Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 755 | Reviews: 309 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by USCTrojanBrian:
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml capped bottle (thanks miscusi !!!)
Intial sampler pour was a bit frothy. They recommended a tulip but I went with a Brewer's Art chalice, poured expertly, nothing too frothy. Very cloudy though, golden in color but this is not your father's see-through Tripel.
Classic Belgian yeast must aroma. Intoxicating and inviting. Slightly floral. I think I pick up that Thai basil right away in the nose. Yes, yes I think I do.
It's all over the taste of the beer, too. Not everyone picks it up but it's blatant in this pour (and the rest of the bottle). This is an unusual taste addition to a beer, and I gotta say it's working. It's not something you'll be drinking everyday and after 750ml of it it'll be tiresome, but at a yes/no level, it most definitely works.
Some spice, I think most of the heat is actually from the alcohol and a strong carbonation. The top of the liquid is constantly bubbling with pockets of carbonation.
I later poured into a tulip, it looks even darker and murkier at that point, the wonderful aroma weakens a bit but the flavors deepen.
Interesting assemblage from The Bruery. Doing something like adding Thai Basil and rice to a classic style like this is living on the edge, and most times when I taste experimental stuff like that it's barely palatable. I think the Bruery has pulled this off though, that's craftsmanship on full display. It's not my favorite beer in the world but it is interesting and new and something that will invite repeat tastings rather than a "Ok, been there done that, next!" type response.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2008 18:30:22 | More by USCTrojanBrian
More User Reviews:
4.34/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle (bottled on date: 03-13-13) into a 16oz Libbey Munique elongated tulip glass.
A- Uncapping the bottle is greeted with a hearty exhaust. A very conservative pour reveals an absolutely beautiful sunset orange fluid accompanied by a towering 3+ finger white, frothy head. Although the head eventually subsides, a 1/2 finger head floats on the beer over the beer's consumption from the (non-nucleated) glass.
S- Like most (if not all of their beers), Trade Winds boasts a multi-layered, complex aroma. A melange of fuits (Kumquat, Peach, Apricot, Orange, Green Apple), Peppery spice (no doubt, courtesy of the Basil and esters from the yeast) and an underlying honey sweetness that takes on a vanilla-like quality as the beer warms.
T- Sweet juicy fruits reminiscent of the nose hit first and are quickly accompanied by a sweet, honey-like flavors courtesy of the malts. Middle of the palate is met with a clean, subtle bitterness. The beer then finishes dry with a peppery spiciness.
M- Light-To-Medium body along with copious amounts of carbonation help to scrub the palate of any residual malt sweetness. As the carbonation resides and the beer warms, however, the body grows and becomes more slick and lingering on the palate.
O- There is no surprise, Trade Winds is another winning offering from The Bruery. Being 'Familie Rue' is one of my standout breweries for 2013 (along with Anchorage and Uinta), I didn't find a bottle of Trade Winds until December. Although a little late to the game with this one, I am aware that it was not particularly fresh yet I purchased it anyway...and glad I did. It reinforces my anticipation for purchasing a fresh bottle (or two, or three) when it is released again in 2014.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 19:20:22 | More by threeviews
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.