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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,159 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 119 | 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:
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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Fitzmke

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

04-07-2012 05:16:43 | More by Fitzmke
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FishPondManager

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-03-2012 02:15:33 | More by FishPondManager
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impending

California

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange yellow, ivory head retains nicely, nice lacing as well.

Aroma is sweet yeasty goodness atop citrus and apricots, mildly spicy.

The flavors hinted in the scent are here but subdued, Minor bitter in the finish. The alcohol is prominent to its detriment. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Not particularly nuanced but pleasant just the same.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 23:02:35 | More by impending
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DoubleJ

California

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard...in San Diego? That's a first for me. Ok, so it was really Carlsbad that I spotted this bottle of tripel. It comes in a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, which may partially explain why the bottle cost $11. The important part is that I will like it, right? On to the beer:

Good start. The color is a hazy yellow orange that glows in the glass, topped off by an inch thick, semi-soapy/rocky head, and reasonable retention. I like the nose, mind you, this is my favorite Belgian style of beer I have before me. Sugared apricots, dried fruit, vague citrus. Not too sweet.

I dig this. No, I really dig this. It only takes a moment to let the burst of apricots, fresh tangerine, subtle grassiness, pleasant spicy alcohol, and mineral aspect to soak your palate. The body is nearly full, with "squishy" carbonation. A little dry bitterness lingers in the aftertaste...with echoes of sweetness and alcohol.

Who kidnapped the monks and put them in Kansas City? Long Strange provides a quality beer experience with plenty to talk about.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:40:15 | More by DoubleJ
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

03-30-2012 02:43:28 | More by polishkaz
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750mL bottle of this in Western Mass.

Appearance is yellow, some clouds, a fluffy two finger white head. Its` nose contains orange, candied sugar and lemon. While this tripel style has a taste of apricot, coriander, spice and caramel. Although it is a variety of flavors, none of them seem to stand out or present themselves as overbearing. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. There is crispness to the finish. A very good tripel from Boulevard but not quite as good as I had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:17:04 | More by mltobin
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SHCC

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-24-2012 14:26:46 | More by SHCC
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hreb

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork-stop bottle, served in wine glass. Cloudy pale with a giant white head. Yeasty aroma, grainy, like a saison.

Beer is strikingly dry. There's no caramely aftertaste or high final gravity typical of unfermented candi sugar in syrupy Belgian style ales. No alcohol heat to betray the 9% abv, but the dryness is completented perfectly by a healthy wet hopping. Spicy and peppery. There's an intensity of flavor in this beer that suggests it might be chalky, or burn out your palate, but amazingly there's zero aftertaste. There's ample carbonation, which upon reflection, works fantastically with this tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 05:15:52 | More by hreb
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Glibber

Idaho

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking Belgian, dark wheat color with 1/4" whie head with some lacing. floral aroma, belgian hops. some light citrus flavors. Alcohol was well masked, enjoyable and more complex when it warmed. I like this better than the quad- but a different style.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 04:53:40 | More by Glibber
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-22-2012 20:03:59 | More by tenacioustomato
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Johnfitts


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-21-2012 16:24:24 | More by Johnfitts
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

03-09-2012 09:27:53 | More by rbmjr1
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Reed

Kansas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-04-2012 02:33:08 | More by Reed
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RDW

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -3.4%

03-03-2012 20:14:08 | More by RDW
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy golden orange pour with a huge bubbly white head atop it. Retention is quite good but just a smattering of lacing.

S: Pear, banana, cloves, grass with some lemons and oranges. A little coriander and perhaps a touch of pepper? Light and crisp.

T: Citrus up front, loaded with belgian yeast - tons of cloves and banana and bread throughout. Some big pepper and coriander lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, quite drying in the aftertaste.

O: A super yeasty and spicy tripel, mostly overpowering everything else. Doesn't make it bad at all. In fact, I quite liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:21:31 | More by Dope
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-01-2012 15:21:41 | More by steamboatbrewer
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.0% ABV, Batch #T11278, 06-2012, store upright, serve in proper glass.

A - Gun smoke billows from the bottle as the cork is freed. Long Strange Tripel produces a large and dense white head quickly but it thins out, vanishing to but a mere skim quickly. The foam leaves not lace whatsoever. Thinking it must be the glass, I tried another clean, cold water-rinsed tulip with little change in effect. Hazy golden brew sits nearly lifeless below.

S - Eruptively perfumey, Long Strange Tripel is bursting with healthy Belgian yeast notes! Stone-ground white pepper, clay ball, lemongrass, and notes of coriander joyfully play with a zesty hop tingle that rises through the semi-sweet pale and pils malt base. While inviting and class, the aroma vanishes in intensity due to the quickly fading head. Keep swirling it!

T - Instant pale and pils-like malt sweetness find themselves adrift in a sea of yeast characteristics. While not as assertive as the aroma, the flavor mirrors it almost identically otherwise. The same spice and earth aspects emerge a little more subtle while soft-yet-persistent hop notes finish out.

M - The lifeless look of this beer is deceiving for it's got plenty of lively carbonation to tickle the tongue. This medium-bodied tripel finally gives away it's alcohol content in the feel. Retro nasal breathing instantly signals powerful alcohol phenols through the long lingering finish.

O - Boulevard hits the nail on the head with their Long Strange Tripel. Aroma and feel resemble that of a straight-from-Belgium tripel! While the appearance is pretty disappointing, this Smokestack series beer can certainly hold it's own against imports.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 15:01:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely loved this. Poured a 3" champagne velvet head with a long life and floating merengues. The body is a hazy gold and the effervescence persists. It smells of Belgian sugar, malt, and a touch of sour. The taste is rich indulgence mirroring all those smells but also adding tropical fruit highlights. Fairly long finish. My only complaint is I don't really think there's anything "strange" about it, but that's just a name.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 13:16:19 | More by MoreThanWine
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kew

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-19-2012 21:45:37 | More by kew
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I picked this up at the store the other day. Anyone who has read any of my Boulevard reviews or looked at my profile knows I love Boulevard products, because they are good and that's my hometown brewery. I expect the streak to continue with the #3 offering of the Boulevard Smokestack Series.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a snifter, batch # T11252 best by 05-2012.

Appearance - Pours an awesome looking cross between orange and yellow, murky, with a big dominant head that hangs out for some time and leaves pretty good lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very fruity, citrus, orange, much like the appearance, smells almost like a fruit basket exploded in the glass.

Taste - I'm not 100% sure what happened here. Granted, I'm not much of a tripel drinker, and this is somewhat par for the style, but the sweetness really slammed down on me. The clashing fruit flavors, which followed the nose pretty close but even introduced almost a banana, dunkelweizen-like twist to it, was not expected. It seemed the sweetness dominated the front, middle, and rear of the brew so much so that it was almost unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very bubbly, leaves kind of a sickly sweet aftertaste, like drinking sode when you are really thirsty.

Overall - I let the beer warm some because of the high alcohol content, poured it into the correct glassware, everything. I just don't know if the tripel is really my style. I certainly lean more towards the English style ales than the Belgian or German, and this didn't help that out. I think I will give this one another chance one day, but not if I have to pay for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:07:36 | More by TheCondor
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2012 02:00:17 | More by jfcaa193
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Archimedes

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-18-2012 15:53:23 | More by Archimedes
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cdwil

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-18-2012 03:31:52 | More by cdwil
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cdugan

Kansas

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-16-2012 18:27:03 | More by cdugan
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John11486

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-15-2012 19:16:04 | More by John11486
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.