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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Hazy straw body, medium off-white head. Spicy nose with clove and musty light fruit, including pear. Estery body with light fruit, dust, and sweet breads, emphasizing clove. Hints of pepper. Creamy, soft palate. Some apples, plastic, and wet socks in the finish are distracting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zombywoof (458) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Hazey, brass colored beer with a full head that dissapates quickly. Nose of shortbread cookies, orange and yeast. Fruit and bread with citrus, spice and honeysuckle notes. Full body and prickly carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours hazy gold with a frothy white rocky head. Clean, fresh aroma of spun sugar, clove, apricots, straw, yeast, and gingerbread. Sweet, yet tangy taste without being syrupy. the combination of clove and rosemary is incredible as it gives it a taste of sweet sage. More clove and yeast towards the back, with the gingerbread cookie finish. Everything is subdued without losing any flavor. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 19, 2008
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw with a pillowing white head. Intense floral fruity nose with notes of pepper and spice. Medium body. Nice blend of fruity fig and apricot against a spicy pepper finish. Nicely dry and crisp. Better than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle at the 2008 pre-Brewers’ Jam warmup. Pours grassy gold with cream head. It has a mildly spicy aroma with some sweet bread and citrus. The flavor is fruity with a fairly intense spiciness and a little bit of zest. Some ambient sweetness. Quite good... if it were just a touch drier, it would be excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle from Valley Farm Market. Nice deep golden/amber pour with a sizable head. Sweet yeasty aroma, with a hint of spiciness. Flavor is yeasty with a little graininess. A little sweetness along with some spice. Fairly dry as well. Pretty tasty tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2009 Suttree’s 2008 Pre-Brewer’s Jam Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Beer Hawk. Clear dark yellow with a finger of white head. Nice slow falling lacing, mellow spice and heavy bready malty aroma. Tastes of mild cloves and spices, more breadiness, then smoothing yeast. Nice smooth finish, an enjoyable tripel and the subdued spice makes me start to think of a saison. Re-rate: Sampled at the 8th Annual Music City Brewer’s Festival. Clear orange with a whitish head. Aroma is spicy, dry, sweet fruity yeast esters and sweet malt. Taste is fruity, pears, apples, spices, light clove hint, nice. Original rating: 7:4:7:4:16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5685) - 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 (11778) - 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.

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