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RATINGS: 667   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (960) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (785) - USA - FEB 15, 2015
Clear gold, billowing head. Pronounced nose, yeasty. Light body, moderate but pretty flavor, wonderfully balanced, refreshing but also rich mouthfeel, avg length, pleasant finish. Surprizingly sweet and sour, little bitterness. Malty, fruity. Easy drinking, very enjoyable, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YigSvartka (295) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
Nice head with satisfying retention. Malt, wheat, caramel, spice, and alcohol aroma. Full bodied and creamy. Potent combination of flavours consisting of caramel, citrus, malt, wheat and spice with a mildly hoppy and spicy finish. Absolutely delectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (1297) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Cloudy gold pour, 2 finger fluffy white head. Nose is melon and Yeast. Bittersweet. Middle is creamy malt and spice. Finish is dry and noticeably hoppy with a hint of alcohol,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2015
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s.. Shared with friends. Best by 07-2015. Kind of hazy golden orange color. Pours with an aggressive bigger head. Caramel, mild spiciness, some citrus, fermenty fruit. Big caramel malt. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, some spiciness, touch of alcohol warmth. Bigger body. Sort of smooth, kind of soft light to moderate carbonation. Kind of slick texture. An alright, pretty malty tripel.. Pleasant fruity character to the finish. Appreciate it more as I go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
WABeerFiend (392) - - JAN 16, 2015
Best by date of 08.09.13. Poured from a 12 oz into a tumbler on 12.24.13. A: Orange with a quickly receding head. S: Orange, citrus. Very sweet and strong smelling. T: Alcohol, orange, spicy. M: Crisp. O: It does create quite a bit of alcohol burn in the nose and throat. It doesn’t seem very well balanced. It is a slightly old bottle though, but it should have held up at 9.2% ABV. This was a drain pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1836) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours golden, with a big creamy head. Aroma is nice fruity Belgian yeast, with oak, kandi and brown sugar. creamy body, with soft to medium carbonation. Flavour is Belgian yeast and kandi, as well as oak and some smoky notes. Sweet, fruity wood in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (560) - - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a golden body with a medium head. Nice aroma with sweet yeasty tones. Nice and well balanced taste with malty and yeasty tones. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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