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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

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Dark golden beer, slightly hazed, topped with a large fluffy-white head, which retained moderately well, eventually down to a sparse bubble layer. The head is easily resurected with a coaxing swirl of the beer.

S-Spicy clove, along with other spicy characters. A slight yeasty, bready character with an almost semi-sweet maltiness.

T-Sweet, bready malts, immense yet somewhat delicate spiciness. With the characteristic lack of hops, the spiciness helped to round out this malt-bomb. Fruitiness as well, perhaps of the pear and apple persuasions.

M-High, effervescent carbonation. Medium-heavy body, masked by the carbonation.

D-Moderate. Not the best hit from Boulevard's Smokestack Series, but by no means a miss. This would be an enjoyable brew to share with a few friends on a cool spring evening.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ballewblake for the opportunity to try this one. 750ml bottle - batch T8007 served in my Allagash tulip. Poured a golden-orange with a frothy, off-white head that dissipated into a solid skim; spots of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose is herbal, muted candi sugar, toffee and some light fruit (star fruit perhaps). Taste follows nose, but I also get some apricot in there as well. Mouthfeel falls between light- and medium-bodied and sparklingly effervescent. Not your typical tripel - different in character but very enjoyable.

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

Had a bottle with dinner at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. I made the mistake of drinking this after Moinette Blond, which while very similar, was a richer beer. So it was a more subtle tripel, but delicious and very drinkable. Like the other Smokestack Series Belgians I've tried, they've pretty closely nailed the style. The beer has a lovely mix of mild vanilla, light white bread grains, peppery hops, citrus zest, and Belgian spice. It does taste a little too similar to their Saison, but it's a good enough beer that I can forgive that. Certainly worth a try for anyone looking for a nice, fresh tripel.

Update 3/5/15: Still think this is too close to a saison, not enough bright bite to match most tripels. That said, it is delicious.

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

Hazy amber pour with a huge white head. Tons of carbonation in here.

Lots of banana and other fruity esters in the nose. The body initially is over-carbonated, but some swirling helps fix that. Subtle light fruits are in the taste...leaning towards tropical...with a touch of toffee. Light on the tongue; very nice to see in an American tripel as too many end up too heavy.

Mouthfeel, as mentioned above, is initially too carbonated, but settles down to a nice, "light on the tongue" level.


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Photo of froghop
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a very large off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is not to strong, yeast, slight fruit, and a bit of pear.

taste is carbonated, fruit, sour malt, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall just an average tripel, does not match up to others.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml from West Vail Liquor Mart, batch number T8263. $9.

A: A HUGE white head, a gentle pour reduced about 4 inches worth of foam, billowy, just continues to grow, tons of bubbles moving around in this one. This could be one of the most violently carbonated beers I've ever seen. Body of the beer, from what is there is a nice shade of gold, leaning a little more towards bronze. Very nice looking beer.

S: Lots of banana esters, malt backbone is strong, lots of sweet candy sugar smells, a few hints at oats, slightly mineral, and some nice floral notes as well. A few hints of sour apples. Nice all around.

T: Has a nice zing to it, citrus notes, lemon, but a nice spicyness to it as well, leans a little more towards the noble hop character of spicy, a little bit of alcohol, fairly sweet as well, malts are strong, and have a nice, sweet, tripel flavor. Kind of hard to describe, but this doesn't fall short. Excellent beer.

M: Medium thickness, amazing carbonation, excellent dryness, and perfect amount of alcohol heat. Really great in the mouthfeel.

D: Pretty deceptive for being 9%. This one goes down very easily. I would recommend sharing it though. Nice beer all the way around. I'll definitely be picking up another one of these.

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Photo of Dirty1
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 750ml bottle of this at my local beer store and poured it into my Piraat tulip glass.

A- It poured a dark gold with a slight orange glow. It was also slightly cloudy. It had a huge 2" creamy head that stuck around through half the beer. It left lots of laceing around the glass.

S- Yeast and honey dominate up front followed by light citrus and bananas.

T- The yeast and honey notes dominated on the first sip. Each sip gets a bit more complex opening up to ripe melons, light citrus, and a delightfull faint bubble gum note. There is some light citrusy hops on the back end as well as a noticable alcohol warming.

M- Medium body with medium carbonation. It had a slight creamy mouthfeel that fit the style nicely.

D- All in all this is a pretty good example of an American Trippel. It has all the right notes and is fairly complex. My only complaint would be that the alcohol is a little to prominent on the backend and gets stronger as the beer warms. I will drink it again for a change of pace, but there are several good Belgiums for around the same price I would buy first. Cheers!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 4/26/2009 (Bottle Batch number T8249):

Pours a huge foamy whitish colored head, bubbles, but diminishing somewhat. Very floral aroma, dusty. Sweet and strong. Very perfumy. Sickly sweet smelling. Light soft taste. Some carbonation. Very floral taste. Light fruit, like pear or apple. Some malty skunk present too, but very light. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with three fingers of big pillowy foam that collapses towards the middle. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Light hints of fruit, a touch of pepper, some slight grains.

T: Slight hint of fruit, decent breadiness, a touch of pepper, and other flavors I can't quite nail down right now. Alcohol is well-hidden in this one. Touch of hops on the pallet as well in the finish.

M: Smooth with a nice lingering, dry finish. I really dig the finish.

D: Very drinkable for a 9-percenter. A solid tripel and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of atsprings
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a somewhat crisp pale orange that is hazed by massive amounts of bubbles and floaties. The beer is topped by a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, orange peel and a touch of citrus and yeast. The taste is a nice blend of slightly sour fruit and sweet malts with a nice spice presence as well. The beer is slightly heavy with a slight syruppiness, but still maintaining a refreshing character. This is a very respectable American brewed Tripel.

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

A: Pale amber with active carbonation, and lots of fine particulates despite a careful pour. Billowy orange tinged head has great retention, and leaves intermittent chunks of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Spicy aromas of pepper and coriander are balanced with the sweetness of pears. A straw like malt presence sits in the background.

T: Mostly spicy, with a pepper and clove bitterness that sets up the other flavors. Sweetness is there with pear, apple and green grape. A sourdough presence brings up the rear. Finishes with a lingering combination of lemon and spice.

M: Medium body is doughy and makes the beer not feel as strong as it is. Carbonation level is just about right.

D: This beer drinks much lighter than its ABV. I had to make sure I didn't down this too quick. The beer's alcohol is almost completely masked, which is quite the accomplishment with this much of it on hand. This is a very nice tripel that I'm glad I picked up.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy head that leaves sheets of lacing behind in the chalice

Smell: Doughy, fruity (apples, pears and bananas) and peppery

Taste: The doughy flavors up front are joined by a fruit basket of flavor almost immediately, with a peppery dash appearing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the spice level is raised, but only complements the malty flavors that were established up front

Mouthfeel: Medium body, almost creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Although it lacks a little in the complexity department, the beer more than makes up for it in drinkability; no fusel alcohol flavors that mar so many tripels

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

Pours a golden color with a head of larger sized bubbles. Had this beer right after I tried the Saison. The Tripel smells almost identical to the Saison. The noticable belgian yeast aromas mixed with an apple fruit aroma. The taste was much like the smell. Belgian yeast and slight apple fruit flavor. There was a nice warm alcohol and spiciness in the finish. There was some hop bitterness in the finish, but the alcohol and spice overpowered the bitterness.

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Photo of champ103
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and cloudy orange color. A huge white and frothy head forms. It takes a minute for the foam to recede. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Banana and spicy clove aromas. Some yeast and funk.
T: Again, banana and clove dominate. A peppery spice and some yeast.
M/D: Medium body and carbonation. A creamy and smooth body. An easy beer to drink at 9% ABV. I am enjoying sipping on this.

A pretty good stab at a Triple. I can't say if it is one of my favorites of the style, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $8.50. Clear yellow color, almsot no head. It smells like spiced apples. I guess this does taste like a tripel but its subtle and the alcohol is well hidden. The quad and the saison have been my favorite from this series so far but this was tasty.

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

A golden/peach-colored tripel with a thick white head that recedes quickly. Nose is of banana, citrus, spice, bread dough, and lots of overally fruity character. Smells wonderful.

Taste is lots of bready malt with a little spice. lots of fruity characters: banana most evident, with lime, pear, and peach hints throughout. Finish is very banana and spice. A crisp and smooth medium-light-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall a very nice tripel! This is, to me, actually preferable over Duvel. This would be a good one to bring to dinner parties for the beer-drinking-challenged.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Huge head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, banana, slight hops, and slight tart malt - smells really enticing. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with a high carbonation level. Very smooth and easy drinking. Tastes of tart malt, banana, sweet malt, slight hop background, a nice smooth finish of tart malt. The relatively high alcohol content is well hidden and the associated dryness/tartness of a Tripel are lessened by Boulevard. I highly recommend this brew!

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from ckeengan04, thanks buddy, this is an excellent beer!

A - It's impossible to score higher, beautiful beer... thick fluffy white head that resembles the frothed milk of a latte, dark gold to light copper, carbonation rains towards the head... such a beautiful looking beer.

S - some phenolic spiciness, banana esters and light grainy malt.... hop note seems nonexistent but could be mistaken for the phenolic aroma. very balanced, no one aroma overpowers the others.... very subtle and enjoyable.

T - grainy pilsner malt note is balanced with a medium bitterness alongside spicy phenolic notes (think clove like) and light hints of banana. Much like the aroma suggests, this beer is very very well balanced without one flavor stomping another... I crave the next sip as i put the Chimay goblet down....

M - light and creamy as it enters and like a morning sunrise, the carbonation picks up and brightens up the palate. no astringency, not cloying whatsoever.

D - One word can describe this beer. Phenomenal. Wonderfully subtle, amazingly drinkable, this beer is sure to please. Do not expect an in your face brew, the beer has a million subtle notes and is meant to be savored, sit back deep into an adirondack chair, watch the sun set with this beer accompanying you. Yeah, its that kind of beer.

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Photo of humanawho
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - clear golden color with a strong bone white head

S - sweet and spicy nice and smooth and as you would expect from a tripel

T - sweet and spice with a nice pineapple and peach flavor; very smooth

M - nice bubbly mouthfeel

D - very smooth and drinkable

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Photo of shark81
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 375ml chalice glass. A golden/ coppery color. Wonderful head retention. Doesn't have an overpowering alcohol flavor. A beautiful, smooth example. It was my first beer from the Boulevard Brewing Co. will be purchasing again, for sure, and looking forward to trying some of the other beers.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle tried 28 Feb 2009. Batch T8067.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Large lacy light yellow head. Light carbonation. Clear golden honey color on the first pour, cloudiness increases slightly on subsequent pours. Aroma of apples, yeast, cinnamon, grape skins. Very juicy, apples, pineapple, and grapes upfront with light malt, lightly honey sweet. Nice spiciness throughout, cinnamon, white pepper and honey. As it warms some coriander and grapefruit come through. Ethanol is noticeable but not strong, warming. Aftertaste is dry and champagne like. Medium body.

Overall the best of the Smokestack Series I've tried so far (this, Double IPA and Saison), very nice to drink.

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Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, for the love of Pete, these guys and the Smokestack series!!! Turning me into a alky--jonesing for more...

A: Inviting pale yellow, big puffy head, great lace.

S: Fruity, and sharp. Peppery.

T: Honey coated fruit. Slightly sour apple and pear. Decent malty backbone, and a very nice touch of bitterness at the back--not sure if it is a hop bitterness, or, just mass confusion of the tastebuds.

M: About right carbonation, sticks to the mouth, reminding you to have another sip.

D: Wow. Yes. It's drinkable. Problem is, it's too drinkable. Doing this review after the first glass, and, can't wait to tear into the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle

A: Light straw yellow. Pours a thick creamy head that sticks around for quite a while before receding to a thin cap of foam. No lace.

S: Crisp. Pretty fruity with a slight citrus character. A sweetness that comes across as light honey.

TM: Continuing a crisp sweetness. Very light and easy on the mouth. A high carbonation that plays well. Finishes with a slight spiciness, clove, that leaves a tingle on the sides of my tongue. A well hidden 9% abv. Very pleasant.

D: A very quaffable brew. Damn, Boulevard!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orangey/copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some fruity ester and nice Belgian malt backbone. Taste is also a nice mix between some spicy and somewhat peppery yeast and some fruity ester with light peach notes while being very well supported by medium sweet Belgian malt. Full body with limited filtration and good carbonation while alcohol is not apparent. Very well done and probably one of my favorite US brewed tripel.

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

My pretty and well-designed bottle of this here "Long Strange" pops with a satisfying crack, the cork flying, and gas pours from the brown bottle... so far so good... into the chalice with ya!

Looks pretty solid: dark dull orange-gold, fluffy, nearly 3 finger dense foamy head that fades to a few centimeters, tiny touches of lace... yup, this hits the nails on their caps.

Now here is where it gets interesting... there's a lot going on: sweet toasted and honeyed malts, tart green fruit and lemon, a little pepper, but the fermentation character here is odd and different. Lots of clean, sharp and sour yeast character, vitamin B, sulfur, perhaps a smudge of chlorine, overripe oranges, a twang of old hops... there is a LOT going on here, most of it good. Sharp and characterful, in any event, but not the best I've smelled.

Flavor is pretty good - mostly comprised of sweet malt and sugars and balanced by fruity, green and spicy notes... not the best blend I've had, but solid and - for a beer from Kansas! - pretty impressive. There's a good bit of spicy, peppery stuff going on here but it doesn't quite blend into a masterful taste like, say, Allagash or Westmalle. That said, few Tripels do.

Mouthfeel is nearly spot on - damp, crisp, just full enough, and finishes yeasty, sweet and dry. Could be a little more carbonated, but I'm not complaining much. Easy. Warming in the throat, and that's about the only place you'll find the alcohol in this brew. I am convinced there is a slight aftertaste of sea water in the finish... no, really.

Long Strange is admittedly a bit strange, but this is a good American Tripel and with some tweaking, I think could be up there with the best. Recommended if you find it.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,534 ratings.
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