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RATINGS: 583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
batneil (244) - - JAN 26, 2014
Very smooth and tasty, with a bit of kick to it. Clear golden colour with a sticky head, very slight fizziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (133) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2014
From a bottle, it pours a cloudy golden brown. Big, frothy head, so pour slowly! Smells very yeasty, like a belgian white. Tastes like a stinger version of a belgian white, too. Not toI complex, but a beautifully balanced triple. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteveBennet (10) - Paris, FRANCE - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle brought back by friends at Emperor Norton. Pours med light yellow with quickly dissipating white head. Aromas of fresh wheat, some stone fruits. Medium heavy body, bit boozy, but finishes clean. Not my style but clearly a well done belgian triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Natai (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a hazy gold with a formidable white head and good lacing. Aromas of fresh hay with banana and a touch of citrus. Light and refreshing with a light metallic tinge on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2003) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2014
Flaske fra polet, hjemme: klar gylden og med eminent skum som varer og varer. Innbydende aroma og smak av krydder (koriander, pepper mm) og gjær med stor friskhet og en bitter avslutning som fint matcher omdreiningshastigheten. Ikke på langt nær så søt som mange belgiske i denne stilen. Minner faktisk om Duvel. Til nå har Boulevard aldri skuffet og gjør det ikke nå heller. Langt inne i komfortsonen!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (1955) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Almost brilliant golden colored pour. Big white head. Tons of lacing. Malt and light fruit in the nose. Some yeast character. Very fruity flavor. Mango. Malt. Very tasty. A spicy carbonic bite in the end mixed with a sweet malt. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morri (166) - NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
750ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Medium white head with good lacing. Hazy golden body. Spicy aroma of orange, yeast, smoke and gingerbread. Taste is sweet and full. Floral aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (1881) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange with a overly large white head that has good retention. The aroma has some lemon notes, light pear, kind of nondescript. The taste is very sweet banana, some clove, brown sugar, a bit sweeter than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esp0r (1752) - NORWAY - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle shared at Dr Jekyls
Copper hazy, white head. Smells of malts, caramel, grassy hops. Medium to heavy sweet, quite malty, very fruity. Medium bitter finish. Tastes like a very standard tripel really

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2013
750ml Bottle A - Pours a burnt orange with a huge off white head. Great head retention. Good lacing. S - Yeasty bubblegum and clove. T - Sweet malt, a bit of hops, a bit of funk, & alcohol is integrated well. M - Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. O - Complex brew of high quality.

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