Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 451
Hads: 1,484
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 19.85%
Wants: 142
Gots: 263 | 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 Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number: T8123; Sampled September 2008
There is lots of banana in this beer, first it smells of it as I am pouring this beer, but also the foam tastes of banana. Speaking of foam an not overly hard saw the head start to flow over the sides of my 25cl tulip glass, but I was able to react fast enough to slurp all of the excess foam; so no mess. The head stands a full four-fingers in height (including a finger above the rim of my glass) and is a pale tan color that is more the color of cream than anything. The beer is a has a nice copper hue to it as it sits on my desk, but shows a mostly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of grassy grain, spicy esters and fruit. Aromatic notes of bananas, definite clove, clean pepper, bubblegum / almost juicy-fruit esters, dusty-crushed grain aromas, a touch of unsalted saltine cracker, an at times strong green apple note and a touch of warming alcohol are all easily noticeable (none are a stretch for me) if you spend a little time with the nose).

Well carbonated still (even after resting for the last ten minutes), the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. Fairly dry, but it still has some sweetness that is accentuated by the fruity esters and the higher alcohol notes that pepper this beer. Sweet, malt accented banana flavors mix with sweet clove notes, touches of cotton candy, wild-flower honey, and ripe melon notes provide the sweet flavors in this beer. The sweetness is only lightly offset by pepper-like higher alcohol notes in the finish, a spicy clove notes in the finish that gets turpene heavy, a touch of dried ginger and a light astringency and bitterness that lingers on in the finish. Fairly light bodied as a decent Tripel should be, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but is far more quaffable than a 9% alcohol beer should be.

Can be a bit too hot and phenolic at times, but this is certainly an interesting Tripel. This is even tasty enough and I am certainly happy to find myself quaffing this for an evening.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Zadok
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden sunset, almost had several layers of color and had a dense fog quality. Had a 2 finger head that hung around for a little while.

Very nice smell, citrus and coriander with a slight booziness.

Taste has a flavor of light fruit mixed in alcohol. Orange and a clove citrus seem to be the backbone of flavor. There is a definite warming from alcohol on decent.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation with a slight bite on the aftertaste.

A very impressive beer from Boulevard, it sure is nice to support local brewers with a smile. High ABV once again makes for limited consumption but definitely worth trying out. Look forward to trying out the others in the Smokestack series.

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Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, creamy orange color with a nice two finger head, into a chalice. Somewhat floral aroma, grassy, big hits of lemon, mild banana, spice, and slightly boozy. Very nice. Taste is sweet up front, a bit grassy, spicy, hints of malted wheat, a touch of citrus, and long, dry finish. A mild alcohol warming in the mouth and throat. High ABV presents itself, but in a good way. Good carbonation, feels slick and smooth on the tongue, creamy, medium-full bodied to say the least. An excellent take on a Belgian-style Tripel. As close to the real thing coming from this side of the pond.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch T8067.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" beige head above the clear dark golden brew. Head is moving and grooving, but keeps on trucking, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet and effervescent, with spices present amply as well. Taste is a spinning experience of sweet, spice, and alcohol warmth, all flavors coming on spearately now and again. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Numbness does seem to slowly appear on the tongue and at the back of the throat, but this one's worth the effort.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy with some nice orangish colorings,the head is tall and light with a soft appearence,but it holds itself up for quite a while. The nose is dead on,citric tart and spicy. Flavors are much the same as the nose with one ingredient not standing above the rest,this is a great Tripel. Lots of clove and pepperiness,slightly sweet and consistantly yeasty. The mouth feel was first class,good texture and carbonation. Damn I'm glad this was a big bottle. Get some people!!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - clear light amber color with a great head that is well retained; leaves a nice lacing

S - sweet malt aroma with very faint hop scent in the background

T - sweet malt up front with fruity yeast character and a slight hop finish; some dryness from the alcohol

M - medium/light body with high carbonation

D - This is quite a nice tripel. Boulevard continues to impress me with their Smokestack series. I was a bit skeptical at first, but this is the second that I've been pleasantly surprised with. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a golden color with a huge creamy head and nice lacing.

S: The aroma is a complex mixture of Belgian yeast, candy, spice, orange and cereal.

T: The taste is bitter and cereal. There is the distinct Belgian Triple flavor noticeable.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. There is a definite carbonation kick.

D: This is a balanced and easy drinking brew that hides the alcohol well. Oh, and you've got to love the name.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive "pop" from the corked bottle, massive carbonated pour into my Corsendonk snifter. The massive white head does settle into a pillow-top floating on the amber orange brew.

Orange dominates the fruity aroma and presents itself in the quaff. Taste is on the dry side for a tripel, this reminds me more of a strong Belgian pale ale than tripel. No hint of any alcohol in it.

Still pretty tasty and a decent cut at a difficult beer to brew, but I doubt if I would seek out another bottle of it.

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

My notes are minimal, but my enjoyment was full.

Long Strange Tripel, Boulevard...

hazy golden hue, huge white head...

sweet and spicy aroma...right on for a tripel.

Lemon, .lime, orange, and more in the flavor, with a spicy kick.

Delicious stuff...perfect fit for the tripel style.

That's all I had to say while I drank it, but it says it all.

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Photo of naterock
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my fiance for randomly picking this up for me, and to specialk for helping me drink it.

Pours a cloudy orange with amazing head retention and a thick yeast haze. beautiful tripel to look at, reminds me of a duvel in a tulip.

Smells suprisingly hoppy with a sweet malt quality and a slight estery nose. typical for a tripel but delightful none the less.

Tastes malty with a slight hop nuance and a sweet fruity-like aftertaste not too overly complex but solid.

Not to overly carbonated which is good, I think a belgian can easily be too overly carbonated which diminishes the malt quality that we love so much.

This is possibly the best of the smokestack series that I've had, besides the saison. will definitely buy this in the future for a solid tripel.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roo Naterocks fiance' on this one

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a cloudy copper with a nice white speck of yeast floating and a near perfect head that lingers the entire lenght of the brew.

S-A bit alocholy, with notes of pine, little earthy with a very subtle honey/sweet note.

T&M-Bready with great notes of alcohol and the slightest hops bite nice bitter middle and finish, nice smooth full body.

D-Would love to have this around often and would also love to age one to try I belive this would be the best of all the smokestack to age.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a large white head that hangs around forever. Surprisingly only low amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I was expecting thick rings of lace after each sip.

Has a spicy Belgian yeast aroma along with a vinous component.

At first the beer has a heavy spicy yeast flavor but as the beer warms the fruit and vinous qualities come through. Hints of alcohol warm the palate. Finishes with a cracker like dryness.

Medium body with a robust carbonation. Very nice texture.

A good Tripel but far from my favorite. High ABV ensures limited consumption. I did enjoy this one more than Boulevard's Saison

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split two ways into two pint glasses. Pours a light yellow with alot of carbonation and strong head. Smell has some light fruit and spice. Taste is not as pronounced as most tripels, but it's certainly not subdued by any means. A good amount of sugar in the taste. Not overly carbonated like alot of triple, making this beer pretty drinkable.

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

A: pours a light hazy orange color, with lots of carbonation and extreme head! About 2 fingers worth.

S: typical Belgian spicing. clove, slightly grassy, a tinge of alcohol. slightly fruity banana aroma.

T: nice rich taste. lots of malt and fruit sweetness. lots of clove spicing and a slight warmth from the alcohol which is mostly unnoticeable. Awesome triple, if not a bit sweet.

M: very nice. goes down smooth. lots of head to break through...which gets caught on my moustache :)

D: Pretty deceiving ABV, but damn good taste, if not a bit sweet. I could drink this all night probably.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Gold pour with an excellent facsimile of a lacy Belgian head. Overripe green apple aroma, some sweet citrus. Flavor is doughy malt with apple and banana esters and a touch of clove spiciness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated, dry finish. A pretty standard tripel.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a champagne like cloudy lemon color with a ton of carbonation. the smell is good, has a sugary aroma to it with some citrus in there too. taste is great, the effervescence on the tongue is awesome as is this the whole beer, i dont know what makes a tripel a tripel, maybe the yeast but it sure is awesome.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


cool champagne bottle and image of Boulevard employee Harold "Trip" Hogue on the label pours amber burnt orange and produces a nice big fluffy head that slowly dissipates into a film it also has a champagne like carbonation moving up the Unibroue tulip glass I poured it into

sweet malts give off a honey aroma along with the expected Belgian yeast aromss that make you think of cloves and bananas

tons of sweet malt again a bit of that honey there are some clean malts and some crystal malts in this as well followed by the herbal and fruity Belgian yeast funk, this over all blends well with but fails to mask the spicy, peppery alcohol that it finishs quite dry with

very effervescent which helps deliver the flavor, this makes it quite a lively beer. medium body with a nice dry finish

very drinkable beer, good looking, tasty just a quality tasty tripel that is rather true to style.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this one, I've really been enjoying these Smokestacks.

Pours a hazy golden, huge and thick white head forms, drops a ton of lace and settles down to a thick layer, great retention, looks great. Smell is sweet and sugar, white wine, fruits, yeast, wheat, orange and tangerine, apricot, some spice, really good. Taste is sweet, honey, grass and wheat, yeasty, a ton of fruit, wine, spicy finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, very smooth and easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden. Very nice tripel! Thanks Russ!

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Photo of bennetj17
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed, sun-like orange with a thick white foam holding steady. Fairly strong carbonation rising to the top. The aroma is rather unremarkable. Just some faint citrus spice and Belgian yeast notes. Not bad, very basic for the style.

Citrus and melon fruit flavor, lightly sweet with some bready alcohol notes toward the finish. Decent spiciness but not too much in the way of complexity. I wish there was a bit more bitter contrast in the end to match the maltiness. Light mouthfeel, a bit slick, fine carbonation.

Overall not a bad Tripel. Alot of American versions don't really come close, but this is pretty standard, just nothing special. Worth trying if you can find it...

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Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, one of four installments in their Smokestack Series, sampled at around 8 months of age. Shared by the man they call Grub!

The beer is clear and remarkably sleek. A peach stained head compliments the fare, apricot hued body; our communities would be much prettier places if they would make cars and paint schools in this colour. This looks quite promising.

The smell is zestful with soft, ripening notes of orchard fruits. What is more prominent, however, is the unlikely find of citrus: orange, marmalade, a distinct hit of mandarin. The yeast also provides just a hint of spice but leaves phenols absent and bears no indication of alcohol strength.

The more traditional flavours of orchard fruits - pears, peaches, apples - are clean and vivid in taste. They soften the grainy wheat and lighten the hefty malt base. These flavours compliment the beer's sweetness and damn, are they ever nice on the tongue.

Boulevard has done the monks proud. I'm extremely impressed to see a Belgian style crafted so remarkably well by an American brewer - this is somewhat rare. Right to its end the beer could maintain its creamy head to the level; warming served only to bring out subtleties; and it was dangerously quaffable (and subtle) for its strength.

This is the third Smokestack Series beer I've tried and each has impressed me more than the last. Everything about it mimicked the great examples of the style. Their Long Strange Tripel, along with their Saison, are styles they've understood and the result has been ideal beer.

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Photo of beerkittycat
2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very murky yellow-orange despite being careful to store upright and pouring slowly. A vigorous white head nearly clears the lip of my tulip glass but then settles into about a centimeter of foam for the duration. Aroma has some nice esters of lemon and orange along with the familiar spicy Belgian yeast characteristics. Unfortunately, there are also some distinct fusel alcohol aromas akin to nail polish remover lingering around. Flavors of the same lemon and orange along with a nice balance of sweet malt are quite nice but alas the fusel alcohol overcomes the finish and causes me to curl my nose as I swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and the effervescent carbonation may also contribute to the dominance of the fusels as well. This beer had some great potential but the fusels need to be removed.

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

The appearance of this "strange" tripel is of a heavily smeared dark golden fog that looks quite thick and lush. Poured slowly as I could see as soon as it hit the goblet a foam rapidly took over, even so, with pouring slow this gained a two inch girth before I finally got it about 5/8's full of liquid. The foam is quite taughtly settled in a firm density of off-whitish hue. Long, ink blobby lace sticks across the glass in a few areas.

Nose is most notably made up of some dullish, pale fruityness of pear, apple, and melon. It comes across as tenderly sweet mostly with the decorated airy fruits filling in the extras with a good portion of that specific yeasty spice to it thats adding a bit of sugars and peppery tannins.

Taste has a firm hold and bold, yet tenderly ampled supply of sweet bready malts and pale, mushy fruits of pear, melon, red apple, and banana soaking in well enough to render into the finishing areas where the yeast does its thing with some tannin-like spices, crusty sugaryness, and a hint of herbal grasses. Drys off nicely and with ease.

Body is pretty full and actively firm and bold with a girthy middle and somewhat lasting chewyness of malts and has lightly spiced areas making for an interesting array of fun palate pleasing adventures.

Another solid Smokestack series brew and a good sippin' Tripel thats crafted solidly by Boulevard.

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Photo of Crosling
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exploding cork. A mild gusher. An alive beer. Yellow color with a full foam. . Light aromas, polish-like, with herbs and light fruits. Flavor has nice balance and a nice malt and yeast complexity. A lot of fruit character (peach, pear, nectarine) with the notion of spices from the yeast. I really think it's a beer of high quality.

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Photo of mentor
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw-peach color with a nice tan head that settlles slowly. Smells musty and lemon. Very mild aromas. Not much to say about this one, as there isn't much here.

Tastes wet sweet to start with strong flat phenolic. Not clovey and not quite smokey. Yellow cake and esters of orange, rather than my lemony expectation. Grassiness from yeast mixes with the phenolic in an unpleasant way. I know some people dig that flavor, but it makes me cringe. Bleech. Dry finish leaves lingering phenol. Light body, but finish isn't quite as crisp as I'd expect in a Tripel.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white cap on a cloudy orange-copper body, and the big bottle provided about four glasses to minimize the thick, heavily carbonated foam. Spicy aroma blends well with fruit, lots of pepper and ginger with apricot, sour apple, and orange peel.

This is really delicious! I'm impressed with how well Long Strange Tripel maintains a tight balance between fruit and spice, the somewhat sticky syrupy malt with the spicy carbonation. Extremely well done as with the mouthfeel, smooth, well-carbonated, syrupy.

Outstanding beer, an excellent tripel. The Smokestack series is one of the best things American brewers have concocted and released in the last year. All I've tried have been terrific, and this ranks among my favorite tripels. Highly recommended.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.