Monday, April 22, 2013

Boulevard Brewing Company Long Strange Tripel

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Boulevard Brewing Company Long Strange Tripel. I picked up this bottle at Cork 'n Bottle Liquors (here) in Fremont, CA. They have a great selection of craft beer as well as a number of beers on tap.  Add Cork ‘n Bottle to your list of craft beer destinations.

From the Boulevard Brewing Company website: “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 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 into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere. A golden-amber colored, full bodied beer with an intense fruity aroma of bananas, a prominent sweet malt flavor containing a hint of toffee, and a low to medium citrusy hop flavor and bitterness.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a huge white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and biscuit malts, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, candi sugar, fruity and inviting.
Taste: Sweet bready/biscuit malts, candi sugar, banana, cloves, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, orange peel and fruity esters.
Overall: Sweet and smooth, Boulevard Brewing Company Long Strange Tripel is really, really good.  At 9% ABV I wanted more after I finished the bottle.  This is one I’d most definitely purchase again.


Mark Harvey
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