tropical fruit with the slightest bit of pepper. The pepper doesn't dominate making for a pleasant taste, just enough for some balance.

Nice complexity as nothing is dominant. Sweet and tart from the fruit, spicy from the yeast, a clean, crisp carbonation gives each sip a dry finish. Long lasting heat deep into the swallow. Medium bodied.

This is really good. A better tripel than some Belgians make. Overall, it's tasty and easy to drink. A good beer.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange-yellow color, clear, with a big white head that fades out slowly, leaving major lacing.

S - Fruit, mostly in the form of apricot and banana, with some slight sour funk on the tail.

T - Soft, subtle threads of sweet fruit, again primarily banana, but the big core is bread and yeast, like a buttery dinner roll, but without the fattiness. Close comes in with a spike of bitter elements that actually works very well to clear the palate for the next swallow.

M - Brisk carbonation, clean, but ultimately a very soft and friendly beer. The alcohol is there, but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss.

O - This is a great example of a balanced tripel. I like sweeter beers, and have had tripels which are much more honeyed or sugary, but this beer argues the virtue of its approach.

Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Smokestack's Long Strange Tripel. 9.2% ABV

A: Over two fingers of head, fades steadily to almost nothing. Very opaque and hazy. Peach. Grey-yellow in the dimple.

S: Hay, grass. Slight funk. Some kind of citrus note. Wild strawberry, perhaps? Yeah. Like what you might smell in a lighter strawberry blonde.

T/MF: Dry. Hay. Slight caramel. Barnyard towards the back, as it settles.

Not bad. I'd still prefer a dubbel or quad, but not bad.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,460 ratings.