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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
79 90 70 4 13 10
Long Strange Tripel by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Tripel
9.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2009
750ml

A big thank you goes out to Jeremiah for sending this bottle my way in a long ago trade, thanks amigo! Long Strange Tripel shows off a sunset orange body with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through the glass. When backlit I get a straw golden liquid with large carbonation bubbles running to the surface. The head fizzed up to two fingers in no time but crackled to a cap just as quick leaving behind a patch of lacing here and a clump there.

There's a big dusty yeastiness right off the bat that coats all the golden orchard fruits. Golden apples and pears take center stage and there's a solid backing of dusty spiciness including white pepper. Each glass swirl brings out a crazy peach note that I thoroughly enjoy. This is an all around juicy tripel but so far it doesn't have that thick sweetness that ruins so many others. At least that's what the nose leads me to believe.

The flavor manages to follow the aroma pretty well but the orchard fruitiness just doesn't pop like the smell led me to believe. Dusty upfront with muddled spiciness coming through mid palate just before the dense fruitiness hits. Fistfuls of apples and pears bathe the tongue like it's no big thing while the dustiness remains in the background. This is the best American tripel I have ever had.

The carbonation on this beauty is lively with a tongue scrubbing bubbliness. The quick moving carbonation makes for a surprisingly airy body. There's not a whisper of sticky sweetness or alcohol.

For a big ol' tripel this is a sheer pleasure to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the lively carbonation keeps this beer flowing without a problem. A slightly dry finish keeps me coming back for another drink as well.

Boulevard has stepped up their game in the last year or so with the release of their Smokestack series. Long Strange Tripel is one of the best American examples on the market without a doubt in my mind. Thanks again for the bottle, Jeremiah!

Reviewed: 7/12/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 09/24/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 2008
Batch Number T8046

A - Ummm...pour this super carefully. A normal pour produced a head that took up 80% of the glass. Thick light butter colored foam made up of small bubbles that look like one large mass. Great retention (although I could use some room for some more beer here) and sticky lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. Body is an orange golden color with a nice haze to it.

S - Smells fresh, like a spring day. Yeastiness comes out right away, bringing with it a spiciness of pepper. Nice grassy hoppiness seems to have some bitterness lying beneath. Fruity, with orange and pineapple.

T - Taste is a bit sharper than the aroma, at least that's how I would describe it. Yeast lets itself be known really quickly with a big burst of spiciness to start things off. Pepper and coriander are apparent. Sweetness comes in. Some from what seems like light Belgian candi sugar and some fruity sweetness of pineapple and pear. Light hop bitterness washes over my tongue, sort of spicy, grassy hops. No aftertaste to speak of. After about 30 seconds, there is nothing left on my tongue.

M - Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is soft even though it's so aggressively carbonated.

Overall - Not a great beer, but worth checking out for sure. Starts off a little aggressive on the spiciness and sweetness, but mellows some as it warms.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 09/10/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 13 4 7 2008
Batch Number: T8123; Sampled September 2008
There is lots of banana in this beer, first it smells of it as I am pouring this beer, but also the foam tastes of banana. Speaking of foam an not overly hard saw the head start to flow over the sides of my 25cl tulip glass, but I was able to react fast enough to slurp all of the excess foam; so no mess. The head stands a full four-fingers in height (including a finger above the rim of my glass) and is a pale tan color that is more the color of cream than anything. The beer is a has a nice copper hue to it as it sits on my desk, but shows a mostly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of grassy grain, spicy esters and fruit. Aromatic notes of bananas, definite clove, clean pepper, bubblegum / almost juicy-fruit esters, dusty-crushed grain aromas, a touch of unsalted saltine cracker, an at times strong green apple note and a touch of warming alcohol are all easily noticeable (none are a stretch for me) if you spend a little time with the nose).

Well carbonated still (even after resting for the last ten minutes), the beer foams up as it rolls across my tongue. Fairly dry, but it still has some sweetness that is accentuated by the fruity esters and the higher alcohol notes that pepper this beer. Sweet, malt accented banana flavors mix with sweet clove notes, touches of cotton candy, wild-flower honey, and ripe melon notes provide the sweet flavors in this beer. The sweetness is only lightly offset by pepper-like higher alcohol notes in the finish, a spicy clove notes in the finish that gets turpene heavy, a touch of dried ginger and a light astringency and bitterness that lingers on in the finish. Fairly light bodied as a decent Tripel should be, it has a touch of viscous heft to it, but is far more quaffable than a 9% alcohol beer should be.

Can be a bit too hot and phenolic at times, but this is certainly an interesting Tripel. This is even tasty enough and I am certainly happy to find myself quaffing this for an evening.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 07/23/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Deep glowing fog of burgandy with a ruby tint to its body when up to a strong light. Emensely thick and tall head of yellowy tanned foam bursts to top it and sits well for a while before fading to an always present amount. Big droppily patched and broken sheets of lace stick across the goblet.

Big and booming aroma of berries and dark sweet fruits flow out of the bottle right during the pour. Very pleasing to the nostrils...Once settled in the glass this has a very nice nose of dark berry and rum soaked fruit bread. Date, fig, raisin, candied sugars that are all very rounded and sugary sweet. Quite nice!

Taste nearly mirrors what the smell delivers with an even better display within its reflection as a whole load of dark, sweet, chewy, sugary, robustly full flavor takes place with a nice perk and ease of girthy smooth breadyness and carbonated chewyness. Only slightly heated after the swallow this has alot to offer in a well toned and flavorful array of dark sugary fruity stuff that sticks and chews with dates and figs, flirts with raisin, dark orange, berries, and cherry. Dances with sugary spices that tantalize and dance away a fine lasting deep seeded taste across the finish.

Full bodied and chewy with a smoothly dark setting of rich carbonation. Finishes with a bit of fever and warmth and a whole bunch of pitch within its taste and balance.

Wow, a surprisingly solid and well mannered Quad that looked, smelled, felt, and tasted like something right out of the Belgian realm from which it is to emulate. Great job by Boulevard on this one!

Served In: Goblet

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