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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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1,159 Ratings

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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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Photo of perrymarcus


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dull golden tone while yielding a big 2"+ frothy off-white head which fades at a fairly quick rate, leaving lacing in spots.

nose is good, offering some fruity elements (orange peel, peach, a hint of banana), spice, yeast, and a touch of toastiness.

the taste delivers a opening dose of bubblegum that blends nicely with notes of fruit, yeast, and spice. a little bit of a hoppy presence evident in the finish. nicely balanced; booze shows itself as it warms. medium-bodied mouthfeel with some zesty carbonation.

overall a very good, borderline great triple; flavorful and tasty, would definitely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:11:22 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of xuptygm


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The head on this one is like a freakin' sprite...big a super bubbly receding quickly to nothingness. Appearance is great, looks warm and inviting with its glowing golden color. Tons of carbonation rising to the surface.

Alcohol taste is somewhat spicy. Hints of fruit (not sure what fruit though). Light bodied. I realize the style is typically very carbonated but this had way too much for me. Maltiness is extreme, a good thing. It compliments the bread-like tones in the dry finish.

A very good tripel, but I would like to see the carbonation toned down to improve the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:38:46 | More by xuptygm
Photo of lnashsig


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've traded this away many times, and am somewhat embarrassed that I have never actually had it myself. So, here we go: this bottle was so difficult to get the cork out of, that I almost used a wine opener to get into it. Seriously difficult, my wife said "I hope its worth it!". After finally getting the cork out, it let out a large POP. Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a cloudy light orange color, huge fluffy head fills the glass. Retention for days before I can actually drink it. Beautiful really. Smell- tart cherries, lemon citrus, bisquity bready aroma. Taste- nice sweet and tart cherries, followed by a dry bitterness, some watery qualities to it, but not a knock on the beer at all. This is refreshing, complex, and overall hides the 9% ABV like a charm. Glad to be able to get this year round, yet another solid offering from Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 23:53:19 | More by lnashsig
Photo of emmasdad


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bomber of this one at Lukas Liquors a while back, and eagerly looked forward to cracking it open. Poured an opaque golden color with a large, prickly white head. Aromas of bubblegum, yeast, candi sugar and white pepper. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of bubblegum, spice, lemon, pepper, yeast and candi sugar. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:49:05 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber, slightly chilled, in ale glasses

A: light golden color, little carbonation; at the end of the bottle millions of yeast flakes are evident (but they don't spoil the fun)
S: pear, banana, and pavement; enzymes really dance in the nose
T: decent Belgian-style trippel; bottle conditioning not too cloying; very strong flavor, with banana and pear, with hints of nutmeg.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 14:42:31 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of augustgarage


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lnashsig for another Smokestack Series treat. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip. Batch 5-2011.

Bright, nearly opaque orb of Princeton Orange fills the glass, topped by a finger of ivory merengue. Rich tendrils of lacing climb the sides. Good retention, viscous glossy legs.

Subdued, sweet, biscuity aromatics...improving as the ale warms.

Rich deep malt, bright and clean with fruit (melon? guava?) and flowers (orange blossom?) leading into a zesty yeast profile - full and complex with a nice balance of phenols and esters. Mild but lasting bitterness offsets the sugars in the medium-dry finish.

Creamy, effervescent, full-bodied, and just a little warm from the alcohol.

Packed with flavor, the only strange thing about this Tripel is how little it strays from the best Belgian examples of the style. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 03:06:01 | More by augustgarage
Photo of thirsty4beer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: thick 'n foamy white head, phenomenal lacing, crystal clear golden tripel

S: very complex, kind of yeasty, peppery, slightly fruity, and sort of a cough syrup phenolic quality

T: biscuity, doughy, and bready base with some yeasty spiciness. definitely a bit of heat but not as much as expected. very well balanced with some hoppy bitterness and a candied malt sweetness present. the slightest trace of dried apricot.

M: perfectly carbonated, with a moderately crisp body

O: hands down one of the best tripels I've had and easily THE best belgian I've had from an American brewery. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 05:29:47 | More by thirsty4beer
Photo of StaveHooks


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange with a 2 fingers of fluffy white head.

S - Peach, apricots, oranges, pears, spice.

T - Follows the nose, fruity yeast, grainy malt, oranges, apricots, peaches, and pears. Spice really opens up at the end along with grassy hops.

M - Creamy smooth feel, full bodied, bright moderate carbonation.

Very refreshing, great mouthfeel, highly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:54:49 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of mmva321


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard gets its grubby American hands all over the traditional Belgian Tripel and finishes with a beer that is bound to turn off the most purist of the beer drinkers. However, the Long Strange Tripel is really only different and not inherently inferior. It lands right in the middle on the totem poll, and maybe even a bit higher depending on what mood your tongue is in. The appearance actually forebodes what the beer has to offer. It's a deep amber color, very orange. This differs from the usual light and yellowish tint most tripels have. The head is slightly off white, about 2 fingers worth, and the beer is wonderfully carbonated.The smell is where the beer is most triumphant in its uniqueness. I get a lot of yeast, some roasted malts and apples. Some alcohol is present along with more fruits. A richer aroma indeed. Then the taste really kicks your purist gut and doesn't apologize. I prefer the traditional brew, but clap clap to Boulevard for doing something new in a year round manner. Yeast, alcohol, apples, pear, roasted flavors highlight a beer that stands out, but not really above, the pack. Mouthfeel is heavier/creamier then most tripels, but is wonderfully carbonated and works extremely well to enhance the enjoyability of the beer. Overall, worth a taste. I may not go back to it, but the new flavors may attract some repeat customers.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 06:51:17 | More by mmva321
Photo of BurgerJones


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into an Affligem goblet.

Color was orange amber, much darker than usual tripel but beautiful nonetheless. Small white head, littel lacing.

Aroma oranges and peaches.

Taste same fruits, warming alcohol, yeasty tang at finish.

Mouthfeel a little bit thin on body and light on carbonation, left me wanting something.

Overall very enjoyable, and an uncommon-tasting tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:50:16 | More by BurgerJones
Photo of GilGarp


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

Dated 08/2011.

750 mL bottle with typically stubborn cork. Boulevard uses corks that can only be extracted with a corkscrew.

Served cold into a chalice, LST is a hazy copper orange color with thick creamy head. Good retention but no lacing.

Aroma is really nice with lemon cake and fresh cut flowers.

Flavor is more intense than I expected from the smell. Strong peppery spice, sour lemons, herbal, and yeasty qualities. All in good balance but more of a punch than the "authentic" Belgian versions.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Ovearll a good tripel but, for $10, I would go with a St. Bernardus or Westmalle for a little more or a sixer of New Belgium for a lot less.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:21:41 | More by GilGarp
Photo of colt45n


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Honey gold with some sediment, a thick, off-white head, and very active carbonation.

S: Peppery coriander, banana peel, wheat, and yeast. Very fragrant as the beer warms.

T: A touch of wheat up front and fruity throughout. A kick of coriander and punch of alcohol at the end. The 9.0% shows itself on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice malt backbone. Slightly creamy with a lot of dryness at the finish.

Overall probably my favorite year-round beer the boulevard has, great flavor great beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 23:32:04 | More by colt45n
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Oranges and apricots up front with a floral, ginger-like aroma after. There are some banana and bubblegum aromas in there as well as some slight spices and a yeasty finish.

T: Lots of bready yeast flavors on the tongue, even with a decanted pour. There are some spice notes and a little citrus flavor as well, but the yeast and bready flavors dominate. Slight alcohol burn on the finish, too.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has a bit thicker body than I prefer in tripels, but is still attenuated well enough that it's not sticky sweet.

O: A unique tripel. It's a bit thicker and darker than most tripels, but it works fairly well. I just wish it had a somewhat lighter body and less bread/yeast flavor. Still, a decent beer overall and at least it's not another sticky sweet bubblegum bomb like many tripels.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:58:37 | More by n2185
Photo of sulldaddy


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool name for a beer! Given to me by my good friend ragingbull.

Sampling cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear copper color with minimal bleached white head that fades to nothing fairly quickly.
Aroma is pears and some bready yeast and not much else, no off scents but not overly robust nose.
Average body and texture with a fine fizzy carbonation that tickles my palate on each sip.
Flavor is sweet fruit with pears and apricot and some white grape. I also get some funky yeast notes that mix up the fruit a little in my mouth. The beer is very easy to drink with no hints of the ABV to be found throughout the sampling.
ENjoyable and straightforward, I enjoyed this more than the other tripel I split during the evenings events.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:56:21 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BeerLover99


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange/hint of tan hue body, 2 finger fluffy finger, amazing lacing!

S: peach/mango, yeast, hint of spicy

T: big sweet BEL yeast, slight boozy taste, mild slick spicy finish

M: med body, dry/crisp finish

O: Well the Smokestack Series has REALLY impressed me!
Very good Tripel (one of my fav styles). Big fresh flavors.
Smell says chug, taste says WHOA, SLOW DOWN!


Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 22:28:02 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of HaysAmerica


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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle w/ a batch # T10092 & bottling date of 4/11 into two glasses; a 10 & 20oz. snifter. Cork pops open very easily w/ lots of carbonation. Into the 10 oz. glass it has about 3-4 fingers of head that very quickly erodes into a slight layer of a white head quickly fading into nothing. Color is a light orange, straw tinged color w/ it being pretty cloudy.

The nose has that Belgian yeast, bready funk that Boulevard is known for. Apricot, some very complex light colored fruit aromas come to mind with this.

Taste is of orange mixed w/ apricot, mixed w/ yeast!! I'm a big fan of their beer for this Belgian yeast character that they use. Sweetness is the most prominent of the factors jumping out at me w/ this. An herbal hop presence is noted. Has a small warming effect on the back end of this from the alcohol & I'm picking up some pepper on the middle to back of this too. Finish is quick & typical for this style.

Mouthfeel is a medium. Very nice overall w/ everything that has gone into it.

A second pour into the large 20 oz. snifter produces even MORE bready yeast in the nose! There are a fair amount of little "floaties" from the yeast but not too bad. Nothing I'd kick up a fit about. Some stickage of the head but not much lacing as has been my experience w/ Tripels. Peppery, yeasty, apricot comes to mind again. Still some alcohol burn on the back of this one. Drinkability is high.

I've read that this is a very good interpretation of the style. While I don't have a lot of experience w/ the Tripels or even some of the Belgians for that matter, I have to say I really enjoy this beer. Now I have a solid idea, from this & some others, what to look for in a Tripel. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 15:09:17 | More by HaysAmerica
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up when I went to visit my family last year and I'm just getting around to trying it.

Corked and cages: batch T9114.

Very mild cork pop.

A: Golden, extremely cloudy, and with a ridiculous 1-2-3 + mildly off-white head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Fresh, with a citrus, and even a bit of cherry? (dunno.... that's the best way to describe it), and very much a fresh filtered-water quality.

T: Very subdued and balance to a tea! Granted, I've let this one age for a year... Citrus, Belgian funkiness (but not too much) and a wonderful fresh filtered-water quality (notice a theme on this one?) on the finish.

M: Fairly thick, not too sweet, and spritzy, almost champagne-like carbonation. The lingering in the mouth was still... sorry for the weirdness....but... freshly picked cherries.

O: Honestly, this is absolutely the best Tripel I've had in a while. Maybe it's because I dig Boulevard's taste profile in this setting? Dunno... but this one worked for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 03:49:31 | More by Chaney
Photo of beveritt


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is pseudo-psychedelic with a drawing of a bearded man.

Appearance: Pours with a massive 4 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to puffy cap of foam leaving behind nice, spotty lacing. The beer itself is orange amber and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Sweet apricot aroma with slight hint of alcohol sweetness in the finish.

Taste: Sweet malt with fruity overtones. Very mild hop bitterness and slightly sweet alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Good body.

Drinkability: A nice, flavorful drink. Unfortunately, this doesn't make it to Ohio, so one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 00:35:38 | More by beveritt
Photo of jera1350


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one in the cellar for about 16 months now.

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a golden orange color with a thick cap of suds on top. Excellent head retention.

Quite fruity. Pear and apple with some malty sweetness.

More of the pear and apple fruit flavors here along with some honey malt sweetness, spicy hops and a light bubblegum flavor. Nice bit of complexity to go with a warm alcohol and spicy finish.

Mostly soft carbonation in a medium-full body. Dry finishing.

This is a nice little tripel from the good old USA. I think I paid about $8 for this bottle when I bought it. I would say that makes this beer a nice value. Well made and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:19:42 | More by jera1350
Photo of tito42


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Smokestack Series tulip. Bottled 11/11/2010, best by 08/2011.

A: Honey gold with some sediment, a thick, off-white head, and very active carbonation.

S: Peppery coriander, banana peel, wheat, and yeast. Very fragrant as the beer warms.

T: A touch of wheat up front and fruity throughout. A kick of coriander and punch of alcohol at the end. The 9.0% shows itself on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied with a nice malt backbone. Slightly creamy with a lot of dryness at the finish.

O: A good Tripel. For drinkability's sake, I'd rather have a New Belgium Trippel, but this Boulevard entry may be more true to the style. Of the Smokestack Series I've tried thus far, I'd rate this ahead of the Seeyoulator Dopplebock and below Tank 7.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:25:58 | More by tito42
Photo of theboozecruise


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. It's a beautiful hazy gold with a frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

It has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. There are a little floral hops in there but mostly sweet.

The taste is not as sweet. Wow this is a good tripel! It has the perfect Belgian hop profile and the right hint of spice.

Well done, Boulevard. This smokestack series continues to impress.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:58:11 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of trappistlover


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

(750ml bottle courtesy of jrorie!!). Pours a hazy apricot color with quick dissipating head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma has candied sugar and dried fruit. Taste is sweet with a bit our sour. Bitterness is very low and reminds me of citrus peel. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Finish is smooth with the alcohol noticeable mostly because it warms the throat and chest. The sweetness is a tad to the high side, but its a pretty nice beer. I’d drink this again with pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:54:17 | More by trappistlover
Photo of birchstick


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an orangish yellow with a nice two finger head with a ton of lacing

S - oranges and pears stick out with some yeast. Very fruity nose

T - taste follows the nose closely. Starts off with sweet grainy malts that is overwhelmed by orange/coriander flavors with a bit of nutmeg and clove. The coriander is the most dominant fla or. End with some spicy hops. Interesting.

M - lots of carbonation, but not as much as the lacing would make you believe with a medium body

D - interesting tripel here. Reminded me of an amped up wit or Weiss bier. Pretty different tripel,

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:19:12 | More by birchstick
Photo of DAllspaw


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into delirium tremems tulip from 750 ml.

Golden color and persistent white lacing with large bubbles, not sure I've seen that before, fairly effervescent as well.

Nice hint of yeast and bread in the aroma. The taste is a little peppery, and not as sweet as other tripels I've had, which is fine. Alcohol noticable in the finish, may want to age a bit to smooth out, but a nice tripel nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:00:20 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of chiccabeer


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to start my reviews in the order of the way one would drink the beer. So to start it has a nice amber look to it with a little murky tinge to it. If not poured properly you will get a lot of head. Not a bad thing, but just delays drinking the sweet nectar. Long strange is a very sweet and sour beer. I taste oranges and lemons. The finish is very sweet almost like biting into a piece of candy. Overall, this is a very good beer and well made. I would recommend this beer as an after dinner drink. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:18:09 | More by chiccabeer
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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