Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Long Strange TripelLong Strange Tripel
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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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Ratings: 1,548 |  Reviews: 469
Photo of Steamer
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an over sized wine glass. A cloudy yellowish-orange look nicely complimented by a thick foamy head with a lot of staying power. Citrus and spice smell dominates with a sweet malty aroma underneath. Dry, tangy fruit on the front, malty sweetness in the middle just like the aroma, and warm alcohol at the end. Very nice. Smooth and velvety mouth feel. An outstanding and well-balance tripel. A must try!

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mschind
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle with illegible best by date.

A- Poured into a tulip with a huge gushing head. Good retention and persistent lacing on the glass. Clear, medium honey color.

S- Great Tripel aroma. Spicey with pepper, some cloves and sour fruit. Yeast, malt and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

T- Starts with some malt sweetness which quickly becomes dry. A hint of fruit in the middle and some boozy alcohol in the background as it warmed.

M- The carbonation gives a full sensation but the body overall is medium light.

O- Happy to find another domestic brewer producing Belgian beers. A very good Tripel that I would try again, especially at this price range.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly clear, deep golden color under a fittingly large, rocky head of thick, luscious foam. Aromas of softly sweet malt, light dough, spices, herbs, and dried fruit. Malt is toned down in the flavor, though there's a nice cake-y element. Increased phenolics, peppery spice through the middle, with apple, apricot, and slight citrus juice. Creamy, fluffy mouthfeel - appropriately carbonated, drying, and not too sweet. Never boozy. Well done...

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2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a sparkling apple-juice-yellow color, with a massive, foamy, eggshell-white head. The aroma is an expected combination of light, tart apple-like yeastiness against dry grassy hops. The flavor has a light, bready sweetness and a bit of banana, but it is mostly a very dry, grassy, almost dirt-like bitterness that lingers in an unpleasant aftertaste. The light, very active carbonation plays off this flavor profile, leaving an exceptionally drying sensation in the finish. Overall, I will readily admit that tripels aren't a preferred style for me, but I have been able to enjoy some in the past... just not this one.

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4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Chimay Goblet from 12oz bottle

A- Honey color with a nice amount of carbonation that produces a perfect white head that sticks around.

S- Banana, clove, yeast, bread, alcohol, all mixed up into a symphony of smells. Probably strongest with the clove in my opinion.

T- Wonderful bready malt taste, loaded with cloves banana and that alcohol bite you get with a good tripel. Can't forget about that wonderful belgian yeast funk you get either!

M- Very carbonated but not in a bad way. Goes down smooth

Overall a very good representation of the style, only one I put above it that I have tried is La Fin Du Monde, which full disclosure is my favorite beer I can get locally.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served into Boulevard glass. Appearance is bright gold with striking clarity and cascading bubbles. Frothy white head is formed and retains very nicely and leaves heavy lacing. Nose features floral notes with heavy spice and clove character. Bready Belgian yeast looms large with accents of lemon zest. Taste is straight forward and clean for a tripel. Plenty of belgo character which provides some sweetness, fruity esters, light banana, moderate clove, and minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium weight mouthfeel. Overall, a refreshing, clean, and full flavored tripel.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/27/13- Boulevard Brewing Company, Smokestack Series | Long Strange Tripel |12oz Bottle

Appearance- Beautiful golden orange color, foamy white persistent head, lots of carbonation, hazy

Aroma- Bananas, cloves, yeasty, earthy, orangy-citrus-tropical, slight spice. Surprisingly no boozey smell

Mouthfeel- medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth effervescence, slight astringency, a little dry

Taste- Earthy spiciness is upfront, followed by banana bread and a slight yeasty taste, rounds out with tropical fruitiness. Orange-citrus is apparent, can definitely taste the alcohol on the end.

Residual- Semi dry, sweet taste remains

Overall- Pretty good tripel as far as I’m concerned. For a 9% beer, it certainly does not drink like a 9% beer. Very Unique

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 1,548 ratings
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