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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
The bottle says consume fresh. I did not. For that, I do not taste the Thai basil. But I do taste an excellent version of a tripel. Very yeasty. Nice aroma. Banana. Well done. Rice? I don’t get it either. No matter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
(Bottle) Pours hazy golden. The aroma is of bubblegum, juicy tropical fruits, light citrus, light clove and band-aid phenols. Nice, cracker like undertones alongside hints of dry candi sugar. Bit herbal, almost minty. The Flavour is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light acidic. Fruity, herbal, minty, and light burned phenols. The mouthfeel is juicy and medium carbonated. Drier on the finish Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Pours hazy gold with a bubbly off-white head and a sweet malt aroma. However, the flavor is not very sweet but, rather, sort of herbal and a bit thin. Not what I would expect from a Tripel. It is refreshing and tastes pretty good, so I still enjoyed this one, even though it is not typical.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
750 from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. Pours hazy gold with a 5 finger foamy white head. Aroma is spicy fruit. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Goes a bit thin as the carb leaves. Mildly spicy and a touch yeasty. Think I get the basil. It’s a bit unusual, but interesting. I’d believe it was Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Apricot color pour with a small head. Loaded with grain, fruit, yeast and a bit of spice and funk. Pretty tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle. Hazed orange-amber with a tall, fizzy, white head. Aroma is sweet like coconut milk and candied fruit with spice, Belgian yeast and light grains. Taste is sweet malt, candied fruit, soft spiciness, Belgian yeast, light herbs and grains. Body is light-medium and very bubbly. Ends with more grains, soft herbs, spice notes, sweet malt, dusty yeast, and candyish flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a huge fizzy off white head. The aroma is moderately sweet malts, mild fruitiness that is peach-like, grainy bready malts, with the splash of basil. The flavor is mild sweet malts, lightly fruity, noticeable spices highlighted by the thai basil, herbal, dry but smooth sake like feel, with active carbonation. Medium bodied. This, like many other Bruery beers, always makes interesting use of ingredients which gives them points in my book. This was more enjoyable than most tripels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NŘ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
Pours a hazy amber with a large white head. Aroma is heacy spice, coriander, orange, light malt, fruity notes. Flavour is dry, spicy, coriander, malt, orange and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2010
(Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy orange with a small, firm and lacy head. Aroma of sweetish malt and fruitiness. Flavor is quite acidic with orange-peel, dry maltiness. Medium body, medium, fizzy carbonation. A decent tripel with a nice - although acidic - Belgian feel. A bit too acidic for my taste, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Pours out a hazy orangey-brown with a white lasting head and moderate lacing from the 750ml. bottle into a wine glass: Aroma notes of coriander spice, lightly toasted whole wheat, herbs, and fresh caramel. Taste is similar. Moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter. Moderate carbonation and sticky finish. Drinkability: Sweet but not overpowering. And interesting. Pairing: Roast pork, Pad Thai. Thai papaya salad. Rebuy: Yes. #312 on 28022010, DG.

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