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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (724) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours golden orange with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of spice, banana, malt, yeast, and grain. Taste is of yeast, banana, malt, and some grain. Has a lot of spice, which lingers on after each sip. The alcohol is ever present in each sip. Very malty as well. It’s a good beer, and it gets you drunk. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4115) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark golden body with a large white head. Nose is banana, Belgian ale yeast, citric peel, clove, hints of sugar, floral honey tones and grains. Taste is red berries, pears, banana, white sugar, honey and hints of clove and floral honey tones. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Very estery, but pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Wonderful, yeasty Belgian aroma -- slightly sweet. 12 oz bowling pin bottle. Clear light gold. Hippie on the label. Frothy mouthfeel. Nice flavor all round. Yeasty, sweetish, properly bitter. Vanilla notes in aroma and flavor. Balanced. Medium long bitter aftertaste and finish. ABC Liquors, Betton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5593) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Slightly hazy,medium golden pour, quickly fading light bubbly white head. Aroma has a hint of bubble gum and white grape juice, a hint of cake mix. Flavor is pleasant with some heavy doses of yeast, some cake mix sweetness, a touch of white grape juice. Mouthfeel is nice and thick and has a decent spritz to it,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Weevo (35) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle, pours slightly murky gold, thick white head. Cloves to nose and palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2647) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2014
From the 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with the thick white head. Spicy Belgian esters and some bready biscuit notes in aroma. Clean crisp malt with some residual sweetness, with spicy yeast notes and some nice bitterness. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (5851) - 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 (5977) - 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 (757) - 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 (453) - 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 (515) - 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.

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