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RATINGS: 583   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thegreenrooster (3087) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pour is a bright orange with a soft white head. Aroma is everything a triple should be. Lots of banana and clove with some cream and yeast. Flavor is spice and banana with some pepper and yeast. Again this is everything a triple should be and the alcohol is not a problem. Very tasty,spot on and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (767) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pours a light hazy yellow yellow with thick white head. Aroma is banana, cloves a bit of spice (pepper). Definite banana flavors. great. Body is fairly thick on the medium side with fair carbonation. Delicious tripel, just love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3608) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Pours orange with a large white head. The aroma has banana esters, spices, pepper, graininess, clean malt and Belgium tripel yeastiness. This is fairly dry, but there is a bit of sweetness. Medium body that’s slick and offset by quite a bit of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a rich taste, but it quickly dries out with lots of peppery spiciness, slight abv heat and earthy yeast. The finish is smooth and spicy. This is a nice American tripel, but considering it is priced like high quality Belgium versions I don’t see me revisiting this one too often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2008/2009 bottles are ridiculously stellar. THE best American-made triple. Bottle conditioned, ideal yeast, so incredibly peppery and alive. You people are either missing something huge here or you just simply lack good taste. THE perfect clone of THE perfect Belgian triple. Unbelievable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2008
750 ml bottle: Batch T7341: This one pours a hazy, golden color. There was quite a bit of a white head on it, and it had an audible fizz. Leaves almost no lacing. Nice aroma, if a touch light for a tripel. Notes of peppery spices, yeast and a bit of breadiness. The taste is also a touch light for a tripel. A bit bready, citrus, banana, spicy notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Smells of perfume, dry malt, touches of sugar, spice, pepper. Tastes crisp and dry with lots of citrus, some sugary touches and pepper. Mouthfeel is full and tingly. Finish is dry and lightly citrussy with some floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2008
Thanks to theisti for this bottle. Batch T7276. Hazy golden pour with fluffy white head. Yeast, bready malts and honey biscuits on the nose. Flavor is honey, wheat, flowers and nutty spices. Finish is smooth, but I feel drops off a bit quick...still a very nice tripel. Thanks Tim!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle, pours a nice cloudy gold color with a fluffy and slightly off white head, Nice lighter malt aromas, some yeast notes a touch of biscuit. It finishes fairly dry and the alcohol is not overwhelming in any way. Not a bad brew at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2008
Cloudy medium amber body with a long lasting yellowish khaki head. The aroma is bananas and grass. There is also some cinnamon and definite tropical notes, like passion fruit. The taste has some banana peels and cheap tobacco. The finish has some glue and burnt plastic. Wow, the smell was promising, but the nasty finish really helps to ruin this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (663) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours cloudy golden with a thin white head that quickly diminishes, quite fizzy. Nose is honey floral wheat and coriander, orange flower. Mildly spicy, yeasty flavor in which yeast and banana predominates. Rather alcoholic. Chalky but pleasant mouthfeel. A good effort from Boulevard.

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