Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

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

Added by homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,547
Reviews:
468
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
291
For Trade:
1
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Photo of kccraftenthusiast
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 AmishLightning
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +9%
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 Griphon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MinerBob
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
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 cliff1066
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 +6.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +7.3%
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 qcghost
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Wonderweasel
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Hunter
2.49/5  rDev -39.7%
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 -3.1%
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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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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