Boulevard Brewing Co. – Long Strange Tripel
Country: United States – Kansas City, Missouri
Distillery: Boulevard Brewing Co
Style: American Tripel
Alcohol: 9.20% ABV
Price: ~ $7.00 a Pint
Behind The Booze:
You know – now that I am starting to get into these brew reviews it becomes more and more clear that there is an entire world out there in respect to the different ingredients, methods and of course – the types. I could go into the long schpeal about how the Tripel is a type of beer that came about from the post World War II recipe that the Tappist monasteries had used for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the town of Wesmalle – the strong, healthy, golden liquid we now consider – a Tripel. But – I am not here to give you all a history lesson the same as I wont tell you all the background on Ale, Porter, IPA, etc… so, research and what not.
Instead, we dive into this ‘fun and funky’ bottle from the Boulevard Brewing Co. ( Kansas City Mo ) and their “Long Strange Tripel”. The back of their bottles sport the following blurp which – for all intents and purposes is entertaining but not quite divulging any information towards the beer itself. After all is said and done, it comes down to the beer, the taste, the price and the overall ‘ohhh – okay’ of it all.
“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 â€œTripâ€ 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. ”
Not every beer has that ‘wow’ factor to it – especially when it just comes down to the visual appearance of the brew itself. Realistically – the ‘educated eye’ can see a difference just by watching the head go down but for most of us – its light or its dark. Well, this one is ‘in the middle’! Slightly golden hue with a minor ( little over a finger ) head that drew back really quick. There is some noticeable carbonation being left behind by the lacing from the head – but even at that this is one hell of a good looking Tripel! I cannot wait to dig in!
Those Belgians – I tell you, right from the start that classic sweet herbal mix of fruity yeast, just a dash of grass and malt balanced out by some pepper, tart lemon and rounded out by an almost peach like aftertaste. I am not one for peach flavoring so please – this is a light “smacking your lips” after a sip kind of ‘hey – kinda tastes like peach’ not an overdose like a peach jolly rancher. I really like the yeast, grass and fruit mix to this tripel – its not quite as overpowering as some other tripels I have had.
Even if you are not a fan of the Tripels – this is one of those beers you just have to try. I was hesitant at first, especially based upon ‘judging a book by its cover’ but I was very happily rewarded with a beer that I will not soon forget. Granted – the price is a little up there and being a harder to find brew it may drive some of us insane trying to find it but the reward – in my opinion – is worth the hunt. If you have had a chance to try the Boulevard Brewing Co’s Long Strange Tripel please let me know what you thought – if not, then what are you waiting for!?
Step back, relax, and enjoy.