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RATINGS: 609   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 Ive tried before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nickls (2464) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2010
(Old BA rate - cask) Lightly hazy orange-yellow color; with barely a wisp of a head. Sour peachy aroma; yeasty; very ripened fruit aromas; touch sweet. Boozey apricot and peach flavors; a little too sweet for me, but finishes pretty dry. The flavors are a bit out-of-whack to my palate, or maybe its just the brew on cask. Medium; virtually no carbonation and dryish. I could barely make it through a full pint of this on cask; just didnt work out well and the boozey-sweet tendencies really made this too medicinal. Overall, I really need to try this in bottle form as the cask just didnt work out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2010
(750ml bottle). Pours dark yellow with orange hue and off-white head. Appears quite carbonated. Aroma of floral, orange. Taste is initially bitter (pith from citrus?) but becomes sweeter and more citrusy. Medium body with nice carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter, but overall pleasant. There is a certain green-ness to the beer in the finish-the basil I presume. The alcohol is not very well hidden and is most notable when the beer warms. Nevertheless, this beer is very easy to drink. I like it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Alright. This is probably the first and only time Ive actively sought out a tripel. Pours orange with a thick white head. Aroma of fruit and a leafy spiciness. Flavor is almost milk like, which I guess must be from the rice. Different spice note. Some pale malt as well. Not a lot of fruit as the spice and creamy riceness seem to dominate. Creamy mouthfeel which is probably the highlight of this brew. Finish is just kind of there. Its not bad, but its a bit dissapointing. Not really on style either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Tap at Paradiso. Pours a slight hazy yellow with a decent white head that leaves some okay lace. Taste is herbal, black pepper, cardboardy, chalky, dry, gets some orange peel and more spices eventually. Overall is a little all over the place. I have in my notes: "trashy". Not sure what I meant by that. Maybe this is trashy for a tripel or that the overall taste has a lot of old pizza herbs and vegetal notes making it take literally like trash. Or perhaps both?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ketchepillar (1195) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Sample at Bierkraft. Definitely had an interesting fresh herby, vegetal character to it, that wasnt particularly good or bad, just interesting. Could be dryer. A bit too sweet. Not very interesting and a little bit vegetal astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
The basil ridden bitter finish makes it interesting along with a rather wheaty coriander-like citrus profile and a nice carbonated dry texture which is crisp to the tongue. I purchased this for the NEPA case split and hope the others enjoyed this. I found it relatively easy to digest on a hot humid Pocono summer night. But something about the basil flavor makes me like it and hate it at the same time. I wonder what other adjuncts could replace the basil and make it over the top.

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