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RATINGS: 609   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hookemwahoo (13) - Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
A smooth beer. Not as lively as I expected from a bottle conditioned ale, but this was more than made up for with the great taste. A smooth sweetness where the Tripel sweet is balanced with a slight bitterness from hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (443) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (497) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1307) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (745) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1038) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2602) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1214) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at home. One year old. Has a slightly hazy light amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Looks pretty carbonated. Citrus in the aroma along with alkohol, Belgian yeast, hay, mowned grass and some apple cider vinegar and clorine. The flavour mirrors the aroma but is sweeter with more Belgian yeast and alkohol, and in addition almonds and sweet corn. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A balanced and sweet tripel, maybe a bit too much boozy touch on it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of tangy yeast and peppery spice up front. A bit of soapy hop and some lemon notes. Taste is a bit more soapy, yeast isn’t quite as pronounced. Lemon is moderate, not sweet but the balance is a bit soapy. Body is a bit syrupy but the strong carb helps to balance it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (522) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger slight off-white head, does not last, very slight lacing, golden straw, clear. Aroma: brett, fruit, grapes and wine. Palate: light, lively, dry, light bitter finish. Taste: sweet fruit, into light yeasty tartness with the slightly sweet sticking around, into very light bitter finish.


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