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Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Reviews by Reino:
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris (ckeegan04)!

Appearance- A nice apricot hued brew pours from this cool 750ml bottle, producing a fizzy, sparkly two and half finger head. The head must have been having a bad trip because it disappears much too quickly. I'd like to have it stay around longer and trap some of those delicious volatiles the beer is producing, but unfortunately, that's not the case. When held to light, the apricot/gold shines bright, and a watery blond is visible on the bottom of my goblet. There is pretty much no lacing left by the head. If you look at my scores for this beer, you can tell I think Boulevard crafted a hell of a Belgian tripel, but apparently they missed the memo on what a tripel's head should be about.

Smell- Whoa, sweetness galore. Me likes. Synthetic banana (like in candies like Runts or Laffy Taffy), sweet pear, and just a tiny little hint of coriander. The yeasty spice is definitely hiding, but it's there. The more I sniff this beer the more I get orange juice, or not even orange juice so much as Sunny D. Anyways, it smells very good.

Taste- Well, sweetness from the nose, say hello to your old friend spice. People who know me on BA know that I am very wary of coriander because certain breweries go way overboard with it. I much prefer clove, but this beer delivers lots of coriander right up to the point of too much and then pulls back the reigns. Candi sugar, sweet pear and that synthetic banana are entangled with coriander, some pepper notes, and a touch of clove. As it warms, these flavor combos almost form a sweet celery flavor. It sounds gross, but I don't like celery and I like this flavor. The beer's flavors don't really progress in your mouth, which is not always a bad thing, until the very last second. It's pretty much a mash-up of everything all at once, and then, at the very end, you get a faint heat with that orange juice (citrus hops?) sweetness that lingers on the tongue. The best way I can describe the finish is that it's like a weakly made Screwdriver with that OJ sweetness that is just the tiniest bit altered from a bit of alcohol being present. I have had very few tripels that don't make me nauseous from too much sugary sweetness. The spice of Long Strange Tripel does an excellent job of balancing, and if there were more clove and stronger/truer banana/pear notes, I think I'd be in love.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation of this beer is so high that it nearly burns your tongue off. Obviously it is suppose to be high, but I think they went just a tiny bit too far. Maybe that's why the head disappeared. The high carbonation shot it up to the ceiling. That Screwdriver flavor sits on the middle of your tongue and lingers on it with coriander hanging in there, too. The high carbonation and the bit of alcohol really burn that flavor combo into the tongue because of the carbonation. Not an unpleasant feel, but not perfect, either.

Drinkability- I rarely enjoy tripels (unless we really count some of those Unibroues as tripels), but this one did almost everything right that most tripels do wrong for me. The 9% goes down quite nicely, never trying to show up the sweet and spicy flavors. I could drink a lot of this in one sitting. If they fixed the head retention, this beer would be a monster. This beer could have a Unibroue sticker thrown on it and you wouldn't second guess it. That's a big compliment in my book.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. Pours with a quick-brimming off-white foam with a sufficient head retention as the lacing sticks to the glass quite well. Nearly crystal clear with a glowing pale golden color. Peppery alcohol, hint of tropical fruit, faint white chocolate and a little bit of medicinal phenol in the nose. Moderate crisp body is extremely fluffy with lots of rolling carbonation which is par for the style. Maltiness sets the tone with a strong foothold of light bready and doughy biscuit flavor, both the phenols and hop bitterness balance with herbal and sharp accents. The alcohol comes off a little spicy but only slightly warming, it's a bit tame which is great, but deceiving. Dried fruitiness middle to end with apricot, pineapple, mango. The finish is close to bone dry.

Very impressive, looks like someone did their homework before jumping feet first into this Belgian style. Kudos to Boulevard for this most excellent Tripel.

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

Extremely enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle, this FINE tripel pours a fantastic lightly cloudy yet luminous golden amber with a most excellent layer of white fluffy foam and beautiful lacing. Nose of Belgian candy sugars, bubble gum, strong alcohol, light peach notes, and light white pepper. Flavors follow the nose with sweet Belgian candy up front, and mild stone fruit flavor to the rear and sides (improves with warmth along with a light bubblegum flavor), all blended behind a fantastic white pepper note that sears in the strong alcohol of a standard Belgian tripel. Solid carbonation makes for a lively mouth feel and easy drinking. Most excellent! A superb concoction from a brewer that I enjoy more and more with each new brew I try from them.


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Photo of shockney
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, cloudy, with a two finger white frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orange, citrus, clove, bread/yeasty, banana.

Taste: bread, banana, belgian yeast, slight spicing with cloves, and light well-harmonized fruity notes. Finishes dry and crisp and most amazingly of all, it does not have a heavy alcohol taste even though it is 9.20% ABV. It tastes rich yet it is also supremely light, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Dry, carbonated, crisp, light.

Overall: Full disclosure, this is one of my all time favorite beers in the world. I tried it for the first time two years ago when I was visiting a friend in Utah and it has haunted me since. I've had the pleasure of its company only twice since we first met. If anyone knows where to find it in NYC, please let me know. If you see it at a store, take it home with you. You won't regret it.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is around two years old.

Poured into a smokestack goblet. Orangey amber with a silk blanket of white head.

Spicy yeast on the nose, mostly clove, white pepper, and lemon rind.

Has a bit of a weizen bock taste to me, with banana and clove coming out pretty strongly.

Not remarkably complex, but it is very drinkable and the alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into a 20oz. tulip glass. Batch number T8340

Pours a hazy golden orange and a conservative pour still caused about a half glass of fluffy airy head. After a minute the head receded to a one finger depth with much larger air bubbles that average. After several sips the head has receded once again to a tiny layer of bubbles on top the the beer

The aroma is of the classic super fruity spicy Belgian tripel yeast smell. There is no mistaking what style this beer is and I'm loving it

The taste is a little fuller than other tripels I have had. I'm not sure if it was as attenuated as others in the style. The fuller taste isn't very detracting though. Up front all the citrusy fruits are present and ending with a nice clean crisp dryness. The 9% alcohol can be tasted in some warmth but it isn't smack you in the face or overpowering the other flavors. The aftertaste has a little too much yeast taste that lingers a bit. This has been in the fridge for some time so I would imagine most of the yeast would have dropped out of suspension but one never knows with a bottle conditioned beer.

The carbonation is suitably high for the style and helps with the drinkability a lot since it is a bit filling.

A solid tripel from a domestic brewery and I was glad I was able to obtain many of the smokestack beers through a friend. My only complaint is it felt a little too full in the body but I won't have any trouble finishing this whole 75cL bottle by myself.

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Photo of woodchipper
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemetric
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -75.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of kaiyote
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours cloudy darker apricot, loose and also fine bubble light head and film, bubbles rising to the top....light sheeting and just spots of lace...fruity nose, notes of tropical fruit, gin, juniper bite, smoke, yeasty goodness. Tasty and complex triple from Kansas City..who would have thunk it...good stuff

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a large white head. The aroma is orange citrus with Belgian yeast, spices and some alcohol. The flavor is alcohol, citrus (oranges and pears) with some coriander, pepper and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is rather strong in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of Jammyman
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avitallo
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy honey gold with massive, billowing, clingy, white head.

Smell: Spicy, wih clove and pepper. Rounded out with banana and other fruits.

Taste: Nice semi-sweet core of banana, fleshy fruits and bread. Over that is a dry layer of clove, pepper and grassy hops, which lingers on the finish. Fantastic balance.

Feel: Highly effervescent with a medium body and dy finish. Very refreshing.

Overall: One of the easiest drinking 9% beers I have had. This is also a fantastically balanced, superb Tripel. Boulevard really knows how to make some killer Belgian-style beers.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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