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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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1,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 95
Gots: 160 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Lukas Liquor and served into a hybrid stem-snifter/tulip glass near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado per my friend blakelive784's recommendation. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given my friend's recommendation as well as the brewery; also, I loved Love Child No. 3 and I understand that this is the base beer for that one. 9.0% ABV according to my bottle. Bottle is 1 pint 9.4 oz with interesting label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork. Batch number 413Q16; 10-2013. Reviewed as a tripel because it identifies as such. Smokestack series.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard-vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours about 80% foam. Head is three fingers wide and of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Not much frothiness. No lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes. Retention is fairly good - about 4-5+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks good for a tripel, but it's not a paragon by any means.

Sm: Floral hop character, luscious Belgian malts, clean barley, cream, and fresh clove and banana (from the yeast). Lemongrass. Nice subtle spiciness. Some orange fruit esters, but perhaps not much orange peel per se. Certainly a fruity aroma; green apple, light apricot, pear. Nails the style down. Good sweetness/bitterness balance, with an appealing lightly nectary sweetness edging out any light hop bitterness. Honey. Nectar. A pleasant approachable aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Apricot, honey, light apple, light pear, decent nectar, pilsner malts, golden Belgian malts, clove, lemongrass, orange (fruit, not peel per se), and cilantro. Hop character is almost solely floral. Crackery malts. Some white pepper. Boy is there some balance here, though unfortunately the ABV does come through a biteen - especially in the third act. That said, the complexity and subtlety distract from the presence of alcohol - which in fairness is admittedly light - though a great beer in the style should be able to hide 9.0%.

Pretty good duration of flavour. Above average intensity and depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat soft. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not refreshing per se, but it is pleasant to drink - and quite approachable for the ABV. Good thickness and body. Dries towards the finish, helping it to coax out the next sip a biteen.

Not scratchy, harsh, gushed, hot, or oily.

Dr: Certainly drinkable for the well-hidden 9.0% ABV. A likable tripel that isn't strictly traditional, but then it might actually make some improvements. I'd get this one again, even if tripels aren't often a style I frequently gravitate towards. A pretty solid offering from Boulevard, and I can see why it made a good base for Love Child No. 3. Recommended for fans of the style; certainly one of the better American examples of the style that I've had. Not a unique or special beer, but certainly one I'd happily return to.

Alcohol is too present for it to quite be a "B", but it's a mighty fine tripel.

High B-

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.