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RATINGS: 664   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5206) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle (12 oz).

Appearance: Clear bright golden with a small to medium white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Banana, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, peppery notes and bread.

Taste: Yeasty and peppery with moderate fruitiness, bananas, lemon zest and bready malts. Nothing is overpowering.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Peppery and zesty finish. Just a tiny bit of warming alcohol.

Overall: Tasty and well balanced Tripel. Easy drinking for the style and abv, Not too spicy. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from cwsample. Yellow gold pour with a big, white head. Aroma is booze, caramel, wheat, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar. Lots of booze and dark fruit in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle: I normally steer away from Belgians, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The lemony citrus notes in aroma and flavor seemed to mellow this one out. Extremely smooth and tasty. And better yet, I got it on a clearance price of $7!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle at hotel room tasting. Nice rich pale gold pour with lightly lacy white head. Aroma is peppery, lots of pepper, lemon zest, grain, light banana. Taste is grainy, light fruity flavor, dry, not too sweet,light grassiness. Palate is med bodied, good carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (1026) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a nice vibrant golden color with a frothy white head. Aromas of peaches, pears, wheat, cereal and a tinge of alcohol. Flavors upfront consist of dried/candied fruit and bubblegum and finishes dry, crisp and with a hint of alcohol again. Not the best Tripel I’ve had but certainly nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fooj (35) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
A nice cloudy orange color with a white head. A pleasant fruity-yeasty aroma. A good triple taste with a pleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (774) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (944) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle got in a trade. Pours a hazy, murky straw color. Not great looking. Lots of thick white head which stuck around a long time. Decent Belgian yeast aroma but nothing special. Mouthfeel is actually kinda light for this abv beer. Taste is dry, Belgian yeast, pear and funk. Meh, not special. Tank 7 is similar but somehow waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better. Not going to get this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Poured at home in a large snifter. Golden orange with a serious thick and lasting head. Aroma is sweet candy, slight bubblegum, cereal, biscuit, and light floral notes. Taste is at first some sweet candies and flowers, then transitions into more dry bitterness and cereal. Solid carb, well balanced, big flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
capecod (18) - - FEB 20, 2015
Bread, yeast aroma from a yellow golden pour. Lacy white head. Peppery hit up front followed by mellowing hop bitterness morphing into a sweet finish. Pretty complex brew, I’d say!

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