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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

932 Ratings
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by e30todamax:
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4/5  rDev +2%

e30todamax, Nov 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy orange hued, medium amber. The rocky white head is long lasting and enthusiastic.

S: Medium-high esters orange and a moderate basil dominate the aroma. Moderately-light pepper and light clove phenols with a light malt sweetness.

T: There is an orange to peach like fruitiness with a pepper bite and moderate bitterness. A light malt and honey-like sweetness come out in the middle with an off-dry finish and a little hot. There is a moderately-light basil flavor and moderate spiciness. The balance is towards the bitter an aftertaste of honey and hops bitterness.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a chile pepper like bit in the back of the throat. Kind of viscous but the high carbonation gives the impression of a lighter body. Moderate alcohol warmth, no creaminess and a light astringency.

O: This review was from my notes with no overall impression.

MadScientist, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation upon opening. Hazy orange/yellow with an inch of bubbly white head. Splotchy lacing on the glass. Aromas of sun drenched grains, fruit and spice. The basil is subtle but noticeable here as well.

Very fruity upfront with lots of fast moving carbonation and a spicy yeast kick. The basil comes through nicely in the flavor with a green herbal integration. Moves through with a decent amount of sweetness that ends with spiciness on the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with plenty of carbonation that works for the beer and the style. Overall, an interesting twist on the tripel. I was expecting a little more "wow" factor in the flavor, but other than that it was a solid drink.

orbitalr0x, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +2%

NWer, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

warnerry, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DWolf, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev +2%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

JakerLou, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian style bomber bottle, I like the oversized cap. Pours glowing apricot, with lots of bubbles rising and lifting an initially huge off white head, that sticks around forever and slowly turns to merainge. Then leaves nice strands of lace and a much better then average collar of the thick stuff. It emits a hearty sniff of mint, pepper and Belgian leaning yeast. Quite enjoyable and tasty take on a favorite style. Phenolic and minty, with additional notes of honey, pepper, and even the advertized thai basil lending a complexity enhancing addition to the mix. Drys out nicely in the finish. 8% nowhere to be found.Well done, refreshing and intriguing. I really enjoyed this one. Go get some and enjoy a finely crafted American take on a classic style.

Billolick, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: apple, pear, funk, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Taste: apple, pear, funk, Belgian spices, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A tasty tripel. I like the element of the thai basil. It adds a different element to the standard tripel that gives it some herbal components to it. One that I would go back to if I wanted the style because it stands out.

tigg924, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of badbeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most amazing beer appearance in a long time. Golden color with awesome retention and the head stays firm and creamy. The surface of the head is cratered like the surface of the moon, very interesting. Floral, but also very earthy in the nose and some sort of spice (apparently basil). Taste has a creaminess to it, but still manages to be dry in the finish. Almost vanilla-like in the taste, with a bit of Cool-Whip, bits of grain, and a long, earthy taste. High carbonation and medium body. If not for a little bit of a metallic taste, I'd bump the taste score up another notch. Pretty good Tripel, and nice to have an American one that is nice and relatively dry.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. Looks about like a tripel is supposed to look.

The aroma is outstanding. I get a load of wheat and Asian basil as well as some nice fruit notes. There is also a nice Belgian yeast aroma and some muddled spices.

The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a lot of wheat and lemons, along with some cherries. The yeast and basil are once again present and compliment the other flavors very well. The beer is somewhat dry and is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made tripels I have drank.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange-gold with a huge rocky white head that stuck around. Good lacing. Tropical fruit aroma with cider, some banana, and basil. Very carbonated, lighter mouthfeel. Big, bold fruity taste. Lots of apricots, peaches, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, and a melange of tropical fruit. Herbal background which is very sweet, presumably from the rice. Slightly sour bite in the finish, more tart fruit. The flavor was so big, it made the beer less drinkable, though. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but when it comes to trippels, I didn't expect such a big beer. Definitely find a friend to share the bottle with.

magictrokini, Apr 28, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Janeinma, May 25, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden hue and you can tell this is unfiltered. A half inch of tightly laced foam with robust carbonation throughout. A blend of rice and light Belgian candy sugar in the aroma. A brisk sweetness at the forefront is due to the Belgian yeast strain. The rice really adds a nice dryness quickly follows and really gives a nice spin to a Belgian triple.

Franziskaner, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +2%

pat61, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, fridge temp., snifter.

pours out with a huge head, more than half the glass, took awhile to disapate. lots of carbonation bubbles. billowy, rocky, soapy white head with some big, foamy bubbles. leaves some nice lacing. cloudy deep golden color.

smells like your pretty basic tripel at first, but the more it warms the more it takes on this funky, vegetal, herbal aroma, almost a bit meaty. brett and basil??

some pretty tart lemongrass like citrus and some sweet, almost candied grains. a bit of that vegetal, herbal funk comes through. slight meat, and a bit vineous. maybe some slight hints of rice. finishes tart and dry.

kind of coats the mouth. sweet, then tart and dry with a high amount of bitey carbonation.

a decent tripel, but there is some odd funk in there. wild yeast maybe? but i dont think this was brewed with any. the basil is hard to pick out, but i can see its impact with all the vegetal, herbal notes. i realized after i drank this that it is a summer seasonal and shouldve been consumed fresh, so ill have to give this another try. i applaud the bruery for making interesting, unique beers, but this one didnt really work that well for me.

dogfishandi, Feb 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light golden with a moderate sized near-white head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

Aroma consists of bright citrus, bread, and grassy herbs.

The flavor is similar, with citrus, distinct Belgian style yeast, grass, and basil.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, though the Belgians (and Unibroue) still win here by a large margin.

Good tripel.

ehammond1, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

sourdog, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, this brew pours an opaque "glowing" yellow orange with a giant fluffy head.

S: The aroma is dominate Thai Basil. Trade Winds does have all the spicy and fruitiness of a classic Tripel, however I would have liked to see more classic and less Thai.

T: I've never had Thai Basil, but I'm sure it's the culprit that's dominating the flavor here, and it's not a bad culprit either. Very herbally spicy. This beer is like herbal essence in my mouth.

MF: The mouthfeel here on this brew tends to thin out after the initial sip, and there is absolutely no malt backbone to this baby.

D: Even though the mouthfeel is lacking, this beer is still refreshing.

TKEbeerman, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of doremite
4/5  rDev +2%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.