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RATINGS: 610   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole. Amber color. Smell of yeast, dark fruit, hops, pepper, clove, ginger, brown sugar and alcohol. Taste of yeast, malt, light citrus, dark fruit, hops, pepper, clove, ginger, brown sugar and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
750 ml bottle. So this is the last of the Smokestack beer for me to try... So far I would rate the series as a very pleasant surprise, so expectations are pretty high. Pour demonstrates very heavy carbonation (inch or two of beer, the rest of the glass is head). What beer there is is orange with a slight cloudiness to it. Aromas are sweet (honey and glazed donut), a touch or cloves and oranges and some alcohol. Flavor is OK, but maybe it needs some time to balance things out a little better. The alcohol comes off as a bit sharp and burns a bit... almost overpowering the rest of the flavors. The sweetness, cloves and citrus flavors come through, but get a bit swamped by all of the astringency. Still, this is enjoyable enough, but all remaining bottles I buy will be the IPA from the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 750ml Bottle from Happy Hour (batch # T8067) - This is a lovely little beer. Pours a rosy garnet shade of orange, with a quickly dissolving white head, that just leaves an ever so slight ring of bubbles. Cookie dough nose, with some yeastiness, clove and banana a bit of sugar cookies and citrus hoppiness. The taste is very nice, not overly sweet, with ample carbonation levels, some caramel, and has kind of a gumminess to it, that sticks around into a really long lingering finish. Its going to be a long strange trip to the end of this bottle. I’m not sharing this with anyone but myself tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 15, 2008
deep golden, small but lasting head. Yeasty and spicy, some deep bitter sweetness. Finish is dry but sticky, bitter yeast follows. Nice tripel, obviously going after westmalle tripel. Good clone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2008
750. Nice gold color with a small head. Flavor has vanilla and just a touch of sulphur. Somewhat dry with a decent creaminess and ash.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baggie (8) - , Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2008 does not count
Bottle pour golden with decent white head. Zesty orange, citrus smell. Taste is excellent, but when does Boulevard not hit the target?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Bottle shared by mmtmatrix, thanks man. Poured a clear golden color with a moderate off-white head that slowly faded to a layer. Aroma is lightly fruity with some soft citrus esters, bubble gum, and yeast. Lightly citric entry leads into a moderately malty middle with hints of bubble gum and a harsh yeast character that kills the smoothness I would have liked. A bit over-carbonated, which is obvious on the entry, but otherwise decent on the palate. Overall, an average tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2008
From a 750ml bottle shared by badgerben, pours a hazy dark golden pale brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of light golden multi-grain and wheat malt, orange zest, spiced herbs, some light fruit and a touch of of peach. Taste is medium bodied, well-carbonated with flavors of light raisin, candi sugar mild herbs and a touch of banana ester/yeast. Finish is slightly metallic from the higher alcohol but has a a semi-sweet pear/peach and candi sugar aftertaste. A very solid tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Exploding cork. A mild gusher. An alive beer. Yellow color with a full foam. . Light aromas, polish-like, with herbs and light fruits. Flavor has nice balance and a nice malt and yeast complexity. A lot of fruit character (peach, pear, nectarine) with the notion of spices from the yeast. I really think it’s a beer of high quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy, light amber pour with a nice size head. Aroma of belgian yeast, raisin and candi sugar with a similar flavor. Smooth, malty mouthfeel.

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