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 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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Photo of HoustonTX
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Long Strange Tripel - awesome bottle label, awesome name, awesome brewery. I'm ready to dive into this long strange trip.

Lights dimmed low, and the air gusting gently. The mighty trip has begun.

Gorgeous appearance, lovely scotch bonnet orange color.
Huge bubbly, frothy white head. Along with ample amounts of trails of lacing.

The nose on this one is superb. Sweet succulent fruits, juicy orange, green apples, a hint of mango and some sweet banana. Very tropical. Along with a touch of spicy peppery spice. Delicious.

The taste on this one is delightful. Welcome to another part of this strange trip, the one were we just arrived in Belgium. I swear, drinking this is just like being there, albeit a more Americanized hop build on it - which I prefer.

Long Strange starts out with that reminiscent dry dusty malt character. While loads of complexity load up all around your entire palate. It's remarkable. The mouthfeel allows the flavor notes to blend, scrape, and blow your palates mind. There is a subtle sweet, candied note. A spicy, white pepper attribute. A floral, perfume fragrance. Along with loads of juicy apple, pear, oranges, and pineapple, and banana. Finishes with dry and citrusy, while leaving your mouth in utter bliss. The balance of spice, florals, and fruits is second to none - truly spectacular.

The depth and attention to detail that this Tripel provides is top-notch. This truly takes the great Tripels, you know and love, and takes it up several notches. I love the Americanized edge, yet the reminiscent spot on take on the Belgian Tripel style. I've always been a fan of Tripels, and this one definitely impresses. Very nice work Boulevard!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, melon, peppery spices, and yeast. Flavor of spicy bready yeasts initially with sweet fruits (apple, pear) and tingling spices. More spicy/yeasty than fruity. Solid triple, very drinkable.

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Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A big thank you goes out to Jeremiah for sending this bottle my way in a long ago trade, thanks amigo! Long Strange Tripel shows off a sunset orange body with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through the glass. When backlit I get a straw golden liquid with large carbonation bubbles running to the surface. The head fizzed up to two fingers in no time but crackled to a cap just as quick leaving behind a patch of lacing here and a clump there.

There's a big dusty yeastiness right off the bat that coats all the golden orchard fruits. Golden apples and pears take center stage and there's a solid backing of dusty spiciness including white pepper. Each glass swirl brings out a crazy peach note that I thoroughly enjoy. This is an all around juicy tripel but so far it doesn't have that thick sweetness that ruins so many others. At least that's what the nose leads me to believe.

The flavor manages to follow the aroma pretty well but the orchard fruitiness just doesn't pop like the smell led me to believe. Dusty upfront with muddled spiciness coming through mid palate just before the dense fruitiness hits. Fistfuls of apples and pears bathe the tongue like it's no big thing while the dustiness remains in the background. This is the best American tripel I have ever had.

The carbonation on this beauty is lively with a tongue scrubbing bubbliness. The quick moving carbonation makes for a surprisingly airy body. There's not a whisper of sticky sweetness or alcohol.

For a big ol' tripel this is a sheer pleasure to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the lively carbonation keeps this beer flowing without a problem. A slightly dry finish keeps me coming back for another drink as well.

Boulevard has stepped up their game in the last year or so with the release of their Smokestack series. Long Strange Tripel is one of the best American examples on the market without a doubt in my mind. Thanks again for the bottle, Jeremiah!

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

Bold orange pour. Billowing fluffy belgian head. Spicy clove, white pepper, honeyed malts, and some minty and grassy hops. Nice pear and green apple flavors upfront. Ghost bannana notes from the the yeast esters. Lighy biscuity pale malts lead into a spicy dry peppery finish. Very complex. Nice full on body. Carbonation is spot on. Wow, this is a great example of the style. If this were a blind tasting, I would be sure this was a belgian import. Fantastic job Boulevard. Would love to have another one of these to put away for a while. Big thanks to Springdogg for the chance on this one.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy gold. Three fingers of bone white head top things off. The head has some definite staying power. It eventually settles to a ring. It leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. All and all this is a nice looking tripel.

The aroma is classically Belgian. It starts off with some spice notes. Clove and pepper Dominate. That's followed by a bit of bubblegum. Plenty of apple/pear notes round out the nose.

The taste is no less authentic - a seemingly rare occurrence from American breweries. Spicy clove and pepper notes hit the tongue first. Thats followed by a bit of powdery yeast. The middle is chalked full of tart pear/apple notes. The finish is dry with an herbal/bitter kick. This beer is quite the easy drinker. The 9% abv is masked quite well.

The beer has a lightish body. The carbonation isn't as boisterous as some Belgians. It gets the job done quite nicely though.

This is a wonderfully authentic tripel. The folks at Boulevard seem to really get Belgian style brews. Its nice to see another authentic tripel brewed on this side of the pond.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml corked bottle poured into my basic tulip glass. The tripel appears a clear bright amber color with two fingers of fizzy bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of spicy yeast, fruits such as pear, pineapple, tangerine, black pepper notes, honey, sweet and dry with very little alcohol presence. Carbonation level is medium to moderate. All tripel fans should look for this one.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,540 ratings.
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