Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Tripel
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,564
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 06, 2021
Added:
Nov 24, 2007
Wants:
  173
Gots:
  293
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
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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Rated: 4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by hopkrid from Florida

Jun 10, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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.
May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Panda_Rock from California

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by BCB76 from Kansas

Nov 13, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.
Oct 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.7 by pvibeer from Colorado

May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by vol4life88 from Tennessee

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by WVbeergeek from West Virginia

Apr 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by moundbz from North Dakota

Apr 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.87 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 27, 2018
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Reviewed by craigbelly from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
Sep 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by kccraftenthusiast from Missouri

Jul 03, 2017
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Rated by poisoneddwarf from Idaho

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle. Smells of pine and nice pot resin. This is an average pale ale. There’s nothing unique here. It’s drinkable, nothing more.
Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
May 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by AmishLightning from Illinois

May 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Apr 15, 2017
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Reviewed by ImbibingInOmaha from Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.
Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by Griphon from Florida

Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
Feb 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by cliff1066 from Virginia

Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.
Feb 04, 2017
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.41/5  rDev +6%
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.
Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by citizencane from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.
Dec 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Pundit_of_Potability from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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...
Dec 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.23 by qcghost from North Carolina

Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by qcbrewer from North Carolina

Nov 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.86 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by taospowder from New Mexico

Sep 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.33 by AlaskaAg from Florida

Sep 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.21 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Sep 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Allenjoseph5 from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.
Aug 02, 2016
 
Rated: 3.98 by Wonderweasel from Kansas

Jul 30, 2016
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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