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RATINGS: 536   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4422) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1939) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Best tripel Iíe ever had? Itís possible. Huge head sticks around forever and gives way to a huge nose full of light fruits, some cloves, and the basil definitely shows through. Big in absolutely every way and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Poured golden amber with a thin head. Belgian yeast nose. Crisp and refreshing with light belgian yeast flavors. Some sweetness and fruit flavors with nice carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
Salad dressing aroma, including oregeno, and thatís whatís delivered. Taste: Sundried tomatoes, olive oil and olives, and some rice, and some other spices. Above average mouthfeel. Its drinkable, but not to much, and would not seek it out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopher (592) - New York, USA - AUG 15, 2009
slightly cloudy orange, big but quickly receding soapy head. aroma is spicy and bitter with some metallic sweetness underneath. flavor is similar, still too much metallic vanilla but otherwise nicely balanced between mild spice and caramel sweetness. medium body, overcarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 11, 2009
75cl bottle. Hazy dark gold-orange color with a big lasting white head. The aroma has sweet candy sugariness, spiciness (Thai basil?), and fruity yeast character that is somewhat reminiscent of kumquats and cantaloupe. The flavor is interesting but honestly a bit on the messy side; too much spicing and too candy-sweet in the finish. The basil seems to add a cool quality but might go a bit to far in the balance. Medium bodied, but sticky and watery in texture at the same time. I thought the all-brett version was much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bwilley (24) - Fullerton, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 750ml bottle. Great golden color with a rich white head. Moderate lacing. Light citrus taste with a smooth finish. Good summer beer for hot weather and spicy foods.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3489) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle. Golden Pour with white head. Citrus y aroma with some spices. Flavor is light yet robust with lemon, coriander, rice, and other spices. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle thanks Vtafro for the share. Pours a a golden hazy body with a fluff large white head. Citrus and coriander, lighter ginger and lemon zest. A hint of pepper and some herbal spices. Nice brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Blind tasting at PapsÝís
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), itís herbal and minty again. Not a beer for me.

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