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Long Strange Tripel - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,298 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,298
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rbmjr1, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Reed, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

RDW, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dope, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

steamboatbrewer, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

MoreThanWine, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

kew, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TheCondor
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

TheCondor, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Archimedes, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

cdwil, Feb 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

cdugan, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden straw color, with plenty of very fizzy head made out of bubbles that rise very quickly to the top, and leaving no lacing as they dissipate.

S- Sweet malts. Some banana. Sweet candied fruits, like dried apricots. Strong Belgian yeast.

T- Sweet. Malty. Follows scent profile well. The sweetness really comes out as it warms. Delicious.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

O- Wonderful. Really enjoyed this. Another solid offering from Boulevard.

rfbenavi80, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle in to pub glass
A - very vibrant orange and yellow with a solid 1/4 inch whit frothy head.
S - very much citrusy, some orange peel, lemon, and other citrus sweetness
T - orange and lemon citrus, a tad bit of malt sweetness. The orange zest comes through as the prominent flavor.
M - very bubbly, dances on the tongue. Easy to drink.
O - very impressed with this one, very easy to drink and enjoy. Almost teeters on an IPA style with out the hop bitterness, which helped me enjoy this as muc has I did.

biglobo8971, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

amart80, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

BWarrington, Feb 12, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to UCLAbrewn84 jealouschalice for sharing this bottle

Look: Orangish yellow in color with a 1/4 inch head and ok retention

Smell: Some straw notes Belgian yeast banana and clove

Taste: Upfront is a bit of funk from the yeast with some decent fruit notes following behind. The banana really shined for me here

Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation

Overall: Good triple not great I wish it had a touch more fruit presence in the flavor

DarthKostrizer, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

MJDonns, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tommyhock for this one!! #3 in the SmokeStack Series. Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle into a Founders snifter.
Bottle # T1 1201 with a date of 04-2012 on it (must be best by date).

A - pours a slightly murky, deep golden straw with a fluffy three and a half finger slightly off white head with good staying power. Highly carbed with large pockets of CO2 forming late in the glass. Some lacing.

S - typical belgian yeast phenols and esters with a certain sweetness. Almost like creamed corn - maybe some DMS going on here.

T - a very pronounced belgian yeast. A lot sweeter than I was expecting, especially in the late palate where some DMS sweet corn comes on. Nothing too much in the way of hops, but a noticeable bitterness lingers ever so slightly. An usually sweet mid and late palate with just a minscule amount of green apple in the mid palate. Some alcohol. Overall, the yeast profiles mix with the sweentess well.

M - medium to medium-full. A sweeter beer than I was expecting, maybe it didn't attenuate as anticiapted??

D - somewhate high for the residual sugars. I found myself rocking though the bottle very quickly as I searched for differe flavor profiles.

overall, a well done beer. I've been trying to get more into Belgians and this one helps out a lot. Somewhat sweeter than I expected, but maybe with a little longer aging, the yeast would finish off some of the sweetness.

beesy, Feb 10, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful clear honey color with two fingers of pure white head. The foam settles nicely over time. There is a good amount of lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up clove, honey, lemongrass, Belgian yeast, and just a touch of pepper. The beer seems really sweet, but has a nice cutting spiciness in the background.

T: The first hit is sweet, but biting. I get some hints of honey and lemon, with the belgian yeast characteristics shining through. The flavors smooth out in the middle. The finish is bitter and astringent.

M: Medium bodied beer. There is nice carbonation, but the finish is really bitter, tart, and dry.

O: I think this beer is pretty good, but it doesn't quite do it for me. I've been supremely impressed with a lot of the Boulevard Smokestack series beers, but this one isn't on the same level as some of the others. All that being said... it's a pretty decent tripel.

trxxpaxxs, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

tigrstylz, Feb 04, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 04/24/2009; so this is pushing on 3 years old. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice lacing clings to the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, apple, orange peel, apricot, biscuit, toffee, pepper, clove, and yeast spices. Nice and very well balanced Tripel aromas. Taste of big apple, apricot, lemon, biscuit, toffee, pepper, clove, herbal, honey, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, biscuit, pepper, and spices on the finish for a while. Great balance of flavors, with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink at 9%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and well done Tripel that has held up nicely over the years. Nice flavor balance and smooth drinkablility.

superspak, Feb 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice yellow almost golden, white head with decent retention leaving minimal lacing behind

bananas, yeast its sweet and has some spice in it.

taste fallows the nose, bananas some alc. and a little bitter at the end

light carbonation and fluffy

overall it was a really nice tripel.

rtaps, Feb 02, 2012
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.