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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bebum (745) - 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 (276) - 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 (1269) - 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 (383) - - 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 (1720) - 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 (545) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2617) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2015
From notes. Tasted some time near the fall of 2012 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours hazy light orange with an average white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is candi sugar, spicy yeast, vanilla, and touches of pineapple and coconut. The flavor is sweet candi sugar, coconut, and pineapple up front, moving to the spicy yeast with just a light touch of some toasted bitterness. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long, spicy, tropical fruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - 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 (1683) - 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.

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