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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,390
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 109
Gots: 219 | 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.

23 IBU
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Photo of jwswigs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ikantspel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip
Best by 5.14.13 on bottle

Pours a golden orange color with an epic 3 finger head that leaves a foam mountain that takes forever to settle

Heavy spice in the nose with citrus and clove with some pear

Great balance of Belgian spice, fruit, and malt with a slight peppery finish

Didn't know how this would age but damn

Wow. This one is top shelf tripel. Boulevard dont play

Photo of EmmetD
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of macher0
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of clm9
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish body with massive two finger head that dies slow and leaves lace. A spicy and fruity aroma mostly, although yeast and orange are there as typical with a Belgian style beer, but more along some floral spices and sweet fruits or close to (it could be anything although I want to say sweet apples that I like). The beer is light bodied and has a spicy edge that I found leading to a crisp finish, for the most part I get sweet, tropical fruits (apricot, mango, something in that range) and some sugary malts in the beer as this triple seems to be more sweet than most of this style. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I guess when I order a triple I expect something closer to style and not so sweet as the sweetness became overbearing at times.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very Belgian in that it pours up a ton of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber/apple juice color which glows golden when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Starts off with warm banana, followed by subdued cloves. Slight notes of apple and lemon. The only dominant on the glass was banana and the initial smell of this from the bottle is replaced by very round cloves. Almost creamy. Or rich with a touch of honey. Swirling shows a little bit of spice- coriander, a touch of cinnamon.

Taste- Starts off apple and lemon while definite clove notes come in and out. They are fairly ashy and bitter to such a degree that really take over palate. Ends in strong spice- some undefined but also a large amount of coriander and light touch of pepper and cinnamon. Shows more banana and the clove note of this tripel is more enjoyable than any other I've had in a tripel. It adds dimension and character and plays well with the other notes on the flavor profile. Still, I wish other aspects of this beer were more dominant and had more presence. Lacks complexity for most of each taste but seems to make up for it somewhat with the spice bill on the finish. Pretty much a good beer that could be a really good beer. Light notes of honey as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tiny touches of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation. Some smoothness, some creaminess. One aspect that gives the beer a chance of being a really good beer.

Drinkability- Becomes more and more easygoing. No sign of 9.2%, which is a little high for a tripel. A little under 4 bucks seems very fair for a bottle.

Overall- A good, solid tripel that has suggestions of being really good. Definitely worth a try and I will be buying this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours light yellow with small head. Visible sediments and yeast from bottle conditioning
S: Orange peel, apricot and some other fruity sweetness on the nose. Very pungent for the style.
T: Refreshingly bright for a tripel with citrus, orange, coriander and a little musty yeast
M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O: Boulevard threw in some twists to this tipel to take the traditional style and throw in some WOW factor. The taste and nose are very prevalent just like I enjoy. A must buy if looking for a tripel.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best Before 03-2014.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with a bit of hay and barnyard must plus some lemongrass. Slightly soapy.

T- Bright, tangy fruitiness combines with the Belgian yeast to create a smooth yet vibrant flavor. Alcohol taste is there but works well within the construct of the flavor profile. Notes of spice, banana and a hint of bubble gum.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- A wonderfully constructed Tripel full of subtleties and nuances that make for a great example of the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw yellow glass holds a ridiculous two finger white sticky head of foam. Plenty of sticky spots of lacing down the glass, excellent retention, but just a little over done. There is a bit of chill haze as well.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeasty nose, light banana esters, tonic water base. Clean and inviting.

Taste: Great balance, a bit of sweet bready malt, a touch of alcoholic heat, a hint of leafy earthy hops, all in a frothy almost American lager clean package.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, made for a lively cork pull but it froths excessively when poured. After the rush, a medium body goes a bit limp and cask.

Overall: Pretty awesome beer. Tasty, clean, has classic Trippel flavors but comes across as, not mild but balanced, restrained. Controlled. A nice sipper for a long strange evening.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,390 ratings.