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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 101
Gots: 178 | 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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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet presents a beer that is brassy with some copper hues and a head around one finger thick.

Aroma: Clove, cinnamon, allspice, figs, golden rasins, apple, caramel, faint notes of brown sugar.

Taste: Dark fruit sweetness in the front, cinnamon, clove, figs, banana, apple, caramel and some allspice. Good carbonation with a smooth finish on the palate.

Notes: I'm glad I picked this one up a tremendous example of a Tripel nice and sweet with non citrus fruit notes all through it. Cheers.

horshack7, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -3.8%

thegerm87, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Gerasimos, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with thick white head. No lacing.

Smell is clove, spice, cinnamon and a bit of funk.

Taste is heavy up front with sweet malts and fruit. Clove and banana come in later with a little tart character too. Bitterness comes in late.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of prickly, sharp carbonation.

Overall this is a very good example of the style.

TrappistJohnMD, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks a lot like an imperial IPA; rich amber hue with a white head. Pour retention.

S - Coriander, citrus, lemon, yeast and bready malts. Took some effort to extract all the aromas; too subtle.

T - Big citrus flavor here. ABV leaves a good amount of warmth on the rear after a nice appearance from some Belgian yeasts. Finishes dry and refrains from any substantial sweetness throughout.

M - High carbonation, medium body and a large ABV presence.

O - Enjoyable, but far from the best Tripel I have ever had.

mscudder, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of GTB
5/5  rDev +20.2%

GTB, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of freduardo
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

freduardo, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of searsclone
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a chimay goblet. bottle says best by 2/2013. I have another bottle that I will keep as long as possible, then update the review. golden color with a huge tan head, bubbles directly up the center

smell is dark fruit, maybe plum? some bready yeast, alcohol and vanilla

taste is sour apples, spice from the hops, smoke, bread and well hidden alcohol that goes straight to your head

mouth feel is crispy with a really dry finish

overall it's very complex. too complex for me to figure it out. try this one if you have the chance!

searsclone, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jsnoek, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of brealbg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brealbg, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -27.9%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of coryscanes
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

coryscanes, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of mrjbrown27
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mrjbrown27, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

TheBishopco, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Andrew4321
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Andrew4321, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Prestonlegal
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of tziggy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

tziggy, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of DBosco
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

DBosco, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

vandemonian, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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…

BarryMFBurton, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of CowboyRob
5/5  rDev +20.2%

CowboyRob, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

cvm4, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -3.8%

JVan, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Ktom
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ktom, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

draheim, Sep 12, 2012
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.