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 shockney
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, cloudy, with a two finger white frothy head that leaves beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orange, citrus, clove, bread/yeasty, banana.

Taste: bread, banana, belgian yeast, slight spicing with cloves, and light well-harmonized fruity notes. Finishes dry and crisp and most amazingly of all, it does not have a heavy alcohol taste even though it is 9.20% ABV. It tastes rich yet it is also supremely light, crisp, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Dry, carbonated, crisp, light.

Overall: Full disclosure, this is one of my all time favorite beers in the world. I tried it for the first time two years ago when I was visiting a friend in Utah and it has haunted me since. I've had the pleasure of its company only twice since we first met. If anyone knows where to find it in NYC, please let me know. If you see it at a store, take it home with you. You won't regret it.

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Photo of spacebear09
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance- Golden orange and cloudy, with a voluminous, frothy head that is bleach white

Smell- Funk.

Taste- Wheat, must, citrus. Strong Belgian yeast character really shines here. Finishes dry. Another delicious, unique beer from Boulevard

Mouthfeel- Dry, well carbonated

Overall- This is quite a good brew. Unfortunately, I read in a few other reviews that this beer tastes kinda soapy and now I CAN NOT shake this thought from my head every time I take a sip. When I first tried this I would have rated it higher but it really is kind of soapy. What can I say, It's no Fin du Monde but it is a welcome change of pace.

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Photo of vkv822
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12oz into tulip.

Pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a thick, foamy off white head that dissipates to leaves a medium foam across the surface.

Aroma and taste are a very enjoyable blend of clove yeast phenols, and lightly fruity estery notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done, tasty Tripel.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked bottle into 12 ounce Shaker pint glass, "best by date" 03-2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly hazy golden color with two finger white head that persisted nicely until a thin unbroken layer of bubbles remained highly carbonated, there was a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread/yeast, pears, banana, some spice.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet bread/yeast, then banana, pears and a little spice, the 9.2% alcohol is well disguised.

PALATE: highly carbonated, creamy, medium bodied.

OVERALL: this is an excellent Tripel, tastes like it came from Belgium but was made in Kansas City, MO. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style. It's reasonably priced at $8.99, I'll definitely buy this again.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Golden color with a luscious thick head. Nose has notes of light stone fruit and white pepper. Tastes great; triple is a style that is growing on me. Perhaps too drinkable. Lemony flavors abound with a nice kick of both alcohol and spiciness.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of tangy yeast and peppery spice up front. A bit of soapy hop and some lemon notes. Taste is a bit more soapy, yeast isn't quite as pronounced. Lemon is moderate, not sweet but the balance is a bit soapy. Body is a bit syrupy but the strong carb helps to balance it.

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Photo of hophugger
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

High alcohol content that does not take too much away from the flavor. bready and banana ar e the high points of the taste. Head is good and flavor is surprisingly balanced. Hops are balanced and go well with the banana, yeasty flavor. Great overall balanced brew and a must have for the true beer lover. Great Trippel

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle a light gold with only a touch of haze from the rising bubbles. The white head starts big, but leaves quickly. A fine aroma of bananas, yeast and spice. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana, apples, yeast and a nice sweetness. The carbonation gives the mouth a light crispness. Simply an excellent tripel that tastes like it came straight from Belgium.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer itself pours a smooth, small bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly but still collects around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy gold with a bit of orange notes. The smell has strong banana yeast notes with strong hints of bready malt notes. The beer also a slightly sour hop note that seems dulled by the other notes. The beer itself is fairly bananas. The banana notes are just as strong in the taste as it is in the smell but the hop sourness adds a bit of balance to the yeast and candi sugar notes. The malts have a stronger bread taste. The mouthfeel is fairly medium bodied with biting carbonation but on the lighter side. The beer also has a very smooth feeling despite the carbonation. Overall, a pretty good Tripel and most certainly one of the greats.

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Photo of SKYY
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

White/White/Amber. Almost too white, but not. Thankfully, not transparent when chilled (most likely unfiltered, or minimally filtered). Gleefully translucent. Heavy carbonation. Pouring 375mL of the beer from the 750mL bottle into my tulip glass results in a 3.5cm head that is barely contained by the ample glass. The head dies down quickly to a thin film of bubbles on the surface, but lacing on the glass is prominent throughout enjoyment. It's exactly what I expect out of a Tripel from Belgium.

Sweet, mild to moderate ester profile. Slight banana aroma, very slight mild citrus. Sweetness more profound than other estery aromas. This beer is entirely in accordance with the Tripel profile.

Up-front light malty bitterness with just barely enough hops to balance it. Characteristic candi sugar flavors are robust, but not profound. No other sucrose/glucose/adjunct presence. Alcohol lingers last on the tongue. 100% in compliance with the Belgian Tripel varietal. Yeast profile tastes very similar to a Chimay yeast strain, but it's not Chimay.

Light. Almost too light, so it's perfect for a Tripel. This varietal requires the extensive use of candi sugars. Yet, fermentation is entirely complete. Residual sugars are almost undetectable.

I'm shocked that a brewery in Mississippi can produce something so akin to the products of the monks of Trappist Abbeys in Belgium. If I had to choose between the Long Strange Tripel, or Chimay White, I'd have to choose both! Will definitely drink this beer again. If there were just ounces more of hops per barrell, I might rank this a pure 5.00. That's pure subjectivity, however--the beer is still world-class!

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Photo of whynot44
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a massive foamy white head that retains well and produces lots of nice lacing.

The aroma is cloves, bananas, assorted tropical fruits, yeast with spicy peppery notes.

The taste is similar, again, tropical fruits, especially bananas, cloves, pepper but with a nice bready malt background and a bit of pleasant bite in the finish that just makes you want more.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. The high ABV is not really noticeable until you've had a few.

Altogether very nice, an excellent and enjoyable brew. Outstanding.

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Photo of Roser
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy, honey gold hue. Nice bone white head. Not too much lacing. An overall inviting look.

S- clean, spicy, clove, caramel, malt, banana.

T- pungent Belgian yeast, bready malts, definitely spiced (had a rum feel thing going on). Light citrusy hops.

M- tart and creamy (an unusual combination). Medium to full bodied.

O- a very nice beer. Another solid offering g from Boulevard. Would recommend and would buy again. If you're reading this, here's an extra tip/suggestion: try the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. It's awesome!


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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: June 6, 2014
Consumed: June 6, 2014
Misc.: Best by Nov. 15, 2014

Poured a golden, straw, semi-clear color with 6-to-7 fingers of pillowy off-white head. Couldn’t believe how much head there was in the pour. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Tons of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top. Worst part of the beer by far. Way too much foamy head.

Smelled banana, cloves, caramel, honey, Belgian spices, faint Circus Peanuts and fruity notes.

Tasted similar to the nose. Very good. Could definitely taste the booze (9.20% ABV). Got cloves, Belgian spices, banana, honey, caramel malt, some Circus Peanuts, green apples, pears and some kiwi. Similar to most Tripel’s, but just better.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, somewhat spicy finish.

Just a fantastic Tripel. It may be the best I’ve ever had. So good.

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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet looking drink. Pale orange color sitting beneath a huge, thick white head. Continuous bubbles rise, feeding the head. Great retention, the head falls around the edges first, leaving a peak mixed in between the thick lace.

Very fruity nose. Peppery Belgian yeast is there, but seems mild. Smells like a tropical island.

Exceptional taste as the traits of the nose carry over to the mouth. Tropical fruit with the slightest bit of pepper. The pepper doesn't dominate making for a pleasant taste, just enough for some balance.

Nice complexity as nothing is dominant. Sweet and tart from the fruit, spicy from the yeast, a clean, crisp carbonation gives each sip a dry finish. Long lasting heat deep into the swallow. Medium bodied.

This is really good. A better tripel than some Belgians make. Overall, it's tasty and easy to drink. A good beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange-yellow color, clear, with a big white head that fades out slowly, leaving major lacing.

S - Fruit, mostly in the form of apricot and banana, with some slight sour funk on the tail.

T - Soft, subtle threads of sweet fruit, again primarily banana, but the big core is bread and yeast, like a buttery dinner roll, but without the fattiness. Close comes in with a spike of bitter elements that actually works very well to clear the palate for the next swallow.

M - Brisk carbonation, clean, but ultimately a very soft and friendly beer. The alcohol is there, but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss.

O - This is a great example of a balanced tripel. I like sweeter beers, and have had tripels which are much more honeyed or sugary, but this beer argues the virtue of its approach.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Smokestack's Long Strange Tripel. 9.2% ABV

A: Over two fingers of head, fades steadily to almost nothing. Very opaque and hazy. Peach. Grey-yellow in the dimple.

S: Hay, grass. Slight funk. Some kind of citrus note. Wild strawberry, perhaps? Yeah. Like what you might smell in a lighter strawberry blonde.

T/MF: Dry. Hay. Slight caramel. Barnyard towards the back, as it settles.

Not bad. I'd still prefer a dubbel or quad, but not bad.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle with a best by date of 09/2014; into a tulip.
Appearance - a hazy, golden hue, with bubbly carbonation. Huge, soapy white head that recedes and leaves weak lacing.
Smell - a sweet blend of dark, stone and citrus fruits; some banana bread and alcohol.
Taste - full of flavors, ranging from spices to sweet to tart fruit with a hint of warming alcohol.
Feel - medium body, with a nice complex assortment of flavor; alcohol is detected, but smooth and very pleasant!
Overall - happy to have enjoyed this offering, however, I enjoy a handful of other tripels more.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: an deep golden color. a finger to two of a white head that hardly fades and leaves a huge sticky lacing on the sides. hazy and opaque but lets quite a bit of light though

Smell: yeast components of clove and a slight banana. slight apricot or light citrus. bready malts, some sweet candi sugar. some alcohol and pepper

Taste: opens up with a bit of banana and apricots, and a lot of clove. some candi sweetness, along with a very laid back malt base of breadiness. a good amount of alcohol and ends with some pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: good medium body. hot alcohol, very dry. strong carbonation

Overall: a good american tripel. much more alcohol prone than most but not in a bad way. lots of good flavors and worth a try. This one is past its best by date but I wouldn't worry about that with this big tripel that should continue to taste good for years to come.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with an slight orange tint. One finger head when poured, which persisted to some extent the entire time I was drinking the beer. Sweet aroma with the presence of alcohol noted. Very nice Tripel; one of the best I have had. Sweet, slightly fruity with a dry finish. Lots of small carbonation. Medium body; there is some substance to the beer - not thin or watery. Overall a great Tripel. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of Big_Beers
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

grabbed a .750 bottle only a month away from its best by date.

Appearance: Poured a thick triple finger head that dissipated in a couple minutes to leave trace amounts of carbonation

Smell: white grape and apricot a little yeast but not much

taste: found that this one needed to relax in the glass for a couple minutes. Carbonation is a little much at first but 3-4 minutes in it settled and complicated. Very balanced beer still pick up on the soft fruits

Mouthfeel: What i would expect from a triple. Light and refreshing. Winelike

Overall- This american triple beats many Belgium that I have had...Hands down...With that said 90% of my beer intact is a form of Belgium style

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Tripels I have had. The closest American version to this one is Schlafly. Pours a mostly clear orange color into my Chimay goblet. Big delicately bubbly head with much better retention than most Tripels. Thin bands of lacing form on the glass.

Aroma is light fruit (apples and pears), spices (mostly pepper and Belgian yeast.

Taste is more of the same. The flavors are very pronounced and there is kind of a ripe cheese flavor that I find in most of the better Tripels. Everything is just right. The fruity backbone is slightly sweet, Spicing tickles the tongue and the yeast adds plenty of flavor. As with most good Tripels, the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth while the spicing and yeasty flavors add to it. No evidence of alcohol.

This is an outstanding Tripel, not to be missed.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Stange Tripel – Tripel (9.2%) - Boulevard Brewing Co. (Missouri)

App: Beautiful, golden-apricot pour with a serious two finger head that persists nicely. Very cloudy, with noticeable sediment and steady carbonation. Tons of that sticky, dense lacing you expect from belgian styles.

Smell: Warm creamy esters very forward. Aromas of apricot, lemon, and an orange blossom like floral aroma. The esters are very forward, hiding all hops and all but a touch of graininess.

Taste: Slightly sour on the foretaste with spicy hints of white pepper that comes through with apricot and citrus rind. Not out of line for what you'd expect from the nose. Esters even more present in taste, with some low alcoholic flavor. Hops bitterness comes through subtle and pleasant after swallowing. Balanced, considerate, and well crafted, but not my favorite tripel.

Mouth: Very actively carbonated which makes an otherwise solidly medium bodied brew feel that much lighter. Alcoholic warmth is present, especially after swallowing.

Home tasting, 750ml bottle into Snifter. 4/10/14.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Well, the first days are the hardest days, says master mechanic Trip Hogue, one of our first employees. We gratefully dedicate this rich, golden Tripel to all those who keep on playing in the band." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel. Available as a year-round 12 oz. 4 packs, in 750 ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive white-gold head head of a crisp, frothy consistency that retains very well with light, spotty lacing. Body tone is a very hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and cloudy sediment. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly sweet wheat malts and biscuity pale malts for some body with a mild Belgian spice in the aroma. The aroma is very clean. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Bready pale and wheat malt generate a moderate sweetness that follows through with a delicate yeast spiciness, finishing with a touch of cider esters and alcohol. The simplicity is notable against others in the style, but such may be desirable for fans of a traditional Belgian Tripel. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, fluffy and peppery. Carbonation adds some mild spritely carbonation for a soft crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Well balanced- an appropriate level of malt and fruity sweetness is well countered by peppery spice, tart fruit notes and the slight touch of alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate, accented by the mildness and simplicity of the flavors. 4

(Overall) Long Strange Tripel is overall a very enjoyable, yet simple Tripel with some mild, but expected roughness around the edges. I somewhat prefer Boulevard's other Belgian-styled offerings, as I find many slightly better built. However, Long Strange Tripel would certainly be a viable option for anybody looking for an enjoyable, traditional Belgian Tripel. Highly drinkable. 4

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Photo of _grant_
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best beer Boulevard makes. Their Belgian born brew master brings the right amount of tradition to the sometimes overly innovative American brew culture.

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass with a stark white head, the beer is straw colored with a slight orange hue. Overall a gorgeous beer.

Smell- Bright citrus fruit notes. Mild smell of hay. Alcohol is present.

Taste- Alcohol is on the front. Fairly sweet with mild grapefruit notes. Apple notes and mild floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. A little dry. Has a mild acidity.

This is my go-to pizza beer. It tastes incredible with pizza.

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Photo of Badger6
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip. Bottle imprint says Best By 06/04/14.

A: The body is a translucent orange-brown color with a decent foamy, white head that retains well, reducing to a ring at the glass edge with a sheet of bubbles on the surface on the beer.

S: Belgian yeast aromas dominate. Complementary scents of hay and lemongrass are present, but not heavy.

T: The belgian yeast and fruitiness comes out right up front. Becomes spicy, with banana and bubble gum flavors as it progresses. A clear note of booziness it present almost form the start all the way to the end.

M: Body is light/medium is feel, with a very effervescent carbonation texture. Smooth in feel, and not a hint of dryness.

O: A beautiful Tripel, above average for an American offering, slightly above center mass for an authentic Belgian. This beer is all about the complementary aromas and flavors. The main is just there to carry the good stuff to you for your enjoyment. While the aroma is not powerful, the flavors do follow, and jump it up a bit. Not a bad beer, and a good fit to the Smokestack series.

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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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