Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

449 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,468
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 4.84%
Wants: 131
Gots: 254 | 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.

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Photo of charlesw
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange amber with decent head that stick around a decent amount of time. Disturbing name, typography and artwork (the reason for the poor score). On reading the back of the bottle it makes more sense and interesting on some level. Even a really cool thing to do. That doesn't make it any more appealing.

Smells faintly of orange.

Tastes like a trip. Light, bare hints of over-extraction, orange, spice (corriander, hints of clove and banana, aftertaste of 5 spice).

Probably tastes as good as a Hennepin (which is so not a farmhouse ale it isn't funny) but I'd NEVER buy one given the label. (599 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden-orange color. A good inch of bubbly off-white head that quickly melts to a dense quarter inch. Finely textured loops and meandering tendrils of lace.

The aroma is rich, complex, fruity, and spicy. Peach cobbler, fresh white grape juice, golden apple, mixed spices including clove. Foundation of light, honeyed, sweet malt. A bit of herbal hops. The fruit is unrestrained, but doesn't dominate the other components; this aroma is balanced, elegant, cohesive, and very pleasant.

This is tasty. Complex fruit character, vaguely of apple and peach. A healthy dose of fruity, malty sweetness is balanced by some astringency like fruit skin or tea, and some mild herbal/grassy bitterness. A bit of mixed cookie spices in the background. The malt is clean, light, and sweet, with some honey aspect. The finish dries out, the fruit fades, and the herbal bitterness and astringency come out a bit. Great balance and great taste.

The texture can get a little fizzy and seem over-carbonated, but it's soft and pleasant overall. Drinkability is superb, probably owing to the great balance, and to the easy-to-love flavor that's impossible to get tired of.

Great beer, I enjoyed this. (1,230 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle into chalice.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, overtones of golden apricot, with a half-inch fluffy off-white head that quickly settles into a thin partial cap. Not great in the retention department, but nice stickage.

Nose is surprisingly floral, tropical fruits, dry peppery yeast, quite spicy. A bit of alcohol tickles the nose as well. Definitely on the drier side for the style, but still pleasant and fairly complex. Light floral hops are an interesting twist.

Taste is spicy and peppery up front, dry, light sweetness comes through in the form of dry honey, peaches, and golden tropical fruits with just a bit of a citrusy zing, and a floral hop bitterness, light but flavorful, balances the tail end through the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, effervescent carbonation over a nicely medium mouthfeel that never tends towards sticky, even with the full flavor. Dryness leaves an almost chalky yeast texture towards the finish. Carbonation and body is spot on, though the chalkiness is a bit off-putting.

Drinkability is hard to pin down. Alcohol is toned down, flavor is quite tasty, though chalky bitterness hurts it a bit. Otherwise, a finely crafted beer. (1,175 characters)

Photo of jpaltan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark golden yellow head. huge head, lacing everywhere in glass, nose is spicy and floral, hints of ginger, clove, taste is spicy, somewhat floral, a bit hot, overall quite nice. served about a bit on the warm side which seems to add to the hotness. quite peppery throughout. mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation. deceptively easy drinking (343 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours cloudy darker apricot, loose and also fine bubble light head and film, bubbles rising to the top....light sheeting and just spots of lace...fruity nose, notes of tropical fruit, gin, juniper bite, smoke, yeasty goodness. Tasty and complex triple from Kansas City..who would have thunk it...good stuff (338 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this one.

750ml Bottle
Batch: T8173
Caged/Corked

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice three-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeast, and a nice touch of spice. Medium body, a little to spicy/hot for me. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, but not as good as other's I've had to date. (515 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and caged brown 750 with hippy-ish label

Appearance: Dark golden beer, slightly hazy, with a fairly sizable white cap that shows decent retention, made of large bubbles, a bit soapy

Smell: Light citrus/stone fruit notes...a bit of powdery yeast...fairly sweet overall

Taste: Big spicy and yeasty flavors...lots of clove and peach, with big white pepper spice on the finish...this is medium dry and spicy on the finish, ends with a light, crisp bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a touch alcoholic

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a very nice tripel and a great value in retail stores for around $7.99...this was on special at Kelleher's for $9.00 a bottle, what a steal! (708 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Strange Tripel - awesome bottle label, awesome name, awesome brewery. I'm ready to dive into this long strange trip.

Lights dimmed low, and the air gusting gently. The mighty trip has begun.

Gorgeous appearance, lovely scotch bonnet orange color.
Huge bubbly, frothy white head. Along with ample amounts of trails of lacing.

The nose on this one is superb. Sweet succulent fruits, juicy orange, green apples, a hint of mango and some sweet banana. Very tropical. Along with a touch of spicy peppery spice. Delicious.

The taste on this one is delightful. Welcome to another part of this strange trip, the one were we just arrived in Belgium. I swear, drinking this is just like being there, albeit a more Americanized hop build on it - which I prefer.

Long Strange starts out with that reminiscent dry dusty malt character. While loads of complexity load up all around your entire palate. It's remarkable. The mouthfeel allows the flavor notes to blend, scrape, and blow your palates mind. There is a subtle sweet, candied note. A spicy, white pepper attribute. A floral, perfume fragrance. Along with loads of juicy apple, pear, oranges, and pineapple, and banana. Finishes with dry and citrusy, while leaving your mouth in utter bliss. The balance of spice, florals, and fruits is second to none - truly spectacular.

The depth and attention to detail that this Tripel provides is top-notch. This truly takes the great Tripels, you know and love, and takes it up several notches. I love the Americanized edge, yet the reminiscent spot on take on the Belgian Tripel style. I've always been a fan of Tripels, and this one definitely impresses. Very nice work Boulevard! (1,678 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon, peppery spices, and yeast. Flavor of spicy bready yeasts initially with sweet fruits (apple, pear) and tingling spices. More spicy/yeasty than fruity. Solid triple, very drinkable. (265 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml

A big thank you goes out to Jeremiah for sending this bottle my way in a long ago trade, thanks amigo! Long Strange Tripel shows off a sunset orange body with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through the glass. When backlit I get a straw golden liquid with large carbonation bubbles running to the surface. The head fizzed up to two fingers in no time but crackled to a cap just as quick leaving behind a patch of lacing here and a clump there.

There's a big dusty yeastiness right off the bat that coats all the golden orchard fruits. Golden apples and pears take center stage and there's a solid backing of dusty spiciness including white pepper. Each glass swirl brings out a crazy peach note that I thoroughly enjoy. This is an all around juicy tripel but so far it doesn't have that thick sweetness that ruins so many others. At least that's what the nose leads me to believe.

The flavor manages to follow the aroma pretty well but the orchard fruitiness just doesn't pop like the smell led me to believe. Dusty upfront with muddled spiciness coming through mid palate just before the dense fruitiness hits. Fistfuls of apples and pears bathe the tongue like it's no big thing while the dustiness remains in the background. This is the best American tripel I have ever had.

The carbonation on this beauty is lively with a tongue scrubbing bubbliness. The quick moving carbonation makes for a surprisingly airy body. There's not a whisper of sticky sweetness or alcohol.

For a big ol' tripel this is a sheer pleasure to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the lively carbonation keeps this beer flowing without a problem. A slightly dry finish keeps me coming back for another drink as well.

Boulevard has stepped up their game in the last year or so with the release of their Smokestack series. Long Strange Tripel is one of the best American examples on the market without a doubt in my mind. Thanks again for the bottle, Jeremiah! (1,965 characters)

Photo of drunkmonk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bold orange pour. Billowing fluffy belgian head. Spicy clove, white pepper, honeyed malts, and some minty and grassy hops. Nice pear and green apple flavors upfront. Ghost bannana notes from the the yeast esters. Lighy biscuity pale malts lead into a spicy dry peppery finish. Very complex. Nice full on body. Carbonation is spot on. Wow, this is a great example of the style. If this were a blind tasting, I would be sure this was a belgian import. Fantastic job Boulevard. Would love to have another one of these to put away for a while. Big thanks to Springdogg for the chance on this one. (592 characters)

Photo of Sweasty
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy gold. Three fingers of bone white head top things off. The head has some definite staying power. It eventually settles to a ring. It leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. All and all this is a nice looking tripel.

The aroma is classically Belgian. It starts off with some spice notes. Clove and pepper Dominate. That's followed by a bit of bubblegum. Plenty of apple/pear notes round out the nose.

The taste is no less authentic - a seemingly rare occurrence from American breweries. Spicy clove and pepper notes hit the tongue first. Thats followed by a bit of powdery yeast. The middle is chalked full of tart pear/apple notes. The finish is dry with an herbal/bitter kick. This beer is quite the easy drinker. The 9% abv is masked quite well.

The beer has a lightish body. The carbonation isn't as boisterous as some Belgians. It gets the job done quite nicely though.

This is a wonderfully authentic tripel. The folks at Boulevard seem to really get Belgian style brews. Its nice to see another authentic tripel brewed on this side of the pond. (1,078 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked bottle poured into my basic tulip glass. The tripel appears a clear bright amber color with two fingers of fizzy bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of spicy yeast, fruits such as pear, pineapple, tangerine, black pepper notes, honey, sweet and dry with very little alcohol presence. Carbonation level is medium to moderate. All tripel fans should look for this one. (387 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light orange with a moderate haze. Head is immense and dense, laces phenominally, very attractive presentation.

Aroma is of sweet malt and phenolic alcohol. Estery alcohol is predominant on the nose, not pulling much else out. If the smell is any indicationof the flavor, this one will be like vodka.

Flavor is of sweet malt, sour yeast and subtle spice. Spice is clove like slightly anise riding on the sour citrus twang of the yeast. Yeast gives a slightly fruity flavor that is complimented well by the malt sweetness. Malt is huge and sweet, coming front and center. Middle is doughy and bready with a sugary, candied flavor. Finsihes with the smallest hint of alcohol. Wow, this beer hides the alcohol like a champ, unbelievable.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and drying. Carbonation is soft edged and sufficient. Dry finish on the mouth is surprising given the sweetness of this brew.

Excellent, I have had a few trips, quads and the like and this is a must have. (1,024 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful golden, brilliant clarity, but lots of yeast chunks, giant billowy white head, not much for lacing

S - banana, mangoes, really interesting fruit notes, earthy pepper spice, mild perfumy alcohol,

T - real tasty malt upfront, lots of honey, fresh fruit, held in check by the alcohol and spice, hard to describe, but there is a lot of depth in the malt, just a hint of cracker, lots of pepper, but not overdone, pretty much serves the role of the hops, which are basically an afterthought

M - light body, good carbonation, the drying alcohol really soaks up the malty goodness in the finish, the alcohol is also fairly warming, which slightly works against itself.

D - really tasty stuff, another winner from the Smokestack series.

I've really been enjoying the Smokestack beers I picked up. All of them are relatively true to style, yet the put enough of a twist to make them their own. This one has a little something in the aroma, I'm thinking a dash of American hop, I'll check their website after this review. I usually don't care for overly peppery belgians (unless it's a really good saison), but this one is fantastic. What more is there to say? If you are into complex, challenging craft beer, you need to try this. (1,240 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Long Strange Tripel is a hazy burnt gold with a huge white head, very slow to subside, leaving heavy lace. The rocky, clingy settling of the foam was what finally bumped it to the upper echelon.

Smell is very good. The fruity, floral esters, loads of bananas. Ther's also a mineral bite, almost saison like, but with an appropriate touch of phenols. I particularly appreciate this as a diversion from the thick, sugary tripels so common state-side.

Taste is also very good. I'm normally more critical of tripels then other belgian blondes, but this one is very well done, particularly considering it's robustness. Sweet, spicy, dry finish, not too hot, satisfying, tasty flavor overall. The alcohol is well hidden, light phenols. Classic esters of bananas, cloves and vanilla, once again, I'm impressed with Boulevard not taking any shortcuts on the authentic ingredients, as well as executing them very well.

Mouthfeel has a heavy, creamy carbonation, a bit of crispness but not exactly sharp. The higher ABV is particularly drying, but overall it's very digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, I'm really impressed. After the saison's, this one really shows they know how to do Belgian blondes. For a stronger tripel, it's super tasty, clean and smooth. Decent price for the premium packaging to boot. I'm looking at the scores I'm giving it, as they keep creeping up through the bottle, but I really can't knock it further in any category. Really well done tripel, I didn't even have to give it bonus points for the overt reference to my all time favorite band! (1,613 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into my Rieder mug with a huge head and very great looking lacing down the sides. Large bubbles hover inside and smaller bubbles rise to the surface very quickly; it looks very complex from the start!

Smells delicious. Flowers and coriander in the aroma; a sense of the color 'white' as I inhale. Tastes like it smells. Coriander, orange-pineapple (slight), and a healthy juice type of texture residing within the taste itself. Awesome stuff, absolutely awesome. One of my favorite tasting beers as of this point.

Mouthfeel is hugely creamy and well-rounded. Drinkability is extremely, extremely high for a 9.0% ABV beer.

Overall, one of the best there is imo. I love this stuff so much. (707 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with the lady and paired with some BBQ chicken and salad

cell-phone notes

appearance: poured into delirium chalice, golden-copper body, light beige cap with light retention

smell: yeasty, spicy clove, pineapple, lots of bright fruit aromas

taste: nice tripel that i sadly enjoyed more than the previous two trappist tripels i have had...big ripe pineapple, spicy clove, white pepper, corriander, pear, scoop of honey.

mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, otherwise smooth well-rounded body

drinkability: high, especially a little bit warmer (562 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Dark golden beer, slightly hazed, topped with a large fluffy-white head, which retained moderately well, eventually down to a sparse bubble layer. The head is easily resurected with a coaxing swirl of the beer.

S-Spicy clove, along with other spicy characters. A slight yeasty, bready character with an almost semi-sweet maltiness.

T-Sweet, bready malts, immense yet somewhat delicate spiciness. With the characteristic lack of hops, the spiciness helped to round out this malt-bomb. Fruitiness as well, perhaps of the pear and apple persuasions.

M-High, effervescent carbonation. Medium-heavy body, masked by the carbonation.

D-Moderate. Not the best hit from Boulevard's Smokestack Series, but by no means a miss. This would be an enjoyable brew to share with a few friends on a cool spring evening. (845 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ballewblake for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle - batch T8007 served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a golden-orange with a frothy, off-white head that dissipated into a solid skim; spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is herbal, muted candi sugar, toffee and some light fruit (star fruit perhaps). Taste follows nose, but I also get some apricot in there as well. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent. Not your typical tripel - different in character but very enjoyable. (546 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with dinner at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. I made the mistake of drinking this after Moinette Blond, which while very similar, was a richer beer. So it was a more subtle tripel, but delicious and very drinkable. Like the other Smokestack Series Belgians I've tried, they've pretty closely nailed the style. The beer has a lovely mix of mild vanilla, light white bread grains, peppery hops, citrus zest, and Belgian spice. It does taste a little too similar to their Saison, but it's a good enough beer that I can forgive that. Certainly worth a try for anyone looking for a nice, fresh tripel.

Update 3/5/15: Still think this is too close to a saison, not enough bright bite to match most tripels. That said, it is delicious. (740 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pour with a huge white head. Tons of carbonation in here.

Lots of banana and other fruity esters in the nose. The body initially is over-carbonated, but some swirling helps fix that. Subtle light fruits are in the taste...leaning towards tropical...with a touch of toffee. Light on the tongue; very nice to see in an American tripel as too many end up too heavy.

Mouthfeel, as mentioned above, is initially too carbonated, but settles down to a nice, "light on the tongue" level.

Recommended. (507 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a very large off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is not to strong, yeast, slight fruit, and a bit of pear.

taste is carbonated, fruit, sour malt, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall just an average tripel, does not match up to others. (274 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml from West Vail Liquor Mart, batch number T8263. $9.

A: A HUGE white head, a gentle pour reduced about 4 inches worth of foam, billowy, just continues to grow, tons of bubbles moving around in this one. This could be one of the most violently carbonated beers I've ever seen. Body of the beer, from what is there is a nice shade of gold, leaning a little more towards bronze. Very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of banana esters, malt backbone is strong, lots of sweet candy sugar smells, a few hints at oats, slightly mineral, and some nice floral notes as well. A few hints of sour apples. Nice all around.

T: Has a nice zing to it, citrus notes, lemon, but a nice spicyness to it as well, leans a little more towards the noble hop character of spicy, a little bit of alcohol, fairly sweet as well, malts are strong, and have a nice, sweet, tripel flavor. Kind of hard to describe, but this doesn't fall short. Excellent beer.

M: Medium thickness, amazing carbonation, excellent dryness, and perfect amount of alcohol heat. Really great in the mouthfeel.

D: Pretty deceptive for being 9%. This one goes down very easily. I would recommend sharing it though. Nice beer all the way around. I'll definitely be picking up another one of these. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Dirty1
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 750ml bottle of this at my local beer store and poured it into my Piraat tulip glass.

A- It poured a dark gold with a slight orange glow. It was also slightly cloudy. It had a huge 2" creamy head that stuck around through half the beer. It left lots of laceing around the glass.

S- Yeast and honey dominate up front followed by light citrus and bananas.

T- The yeast and honey notes dominated on the first sip. Each sip gets a bit more complex opening up to ripe melons, light citrus, and a delightfull faint bubble gum note. There is some light citrusy hops on the back end as well as a noticable alcohol warming.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. It had a slight creamy mouthfeel that fit the style nicely.

D- All in all this is a pretty good example of an American Trippel. It has all the right notes and is fairly complex. My only complaint would be that the alcohol is a little to prominent on the backend and gets stronger as the beer warms. I will drink it again for a change of pace, but there are several good Belgiums for around the same price I would buy first. Cheers! (1,103 characters)

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.