Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

1,547 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Wow a slow steady pour results in a massive foamy four finger head which doesn't appear to be in any hurry to go anywhere. The sides have gone down a little after a few minutes leaving a thick frothy lace and a mushroom cloud effect in the center. Super effrevescent. Slightly hazy straw colored with orange hues. Some sediment

Aroma: Pear, apple, Belgian yeast and candi sugar. A bit of saison-style funk. Buttery bread. Caramel. Honey. Some grassy and floral notes. Really a lot going on here. Every time I take a whiff I get a new and very distinct aroma

Taste: While not as much going on as in the nose, still very good. Distinct apple and pear notes. A tad of honey. Some breadiness and Belgian yeast. Some traces of caramel. Some medicinal herbalness. Some spicy peppercorn notes or maybe just warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Carbonated. Slight tinge of alcohol and spiciness

Overall: A fantastic domestic tripel. Among the best that I've had in fact. Should be relatively easy to obtain and you should definitely give it a try. This has been a go to for me for a while now and I still get it regularly

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a healthy three finger white head that dissipates slowly leaving chunky lacing. Classic tripel aroma of bready malt, apple and pear juice, cardamom, Belgian yeast; peppery. Flavor follows with initial apple and pear juice, bread malt, finishing drier with well developed cardamom and clove bitterness. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel from carbonation. A very nicely made domestic tripel, a bit astringent on early drinking, but developing more flavor and a balanced finish as the glass is emptied. Well done.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and wheat malts, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, lemon zest, bababa, green fruity esters.

T - Sweet grainy and pilsner malts, Belgian yeast, banana, coriander, and other spices, lemon zest, some light funk, and some light tart green fruits.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, funky, estery finish.

D - Great complex and balance tripel. Very smooth.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best By: 08/09/13
12oz bottle into snifter

A – Pours a bright vibrant orange with a strong white head. Leaves nice, strong lacing. Carbonation is strong and there is some sediment apparent here.

S – Smells strongly of belgian yeasts, malts are pale and a tad muted pale. Floral notes abound, with lemon, wildflower honey, dried apricots, anise, cinnamon. Complex here, each sniff gives way to new notes.

T – Initially bright, the notes of lemon and yeast come through. Eventually leads to a peppery and herbal body. Finish is long and bright again, with big citrus and yeasty notes.

M – Great here, just fizzy and light enough to aide in bringing the full depth of flavors to the forefront. Overall quite dry, crisp, and lingering.

O – Stellar. I don't much care for Boulevard's everyday shelf offerings, but the Smokestack series is truly a remarkable step up. For $2.50 a bottle this is a winner through and through, and would have no problem standing toe to toe with other world class brews in the same style.

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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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