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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,218 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 140 | 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  rDev -27.7%

Magambi, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

CitizenGrain, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mantooth, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Ry1975, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Chucker17, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sample I got popped and fizzed like New Year’s champagne, so if you get this in a bottle, open with care - and have a towel handy. It comes out of the bottle a clear, bright solar yellow with a thick, fluffy snow-white head that leaves very generous lacing. Strong, yeasty aroma has apple and pear notes and a hint of malt. Fruity, yeasty flavor fills the mouth with apple, pear, and a hint of butterscotch, as well as a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Lively texture has good body and fizz, leaving a fruity, tingly, slightly yeasty and malty finish. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.

Cyberkedi, Jan 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

booyahachieved3, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

smogfood, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Camel242000, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden with a massive head. Aroma of banana, citrus, and funky yeast. Slight bit of spice on the nose. Nice sweet banana orange flavor follows, a bit of sweet honey, and some dryness to boot. Smooth with light mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. A bit of bite on the way down. Solid tripel from a brewery that I have mixed feelings about (though, limited experience with them).

BMMillsy, Jan 16, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed Boulevard Smokestack glass.

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel

The beer pours a very nice golden straw color, hues of very faint amber and copper with a very big tall white head, big cloudy bubbles with just a touch of froth on top. Many bubbles rising to the top of the glass, the head has great retention but leaves behind almost no lacing. The aroma has nice notes of banana and funky straw, a touch of clove, faint berries in the background with some nice pale malt as well. The aroma is very nice and balanced, just not overly complex like many Tripels can be. The flavors are a bit spicier, banana, peppercorn, nice bit of funk, a touch of earthy bitter hop flavors as well with some alcohol and and light lemon but again, not as complex as many Tripels coming out of Belgium and the balance is a little poorer here. The body is nice and lively, a bit prickly on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A well made American Tripel from Boulevard and I think that this can be considered another success of the series. It may not be their strongest Belgian style offering, I still prefer The Sixth Glass and Saison-Brett, but this is definitely a worthy beer for anyone who enjoys this style.

kevanb, Jan 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jspriest, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger worth of bubbly head that left good wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice dark fruity aroma upfront in the nose with pleasent sweet yeasty notes, hints of spice and herbs with underlying booze notes.

T: the dark fruity character was just as dominate on the palate alongside mild herbal notes, slight spice, sweet belgian yeast flavor, applesauce notes and a touch of booze in the background.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount ofcarbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, dark fruity, spice herbal and creamy finish.

O: definitely a solid tripel all around and was glad to try another boulevard offering.

Gobzilla, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

blandmath, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BillyLrsn, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

VaTechHopHead, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of Belgian Boulevard tulip glass.

A: Pours an almost-clear golden hue with a thick 3-finger, white, fizzy head that lasts forever – leaving a nice trail down the glass and ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast and candi aroma. Hints of phenols.

T: Sweet crisp bready malt flavor with a nice spice to it. Balanced by the hops and slight alcohol burn.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent tripel – Really easy to drink and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

ckollias, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Davepoolesque, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

brotherloco, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

appetiteforparis, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's Long Strange Tripel is bright and fruity-sweet, with a thin finish.

It poured a beautiful hazy gold with a massive bubbly white head that quickly disappeared leaving only one thin ring. The aroma popped with banana, lemon peel, and yeast. The flavor was more subtle yet more fruity and much more sweet. In addition to banana and lemon, there was something bright, sweet, and citric, such as tangerine. The feel was light, thin, and lacked effervescence.

Long Strange Tripel is delicious, if a bit sweet and thin for a tripel. The high ABV is not noticable while drinking it, which along with the flavor, makes this a dangerous ale. It's very versatile, though, because the flavor and feel would be appropriate to warm weather or a special occasion.

MetalHopHead6, Jan 06, 2013
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.