Friday, July 1, 2011

Review: Boulevard Brewing Long Strange Tripel

Time for another review, this one coming from the Boulevard Brewing Company (@boulevard_beer) in Kansas City, Missouri.  The "Long Strange Tripel" is of course a Belgian-style tripel ale and is part of Boulevard's specialty "Smokestack Series" of craft beers.  I previously tried and loved their "Double-Wide IPA" so on a recent trip to Spec's in Houston I picked up a handful of other Smokestack series beers.  The first one I broke open was this tripel... so let's see how it goes...

As expected for the style, I poured the beer from the 750 ml bottle into the St. Bernardus goblet that I picked up in a recent gift set. It's a beautiful hazy gold with a frothy white head. There is great retention and lacing to this beer.

This tripel has a very sweet and fruity aroma to it. There are a little floral hops in there but the flavors I'm picking up are primarily sweet.

The taste, fortunately, is not as sweet. Wow this is a good tripel! It has the perfect Belgian hop profile and the right hint of spice. If you're a fan of Belgian-style ales this is definitely one to check out in the future.  If I see some of these the next time I'm in Houston I'll definitely be adding a few to the "beer cellar" in the back of my fridge.

Well done, Boulevard. This smokestack series continues to impress me, and I can't wait to get into the rest of them.
 
My Rating: A+