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Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#1,429
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,548
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
291
Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -76%

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1/5  rDev -76%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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1.86/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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2.17/5  rDev -47.8%
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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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

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2.49/5  rDev -40.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
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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2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not my style of beer

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.87/5  rDev -31%
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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2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
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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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,548 ratings
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