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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours golden orange with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of spice, banana, malt, yeast, and grain. Taste is of yeast, banana, malt, and some grain. Has a lot of spice, which lingers on after each sip. The alcohol is ever present in each sip. Very malty as well. It’s a good beer, and it gets you drunk. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3407) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2014
bottle, notes that I think are several years old - Pours orange with a big off-white head and flakes of yeast. It’s spicy, yeast, and hoppy. Vry bubbly on the palate, this dry finishing beer has more malt complexity that appears as it warms, a medium body, and some good hops bitterness. On the downside I picked up a bit of band aid taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Bottle at the hotel room in San Diego. Clear golden beer with a nice beige/yellowish head. Malty grassy aroma, citrus, caramel, perfume notes, hay, some grapefruit, yeasty spicy notes. Malty fruity caramel flavor, grapes, perfume, apples, yeasty, floral, some herbal notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2014
750ml bottle - Poured a pretty cloudy darkish golden amber in color with a small white head that quickly faded to a very thin covering over the beer... low carbonation, in general. Aroma is heavy with malt and sweet with plenty of fruitiness... pear, apricot, peach. Flavor is slightly sweet with fruity esters... pear, grapes, apples. Alcohol apparent in finish... still very good...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franks (27) - Long Beach, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
Poured a large off white head and a clear golden color. Nose had hints of fruit, hat, spice and candy. Taste was sweet with some spice. Palate had a nice mouth feel, low carbonation, silky medium body and good finish. Over all a pretty good beer will be drinking another one for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5967) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2014
Big offwhite head. Clear yellow body with little floating particles. Mealy tropical fruit aroma with funky honey notes. Dry-sweet papery mealy fruity taste with herbal honey notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy mouthfeel with slight heat. Dry papery fruity mealy afteraste with wooden metallic honey notes. Spicy flavour lingers. Nice, drinkable, not even remotely worth the alcohol. (0.75l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Really nice abbey tripel i stumbled upon, golden ale thats very drinkable, sweet finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3015) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2014
A corked 0.75l bottle. It quickly forms a huge really delicate looking almost fluffy white head on top of a mildly cloudy golden body that’s filled with unfiltered small particles floating about in the glass. It’s also lacing down the glass quite nicely. On the nose it’s not to extreme but it’s a triple alright. Belgian yeast with white candied sugars, green apple skin, a almost fruit pommelo zesty citrus sting and something that reminds me of sand. A good amount of flavor. In the mouth it feels gliding and oily while the bubbles ate just above average. Belgian flavors with sharp yeast, dried white sweet fruits, green apples and even some white sugary sweetness. Not much to say on the alcohol taste here until the warming almost peppery aftertaste really kicks in - that suits this just fine. Perhaps not the most refined or elegant triple I’ve had, but it’s a nice one to sip at on a Wednesday evening while watching football. 12.02.2014

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyforce (477) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Delicious brew with a high alcoholic content, but very smooth. The Pour is beautiful with a thick white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (623) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2014
C/O unclemike via trade. Thanks again! Aroma - nice Belgian type of yeast aroma, there is also a floral quality, and some banana too. Appearance - yellow body color; hazy liquid; 3" white head; nice lacing down the glass as well Taste - champagne-like yeasty quality (Brettanomyces); white flesh fruits, apricot, and some spice - coriander Palate - body is light; texture is thin; the carbonation lively; the finish is spiced with a champagne like quality

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Jane’s bottleshop. Aromas of dough, caramel, vanilla. Taste is sweet, and long lasting.

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