Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
BA SCORE
90.8%
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4.16 w/ 1,548 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,402
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,548
Liked:
1,405
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
10.82%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
291
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Atlanta Ale meeting. Good head on a Belgian light colour. Thick mouthfeel and lots of malt. Quite yeasty. Smooth taste, yeasty aroma and yeast in taste. On the sweet side, but not too sweet. Spices like corriander. Well suitably carbonated. Not a bad one.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting.

Pours a clear golden color with an off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip back into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grains, spices, yeast, and some sugary/honey aromas. Taste is very much the same with a slight alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good tripel with some delicious aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sort of reminds me of avery's nineteen. similar butterscoth flavor, but this one is more balanced and understated. pours a chaotic hazy gold color with maybe a 4 inch head in this tulip glass, pure white. smells fruity like peaches and pears, but not sweet. also notes of butterscotch, floral hops, and one hell of a fun yeast. flavor is great too, very fruity at first, then tempered by the yeast which has some spice to it. touch of candy sugar sweetness in the finish, which itself is mellowed by more hops that is common in a tripel feel is eipc, smooth and brightly carbonated, drinkable forever, medium body. this is a complex brew that is worthy of its grateful dead inspired name. i bought it for that reason, and am happy i did. the smokestack series is maybe one of the best big beer series in the country right now. they have all been unique and cash money delicious. gotta check out this brewery on my next trip back east

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a half finger high head and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices are present in the nose along with hints of bananas.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness but this is mostly canceled out by spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really good represention of the style and has some nice complexities in the smell and taste. Some alcohol is noticeable in the taste, but it doesn't really detract too much from the drinkability.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A definate fruit-forward Tripel with high sweetness and leaving me wanting a bit more in complexity and hop balance.

the orange-golden colored beer carries a significant haze and a lot of yeast particles floating about. Seems to have a viscous look similar to pureed fruits. A creamy off-white head has great staying power while leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Appricots, apples, and pears are the dominant features in the nose. Light herbal notes (hops) decorate the edges and the phenolic spices are equally as light. Nice, but somewhat one-dimentional.

Flavors do much the same except for the sweet maltiness that amplifies the fruity esters. Towards the end of the glass, these features prove a bit too much.

As expected the mouthfeel tilts towards heavy sweetness, thickness, and dangerously close to syrupy and cloying notes. Alcohol warmth helps but doesn't dry the beer nearly enough.

I think that the flavors are quite appropriate but they are not balances well with phenols and other yeast character. The body makes me want a Chimay White. Thanks again Exiled!

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, part a swath of new Boulevard products to show up in Alberta last week. 'Unobtainium' - heh, cool.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming, dangerously close to boiling over tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head (aaaah, bottle conditioning), which leaves some streaky, chunky swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it very slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, doughy pale malt, estery and mildly phenolic yeast, red apple and Anjou pear fruit pith, a further twinge of floral honey sweetness, saucy banana, and leafy, earthy, and lightly perfumed hops. The taste is more bready, doughy graininess, a well-behaved gritty yeastiness, apple and pears, sure, but some additional, if hard to differentiate tropical fruitiness, back of the bus banana chips, some almost coriander-like spiciness to go with the evolving black pepper dust, and a mild weedy, floral, and only kind of liquored up hop bitterness.

The bubbles are nice and lifting in their equally engaging fizzy and frothy interludes, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and mostly smooth, a few hop and alcohol party crashers pounding on the outer gates. It finishes off-dry, of course, but moderated ably enough by spice, booze, and hop alike.

Overall, a very tasty and well-made version of the style, the typical overwrought sweetness kept to more sensible levels here. After seeing an IMAX (with my toddler, his first, and the only time I've ever heard him tell me 'it's too loud!') this afternoon that concerned the concept of air travel, I can say with great conviction that despite the quality of this brew, I'm glad that I didn't have to fly to Kansas City to get it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that leaves sheets of lacing behind in the chalice

Smell: Doughy, fruity (apples, pears and bananas) and peppery

Taste: The doughy flavors up front are joined by a fruit basket of flavor almost immediately, with a peppery dash appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spice level is raised, but only complements the malty flavors that were established up front

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it lacks a little in the complexity department, the beer more than makes up for it in drinkability; no fusel alcohol flavors that mar so many tripels

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden/orange color with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head. It left some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled citrus, yeast and some light caramel malt. A floral presence, too.

T - It tasted slightly bitter with a good deal of citrus flavor. It was somewhat hoppy with a light maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice version of a tripel. It's the first Smokestack beer that I've tried and it is quite good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey/copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some fruity ester and nice Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix between some spicy and somewhat peppery yeast and some fruity ester with light peach notes while being very well supported by medium sweet Belgian malt. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation while alcohol is not apparent. Very well done and probably one of my favorite US brewed tripel.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light buttlegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.8% out of 100 with 1,548 ratings
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