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RATINGS: 538   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
750ml bottle. Poured a medium to deeper and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of spices (ginger and basil) and ’sweaty’. Tastes of the same spiciness, citrus, and a little fruity. Some alchol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Clear, dark golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, honey, ginger, basil, and tropical fruits. Taste of honey, bread, mango, peach, lemongrass, basil, ginger, toffee malts, and some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a large foamy/bubbly white head that laced. Aroma of a handful of fresh basil and for some reason getting a good bit of ginger. Tripel spiciness, mixed citrus, bready malt and candi sugar notes. Flavor of the same spices, but toned down from the aroma. The basil and ginger notes are there, some light corn, bready malt, tropical fruits, citrus and Tripel spicy esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Hazy orange with several inches of white head. Aroma is spiced pear and apple. Taste is standard tripel, with light sweetness, and mild alcohol astringency, but there are notes of lemongrass, and the basil comes out as it warms. Very highly carbonated, with alcohol warming as it descends. $12/750

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2378) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Very large head of varying sized bubbles. Strong carbonation. Head reduces slowly. Light citrusy aroma with some sweet malts, orange and a bit of spice. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange. Noticable alcohol presence from the first sip that warms the gums and pipes. Lots more citrus flavors (lemon and orange), light malts and spices and a bit of funkyness. Very mild though and makes the brew a bit on the succulent side. Alcohol is a bit overpowering and detracts from the flavor a little. Dry and pasty palate with some lingering spices and orange. Almost resembles a saison as opposed to a triple. Needs a bit more malt and body to offset the big alcohol kick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6611) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
On tap at Barcade. Hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Candy, plums, lemon. Thin to medium, lemony, spicy, little boozy…tastes a little like pizza. Finishes with a light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
yellow body with a a huge fizzy white head.the aroma is orange peel,yeast,hay,caramel malts,and slightly skunky.flavor is much of the same with the skunk flavor hitting pretty hard.im not sure if this is due to the overcarbonation,or its just already past its prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Very tart, fruity, funky. Has a sour note that hangs around. Great color, yeasty aroma. aroma has a hint of basil herbs, spices. Body is pretty sticky for a tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9960) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2009
750 ml bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting white head. Aromas of fruittiness, straw and light basil. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw basil, pear and light pineapple with a crisp lingering basil finish. Kinda wierd, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 at NATIFEST ’09. Poured hazy yellow color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex spicy citrus and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.

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