Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of bump8628
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into an Ommegang flute.

Rich golden color with a big and fluffy white head. A bit of chunky yeast floats in the glass.

The aroma has a strong chalky/musty note backed by some spiciness from both the yeast and alcohol.

The taste also sports the mustiness but it's smoothed out a little by some clean maltiness, spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, and solid hop bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel although the carbonation is touch lower than what I like in this style.

Well, I don't think this is the best tasting since I've had this beer before and I don't recall this much chalky/musty character. Perhaps this bottle is too old? It's hard to say since it only has an undecipherable bottling code. Stay tuned for another review with a hopefully younger and better bottle.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a corked and caged 750 into my Smokestack chalice. This beer pours a burnt apricot with a massively tight, creamy, off-white head which leaves Double IPA like lacing down the sides of the glass. Really sticky lacing. The head retention is amazing. There is always a half inch head sitting on top of the beer. Boulevard has mad a really pretty beer. The aroma is typical Tripel. Apples, pears, sweet Belgian candy sugar, all tied together with a nice Belgian yeast spiciness. Boulevard has mad a spot on Tripel. The flavor profile is exactly what a Tripel should be. The flavor hits up front with orchard fruits imparting overly ripe pears and crisp green apples. Next comes light pale malts, sweet confectioners sugar, and white pepper. A slight green apple peal twang lingers on the palate. This beer is extremely balanced and with a 9% ABV the alcohol is very well hidden. The mouthfeel is light, with a bright carbonation. I wish the mouthfeel was a bit creamier. Over all, I think Boulevard has made a great example of the style.

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Photo of stonequarrywest
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml from Great Race BIF 2009

Hazy Gold/Orange color with some definite flavor crystals swimming around.
Big thick 2 inch fluffy white head with decent retention that left some average lacing.
Aroma is Sweet...bready...bit of Spice/clove and maybe a tad sour.
Taste is also sweet and spicy with fruity notes and the 9% abv comes out after a few glugs..Sharp carbonation on the tongue with average drinkability.

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Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer form a 750ml brown corked and caged bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass.

A= This ale poured a hazed gold/light-orange color with a snow white 2" head. Lots of tiny bubble, steady carbonation release. The head dropped slowly to a foamy cap, leaving some nice stickage down my glass.

S= Not overpowering but complex for sure. Lots of spicy notes, phenols, some noble hops, lightly sweet malts, and a hint of alcohol. All balanced and blended well. Nice.

T= Really even better than the aroma. The malts were soft and lightly sweet, the hops were surprisingly forward, like Chimay Cinq Cents, and entirely enjoyable. The esters were well in check but still detectable. Alcohol was present but not overpowering. The only thing I would have changed was that the yeast character was a bit mild. Finish was respectably dry and hinted at those noble hops in the aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with only a moderate effervescence desopite the obvious carbonation release.

D= A damn good American tripel, among the best I have had from this country really. If they left everuthing else the same and doubled the amount of yeasty funk flavor, this would rival the best of Belgium. Excellent!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer opens with a soft pop of the cork then pours a full light tan foam head that fades back into a cobweb. There is a sea of microbubbles that swirl through the orange body.
S- This beer has a soft floral perfume note with only a faint sweetness. Otherwise pretty clean
T- This beer has a soft light sweetness to a thin flavor of fruit that fades to a pungent hop finish with a soft pine note. The faint note of apricot and a big boozy alcohol heat that covers everything but the hops.
M- This beer has a light thin mouthfeel with a soft fizz and no alcohol heat when cold but it lingers in the aftertaste. Then it soon grows to a big alcohol heat that grows and grows.
D- This beer is a bit thin and light which is ok until the big boozy alcohol heat and pungent hops bitterness covers up all the subtle flavors.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into a 20oz. tulip glass. Batch number T8340

Pours a hazy golden orange and a conservative pour still caused about a half glass of fluffy airy head. After a minute the head receded to a one finger depth with much larger air bubbles that average. After several sips the head has receded once again to a tiny layer of bubbles on top the the beer

The aroma is of the classic super fruity spicy Belgian tripel yeast smell. There is no mistaking what style this beer is and I'm loving it

The taste is a little fuller than other tripels I have had. I'm not sure if it was as attenuated as others in the style. The fuller taste isn't very detracting though. Up front all the citrusy fruits are present and ending with a nice clean crisp dryness. The 9% alcohol can be tasted in some warmth but it isn't smack you in the face or overpowering the other flavors. The aftertaste has a little too much yeast taste that lingers a bit. This has been in the fridge for some time so I would imagine most of the yeast would have dropped out of suspension but one never knows with a bottle conditioned beer.

The carbonation is suitably high for the style and helps with the drinkability a lot since it is a bit filling.

A solid tripel from a domestic brewery and I was glad I was able to obtain many of the smokestack beers through a friend. My only complaint is it felt a little too full in the body but I won't have any trouble finishing this whole 75cL bottle by myself.

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Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden orange with golden peach hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, soapy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Visible yeat even though it's the fist 33cl pours of a 750ml bottle and visible carbonation bubbling up.

Earthy, slightly tart(read: not sour/wild) aroma with a bit of estery golden fruit from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some ripe banana, bread and subtle grassy malt character.

Soft carbonation up front that tickles the tongue with a heavy yeast medium body. Lots of earthy funk that again is not sour or acidic. Lots of estery light golden fruit, especially apple, pear and most prominent, banana. Nice peppery spice with a bit of zesty corriander that is slightly countered by a subtle malt backbone. The spice is very prominent up front and lingers throughout over the other flavors into a long dry finish which is slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident in the flavor but their is no warmth whatsoever, making this one dangerously drinkable. A bit to heavy on the spicy side but has a nice full body and complex flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A definate fruit-forward Tripel with high sweetness and leaving me wanting a bit more in complexity and hop balance.

the orange-golden colored beer carries a significant haze and a lot of yeast particles floating about. Seems to have a viscous look similar to pureed fruits. A creamy off-white head has great staying power while leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.

Appricots, apples, and pears are the dominant features in the nose. Light herbal notes (hops) decorate the edges and the phenolic spices are equally as light. Nice, but somewhat one-dimentional.

Flavors do much the same except for the sweet maltiness that amplifies the fruity esters. Towards the end of the glass, these features prove a bit too much.

As expected the mouthfeel tilts towards heavy sweetness, thickness, and dangerously close to syrupy and cloying notes. Alcohol warmth helps but doesn't dry the beer nearly enough.

I think that the flavors are quite appropriate but they are not balances well with phenols and other yeast character. The body makes me want a Chimay White. Thanks again Exiled!

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Photo of skrib09
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy gold with a really frothy and dense white head up top.

smells sweet and bready, some notes of caramels and roasted sugar as well. maybe a touch of earth in there.

taste is well balanced, a little sweet, and with a hint of earthy spices. plenty of sweetness in the form of caramel and the smallest hint of burnt sugar.

mouthfeel is excellent, very well balanced. excellent drinkability here although it's a touch sweet.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the joys of working at a liquor store. Deciding what to sample. Sampling for free.

A:Hazy, pale straw with a white head that is big at first, but doesn't linger. A good inspection shows the beer itself is actually quite clear, just a lot of suspended solids. Tons of active carbonation. The sediment though is just too big, I can pick out individual pieces. It's not haze, it's sediment.

S: Sour bananas. A little malt, no hops. Seems to be a cross between Brett and Bavarian Hefe yeast. Very nice. A little sweet. Could be sweeter.

T: Very similar to the smell, maybe a little less sour. Less powerful all around I guess. An ok tripel, just not a wower. Very Belgian though.

M:creamy, very little fizz to it. Not heavy, but medium bodied

D: For 9%, it's good. I could throw back a few and there's not anything that would hold me back. Very sippable as well. But I'm just not crazy about it over all.

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Photo of Cresant
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch T8249. The body was murky butterscotch. The head was lumpy and white, leaving tiny lace and a ring.

Smell was fruity and spicy. Rich grains.

Taste was earthy and rich. Hoppy and tart with enough sweetness to keep it properly balanced. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel had pin-prick effervescence. Alcohol sizzle. Medium to full bodied. One of the best Tripels I've had.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a beautiful strong golden straw with nice haze and a 1 in head that recedes to a nice film with some lacing up on the sides.

S - Clean clove smell. A bit disappointing. Not as much yeast or malts as expected, but still present. Some spices are there as well.

T - The taste overcomes the mouth immediately. Nice strong clove smell with great phenolic tastes. Nice pale malt presence and some bready yeast flavor. Spices are abundant. Mild alcoholic notes are perceived. Minimal hop character.

M - medium bodied, nice complexity but no too intense. Great Co2 balance.

D - Refreshing but noticeable ABV.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle into Goblet.

A. Poured a big 3 finger head. Thick lacing left. Great head retention. Rich golden color.

S. Yeast, sourness, spices, fruit, malt, just a bit of funk.

T. Fruit, spice, malt, yeast, sweet taste. Just a hint of hop bitterness, and very slightly peppery.

M. Medium bodied. Dry with a sweet finish. Medium carbonation.

D. Sweeter than other Tripels, which suits my preference. Very drinkable and almost no trace of the higher ABV. I am yet to be dissapointed with a Smokestack Series beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Super Market Liquors in Fort Collins, CO. Man, have they upped their game in the last year with so many new brews and the frequently seen dust on bottles seems to be no more.

Corked and caged 750ml bottle, batch T8249. Looks to be a lot of sediment in the bottle.

Removing the cage and cork, a big pop is heard. It pours a hazy orange gold with easy, a 3 finger head of billowy foam. Plenty of bubbles and I get some sediment in the very first pour.

The smell is spicy and yeasty and lightly fruity and yet, in saying that, there isn't a big aroma here. Good for what it has but I'm hoping the taste is more assertive.

I'm taking my first sip and there's some, no, lots of candy sugar sweetness, some spice with a light dashing of pepper, a good yeastiness and earthy malt flavour, and a light tart fruitiness but the sweet flavour is kind of putting me off.
I think it is authentic enough for the style but the overall taste isn't doing much for me. And..the finish I find is on the bitter side and is as equally annoying to me as the forementioned sweetness. Dang it.

On the light side of medium bodied with lighter carbonation than the look through the glass suggested but still, by no means, lightly carbonated. Great head retention and lacing but seeing yeast flakes in my first pour hurt.

Drinkability? I'm sorry, but this one doesn't do anything for me taste wise because both the sweet and bitter in this brew goes to an extreme that I'd care not to visit again. In fact, I think it's a mess and a very hard to drink brew.
I'm glad I tried it, other BAs think it is good and my hat's off to them, but this isn't one I'd drink again. No slant on Boulevard intended as I find *most* of their brews very tasty and very drinkable. This just wasn't for me.

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Photo of roblowther
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged into a Chimay goblet. That "pop" always makes my mouth water. Light, cloudy golden in color with a "snap, crackle pop" soapy head. Smells of flowers, butter, and pepper. Is that good? It is, but I just can't make it sound that way somehow. Aggressive spice up front that melts into a warm caramel roundness and a crisp apple finish. Very, very, very nice. Mouthfeel is dead on, slippery and very carbonated. Drinkability? I pity the bottle that it is not larger. Which is saying something at 750ml. Very balanced and refreshing, a note of alcohol warmth and my evening just got an extra star in my own personal Michelin guide. Prost!

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Photo of Kraken
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/06/09

Poured from a 750ml bottle bottle into a couple of standard water glasses. Split with gf. The gentlest of pours coaxes a massive five finger head of rocky off white head. head exhibits tremendous staying power, however leaves no lace. Color is a wonderful clouded glowing orange with plenty of suspended sediment.

Nose- Interesting. Mild lemon citrus with underlying medicinal notes.

Pallate- Nice. Light lemon zest, heavy on the medicinal notes. Very subtle and pleasant. Some vanilla. Finish is very long with a nice moderate bitter bite. Moderately sweet. Shows it alcohol in the long dry finish.

Drinkability- Good but a bit strong.

Mouthfeel- Mildly carbonated, a little slick in the mouth.

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Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dragged hundreds of miles north by car, loaded onto a boat at 1 AM, brought out to an island, tossed into a propane-powered fridge. Ultimately enjoyed during a 45 degree day, watching horizontal wind rip past the picture window while dining on freshly caught pike. Really, what could be finer?

Very hazy & more orange than any brew I've poured to date. Smell is slightly boozy & sweet.

Long Strange Tripel has more sweet orange in it than I expected. Not quite mouth-puckering, but nice, with almost no tartness, & some other indeterminate fruitiness underneath the orange. The 9% shows its turtle more than I think it ought to. Good-drinking triple that, after almost a year in the cellar, is leaning towards quad territory (does that happen? are these beers linear in number? huh). Heavier than your standard trip, & while I enjoyed this one, I couldn't do the bomber.

Very nice triple. In the middle of the Smokestack series, but another very nice effort from Boulevard. I'll keep buying them if they'll keep pumping out fresh brews.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful looking foam on top with a typical Belgian head of a giant pillow. Hazy, but transparent with a light amber/gold color. Lacing quickly falls back into the drink.

S- Balanced blend of spicy herbal and juicy fruit aromas.

T- Gentle flavors all around come about equally from every aspect of the brew, making for a balanced brew. The flowery spices and the funky yeast add a bit of needed complexity.

M- Gentle and bubbly with an effervescent quality.

D- Anytime, all the time.

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Photo of charlesw
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange amber with decent head that stick around a decent amount of time. Disturbing name, typography and artwork (the reason for the poor score). On reading the back of the bottle it makes more sense and interesting on some level. Even a really cool thing to do. That doesn't make it any more appealing.

Smells faintly of orange.

Tastes like a trip. Light, bare hints of over-extraction, orange, spice (corriander, hints of clove and banana, aftertaste of 5 spice).

Probably tastes as good as a Hennepin (which is so not a farmhouse ale it isn't funny) but I'd NEVER buy one given the label.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14 C.

Deep golden-orange color. A good inch of bubbly off-white head that quickly melts to a dense quarter inch. Finely textured loops and meandering tendrils of lace.

The aroma is rich, complex, fruity, and spicy. Peach cobbler, fresh white grape juice, golden apple, mixed spices including clove. Foundation of light, honeyed, sweet malt. A bit of herbal hops. The fruit is unrestrained, but doesn't dominate the other components; this aroma is balanced, elegant, cohesive, and very pleasant.

This is tasty. Complex fruit character, vaguely of apple and peach. A healthy dose of fruity, malty sweetness is balanced by some astringency like fruit skin or tea, and some mild herbal/grassy bitterness. A bit of mixed cookie spices in the background. The malt is clean, light, and sweet, with some honey aspect. The finish dries out, the fruit fades, and the herbal bitterness and astringency come out a bit. Great balance and great taste.

The texture can get a little fizzy and seem over-carbonated, but it's soft and pleasant overall. Drinkability is superb, probably owing to the great balance, and to the easy-to-love flavor that's impossible to get tired of.

Great beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 bottle into chalice.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, overtones of golden apricot, with a half-inch fluffy off-white head that quickly settles into a thin partial cap. Not great in the retention department, but nice stickage.

Nose is surprisingly floral, tropical fruits, dry peppery yeast, quite spicy. A bit of alcohol tickles the nose as well. Definitely on the drier side for the style, but still pleasant and fairly complex. Light floral hops are an interesting twist.

Taste is spicy and peppery up front, dry, light sweetness comes through in the form of dry honey, peaches, and golden tropical fruits with just a bit of a citrusy zing, and a floral hop bitterness, light but flavorful, balances the tail end through the finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, effervescent carbonation over a nicely medium mouthfeel that never tends towards sticky, even with the full flavor. Dryness leaves an almost chalky yeast texture towards the finish. Carbonation and body is spot on, though the chalkiness is a bit off-putting.

Drinkability is hard to pin down. Alcohol is toned down, flavor is quite tasty, though chalky bitterness hurts it a bit. Otherwise, a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of jpaltan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark golden yellow head. huge head, lacing everywhere in glass, nose is spicy and floral, hints of ginger, clove, taste is spicy, somewhat floral, a bit hot, overall quite nice. served about a bit on the warm side which seems to add to the hotness. quite peppery throughout. mouthfeel has a good level of carbonation. deceptively easy drinking

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, pours cloudy darker apricot, loose and also fine bubble light head and film, bubbles rising to the top....light sheeting and just spots of lace...fruity nose, notes of tropical fruit, gin, juniper bite, smoke, yeasty goodness. Tasty and complex triple from Kansas City..who would have thunk it...good stuff

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Photo of Wasatch
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this one.

750ml Bottle
Batch: T8173

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice three-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some very nice creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast and spices. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeast, and a nice touch of spice. Medium body, a little to spicy/hot for me. Drinkable, this is a nice brew, but not as good as other's I've had to date.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Corked and caged brown 750 with hippy-ish label

Appearance: Dark golden beer, slightly hazy, with a fairly sizable white cap that shows decent retention, made of large bubbles, a bit soapy

Smell: Light citrus/stone fruit notes...a bit of powdery yeast...fairly sweet overall

Taste: Big spicy and yeasty flavors...lots of clove and peach, with big white pepper spice on the finish...this is medium dry and spicy on the finish, ends with a light, crisp bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a touch alcoholic

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a very nice tripel and a great value in retail stores for around $7.99...this was on special at Kelleher's for $9.00 a bottle, what a steal!

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,542 ratings.
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