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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 108
Gots: 180 | 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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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of wedge
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear, deep golden color under a fittingly large, rocky head of thick, luscious foam. Aromas of softly sweet malt, light dough, spices, herbs, and dried fruit. Malt is toned down in the flavor, though there's a nice cake-y element. Increased phenolics, peppery spice through the middle, with apple, apricot, and slight citrus juice. Creamy, fluffy mouthfeel - appropriately carbonated, drying, and not too sweet. Never boozy. Well done...

Photo of devilben02
2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a sparkling apple-juice-yellow color, with a massive, foamy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is an expected combination of light, tart apple-like yeastiness against dry grassy hops. The flavor has a light, bready sweetness and a bit of banana, but it is mostly a very dry, grassy, almost dirt-like bitterness that lingers in an unpleasant aftertaste. The light, very active carbonation plays off this flavor profile, leaving an exceptionally drying sensation in the finish. Overall, I will readily admit that tripels aren't a preferred style for me, but I have been able to enjoy some in the past... just not this one.

Photo of XxNitExX
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay Goblet from 12oz bottle

A- Honey color with a nice amount of carbonation that produces a perfect white head that sticks around.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, bread, alcohol, all mixed up into a symphony of smells. Probably strongest with the clove in my opinion.

T- Wonderful bready malt taste, loaded with cloves banana and that alcohol bite you get with a good tripel. Can't forget about that wonderful belgian yeast funk you get either!

M- Very carbonated but not in a bad way. Goes down smooth

Overall a very good representation of the style, only one I put above it that I have tried is La Fin Du Monde, which full disclosure is my favorite beer I can get locally.

Photo of spartanlaker
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of homebrew311
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into Boulevard glass. Appearance is bright gold with striking clarity and cascading bubbles. Frothy white head is formed and retains very nicely and leaves heavy lacing. Nose features floral notes with heavy spice and clove character. Bready Belgian yeast looms large with accents of lemon zest. Taste is straight forward and clean for a tripel. Plenty of belgo character which provides some sweetness, fruity esters, light banana, moderate clove, and minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium weight mouthfeel. Overall, a refreshing, clean, and full flavored tripel.

Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MaineMike
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jewellrunner
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Swervine44
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mirish72
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Anker13
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/27/13- Boulevard Brewing Company, Smokestack Series | Long Strange Tripel |12oz Bottle

Appearance- Beautiful golden orange color, foamy white persistent head, lots of carbonation, hazy

Aroma- Bananas, cloves, yeasty, earthy, orangy-citrus-tropical, slight spice. Surprisingly no boozey smell

Mouthfeel- medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth effervescence, slight astringency, a little dry

Taste- Earthy spiciness is upfront, followed by banana bread and a slight yeasty taste, rounds out with tropical fruitiness. Orange-citrus is apparent, can definitely taste the alcohol on the end.

Residual- Semi dry, sweet taste remains

Overall- Pretty good tripel as far as I’m concerned. For a 9% beer, it certainly does not drink like a 9% beer. Very Unique

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Maxwell
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy orange yellow with a big beautiful head on top that stays for awhile and is full of sudsy bubbles that sit at top as creamy smoothness. The beer’s body is hazy, lightly translucent, and peppered with a thick torrent of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The beer’s lacing is fat and wall-like, with rather large bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass like snow on the ground. On the nose, the beer smells quite hefeweizen-like with thick clove and banana scents alongside sweet lemon bread notes that reveal the Belgian yeast in the beer. The fruity esters on the beer are bright and lively on the nostrils, also hinting towards pineapple and some lighter tropical fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly bitter, but also strongly of banana bread. The taste begins as bitter and lightly medicinal hops which slowly open into lovely banana bread flavors with splashes of lemon and pineapple, though the medicinal bitter remains as an undercurrent on the taste buds. The finish is strong with banana bread, but the aftertaste returns to the surprising amount of hops hiding in this beer, and rings with grassy medicinal bitters. On the mouth, the beer feels fierce with carbonation. The beer is medium in body, and leaves a sticky ichor briefly on the tongue as it travels down the throat. The mouth is left a little burned from the carbonation, and quite dry from the hops, though the tongue does retain some small reserves of saliva. Overall, this beer is surprisingly bitter and harsh on the mouth, but has an awesome smell and some awesome flavors. I think a little gentler of a hand when hopping this beer could be used, but it is an American Tripel after all, and what are we American’s known for if not our overdosing of hops? This is another success from Boulevard! Try this beer.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish gold with a huge, thick, dense, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - some fruit, some faint yeast

T - apricot, faint peach, some straw, a faint bitterness in the finish

M - some warming alcohol, medium to full bodied, crisp

This is a nice Tripel. The traditional flavors are evident and the strong ABV is noticeable, but tucked away. Overall, this is a solid offering with a traditional flavor profile. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Belgian beer.

Photo of jsanford
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold with a dense, soapy white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. Big Tripel aromas of bubblegum, light clove, orange peel,and wheat. Very crisp and clean. Taste is similarly clean, very balanced with light wheat malt, banana, bubblegum, and mildly spicy clove phenols. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Really excellent Tripel, one of my favorites of recent memory.

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,317 ratings.