Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
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Style:
Tripel
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 10.77%
Reviews:
472
Ratings:
1,563
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
93
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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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SirElton from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid American tripel. Golden and beautiful, this is a great beer to look at. The nose is a little less inviting, not in an unpleasant way, but rather behaving like a parent who is too busy to show up for their kid's soccer match. The hops shine through here more than most tripels, and It's easier to drink than its 9.25% abv would suggest. Crisp with a good amount of carbonation, this is lighter and easier than say Allagash Triple or Chimay Cinq Cents, but a little less complex than something like Tripel Karmeliet. Definitely worth a shot if you enjoy tripels or Belgian goldens.

Jun 14, 2013
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shockney from New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

Oct 03, 2014
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ZakFaruki from California

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.

Aug 14, 2015
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sjdevel from Colorado

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.

Feb 04, 2017
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Aug 01, 2010
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Cheers!

Mar 06, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a nice haul of new goods from Boulevard for the holiday weekend. Nice to see them step it up a notch and branch out into the bigger beers. Love the psychedelic label as well. Let's get to this. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge 2 and a half finger beautiful off-white head. Head settles down in an unhurried fashion leaving little to no lacing behind while the active carbonation keeps things interesting for a while. Smell is complex but not as robust as some of the other tripels I've tried, but has quite a bit going on with sugar, malts, bananas, oranges, some yeast, some sweet bread and a hint of spice going on. Tastes creamy up front with the alcohol heat, the next thing I noticed, not as blended as I prefer in my tripels. That being said, it still tastes darn good with some hops thrown in actually putting an edge on the malt goodness, along with creamy banana and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and creamy. All and all a great tripel that will definitely be revisited in the future. Kudos for Boulevard for branching out and kicking butt on this one.

May 23, 2008
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jun 04, 2013
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brotherloco from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jan 09, 2013
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NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Dec 13, 2014
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apasternak from District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -28.2%

Jun 02, 2013
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hopgasm327

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%

Aug 14, 2014
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number1bum from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks Adam! Someday you'll learn what you're missing.

This one had a feisty cork, but once it was free it pours a very orangeish sort of golden color, somewhat cloudy with only about one finger of off-white head on top. Head recedes to just a patchy, thin lace.

Smell is quite fruity, with some peach and citrus. The nose is also quite sweet, with honey, candi sugar and sweet malt aromas. Some yeast, too.

Taste has a very pleasant sweetness to it but is also on the dry side. Sweetness seems to be primarily comprised of honey and pale malt, but there is a bit of candi sugar in there too, I think. Fruity flavors are there too but they're subtle, as is the yeast and a bit of spice, too.

Mouthfeel is not quite full bodied and is quite creamy, although the carbonation could be a touch softer. Finishes quite dry.

This is a pretty tasty tripel. Very solid effort here from this brewery, and although this is my first experience with Boulevard I hope it's not my last.

Feb 02, 2008
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mmva321 from Missouri

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

Boulevard gets its grubby American hands all over the traditional Belgian Tripel and finishes with a beer that is bound to turn off the most purist of the beer drinkers. However, the Long Strange Tripel is really only different and not inherently inferior. It lands right in the middle on the totem poll, and maybe even a bit higher depending on what mood your tongue is in. The appearance actually forebodes what the beer has to offer. It's a deep amber color, very orange. This differs from the usual light and yellowish tint most tripels have. The head is slightly off white, about 2 fingers worth, and the beer is wonderfully carbonated.The smell is where the beer is most triumphant in its uniqueness. I get a lot of yeast, some roasted malts and apples. Some alcohol is present along with more fruits. A richer aroma indeed. Then the taste really kicks your purist gut and doesn't apologize. I prefer the traditional brew, but clap clap to Boulevard for doing something new in a year round manner. Yeast, alcohol, apples, pear, roasted flavors highlight a beer that stands out, but not really above, the pack. Mouthfeel is heavier/creamier then most tripels, but is wonderfully carbonated and works extremely well to enhance the enjoyability of the beer. Overall, worth a taste. I may not go back to it, but the new flavors may attract some repeat customers.

Aug 09, 2011
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Nugganooch from California

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into my FW snifter glass – split two ways
Notes taken on 10/26/13

A: Hazy goldenrod body with fine bubble action that conjures up a pure white topping. Sound retention with a rather low level of stick. Only some modest dotting and light alcohol streaks noted down the glass.

S: Light fusty citrus peel with golden orchard fruits and a touch of yeasty bread. There is a soft caramel sweetness and not much alcohol coming through the nose. Faint hit of spicy phenols on the back end with white peppercorn, banana, and clove. Very subtle and not overbearing. Smells pleasing and nice with a more delicate approach.

T: More golden fruits like pear and apple but not in a tart or sour way. Spices of coriander, pepper, and clove. Firm with a crackery malt base and a hint of caramel sweetness. Touch of banana peel there. Very smooth with the alcohol really well masked. Some subtle bitterness on the finish but it’s not harsh and does not detract from my overall enjoyment. All in all a pretty damn tasty brew.

M: Very frothy and almost over carbonated. Light, airy, and soft with a drying crispness. Mild bitterness and a very clean finish.

D: I am no purist and am far from an expert on this style but I found this to be a relatively tasty brew and very drinkable. Not a big fan of heavily phenolic brews and this one suits me just right. Would definitely have again.

Nov 01, 2013
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IPAchris from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Jul 05, 2013
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guttervan from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Dec 14, 2013
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niqhoward from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Aug 11, 2014
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HoustonTX from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Strange Tripel - awesome bottle label, awesome name, awesome brewery. I'm ready to dive into this long strange trip.

Lights dimmed low, and the air gusting gently. The mighty trip has begun.

Gorgeous appearance, lovely scotch bonnet orange color.
Huge bubbly, frothy white head. Along with ample amounts of trails of lacing.

The nose on this one is superb. Sweet succulent fruits, juicy orange, green apples, a hint of mango and some sweet banana. Very tropical. Along with a touch of spicy peppery spice. Delicious.

The taste on this one is delightful. Welcome to another part of this strange trip, the one were we just arrived in Belgium. I swear, drinking this is just like being there, albeit a more Americanized hop build on it - which I prefer.

Long Strange starts out with that reminiscent dry dusty malt character. While loads of complexity load up all around your entire palate. It's remarkable. The mouthfeel allows the flavor notes to blend, scrape, and blow your palates mind. There is a subtle sweet, candied note. A spicy, white pepper attribute. A floral, perfume fragrance. Along with loads of juicy apple, pear, oranges, and pineapple, and banana. Finishes with dry and citrusy, while leaving your mouth in utter bliss. The balance of spice, florals, and fruits is second to none - truly spectacular.

The depth and attention to detail that this Tripel provides is top-notch. This truly takes the great Tripels, you know and love, and takes it up several notches. I love the Americanized edge, yet the reminiscent spot on take on the Belgian Tripel style. I've always been a fan of Tripels, and this one definitely impresses. Very nice work Boulevard!

Jul 16, 2009
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John11486 from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Feb 15, 2012
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robobgs from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Jan 18, 2012
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Googs from New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jan 03, 2013
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SFNC from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Nov 18, 2014
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Jack_Frost79 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Jul 31, 2014
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jdubjacket from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split two ways into two pint glasses. Pours a light yellow with alot of carbonation and strong head. Smell has some light fruit and spice. Taste is not as pronounced as most tripels, but it's certainly not subdued by any means. A good amount of sugar in the taste. Not overly carbonated like alot of triple, making this beer pretty drinkable.

Aug 11, 2008
Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 1563 ratings