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RATINGS: 580   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Brueryís 1st anniversary party 5/16/09: Pours a hazy deep bronze orange with a well-lacing thin covering of wispy white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel and biscuity Belgian malts with some earthy grassy hops. Starts with rich doughy malty sweetness and toasty light caramel with a drier earthy bitterness and some floral spice before a bitter finish. Interesting and fairly complex, but could be sweeter for a tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Hazy gold pour, white head. Bready malt, raisin, belgian yeast, candy sugar, and herbal hops. Interesting beer, good for a style I usually donít like that much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15635) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: A hazy golden color with a quickly settling white head. S: Very...different. The basil is definitely making its presence known and I donít really think thatís such a great thing. Very herbal overall. T: Not surprisingly, the flavor is quite similar to the scent. So this is quite an herbal tasting beer as well. I donít find it that pleasing. M: Lighter in body (possibly due to the rice they used to brew this) with good carbonation. D: Personally, I did not find this beer all that enjoyable. However, if you are into the flavors that are present in this beer, Iím sure that you would find it very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22523) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy yeasty aroma. Sweetish malty spicy flavor with some yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle. Deeper golden pour. Herbal spiciness, candi sugar, coriander fill the aroma. Spicy mouthfeel. Corinader, fruitiness, medium mouthfeel. Very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
750, capped. Pours a cloudy dark bronze with a light, fluffy, eggy platinum blonde head. Pleasant nose of yeasty spice and caramel, doesnít smell much like a trippel, but thatís alright. Still smells perfectly pleasant. Creamy medium body with tight, tingly, refreshing carb. Caramel, sweet cream, yeasty spice, and a little bit of light wood on the mid-palate. Creamy, caramelly finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
25 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish brown with a large ivory head. Aroma has robust spiciness and acidic orange fruits, Belgian yeastiness and cream too. Flavor is quite tart, contracting the lower back corners of my palate. After that some substantial farmhouse funk, perfumy floral flavor, still acidically fruity. Thinner feel, high fizz. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Draft at Toronado. Dark amber hue with minimal head and lacing. Nose is rich malts with dark fruits. Flavor is initially raisins and figs which transition to apples and pears and sweet bready malts, some winter spices mixed in, finishes sweet. Medium-full body, thick texture, moderate carbonation. A pretty standard tripel with strong malt presence balanced out by dark and light fruity esters.

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