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Long Strange Tripel | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / 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, you'd 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 into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere.

23 IBU

Added by homebrewhawk on 11-24-2007

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Photo of Roser
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- cloudy, honey gold hue. Nice bone white head. Not too much lacing. An overall inviting look.

S- clean, spicy, clove, caramel, malt, banana.

T- pungent Belgian yeast, bready malts, definitely spiced (had a rum feel thing going on). Light citrusy hops.

M- tart and creamy (an unusual combination). Medium to full bodied.

O- a very nice beer. Another solid offering g from Boulevard. Would recommend and would buy again. If you're reading this, here's an extra tip/suggestion: try the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. It's awesome!


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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $11.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: June 6, 2014
Consumed: June 6, 2014
Misc.: Best by Nov. 15, 2014

Poured a golden, straw, semi-clear color with 6-to-7 fingers of pillowy off-white head. Couldn’t believe how much head there was in the pour. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Tons of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top. Worst part of the beer by far. Way too much foamy head.

Smelled banana, cloves, caramel, honey, Belgian spices, faint Circus Peanuts and fruity notes.

Tasted similar to the nose. Very good. Could definitely taste the booze (9.20% ABV). Got cloves, Belgian spices, banana, honey, caramel malt, some Circus Peanuts, green apples, pears and some kiwi. Similar to most Tripel’s, but just better.

Medium-to-light body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, somewhat spicy finish.

Just a fantastic Tripel. It may be the best I’ve ever had. So good.

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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet looking drink. Pale orange color sitting beneath a huge, thick white head. Continuous bubbles rise, feeding the head. Great retention, the head falls around the edges first, leaving a peak mixed in between the thick lace.

Very fruity nose. Peppery Belgian yeast is there, but seems mild. Smells like a tropical island.

Exceptional taste as the traits of the nose carry over to the mouth. Tropical fruit with the slightest bit of pepper. The pepper doesn't dominate making for a pleasant taste, just enough for some balance.

Nice complexity as nothing is dominant. Sweet and tart from the fruit, spicy from the yeast, a clean, crisp carbonation gives each sip a dry finish. Long lasting heat deep into the swallow. Medium bodied.

This is really good. A better tripel than some Belgians make. Overall, it's tasty and easy to drink. A good beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange-yellow color, clear, with a big white head that fades out slowly, leaving major lacing.

S - Fruit, mostly in the form of apricot and banana, with some slight sour funk on the tail.

T - Soft, subtle threads of sweet fruit, again primarily banana, but the big core is bread and yeast, like a buttery dinner roll, but without the fattiness. Close comes in with a spike of bitter elements that actually works very well to clear the palate for the next swallow.

M - Brisk carbonation, clean, but ultimately a very soft and friendly beer. The alcohol is there, but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss.

O - This is a great example of a balanced tripel. I like sweeter beers, and have had tripels which are much more honeyed or sugary, but this beer argues the virtue of its approach.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Smokestack's Long Strange Tripel. 9.2% ABV

A: Over two fingers of head, fades steadily to almost nothing. Very opaque and hazy. Peach. Grey-yellow in the dimple.

S: Hay, grass. Slight funk. Some kind of citrus note. Wild strawberry, perhaps? Yeah. Like what you might smell in a lighter strawberry blonde.

T/MF: Dry. Hay. Slight caramel. Barnyard towards the back, as it settles.

Not bad. I'd still prefer a dubbel or quad, but not bad.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a caged and corked 750mL bottle with a best by date of 09/2014; into a tulip.
Appearance - a hazy, golden hue, with bubbly carbonation. Huge, soapy white head that recedes and leaves weak lacing.
Smell - a sweet blend of dark, stone and citrus fruits; some banana bread and alcohol.
Taste - full of flavors, ranging from spices to sweet to tart fruit with a hint of warming alcohol.
Feel - medium body, with a nice complex assortment of flavor; alcohol is detected, but smooth and very pleasant!
Overall - happy to have enjoyed this offering, however, I enjoy a handful of other tripels more.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: an deep golden color. a finger to two of a white head that hardly fades and leaves a huge sticky lacing on the sides. hazy and opaque but lets quite a bit of light though

Smell: yeast components of clove and a slight banana. slight apricot or light citrus. bready malts, some sweet candi sugar. some alcohol and pepper

Taste: opens up with a bit of banana and apricots, and a lot of clove. some candi sweetness, along with a very laid back malt base of breadiness. a good amount of alcohol and ends with some pepperiness.

Mouthfeel: good medium body. hot alcohol, very dry. strong carbonation

Overall: a good american tripel. much more alcohol prone than most but not in a bad way. lots of good flavors and worth a try. This one is past its best by date but I wouldn't worry about that with this big tripel that should continue to taste good for years to come.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with an slight orange tint. One finger head when poured, which persisted to some extent the entire time I was drinking the beer. Sweet aroma with the presence of alcohol noted. Very nice Tripel; one of the best I have had. Sweet, slightly fruity with a dry finish. Lots of small carbonation. Medium body; there is some substance to the beer - not thin or watery. Overall a great Tripel. Would definitely drink again!

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Photo of Big_Beers
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

grabbed a .750 bottle only a month away from its best by date.

Appearance: Poured a thick triple finger head that dissipated in a couple minutes to leave trace amounts of carbonation

Smell: white grape and apricot a little yeast but not much

taste: found that this one needed to relax in the glass for a couple minutes. Carbonation is a little much at first but 3-4 minutes in it settled and complicated. Very balanced beer still pick up on the soft fruits

Mouthfeel: What i would expect from a triple. Light and refreshing. Winelike

Overall- This american triple beats many Belgium that I have had...Hands down...With that said 90% of my beer intact is a form of Belgium style

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the best Tripels I have had. The closest American version to this one is Schlafly. Pours a mostly clear orange color into my Chimay goblet. Big delicately bubbly head with much better retention than most Tripels. Thin bands of lacing form on the glass.

Aroma is light fruit (apples and pears), spices (mostly pepper and Belgian yeast.

Taste is more of the same. The flavors are very pronounced and there is kind of a ripe cheese flavor that I find in most of the better Tripels. Everything is just right. The fruity backbone is slightly sweet, Spicing tickles the tongue and the yeast adds plenty of flavor. As with most good Tripels, the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth while the spicing and yeasty flavors add to it. No evidence of alcohol.

This is an outstanding Tripel, not to be missed.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Long Stange Tripel – Tripel (9.2%) - Boulevard Brewing Co. (Missouri)

App: Beautiful, golden-apricot pour with a serious two finger head that persists nicely. Very cloudy, with noticeable sediment and steady carbonation. Tons of that sticky, dense lacing you expect from belgian styles.

Smell: Warm creamy esters very forward. Aromas of apricot, lemon, and an orange blossom like floral aroma. The esters are very forward, hiding all hops and all but a touch of graininess.

Taste: Slightly sour on the foretaste with spicy hints of white pepper that comes through with apricot and citrus rind. Not out of line for what you'd expect from the nose. Esters even more present in taste, with some low alcoholic flavor. Hops bitterness comes through subtle and pleasant after swallowing. Balanced, considerate, and well crafted, but not my favorite tripel.

Mouth: Very actively carbonated which makes an otherwise solidly medium bodied brew feel that much lighter. Alcoholic warmth is present, especially after swallowing.

Home tasting, 750ml bottle into Snifter. 4/10/14.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Well, the first days are the hardest days, says master mechanic Trip Hogue, one of our first employees. We gratefully dedicate this rich, golden Tripel to all those who keep on playing in the band." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel. Available as a year-round 12 oz. 4 packs, in 750 ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Served above 59º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive white-gold head head of a crisp, frothy consistency that retains very well with light, spotty lacing. Body tone is a very hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and cloudy sediment. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of mildly sweet wheat malts and biscuity pale malts for some body with a mild Belgian spice in the aroma. The aroma is very clean. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Bready pale and wheat malt generate a moderate sweetness that follows through with a delicate yeast spiciness, finishing with a touch of cider esters and alcohol. The simplicity is notable against others in the style, but such may be desirable for fans of a traditional Belgian Tripel. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, fluffy and peppery. Carbonation adds some mild spritely carbonation for a soft crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Well balanced- an appropriate level of malt and fruity sweetness is well countered by peppery spice, tart fruit notes and the slight touch of alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate, accented by the mildness and simplicity of the flavors. 4

(Overall) Long Strange Tripel is overall a very enjoyable, yet simple Tripel with some mild, but expected roughness around the edges. I somewhat prefer Boulevard's other Belgian-styled offerings, as I find many slightly better built. However, Long Strange Tripel would certainly be a viable option for anybody looking for an enjoyable, traditional Belgian Tripel. Highly drinkable. 4

Boulevard Brewing Company's
Long Strange Tripel

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Photo of _grant_
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best beer Boulevard makes. Their Belgian born brew master brings the right amount of tradition to the sometimes overly innovative American brew culture.

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass with a stark white head, the beer is straw colored with a slight orange hue. Overall a gorgeous beer.

Smell- Bright citrus fruit notes. Mild smell of hay. Alcohol is present.

Taste- Alcohol is on the front. Fairly sweet with mild grapefruit notes. Apple notes and mild floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. A little dry. Has a mild acidity.

This is my go-to pizza beer. It tastes incredible with pizza.

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Photo of Badger6
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Boulevard tulip. Bottle imprint says Best By 06/04/14.

A: The body is a translucent orange-brown color with a decent foamy, white head that retains well, reducing to a ring at the glass edge with a sheet of bubbles on the surface on the beer.

S: Belgian yeast aromas dominate. Complementary scents of hay and lemongrass are present, but not heavy.

T: The belgian yeast and fruitiness comes out right up front. Becomes spicy, with banana and bubble gum flavors as it progresses. A clear note of booziness it present almost form the start all the way to the end.

M: Body is light/medium is feel, with a very effervescent carbonation texture. Smooth in feel, and not a hint of dryness.

O: A beautiful Tripel, above average for an American offering, slightly above center mass for an authentic Belgian. This beer is all about the complementary aromas and flavors. The main is just there to carry the good stuff to you for your enjoyment. While the aroma is not powerful, the flavors do follow, and jump it up a bit. Not a bad beer, and a good fit to the Smokestack series.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into 16oz mug (mainly because it's the only glassware available to me right now).

Appearance: Pours a bright golden color with a large white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and yields very little lace.

Smell: Melons and mangoes, flowers, spice hints, and a bit of spice. Backbone smells like your typical Belgian yeast. Smells great, and is very potent in the aroma department.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts make up the backbone of this brew with that prototypical Belgian yeasty flavor really shining. Gets fruitier toward the finish- white grape, pineapple, and hints of apple and lemon. There is a very slight spice alongside bittersweet alcohol flavors at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with lively, crisp carbonation and a more refreshing finish. A good amount of warming alcohol at the end.

Overall: This beer is absolutely fantastic. The most memorable tripel I have had in quite a long time.

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Photo of dar482
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a bit hazy amber deep orange with a fluffy white head.

The aroma has sweet orange, ripe pineapple, some clove, spice, sour apple, a hint of lemon, a Belgian yeasty breadiness.

The flavor follows of that a sweet musty grape, a lemon zest, white pepper spiciness, and then punch of an apple drying, alcohol, and bittering in the middle that continues onto the end. There’s a caramel bready malt in the middle in the end as well. It is quite dry on the end. There’s a gentle sweetness in the front and then a cleaning dryness follows it up.

Tons of carbonation with a medium to full body.

A really well made tripel that stood up very well against La Fin du Monde. Pairs well with aged sharp cheddar cheese.

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Photo of baakabak
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip

Honey colored with massive,cloud-like head.

Smells of banana, honey, walnuts, and clove.

Taste is the same as the scent. Sweeter than I had expected.

Medium carbonation with full, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall an excellent tripel but lacking some of the peppery,more spicy flavors I enjoy with other tripels.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip
Best by 5.14.13 on bottle

Pours a golden orange color with an epic 3 finger head that leaves a foam mountain that takes forever to settle

Heavy spice in the nose with citrus and clove with some pear

Great balance of Belgian spice, fruit, and malt with a slight peppery finish

Didn't know how this would age but damn

Wow. This one is top shelf tripel. Boulevard dont play

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish body with massive two finger head that dies slow and leaves lace. A spicy and fruity aroma mostly, although yeast and orange are there as typical with a Belgian style beer, but more along some floral spices and sweet fruits or close to (it could be anything although I want to say sweet apples that I like). The beer is light bodied and has a spicy edge that I found leading to a crisp finish, for the most part I get sweet, tropical fruits (apricot, mango, something in that range) and some sugary malts in the beer as this triple seems to be more sweet than most of this style. I enjoyed this beer a lot but I guess when I order a triple I expect something closer to style and not so sweet as the sweetness became overbearing at times.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very Belgian in that it pours up a ton of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber/apple juice color which glows golden when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Starts off with warm banana, followed by subdued cloves. Slight notes of apple and lemon. The only dominant on the glass was banana and the initial smell of this from the bottle is replaced by very round cloves. Almost creamy. Or rich with a touch of honey. Swirling shows a little bit of spice- coriander, a touch of cinnamon.

Taste- Starts off apple and lemon while definite clove notes come in and out. They are fairly ashy and bitter to such a degree that really take over palate. Ends in strong spice- some undefined but also a large amount of coriander and light touch of pepper and cinnamon. Shows more banana and the clove note of this tripel is more enjoyable than any other I've had in a tripel. It adds dimension and character and plays well with the other notes on the flavor profile. Still, I wish other aspects of this beer were more dominant and had more presence. Lacks complexity for most of each taste but seems to make up for it somewhat with the spice bill on the finish. Pretty much a good beer that could be a really good beer. Light notes of honey as well.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with tiny touches of syrup to the texture. Light carbonation. Some smoothness, some creaminess. One aspect that gives the beer a chance of being a really good beer.

Drinkability- Becomes more and more easygoing. No sign of 9.2%, which is a little high for a tripel. A little under 4 bucks seems very fair for a bottle.

Overall- A good, solid tripel that has suggestions of being really good. Definitely worth a try and I will be buying this again.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours light yellow with small head. Visible sediments and yeast from bottle conditioning
S: Orange peel, apricot and some other fruity sweetness on the nose. Very pungent for the style.
T: Refreshingly bright for a tripel with citrus, orange, coriander and a little musty yeast
M: medium mouthfeel and carbonation
O: Boulevard threw in some twists to this tipel to take the traditional style and throw in some WOW factor. The taste and nose are very prevalent just like I enjoy. A must buy if looking for a tripel.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Best Before 03-2014.

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before eventually reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Good effervescent Belgian yeast aroma with a bit of hay and barnyard must plus some lemongrass. Slightly soapy.

T- Bright, tangy fruitiness combines with the Belgian yeast to create a smooth yet vibrant flavor. Alcohol taste is there but works well within the construct of the flavor profile. Notes of spice, banana and a hint of bubble gum.

M- A bit spritzy from the medium-high carbonation with a lightish body.

O- A wonderfully constructed Tripel full of subtleties and nuances that make for a great example of the style.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale straw yellow glass holds a ridiculous two finger white sticky head of foam. Plenty of sticky spots of lacing down the glass, excellent retention, but just a little over done. There is a bit of chill haze as well.

Smell: Nice Belgian yeasty nose, light banana esters, tonic water base. Clean and inviting.

Taste: Great balance, a bit of sweet bready malt, a touch of alcoholic heat, a hint of leafy earthy hops, all in a frothy almost American lager clean package.

Mouthfeel: A bit over carbonated, made for a lively cork pull but it froths excessively when poured. After the rush, a medium body goes a bit limp and cask.

Overall: Pretty awesome beer. Tasty, clean, has classic Trippel flavors but comes across as, not mild but balanced, restrained. Controlled. A nice sipper for a long strange evening.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades slowly but leaves no lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet fruity malt nose, and flavor is sweet citrus and coriander. Higher ABV is hidden. Best by Feb 2014, $3.69 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold, clear with little floaters everywhere (sinking fast to the bottom) and a whole bunch of carbonation bubbles. The head on this is fantastic. Large, billowy, sticky foam. Aroma is sweet, floral, delicate, spicy, and soothing. Warm apple pie slides to mind. Taste is a welcome match. Sugar cookie dough, fruit, spice, banana cream, and coriander-like. Mouthfeel is smacky through the finish/almost chewy. Smooth and medium-fullish body. Delicate carbonation distributed evenly throughout. Overall very nice. Always a great style for the holidays and this is a very enjoyable example of it.

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Long Strange Tripel from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.