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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, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Still learning to appreciate this style and this one was pretty good. Orange with a light tan head. It had a lot of spice flavor - maybe little much for me. Iím sure Iím rating it less than most and thatís because I donít like the style as much as others do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5472) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Pineypower, thanks Dean. Pours a nice orange/amber with an average to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is sweet with notes of candi sugar, tropical fruit, yeast, alcohol, over ripe banana peels and grains. Body is a little thin with average to strong carbonation and despite the addition of suagr this one isnít to sweet and is borderline dry. Flavor of sugar, tropical fruit, yeast, grain and alcohol. Really well done and despite my distaste for drier beers this one is actually balanced nicely between sweet and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (871) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Pours a murky golden color with slight orange hues. Aroma of Sourdough bread, alcohol and citrus. Flavor is sweet with hints of grain and yeast. Finish is slightly sour while maintaining similar taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2009
750mL bottle, Batch T7276 (I think this was the first bottled batch, but could be mistaken). Poured crisp medium orange with a short, dense cap of white head. The aroma picked up warm toasted pale malts, honey, and mild sourdough bread.. the latter element quite smoothly rolled into a touch of lemon zest and coriander spicage.. dusty yeast and mild-to-moderate warmth surrounded.. very well done! The flavor found honey (darker grade) and sourdough again at the core with white pepper, coriander, and lemon zest around.. as it warmed up, the alcohol presence intensified and played well with the dusty yeast and spices.. memorable spice array on the finish. Medium-plus bodied with tight, rolling carbonation on the palate.. maybe a touch too sweet overall, but it still felt and tasted great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Deep color, creamy smooth head. Good strong aroma. Flavor has a nice mild spice. Very enjoyable. First pour has almost no sediment, but I see a ton of sediment still in the bottle. Second pour, swirling to mix the sediment: most all the sediment "dissolved" and flavor still very nice--maybe even a little smoother. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy glowing orange with plenty of sediment and a thick pillowy white head. Aroma is very floral and spicy with a big presence of pear and apple, lots of esters and pretty straight forward. Flavor starts with an immediately pepper and floral honey character. Quickly mellows and gets a sweet banana yeast and more light fruitiness. Some alcohol becomes apparent towards the finish but stays smooth in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and prickly carbonation. Well done trippel, very quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle my folks got me at a shop in Dallas, and since there doesnít seem to be any more beer here this is what Iím drinking. Pretty good and surprising since I know Iíve seen it in SD. Pours orange big tan head nose is sweet taste is sweet vinous and quite good, gotta say this is a good tripel better than most domestic ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17162) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle at post Borefts BF 09 tasting. Gold/orange, lasting beige head. Tripel Belgian. Really good. Rather good bit sweet but good tangerine fruit. Lovely tripel. Good balancing hop on finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Pours a hazy dark golden orange with golden peach hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy, soapy white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap and ring. Visible yeat even though itís the fist 33cl pours of a 750ml bottle and visible carbonation bubbling up. Earthy, slightly tart(read: not sour/wild) aroma with a bit of estery golden fruit from the Belgian yeast strain as well as some ripe banana, bread and subtle grassy malt character. Soft carbonation up front that tickles the tongue with a heavy yeast medium body. Lots of earthy funk that again is not sour or acidic. Lots of estery light golden fruit, especially apple, pear and most prominent, banana. Nice peppery spice with a bit of zesty corriander that is slightly countered by a subtle malt backbone. The spice is very prominent up front and lingers throughout over the other flavors into a long dry finish which is slightly bitter. The alcohol is evident in the flavor but their is no warmth whatsoever, making this one dangerously drinkable. A bit to heavy on the spicy side but has a nice full body and complex flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2009
700th United States Rating: 750ml corked and caged bottle (Batch T9114) served in a Livery trappist glass. Attractive glowing orange pour with a one-finger thick head of creamy beige foam that showed some good retention. Nice clingy lacing. The aroma included honey, orange peel, banana, sweet pale malts, and light candi sugar. The flavor had strong fruity yeast esters, dried orange peel, honey, graham crackers, and some peppery spice. Warming, but not overly alcoholic. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Softly carbonated. A solid example of the style.

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