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RATINGS: 545   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1843) - 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 (2409) - 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 (7248) - 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 (1795) - 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 (10446) - 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 (11359) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2009
lightly hazed golden with a long lasting white head. aroma is herbal and sweet. the flavor is similar. summer stone fruit laced with basil. the key here was me adding a fresh thai basil leaf from garden to the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 1. From the Bottle at Dr Bill’s Tasting Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 10/10/2008 Floral aroma. White head. Golden coloured and hazy in appearance. Strong in alcohol and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter finish. 2. From the Bottle at Breakfast with The Bruery, Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe, Denver 18/09/2010 Malty aroma. Amber coloured a little hazy in appearance strong in alcohol and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4640) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Fluffy white head with medium retention leaves no lacing as it recedes to coat surface. Alcohol, bread and caramel aromas. Thick and spritzy with almonds and caramel upfront. Lasting sweet rice finish. Packs a punch.

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