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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3557) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Orange-amber with very head that at first fills 2/3 of the glass. The first whiff is of summer mush, then out pour veins of honey-tipped clove cigarretes, richly developed phenols, esters, and white pepper. The flavor is no less splendid. Complex esters and phenols, though no detectable banana. Well cloaked cloviness, light white pepper, edges of Carribean spiced rum warm the gullet. Trace of clove cigarette and syrup on the finish. An out of this world, best-in-class, Tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours golden orange with a massive head and medium lacing. Aroma is sweet fruit, coriander, lemon, soil, some minty notes, and a touch of pepper. Flavor is initially sweet, bubblegum, lemon, and all spice blend into warm rye notes, sweet honey, and a touch of alcohol. Very well done, not cloyingly sweet on the end like other Tripels I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a very nice looking cloudy orange with thick fizzy off-white head. Aroma of some farmhouse, alcohol, fruit, spices. Flavor is nice, some farmhouse, alcohol, wheat, coriander, various spices, also detected a little honey, earthy, pepper. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with high fizzy carbonation. Overall, a very good beer....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours cloudy golden with a thin white head that quickly diminishes, quite fizzy. Nose is honey floral wheat and coriander, orange flower. Mildly spicy, yeasty flavor in which yeast and banana predominates. Rather alcoholic. Chalky but pleasant mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rallison (116) - USA - MAY 10, 2009
Hazy amber pour with a huge white head. Tons of carbonation in here. Lots of banana and other fruity esters in the nose. The body initially is over-carbonated, but some swirling helps fix that. Subtle light fruits are in the taste...leaning towards tropical...with a touch of toffee. Light on the tongue; very nice to see in an American tripel as too many end up too heavy. Mouthfeel, as mentioned above, is initially too carbonated, but settles down to a nice, "light on the tongue" level. Recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2009
pours a semi-cloudy orange with a very large off-white head, and some lacing. smell is not to strong, yeast, slight fruit, and a bit of pear. taste is carbonated, fruit, sour malt, ends dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Great belgian! slightly sweet - cloudy in appearance with a thin white head. Lovely fruity esthers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2009

Source: 750 mL bottle purchased at Frugal MacDoogal’s.
Glass: Poured into my Orval Glass.
Appearance: Poured a hazy golden orange color with a huge, bubbly white head.
Aroma: Floral, with sweet malts. A touch of alcohol on the nose, with spices.
Flavor: Sweet malt, spices and a fruity finish. Almost like applesauce.
Palate: Medium/full body with solid carbonation and a silky mouthfeel.
Overall: Wasn’t disappointed. Probably wouldn’t buy again, but definitely a good representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Reviewed 4/26/2009 (Bottle Batch number T8249): Pours a huge foamy whitish colored head, bubbles, but diminishing somewhat. Very floral aroma, dusty. Sweet and strong. Very perfumy. Sickly sweet smelling. Light soft taste. Some carbonation. Very floral taste. Light fruit, like pear or apple. Some malty skunk present too, but very light. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7423) - 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.

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