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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Slightly cloudy copper, loose hed. Ginger bread aroma, flavor is clove, rosemary and dry white wine, Clean and crisp, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of off white foam. Aromas of fruittiness, straw, light carmel and light spice.. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, fruittiness,light spice and light carmel with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
750 mL bottle. Fairly mild smells in the aroma, yeast, straw grass, minor alcohol, and a almost cotton candy like sweetness. Huge wispy bubbly starch white head, good retention and lacing, cloudy, good amount of particulate, golden yellow color. Smooth start with a sweet honey Belgian type malt presence along with very grassy hop that sticks the whole way through, in the middle to the end there is some grain alcohol mixed with an interesting olive and spice flavor that continues into the aftertaste. Really pretty good, but there’s just something about it that keeps me from really getting into it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle acquired via trade with beastiefan2k...thanks again Eugene!!! Honey pour with a meringue-like head that climbs out of the top of the glass. Spicy, yeasty, citrusy aroma. Flavor is definitely Belgian-inspired...not as complex as others but definitely enjoyable with no hint of alcohol. Another good one!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle from Holiday. This one should get points just for the name. Deep yellow with a fluffy white head. Stone fruit and belgian yeast aroma and taste with a nice sparkling quality. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Thanks to ckeegan04 for this one. Bottle batch t8067 poured into a Duvel pint glass produced a big white fluffy head (a good 4 fingers) on top of a clear apricot body. This was quite surprising for an American brew. Aromas of big Belgian yeast and sweet fruit were well present in the nose. There is also a good spice presence as well a real good take on the style The flavors are true to the style as well with all those wonderful Belgian flavors. With the fruity, spices that you would expect from a true Belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is spot on with great carbonation, and dangerously no hit of alcohol at all. With this in the Duvel glass and me kicked back enjoying a crappy day indoors; it can’t get any more drinkable. A good brew and I must say one of the best American takes on the style that I have tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Gouden Carolus, Carolus D’or glass: hazy, light copper body, nearly opaque yellow highlight, very bubbly, big and airy white head that nearly diminishes into rockiness; banana bread, yeastiness, nutmeg, peppery; medium sweet, bitter, and salt--no sour or umami; medium alcohol profile; creamy, almost slimy, bittersweet palate, sweet and fruity (banana) aftertaste; good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is melon, crisp yeast, lemon and straw. Flavor matches aroma with some freshly baked bread. Palate is smooth. Very nice tiple

   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 (360) - , California, USA - SEP 27, 2008
from bottle. Sweet syrup aroma and vanilla cream nose, earthy flavor, with explosive finish. Burns clean.

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