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RATINGS: 606   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyforce (599) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Delicious brew with a high alcoholic content, but very smooth. The Pour is beautiful with a thick white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2014
C/O unclemike via trade. Thanks again! Aroma - nice Belgian type of yeast aroma, there is also a floral quality, and some banana too. Appearance - yellow body color; hazy liquid; 3" white head; nice lacing down the glass as well Taste - champagne-like yeasty quality (Brettanomyces); white flesh fruits, apricot, and some spice - coriander Palate - body is light; texture is thin; the carbonation lively; the finish is spiced with a champagne like quality

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Jane’s bottleshop. Aromas of dough, caramel, vanilla. Taste is sweet, and long lasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbbeyRoade (299) - Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Delicious! No overwhelming alcohol flavor. Yeasty, banana-ish, some clove, sweetish malt...just great and smooth all-around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1652) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
my wife gavē me a memorandum: more belgians. pours medium gold, ample white head powered by lots of visible carbonation. crackers, grass, clove, light gum. full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1029) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Aaahhh, exactly what I want when I drink a Tripel. Nice boozy blend of yeast, candy, banana and malt. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ImperialSuttle (16) - - FEB 11, 2014
Just walked into a nectar jungle with the aroma from this one. Starburst Bananas overshadow the citrus taste. A hint of apricots, and exotic fruits control this, and even a hint of recently retired bubble gum. Palate so soft, there's no remnants left on the tongue when done, only a slight but of dry tongue ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (171) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Format: Bottle from World Market, Redwood City.
Appearance: Pours a orange honey color w/ white foamy head.
Aroma: Spiced wheat, cloves, banana
Taste: Spicy / yeasty malts, citrus rinds, marmalade, light caramel, alcohol burn
Texture: Crisp and fizzy mixed with a rich medium body
Overall: Not usually a fan of this style, but the lack of floral / perfume notes is highly welcomed. It really came to life after sitting in the glass about 10 minutes. A great American take on the Belgian Tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daje (2185) - NORWAY - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle shared with esp0r & ed at Jekyll, december 6th 2013. Hazy yellow body, small offwhite head, malty caramel aroma with belgian yeast and alcohol, taste is sweet, caramel, yeast esters, citrus fruits. Thick body, and a bit heavy alcoholic feel to the beer overall, aftertaste of fruity bubblegum, alcohol and banana.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (2081) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2014
12 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into my Funkwerks glass. Orange and a little hazy with a lasting creamy head. Aroma of fruity esters, floral notes, Belgian yeast, light alcohol, herbs (clove), pale malts, straw and honey. Similar flavor, moderate sweetness moving to a light bitter, semi-dry finish. Medium to full body, clean, crisp feeling with ample carbonation. Über hetty trip, brah.

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