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RATINGS: 625   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (797) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Many different takes on the tripel, this one is exactly how I like it: spicy, boozy and a sipper. Great flavor but like the other good one, sneaky alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2014
12 oz. Pours a rich hazy golden with a thick cream-colored head that settles slowly, leaving some touches of stringy lace. Nose involves ripe stone fruit, apricot, zesty spice, a dash of white chocolate somehow, maybe some passion fruit. Pretty sweet, fair bitter. Fuller bodied, oily, active and bubbly yet somehow soft, warming, finishing with spicy yeast and almost some toasted stuff. Nice brew, good quality, good mix of elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Flaske: En af de øl jeg havde glædet mig mest til var også skuffende i forhold til forventninger. Gul diset øl med et kæmpe skumhoved. Duften er meget gær og sødlig frugt. Smagen er lige ved at blive for sød og gæret, men meget kold overlever den.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1301) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at home. One year old. Has a slightly hazy light amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Looks pretty carbonated. Citrus in the aroma along with alkohol, Belgian yeast, hay, mowned grass and some apple cider vinegar and clorine. The flavour mirrors the aroma but is sweeter with more Belgian yeast and alkohol, and in addition almonds and sweet corn. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A balanced and sweet tripel, maybe a bit too much boozy touch on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of tangy yeast and peppery spice up front. A bit of soapy hop and some lemon notes. Taste is a bit more soapy, yeast isn’t quite as pronounced. Lemon is moderate, not sweet but the balance is a bit soapy. Body is a bit syrupy but the strong carb helps to balance it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger slight off-white head, does not last, very slight lacing, golden straw, clear. Aroma: brett, fruit, grapes and wine. Palate: light, lively, dry, light bitter finish. Taste: sweet fruit, into light yeasty tartness with the slightly sweet sticking around, into very light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - JUL 10, 2014
A clear amber pour with one and half finger of lacing white head. Aroma is yeasty with malt and hints of fruit. Flavor is moderately sweet with spicy notes throughout. Medium body and a dry finish. Great tripel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (449) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Hazy gold with good white head. Citrus aroma with some yeast funk. Yeast and citrus flavor is there and also a slightly off note that maybe just comes from the bottle conditioning. A bit metallic in nose and mouth. Nice texture and body. Generally easy to drink. Good trip even if it wasn’t that strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (412) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle purchased at Four Firkins. Consumed in Belgian tulip glass. Plenty of head sitting atop a medium, think golden colored tripel. Aroma heavy on spice and yeast. Maybe some fruit notes...banana. Taste leans on spicy characteristics with a vibrant mouthfeel. Initially malt sweetness with hops rounding it out as the beer engulfs the taste buds. I would actually consider this just below the traditional tier on really good Belgian tripels. Another enjoyable offering from Boulevard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours from the bottle a light gold with only a touch of haze from the rising bubbles. The white head starts big, but leaves quickly. A fine aroma of bananas, yeast and spice. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana, apples, yeast and a nice sweetness. The carbonation gives the mouth a light crispness. Simply an excellent tripel that tastes like it came straight from Belgium.

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