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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
GLASS: Tripel Karmeliet Goblet TEMP: Cellared at approx. 50 degrees After removing the the cage, the cork is removed with a loud, satisfying pop. The mist-like vapors coming from the bottle send the scent of honey and malt up to my nose, briefly. The pour results in quite an impressive head. Thick creamy white foam that stands on itís own for a good 60 - 75 seconds. When it finally settles, Iím left with a liquid that is an amber color, not unlike a beautiful sunset. Pulling the glass close to my nose, I smell honey, pepper, citrus, malt, and floral. Quite alot happening in the nose. Tasting it is worth the wait. Once again the honey notes come to the forefront. They are joined by peaches and oranges mingling with maltiness, a bit of hops buried down a level or two, and a very nice pepperiness. The nice thing about Tripels, in general, is the way they feel in your mouth. The liquid has what seems like thousands of tiny little bubbles and in each mouthful it seems that hundreds of these bubbles get into every space of your mouth. This results in a wonderfully creamy sensation when drinking one. Overall, this is a great example of what an American made Tripel can be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Thanks Mark, pours hazy deep orange grapefruit with white head. The aroma is pretty full with apricots, apple, some modest spices and mild yeasty notes. The taste is crisp and almost bright with carbonation moving into yeasty spicy apricot, plum and apple notes. It even out midway then picks up a mild level of tannin fruit skin like tartness into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2009
750 ml. Hazy deep gold body. Big, frothy white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, bread, herbs, flowers, clove with notes of pepper, lemon with a hint of plastic. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Medium to full body, velvely texture and lively carbonation. Alcohol comes through in the finish. Spicy, peppery flavors blend nicely with the sweetness that turns bitter in the finish. Wonderful balance with nothing being overly aggressive. The flavor outshines the aroma, but both are good. An outstanding tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Thanks Tampa Tasting Group for the share. Pours hazy yellow with an off-white head. Nose is apple, caramel, yeast, honey, light fruit, and malt. Flavor is very similar with lots of sweet apple, pepper, and fruitiness. Solid medium-bodied tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
Very big head lasts and lasts. Amber. Big alcohol nose. Light delicate caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
sample from the bottle at Dr. Billís Tasting at Falling Rock during GABF on 9/26/09... deep orange pour... sweet and light over the mouth... medium body... deep spice notes with some banana. really nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 pours a dark golden colour very cloudy with a thin head which dissipates quickly orange peel aroma and very light smooth taste easy on the palate no alcohol notes. great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark golden pour with a ton of creamy white head. nice malty aroma mixed with some sweetness and nuttyness. smooth mouth feel with a slight sweetness on the finish. delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a tall white fizzy head. Nose is malty with fruity notes, spice, and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, somewhat oily mouth feel and decent carbonation. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, citrus, peach, spice, yeast, and hops bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Pours a fizzy orange. Nose is spicy, cloves, sweet malts, candy sugar, sweet fruits. Flavor is a real nice crisp sweet malt, spicy yeast, cinnamon, cloves, mild banana, candy, bubblegum and ripe fruits. Maybe one of the best trippels i have ever had.

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