Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Belgian Tripel
4.18 | pDev: 10.77%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: 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
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color; see-through.

Huge white head; frothy lacing.

Bananas & clove in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bananas & clove taste, with a hint of sweetness which elevates this slightly.

A good beer.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2012-12-25] Pours clear gold/orange with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of malt and fruit. Apples, stone fruit, straw, bread. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol, long sweet finish. Nice thick, oily mouth feel.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes of pear, peach, and warm bread throughout, with a hint of white pepper. Faintly sugary maltiness. Shimmering yellow-gold in the light, and capped by a mountain of creamy white head. Sweet malt dominates the flavor with hints of fresh-baked biscuits, spicy pears, and alcohol lurking behind a wall of ripe pears and honey.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Striking golden amber color, vigorous pour with lots of carbonation & head that settles into a thin lace cap. Aroma has lots of light fruity esters - peach, apple, banana - with some earthy yeast that gives it a cider vibe. Lots of good Belgian phenols on the tongue but balanced & light along the lines of the aroma with more of the banana & maybe some apricot flavor. It veers towards some medicinal alcohol notes but keeps things on the right side. Lingering bitter cider on the tongue. good tripel.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle.

Pours a fine-looking, if a bit "clear" for the style amber/gold. Excellent rocky head that quickly dissipates to fine lacing throughout. Very effervescent bubbling for the style.

The aromas are a mixture of classic tripel--banana/phenols, bready biscuity yeast--mixed with tropical or light stone fruits (peach? apricot?). Unique but inviting.

The flavor is to the "dry" end of the spectrum for this style (especially the first sips) but not "bitter" by any means. "Crisp" is a more apt word. The phenolic and fruity notes (again, I'm thinking lighter stone fruits, like peach, nectarine, apricot) are balanced by white pepper, slightly medicinal or herbal notes, and warming booziness (but no bite). If at first the brew strikes you as too dry, bitter, or otherwise not quite "true" to the style, make sure you take your time and enjoy the brew as it warms. As the temperature comes up, some of the dryness gives way, and the malts, fruits, breads, and overall sweetness starts to shine through. An enjoyable quaff to sip and take in as the flavors mature through the temperature changes.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but everything else about the feel of the brew is excellent--consistent with other Smokestack offerings. I always try to mention that Boulevard does "mouthfeel" as well as anyone. The carbonation is fabulous throughout and, when combined with the touch of booziness, adds a dry finish that matches the flavor.

A damn fine and unique take on the style that is another "win" for one of my favorite brewers. Perhaps a little dry and hoppy for a tripel purist, especially for the first few sips, But I've had few other brews that morph and improve as much as this one did through the gradual temperature change. Sit back and enjoy this one or, perhaps better yet, start this one off a little closer to room temperature than you usually do with this style.

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Photo of ImbibingInOmaha
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Solid orange color. Lots of fizz. Decent head that disappeared quickly.

Smell - Lots of yeast and fruit. Apple mostly, but some peach.

Taste - Incredibly tart with an overwhelming taste of fruit. Very dry sweet finish. The taste is actually very similar to some Flemish Sour Ales the first thought that comes to mind is Vaderghinste.

Feel - Like a brut. Very ephemeral fizz.

Overall - Great beer that is easily enjoyed mod April in an adirondack chair. Dominated by delicious apple flavor.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours a deep yellow almost to orange color with a lot of carbonation for a large white head. A pleasant smell with light hoppy notes. A smooth flavor a little strong at first but mellows quick with an easy swallow.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.5
Like a bott of champagne. Massive amounts of foam with a medium powered pour. 4-finger head. A hazy deep-orange color.

Smell: 3.75
Sweet caramel and malt. Belgian yeast very apparent. Slightly fruity and tangy. Belgian spice.

Taste: 4.25
Quick kick upfront of tanginess, spice, and yeast. Sweet maltiness, biscuit, and crackers.

Feel: 4
Medium mouthfeel. Stays effervescent throughout.

Overall: 4.25
Good, sweet, and flavorful, but very heavy on the spice side. Could have been a bit less on the yeast spiciness flavor.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange gold with rich foam and thick lacing. Smells of banana, wheat, little funk, and mild citrus. The taste is a home run, big banana flavors, good bite of pepper, some dryness maybe mild grapefruit. This is a fantastic Belgium style beer, just hits everything right with taste and feel, a very fine beer and one you wish was bottomless. Glad I tried this one, it is a great all around beer and goes well any time of year.

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Photo of citizencane
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent yellow with significant head. Smell of woody cider with banana and clove, taste is same with heavy background of beer yeast taste. Feel is a touch thin. Not a top 10 beer or anything, but quite good and very drinkable.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Something is going right in St Louis: first Schlafly surprises me with a veru good tripel, and now Boulevard comes around and does the same. This one pours a delightful golden color with ample head and sticky lacing. The head lasts too, as it should on a great tripel. The first thing I notice is that this one doesn't have the super high carbonation of some Belgian versions, but there is enough there to please the mouth. There is some wonderful caramel notes coupled with peppery spice and a well-blended hint of bitterness at the end. Some apples and fruitiness linger, and the ale finishes creamy but dry. While the nose intimates that their is definitely alcohol in this ale, you don't taste it much....It is well hidden, making this ale distinctly potable--and at over 9% ABV, quite dangerous. My only complaint: I would like more carbonation and you do sense a thinness while consuming...

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Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a large tulip glass

L- straw with a nice foamy white head. Minimum lacing. Not much retention

S- typical for the style. Clove, banana, lemon

T- follows the nose with a little black pepper as well. Bitterness is perfect

F- light bodied. Lots of carbonation, just on the right side of over doing it. Fine line.

O- very good beer. I typically don't drink a lot of Belgian style beers. But this might change that.

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Photo of Hunter
2.49/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Lovely dense head sitting atop a pale golden ale. Some tracing.

Spice and hops in the nose, and that characteristic astringency present in the style.

Bland on the tongue. Too sharp to pick out finer details.

Scouring yet cloying in the aftertaste. Bitterness more than anything. It's not terrible, just lacking in the characteristics that make Belgian tripels so appealing.

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Photo of lwillitz
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a slightly-cloudy body of gold; high visible carbonation

S - Belgian funk (clove & banana), spice, hint of lemon

T - banana, clove, tropical fruits, peppery spice, touch of alcohol warms the palate

M - light/medium body, highly carbonated, bone-dry finish

O - excellent representation of the style

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Photo of Gear54
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is a deep golden color with orange hue when held to the light. Very effervescent! When I piped the cork the foam threatened to overflow onto the floor. 2 full fingers of white foam in the glass

Smell is spicy with lots of pepper. Tons of clove and banana make this exactly what you want for the style.

Taste follows the nose exactly with heavy banana and clove up front and peppery bitterness for balance. Really a fantastic combination.

Feel is very bubbly with light to medium body. Kind of odd for a 10% beer. I would have expected heavier feel.

Overall a fantastic example of the style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. I think this had some age on it. Dark golden color. Well put together Tripel. You get exactly what you would expect. Yeast spice, fruits, a bit of booze. Flavors of honey, phenols and the like. I guess I am rarely in the mood for the style.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the smoothest beer ive ever had, these guys seem to know exactly what they are doing in every style they produce. This looks perfectly golden, smell is fruity and slight booze, taste is similar to smell but with definite fruity tinge to it, then it drifts away as easy as it came, dare i say it, the best tripel ive ever had. Boulevard do not f#ck about. Top class.

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Photo of VDubDJ
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Ballast Point tulip-style glass. Just started receiving Boulevard brews in AZ, and so far I'm very happy we are.

Look: Pours a grassy-hay color with a tinge of orange. Billowy, effervescent head fills a few fingers worth into my glass. Slowly dissipates into about a finger of foam, nice and bright white atop the liquid.

Smell: Smell is what you would expect from a fine Belgian-style beer. Banana and some clove, spicy and peppery. Some hay and lemon in there as well.

Taste: More of the same notes from the nose. Some banana and clove with a little peppery bite. Insanely drinkable and delicious.

Feel: Bubbly mouthfeel but just right, not overly carbonated. Fairly light body to this one that is great for a brew almost hitting 10% ABV. Finishes dry on the palate just asking for another sip.

Overall: I am a total sucker for Belgian beers and this is no exception. Very happy to have Boulevard here in AZ now! Glad to pick this up when I need a Tripel anytime!


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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.99/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

With a vivid, opaque amber-honey color, it boasts a nicely yeasty, Italian bread flavor with subtle citrus and candy sugar taste, along with some estery hues, that lingers nicely into the pallet. The mouthfeel matches perfectly with the subtle carbonation and the overall taste. Overall, this is just like having a real Tripel straight from Belgium! Let’s pray to G-d that Budweiser doesn’t change the recipe AND the process of making this beer, because it is one of a kind, from Kansas City!

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good attempt at the style. Towering fluffy head, buttery aroma, cloudy golden body. Taste is sourdough, butter, spice. Smooth on the palate, fairly thick consistency, good, but not Belgian.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from the 750ml into a tulip, pours a dark gold with a nice egg white head, about a finger and a half of foam, leaves copious amounts of lace on the glass on the way down.

S: Fairly typical for a Belgian, yeast and biscuit with a little hints of citrus as well

T: Semi-sweet with a bit of malt on the nose, little punches of alcohol and pepper roll in and out, finishes a little tart. The taste completely disguises the ABV.

F: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finishes very dry

O: Scooped this up on a shopping run at the local market, saw it on sale for $10 so I decided to jump on it. This is the first offering I've had from Boulevard, and its rather great take on the style. You can tell that this is a rather researched and carefully crafted approach to the style as opposed to a brewer doing their own take, and it definitely works. Cheers.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, part a swath of new Boulevard products to show up in Alberta last week. 'Unobtainium' - heh, cool.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming, dangerously close to boiling over tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head (aaaah, bottle conditioning), which leaves some streaky, chunky swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, doughy pale malt, estery and mildly phenolic yeast, red apple and Anjou pear fruit pith, a further twinge of floral honey sweetness, saucy banana, and leafy, earthy, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more bready, doughy graininess, a well-behaved gritty yeastiness, apple and pears, sure, but some additional, if hard to differentiate tropical fruitiness, back of the bus banana chips, some almost coriander-like spiciness to go with the evolving black pepper dust, and a mild weedy, floral, and only kind of liquored up hop bitterness.

The bubbles are nice and lifting in their equally engaging fizzy and frothy interludes, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and mostly smooth, a few hop and alcohol party crashers pounding on the outer gates. It finishes off-dry, of course, but moderated ably enough by spice, booze, and hop alike.

Overall, a very tasty and well-made version of the style, the typical overwrought sweetness kept to more sensible levels here. After seeing an IMAX (with my toddler, his first, and the only time I've ever heard him tell me 'it's too loud!') this afternoon that concerned the concept of air travel, I can say with great conviction that despite the quality of this brew, I'm glad that I didn't have to fly to Kansas City to get it.

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Photo of Uglylilpup
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another knockout from Boulevard. Many fruity/ banana flavours here with beautiful pour, color, lacing and head. My only complaint is a bit of burn and chalkiness in the aftertaste but another sip washed that down. Has a nice heat to it. Very nice.

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Photo of TH28
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. White head dissipated quickly. Aroma: Strong Belgian yeast esters/phenols, with banana most prominent. Clove and pear aromas also strong. Taste: Rich sweet maltiness with strong fruity flavors of pear, apple, and banana. Clove spice kicks in late. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and some alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finish: Slight lingering bitterness and pear. Fairly dry. Overall: Great tripel. Wonderful fruity yeast aroma and flavor

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best by August 2015, opened May 2015.

A – Really nice looking triple. Creamy dark white head pours two fingers high with great retention and lace. Solid orange gold body. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S – Sweet and surprisingly complex fruity nose. Necatrine, honey, orange creamsicle, tangy kiwi, and banana.

T - Well balanced and fruit forward. Banana, peach puree, green banana, plant stems, soft bitter greens, and coriander with a warm finish.

M – Soft and creamy, and medium-full for the style. Nice carbonation.

O – Great balance and flavor with a really nice, and relatively unique mouthfeel for the style.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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