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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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1,190 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 79
Gots: 131 | 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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light fruitiness and just a note of candy sugar. In the taste, a nice fruitiness, dryer yeast, and a mellow presence of candy sugar. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruit and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and hides the ABV well.

11-08-2011 12:38:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Huge head of 2/3 the glass fades semi quickly over semi hazy golden orange color, lots of big bubbly foamy head and bubbles coming from the bottom.

Nose is nice tripel, some citrus, semi sweet Belgian golden malts, some belgian yeast, light spices like hint of allspice, coriander, clove, ginger, light not really holiday like spices just light spice like aromas from the Belgian yeast, a bit of a candy jelly orange, some fruity esters and hint of phenols as expected, hint of apple, bit of candi sugar.

Taste is typical as well, some sweet candi sugar, orange jelly candy and zest, again light spices from the yeast, sweet belgian malts belgian yeast, bit of warming booze and esters, slight phenols, apple and pear fruits, almost juicy, slightly acidic, light toasty. Finishes dry but slightly sweet, lingering light spices and sweet malts, bit of fruit.

Mouth is heavier bodied, good carb, warming tingly booze.

Well, its a good beer, very standard for the style, nice malts, spices, belgian yeast fruit, esters, nice warming booze. Perfect beer for bunkering down in the middle of a very early season blizzard with no electricity. Good for keeping warm.

10-31-2011 14:52:06 | More by jlindros
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argock

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 750ml brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 02-2012 stamped on back label. Purchased at Binny's Liquor Depot (Chicago, IL) for $8.99.

A: Peach hue with foamy white 1-2 finger hed with good retention but only occasional dots of lace.

S: Floral and light fruity aroma with a bit of white pepper. There is a subtle yeastiness that provides a nice accompaniment.

T: The flavor is very good although a touch boozy with apple and pear fruitiness meeting yeast, floral, herbal hops, and peppery alcohol. Quite sweet overall but with plenty else going on to leave a very complex, rounded profile.

M: A little syrupy with very full body. It could use more carbonation to combat the thick feel.

O: LST is a nice tripel that could reach unbelievable with a couple of really easy fixes of more carbonation and toning down the alcohol component.

10-30-2011 03:03:07 | More by argock
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear golden hue with a big, rocky almost two finger head that faded to leave some spotty clouding and a nice halo.

S - Nice smell here with light banana and typical tripel spice note (cloves), some light honey like sweetness, and citrus.

T - More of the same. The banana is super light and there is an almost bubblegum quality. Very odd. There are more of those nice belgian spices with some slight booze noticeable.

M - Very nice mouthfeel here. Really good carbonation and a super light body.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. was a tasty tripel with really good mouthfeel. Would try this again.

10-20-2011 01:59:50 | More by rudzud
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Large white head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Only a chill haze to the otherwise golden brew. Only some spotty lace.

Mildly sweet and floral. There's a bite of all spice and clove in the background. Light on the Belgian yeast.

The taste is stronger on the alcohol side than the smell indicates. Also, there is a stronger peppery taste, particularly in the swallow. The start is almost creamy. The body is full and the carbonation is high, like a good Tripel. Perhaps the highest praise I can give is that this seems to be indistinguishable from the excellent Tripels from Belgium.

10-08-2011 23:33:40 | More by smcolw
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: 1/2 head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: Belgian spices, honey, and hay

Taste: peppery and earthy hops, honey, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter middle and a less bitter end

Overall: This is arguably the best tripel I have had so far. I love how clean it is and the spicing seems just about right. I could certainly see myself picking this up again.

10-01-2011 15:47:55 | More by tigg924
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

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

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

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

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

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

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

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

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

DELICIOUS, SEEK IT OUT!

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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!

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

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

05-08-2011 01:19:42 | More by jera1350
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,190 ratings.