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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
I like sour, so I liked this, but this beer didn’t have typical sour flavors and sure as hell wasn’t a typical tripel. I found it to be tasty, but honestly a little difficult to drink. Appearance was not like a tripel at all - it was dark and cloudy without much head. Aroma had a ton of fruit like sour cherry and cranberry. Despite the absence of candy sugar in the recipe, flavor is of candy sugar, fruit, and SOURNESS! Mouthfeel is dry. This is a pretty challenging beer to drink - tasty, but not all that drinkable. Quite interesting - I’d be happy to try this again, as it is complex enough I am not sure I really got it all in this tasting. I had this on-tap at Shorty’s in mid-town Manhattan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2009
750 from Tony’s. Nose is decent, nice yeast and spices. Flavor, well, it’s kind of everywhere - first a big hit of orange peel and wit spices, then pleasant yeasty Tripel goodness, then a boozy sweet peaches and cream finish. I wasnt a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (5121) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2009
(Draught) Poured orange and cloudy with medium sized, long lasting and white head. Aroma of sweetness, honey and lightly hops. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Tasted of hops, pine, fruitiness, sweetness and bitterness. Hops and pine in aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2009
bottle poured a golden amber in color with a covering of white foam and steady heavy carbonation. aroma has heavy yeast, light spices, some herbs, and light hops. mouth feel is prickly from the carbonation frothing up an otherwise thin mouth feel. flavor hits off with hefty yeast, basil, pepper, and has some light rich fruit. there is a little bite to this and it does have lots of interesting flavors for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours a deep gold color, with a nice fluffy white head, nice lacing. Smells of sweet citrus fruits, candy sugar, and mild spices. The flavor is more on the fruity sweet side than the candy sugar sweet side, although it is there somewhat. Lots of sticky sweet fruits like plums or peaches in there. Nice full body for a tripel, and not overlyboring like most tripels. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
Had a goblet from the tap at Jimmy’s No. 43 in NYC. Poured a lovely amber-gold, just a bit hazy, with a lingering pure white head. Nose of spice and yeast. Flavor is deep, a touch sour on the front, then complex with some fruitiness to go with sweet caramel and maple syrup. Decent alcohol character, enough to warm the mouth and add complexity to the flavor. Nice bitterness in the end. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14490) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
Bottle @ HjHansen, Odense. Pours hazy orange with a creamy lasting white head and lacings. Very complex and inviting nose and taste of yeast, orange, hops and coriander. Full bodied. Warmth from alcohol. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7626) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. High and long lasting creamy white head. Hazy orange body. Powerful grapefruit pine alcohol hops aroma. Lemon coriander grapefruit flavor with a dry and dusty note that I cannot quite figure out. Not unpleasant though. Alcohol level seems just right. Low carbonation, long and complex bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
Cloudy orange with a lasting white head. Strong and complex phenolic and spicy aroma, with citrus and pineapple notes. Sweetish spicy flavour with herbal hop notes and a little bitterness, some yeast and warming alcohol. Really complex and delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2009
750 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy orange tinted lemon yellow color with a large billowing white head. Good head retention and fair lacing. Aroma of basil, lime, other spices, candi sugar. Taste is strong lime and basil along with candi sugar, caramel, other citrus notes and something a bit peppery. Medium-full bodied. Good beer.

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