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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

773 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 773
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%


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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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy golden, even the gentlest pour yields a great pillowey head reminiscent of Duvel. Great lacing and retention, a treat to behold. Smell is not so hot, kind of a metallic "flavor" on the nose, like a wheaty yeasty harshness. Not sure where it comes from, maybe the house yeast? Don't get it on the tongue, though. A little sweeter and fuller than a typical tripel, not quite as dry. But the rice and basil really impart an interesting flavor, lightening it up, slightly spicing it. Definitely unique, the tastes billow on my palate and linger. Very easy to put a bottle away of this. Taste is prolly somewhere between 4.0 and 4.5. Most excellent.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:08:08 | More by damienblack
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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.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 773 ratings.