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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Mesmerising golden oramge color. Aroma and taste are like a very rich silky sweet Saison. I am guessing Saisons and Tripels are linked in some way. North Coast Le Merle to be more to the point.SOB!!!!! Oh my my my this is very very impressive. I hope those folksI in Kansas City realize what they have in their backyard. I never thought I would say this but I kinda want to move to Kansas now? The hops profile is pure genius. Damn fruit fly’s! Every drop is pure magnetism. Perfection!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (813) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: bubblegum, floral, Appearance: golden, clear, huge head, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: full body, creamy, lively, long finish, Overall: great beer, would recommend

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elborracho420 (1) - - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
Amazing taste, bitter taste in the begging with a kick at the end. Drink very very cold, trust me makes the kick in the end go hard lol

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark golden pour with a ton of creamy white head. nice malty aroma mixed with some sweetness and nuttyness. smooth mouth feel with a slight sweetness on the finish. delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
justone7 (10) - - AUG 24, 2013
Color hazy, taste very rich and full, lots of complex tastes with a very smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Jane’s bottleshop. Aromas of dough, caramel, vanilla. Taste is sweet, and long lasting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Delicious brew with a high alcoholic content, but very smooth. The Pour is beautiful with a thick white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1418) - Lincoln, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Thick white head with rich amber color. Belgian-style fruity, strong ale. Not too bitter, but full of flavor. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rt1Rebel (10) - USA - DEC 31, 2012
Without verbosity, I can’t resist grabbing a 750 of this every time I’m in THAT liquor store.

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