RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lately it occurs to us that if, back in 1989, you planned on starting a brewery in the back of your carpentry shop, youd 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a hazy golden orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that lasted throughout and had excellent thick sheets of lacing. The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky horse blanket Belgian yeast with notes of green apple, banana, citrus (lemon), clove and honey. The taste was a tad acidic and a little sweet with hints of banana, honey and apple at first, becoming a bit funky with a strong yeast presence and a mildly bitter spicy citrus finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow with a nice fruity spicy taste left behind to linger on for a little bit longer. Mouthfeel was just past light in body with a slightly dry texture and a medium carbonation. Overall this was a brew that was put together very well, allowing for a good refreshing taste with a compelling body and smooth drinkability, which all did a great job of concealing the high ABV...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (1888) - CANADA - FEB 22, 2017
Appearance: hazy pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky ivory head, excellent retention and thick lacing. (4/5) Aroma: caramel malt, boozy dark fruit, apples and pears, banana. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, sweet slightly boozy warming finish. (4/5) Whoa! An explosive uncorking caught me by surprise, but didnt follow with the expected gusher. (And before we go any further: Im sorry, but does anybody else whos graduated high school and endured a valedictorian speech find long strange trip to be an unbearable clich? Because I sure do.) Anyway. This was a bit of a gamble on my part: on the one hand, it was a year past its best-before. On the other, it was a high-ABV Boulevard Smokestack. I decided it was worth the risk. I have no regrets. I prefer a bone-dry Tripel, and this one tends sweet, but it still has decent Belgian character. Given the complete lack of hop character and the high ABV, I can say with a fair degree of certainty that this will keep forever, BB dates be damned. It might not be a home run, but its at least a triple. (15/20)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlimHabib (461) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle pour. Aroma is plum, cloves, and alcohol. Clear dark golden with white head. Full lightly creamy body. Sweet with a light bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Clareeses (90) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2016 Yeasty with a faint malty aroma, Pours clear, light amber. Full mouthfeel, coriander and clove notes. Finishes a touch sweet. Lovely beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (525) - - SEP 22, 2016
Aromas of clove, peach, apricot, and yeast. Taste is clove, sweet orange and apricots, vanilla, and yeasty bread. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Bottle was bb 7/2015. Glad it aged well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1717) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Aroma is citrus, tart, sulphur, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Taste is rich sweet malts, dark sugar, dark fruits, caramel and fig. Very light tartiness on tip , just enough to add character. Appearance is a slightly hazy gold with a frothy pearl head that retains quite well.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
p0rkch0p (111) - Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Sampled during brewery tour. Sweet and fruity. Heard it didnt make the cut for 2017.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderpup12 (20) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Color is amber with decent amount of white head. Highly carbonated. Taste has a pleasant dry finish. Very good trip

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Active carbonation throughout the session. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity citrus taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2016
750 Bottle with a healthy pop from the cork. Pale straw color with nice white head. Estery fruity pears and apple nose. Banana and clove with sweet apple flavors. Good balance and creamy. The finish begins with a dryness that is followed with a mild sweet burn. Good job.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2016
Large head deep gold pour medium carbonation aromas old bananas hay wheat grain a plenty clove candy citrus strong yeast backing rich barley sugar cane the flavours lemon clove candy raw sugar hay wheat sweet barley pear woody note rich sweetness the finish some lovely notes throughout the triple the best aftertastes hops sweetness spices good quality triple


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