Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,553 |  Reviews: 469
Photo of mentor
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw-peach color with a nice tan head that settlles slowly. Smells musty and lemon. Very mild aromas. Not much to say about this one, as there isn't much here.

Tastes wet sweet to start with strong flat phenolic. Not clovey and not quite smokey. Yellow cake and esters of orange, rather than my lemony expectation. Grassiness from yeast mixes with the phenolic in an unpleasant way. I know some people dig that flavor, but it makes me cringe. Bleech. Dry finish leaves lingering phenol. Light body, but finish isn't quite as crisp as I'd expect in a Tripel.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick white cap on a cloudy orange-copper body, and the big bottle provided about four glasses to minimize the thick, heavily carbonated foam. Spicy aroma blends well with fruit, lots of pepper and ginger with apricot, sour apple, and orange peel.

This is really delicious! I'm impressed with how well Long Strange Tripel maintains a tight balance between fruit and spice, the somewhat sticky syrupy malt with the spicy carbonation. Extremely well done as with the mouthfeel, smooth, well-carbonated, syrupy.

Outstanding beer, an excellent tripel. The Smokestack series is one of the best things American brewers have concocted and released in the last year. All I've tried have been terrific, and this ranks among my favorite tripels. Highly recommended.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm, this beer be good!

pours a fat head, pretty clean white color.

I smell biscuits, that oh-so-delectible belgian yeast funk and a side of fruit.

Taste is killer, might not be the most complex Tripel, but is is very approachable and has high drinkabilty. I think I could easily finish a whole 750ml by myself, but alas, I guess I can share like a good little beer monkey. Alcohol is well hidden. Damn near perfect in my opinion, but I have always had an affection for Boulevard beers...go Chiefs and Royals!

Try this with an apricot stilton and you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, murky copper. Bigass thick crop of pure snow white head. It sticks around for fucking ever. Lace is quite full. Aroma has warm biscuity malt feeling to it with some fruitiness and spiciness as well. Also some cake batter sweetness. And yeasty esters. I guess this smells pretty damn good. As it turns out, it tastes pretty damn good too. The cake doughiness transfers to the palate nicely, and that's a quality I love in tripels. Sweet yellow batter. Just a hint of alcohol spiciness. A little cracked black pepper. Some light peachy fruitiness. Nice even flowing mouthfeel. Carbonated to perfection. Light-medium bodied. Very nice beer. Overall, the Smokestack series was pretty impressive (except for the Double Wide). Glad I dropped the coin on them (except for the Double Wide).

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raverjames for this bottle! Batch T8039.

A - Nice corked and caged bottle. Cork came off with a huge pop but thankfully no foam over. Rich clear orange bronze color with a huge fluffy white head.

S - could be just me but I got light biscuit malts and tropical fruits, maybe a hint of yeasts.

T - Nice warming candi sugar malts, hint of cloves and yeast esters.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, well hidden abv and smooth light finish.

D - drinks incredibly easy but a bit lighter taste than I would've preferred for a tripel.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Chimay glass, this is a quite cloudy orange-amber beer with an initial but fading thick and creamy head. Nose is dead-on for the style, and very nice: sweet, candied fruitiness, flowery hops, and a few peppery phenols. In the mouth, it's well balanced and tasty. With a moderate but prominent bitterness, herbal hops mix with spicy yeast notes, giving maybe a hint of anise. A soft fruitiness is present throughout. The finish gives a touch of alcohol and fades away with lingering yeastiness. Nice soft, creamy body.

Excellent! I wasn't impressed by any of the standard Boulevard lineup, but this is the second wonderful 750 I've had from them.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 received in trade a long while back from jhammerly .. proper trader for sure .... my only contact for La Folie and even better he made sure to get me all four of the Boulevard Smokestack series. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

3 finger head looks promising.. crystal clear honey brew.. nice lacing.

Smells bready from the get-go. Quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness and just enough spice.. some background peppercorns.

Wow.. I would guess this is brewed in Belgium no doubt. Pale malts are compounded by a white peachiness throughout.. fruity and I like it... reminds me of a ripe white peach essence. A little bit of cardamom and white pepper.. Perfect mouthfeel is silky and fine bubble carbonation.. A little green apple as it warms.. awesome.

This review is limited (I am trying to get some other stuff done while not neglecting my review) .. but I am very impressed .. I would have guessed this one was brewed in Belgium.. fantastic.

Jimi is an awesome trader.. Cheers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a nice haul of new goods from Boulevard for the holiday weekend. Nice to see them step it up a notch and branch out into the bigger beers. Love the psychedelic label as well. Let's get to this. Pours a hazy golden orange with a huge 2 and a half finger beautiful off-white head. Head settles down in an unhurried fashion leaving little to no lacing behind while the active carbonation keeps things interesting for a while. Smell is complex but not as robust as some of the other tripels I've tried, but has quite a bit going on with sugar, malts, bananas, oranges, some yeast, some sweet bread and a hint of spice going on. Tastes creamy up front with the alcohol heat, the next thing I noticed, not as blended as I prefer in my tripels. That being said, it still tastes darn good with some hops thrown in actually putting an edge on the malt goodness, along with creamy banana and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied and creamy. All and all a great tripel that will definitely be revisited in the future. Kudos for Boulevard for branching out and kicking butt on this one.

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Photo of wardough
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My last of the Boulevard Smokestack series and this one definitely exceeds my expectations.

My gorilla took out the cork (who the hell do they get to put those corks in....they must be from WWE or play for the Chiefs).

Appearance: Deep gold in color. Good clarity. Bubbles screaming to the surface like a diver who wants a bad case of the bends. Effervescent. It kept it's head for about 5 seconds and dissipated into a white ring.

Smell: Apples. Black Pepper. Clove. Pineapple. Get a little citrus from the hop. Oranges. No perceived alcohol.

Flavor: This is good and well balanced. Sweet, fruity flavors. Hop balances it out just perfectly. Damn, the alcohol is well hidden. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The carbonation adds to the creaminess of this drink.

D: I could drink this all night long....if I had another liver.

Well worth the money. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx. 50 degrees

After removing the the cage, the cork is removed with a loud, satisfying pop. The mist-like vapors coming from the bottle send the scent of honey and malt up to my nose, briefly.

The pour results in quite an impressive head. Thick creamy white foam that stands on it's own for a good 60 - 75 seconds. When it finally settles, I'm left with a liquid that is an amber color, not unlike a beautiful sunset.

Pulling the glass close to my nose, I smell honey, pepper, citrus, malt, and floral. Quite alot happening in the nose.

Tasting it is worth the wait. Once again the honey notes come to the forefront. They are joined by peaches and oranges mingling with maltiness, a bit of hops buried down a level or two, and a very nice pepperiness.

The nice thing about Tripels, in general, is the way they feel in your mouth. The liquid has what seems like thousands of tiny little bubbles and in each mouthful it seems that hundreds of these bubbles get into every space of your mouth.
This results in a wonderfully creamy sensation when drinking one.

Overall, this is a great example of what an American made Tripel can be.

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Photo of timbro81
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Greeted with a loud pop upon prying out the cork. Pours a nice clear copper/orange. A torrid of carbonation in the glass. Huge frothy head. Smells yeasty, rich sweet malts of light candied fruits. Subtle but noticable low AA hops on the tongue, vibrant and alive. Yeasty booziness strikes next. The candied fruits follow up with a grainy aftertaste mingling with the fruits. Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle: Batch T7341: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was quite a bit of a white head on it, and it had an audible fizz. Leaves almost no lacing. Nice aroma, if a touch light for a tripel. Notes of peppery spices, yeast and a bit of breadiness. The taste is also a touch light for a tripel. A bit bready, citrus, banana, spicy notes. Nice.

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Photo of psinderson
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

720 ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Murky light orange color. Thick, foamy white head.

Smell: Nice peppery spice. Honey and malt aromas round it out.

Taste: Nice mildly spicy start & finish with some honey and brown sugar notes. Mild bitter finish. Somewhat less intense than some tripels.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with high carbonation.

Drinkability: Very smooth finish - quite drinkable.

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Photo of Squaretooth
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with an average white head. Tight bubbles, very decent lacing. Color is a translucent light orange to amber color that is just a bit cloudy.

S - Has a hoppy smell with some light fruit overtones

T - Wonderful fruity taste. Has a nice light apple taste. Light hop flavor, slightly malty. Very pleasing overall.

D - Sipper not a tipper. Slight bite.

M - Bubbly feel that has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
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 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 number1bum
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy BeerTruth. Thanks Adam! Someday you'll learn what you're missing.

This one had a feisty cork, but once it was free it pours a very orangeish sort of golden color, somewhat cloudy with only about one finger of off-white head on top. Head recedes to just a patchy, thin lace.

Smell is quite fruity, with some peach and citrus. The nose is also quite sweet, with honey, candi sugar and sweet malt aromas. Some yeast, too.

Taste has a very pleasant sweetness to it but is also on the dry side. Sweetness seems to be primarily comprised of honey and pale malt, but there is a bit of candi sugar in there too, I think. Fruity flavors are there too but they're subtle, as is the yeast and a bit of spice, too.

Mouthfeel is not quite full bodied and is quite creamy, although the carbonation could be a touch softer. Finishes quite dry.

This is a pretty tasty tripel. Very solid effort here from this brewery, and although this is my first experience with Boulevard I hope it's not my last.

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Photo of casetlc
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only thing I wanted to say about this beer is that trying a fresh tripel as opposed to one aged, usually due to shipping time, is that it shines a new light on this style for me. The brewer is belgian and I thought this beer was very true to style but the freshness was what makes me love it. I keep trying to keep one and age it but can't seem to stop myself from drinking it. Great beer.

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Photo of jar2574
2.65/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've reviewed the other beers in the Smokestack series, and been pleasantly surprised. Let's see how this one works out.

Golden orange beer. Less head than most tripels. The carbonation looks nice though.

Lots of ummph to the scent. Little too many cloves and pine trees in the scent for me though. Less fruit and yeast than most tripels.

Ick. Nasty aftertaste. Upfront there's a buttery, boozy, clove taste. The aftertaste is soapy in flavor and consistency.

A big dissapointment. But 3 out of the 4 offerings were decent. They just whiffed on this one.

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Photo of bort11
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch number T297. Poured into my St Bernardus chalice. Not a lot of head with this one. A quick fizzy sounding start that quickly recedes away. Color is a hazy golden apricot yellow.

Smell has a dry fruity and floral aroma. It smells like peaches and apple blossoms. Taste is also fruity sweet. Apples, pears, and a mildly sweet aromatic hops blend together. Slightly musty Belgian yeast flavoring. Gives a pit of a pucker.

Mouthfeel is lighter in body, but slightly sticky. The alcohol is hidden well, but sneaks up on you by the end of the bottle. Very enjoyable indeed!

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Photo of joeplyr
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very golden appearance with thick head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A distince clove and orange peel initially hit the nostrils. I like the robustness of the smell.

Taste: Whenever I smell cloves in a brew, it usually comes out in the Taste for me as well. This is no exception. I get a little bit a alcohol at end, but the fruitiness and not the alcohol lingers.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and thick for this Tripel. I like how its not too overpowering, but provides an easy aftertase.

Drinkability: Like it's Smokestack brother, the Double Wide IPA, this brew is distinct for its style, but not too overpowering. Because of this, I feel I can drink more than one and not get sick of it.

Notes: I've liked all the new Boulevards that came out recently, but I know I'm biased to my local brewery.

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Photo of Renfield
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle
batch T7276

served in a Duvel snifter

A: hazy amber body, lingering white head.

S: Alcohol, malt, spice, faint fruitiness and a light, pleasant yeastiness.

T: restrained esters, spice and alcohol up front becoming a malty finish supported by a background of hop bitterness. An occasional hint of candi sugar. Beautiful balance here.

M: round and full, none of the thinness apparent in some Trippels. Fine carbonation. A modrately dry finish.

D: Incredibly drinkable for a 9% beer. Would pair well with cheeses and crusty breads.

A very pleasant, easy to drink beer. Not an in-your-face kind of Belgian but it has a nice relaxed Belgian character. Much rounder, fuller and softer than other trippels I've had. Nicely restrained phenolic esters, earthy spice and alcohol presence give way to a silky maltiness with a supple bready biscuity malt finish supported by a lingering, fading bitterness. Great balance and complexity.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,553 ratings