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RATINGS: 637   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bottle pours hazed copper yellow with a large pillow head and cobweb lace. The aroma is banana, yeast, and coriander. The flavor is malt, banana, clove, and some coriander. The palate is very lively and cleansing. Overall, a fine trip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (655) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Have sampled this many a time, but just getting around to rating this as I finally cracked open a 750. Pour is a fairly light colored brown, possibly better described as a very light mahogany with a robust white head that settles very slowly...nice stuff! Aroma is fruity (mixture of some citrus fruit and some darker fruits...a nice meld), along with some malt notes, a hint of spice and clove and some yeast. Flavor is full of fruit (orange, banana are notable), yeast, sweet malt and some spice, including some pepper. Heavy mouthfeel was a bit more than I was expecting, but not offensive. Good offering...especially given the price for this brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5080) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2008
750 mL bottle. Pours clear copper. Yeasty aroma with some malty sweetness and hop. Sugary and yeasty flavor with a little bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
750 bottle. Pour is cloudy gold with a big fluffy white head. Smell is of fruity yeast. Taste is a little sour for me. Mouthfeel resides quickly with a small warming on the stomach. Decent lacing. A decent brew, would not turn one down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dull golden orange. Huge fizzy, fluffy, dense white head that dissipates slowly and remains moderately lacy. Big malt profile in the aroma as well as a dominating sweet fruitiness. Belgian yeast strain and sweet, light, herbal spices. Coriander. Citrus and banana. Pretty standard tripel smell to it and not very complex, but still nice. Taste seems to be lacking some balance. Very clean, sweet, sugary, and carbonated, but less yeast and bread taste than most other similar styled beers. Initially malty and quickly moves to a citrus hop, spicy, and slightly dry finish. Palate is medium bodied and carbonated with a little bit of warming alcohol. Overall, a good beer, just a little off. The aroma suggests a higher malt backing than the taste, which is why it seems a little off when balanced with the hops and spices. I guess it doesnt compare to the best tripels out there, but not bad for a local brew. Probably my least favorite of the smokestack series so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3988) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle. Thanks Andrew! Pours an orange golden with a small white head. Nose of clove, potpourri, fruit, and hops. Flavor is fruity and spicy and a little sweeter than I like. Hoped for a little more dryness in the finish. Still, a pretty good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a very nice light golden color with a big, aggressive, bubbly head that has great retention and wonderful lacing. Aroma is very sweet candy aroma with notes of fruits, mainly citrus, power through the big head. Flavor is sort of malty with hints of spice and lots of sweet sugars. Not bad, just not the most amazing triple I have had. Mouthfeel is nice, full and is rather nice on the palate. Overall, very nice offering from Boulevard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8881) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2008
This beer pours a clear dark orange-gold color with a thick and foamy bone white head that recedes slowly. Thick rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of Bready malt, yeast and spices in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of grainy malt, honey and spices. Esters and pepper are present at times. The finish is spiced and malty with a banana and yeast aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle thanks to Eugene. Deep golden orange hazy pour with generous slightly yellow off-white head. Sweet ripe fruits... citrus, peaches, bananas, some pear perhaps. Nice dry yeast flavor. Full palate. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
scent of fermented fruit and yeast. nice taste of fruit and sour yeast. nice beer.

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