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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening. (ABV: 8%, IBU: 25, SRM: 5, Release: Summer, Format: 750 mL bottles)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6432) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2014
Orange coloured and almost clear. Has a white head, lasting. Sweet aroma, yeasty, light bubblegum, wax, light astringent. Flavor starts sweet, some ripe fruity notes too. Light acid, yeasty too. Light bitter finish. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (903) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Bomber that was purchased Aug 2012. Cloudy, orange gold with a huge, white, airy cap that reduces to uneven froth. Aroma of "sweet n sour" sauce, vinegar, yeast, tart white grapes, caramel, apricot. Taste is mildly, yet perfectly, sweet and tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy golden with a medium, sized white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, a citrus touch and some spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry. Medium bodied, oily text. and soft carb. A quite special and very nice triple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (907) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Slightly hazy golden pour with a big white head. Aroma has notes of sweet malt and just a pinch of basil. Flavor is similar, the rice adds a different character to this beer all around, itís a lighter experience and a different sweetness flavor to it than your typical tripel. Very easy to drink. Overall, a nice pleasant, and refreshing brew. A good change of pace from your classic tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
The Sampler, Brooklyn 750ml ($15): Pours slightly hazy golden with a large white head. Aroma is nice yeast, loads of fruitiness, some spice, but I certainly didnít get the particular aroma of Thai Basil on my nose. Taste is really not all that different from a normal tripel. It is, perhaps, less sweet, but it doesnít feel more Southeast Asian to me. This is not to say that I didnít enjoy every sip of the beer, it is just to say that I enjoyed it more conventionally. Complex and well-balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1379) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is perfectly clear with a massive amount of carbonation present in the amber body, champagne level. The head erupts on the pour forming a tall, dense, and persistent white foamy head. Great looking beer.
Aroma: The aroma is clean and mild. I get some herbs with mild lemon, honeysuckle and a very delicate candy like sweetness. This smells nice, but it needs more umph.
Taste: The flavor is interesting, mildly herbal with a prominent sweetness throughout with hints of spices throughout and a dash of floral perfume. This drinks very nicely, the balance is great. The finish is semi-sweet with a light lingering of the sweetness and mild spice.
Palate: Full-bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall: I have passed this up many times but itís a very enjoyable beer. I like the balance through the beer and I like the subtle nuances. This is likely pretty old, itís not a quick moving beer, so Iím guessing that itís held onto its age nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
2010 version. A: Amber/Mild Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Basil, Rice, Mild Yeast T: Rice, Basil, Mildly Yeasty M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Malty Overall, actually this beer has gotten better with some age, the rice and basil are more forward

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (2966) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2013
On bittle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Golden color, lots of foam. Aromas of citrus, good fruitiness, some honey, grass. Secondary aromas of caramel Medium/full body & complexity. Some immediate sweetness, well balanced by good bitterness. Very enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw colored body. The aroma is unique and good. The rice and basil come through, as well as candy and ripe apricots. The taste is a nice fruit mixture of apple, pear, plum and lemon. The texture has a good fizz to it. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle, from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a dark-hued golden body with a huge creamy white head, of considerable durability. Nose is marzipan, floral tones, white sugar, generic chewing gum and hints of sweet herbs. Taste is white sugar-like tones, pale malts, floral herb notes and hints of banana and alcohol. Medium to full body, high carbonation. Nice and rather refreshing tripel, but I wish for the Thai Basil to be visible at all (or maybe it is, but I sure canít detect it).

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