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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Golden with a frothy white cloud of foam resting atop this hometown beauty. Sweet, floral and yeasty aroma. The flavor is about the same but a touch more specific with peach, sugar, stone fruit and earth. A great value.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5787) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2014
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 3,15$. Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de levure. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée avec une très faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un énorme col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’orange avec une pointe de levure et d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’agrumes en arrière goût. (Rating #5777)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (3443) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"interesting. fruity and sweet. spicy from the yeast. just hints of farmhouse goodness. not a tripel that stands out from the crowd per se, but a very solid example of the style for sure."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gschrade (716) - Collinsville, USA - SEP 17, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours gold with a white head. Taste sweet, belgian yeast, fruit. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (444) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
To quote the lyric from Monty Python’s "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," life is "a piece of shit." Our luck can vary and people are (often) no good. Happily, The Smokestack Series is consistently awesome in a fickle world. Long Strange Tripel might just be one of my new favorites from Boulevard. It’s yeasty, spicy, boozy, malty, and fruity. Somehow, Long Strange Tripel manages to taste purely like a Tripel (with funky yeast, bread, banana, and grassy hops) yet brings new flavors to the table (sweet, not-quite-tropical fruits). It’s as trippy and strange as you’d like. Delicious, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (498) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. A- Bready, biscuits, citrus, slight funk, spices. A- Golden orange color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Citrus, yeasty, bready, spice, slightly sweet. P- Medium body, average texture, medium high carbonation, smooth finish. O- Complex and full of nice flavors. Another example of why the Smokestack series is one of the best series out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1327) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Julio’s. A hazy light golden amber with a frothy white head. Complex aroma and flavors. Fruity, bready, dry yeastiness. Love the yeast profile with this one. Lingering tart-bitter finish. Interesting twist on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pkmd1 (23) - - AUG 21, 2014
Dark black with thin white head, nice aroma and fullness with great flavor overall and nicely balanced bitters.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (750) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Many different takes on the tripel, this one is exactly how I like it: spicy, boozy and a sipper. Great flavor but like the other good one, sneaky alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1045) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2014
12 oz. Pours a rich hazy golden with a thick cream-colored head that settles slowly, leaving some touches of stringy lace. Nose involves ripe stone fruit, apricot, zesty spice, a dash of white chocolate somehow, maybe some passion fruit. Pretty sweet, fair bitter. Fuller bodied, oily, active and bubbly yet somehow soft, warming, finishing with spicy yeast and almost some toasted stuff. Nice brew, good quality, good mix of elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2612) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Flaske: En af de øl jeg havde glædet mig mest til var også skuffende i forhold til forventninger. Gul diset øl med et kæmpe skumhoved. Duften er meget gær og sødlig frugt. Smagen er lige ved at blive for sød og gæret, men meget kold overlever den.

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