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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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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barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours a murky orange with a big white creamy head. Smells of sour Belgian citrus. Has a very tart taste with a orangey/lemony blend. It’s an almost summer shandy taste but with alot more complex texture of Belgian backbone. Very dry mouthfeel and quite a long linger of dry bitterness. Not really my cup if tea.

lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2010
750mL bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a thick off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing behind. A tart aroma that features some oranges, lemon peels, and an herbaceous basil quality. Goes down thin to medium-bodied and crisp. A high level of carbonation. The taste starts with some sweet candied sugar. Some herbaceousness follows. Finishes with plenty of tangy/sour citrus fruits and rinds. Quite bitter at the end. A little funky throughout. Average at best.

Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2010
tap at pizzaria paradisio in DC dupont circle-slightly hazy orange with a small fluffy white head. Fruity, floral and lemony nose-light spice as well. bigtime spice on the flavors-fruit (peach, pear, green apple). short finish-somewhat grainy with lingering notes of black pepper and pear. body is perfect and the carbonation is not too high like most of the style. basil? WTF? gives a peppery flavor in the profile. cool beer!

CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Sherlock’s in Decatur. Haze orange color with a wispy head. Ok, I must warn you I’m fairly intoxicated. I’ll type this rating slowly, as to ensure a lack of misspellings. Lovely aroma of basil, honey, sugar, yeast, and light pepper. This beer has quite the sweet aroma to it. The beer is very pungent and quite enjoyable, to smell. This beer’s basil flavor is quite noticeable. It adds a lovely contrast to the honey, sugar, and sweet yeast flavors. I love the fact that I’m getting a subtle herb and spice flavor. This one of the best tripels that I’ve ever tried. It has an awesome balance between spice and sweet. I was beginning to think that The Bruery was overrated, but this is excellent.

JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Sample at the tripel tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/15/10. Clear orange pour with a thick off-white head. Basil in the nose with sweet malt, Belgian yeast and pepper. Basil hits the tongue first, followed by sweet malt and some hop.

bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2010
750 ml bottle. Served in a DFH goblet, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like herbs (I assume that’s the Thai Basil), peppery spice, bready malt, tropical fruit and some citrus. It tastes like herbs/basil, sweet malt, peppery spice and lemon peel. The herbal and spice flavors are stronger in the taste, compared to the aroma which I thought was fruitier. There’s also a weird bitter herbal-like finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit dry and also has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability isn’t bad, but there was too much carbonation in this beer for me. I thought this was a decent enough brew, I’d try it again in the future.

madvike (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours hazy amber with a small white head. Smooth, light sweetness on the the nose with bit of spice and a touch of something I can’t place that reminds me of menthol. Is this the thai basil? Taste is light heat and yeast, with a subtle fruitiness and that same menthol note. Kind of a watery body. An interesting take on a tripel, but still not my cup of tea.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2010

Hazy golden pour, white head. Spicy nose (that I associate with Asian fusion), wouldn’t have called the Thai basil if I had been tasting blind, but I can agree that it’s there. Bready flavor, a bit too much so, dry not in a hopped-up way but rather in a faded-out sort of way, the basil there of course, making it interesting but also incongruous. A decent enough beer, but I don’t think the experiment is a brewing breakthrough. I’d prefer a quality straight-up tripel.

jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Clear gold with big, foamy, egg white, head / Clean, elegant nose of banana and spice / Medium body, creamy and chewy, with substantial malts balanced by good hopping, and with long finish / Flavors of straw, rice, banana, apple, coriander, black pepper, and a hint of basil / Very nice.

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.

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