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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,206 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 139 | 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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vandemonian

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel is a dry tripel with some flavours that reminds my of unripe grapes or white wine. It lives up to it's name... strange.

A: Straw yellow colow and a big 3 cm head that lasts very well. Lots of carbonation. 4.5

S: Belgian yeast and some unripe fruit aroma. 4

T: Malty with yeast and a very strong unripe grape flavour. Quite dry for a tripel with a finish that is very crisp. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

09-24-2012 03:20:04 | More by vandemonian
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Is it just me, or is there a ton of Deadheads in the craft beer industry? Guess it’s just another example of brewers incorporating what they love into their product, which I’m sure is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Cheers to good music, and even better beer.

Good for another five months (“BEST BY DATE: 02-2013”), which gives me the impression that it’s around seven months old by now.

A: This is a very bubbly, very bright Belgian-style ale; a slight haze hangs over the body, but it’s mostly a luminescent gold. That head – a white, micro-bubbled pillow of silky foam – sits at two fingers for minutes at a time, supported by the torrent of fizz from underneath. There’s not a single pour without a half-inch of dense retention, either, and lacing clings everywhere to the glass. Looks excellent.

S: Satisfyingly estery, previewed by my nose being able to pick up this beer’s funk immediately after popping the cork. Clove and grass, lemon and pepper mix from somewhere just on top of the body – presumably from some bright European hops – while a slighty green and bretty muskiness churns beneath. Gives it a barnyard character without going overboard, you could say. Malts show considerable vanilla and wafer at the base of it all, too, though they’re not the main event by far. A decently-balanced, enjoyable nose.

T: Now the profile here is a little more malty than I was expecting: you can taste the grain first as it lays husk, oat, and straw tastes moderately thick on the palate. It’s a great base for this style, as more bitter flavors start piling on top: mainly a hoppiness of lemon, grass, and sweet mango. Vanilla and banana are standard fare for the style, but this yeast only takes them so far (i.e., not enough to keep them ahead of the hops); they’re definitely there, though, adding to the natural sugariness of it all. It starts to wind down with a juicy fruit character of apple, white grape, and pinapple, advancing toward the dry, estery finish I expected. Aftertaste is par for the course as well, a mild, green dryness that keeps reminding you that you just drank an estery Belgian. More Belgian strong pale than tripel, it seems; whatever it is, though, I like it.

M: The mouthfeel is actually pretty smooth, though the bubbles are still there. It has the weight that most American brewers are missing; that texture that puts it in the same realm as the Belgian beers with this taste. At first sip, you would usually say “Oh, that’s an American attempt at a Belgian style,” but not here.

O: I’d drink this beer again, definitely; and now that I think about it, I guess that’s one of the best endorsements I can give a beer. This is a quietly superb Belgian-style ale, balanced and drinkable to the core. As far as Ameri-Belgos go, I might even drink this over a Hennepin, and that’s saying something…

09-24-2012 03:08:08 | More by BarryMFBurton
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CowboyRob

Alabama

5/5  rDev +20.5%

09-22-2012 17:19:58 | More by CowboyRob
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

I loved The Sixth Glass... Hoping this can follow it!

A - Pours a cloudy bright amber with a 2 finger head that sticks around.

S - Belgian yeast, pears/apples and light spices.

T - Light malt and that great belgian yeast taste. Partially sweet with dried fruit aspects.

M - Really light body for the style and very carbonated.

O - I'm impressed! Boulevard puts out some great belgians!

09-20-2012 23:27:35 | More by cvm4
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JVan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-18-2012 14:33:53 | More by JVan
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Ktom


4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-17-2012 22:14:54 | More by Ktom
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draheim

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

750mL (batch 112123, best by 02/2013) into an Ommegang tulip. Pours a clear golden color w/ vigorous carb, big fluffuy white head, clumps of sticky lace.

Aroma is fruity, spicy w/ hints of clove & bubblegum. Apple & pear, hay & grass.

Taste is Belgian yeast, pale malt, plenty of fermentable sugars, some bright citrusy hops, peach, and spice notes. Faint bubblegum.

Mouthfeel is sharp, prickly, clean w/ a dry finish.

Overall a tasty, refreshing tripel.

09-12-2012 04:19:53 | More by draheim
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-11-2012 12:16:53 | More by grumpygerman
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-10-2012 02:51:44 | More by bluerabbit
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a dark golden colour. White head adorns. No lace.

Aroma of spice, earth, herbs, yeast, slight sweet pale malts.

Herbal, almost hoppy bite, spicy yeast, pale malt sweetness.

Light bodied, slight creaminess, start carbonation on the tongue. Nice crisp feel.

A super solid Tripel!

09-09-2012 20:40:26 | More by EgadBananas
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

A - a yellow clear golden color, with 2 fingers of head. Lots of sticky lace...impressive

S - Pears, fruit, belgian yeast.

T - Sweet, yeasty. Pears

M - huge carbonation, light bodied, dry finish

O - As good as an american tripel can be. Well done Boulevard

09-09-2012 04:25:19 | More by BeerDawgs
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Mortarforker

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-08-2012 20:17:33 | More by Mortarforker
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BillyTWilliams

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-08-2012 12:52:41 | More by BillyTWilliams
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Detlef90

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -24.1%

I am a fan of Boulevard beers. Their Tank 7 saison is one of the best I have ever had BUT, after having their dubbel (Nomo) and trippel (Long Strange) I'm thinking they just don't get these styles of beer. The malt presence is just way too high here. The dubbel was almost like a malt liquor and the trippel wasn't far behind. It almost tasted if these beers used malt extract instead of the real deal (and I know the difference tasting many many home brews). Needs much improvement!

09-08-2012 03:33:43 | More by Detlef90
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kguyty

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-05-2012 20:54:07 | More by kguyty
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watsonmd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-04-2012 22:57:09 | More by watsonmd
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Sara

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.5%

09-04-2012 03:46:53 | More by Sara
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halo913

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-03-2012 01:33:31 | More by halo913
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bigeyedfish89

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-02-2012 23:46:44 | More by bigeyedfish89
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-30-2012 14:10:01 | More by Whiskeydeez
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Dieck

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-30-2012 02:55:54 | More by Dieck
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mendonjoebeer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-30-2012 01:00:47 | More by mendonjoebeer
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arizcards

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Central Park Liquors in Steamboat Springs, CO for $8.49. Batch 12123 best by 02-2013.

Beer poured golden with a huge 2 finger white head that is long lasting.

Nose is light fruits; pear, banana, and apple are prevelant.

Taste is predominately apple and pear, with a nice peppery dry finish.

Mouthfeel is delightful, light and effervescent, smooth and refreshing despite the high abv.

Overall this is a very nice tripel. Glad i had the opportunity to try a Boulevard brew as they have a pretty good reputation which i am happy to say is confirmed!

08-29-2012 21:54:54 | More by arizcards
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nickfl

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with yeasty notes of clove, vanilla, pear, and red apple.

T - Rich, thick malt up front, notes of red apple, vanilla, and pear. Some spicy hops in the middle and a finish of anise, pear, pineapple, clove, and cake.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Really nice. This tripel has a complexity and depth of flavor that one almost never sees in American brewed examples of the style. Very drinkable and very well done.

08-28-2012 04:45:08 | More by nickfl
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

08-27-2012 21:13:30 | More by AllHailBeercules
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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