RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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, youd 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
sample from the bottle at Dr. Bills Tasting at Falling Rock during GABF on 9/26/09... deep orange pour... sweet and light over the mouth... medium body... deep spice notes with some banana. really nice tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 pours a dark golden colour very cloudy with a thin head which dissipates quickly orange peel aroma and very light smooth taste easy on the palate no alcohol notes. great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark golden pour with a ton of creamy white head. nice malty aroma mixed with some sweetness and nuttyness. smooth mouth feel with a slight sweetness on the finish. delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with a tall white fizzy head. Nose is malty with fruity notes, spice, and Belgian yeast. Medium bodied, somewhat oily mouth feel and decent carbonation. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel, citrus, peach, spice, yeast, and hops bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Pours a fizzy orange. Nose is spicy, cloves, sweet malts, candy sugar, sweet fruits. Flavor is a real nice crisp sweet malt, spicy yeast, cinnamon, cloves, mild banana, candy, bubblegum and ripe fruits. Maybe one of the best trippels i have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smart001 (45) - Scott AFB, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2009
[750ml bottle] Really a very good beer. A little bit more than average carbonation. Color is a pretty yellow, and the head is medium and lasting. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9712) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2009
Big thanks to fly!! Towering, dense, faintly-yellow head, leaving lace over orangeish golden beer, well-carbonated, hazed. Bit milky nose, smelling of sweet, sugary fruit (citrus mainly) and light cheesy twang. Sweetish, solvent-rich tripel, bit spicy, estery. Less fruity and sweet than the nose. Point of citrus all the same; banana warming up. Carbonation is very obvious, attenuation might well improve with aging. Rather well-bodied for a tripel, very slick to oily. Certainly not bad. I have no idea about the age/ripening of this beer, so I wonder if some raters tried this beer a tad to soon (young). Steven, please dont tell me that youre responsible for the drivel under the "commercial description", second alinea, no?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle: Hazy golden pour with a white film of head. Honeyish graham cracker aroma- has some rotted pear esters as well. Fluffy body with a flavor similar to the aroma. Old sweet pears and honey notes. Definitely a typically sweet and under attenuated American Tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (2416) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 ml bottle. One of the many flavors present here is banana. Many more unidentifiable flavors. Has a bitter, somewhat watery aftertaste. Though it tries hard to be as Belgian as possible, it doesnt quite reach those heights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (2132) - Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 bottle- FIRST DRINK- Nice belgian style beer, golden color, mellow flavor, you can hardly taste the alcohol at 9 percent. LAST DRINK- Very sweet, finishes well.

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