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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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1,068 Ratings

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Ratings: 1068
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%

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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Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:04:54 | More by tdm168
Photo of jsanford


4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:35:19 | More by jsanford
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:04:05 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:26:02 | More by BMMillsy
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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:02:44 | More by kevanb
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 04:26:02 | More by Gobzilla
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:10:29 | More by ckollias
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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:41:56 | More by MetalHopHead6
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West Virginia

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

Served in Boulevard tulip glass

A- pours a bright yellow color with an enormous white foamy head that reduces to a thin layer skimming the top leaving large patches of lace around the rim. Fizzy bubbles dance to the top with sone yeast sediments floating around.

S- pronounced yeast with phenolic notes, some clove, spices, hay, apple, and wheat, slightly earthy. Quite a bit going on.

T- biscuity malt provides a backbone for some spicy yeast notes, with hints of clove and some herbal hop, finishes with some fruity notes of apricot and apple. The finish is bone dry with a fruity and yeasty linger and just a bit of warming alcohol.

M- light-med body, moderate carbonation, velvety mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish. Alcohol provides just enough to warm the palate but hidden well for the most part.

O- this is probably the best American brewed tripel that I've tried. The drinkability is perfect and flavors are so well balanced. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:07:41 | More by Treyliff
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours crystal clear straw yellow. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.A large bubbly white head. Swirl bottle for a hazy appearance and to agitate yeast..

S- Hay, grass, Belgian yeast. A spicy and earthy smelling beer. A slight fruity ester.

T- A fruity brew. A lot of sharp citrus, a bit of lemon grass and some dark fruit flavors on the back end. There is a bit of a wheat and hay flavor in this beer. The Belgian yeast is bold in this beer and works incredibly well with the beer. A spicy note and clove like flavors. Delicious tripel.

M- Highly carbonated. The bottle conditioning also adds a nice feel to the beer. The beer is quite spicy and lightly stings the tongue.

O- This is a great Tripel. Holds it's own to the Belgian beers and brings a new personality.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:29:59 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of obrike


4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift from my mother in law at a Christmas party.

Poured a light orange, slightly hazy, with a fairly sizable white cap that did not have a lot of retention in my New Belgium goblet. Lots of little floaties in this one.

Scent is of light citrus/darkfruit notes, belgian yeast, bubblegum,.fairly sweet. Picking up some booze as well. Smells like it packs a punch.

Some big spicy and yeasty flavors...lots of clove and fruit, with big white pepper spice on the finish...this is quite dry and spicy; coats the mouth nicely. A big beer with a lot of personality. Booze will certainly sneak up on you with this one. Boulevard appears to be getting it right with this tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:22:16 | More by obrike
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a near-clear deep orange, almost brownish... the color of an over-ripe persimmon. It produces a quick-growing thick foamy head, roughly 3 fingers without a particularly vigorous pour. It hangs around for a while, leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - A bit of phenic acid scent is the only flaw in the nose of this beer. A big bouquet of pear, peppery spice, Belgian yeast, dried wheat and apricot.

T - Much like the nose, this is a very well-made tripel. Lots of fruit, almost borderline tart, yeast, dry wheat, and a sweetness in the finish... a hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor. Also like the nose, a bit of phenol comes through as the only flaw that I'm detecting.

M - Great carbonation... I'm usually a little turned off by Triples that are overcarbonated, and this is not one of them. It's chewy yet drinkable, very little noticeable alcohol. Very dry finish, which lends to the bitterness on the end of the taste.

O - A solid Tripel that I will certainly buy again now that it's showing up in California. Dry, fruity, crisp, and technically very sound.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 06:53:20 | More by ESPNman
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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into goblet. Purchased at TW in Folsom.

A: Pours a clear apricot color with a couple fingers of bubbly bright white head. Head slowly faded into a thin collar leaving spotty lacework down the glass.
S: A very spicy nose. I get tons of Belgian-style yeast, clove, pepper, fruity esters, green apple, wheat and chalk.
T: Follows the nose with a good dose of spice on the palate. I get a bit of lemon peel in addition to the chalky wheat, pepper, clove and fruits from the nose. The finish is sweet and sugary but the aftertaste is drying and ever so slightly bitter.
M: Medium-full body, lightly sweet but drying mouthfeel, soft and fluffy carbonation. Alcohol is masked extremely well.
O: A very delicious tripel, smooth and easy to drink. One of the better I’ve had, definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:42:09 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Ricelikesbeer


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

Poured into a wide mouth tulip glass.

A: light gold, slight haze, lots of soapy white head. Excellent lacing that rims the glass. It takes a while to pour this one because of the high carbonation.

S: citrus and a slight alcohol hit up front, some doughy malt aroma, and slight grassy hops if you really search for them. The high carbonation helps to push the aroma into your nose.

T: More citrus, like lemon zest and a little orange. There is even a bit of peach or apricot ester here too. The malt is slight, but the pils malt lends a crackery, sugary flavor. The hops are on the backend, but balance the flavor wonderfully. I would guess they are styrian goldings as they are spicy and complex, and maybe even slightly fruity on their own. The finish is long and slightly bitter, which helps the refreshing quality of the beer. The alcohol is there, but not overpowering or harsh. The yeast character is extremly traditional, like Westmalle tripel or some of the better examples. For an American tripel, it has a very authentic quality to it.

M: Light and refreshing, with a little bit of mouthfeel. The prickly carbonation coats your tongue and finishes smoothly.

O: A great example overall, there is nothing lacking here. You get spice, fruit, sugar, and a little bit of hops. It reminds me of some trappist tripels that are outstanding. St. Bernardus tripel and Westmalle tripel might be slightly better, but not by a lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 15:04:12 | More by Ricelikesbeer
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a Tulip

A- deep golden body, 1 1/2" fluffy white head, awesome lacing after every sip and swirl of the glass

S- pear, apple, citrus, bubblegum, candi sugar, earthy, floral

T- pear, apple, grape, bubblegum, candy like sweetness, earthy, hay, grapefruit bitterness

M- medium body, crisp carbonation

O- for 9% abv its extremely drinkable. A mix of light fruit, bubblegum, earthy, and candy like sweetness. It's a very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:17:49 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden amber brew with plenty of foam in the Mort Subite globe. Really nice sudsy mouthfeel. The bubbles keep renewing themselves when you sip-- and this is from a bottle I had opened last night and recapped half full. Scent of alcohol and overripe fruit.

Strong cloves on the tongue, and when exhaling through the nose. It's a little much, plus the hint of bandaids. Crazy fruit with a sharp and hot delivery. Pineapple and apricot nectar, almost a barley wine intensity of flavor without the hops. Quite a powerful taste left in the mouth long after the last swallow. Some of the usual yeasty dryness. That spicy and yeasty flavor lingers long and it is indeed a long strange trip. Some tiny floaters in the last pour but no sediment to be seen.

This tastes more "Belgian" than most Tripels I've had. Certainly one that's worth seeking out and it's an education in the style, not to mention being a relative bargain. Bought at my local Ibis Market in Mission Hills, San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 07:12:35 | More by mactrail
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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series branded tulip glass

Pours a deep clear translucent gold with amber hue capped by a foamy and fluffy two and half finger bright white head. Exceptional retention and tons of thick lacing. Rich yeast light ripe fruits, flora, and medicinal alcohol on the nose. Light dried mixed fruit notes, including some tropical hints, yeast, bready malt that is present, but not overstated, finishes dry with herbal hop bitterness. Some slightly warming alcohol present.

Really well-balanced. Without a doubt, one of the finest American brewed tripels available and compares favorably with many of its Belgian counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:32:34 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of rajendra82


4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The color of the clear body was a highly attractive golden yellow, and the pour formed a three finger head being fed by lots of carbonation streamers. The nose has a distinct aroma of lemons and coriander. The taste was very refreshing due to a sweet biscuit like flavor. There were notes of coriander and orange peel in the taste, and the finish was very dry. The beer was extremely easy to drink, and hid the high carbonation level very well. Reminded me a lot of Duvel in the overall construction, which is a great thing in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 05:19:14 | More by rajendra82
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Boulevard's tulip glass. Three fingers of head with great retention. A hazy, medium straw colored body.
A great yeast and fresh bread smell. There's also a spicy smell to it.
Taste is subdued alcohol with ripe dark fruits, little yeast and finishes with a mild bitter note.
A good fizzy texture, moderate carbonation and a medium body.
A well done tripel and a great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:42:57 | More by Fatehunter
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a classic rich golden color, with a fast swarm of bubbles tornadoing toward the surface. Big frothy head. Very nice, my type.
Smells lightly yeasty with hints of citrus, spices, some peppery and coriander it seems.
It's great to cut through that creamy foam as I start tipping back the first sip from my Chimay chalice. I'm hit then with bold esters..pear/ grape and alcohol, and a large touch of malts! Let's see how this unfolds as it warms (to try out the "long & strange" aspect). Spicy and dry. A dry white wine-like aspect as far as the grape. Fruits hit back here and it is a bubblegum-like taste on the back end. Interesting take. Grows on me. Would be supreme if it didn't feel so strong.
Feels fine on the palate, nice carbonation.
I don't normally migrate toward tripels, especially American versions, and for no good reason. This was a good brew, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:08:25 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of Zorro


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed orange gold colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells of coriander and fruit, honey suckle malt. Black pepper in the ethanol fumes. Soft yeasty bread aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with a nice powdery yeast in honeysuckle. Mildly fruity but not any particular fruit. Truly tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a Seriously tasty beer. It could be more complex but it is better than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:09:53 | More by Zorro
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). Best by 5/14/13. Served in a Boulevard snifter.

Pours cloudy muted yellow with a full finger of white head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of yeast, hay, lemon and spice.

Taste is crisp with wet hay, lemon zest, yeasty character, a touch of coriander and some pepper. The alcohol isn't quite hidden but it is blended well.

Medium feel with fairly heavy carbonation. Long dry lemon yeasty finish.

Tripels are admittedly not one of my favorites but I could definately drink morw of this. It opens up well as it warms and it's quite pleasing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 23:02:41 | More by ThickNStout
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a hazy golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that lasted throughout and had excellent thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky horse blanket Belgian yeast with notes of green apple, banana, citrus (lemon), clove and honey.

The taste was a tad acidic and a little sweet with hints of banana, honey and apple at first, becoming a bit funky with a strong yeast presence and a mildly bitter spicy citrus finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with a nice fruity spicy taste left behind to linger on for a little bit longer.

Mouthfeel was just past light in body with a slightly dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a brew that was put together very well, allowing for a good refreshing taste with a compelling body and smooth drinkability, which all did a great job of concealing the high ABV...


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 22:48:46 | More by KajII
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bought as a single (well, 2 singles from Total Wine in NOVA over Tgiving. Best by 3/13

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow orange with a very "Belgian" tightly bubbled head with great retention and lots of lacing. Looks like the real deal.

Smell: Light fruity esters like pear and apple, even some peach. Malty sweet, slightly bready, and with a touch of funky yeast twang.

Taste: This is definitely the real deal. Very nice fruit and interesting yeasty flavors. It doesn't become overly sticky and sweet like many tripels, nor does it become hot with jet fuel-like higer alcohols. This well done beer is likely the product of a closely regulated fermentation.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but not heavy. A tripel that borders on refreshing.

Overall: As above, a very well done beer. Great tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:37:05 | More by rapidsequence
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden body with a huge frothy off-white head.

S- Citrus, Belgian spices, pear, green pepper, yeasty bread.

T- Very interesting flavors come through on this one. I get a ton of pear coming through, but also a lot of yeasty bread flavors. There is a hint of pepper and citrus at the end as well.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. A quenching beer that has only a hint of dryness.

O- For a readily available 4-pack tripel, this one is great. Offers a good combination of flavors with very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 23:23:04 | More by stephenjmoore
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