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Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.16/5
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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:
#1,438
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,548
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
176
Gots:
291
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,548 |  Reviews: 469
Photo of cliff1066
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange gold with rich foam and thick lacing. Smells of banana, wheat, little funk, and mild citrus. The taste is a home run, big banana flavors, good bite of pepper, some dryness maybe mild grapefruit. This is a fantastic Belgium style beer, just hits everything right with taste and feel, a very fine beer and one you wish was bottomless. Glad I tried this one, it is a great all around beer and goes well any time of year.

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Photo of citizencane
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours translucent yellow with significant head. Smell of woody cider with banana and clove, taste is same with heavy background of beer yeast taste. Feel is a touch thin. Not a top 10 beer or anything, but quite good and very drinkable.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Something is going right in St Louis: first Schlafly surprises me with a veru good tripel, and now Boulevard comes around and does the same. This one pours a delightful golden color with ample head and sticky lacing. The head lasts too, as it should on a great tripel. The first thing I notice is that this one doesn't have the super high carbonation of some Belgian versions, but there is enough there to please the mouth. There is some wonderful caramel notes coupled with peppery spice and a well-blended hint of bitterness at the end. Some apples and fruitiness linger, and the ale finishes creamy but dry. While the nose intimates that their is definitely alcohol in this ale, you don't taste it much....It is well hidden, making this ale distinctly potable--and at over 9% ABV, quite dangerous. My only complaint: I would like more carbonation and you do sense a thinness while consuming...

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Photo of qcghost
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of madelf66
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of taospowder
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlaskaAg
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allenjoseph5
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a large tulip glass

L- straw with a nice foamy white head. Minimum lacing. Not much retention

S- typical for the style. Clove, banana, lemon

T- follows the nose with a little black pepper as well. Bitterness is perfect

F- light bodied. Lots of carbonation, just on the right side of over doing it. Fine line.

O- very good beer. I typically don't drink a lot of Belgian style beers. But this might change that.

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Photo of Wonderweasel
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

750 ml bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers white foam over a slightly-cloudy body of gold; high visible carbonation

S - Belgian funk (clove & banana), spice, hint of lemon

T - banana, clove, tropical fruits, peppery spice, touch of alcohol warms the palate

M - light/medium body, highly carbonated, bone-dry finish

O - excellent representation of the style

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Photo of Spyderglx
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gear54
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a snifter

Pour is a deep golden color with orange hue when held to the light. Very effervescent! When I piped the cork the foam threatened to overflow onto the floor. 2 full fingers of white foam in the glass

Smell is spicy with lots of pepper. Tons of clove and banana make this exactly what you want for the style.

Taste follows the nose exactly with heavy banana and clove up front and peppery bitterness for balance. Really a fantastic combination.

Feel is very bubbly with light to medium body. Kind of odd for a 10% beer. I would have expected heavier feel.

Overall a fantastic example of the style.

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

Photo of aufie
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erjaq
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. I think this had some age on it. Dark golden color. Well put together Tripel. You get exactly what you would expect. Yeast spice, fruits, a bit of booze. Flavors of honey, phenols and the like. I guess I am rarely in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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