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RATINGS: 647   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
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2009
75cl bottle courtesy of dakid. Our first Boulevard beer. Pours a hazy copper color with a massive tannish-white head that settles slowly and heavily laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of spice, pine, caramel, honey, bread, yeast, and some grassy and hay notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with caramel, honey, bread, yeast, ripe fresh fruit, candy sugar and some spice notes. Generally medium body with a sweet and malty finish. Nice tripel style ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
lemon, orange, peaches, bananas, some pear perhaps. Pepper. Dry yeast flavor. Sweet but not cloying. Tripel with some faint german wheat and american ale characteristics. Very drinkable. A triple a newbie can enjoy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1503) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Pours a bubbly orange with a 1/2 inch foam white head. Aroma has a light banana, yeasty and biscuit notes with a good amount of cloves and alcohol nose. Flavor is moderately chewy for the style, with an estery and clove flavor up front and moves into biscuit/bready notes in the middle and finishes with a sweet, heavy alcohol ending. Mouth feel is okay but a little light. Overall a great beer which had a smooth flavor and was a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3539) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Hazy orange with a thick white head. Nose is yeast, honey, bubblegum and lemon zest. Medium body with scratchy carb. Taste is peach, apricot and pepper. Bitter finish with lime; a bit cloying. Full of flavor but a little rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Very creamy, yeasty beginning, notable spiciness, lingering finish, typical of most Boulevard products.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Fabulous beer. The beer welcomes with sweet yeasty smell and the first taste is of... almost spicy sweet tarts. Awesome. The finish on this bright yellow beer leaves you with longing for more. Friend says, "I don’t really like trippels a lot. But, I like this one. I will drink this one."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1869) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pour is light orange color, fluffy white head and decent lacing. Yeasty and spicy nose. The flavor was a typical trippel malt bill with lots of fruitiness, orange and other tropical like fruit. The spicing and yeastiness in this was moderate to high. Rich and full in the palate, slightly dry. Not a bad beer, but not knocking my socks off either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream-colored head. Malty, estery (light summer fruit) aroma with light spice. Malt and spice flavor with nice balancing summer/tropical fruit. Medium bodied. malt lingers with light caramel, earth, spice, and nice fruity esters. Good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1502) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Quite a good tripel, with yeasty notes and an integrated palate that brings some floral and citrus hop bitterness together with a bunch of light, sweet malts. Hazy and medium orange in the glass. Plenty of estery aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
750mL bottle. Pours a very hazy golden orange with a massive fluffy white head that stays as an inch-thick cap for the duration. The carbonation bubbling up from the bottom is huge. The smell is very sweet with light fruit and candi sugar but there is definitely some citrus hops as well, especially lemons. The taste is sweet but has a more dominant Belgian yeast backbone that maintains a bready character throughout. The lemons hit up front with some sugary sweetness in the middle. The finish has the slightest bitterness from the hops and some generous spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an exceptional amount of carbonation, possibly a tad too much. Overall, its very creamy but with lots of activity on the palate. This is another very good beer from the Smokestack series and, so far, Im impressed with this series. Looking forward to trying the others.

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