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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 have been wise to seek out someone like Harold "Trip" Hogue. A collector of ancient Volvos, Trip was well-qualified for the make-do engineering required to coax recalcitrant equipment out of retirement and onto making the first Boulevard beers.

The Tripel style originated in the Trappist brewery of Westmalle Abbey in pre-war Antwerp province. Its numeric moniker results from the old Belgian practice of naming beers based on the amount of malt used in the brew. A "Simple" was the lightest-bodied brew. Doubling the malt bill resulted in a "Dubbel", while a "Tripel" contained three times the amount of malt (and, as a result, three times the amount of alcohol.) True to style, our Long Strange Tripel is a golden ale with estery aromas, a dense, creamy head and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (9899) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2013
Sample at Nærbø ØLfestival 2013. Golden-orange colour with a white head. Aroma is orange, spices, hop, alcohol. Flavour is yeast, alcohol, orange, spices, sugar, hop. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (70) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2013
They say bottle conditioned and it is obvious. Lots of large sedimentation in the bottle. This is not going to be a long review, but let’s just say this is a really good trippel from the US. You could have fooled me. Really great belgian yeast flavors and no negative notes at all. True to style and very solidly so

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (1526) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 13.12.2013, 0,75l bottle sampled @ VANØ Bergen Christmas gathering:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly fresh fruity, light malts, yeast, citrus, leafs, hay, broth, alcohol, grass. Taste is slightly harsh fruity, light malts, yeast, citrus peel, wet hay, grass. Longlasting bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Hazy golden, yellow pour. Nice, fluffy white topper. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Banana hits. Taste is sweet. Yeast and fruit at the forefront with some buried pepper notes. Flavorful, but lacks that classic Belgian bite. Medium bodied and smooth, even a bit on the sticky side. Maybe not my favorite Smokestack offering, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Not a great tripel and one of my least favorite Smokestack series beers. Overly sweet with a strangely sticky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
Sampled at Nærbø Ølfestival 2013. Slightly unclear pale golden body with a medium sized white head. Aroma is a bit light, but quite delicate. Light malt, some fruit, spices, wheat and alcohol. Flavor is surprisingly refreshing, light fruity, spicy, grass, herbs and sugar. Well balanced in body and moderate in aftertaste. Nice, quiet refreshing and the alcohol is rather well hidden for an ale at this ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1139) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy with golden honey color. Very generous frothy head. Aroma is coriander and spicy belgium yeast, and orange peel. Good mouthfeel. Good finish. Would get again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Golden straw color with big, lacy white head. Fruity aroma. Medium body, with a fairly sweet taste and finish. Alcohol is well hidden, although there is definitely a warming mouthfeel. This is a solid tripel; not exceptionally complex, but quite good.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
natalierawson (9) - - NOV 11, 2013 does not count
So good.......................,,,,,,,,,,,had it w my hot dog was aooooooooooo good...................

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (811) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Light yellow pour with white head. Aroma is mild citrus. Taste is mild citrus. Good carbonation. I like it.

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