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RATINGS: 622   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 15/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2008
A hazed orange pour with tan head and lace. Clove and hot cinnamon spice on the nose. Corriander and a decent bitter. Very good carbonation and mouthfeel for the style. A beer I would like to sample again with a clean fresh palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Sampled at the 2008 Music City Brewers Fest. Hazy orange with a frothy white head that left light lacing. Nice fruit, malt, and spice mix in the aroma. Sweet fruit flavor with a hop backing. Medium body and lively carbonation. Starts sweet but ends with a slight bitterness. Re-rate= Bottle. More distinct clove in the aroma and flavor this time around. Also some small particles noticed floating about. The rest remains the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1267) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Solid tripel. Pours a hazy gold with a dense, rocky white head. Lively carbonation (the wife says too much, I say about right). Plenty of spice and yeast in the flavor, with a malty sweet finish. More caramel and hops come out as it warms up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle 75cl @ the Horse school WSF-08 afterparty in Opstal.
Clear medium yellow amber color with a average, frothy, good lancing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, fruity, moderate to light heavy yeasty, spicy coriander - pepper ! Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (240508)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2008
bottle, golden color, nice foamy head, nose is dried fruits and some spice, flavor of green apple, honey and light oak, very nice finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 [1433-20080531] Bottle. Nice Belgian yeast aroma has a bit of boozy grains. Hazy, medium orange body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Nice sweet citrus juice flavour with a bit of Belgian yeast. Medium body is a little acidic. Quite good. (7/3/8/3/16) 3.7
(3T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)

[5109B-20130202] Bottle. Light oily toasted straw aroma. Slightly hazy, pale yellow body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Floral yeasty toasted straw flavour. Light-medium body. Interesting to try, less so as it warms. (6/3/6-/3/11) 2.9
(@ Sourfest 2013, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
Thanks to whoever brought this bottle to the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Gold pour with an excellent facsimile of a lacy Belgian head. Overripe green apple aroma, some sweet citrus. Flavor is doughy malt with apple and banana esters and a touch of clove spiciness. Medium-thin body, well-carbonated, dry finish. A pretty standard tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2008
~RBSG ’08~

Bottle at the Grand Tasting. Pours a golden color, with thick white head and creamy lacing. Aroma is like most tripels: some dry yeast, apples, lemon, citrus, banana. Flavor presents more of the same. Fairly basic overall and not exciting enough to really capture my attention. Crisp body, relatively easy to drink otherwise. ABV was fairly hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
750, corked and baled. Thanks, BVC! Murky gold with a thick and lacy off-white head. Apple and lemon aroma. Taste of oxidized apple, toffee. Dry and just a bit spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6231) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2008
750, corked and baled. Thanks, BVC! Murky burnished gold. Dense, thick, lasting platinum blonde head. Green apple and candi sugar nose. Sweet, fizzy, sugary, and still somehow quite delicious mid-palate. Mild finish.

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