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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

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1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 110
Gots: 228 | FT: 3
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.

23 IBU
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Photo of DenverLogan
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 12 oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass.
Pours yellow gold with significant head.
Aroma of honey, sweet malts, straw hops and floral notes.
Significant carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malts, honey, straw hops...with a slight tingling from the carbonation, and a touch of white pepper and pink grapefruit rind. Overall a darn tasty tripel in my book...smooth yet full bodied, inviting yet complex.

Photo of dreedvol
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian glass from bottle.

Has a nice lacy head that diminishes slowly. Good golden with a slight red hue and hazy from the yeast.

Aroma is strong in yeast esters fruits such as banana with citrus notes and a hint of spice. Very appealing.

Taste is citrus with a hint of spice, banana, and a slight cherry flavor maybe.

Crisp aftertaste and a slightly prickly carbonation. Well balanced finish.

A well done tripel. Still have enjoyed most of the offerings from this brewery.

Photo of alex_hart
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

served into the classic Boulevard glass.

Has a brilliant transluscent, light, sandy, orange color to it with an overflowing, fluffy, off-white head that retains through the first few sips, then dissipates to a quarter-finger for the remainder of the glass. Great lacing throughout the duration. Even as my glass sits empty (which is sad) I still look at the different patterns left on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and floral with light, but easy to detect, notes of belgian yeast. Can smell some light fruit, maybe orange peel. Slight hint of some bitter hops, but very minimal.

The taste is much of the same. Light and airy with obvious belgian yeast and delicate orange and other light fruits. Welcoming at every sip, and it invites the next one as soon as the previous is finished. The 9% abv is undetectable.

The mouthfeel is comforting, for lack of a better description. Smooth. Each sip almost floats over the toung and just leaves a slight residue upon the swallow. Medium bodied.

Overall this is one of my favorites from the Boulevard Smokestack Series, along with Sixth Glass and Rye-on-Rye. This absolutely one to try and is highly recommended, IMO.

Photo of DrinkDrankDronk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of lesslikemath
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 08/09/2013.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and funky smell with lots of fruit esters. Big scent of Belgian yeast with hints of barnyard funk, white pepper, and clove spices. Big hints of banana, pear, apple, and bubblegum. Grassy hops and hints of citrus orange and lemon. Pale bready malts with hints of wheat grains, biscuit, and crackers. A very zesty and fruity aroma. Good use of the yeast.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a yeasty, spicy, and funky Belgian taste with big fruit esters. Funky Belgian yeast throughout with a good dose of white pepper and clove spicing. Lots of fruit taste with notes of banana, pear, and apple along with some bubblegum. Citrus orange and lemon. Also some grassy hops in the mix. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, and crackers. Fairly bitter and dry taste with lots of zesty spice and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and very drying.

Overall: A really good take on the Belgian Tripel style. Nice balance of spices and fruit esters. Very zesty.

Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- loudly light orange yellow color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-banana, clove, yeasty grain, orange, slightly funky

T-yeasty grain, banana, clove, oranges, slightly peppery and dry finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-very good Tripel and a decent price point for this quality

Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of wmobley
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Stwinchy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of frankiepop
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am becoming more and more impressed with Boulevard. Here I just had to try a tripel named after a Grateful Dead song!!!

I haven't seen such crass commercialism since Ben and Jerry's released Cherry Garcia. This is a good tripel. Long Strange tripel more importantly is a unique different tripel. I commend the brewers here. It's a challenge to differentiate your tripel. I respect the difference or as Pepe Lepew said, "Vive la difference!!!"

The first thing that hits me is a strong malt aroma and taste. Wonderful. In the background you get some fruitiness balanced by some dry hoppiness flavor. Good stuff. I recommend you try it.

So listen to some Dead when you drink this beverage. I mean what else pairs with this. Years ago I went to a great Dead concert. That you missed. Garcia would play long great guitar solos just out in space. Go hear 1969's Live/Dead; Workingman's Dead, American Beauty, or my fave Anthem of the Sun!

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Ranz
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of flexabull
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright and slightly hazy gold color with a huge white head.

Aromas are of spices, bubblegum, lemon peel, and a floral quality.

Taste is dry up front, grassy, yeasty and with hints of bubblegum and lemon. Finish is floral, lightly bitter, and a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth, full, with nice snappy carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer. One of the better Tripels I've had in a while, well done Boulevard.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NikD
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of patre_tim
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow, highly carbonated, very little cloud mostly clear, huge cream white head, foamy melts like sea foam with large and small bubbles.

S: Belgian yeast, fruity like pears and light fruits, not tropical.

T: Hides the alcohol for sure. Light, fruity, again pears, beligan yeast, like Karmeliet but unique unto its own. Light and balanced. Some sweeteness but not overpowering. Some spice almost cinnamon.

M: Light medium slight syrupy body, high carbonation.

O: Balanced, unique, delicious, worth a try, great job by an American Midwest brewery! Enjoyed this one in Kansas City.

Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy white billowy head that reduced just a tad. It is a pale yellow color with good clarity and visions of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts, vanilla, spices, boozy alcohol, apple, pear, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Same as above, but with lingering bitterness. Alcohol is nice and warming too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, warming alcohol, and some tingling action in the end.

Overall: Pretty solid tripel. More please.

Photo of SLOTerp
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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