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RATINGS: 527   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Blind tasting at Papsø’s
Cloudy golden color; medium head. Strange aroma, herbal (heather), fruity (peach), minty; surely not impressive. Medium body strength, but it reminds me too much some vegetabes soups (minestrone), it’s herbal and minty again. Not a beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2009
bottle shared by superdave70. Good corriander aroma along with spice notes. Hazy gold body with white head. Sweet flavor with a mix of wheat grains and spicey bite to it. Little to spicey for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2009
750ml – The Wine Source. Hazy dark amber, thin fizzy white head. Herbal spiced nose warms to soft layers of honeyed rice and yeasty fruit. Dry candy sugar tones fades quickly into a spicy honey-rice and yeasty herb-like tone throughout. A touch of fruity ABV warmth shines well. Medium to full bodied, fizzy carbonation, spicy herbal finish. Decent, different, but after the Orchard White I was expecting even more…got less…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of candy sugar, coriander, mint. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not a tripel, really, except in the overly sweet, overly spiced American sense of the term. Smells like a candy syrup concoction, and that pretty much sums up the mouth experience as well. As a sweet, spiced Belgian strong ale, it’s not tooooo awful, but if you’re in the mood for an authentic, dry, yeasty tripel, you’ll be very disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Shared by alexsdad06 at Natifest ’09.
My first beer from The Bruery and I’m glad to find something new and different. I don’t really care for Tripels that much, but this one is pretty good. Not for everyone though, with a strong aroma and flavor of Thai Basil. But I find it drier than most Tripels, which I enjoy. You can also pick up on a touch of sweet fruits and a bit of yeast. I like the dry crisp finish. Different and easily drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to alexsdad06 at NATIFEST ’09. Pours a hazy goldish orange with a thick, fluffy, white head. Aroma is heavy with yeast and sweetier, light malts. Notes of lemmon, peppery, basil, and some other spices. On the palate, it is light and refreshing. The flavor brings out the lemmon a little bit more, finishing rather crisp. A nice summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Pours hazy orangy gold with 3-finger fluffy white head. Nose is rock sigary malt, white peppery spices, dry florals, yeasty. Tastes white peppery, floral and spicy, dry, with yeast, coriander, and a huge finishing sediment upon repouring. Very complex and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Bottle at Mekong on 07/19/2009. Somewhat hazy orange body with a large rocky white head. Sweet floral and spicy aroma with some light fruit and pale malt. Sweet fruity flavor with lots of floral and earthy notes. Somewhat dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009

8/01/2009: The Bruery Trade Winds... Aroma: Yeasty (very) and a bit spicy, pear-like malt. Appearance: Cloudy, deep gold; huge, foamy, rocky white head. Flavor: Moderately sweet caramel malt, herb and basil, yeasty middle, sweet lemon peel and light orange, sweet bubblegum in the dry finish. Palate: Medium-light to medium, airy, dry. Overall: Sweeter and heavier than usual for a Tripel.

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (Alc. 8.1% by Vol.) shared by alexsdad06 at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks! Rating #111 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of red and orange fruits, particularly melon, fresh, light coconut. Flavor light and crackery with the fruits. Felt pretty light-bodied to me, so I guess that rice worked well. Decent, but didn’t have all that much going on for me.

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