Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
1,547
Reviews:
468
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
291
For Trade:
1
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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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 jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge head of 2/3 the glass fades semi quickly over semi hazy golden orange color, lots of big bubbly foamy head and bubbles coming from the bottom.

Nose is nice tripel, some citrus, semi sweet Belgian golden malts, some belgian yeast, light spices like hint of allspice, coriander, clove, ginger, light not really holiday like spices just light spice like aromas from the Belgian yeast, a bit of a candy jelly orange, some fruity esters and hint of phenols as expected, hint of apple, bit of candi sugar.

Taste is typical as well, some sweet candi sugar, orange jelly candy and zest, again light spices from the yeast, sweet belgian malts belgian yeast, bit of warming booze and esters, slight phenols, apple and pear fruits, almost juicy, slightly acidic, light toasty. Finishes dry but slightly sweet, lingering light spices and sweet malts, bit of fruit.

Mouth is heavier bodied, good carb, warming tingly booze.

Well, its a good beer, very standard for the style, nice malts, spices, belgian yeast fruit, esters, nice warming booze. Perfect beer for bunkering down in the middle of a very early season blizzard with no electricity. Good for keeping warm.

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Photo of nickfl
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a big, two and a half finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves good lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with yeasty notes of clove, vanilla, pear, and red apple.

T - Rich, thick malt up front, notes of red apple, vanilla, and pear. Some spicy hops in the middle and a finish of anise, pear, pineapple, clove, and cake.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Really nice. This tripel has a complexity and depth of flavor that one almost never sees in American brewed examples of the style. Very drinkable and very well done.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #T9317.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with some sweetness from flavors of caramel and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and backs up the estery bite creating a good balance. There’s also a touch of spice that comes through in the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty with some good complexity, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth sipping for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of medium yellow + brass highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap towards the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, spices, pale malts, and a light aroma of banana.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana, spices, and that distinctive Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly.

O: A very nice American representation of the style - very enjoyable. The beer is relatively easy to drink though there is a light amount of alcohol present as the beers warms up.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely golden amber brew with plenty of foam in the Mort Subite globe. Really nice sudsy mouthfeel. The bubbles keep renewing themselves when you sip-- and this is from a bottle I had opened last night and recapped half full. Scent of alcohol and overripe fruit.

Strong cloves on the tongue, and when exhaling through the nose. It's a little much, plus the hint of bandaids. Crazy fruit with a sharp and hot delivery. Pineapple and apricot nectar, almost a barley wine intensity of flavor without the hops. Quite a powerful taste left in the mouth long after the last swallow. Some of the usual yeasty dryness. That spicy and yeasty flavor lingers long and it is indeed a long strange trip. Some tiny floaters in the last pour but no sediment to be seen.

This tastes more "Belgian" than most Tripels I've had. Certainly one that's worth seeking out and it's an education in the style, not to mention being a relative bargain. Bought at my local Ibis Market in Mission Hills, San Diego.

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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern tier tulip. It poured a hazy, light amber/gold color with a modest white head to it. The head faded relatively quickly and left only a bit of lacing as it did.

The aroma shows a bright, citrusy flavor to it with notes of lemon, coriander and orange peel coming through. I get a modest Belgian yeast spice to it as well. Some sweeter, malt qualities come through pretty nicely as well.

The taste shows more of the brighter, citrusy notes to it up front. I get some of the lemon rind and orange peel qualities to it right off the bat. Towards the finish more of the Belgian yeast spice shows up with some clove like flavors. The malt gives it a pretty nice sweetness throughout the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the higher side. Overall it was a pretty decent beer. It had some nice flavors to it and was pretty drinkable as well. not bad with regards to style either.

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Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best by August 2015, opened May 2015.

A – Really nice looking triple. Creamy dark white head pours two fingers high with great retention and lace. Solid orange gold body. Lively carbonation in the glass.

S – Sweet and surprisingly complex fruity nose. Necatrine, honey, orange creamsicle, tangy kiwi, and banana.

T - Well balanced and fruit forward. Banana, peach puree, green banana, plant stems, soft bitter greens, and coriander with a warm finish.

M – Soft and creamy, and medium-full for the style. Nice carbonation.

O – Great balance and flavor with a really nice, and relatively unique mouthfeel for the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch# 7276, thanks to my buddy Eric for hauling this back from Mizzou!

Pours an effervescent apricot with 1+ finger of pearl-white head. Started getting floaties
halfway through the bottle. Great sounds coming from my chalice as I empty the bottle! More floaties at the bottom. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Fruitty (apples, pears, lemons) & honey

T: Fruitty, appleskins, grapes, apricot & some warmth up front. Candi sugar, honey & more
appleskins, some earthy yeast notes as this warms. Finishes with lemony hops, much fruittyness & bit of boozey warmth

MF: Slick with low carbonation & syruppy notes

Drinks fairly easy, but the boozeyness does slow you down a bit. A solid tripel, hits most of the right notes, but just doesn't really reach me

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large white head that settles in a lumpy fashion. Only a chill haze to the otherwise golden brew. Only some spotty lace.

Mildly sweet and floral. There's a bite of all spice and clove in the background. Light on the Belgian yeast.

The taste is stronger on the alcohol side than the smell indicates. Also, there is a stronger peppery taste, particularly in the swallow. The start is almost creamy. The body is full and the carbonation is high, like a good Tripel. Perhaps the highest praise I can give is that this seems to be indistinguishable from the excellent Tripels from Belgium.

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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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a lot of white foam on top, pretty good staying power and left behind a good bit of lacing.

S: Some orange, apple, apricot. On the fruity side with light spices.

T: Again, fruity. Some apple, apricot, and a little bruised apple as well, orange to a lesser extent. Slight hop presence, and again, light on the spice/yeast.

M: On the sweeter side, medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Pretty good tripel, fruit forward with less focus on spice/yeast. Drank very easily, would have it again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me
Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me...
What a long, strange trip it's been"

--the Grateful Dead

Shimmering apricot with honey colored edges and a barely visible yeasty haze. The pale khaki colored cap was three fingers to start and isn't giving ground willingly. It could use some help in the texture department. Not bad, though. A few splotches of smeary lace don't pull the score down because the beer itself looks so good.

It smells pretty damn good too. There's nothing strange goin' on, just the typical tripel golden fruitiness complemented by a hint of yeasty spiciness. I'm not jumping out of my chair, but the brewers (so far at least) have done a more than credible job with a style that confounds quite a few American craft brewers.

I'm surprised at how delicious this beer is. It could use a bit more depth and complexity, but that borders on nitpicking... especially since a little voice inside my head says 'this is the real deal' each time I tip the glass up. It looks like the boys from Boulevard Brewing have done their homework.

The beer's strongest suit is its remarkable balance. There's a lovely mixture of sweet, bitter, tart and spicy. Plenty of pale malt holds down the bottom end, a few orchards worth of fruit (tart pears and snappy apples) occupy the middle ground, and generous pinches of clove and white pepper zip and zing on the top end. The yeast is crucial in a beer of this style, and it looks like the brewery picked a humdinger.

The mouthfeel didn't seem good enough initially. With time and warming, it just does earn the score seen above. It isn't quite as caressingly creamy as the best of style, but it isn't that far off either. As always, a perfect amount of perfectly sized carbonation is the key. It's obvious that these guys thought LST through from A to freakin' Z.

This Smokestack Series beer is one of the nicest surprises of the past several months. I'm floored by the fact that a brewery in Kansas City, MO is capable of brewing a Belgian-style tripel that could hold its head high in the best beer bars in Brussels. Simply put, Boulevard Long Strange Tripel is a home run.

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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