Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,547
Reviews:
468
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
291
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best Before 03-2014.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with a bit of hay and barnyard must plus some lemongrass. Slightly soapy.

T- Bright, tangy fruitiness combines with the Belgian yeast to create a smooth yet vibrant flavor. Alcohol taste is there but works well within the construct of the flavor profile. Notes of spice, banana and a hint of bubble gum.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- A wonderfully constructed Tripel full of subtleties and nuances that make for a great example of the style.

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Photo of jaltland
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TigerOwl
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw yellow glass holds a ridiculous two finger white sticky head of foam. Plenty of sticky spots of lacing down the glass, excellent retention, but just a little over done. There is a bit of chill haze as well.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeasty nose, light banana esters, tonic water base. Clean and inviting.

Taste: Great balance, a bit of sweet bready malt, a touch of alcoholic heat, a hint of leafy earthy hops, all in a frothy almost American lager clean package.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, made for a lively cork pull but it froths excessively when poured. After the rush, a medium body goes a bit limp and cask.

Overall: Pretty awesome beer. Tasty, clean, has classic Trippel flavors but comes across as, not mild but balanced, restrained. Controlled. A nice sipper for a long strange evening.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of 2013beer101
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity malt nose, and flavor is sweet citrus and coriander. Higher ABV is hidden. Best by Feb 2014, $3.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Gold, clear with little floaters everywhere (sinking fast to the bottom) and a whole bunch of carbonation bubbles. The head on this is fantastic. Large, billowy, sticky foam. Aroma is sweet, floral, delicate, spicy, and soothing. Warm apple pie slides to mind. Taste is a welcome match. Sugar cookie dough, fruit, spice, banana cream, and coriander-like. Mouthfeel is smacky through the finish/almost chewy. Smooth and medium-fullish body. Delicate carbonation distributed evenly throughout. Overall very nice. Always a great style for the holidays and this is a very enjoyable example of it.

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Photo of k_clarkie
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of guttervan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Bsetz
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerGod27
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dylntbrown
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Poupae
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jwg782
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BetterBeerPlz
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml. Cage/cork

an Orange and gold color, moderate fizzy white cap, which is surprisingly gone pretty quick.

Sweet and tangy, very citrus upfront aroma. Big yeast, which is great, sweet and very earthy, wild effect with tart candy.

A strange fruity array in the taste, the balance is thrown off here by the citrus and sour effects that don't seem to get in check with the malt or hops. The yeast flavor is unique, not in a great way for me at least. The malt comes across as slick and sweet, tangerine and grapefruit seems odd for the style to me. I look for earthy, tangy yeast to compliment the malt and hops, this one dominates with wild, but strange flavor's.

The feel is a bit more relaxed than I like, I look for a crispy, dry, tartness and this one comes over as a bit heady in the malt. Not as lively and dry as some Tripel's that i love the most.

All in all, a bit weird, unique for sure, but the flavor's don't work together as well as some of the top Triple's. Certainly good enough for a second chance.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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