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RATINGS: 661   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.

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   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 it’s 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. It’s not ultra complex, but at the same time, it’s 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 isn’t 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 it’s Friday, so by God I’m drinking this whole bottle by myself! Boulevard did a great job with this one, and I’d gladly pick up again in the mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3810) - 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 (206) - 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 (1014) - 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 (626) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarageBrewer80 (237) - SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
Köpt i butik i New York. Klar gyllengul med stor, mustig och vit skumkrona. Doft av vingummi, rå äppelcider och belgisk jäst. Bra balanserad halvtorr, bubbelfrisk kropp. Smak av äppelkart, vingummi, belgojäst och citron.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy bright orange color with an enormous foamy orange-white head that lingered forever and left excellent lacing. The aroma was musty and yeasty with citrus, golden fruits, sweet tropical fruits, pez and a bit of banana. The flavor was sweet and yeasty with notes of peach, orange, apricot, pepper, yeast and banana. Long finish of yeast, pepper and golden fruits. Moderately full bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (725) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2015
clear to semi hazy gold pour, tall fluffy white head, no lace but great retention. Super ester aroma, cloves, pear, lots of lemon. Taste is on the sweeter sode. Effervescent body. bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2674) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a copper color with moderate head. Aromas of dried apples and candied bananas. Flavors of honey, bananas, sweet muddled fruit and light toasted malts. Lots of carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1259) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy gold, big cap. Aroma of banana, clove, spices, yeast. Taste is bittersweet, but not too sweet. Palate is creamy, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (693) - Radford, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a rich goal with fluffy 4 finger head that dissipates some, but leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma is full of banana, esters, clove, caramel. Taste follows with spiciness mid-taste taking the forefront. Nice citrus notes on aroma as well.

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