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RATINGS: 645   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 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 (6808) - 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 (3315) - 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 (5734) - 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?

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