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 smc143
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Up front, I loved this beer. It is strong, though, and after one, I felt it.

I didn't buy a chalice or a goblet or a snifter or a tulip glass. I poured it into my trusty Boulevard pint glass. And while I am fully aware that I may have missed out on some key character of the beer by totally disregarding the directions, I feel that I still got as much of a good sense of it as someone with my limited beer snobbitude would anyway.

The head bubbled up with a tiny delay, making me glad that I poured the glass only slightly over half full. The clean white bubbly head simmered down quickly, however, leaving just this thinner layer after a minute or so. By the time I finished, there was just a small, thin ring of white lacing at the bottom of the glass. The smell was clean and fruity, with an earthy undertone, and a heavy reality check on the alcohol content (9%). The appearance was a bright golden hue, cloudy and carbonated. The first sip was a knock out for me, not having had anything else to drink before hand. "Whoo, that's some strong beer!" came from the husband. (But he drinks Bud Light.) The first sweet, fruity, malty hit on the tongue gave way to some crunchy, pepper-ish sensations. This beer is not heavily carbonated, and after the first initial sips, the alcohol-burn seemed to go away. Or I stopped noticing. I liked it. A lot. But like other abbey tripel style beers, I can't drink too many. They make me sleepy. :)

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

Pours a gorgeous cloudy, pale orange color with a two inch slightly yellowed head. A toronado of bubbles rises from the center of the glass. It's actually really cool. Head retention is good, but there is no lacing.

I"m liking the aroma. It's slightly fruity with a bit of spice. Some phenol like qualities and sugar as well.

The taste is good. A nice bit of fruit with a bit of spice and a bit of a yeast component. Almost banana, but not quite. A bit of the phenolic flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. It's good tasting, and a pleasure to drink. After a few sips you start to notice the alcohol heat, but it works well.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the second beer I review from the brewery boulevard. The first being the Sixth Glass.

Poured this into my goblet, which poured a light tan color with a nice size head. Very little lacing.

Smelled sweet, fruity, like sugary dark candy.

Taste wasn't as pleasant as the smell, the alcohol was the first noticable thing. I noticed this as it cooled down, the beer taste much better. It gives off a nice light caramel taste.

Mouthfeel was fine and as far as drinkability goes, I wouldn't pick this one up again, I strongly preffered "The Sixth Glass" over this one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well my beer buddy from work and I finally made it through the smokestack series at the Brewhaus.

A - Deep burnished bronze with peach-orange highlights. This one is cloudy, deep, and solid looking with a massive four finger head of solid white foam. Lots of lace is left in the Duvel glass the waitress gave me to pour this one into. A really pretty beer for sure.

S - Fresh hops mingle with deep caramel candy and confectioner's sugar. This smells sweet, outdoorsy, and fresh...I could wash my clothes in this stuff.

T - Like the nose, this one is fresh and yeasty with big hop notes all over the place. Worther's Original candy and some fresh juicy fruit notes combine with the hay-like hops and big time booze to make a deceivingly fresh beer that will knock your socks off.

M - Full bodied and boozy with aggressive carbonation that never seems raspy, but keeps the beer lively and fun despite the heavy body and high ABV. Finishes hot and hoppy with a lingering caramel note.

D - Probably my favorite of the series, vying for first place with the Sixth Glass quad. This is outstanding beer that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again... despite the high price (which really isn't that high if you calculate how many equivalent 12 oz 4% ABV beers are in this heavy hitting brew...you really are getting some bang for your buck).

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

750ml. cork/caged brown bottle. Batch No.: T8088

Pours an amber-gold with a two-finger white faomy cap. Good carbonation and decent head retention. Smell is very sweet and fruity with a nice yeasty spiciness.

The taste is sweet with a nice malt foundation, notes of banana, corriander, clove and cinnimon? Nice Belgian-like flavor for sure. A clean finish with some yeast lingering...the alcohol is really well hidden for 9% ABV.

A medium bodied solid Tripel that is very authentic and worthy. I think Boulevards Smokestack Series are top notch in quality and style.

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

Pours opaque apricot in color with a thick foamy head. Moderate carbonation and plenty of floating yeasty chunks.

Aroma is light tropical fruit and yeasty spices.

Taste far richer than the nose led me to expect. Strong caramel malt with a candy sweet edge. Very citrusy with orange peel, apricot and subtle banana and melon. Finish has mild yeasty spices - notably coriander and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Generous carbonation provides a creamy feel.

An American made Belgian style brew that can actually compete with a true Belgian. Very nice job here. Tasty, with subtle fruitiness.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark hazy and muddy orange with almost no head, plenty of sediment.

Smell is light and yeasty with a hint of orange, lemon, and apricots.

The flavor is huge and complex and caught me off guard with such a subdued smell, It had nice crisp apple, lemony citrus, and nice vanilla notes all coming on quickly. A bit of yeast and alcohol with a touch of wheat form a nice backbone and a light clean bit of hops.

The mouthfeel is loaded with carbonation and has just a touch of warmth and dryness.

Enjoyable and easy to drink tripel, another nice Belgian style done by Boulevard. There smokestack series continues to impress.

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

Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. Bottle batch t8067 poured into a Duvel pint glass produced a big white fluffy head (a good 4 fingers) on top of a clear apricot body.

This was quite surprising for an American brew. Aromas of big Belgian yeast and sweet fruit were well present in the nose. There is also a good spice presence as well a real good take on the style

The flavors are true to the style as well with all those wonderful Belgian flavors. With the fruity, spices that you would expect from a true Belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is spot on with great carbonation, and dangerously no hit of alcohol at all.

With this in the Duvel glass and me kicked back enjoying a crappy day indoors; it can't get any more drinkable. A good brew and I must say one of the best American takes on the style that I have tried so far.

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Photo of tronester
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a huge white head. Smell is Metallic, phenolic, decent, not great. Taste is better, a light amount of malt, followed by a flavor of bananas, with a light finish of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation levels slightly high. Drinkability is good, a great example of a Tripel, another good one from Boulevard.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number: T8123; Sampled September 2008
There is lots of banana in this beer, first it smells of it as I am pouring this beer, but also the foam tastes of banana. Speaking of foam an not overly hard saw the head start to flow over the sides of my 25cl tulip glass, but I was able to react fast enough to slurp all of the excess foam; so no mess. The head stands a full four-fingers in height (including a finger above the rim of my glass) and is a pale tan color that is more the color of cream than anything. The beer is a has a nice copper hue to it as it sits on my desk, but shows a mostly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of grassy grain, spicy esters and fruit. Aromatic notes of bananas, definite clove, clean pepper, bubblegum / almost juicy-fruit esters, dusty-crushed grain aromas, a touch of unsalted saltine cracker, an at times strong green apple note and a touch of warming alcohol are all easily noticeable (none are a stretch for me) if you spend a little time with the nose).

Well carbonated still (even after resting for the last ten minutes), the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. Fairly dry, but it still has some sweetness that is accentuated by the fruity esters and the higher alcohol notes that pepper this beer. Sweet, malt accented banana flavors mix with sweet clove notes, touches of cotton candy, wild-flower honey, and ripe melon notes provide the sweet flavors in this beer. The sweetness is only lightly offset by pepper-like higher alcohol notes in the finish, a spicy clove notes in the finish that gets turpene heavy, a touch of dried ginger and a light astringency and bitterness that lingers on in the finish. Fairly light bodied as a decent Tripel should be, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but is far more quaffable than a 9% alcohol beer should be.

Can be a bit too hot and phenolic at times, but this is certainly an interesting Tripel. This is even tasty enough and I am certainly happy to find myself quaffing this for an evening.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Zadok
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden sunset, almost had several layers of color and had a dense fog quality. Had a 2 finger head that hung around for a little while.

Very nice smell, citrus and coriander with a slight booziness.

Taste has a flavor of light fruit mixed in alcohol. Orange and a clove citrus seem to be the backbone of flavor. There is a definite warming from alcohol on decent.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation with a slight bite on the aftertaste.

A very impressive beer from Boulevard, it sure is nice to support local brewers with a smile. High ABV once again makes for limited consumption but definitely worth trying out. Look forward to trying out the others in the Smokestack series.

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Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, creamy orange color with a nice two finger head, into a chalice. Somewhat floral aroma, grassy, big hits of lemon, mild banana, spice, and slightly boozy. Very nice. Taste is sweet up front, a bit grassy, spicy, hints of malted wheat, a touch of citrus, and long, dry finish. A mild alcohol warming in the mouth and throat. High ABV presents itself, but in a good way. Good carbonation, feels slick and smooth on the tongue, creamy, medium-full bodied to say the least. An excellent take on a Belgian-style Tripel. As close to the real thing coming from this side of the pond.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with mhewes. Thanks for the opportunity. Corked & caged, Batch T8067.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" beige head above the clear dark golden brew. Head is moving and grooving, but keeps on trucking, with average to good lacing. Aroma is sweet and effervescent, with spices present amply as well. Taste is a spinning experience of sweet, spice, and alcohol warmth, all flavors coming on spearately now and again. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Numbness does seem to slowly appear on the tongue and at the back of the throat, but this one's worth the effort.

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

Pours slightly hazy with some nice orangish colorings,the head is tall and light with a soft appearence,but it holds itself up for quite a while. The nose is dead on,citric tart and spicy. Flavors are much the same as the nose with one ingredient not standing above the rest,this is a great Tripel. Lots of clove and pepperiness,slightly sweet and consistantly yeasty. The mouth feel was first class,good texture and carbonation. Damn I'm glad this was a big bottle. Get some people!!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - clear light amber color with a great head that is well retained; leaves a nice lacing

S - sweet malt aroma with very faint hop scent in the background

T - sweet malt up front with fruity yeast character and a slight hop finish; some dryness from the alcohol

M - medium/light body with high carbonation

D - This is quite a nice tripel. Boulevard continues to impress me with their Smokestack series. I was a bit skeptical at first, but this is the second that I've been pleasantly surprised with. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a golden color with a huge creamy head and nice lacing.

S: The aroma is a complex mixture of Belgian yeast, candy, spice, orange and cereal.

T: The taste is bitter and cereal. There is the distinct Belgian Triple flavor noticeable.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. There is a definite carbonation kick.

D: This is a balanced and easy drinking brew that hides the alcohol well. Oh, and you've got to love the name.

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Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive "pop" from the corked bottle, massive carbonated pour into my Corsendonk snifter. The massive white head does settle into a pillow-top floating on the amber orange brew.

Orange dominates the fruity aroma and presents itself in the quaff. Taste is on the dry side for a tripel, this reminds me more of a strong Belgian pale ale than tripel. No hint of any alcohol in it.

Still pretty tasty and a decent cut at a difficult beer to brew, but I doubt if I would seek out another bottle of it.

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

My notes are minimal, but my enjoyment was full.

Long Strange Tripel, Boulevard...

hazy golden hue, huge white head...

sweet and spicy aroma...right on for a tripel.

Lemon, .lime, orange, and more in the flavor, with a spicy kick.

Delicious stuff...perfect fit for the tripel style.

That's all I had to say while I drank it, but it says it all.

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Photo of naterock
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my fiance for randomly picking this up for me, and to specialk for helping me drink it.

Pours a cloudy orange with amazing head retention and a thick yeast haze. beautiful tripel to look at, reminds me of a duvel in a tulip.

Smells suprisingly hoppy with a sweet malt quality and a slight estery nose. typical for a tripel but delightful none the less.

Tastes malty with a slight hop nuance and a sweet fruity-like aftertaste not too overly complex but solid.

Not to overly carbonated which is good, I think a belgian can easily be too overly carbonated which diminishes the malt quality that we love so much.

This is possibly the best of the smokestack series that I've had, besides the saison. will definitely buy this in the future for a solid tripel.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roo Naterocks fiance' on this one

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Pours a cloudy copper with a nice white speck of yeast floating and a near perfect head that lingers the entire lenght of the brew.

S-A bit alocholy, with notes of pine, little earthy with a very subtle honey/sweet note.

T&M-Bready with great notes of alcohol and the slightest hops bite nice bitter middle and finish, nice smooth full body.

D-Would love to have this around often and would also love to age one to try I belive this would be the best of all the smokestack to age.

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Photo of morimech
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a large white head that hangs around forever. Surprisingly only low amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. I was expecting thick rings of lace after each sip.

Has a spicy Belgian yeast aroma along with a vinous component.

At first the beer has a heavy spicy yeast flavor but as the beer warms the fruit and vinous qualities come through. Hints of alcohol warm the palate. Finishes with a cracker like dryness.

Medium body with a robust carbonation. Very nice texture.

A good Tripel but far from my favorite. High ABV ensures limited consumption. I did enjoy this one more than Boulevard's Saison

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

Split two ways into two pint glasses. Pours a light yellow with alot of carbonation and strong head. Smell has some light fruit and spice. Taste is not as pronounced as most tripels, but it's certainly not subdued by any means. A good amount of sugar in the taste. Not overly carbonated like alot of triple, making this beer pretty drinkable.

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

A: pours a light hazy orange color, with lots of carbonation and extreme head! About 2 fingers worth.

S: typical Belgian spicing. clove, slightly grassy, a tinge of alcohol. slightly fruity banana aroma.

T: nice rich taste. lots of malt and fruit sweetness. lots of clove spicing and a slight warmth from the alcohol which is mostly unnoticeable. Awesome triple, if not a bit sweet.

M: very nice. goes down smooth. lots of head to break through...which gets caught on my moustache :)

D: Pretty deceiving ABV, but damn good taste, if not a bit sweet. I could drink this all night probably.

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Photo of illidurit
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Gold pour with an excellent facsimile of a lacy Belgian head. Overripe green apple aroma, some sweet citrus. Flavor is doughy malt with apple and banana esters and a touch of clove spiciness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated, dry finish. A pretty standard tripel.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a champagne like cloudy lemon color with a ton of carbonation. the smell is good, has a sugary aroma to it with some citrus in there too. taste is great, the effervescence on the tongue is awesome as is this the whole beer, i dont know what makes a tripel a tripel, maybe the yeast but it sure is awesome.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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