My First Written Review

LongStrangeTripel

One thing I’ve been adamant about is that this blog won’t become another beer review blog. However the good Dr Wort (incidentally he has a review of this beer as well) has been waiting to critique an actual review from me. I figured it was about time, and with the closing of KCHopheads blog I figured a Boulevard review was in order. I chose Long Strange Tripel

Appearance

An  Orangish shade of yellow, held a 1/4″ head after initial pour. Very carbonated.

Aroma

Very fruity with a hint of citrus, subtle herbal aroma, and some strong yeast odors at play

Taste

A slightly bitter hit upfront followed by yeast. Some citrus and herbal flavors, especially near the back. Noticeable flavor similar to bitter orange peel. Neutral malt flavor. The malt definitely isn’t the star of this show. Alcohol isn’t very noticeablefor a 9% Belgian beer. My ability to detect the mouthfeel is a little off tonight I guess. Something I ate at work has coated the back of my throat making evertything feel strange going down.

Overall

Overall it’s not a bad Belgian. Belgian tripels aren’t generally my favorite, but I might consider buying it again. The yeast and herbal flavors are what really jump out at me and make this beer what it is. If you know what you like in a Belgian tripel then this probably won’t replace your favorite, but it’s much better then many American Balgians I’ve tried, meaning not overly sweet, heavy and bland. Neaded a little more funk and yeast to it with perhaps more upfront malt profile. Give it a try, just don’t expect to reach nirvana when you drink it.

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2 Responses to “My First Written Review”

  1. kchophead says:

    I’ll be the first to say that this is not my favorite Tripel. It is more to style than most american/belgian tripels, but there is no wow factor. It was pretty cool during a beer fest to have “Trip” himself pouring bottle after bottle of it. The dude has a massive beard.

  2. Dr Wort says:

    I agree with your review. It’s good, but not great. I was just happy it wasn’t cloyingly sweet. The last times I judged Home brewed Triples in competition, I found many were very dry ad lack malt/yeast character. I’ve found it odd that many Brewery (pub or micro) Triples are underfermented and way too malty with usually no belgian yeast notes. Awaiting Upright Brewery to brew up a classic triple or dubbel.

    Holiday season is almost over and have yet to find an American Holiday Beer that stands out as an annual overall winner….. have you?

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