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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

770 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid apricot hued, roiling with carbonation which feeds the huge, seemingly-neverending, off-white head. Lacing is superb.
It brings chardonnay and champagne on the nose, with a health sprinkling of pepper. A large hunk of Rock candy is also in play. Bits of dried apricot and peach arrive as it warms. Basil isn't specifically noticed, but possibly in the mix if one is sniffing for it.
The rice is noticed immediately with it's lightly sweet crispiness. It light and thin, and seemingly not capable of balancing what comes next. Fruitiness comes with melon and pear notes. Yeast adds pepper and dry, old leather funkiness (I'd have guessed some Brett was in here). Just a flicker of sweet, anise-tinged basil. Hops are floral and astringent. Or is that the alcohol? A big flare of heat explodes on the swallow, melting all the pleasant moments that preceded it.
Medium-full bodied, given perkiness by the eddies of CO2.
This carries all the peripherals of a top-notch domestic Tripel. Taste-wise (specifically, boozy heat-wise) it fails to deliver as it burns past all its nuance and charm.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 06:40:51 | More by cokes
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I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now. Cheers!

A: Burnt orange, translucent body with a tall, stark white head of foam. It takes minutes for the head to fall, leaving chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Built around central aromas of mandarin orange, apple juice, and pear, this nose seems wholly focused on fresh, summer-beer character. Belgian yeast settle in the background, supporting with notes of biscuit and light Caribbean spice (ginger and chili pepper, mostly).

T: Less spice, more fruit: an interesting take on the Belgian tripel. That succulent sweetness found in the nose plays a large part in this palate, each sip starting with a refreshing tangerine, guava, banana, and strawberry flavor. Supplemental flavors add to the poolside palate: lime rind and clove flavors bring in some bright dryness, while a soft doughiness from the yeast gives the fruit a base to contrast against. Finishes mild, with a lingering taste of doughy white bread; it’s very much in the vein of the more yeasty Belgians, and that inoffensive aftertaste makes it all the more drinkable.

M: What I’ve seen from the tripels and other Belgian pales that aren’t really out of Belgium is a feel that’s a bit off – a crisp carbonation on top of a watery body, like a bubbly pilsner or light sparkling wine. Sometimes that works, but it usually throws the whole experience off a bit. Here, though, we have a tripel with some texture, a beer that covers the tongue in that creamy way only an unfiltered beer can. That, plus the subtly frothy carbonation, makes for a drinkable beer that feels very traditional.

O: Trade Winds is a beer that’s in no way flashy or over-the-top; on the contrary, it’s balanced and drinkable, something that’s kind of odd when it comes to a tripel. Where’s the racing black pepper, the spice? From just the first sip, you can tell that’s not what they’re after; in the end, what you get is a refreshing summertime beer that just happens to share a yeast strain with a Belgian that’s historically spicy. And as far as bright and cheery beer goes, these guys nailed it.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.