Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
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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:
#1,435
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 Pjev11
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dumptruck81
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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 McCord
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of NeutroMan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of waffles
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Chirpie
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of abp02
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Served in a chalice. The beer poured a huge head- over three fingers, morphing into a golden yellow color. The mouth feel is delicate- just right, and lighter than Le Fin du Monde. The finish is reminiscent of white wine- and balances the alcohol very smoothly. There is also some fruit in the finish, with added hints of chocolate as the beer warms.

On the second day, there was more apricot in the finish and a stronger smell from the head,

Overall, a solid tripel. This is the perfect alternative for fans of Le Fin.

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Photo of Fitzmke
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of impending
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange yellow, ivory head retains nicely, nice lacing as well.

Aroma is sweet yeasty goodness atop citrus and apricots, mildly spicy.

The flavors hinted in the scent are here but subdued, Minor bitter in the finish. The alcohol is prominent to its detriment. Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel. Not particularly nuanced but pleasant just the same.
cheers
jd

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard...in San Diego? That's a first for me. Ok, so it was really Carlsbad that I spotted this bottle of tripel. It comes in a 750 ml corked and caged bottle, which may partially explain why the bottle cost $11. The important part is that I will like it, right? On to the beer:

Good start. The color is a hazy yellow orange that glows in the glass, topped off by an inch thick, semi-soapy/rocky head, and reasonable retention. I like the nose, mind you, this is my favorite Belgian style of beer I have before me. Sugared apricots, dried fruit, vague citrus. Not too sweet.

I dig this. No, I really dig this. It only takes a moment to let the burst of apricots, fresh tangerine, subtle grassiness, pleasant spicy alcohol, and mineral aspect to soak your palate. The body is nearly full, with "squishy" carbonation. A little dry bitterness lingers in the aftertaste...with echoes of sweetness and alcohol.

Who kidnapped the monks and put them in Kansas City? Long Strange provides a quality beer experience with plenty to talk about.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750mL bottle of this in Western Mass.

Appearance is yellow, some clouds, a fluffy two finger white head. Its` nose contains orange, candied sugar and lemon. While this tripel style has a taste of apricot, coriander, spice and caramel. Although it is a variety of flavors, none of them seem to stand out or present themselves as overbearing. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. There is crispness to the finish. A very good tripel from Boulevard but not quite as good as I had hoped for.

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Photo of SHCC
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hreb
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL cork-stop bottle, served in wine glass. Cloudy pale with a giant white head. Yeasty aroma, grainy, like a saison.

Beer is strikingly dry. There's no caramely aftertaste or high final gravity typical of unfermented candi sugar in syrupy Belgian style ales. No alcohol heat to betray the 9% abv, but the dryness is completented perfectly by a healthy wet hopping. Spicy and peppery. There's an intensity of flavor in this beer that suggests it might be chalky, or burn out your palate, but amazingly there's zero aftertaste. There's ample carbonation, which upon reflection, works fantastically with this tripel.

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

Nice looking Belgian, dark wheat color with 1/4" whie head with some lacing. floral aroma, belgian hops. some light citrus flavors. Alcohol was well masked, enjoyable and more complex when it warmed. I like this better than the quad- but a different style.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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