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RATINGS: 642   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6692) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2009
750 ml bottle at the Bayou. This was the beer I shouldn’t have had, man I got drunk that night. Anyway, pours a cloudy orange color with a thick white head. Lots of yeast, malts and some spices in the nose. Alcohol as well. The flavor was decent; smooth malts, spices, pepper, light fruit, apples and a warm alcohol presence. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2009
Golden in color with a taller off-white head. Decent lace. Aromas of Light fruit, lightly toasted malt and dough, floral scents, hint of coriander and alcohol. Full sweet flavors with light caramel, honey, raisins, resin and alcohol. Finish has a bit of burn and once again some alcohol. A nice dry malt flavor in the linger. This seems quite hot and lacks the subtleties I like in my type of tripel. I keep thinking this is just another strong golden. Perhaps I’m a little let down after the Saison, but I’ve been trying this over the last 1/2 hour and I am not catching much difference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 19, 2009
Clear pour, giant head, good lace, rising bubbles. Cinnamon spicy aroma. Lots of cinnamon with a strange alcoholic, almost medicinal aftertaste. These is definitely some camphor flavor, maybe this is old. Not bad but I’ve been saving this tasting and am pretty disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2009
Batch T8067 in Dallas. Nice, solid tripel. Very well balanced and some nice spice in the flavour. Definitely follows the traditional Belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
(batch t8088)rusty yellow body with a nice fuzzy white head.aroma is bananas esters,oranges,cloves,and belgian yeast.the flavor is much of the same with some caramel malt.pretty solid i guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
Very cloudy, burnt orange in appearance. Nose is subtle with yeast, light corriander, spice and fruit. Flavor is light, fruity, and orange. Middies at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5726) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
Sweet fruity aroma, light peppery spice, clove, dust perhaps. Pours golden with good carbonation and a fizzy head. Sweet dusty with hints of pepper and clove, banana perhaps. Light bitter finish. Fizzy carb, nice drinker. Oh yeah... My 36th Tripel rating. What you know about that?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (4908) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange golden with a large frothy white head that lasts awhile leaving behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a spicy clove and orange peel. The taste is a dry fruit with a bitter finish with the alcohol very present. A very good abbey tripel from Boulevard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Color is a hazy orange yellow with good carbonation and a thick head. Aroma is sweet with a fruity yeast scent. Taste is fruity, spicy and faintly bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down fizzy and smooth. Finish comes in with a banana yeast flavor then some spiciness, a faint dried fruit taste and a light bitterness. In the after taste the fruit fades giving way to a slight citrus that lets the bitterness linger on awhile. This is a excellent Triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Sourdough, liquorice lemony nose. Creamy shaving cream head, some decent lacing, orange/gold color. Tart peppery clove and orange peel sweetness, slightly hot. High carbonation, bitter finish, slightly alcoholic. Decent structure, seems green, I’ll bet this will age very nicely.

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