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RATINGS: 599   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Nice golden color, sweet, malty finish. The effervescence/carbonation balance out the maltiness and alcohol attributes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpersinger (347) - , California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
from bottle. Sweet syrup aroma and vanilla cream nose, earthy flavor, with explosive finish. Burns clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle. Pale yellow body with a lighter head. Sweet malts sticky with spices of cinnamon and a hint of floral honey. Sweet with etoh present. decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Malty flavors with a good hops backbone. Sweetish with some honey flavors. Apples and fruit, some dried fruit, slight vinegar, some alcohol. Dryish on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
Pours a hazy orange color with a medium offwhite head. Aroma of fruits, including cantaloup, and yeast. Elegant flavor of hops, cantalloup and other fruits, and yeast. The body is medium with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. It’s a good tripel, but not a remarkable one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Created a large soft pillow of heading that was almost like a marshmallow while the liquid was a golden bronze and had sediment floating about. My nose detected a simple Belgian yeast and spice combination that is in the traditional abbey style of aroma. As for the flavor, there is a strong delivery of alcohol and over spiced yeast that packs a punch to the taste buds. This is an impressing tripel but I wouldn’t make this a repeat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 750ml from a trade on BA. Big golden-to-orange pour with a lively, yeasty body and a thick, fast-rising head. Smells very fresh, earthy, with spicy malts to the fore and some mild citrus aromas too. A wee bit of alkie heat is immediately present, but it’s nothing overpowering. Instead, there’s a strong hop presence, almost peppery, that complements the yeasty funk quite nicely. Chewy body, lingers nicely on the mouth, and a pleasant finish. One of the better American tripels these days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
750ml from the Stone Bistro. Pours hazy, golden yellow with a moderate sized white head, some lace. Smells spicy malty, bready yeasty, very nice light spices. Tastes the same, sweet. SLight citrus as well. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3138) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2008
There are a lot of good aromas going on here everything from floral hops, to candy sugar, alcohol, but there is a slight soap aroma that is less than desirable. Pours a light cloudy blond with a nice head that leaves lace. The flavor is strongly alcoholic, but not in a terribly bad way, there are lots of complimentary flavors that balance this out such as sugary sweet malt balanced with a nice hop flavor. This is a very nice American tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2008
750 bottle. Bright gold color with a small head. Nose is sweet, spicy, alcoholic. Taste is very alcoholic, sweet, chewy, sticky and spicy. Very bubbly/carbonated. A bit too sweet for my tastes, especially for a tripel.

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