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RATINGS: 517   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 1, 2009
750 ml bottle from Hollingshead Deli. Nose is spicy (must be the basil), yeasty, with some caramel and a hint of funk.Hazy gold with a big, pale tan, glass laciing head. Flavor is lightly sweet caramel and yeast with a hint of background bitterness. Tastes much better than it smells.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma is sweet with sweet fruits. Flavor is a tad grainy with sweet fruits. Refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2009
On tap at The Ginger Man. Pours orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices immediately and sweet fruits. Flavor of bready malt, sweet melon, bitter spices. An interesting tripel--the rice worked well with this beer. Light, sweet, and very drinkable. Overall a nice beer. 7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
bottle, pours hazy orange with a tall light tan head. Yeasty citrus aroma with some alcohol presence. Soft orange with a doughy malt flavor that yields way to some yeast esters and a boozy lightly hopped finish. Very good tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Hazy peach pour with tight white froth. Aroma is citrus, spice and dough. Orange peel and hints of lemon are balanced nicely by a yeasty bread like quality. Flavor is yeasty with grapefruit, orange, clove and banana evident as well. Palate is light and refreshing, finishing semi-dry but clean. A nice summer quaff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours deep golden with a small bubbly white head. Strong, semi-sweet aroma with nice spicy notes. Flavor is also semi-sweet and slightly spicy, like a spicy rice wine/tripel blend. Vey well balanced and enjoyable tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Well, it certainly looks like a duck. Interesting nose, light tropical fruit on the nose and a very herbal vein of basil. While the herb isnít aggressive it does end up dominating the aroma. Very light for a tripel, the rice leaves no body behind and adds to a very lithe structure. Balanced, and very thin on the finish rather than crisp. Overall, one of the most dangerous sumer beers Iíve had. The abv. is not apparant on the palate. I would certainly say this is a fine choice the next time you decide to eat too the enitre box of Pad Thai. Reminds me of an Aussie Verdejo. 88

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2009
750 mL bottle. Pours an orangeish gold with very large, fluffy offwhite head. The aroma is subtle and fruity with a lot of lemon balm, papaya, some cellar must, spicy yeast, a hint of coriander, and some herbs. The flavor is very herbal with soem lemon and bread in the background. Thereís a definite ginger note, though Iím not sure where thatís coming from. A musty yeast quality reminds me itís a tripel, in spite of the odd spicing. The finish is sweeter than I would like, and has a little bit of fruity maltiness along with some of the more Asian tones. Definitely an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2578) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, lasting, white head, of long duration, over a slightly cloudy golden (SRM 7) body....nose of pineapple, banana, Belgian funk, bit of bread....taste is initially slightly sweet malts, then light licorice, light clove, pineapple, finishing with a light bitterness of long duration, leaving the tongue with a slight numbness....mouth feel is light, carbonation medium to high. The mouth feel is a bit light compared to many others, and I donít get the full spectrum of flavors of many Triples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2009
sample @ grape & gourmet. pours a bright, yellow gold with a thin, bubbly white head and light lacing. aroma was very nice with black pepper, yeast, banana, a touch of citrus fruit, and fresh herbal notes. flavor was very good, very crisp, and very unique with notes of ginger, fresh basil, thai spice, lemon zest, and light biscuity malts. palate was crisp, dry, and nicely carbonated. overall, an excellent warm weather beer that would be perfect with a good panang curry.

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