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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4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Hops & Pie in Denver; poured into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, clean with a medium white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is weak, but there.
Smell - mildly sweet with some citrus and ripe fruit.
Taste - some fruity sweetness, tartness and bitterness that hides the 8% ABV. Very tasty and incredibly refreshing!
Feel - balanced, with a light to medium feel. Very flavorful and easy to drink!
Overall - I love the style and this beer in particular, however for the price, I'd likely pass it over in my local bottle shop.
Serving type: on-tap
07-10-2014 18:04:15 | More by DenverHopHead
3.91/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle, 8.6% ABV. I see that there is another entry on here, specifying a 'Triple [sic] with Thai Basil'. Heh, stupid is as stupid does, I guess.
This beer pours a hazy, tarnished medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and proto-creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy wilted tulip lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.
It smells of sharp, peppery yeast right up front, with some crackery pale malt, sweet rice pudding, yeasty clove and banana chip essences, a spicy vegetal character that one might suspect is the basil, but without the typical anise notes (which, upon further investigation, is to be expected with the Thai varietal), and a soft, rising alcohol warmth. The taste is much less sweet - grainy pale malt, laid-back gritty yeast, white pepper, more savoury clove, bordering on coriander spice, faint dried banana, a further bit of red berry fruitiness, ethereal cooked rice, a reduced, let's just call it 'Thai basil' greenness, and the suggestion of a booziness that is tired of waiting, and would like nothing better than to get this party stAAArted!
The carbonation is big and frothy, like it just wants you to know it, the body a decent medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly special happening here, though nothing really interfering either. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and its spare-room crashing rice guest doing well to carry on the cause, as the spice and herb contingent yawns and checks the little clocks on their little walls.
A nice way to divert my attention away from a style that I usually don't care to, well, care for. Different gravity-enhancers for starters, even if it is that darned rice adjunct, along with a neat, new to me (in beer, at least) herbal spiciness, and an elevated ABV, whose manifestation still seems duly stalled, as if it was stuck in its parents' basement, trying in vain to finish off that danged level, or something.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 06:24:35 | More by biboergosum
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.