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RATINGS: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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, youíd 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1936) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours a nice golden-honey into the glass with a light ring head that leaves light lacing. The nose is of orange and fruity esters. Flavors are of spicy esters with lots of citrus zest and peel notes. There is a hint of ABV in the warming finish, alongside more zest and peel notes. A lingering sweet-n-sour effervescence makes for a complex, medium-bodied offering with an active, yet oily palate. Very nice Tripel indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1491) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Brilliant yellow coloring with frothy, almost creamy head and lacing. Damn good looking beer. Belgian yeast, clove, esters, some banana, wheat, hay, and some Belgian sugar. As far as tripels go, this is right on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12 oz bottle pours gold with a fine-bubbled white head into my Malheur goblet. Quite a lot going on in the aroma: the usual honey and orange aromas from a tripel, banana esters and light spices, fairly prominent yeasts that, at least with foreknowledge, seem reflect an American character, even a Boulevard character. The flavor is relatively sweet, white grape juice bringing honey and spice with plenty of citrus and citrus rind. Very late the yeast character confers a spiced bitterness that is not entirely pleasant. Smooth and a bit oily on the tongue, not too much heat. This beer is alright, but after half a bottle Iím pretty much sated and donít really need to return to the second half. I donít recall feeling that way with the better Trappist examples of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (1048) - Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle into Trappist glass, cloudy ambery-golden color with fluffy cream-colored head. Aroma of peppery Belgian yeast, honey, banana, toast and faint herbal note. Taste adds bubblegum, fruit (pears, apples, berries), grain, white sugar, slight white wine, faint spices and grassy hop bitterness. Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, creamy with yeasty grassy finish. Solid Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ByTheirLimpin (35) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Poured hazy from the bottle. Smooth sweet tripel mouth without going too near syrupy. Good all around with a hefty enough bite to be dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcartamdg (2357) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2014
pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, honey and banana esters. Taste is smooth and highly drinkable. very good for a style i dont usually enjoy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
caramel, bread, hay, toast, citrus, dough, alcohol, banana, golden, amber, clear, frothy, white foam, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, lively,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (262) - USA - NOV 1, 2014
Iíve been waiting a long time to try this. Popped the cork, poured a liquid of ripe-apricot color into my snifter, and watched as it loaded itself immediately with a massive, pillowy, dense head. Light bananas and clove on the nose, and then a cotton-soft, sweet and sour on my tongue. A delicate explosion of yeast in an array of fruit and spice from inside the creamy liquid coats my entire mouth; the yeast coming sliding under my tongue and titillating my salivary glands. It gives me a wonderful reason to tip the glass again. This is very nice; subtle, but strong; an excellent example of an Abbey Tripel and one I am absolutely sure to go back to in the very near future. I am very glad to have been able to find this Boulevard, and so glad that it was worth every minute of the wait.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
750ml bottle - A very, very solid beer and nicely priced at $9.00 for a big-boy. A very spicy smelling tripel, with copious amounts fruit and alcohol found within. The yeast makes an appearance as does toasted sugar. Bubblegum jumps out on my palate right off the bat. Table sugar, orange juice, some light hoppage, alcohol and spices. Very nicely balanced. Evervesence is medium-high, so it does have a bit of prickliness to it. Alcohol adds to it. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2014
335 ml bottle. Hazed dark gold pour, large head. Smell is spocier, some herbs and honey. Flavor is a spicy triple, also a bit boozy. Not the best trip but a good us interpretation.

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