Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

1,547 Ratings
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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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this tripel, this was my first, I loved everything about this beer, from the the color, taste and overall drinkabilty... Great beer! I was not used to opening a corked bottle but the effort was worth the wait! I will definately buy this brew again.

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 2011 Belgian Independence Day tulip; freshness date of March 19, 2013 printed in white ink on the shoulder of the bottle, above the back label (“2170 1152 A BEST BY 03/19/13”)

Appearance (3.5): Easily rises quickly to four fingers-plus of cream-colored foam in the head, almost overflowing the glass. The head dies down slowly, sitting atop a warm, light yellow golden-colored body that’s just barely hazy. Good clarity, actually, for a tripel. Oodles of fine bubbles rising to the surface, straight from the bottom of the glass. Better than moderate retention, but lacing is modest at best: a few patches of bubbles, and a couple of legs.

Smell (4.0): The most notable scent is a warm, dry straw character that matches a fruitiness that smells like stewed pears. There’s a spicy character that bridges the dry straw / stewed pear tones, mostly some white pepper and clove, but well-integrated and not overbearing at all. No alcohol in the nose.

Taste (4.5): Very, very nice tripel profile on the boozy side: the white pepper and clove spice smooth out a moderately hot, vaporous alcohol character. The flavor moves more toward a nice spice character that, following the nose, is mostly white pepper and some very light clove, but it’s tempered by / smooths out the alcohol heat nicely. Very smooth. There’s a nice, modest bitterness toward the end, mostly and herbal flavor. The finish is mostly a mix of that herbal bitterness and a tannic kind of fruity tang, definitely somewhat vinous—or a nice, citrusy zing, in a different light.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light, tingly carbonation that moves into a velvety, lush foam as it goes down. Somewhat viscous body on the full side, that finishes not dry and not syrupy, either—just middle of the road. Very nice.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid tripel in my opinion, not as spice-forward as a lot of others and not as fruity or dry as a BSPA; just balanced, in a lot of ways. It may not quite compare to the best examples of the style, but this is easy-drinking, smooth, and very satisfying. It’d be a very good intro to the style for those not familiar with it, actually. I’ll definitely be looking for this again—just a very solid tripel.

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

A- poured into my chimay tulip glass. Hazy yellow color with nice head, great retention and good lacing.

S - lots of clove and spice. Very pleasant.

T- very tasty with spice and slight hop crispness in the finish. 9% abv is nicely covered and sneaks up on you quickly.

M - as pleasant as you would hope for a Belgian tripel.

O- one of the best Belgian tripels I've had this side if the pond. Highly recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

Pours an almost-clear golden color with a large, frothy white head that takes some time to go down. A small amount of floaties in this one. Scent is spicy and yeasty, as a good tripel should be. Lovely pear and green apple aromas with some nice, peppery spices. Hints of white grapes as well. Taste is tart white grape at first, followed by fresh pear, and finishes with green apple. Nice balance of fruity and spicy. Great Belgian yeast flavors, and definitely one of the spicier tripels. Some definite hop bitterness, but well balanced by the spice and fruits. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, dry, and tingly. Drinkability is very high, as the ABV is well-hidden on this one. Overall, this is a great tripel. I think I've come to realize that Boulevard knows exactly what they're doing when it come to Belgian-style ales.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, playing Truckin' seems appropriate, in an interesting coincidence, the Greatful Dead were mentioned in the Cards-Giants Game 7 as I was writing this,

A: Pours goldenrod with a fizzy big white head, light spotty lace.

S: Sweet candied pear, some pineapple, orange, white pepper, very fruity.

T: Pear and yellow apple, lots of esters, some sugar cane on the back end adds a complex touch. Only light hopping in this one.

M: Medium-bodied, lush with a nice silky ethanol undercurrent which never interferes with the base beer. Slightly sweet aftertaste with a hint of spice. Soft yet crisp carbonation.

O: This is a wonderful American tripel. It reminds me a lot of Green Flash's classic version with the heavy fruit character and the nice spice undercurrent. Clearly American in its approach, well worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I've had a good tripel, thanks quirkzoo!

Classic pale straw yellow body that hosts a minimal bit of beading, swelling fizzy yet dense snow white head that laces well.

Bright, fresh Duvel type aromas. Clove, spicy yeast, esters, sweet pear - lots of pear actually, plenty of balance and hardly any sense of alcohol presence.

Mmm... sweet bread, more clove, mild fruit sweetness, that pear is apparent, yeasty goodness, a very well executed tripel. Nicely done, Boulevard.

"What a long strange trip it's been."

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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange marmalade color with a large foamy white head with good retention and lacing. Nice sweet aroma with apples, pears, bananas, pale malts, yeast, and pepper.

Tastes lust like it smells. Sweet with pepper and hops to provide bitterness for balance. Has apples, pears, bananas, pale malts, yeast, pepper, and citrus hops.

Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation. The aftertaste is sweet and peppery, and the alcohol is well hidden for 9.00 % abv. One of the best American versions of a Tripel I have tried to date.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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