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RATINGS: 574   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 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 (7400) - 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, doesn’t smell much like a trippel, but that’s 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7895) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a big white head. Fruity peachy aroma with some lighter herbal and spicy notes. Lightly sweet flavor with notes of peach and spices. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12921) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2010
75cl bottle. Large white head atop cloudy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some yeast, light straw, lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, straw, some honey, light lime. Medium body, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8090) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2010
750 ml bottle shared generously by footbalm. Pours a deep golden hue with a massive foamy white head. A nice aroma of citrus, tropical fruits, yeast, and spices. A spicy concoction, basil is noticeable, lemon pepper, dry yeast, juicy and complex. A interesting take on a Tripel. I liked it, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Date: 7/19/2009 Source:Mekong Grainy with earthy notes and oranges in aroma. Cloudy dark golden with small fluffy head. Grainy flavor with light floral and fruit character (tai basil) and a hint of coconut. High carbonation with dry spicy finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2720) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Weird beer. Starts with an herbal note in the nose and flavor that had menthol and licorice notes, and then re-reading the bottle, realizing it was the basil. Not quite sure I liked this addition. Somewhat sweet. Dark gold color, modest head and good lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Yeast, fruits, spice, orange peel in the aroma. Flavour of spice, orange, fruits, marcipan, sweetness and yeast. Medium to full bodied. Dry sweet fruityness in the end with a touch of citrus.

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