Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured a 750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Beer is a hazy light amber in color with a honey hue. Generous fluffy head is exceptionally creamy and frothy. Lacing is light and retention is good.
Smell has Belgian funk, Belgian spices and Belgian yeast. Light citrus, clove, and light malts are also prevalent. Also present are some coriander and maybe some lemongrass.
Taste has highlights of citrus and Belgian candi against lightly sweet malts and delicate spices. Hints of some light tropical fruit linger as well (banana, pineapple). Booze is well-masked. As this beer warms the fruity notes take over in a subtle way.
The beer has adequate carbonation and medium-to-light body. Quite solid.
Overall: I consistently come back to this beer when I'm looking for a light, easy-drinking tripel. Nice fruity notes, delicate spices and a light sweetness are blended together in masterful fashion. The head is exactly what a tripel should have - huge and creamy. A great example of what a tripel should be.
I've gotta mention this - I can't look at the label without thinking of "The Dude" from "The Big Lebowski." This is a good thing!
Very highly recommended and a personal favorite.
11-13-2011 01:52:53 | More by bpk59
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
750ml 25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip.
Appearance: Builds a large frothy head, close to 3”, which hangs around. A very clear (for bottle conditioned ale) bright orange yellow, good lacing.
Smell: Spicy pear and green apple aromas.
Taste: As in the nose, pear and green apple flavors are sweet upfront then there is a hoppy spicy finish with bitterness. The warmth from the spice or perhaps from both the spice and the ABV lingers on the palate with the bitterness, maybe too much so, not a horrible taste but not all that pleasant of a finish.
Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth but the burn at the finish spoils this one a bit.
Overall: It fits the sweet up-front, bitter at the finish Tripel profile. The white fruit meaning pear and apple flavors make it a bit unique; however, the finish keeps this from being a very good example of the style. Glad I tried it but there are many other tripels I prefer.
11-12-2011 21:01:41 | More by BobZ
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.