Tripel Julep
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.62 | pDev: 19.34%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Another selection from the "why did they bring this to a hop harvest festival" entry from the Sierra Nevada Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Festival in Chico, CA. Being a big derby fan, I had to check it out.

Pours a whiskey like amber color. Fails to maintain headspace. One of the more unique, but not necessarily good aromas, a mixture of mint julep (whiskey/mint) but also a tripel yeast and super hot alcohol. I think this might be as good as Vicks Vape O Rub for clearing up your sinuses.

Taste wow, this is more mint than the mixed drink itself. Still plenty hot. Still plenty phenolic. Yeast and mint. When have I ever wrote a review with those words together? Its quite a bit of mint. Its not enjoyable to drink, I couldn't even finish my sample of a few ounces. It sounds cool on paper, but in execution, this isn't a beer I want to drink again or tell people about (in a positive way at least). Props for trying, but to improve, less mint, a lesser yeast, less booziness versus more barrel presence.

Sep 22, 2020
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium amber with an average head. The aroma is absolutely sodden with mint, with hints of clove, prune, and wheat whiskey. The flavor is again dominated by the mint, with a strong presence of whiskey flavors, and some spice in the background. It is, as the name implies, strongly reminiscent of a mint julep. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very creamy. Overall this is julep like, but the mint really dominates. Make sure you want a lot of mint berfore you embark on this one.

Aug 09, 2016
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John_Beeryman from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The mint flavor, which I expected to be overpowering, is actually very smooth and mellow. It's yummy, and provides a great counterpart to the usual tripel flavors.

Jun 24, 2016
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jeffdr123 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Based on the reviews, this is a Love It or Hate It beer. I can see why. Very, very minty. There are also some light herb and pear flavors. Not a beer for dinner. It's a change-of-pace sipper. My wife, who doesn't drink much, gave it her highest praise, which is "I could drink that." Got it as a tripel pinch-hitter at Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota.

Jun 20, 2016
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

On tap. Pours a golden yellow color with a white, one finger head that dissipates slowly and doesn't leave lacing. Nose is an after meal mint. Taste is a little bit of wheat body with a big hit of tooth paste style mint that decimates the taste buds. The faux mint taste actually becomes chalkier and stronger as the beer warms. Medium carbonation and medium body with unescapable mint aftertaste.
I haven't had a mint julep, but I imagine it tastes better than this beer. I pushed through 2/3 of it before I asked for a water to purge my mouth of the mint and get a different beer. Apparently I'm not the only person there who didn't really like it since the bar was giving out a tulip glasses with the beer to get rid of the keg.

Jun 20, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a super refreshing beer with much mint & well hidden ABV . I liked the subtle grassiness & pears, married well with mint along with melon . Well worth a try, will get this again

Jun 05, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden body with two-finger head that slowly died and left lace patches. Aroma has oak tannins along with touches of yeast and a strong, minty vibe. Woody, smooth bodied beer, booze hidden well other than touch of heat on backend, the mint comes through adding a spicy sweetness and sharpness to beer that passes easily thanks to yeast/wheat twang and a mild fruitiness (with minimal sour patch).

May 30, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a divergent opinion, and I like Boulevard beers, but this was very poor. Overpowering minty smell and taste - like a mint julep but with no beer underneath. There was nothing besides the mint. My bartender agreed and apologized for pouring this. Look forward to their other great beers.

May 23, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On-tap 5/15/2016 at Natty Greeneā€™s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bubble gum, mint, caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and some alcohol.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong minty bubble gum flavor that tastes a lot like the Fluoride treatment that you get at the dentist. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character, which somewhat tempers the odd flavors. The hops presence is mild and brings a little bit of balance, but not much.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful but not very tasty, does not go down easily, not too filling, very strong kick, not the best representation of style, the weird flavors to me make this beer very hard to drink.

May 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the make a beer taste like a cocktail craze is officially on, and this is one of the better ones i have had. its not easy to brew a beer with spearmint and not have it dominate, and boulevard has done a really good job with it. i think having their already robust tripel as a base is a smart and inventive call for this. enough body and wheaty texture to absorb and stand up to the herbal menthol sort of mint going on here. the whiskey aspect might be a little bit lacking, it certainly doesnt taste overly barrel heavy to me, but i do get the sweetness of the bourbon and a little nip of vanilla, but mostly on the very back end. i like the mint in the tripel, it almost doesnt need the whiskey element. i know it will have some haters, but for my palate, this works pretty well. its strong though, almost opens up my sinuses between the spicy mint and the booze, which is fusel forward and more than warming. belgian yeast still comes through a little bit, more spicy than sweet or fruity here, and a neat layer of flavor in a cocktail beer like this one. a small pour was plenty for me, but i really did like it. it even improves with temperature, and as strong as the mint is, its all relaxed by the end, not hanging on hot like a breath mint or anything. about as well done as something like this could reasonably be expected to be...

May 16, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I had high hopes for this but was so disappointed. It is all mint, all the time. Thin body, no bourbon flavor, no nuances, no Belgian touch... it is like drinking mint syrup. No thanks!

May 15, 2016
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Ottomagne from Texas

5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this at a local pub on tap (evidently, the only want to get this limited edition). Solid colour mixed with a fruity yet not-too-overbearing nose really excited me to try it, and I was not disappointed. A fruity front-end evaporates to a smooth minty flavour that feels divine in the mouth and throat before leading to an oaky, whiskey flavour that keeps you coming back for more. This beer singlehandedly made me make a BeerAdvocate account just to review this beer. FANTASTIC.

May 14, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With derby season in full bloom, even brewers turn their attention to the race track and make a beer that caters to fans of those thoroughbred athletes. The infamous mint julep's simple sweetness, bourbon charm and freshness of mint converge in a beer of the same taste.

Brightly gold and with a slim haze, the beer's mid-statured froth laces impressively as the mint perfume overcomes the nose. The brightness of peppermint carries an underlying sweet scent of powdered sugar and unmistakable caramelly, toasty, charred bourbon. Sweet to taste, a light biscuit flavor is honey-like, confectionate and plays on the early palate like thin caramel.

Soft fruitiness of lemon, apple, pear and orange slide under the radar of taste while the spiciness of clove, white pepper and vinous white wine act to balance the natural flavors of the Belgian-style tripel deep within. But its the special barrel treatment of bourbon barrels that give the beer its roots- boozy, nutty, char, coconut, vanilla and softly caramelized. But those gentle waves of mint brightens the session as a whole.

Strong and sweet, the full-bodied ale has a creamy texture that's off of the vivid and bubbly expression that authentic tripels carry. Hot and prickly on the tongue, the numbing sensation carries an evaporative cooling with the mint and peppery alcohol. An aftertaste of straight whisky chases the flavor into a long minty finish- in true mint julep style.

May 06, 2016
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Beerislivingproof from Iowa

5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was a little skeptical of a cocktail emulating beer at first but they actually pulled it off somehow. The tripel base provide a good booziness and sweetness to the beer. The barrel age gives it enough oak for you to maybe consider this is actually whiskey and the mint seals the deal. Excellent.

May 04, 2016
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Xenoreactive from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. What a phenomenal dessert tripel. Sweet, lovely mint spring flavors and a delicious bourbon wood imparted subtlety. Really dig how they created such a heavy hitter for this flavor profile.

Apr 30, 2016
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LambicPentameter from Nebraska

4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a small snifter at Bier Station in Kansas City.

A - Cloudy apricot color with a dense, creamy two-finger head. Lingers longer than I care to wait to smell/taste, but shrinks to a healthy film after tanking a drink. Lacing is heavy, like wet snow on a windowsill.

S - Minty, but more of an herbal mint, like a fresh mint leaf. At this point I really get very little of the floral yeasty characteristic of tripels. Enticing but strange.

T - There's the tripel. Boozy, yeasty and an inferred sweetness from the mint. However, it remains more herbal than candy-like mint. Some banana phenols make an appearance on the back of the taste. Some bitterness as well.

M - A little syrupy, like high-ABV booze.

Overall the best word I can use is strange. But in a clearly positive way. If this was an everyday offering, I probably wouldn't buy it all the time, but as a limited brew its worth coming back to.

May 08, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a hazy golden yellow color with an averaged white head on top. The smell of the beer was of Belgian yeast and grains. The taste is what really makes this beer special. The flavors of mint come through in the beer from start to finish, it's not nearly as strong as the Black & Red from DfH. The flavors are subtle but still very refreshing. The mouthfeel was on the lighter side. Overall i liked this beer, mainly because of the flavor. The mint really worked well here and I'm really glad I got to try this one.

Feb 06, 2012
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