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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.17/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip. Thanks to my father-in-law for picking up this bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with almost no head. No head on a tripel--are you kidding me? Bad, bad, bad. No good. The nose is a bit of malt with some very light phenols. Taste has a bit of bread with light yeast character. Not impressed. Feel is light with low carbonation. Overall, not impressed. This is nowhere near a tripel, let alone a good one.

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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 mikeborglum
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this but I really didn't enjoy much. I can't say it was bad but the Tripel is definetly a different beer style. I have had several of the other Smokestack series and enjoyed them all very well - just don't know on this one right now.

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Photo of jar2574
2.65/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've reviewed the other beers in the Smokestack series, and been pleasantly surprised. Let's see how this one works out.

Golden orange beer. Less head than most tripels. The carbonation looks nice though.

Lots of ummph to the scent. Little too many cloves and pine trees in the scent for me though. Less fruit and yeast than most tripels.

Ick. Nasty aftertaste. Upfront there's a buttery, boozy, clove taste. The aftertaste is soapy in flavor and consistency.

A big dissapointment. But 3 out of the 4 offerings were decent. They just whiffed on this one.

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Photo of beerkittycat
2.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very murky yellow-orange despite being careful to store upright and pouring slowly. A vigorous white head nearly clears the lip of my tulip glass but then settles into about a centimeter of foam for the duration. Aroma has some nice esters of lemon and orange along with the familiar spicy Belgian yeast characteristics. Unfortunately, there are also some distinct fusel alcohol aromas akin to nail polish remover lingering around. Flavors of the same lemon and orange along with a nice balance of sweet malt are quite nice but alas the fusel alcohol overcomes the finish and causes me to curl my nose as I swallow. Moderate hop bitterness and the effervescent carbonation may also contribute to the dominance of the fusels as well. This beer had some great potential but the fusels need to be removed.

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Photo of devilben02
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a sparkling apple-juice-yellow color, with a massive, foamy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is an expected combination of light, tart apple-like yeastiness against dry grassy hops. The flavor has a light, bready sweetness and a bit of banana, but it is mostly a very dry, grassy, almost dirt-like bitterness that lingers in an unpleasant aftertaste. The light, very active carbonation plays off this flavor profile, leaving an exceptionally drying sensation in the finish. Overall, I will readily admit that tripels aren't a preferred style for me, but I have been able to enjoy some in the past... just not this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Super Market Liquors in Fort Collins, CO. Man, have they upped their game in the last year with so many new brews and the frequently seen dust on bottles seems to be no more.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, batch T8249. Looks to be a lot of sediment in the bottle.

Removing the cage and cork, a big pop is heard. It pours a hazy orange gold with easy, a 3 finger head of billowy foam. Plenty of bubbles and I get some sediment in the very first pour.

The smell is spicy and yeasty and lightly fruity and yet, in saying that, there isn't a big aroma here. Good for what it has but I'm hoping the taste is more assertive.

I'm taking my first sip and there's some, no, lots of candy sugar sweetness, some spice with a light dashing of pepper, a good yeastiness and earthy malt flavour, and a light tart fruitiness but the sweet flavour is kind of putting me off.
I think it is authentic enough for the style but the overall taste isn't doing much for me. And..the finish I find is on the bitter side and is as equally annoying to me as the forementioned sweetness. Dang it.

On the light side of medium bodied with lighter carbonation than the look through the glass suggested but still, by no means, lightly carbonated. Great head retention and lacing but seeing yeast flakes in my first pour hurt.

Drinkability? I'm sorry, but this one doesn't do anything for me taste wise because both the sweet and bitter in this brew goes to an extreme that I'd care not to visit again. In fact, I think it's a mess and a very hard to drink brew.
I'm glad I tried it, other BAs think it is good and my hat's off to them, but this isn't one I'd drink again. No slant on Boulevard intended as I find *most* of their brews very tasty and very drinkable. This just wasn't for me.

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Photo of mentor
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw-peach color with a nice tan head that settlles slowly. Smells musty and lemon. Very mild aromas. Not much to say about this one, as there isn't much here.

Tastes wet sweet to start with strong flat phenolic. Not clovey and not quite smokey. Yellow cake and esters of orange, rather than my lemony expectation. Grassiness from yeast mixes with the phenolic in an unpleasant way. I know some people dig that flavor, but it makes me cringe. Bleech. Dry finish leaves lingering phenol. Light body, but finish isn't quite as crisp as I'd expect in a Tripel.

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Photo of allinthehead
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

11oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip

Appearance: Great orange/tan honey color. Big head with ok retention.

Smell: I'm mostly picking up the yeast and malt. Plus maybe some cloves.

Taste: Bready, sweet, some banana.

Moutfeel: Good carbonation, with a medium body. The aftertaste is a little too dry, almost puckery or like eating dirt. And that aftertaste will sit with you.

Overall: I enjoy trying Belgian style ales. This is an OK one, but not one I'd hunt down again.

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Photo of froghop
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a very large off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is not to strong, yeast, slight fruit, and a bit of pear.

taste is carbonated, fruit, sour malt, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall just an average tripel, does not match up to others.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer opens with a soft pop of the cork then pours a full light tan foam head that fades back into a cobweb. There is a sea of microbubbles that swirl through the orange body.
S- This beer has a soft floral perfume note with only a faint sweetness. Otherwise pretty clean
T- This beer has a soft light sweetness to a thin flavor of fruit that fades to a pungent hop finish with a soft pine note. The faint note of apricot and a big boozy alcohol heat that covers everything but the hops.
M- This beer has a light thin mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat when cold but it lingers in the aftertaste. Then it soon grows to a big alcohol heat that grows and grows.
D- This beer is a bit thin and light which is ok until the big boozy alcohol heat and pungent hops bitterness covers up all the subtle flavors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear, golden body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweetish candi sugar aroma with notes of bananas, cloves, with a bit of peppery alcohol.

Taste: Honey-coated maltiness with a sticky candy sweetness. Obligatory Belgian esters. A mild, fleeting bitterness is encountered along the way. Touch of peppery alcohol. Yeasty, candi sugar finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

Drinkability: The Long Strangly Sweet Tripel was just a hair too sweet for me.

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Photo of Eagleyes
3.36/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer does nothing for me. First it is too strong and difficult to drink. It tastes like grapefruit juice water. I don't see how this is rated so high. Just my opinion.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.39/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Long Strange Tripel pours a a golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a sweet yeasty aroma with strong notes of Belgian candies. Taste is much of the same, very strong yeast and strong Belgian candy flavor, with a finish that is of banana like esters. Full flavors full body, but just too sweet. Overall a flavorful tripel that is differently good, but on the sweeter side.

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Photo of Mdog
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange, big head.

Smell: Pretty light, sweet, wheaty, hint of spice.

Taste: Sweetness, mild fruit flavors, some black pepper.

Drinkability: The 750mL is plenty for an evening.

Finally got to try the Boulevard Tripel, unfortunately I was a little let down. Not quite as flavorful and complex as I hoped, especially after I was impressed by their Quad. Still, it is a pretty good beer and was worth the $8.

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Photo of psinderson
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

720 ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Murky light orange color. Thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Nice peppery spice. Honey and malt aromas round it out.

Taste: Nice mildly spicy start & finish with some honey and brown sugar notes. Mild bitter finish. Somewhat less intense than some tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth finish - quite drinkable.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a cold night. The sun shone for a bit this afternoon, making a break for it through the haze and clouds of the last couple days. "Weather? Why always the weather?" Because. A thick cloudy formation on top of a honey-gold liquid... Like headlights cutting through a foggy night, the haze. After the tilt, the patches slowly sink down, they don't stick... and the cloud cover didn't stick around too long either.
And there's someone baking some biscuits and sugar-grilling some asparagus somewhere in yonder house... Aroma green and alcoholic, but candy-sugar sweet. Candied yams, I believe. Is it 1800? Someone needs to teach the cook how to use spices, apparently dried bananas and coriander are the only things that she sees fit. A horse gallops by with a cart behind it, though there seems to be a sheepdog there in place of the driver...
Funk, alcohol. The spice character is minor in the flavour... but the sugar is there in force. Buttery pancakes with tons of syrup... amaretto, and some table-water-cracker-yeast.
The syrup coats the mouth, full and thick, but not something you'd want a glass of... there seems to be a lack of something here. The sugar is so much more prominent than any other character, spice, or ester, let alone funk.
Sugar and alcohol. I was disappointed. It didn't snow either. A good couple years would probably add something. Some more funk, more spice, something. This tastes like an unfinished beer, honestly.

Thanks to kkipple.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8.50. Clear yellow color, almsot no head. It smells like spiced apples. I guess this does taste like a tripel but its subtle and the alcohol is well hidden. The quad and the saison have been my favorite from this series so far but this was tasty.

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Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.

Rich golden color with a big and fluffy white head. A bit of chunky yeast floats in the glass.

The aroma has a strong chalky/musty note backed by some spiciness from both the yeast and alcohol.

The taste also sports the mustiness but it's smoothed out a little by some clean maltiness, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, and solid hop bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel although the carbonation is touch lower than what I like in this style.

Well, I don't think this is the best tasting since I've had this beer before and I don't recall this much chalky/musty character. Perhaps this bottle is too old? It's hard to say since it only has an undecipherable bottling code. Stay tuned for another review with a hopefully younger and better bottle.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 750ml bottle on 4/4/10.

A - Appeared with lots of gunk dispersed throughout the moderately carbonated, hazy light orange body. The off-white foamy cap receded to a thin veil, leaving spotty lace attached to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet and fruity with citrusy and spicy notes, as well as a mild pepper character. The strong yeast presence displays fruity esters suggesting fleshy fruit and pulp.

T - Initial flavor is intensely sweet with lots of fleshy fruit character - think apples and pears - but also with a light banana quality as well as citrusy hops. While there is an inkling of herbal notes and tobacco in the finish, it ultimately concludes with a sweet, sugary finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and fairly smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very sweet on the palate with very subtle bitterness.

D - While I found this to be a pleasant, fruity tripel overall, I felt the sweetness factor was cranked up a bit too high.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"Looks like there's tapioca suspended in there."

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Photo of Squaretooth
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with an average white head. Tight bubbles, very decent lacing. Color is a translucent light orange to amber color that is just a bit cloudy.

S - Has a hoppy smell with some light fruit overtones

T - Wonderful fruity taste. Has a nice light apple taste. Light hop flavor, slightly malty. Very pleasing overall.

D - Sipper not a tipper. Slight bite.

M - Bubbly feel that has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Gold pour with an excellent facsimile of a lacy Belgian head. Overripe green apple aroma, some sweet citrus. Flavor is doughy malt with apple and banana esters and a touch of clove spiciness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated, dry finish. A pretty standard tripel.

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

Picked this up at Lukas Liquor and served into a hybrid stem-snifter/tulip glass near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado per my friend blakelive784's recommendation. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given my friend's recommendation as well as the brewery; also, I loved Love Child No. 3 and I understand that this is the base beer for that one. 9.0% ABV according to my bottle. Bottle is 1 pint 9.4 oz with interesting label art and a hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork. Batch number 413Q16; 10-2013. Reviewed as a tripel because it identifies as such. Smokestack series.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard-vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours about 80% foam. Head is three fingers wide and of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Not much frothiness. No lacing clings to the glass as the head recedes. Retention is fairly good - about 4-5+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks good for a tripel, but it's not a paragon by any means.

Sm: Floral hop character, luscious Belgian malts, clean barley, cream, and fresh clove and banana (from the yeast). Lemongrass. Nice subtle spiciness. Some orange fruit esters, but perhaps not much orange peel per se. Certainly a fruity aroma; green apple, light apricot, pear. Nails the style down. Good sweetness/bitterness balance, with an appealing lightly nectary sweetness edging out any light hop bitterness. Honey. Nectar. A pleasant approachable aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Apricot, honey, light apple, light pear, decent nectar, pilsner malts, golden Belgian malts, clove, lemongrass, orange (fruit, not peel per se), and cilantro. Hop character is almost solely floral. Crackery malts. Some white pepper. Boy is there some balance here, though unfortunately the ABV does come through a biteen - especially in the third act. That said, the complexity and subtlety distract from the presence of alcohol - which in fairness is admittedly light - though a great beer in the style should be able to hide 9.0%.

Pretty good duration of flavour. Above average intensity and depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Somewhat soft. Good presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile nicely. Not refreshing per se, but it is pleasant to drink - and quite approachable for the ABV. Good thickness and body. Dries towards the finish, helping it to coax out the next sip a biteen.

Not scratchy, harsh, gushed, hot, or oily.

Dr: Certainly drinkable for the well-hidden 9.0% ABV. A likable tripel that isn't strictly traditional, but then it might actually make some improvements. I'd get this one again, even if tripels aren't often a style I frequently gravitate towards. A pretty solid offering from Boulevard, and I can see why it made a good base for Love Child No. 3. Recommended for fans of the style; certainly one of the better American examples of the style that I've had. Not a unique or special beer, but certainly one I'd happily return to.

Alcohol is too present for it to quite be a "B", but it's a mighty fine tripel.

High B-

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. The bottle is very nice looking with quite a hippie looking label. I am really digging the far-out looking hop cone on the back side, too. Bright, deep gold with 2" of fluffy foam. Very clear.

S. Sweet from the Belgian candi sugar, a tad grassy and somewhat hoppy. Touch of booze, too.

T. A little grainy and harsh, but the Belgian yeast really throws off some tastes that make the beer stylistic.

M. Medium to sticky in the mouth with relatively high carbonation.

D. Not an excellent attempt, but a good one and an excellent beer name and label!!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, a light fruitiness and just a note of candy sugar. In the taste, a nice fruitiness, dryer yeast, and a mellow presence of candy sugar. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruit and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice fruitiness and hides the ABV well.

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