Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery
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Reviews by jmalex:
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Hooray for having access to The Bruery's great seasonal stuff! Drinking this today while watching Game 2 of the Phillies/Rockies NLDS.
APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hennepin tulip a crystal-clear golden amber. The head is huge and off-white and settles into a solid, rocky cap. Definitely one of the more impressive heads I've seen on a beer.
SMELL: This beer is a force! Big on the breadiness, big on the spiciness, and big on the authentic Belgian yeast notes. Light citrus notes are there for support, but this beer is all about the yeast and the crazy esters it gives.
TASTE: Decently sweet and nowhere near dry enough. But the flavors are fantastic with a much more pronounced fruitiness and the spiciness to match it. The herbal quality of the Thai basil is apparent here (presumably) and it really works well. Again, the yeast esters are as authentic as the real deal from Belgium.
MOUTHFEEL: It has a fuller body than most Tripels but is still on the good side of medium, barely. The carbonation is at a high level which is perfect.
DRINKABILITY: A dryness would improve this area as well, but the beer is so tasty that I'll be happy to drink the whole thing. I might actually be done before the end of the game too!
There are so many great things happening here, but it falls short of perfect. If nothing else, The Bruery's beers never fail to be unique. I can definitely recommend this one.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2009 19:29:43 | More by jmalex
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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
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