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 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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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a light orange with a moderate haze. Head is immense and dense, laces phenominally, very attractive presentation.

Aroma is of sweet malt and phenolic alcohol. Estery alcohol is predominant on the nose, not pulling much else out. If the smell is any indicationof the flavor, this one will be like vodka.

Flavor is of sweet malt, sour yeast and subtle spice. Spice is clove like slightly anise riding on the sour citrus twang of the yeast. Yeast gives a slightly fruity flavor that is complimented well by the malt sweetness. Malt is huge and sweet, coming front and center. Middle is doughy and bready with a sugary, candied flavor. Finsihes with the smallest hint of alcohol. Wow, this beer hides the alcohol like a champ, unbelievable.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and drying. Carbonation is soft edged and sufficient. Dry finish on the mouth is surprising given the sweetness of this brew.

Excellent, I have had a few trips, quads and the like and this is a must have.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - beautiful golden, brilliant clarity, but lots of yeast chunks, giant billowy white head, not much for lacing

S - banana, mangoes, really interesting fruit notes, earthy pepper spice, mild perfumy alcohol,

T - real tasty malt upfront, lots of honey, fresh fruit, held in check by the alcohol and spice, hard to describe, but there is a lot of depth in the malt, just a hint of cracker, lots of pepper, but not overdone, pretty much serves the role of the hops, which are basically an afterthought

M - light body, good carbonation, the drying alcohol really soaks up the malty goodness in the finish, the alcohol is also fairly warming, which slightly works against itself.

D - really tasty stuff, another winner from the Smokestack series.

I've really been enjoying the Smokestack beers I picked up. All of them are relatively true to style, yet the put enough of a twist to make them their own. This one has a little something in the aroma, I'm thinking a dash of American hop, I'll check their website after this review. I usually don't care for overly peppery belgians (unless it's a really good saison), but this one is fantastic. What more is there to say? If you are into complex, challenging craft beer, you need to try this.

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Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Long Strange Tripel is a hazy burnt gold with a huge white head, very slow to subside, leaving heavy lace. The rocky, clingy settling of the foam was what finally bumped it to the upper echelon.

Smell is very good. The fruity, floral esters, loads of bananas. Ther's also a mineral bite, almost saison like, but with an appropriate touch of phenols. I particularly appreciate this as a diversion from the thick, sugary tripels so common state-side.

Taste is also very good. I'm normally more critical of tripels then other belgian blondes, but this one is very well done, particularly considering it's robustness. Sweet, spicy, dry finish, not too hot, satisfying, tasty flavor overall. The alcohol is well hidden, light phenols. Classic esters of bananas, cloves and vanilla, once again, I'm impressed with Boulevard not taking any shortcuts on the authentic ingredients, as well as executing them very well.

Mouthfeel has a heavy, creamy carbonation, a bit of crispness but not exactly sharp. The higher ABV is particularly drying, but overall it's very digestible.

Drinkability is pretty good, I'm really impressed. After the saison's, this one really shows they know how to do Belgian blondes. For a stronger tripel, it's super tasty, clean and smooth. Decent price for the premium packaging to boot. I'm looking at the scores I'm giving it, as they keep creeping up through the bottle, but I really can't knock it further in any category. Really well done tripel, I didn't even have to give it bonus points for the overt reference to my all time favorite band!

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Photo of Psilo707
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured into my Rieder mug with a huge head and very great looking lacing down the sides. Large bubbles hover inside and smaller bubbles rise to the surface very quickly; it looks very complex from the start!

Smells delicious. Flowers and coriander in the aroma; a sense of the color 'white' as I inhale. Tastes like it smells. Coriander, orange-pineapple (slight), and a healthy juice type of texture residing within the taste itself. Awesome stuff, absolutely awesome. One of my favorite tasting beers as of this point.

Mouthfeel is hugely creamy and well-rounded. Drinkability is extremely, extremely high for a 9.0% ABV beer.

Overall, one of the best there is imo. I love this stuff so much.

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

750ml bottle, split with the lady and paired with some BBQ chicken and salad

cell-phone notes

appearance: poured into delirium chalice, golden-copper body, light beige cap with light retention

smell: yeasty, spicy clove, pineapple, lots of bright fruit aromas

taste: nice tripel that i sadly enjoyed more than the previous two trappist tripels i have had...big ripe pineapple, spicy clove, white pepper, corriander, pear, scoop of honey.

mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, otherwise smooth well-rounded body

drinkability: high, especially a little bit warmer

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