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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 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 (2653) - 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 (10801) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Clear medium gold, nice lasting head. Aroma is sweet, honey accented malts with a spicy note. Flavor is that of a nice tripel - solid pale malt backbone with an enjoyable spice finish. Maybe a hint of bubblegum. Wouldn’t have picked out the rice and thai basil, but I think that is a good thing - the unusual ingredients are all in harmony with the beer. Well done tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Bottle:   Straw in color, hazy, huge rocky white head, nice lacing.   Peppery nose, subtle spices, bready.   Seems american yet more spiced.   Not like belgians, more like and american version but rather spicy.   Bubley, fairly full bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel.   Sweet, decent malt base.   Not as heavy as others.   More spicy and floral like Belgians.   Well, more spicy than floral.   This is a treat!   Lingering pepper.   Slightly bright with some alcohol warmth.   Very unique and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Cask. Rattle N Hum, NYC. Hazy deep gold body. Fizzy, off-white head, quickly diminishing. The aroma displays notes of coriander, toasted grain, caramel, herbs, flowers. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Good balance. Medium to full body, watery texture turning sticky in the finish. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming. First impression is that this is one of those way-to-sweet, unrefined American tripels, but there is enough balance to keep the sweetness from being overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2238) - USA - DEC 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2011 From a cask at Rattle’n’Hum, and also from a bottle. This makes an enormous crest of foam in my goblet. Aroma is sour-sweet and yeasty - a little off-putting. The flavor is striking. Sharp and spicy at first, then it shifts to a warm triple tingle. Basil, honey, lemon grass, orange, lemon-lime, Fairly herbal - I guess that is from the Thai basil - and delicious overall. Hats off to The Bruery for that creative move! Very interesting Thai-influenced brew, and surprisingly good from a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2445) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle. Moderate straw for the malt, heavy grass and lemon for the hops, moderate barnyard and musty basement for the yeast, with a hint of black pepper and apple. Head is huge, frothy white with excellent thick lacing and is fully lasting. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and astringent finish. One of the better American Tripels I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2009
sparkling clear golden with a big fluffy white head. aroma actually has quite an uncooked rice smell and some apples. Flavor is a bit sweet, not really noting any basil. Fruit and a bit of yeast. Some alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle from Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. Pours a hazy bright sunflower under a medium-short white head. Mildly citrusy aroma of lemon peel with some yeasty notes. Crisp flavor of light malt, fresh bread and restrained spice. Lacks the sweetness expected of a Belgian style beer but in a very good way. If I Thai basil wasn’t on the label I would never have picked it up. Light texture with just the right amount of carbonation and a dry finish. A really nice beer.

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