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RATINGS: 615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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)

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hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Sweet malt springs up first with complex fruity esters and some banana from the yeast, grassy hop aroma and some spicy herbal notes. Pours medium golden with slight haze and a three finger frothy off white head that persists and leaves beautiful tightly formed lacing. Medium light carbonation in appearance. Medium sweet and medium + bitterness. Medium high carbonation to the palate with the silky sweet malt flavors coming on first but immediately followed by a wonderful bitterness that lasts throughout, brings on a bit of astringency and has a long complex marriage with the malty sweetness in the lengthy dry finish. Great tasting and complex American take on a Belgian-style Tripel that really hits the spot and quenches the thirst on a summer night.

SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 10, 2010
750ml bottle. really excited to see a new one on the shelf. i always have a good experience with these folks. a lightly hazy gold under a large, fluffy foam white head. aroma of sweetened cereal, marshmallow, vanilla, a hint of tropical pineapple. palate is smooth and juicy rather than sharply carbonated. a bit of pineapple and red apple juice in flavor with some fresh green hops that are noticeable throughout. iím struggling to find any basil though unless iím confusing it with the herbal green hoppiness. overall, itís a very fine tripel. thereís no residual sweetness and no annoying foamy sharp carbonation. a light body and a moderately dry finish.

MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Peppery hops, Thai basil, and diplomatic citrus fruit float atop this Tripelís expansive effervescence, creating an idiosyncratic example of the style with an authentic mouthfeel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam bobs atop the murky beige.
-Either this yeast doesnít flocculate much, or there is way too much of it in the bottle.
-This is sometimes too sweet to be perfectly enjoyable as a Tripel.
-There is still some refinement possible, especially at the cohesion level between bottle conditioning/mouthfeel and the flavor profile.


patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
On tap at Teresaís. Pours an electric honey yellow haze, with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is Belgian candied sugar, straw, wheat, doughy bread, and huge amounts of the Thai Basil. Nose is almost spicy. Medium to fuller bodied with a rather mellow, if still a tad spicy, palate. Despite the spice, this is a very drinkable, thirst-quenching tripel. Really good

OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2010
Big bottle, picked up at Kihoskh, KÝbenhavn. Tall foamy dirty white head. Body is lively, brilliant gold colored. Crisp wheaty, citrus fresh aroma. Nice beligan ale yeast profile. Taste is spiced, medium sweet malty, with some coriander seeds and ginger maybe, and a nice touch of licorice. Medium full, slick. Spicy, faint fruity fade. Generously spiced, or else true to the type.

MrDriscoll (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010 does not count
Aromoa - Slight bready notes with a grassy and citrus undertones Apperance - Cloudy golden color with slight red hue Taste - light sweetness followed by a slight bitter note Mouthfeel - Light body with crisp carbonation and creamy body Finish - Crisp and refreshing with slight bitter note finish Overall - Enjoyed the beer a lot...Stands out on itís own with out being to overpowering and just enough boldness to work alone or with food.

User29624 (1683) - - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Nose of herbs, citrus, yeast, very interesting. The basil is very light. Interesting beer and very enjoyable.

tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Bottle. Pours golden with a big white head. Flavor is light sweetness with lots of basil and other spice. Very unique tripel, definitely unlike any Iíve tried before.

satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
nose is heavily herbal, unidentifiable. some yeast/citrus combo as seen before in their own and others IPA/tripels. question mark floral/herbal note keeps it unique amongst the pack. appearance is wonderful hazy sunshine with head for days with equal legs. flavor is bright citrus late but not simple hop esters, this is again a reference i believe to the herbal note (basil). yeast is ever present, to the very end inducting a wee bit of grittiness late.

GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Hazy amber, thick creamy white head, foamy lacing. Notes of wheat, citrus, and spice. Well balanced taste with a slightly sweet note. Medium-bodied.

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