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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Ratings: 1,547 |  Reviews: 468
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Maxwell
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a hazy orange yellow with a big beautiful head on top that stays for awhile and is full of sudsy bubbles that sit at top as creamy smoothness. The beer’s body is hazy, lightly translucent, and peppered with a thick torrent of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The beer’s lacing is fat and wall-like, with rather large bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass like snow on the ground. On the nose, the beer smells quite hefeweizen-like with thick clove and banana scents alongside sweet lemon bread notes that reveal the Belgian yeast in the beer. The fruity esters on the beer are bright and lively on the nostrils, also hinting towards pineapple and some lighter tropical fruit. On the tongue, the beer tastes surprisingly bitter, but also strongly of banana bread. The taste begins as bitter and lightly medicinal hops which slowly open into lovely banana bread flavors with splashes of lemon and pineapple, though the medicinal bitter remains as an undercurrent on the taste buds. The finish is strong with banana bread, but the aftertaste returns to the surprising amount of hops hiding in this beer, and rings with grassy medicinal bitters. On the mouth, the beer feels fierce with carbonation. The beer is medium in body, and leaves a sticky ichor briefly on the tongue as it travels down the throat. The mouth is left a little burned from the carbonation, and quite dry from the hops, though the tongue does retain some small reserves of saliva. Overall, this beer is surprisingly bitter and harsh on the mouth, but has an awesome smell and some awesome flavors. I think a little gentler of a hand when hopping this beer could be used, but it is an American Tripel after all, and what are we American’s known for if not our overdosing of hops? This is another success from Boulevard! Try this beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark orangish gold with a huge, thick, dense, bubbly, white head that has decent retention

S - some fruit, some faint yeast

T - apricot, faint peach, some straw, a faint bitterness in the finish

M - some warming alcohol, medium to full bodied, crisp

This is a nice Tripel. The traditional flavors are evident and the strong ABV is noticeable, but tucked away. Overall, this is a solid offering with a traditional flavor profile. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a Belgian beer.

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold with a dense, soapy white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. Big Tripel aromas of bubblegum, light clove, orange peel,and wheat. Very crisp and clean. Taste is similarly clean, very balanced with light wheat malt, banana, bubblegum, and mildly spicy clove phenols. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and good carbonation. Really excellent Tripel, one of my favorites of recent memory.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Ry1975
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sample I got popped and fizzed like New Year’s champagne, so if you get this in a bottle, open with care - and have a towel handy. It comes out of the bottle a clear, bright solar yellow with a thick, fluffy snow-white head that leaves very generous lacing. Strong, yeasty aroma has apple and pear notes and a hint of malt. Fruity, yeasty flavor fills the mouth with apple, pear, and a hint of butterscotch, as well as a whisper of hoppy bitterness. Lively texture has good body and fizz, leaving a fruity, tingly, slightly yeasty and malty finish. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.

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Photo of booyahachieved3
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden with a massive head. Aroma of banana, citrus, and funky yeast. Slight bit of spice on the nose. Nice sweet banana orange flavor follows, a bit of sweet honey, and some dryness to boot. Smooth with light mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. A bit of bite on the way down. Solid tripel from a brewery that I have mixed feelings about (though, limited experience with them).

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Photo of kevanb
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed Boulevard Smokestack glass.

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel

The beer pours a very nice golden straw color, hues of very faint amber and copper with a very big tall white head, big cloudy bubbles with just a touch of froth on top. Many bubbles rising to the top of the glass, the head has great retention but leaves behind almost no lacing. The aroma has nice notes of banana and funky straw, a touch of clove, faint berries in the background with some nice pale malt as well. The aroma is very nice and balanced, just not overly complex like many Tripels can be. The flavors are a bit spicier, banana, peppercorn, nice bit of funk, a touch of earthy bitter hop flavors as well with some alcohol and and light lemon but again, not as complex as many Tripels coming out of Belgium and the balance is a little poorer here. The body is nice and lively, a bit prickly on the tongue with a nice dry finish.

Verdict: A well made American Tripel from Boulevard and I think that this can be considered another success of the series. It may not be their strongest Belgian style offering, I still prefer The Sixth Glass and Saison-Brett, but this is definitely a worthy beer for anyone who enjoys this style.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured a golden yellow in color with pale yellow highlights and a nice finger worth of bubbly head that left good wisps of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it had a nice dark fruity aroma upfront in the nose with pleasent sweet yeasty notes, hints of spice and herbs with underlying booze notes.

T: the dark fruity character was just as dominate on the palate alongside mild herbal notes, slight spice, sweet belgian yeast flavor, applesauce notes and a touch of booze in the background.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount ofcarbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, dark fruity, spice herbal and creamy finish.

O: definitely a solid tripel all around and was glad to try another boulevard offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BillyLrsn
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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