This is the second beer from BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY we wanted to BrewView. As you probably know by now, DUVEL MOORTGAT now owns Boulevard, and this beer was (most likely) one of the reasons they did purchase the company! LONG STRANGE TRIPEL was a great surprise for us.
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
9% ABV. Poured into a open-mouthed Trappist goblet. Poured at 57° F. Pours a nice medium golden, classic Tripel color. A small amount of haze in the pour. Nice 2-finger, dense white rocky head in the pour, the meniscus is slow rising. The head collapses somewhat quickly, but retains a good 1/4″ head throughout the consumption time. Nice Brussels lacing on the sides of the glass as the head collapses.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Strong fruity esters, banana. We got a “bubblegum” nose, cloves in the background.
This Tripel is dryer than the bouquet suggests. Citrus- lemon, slight grapefruit. There is a very small amount of malt sweetness to it, but mostly effervescent and dry. The hop character in the beer adds to the spiciness.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
The mouthfeel has a full bodied feel from the fruitiness and yeastiness. The finish however, is more dryer than other “sweeter” Belgian Tripels. The dryness hits the back of the tongue, and really wakes up the olfactory senses! It is more astringent than creamy.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
APPETIZERS: Salads with light vinaigrettes. ENTRÈES: Chicken, Fish, shellfish. Mussels and Pomme Frites, for sure!
Fantastic classic Belgian Tripel bouquet, it reminds us of a “lighter” version of Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde, but the dryness of a Westmalle. Very well made beer, this is a great beer for the price, we will get this one again to enjoy- you should too!
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