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RATINGS: 646   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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, youíd 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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
750mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. A: Pours a golden amber shade with fantastic color quality. The body is a little lighter near the bottom of the glass, with prevalent trails of carbonation throughout. The head is a four finger white color with a thin texture and lowish retention. As the head recedes, spotty clumps of lace are left on the glass. Becomes quite hazy once more of the yeast is poured in, while little floaties sink to the bottom. S: There are quite a bit of varying tropical fruits, but not in a hop-driven manner. Notes of banana, apricot, papaya, and mango exist on the nose, with a heaping helping of candied sugar and some malt. Just a nice smelling beer in general. T: I kind of feared it would be overly sweet (always a precaution I have with tripels), but itís quite neutral, in a good way. Tropical fruits open up the flavor profile nicely, before becoming fairly malty, with augmenting yeast giving it a flavor reminiscent of banana bread. Gradually, the initial light sweetness transforms into a pleasant bitterness, with a kiss of finishing phenols; while some herbs and spices (coriander, thyme, rosemary) appear between the mid-taste and finish. Once the beer opens up, a nicely subtle hop profile appears, helping to augment the light bitterness without harming the overall (solid) balance. Itís not ultra complex, but at the same time, itís hardly simple. M: Not as carbonated as the fizzy-looking body may suggest, which I like. Carbonation is still moderately high, but at least it isnít making me insanely gassy. It could stand to be a little lighter in body, though, especially near the finish, where it becomes thicker in texture. The yeast imparts a pleasant lingering aftertaste (not too bitter or sweet) without being too astringent and dry, while the alcohol becomes very hard to detect when its colder. Let it reach room temperature, however, and it will become faintly boozy - nothing that detracts, however. O: Any high-gravity monster of a beer that I can polish off an entire 750mL bottle (with the proper amount of time and patience) of has to be damn good. By no means is it a chugger, but goddamnit itís Friday, so by God Iím drinking this whole bottle by myself! Boulevard did a great job with this one, and Iíd gladly pick up again in the mood.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (205) - - MAY 1, 2015
12oz bottle. Appearance: Golden with a slight haze. White head dissipated quickly. Aroma: Strong Belgian yeast esters/phenols, with banana most prominent. Clove and pear aromas also strong. Taste: Rich sweet maltiness with strong fruity flavors of pear, apple, and banana. Clove spice kicks in late. Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation and some alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finish: Slight lingering bitterness and pear. Fairly dry. Overall: Great tripel. Wonderful fruity yeast aroma and flavor

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3167) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2015
750 ml bottle into chalice; bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, light buttlegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, apricot, banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, candi sugar, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style. All around awesome complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3614) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2015
Bottle (12 oz).

Appearance: Clear bright golden with a small to medium white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Banana, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, peppery notes and bread.

Taste: Yeasty and peppery with moderate fruitiness, bananas, lemon zest and bready malts. Nothing is overpowering.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Peppery and zesty finish. Just a tiny bit of warming alcohol.

Overall: Tasty and well balanced Tripel. Easy drinking for the style and abv, Not too spicy. Interesting.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle from cwsample. Yellow gold pour with a big, white head. Aroma is booze, caramel, wheat, and some dark fruit. Taste is similar. Lots of booze and dark fruit in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle: I normally steer away from Belgians, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The lemony citrus notes in aroma and flavor seemed to mellow this one out. Extremely smooth and tasty. And better yet, I got it on a clearance price of $7!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3936) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle at hotel room tasting. Nice rich pale gold pour with lightly lacy white head. Aroma is peppery, lots of pepper, lemon zest, grain, light banana. Taste is grainy, light fruity flavor, dry, not too sweet,light grassiness. Palate is med bodied, good carbonation. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (919) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pours a nice vibrant golden color with a frothy white head. Aromas of peaches, pears, wheat, cereal and a tinge of alcohol. Flavors upfront consist of dried/candied fruit and bubblegum and finishes dry, crisp and with a hint of alcohol again. Not the best Tripel Iíve had but certainly nothing wrong with it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fooj (29) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2015
A nice cloudy orange color with a white head. A pleasant fruity-yeasty aroma. A good triple taste with a pleasant aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (94) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Aroma: bubblegum, floral, Appearance: golden, clear, huge head, Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: full body, creamy, lively, long finish, Overall: great beer, would recommend

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (788) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2015
From a 12 oz bottle got in a trade. Pours a hazy, murky straw color. Not great looking. Lots of thick white head which stuck around a long time. Decent Belgian yeast aroma but nothing special. Mouthfeel is actually kinda light for this abv beer. Taste is dry, Belgian yeast, pear and funk. Meh, not special. Tank 7 is similar but somehow waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better. Not going to get this one again.


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