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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozarkspops (346) - - DEC 11, 2012
I shouldn't give it this bad of a score. I just don't like Belgian beers. So this is an unfair overall rating. Fits the style. Sorry. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1162) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at home. One year old. Has a slightly hazy light amber colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Looks pretty carbonated. Citrus in the aroma along with alkohol, Belgian yeast, hay, mowned grass and some apple cider vinegar and clorine. The flavour mirrors the aroma but is sweeter with more Belgian yeast and alkohol, and in addition almonds and sweet corn. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A balanced and sweet tripel, maybe a bit too much boozy touch on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1330) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Pour is slightly hazed golden yellow with a tight white head. Nose has a fair bit of tangy yeast and peppery spice up front. A bit of soapy hop and some lemon notes. Taste is a bit more soapy, yeast isn’t quite as pronounced. Lemon is moderate, not sweet but the balance is a bit soapy. Body is a bit syrupy but the strong carb helps to balance it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (442) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: finger slight off-white head, does not last, very slight lacing, golden straw, clear. Aroma: brett, fruit, grapes and wine. Palate: light, lively, dry, light bitter finish. Taste: sweet fruit, into light yeasty tartness with the slightly sweet sticking around, into very light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmcgavin12 (473) - Madison, USA - JUL 10, 2014
A clear amber pour with one and half finger of lacing white head. Aroma is yeasty with malt and hints of fruit. Flavor is moderately sweet with spicy notes throughout. Medium body and a dry finish. Great tripel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (323) - - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle. Hazy gold with good white head. Citrus aroma with some yeast funk. Yeast and citrus flavor is there and also a slightly off note that maybe just comes from the bottle conditioning. A bit metallic in nose and mouth. Nice texture and body. Generally easy to drink. Good trip even if it wasn’t that strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (264) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle purchased at Four Firkins. Consumed in Belgian tulip glass. Plenty of head sitting atop a medium, think golden colored tripel. Aroma heavy on spice and yeast. Maybe some fruit notes...banana. Taste leans on spicy characteristics with a vibrant mouthfeel. Initially malt sweetness with hops rounding it out as the beer engulfs the taste buds. I would actually consider this just below the traditional tier on really good Belgian tripels. Another enjoyable offering from Boulevard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MartzMimic (79) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours from the bottle a light gold with only a touch of haze from the rising bubbles. The white head starts big, but leaves quickly. A fine aroma of bananas, yeast and spice. The taste follows the nose with lots of banana, apples, yeast and a nice sweetness. The carbonation gives the mouth a light crispness. Simply an excellent tripel that tastes like it came straight from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3658) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Good and very drinkable tripel. Pours hazy yellow with Good head and lacing. Light coriander and floral yeast. Well balanced with soft carbonation. Light sweet finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whynot44 (4) - Independence, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
Hazy gold color with a massive foamy white head that retains well and produces lots of nice lacing. The aroma is cloves, bananas, assorted tropical fruits, yeast with spicy peppery notes. The taste is similar, again, tropical fruits, especially bananas, cloves, pepper but with a nice bready malt background and a bit of pleasant bite in the finish that just makes you want more. Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. The high ABV is not really noticeable until you’ve had a few. Altogether very nice, an excellent and enjoyable brew. Outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
coachd (88) - Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Aroma is quite unique - slightly soapy, very sweet and malty with a lemony finish. Smells a bit like floor cleaner or a sweeter imperial IPA. Looks very light, nearly clear with a giant white head of foam. I was surprised by the amount of carbonation - seems excessive for the style. Tastes sweet and citrusy with a creamy and hoppy aftertaste. Very interesting and refreshing. Tripels are not really my favorite style; this one is better than most I have tried.

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