RATINGS: 668   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 its 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. Its not ultra complex, but at the same time, its 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 isnt 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 its Friday, so by God Im drinking this whole bottle by myself! Boulevard did a great job with this one, and Id gladly pick up again in the mood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Clareeses (43) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2016 Yeasty with a faint malty aroma, Pours clear, light amber. Full mouthfeel, coriander and clove notes. Finishes a touch sweet. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dorkenstein (446) - - SEP 22, 2016
Aromas of clove, peach, apricot, and yeast. Taste is clove, sweet orange and apricots, vanilla, and yeasty bread. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Bottle was bb 7/2015. Glad it aged well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1568) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2016
Aroma is citrus, tart, sulphur, plum, raisins and candy sugar. Taste is rich sweet malts, dark sugar, dark fruits, caramel and fig. Very light tartiness on tip , just enough to add character. Appearance is a slightly hazy gold with a frothy pearl head that retains quite well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
p0rkch0p (94) - Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Sampled during brewery tour. Sweet and fruity. Heard it didnt make the cut for 2017.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderpup12 (19) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2016
750ml bottle poured into tulip glass. Color is amber with decent amount of white head. Highly carbonated. Taste has a pleasant dry finish. Very good trip

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow color. Active carbonation throughout the session. Aromas of hops, fruit, and a little yeast. Has a light fruity citrus taste, with some yeasty notes, and a good hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2016
750 Bottle with a healthy pop from the cork. Pale straw color with nice white head. Estery fruity pears and apple nose. Banana and clove with sweet apple flavors. Good balance and creamy. The finish begins with a dryness that is followed with a mild sweet burn. Good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - 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 (308) - 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 its 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 (1397) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Busted down on bourbon street set up like a bowling pin what a long strange trip its been.

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