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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 8, 2013
Banana, bubblegum, and licorice esters. Typical Belgian funk taste. Hop profile is citrusy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3838) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 6, 2015
Quite interesting but distrubing with the label. Sweet but strong and creamy in all features. Good one this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8198) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle, shared with Dave. Not my favourite style, but this one appealed to me: citrus and ripe stonefruit, moderate yeast character, not cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2963) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2015
750 ml bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of banana, bread, spice and citrus. Taste is spices, malts and some lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2184) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
Pouring out a beautiful colour of bright honeyed orange with a steady carbonation stream and a thick off white head. The head isn’t exactly sticky but certainly persists. The aroma is boisterous and overly estery with tons of citrus and spice notes filling the profile. A big coriander and lemon zest note with mild toasted malts, a bit of caramel and honey sweetness to offput the spice. Overall the aroma is that of a tripel, yeast heavy with tons of ester and malt notes. Rich and full bodied on the taste with a bit of lemon pledge and orange rind making appearances before the mild coriander spice. Floral and almost perfume notes appear as the glass warms towards room temperature. The sweetness is there but isn’t cloying and is actually in good proportion. The finish is warm and the 9.2% ABV is certainly noticable but falls hand in hand with mild bitterness and lingering ester notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle. moderate to heavy grain and roasted for the malt, moderate lemon and perfume for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with white wine and honey. Head is average sized, fizzy/frothy, white with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is slightly hazy light to medium amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation. Nothing particularly outstanding but everything in this beer say Abbey Tripel, and it’s perfectly balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (276) - - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3615) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4098) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fratto (2845) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1720) - 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!

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