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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Citrus fruit and yeast aroma with honey rounding things out. Sediment laden yellow, surprisingly still (best by 3/19...really?) Near sour sweetness, sort of saison like and not sugar sweet like some blond Belgians. Seems well hopped. Sharp body, a touch of pastiness, dry enough not to be classically refreshing. Combines two of my favorite things: the GD and tripel ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (433) - - SEP 22, 2016
Aromas of clove, peach, apricot, and yeast. Taste is clove, sweet orange and apricots, vanilla, and yeasty bread. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Bottle was bb 7/2015. Glad it aged well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1542) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Aroma is citrus, tart, sulphur, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Taste is rich sweet malts, dark sugar, dark fruits, caramel and fig. Very light tartiness on tip , just enough to add character. Appearance is a slightly hazy gold with a frothy pearl head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
p0rkch0p (90) - Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Sampled during brewery tour. Sweet and fruity. Heard it didn’t make the cut for 2017.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderpup12 (18) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Color is amber with decent amount of white head. Highly carbonated. Taste has a pleasant dry finish. Very good trip

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Active carbonation throughout the session. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity citrus taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2016
750 Bottle with a healthy pop from the cork. Pale straw color with nice white head. Estery fruity pears and apple nose. Banana and clove with sweet apple flavors. Good balance and creamy. The finish begins with a dryness that is followed with a mild sweet burn. Good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2016
Large head deep gold pour medium carbonation aromas old bananas hay wheat grain a plenty clove candy citrus strong yeast backing rich barley sugar cane the flavours lemon clove candy raw sugar hay wheat sweet barley pear woody note rich sweetness the finish some lovely notes throughout the triple the best aftertastes hops sweetness spices good quality triple

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ANZUShophunter (283) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2016
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Pours yellowish amber with a lively head from the bottle conditioning. Aroma of bananas and cloves like many a Belgian ale with the nice malt backbone of a tripel. Eminently drinkable so it’s probably good that this is the only bottle to make the long strange trip across the Pacific to my fridge. Glad to see Boulevard reach Australian shores.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (1365) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Busted down on bourbon street set up like a bowling pin what a long strange trip its been.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle...yeast, esters, banana, and some grassy funk predominate in this highly drinkable Tripal. Creamy body and a sweet impression give way to a fairly dry, clean finish. Really good.

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