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RATINGS: 667   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, 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 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 (6160) - 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 (10500) - 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 (1958) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
750ml bottle $8.50. Clear yellow color, almsot no head. It smells like spiced apples. I guess this does taste like a tripel but its subtle and the alcohol is well hidden. The quad and the saison have been my favorite from this series so far but this was tasty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-13-2009 05:21:06 --

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Pours with a clear golden body with a huge, fluffy white head. Aroma of coriander, sweet candi sugar, dryness, chlorine and walnuts. Taste is honey, dried fruits and coriander. Lightly creamy mouthfeel, lots of alcohol, and a lively carbonated, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pours a deep honey golden color with a white lacy head. Nose is sour malt, honey, banana and clove. Taste is banana, nut, bread. Mouthfeel is sweet and pillowy, with medium syrupy feel to it and shorter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Deep gold. Enormous white head forms with a gentle pour. Attractive lace and great retention. Highly phenolic nose with sweet scents of orange blossom honey, crackery malt and baked pears swirled with aniseed, clove, bubblegum and floral hops. Fairly herbal and mineralic with hints of honeydew melon as well. Spacious carbonation condenses and softens as it graces the palate. Remarkably clean and focused, initially. Dryly malty and appropriately light in weight with a vividly defined honey-drizzled Munich toastiness which gently deflects the bright and explosively juicy Styrians. Though the attenuation is immaculate, there remains enough space for a sugary sweetness which pillars the airy core with a vibrant rumlike richness. Light note of baked apples is distant enough so as to not muddle too much of the lustrous nuance. Mild tang of honeydew melon and a juicy kiss of fresh peach seamlessly mesh with the softer hop and fluffy bubblegum aspects. Appetizingly crisp and airy phenols underscore the clean malts which continue to crackle robustly. Closes firmly mineralic with an herbal edge of hop bitterness alongside a trailing medley of bubblegum, black pepper and faint malt. A lovely Tripel, displaying an array of lively esters and phenols. Far from being wet/flabby, overly sweet and yeasty/banana-heavy, as so many American examples tend to turnout. On the hoppier side of the spectrum, too, with loads of hop flavor and refined, understated bitterness. Very rustic yet sophisticated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjay44 (3433) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thin head, over a golden slightly cloudy body.....nose of complex esthers, with coriander, clove, allspice, caramel, fig. honey included.....tastes of sweet malts which linger into complex spiceness with the above flavors, ending in a bitter finish....mouth feel is thick and heavy with medium carbonation. Very classy, very well done.

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