Boulevard Long Strange Tripel Review

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel
Boulevard Long Strange Tripel

I’m sitting here in my office listening to the glorious sound of an I.P.A. I brewed this weekend fermenting while sipping on a great tasting beer and writing about it. I love Mondays.

Today I decided to check out Boulevard Brewing’s Long Strange Tripel to represent Missouri in my 50 beer challenge which I happened to pick up on a trip out to Chicago a couple of weeks ago. While I’ve never been to Missouri, I definitely know there is a lot better beer being brewed there than what the state is typically known for.

Just like the name says, Long Strange Tripel is a Belgian Tripel that’s available year round and only comes in 750ml bottles (or probably on tap somewhere in the midwest). There was a pretty big “pop” when uncorking the bottle that made the experience a little exciting.

This beer poured a fairly golden orange color with a ton of carbonation dancing in the glass that made it somewhat fun to just stare at. There was a small layer of off white head that was pretty much completely gone in about 45 seconds with very little lacing. It almost has the look of a darker orange soda.

The aroma is packed with Belgian yeast and fruit.  I pick up some bananas, oranges, pears, and maybe a bit of mangos with a slight spicy undertone.  It’s a pretty great smell that is a perfect lead into the flavor.

The taste is incredibly clean with Belgian yeast, sweet malt, and fruit being the main flavors. There is a slightly boozy flavor that is well integrated so as to not be overpowering. I would best describe the flavor as a fruit basket in my mouth.  There is quite a bit of apricot, pineapple, and orange flavors that dance with a slight spiciness that is pretty well balanced.

For 9% ABV, the alcohol is hidden fairly well which could could make this beer a bit dangerous as it sneaks up on you pretty quick. As far as tripels go, this one definitely has it’s own unique character that I really appreciate.

If you can find Long Strange Tripel near you, it’s worth a drink if you’ve never tried it (or if you have).

My Boulevard Long Strange Tripel Review: A-

Here are the details:

ABV: 9.0%
IBUs: 23
Style: Tripel

What’s your thoughts on Boulevard Long Strange Tripel?

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About Logan Thompson

Logan is the owner of Blog About Beer. Along with blogging, he is also the author of two books, Beer Lover's Oregon and Beer Lover's Washington, an avid homebrewer, husband, dad of 2 girls, business owner and lover of ridiculously spicy foods.

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  1. Thats a great read on that beer. I haven’t had it before but it makes me want to swing by Missouri.

  2. I’ve never had Long Strange Tripel, but I’ve had most of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series and it’s all great .. I’ll definitely look into getting a few bottles of this.

  3. Nice review. I haven’t had the LST for quite awhile. You’ve got me thinking that a fruit basket in my mouth sounds pretty tasty.

  4. Mr. Flawless Masonry

    I have been working in Kansas City the past few weeks, and actually found the smokestack series in a local Walmart there. Being a Belgian fan, I obviously grabbed the LST and love it. The 9% does hide well, and I am finding myself itching for Monday when I will be back in KC to grab some more!

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