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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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88
very good

854 Ratings
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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 85 | FT: 3
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 johnnieoz:
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, definitely 2009 bottling though not sure what date. Would be good to know since the brewers recommend drinking it fresh due to the presence of fresh Thai Basil.

A: Looking hazy golden with a little lace on the glass. A bit of a gusher.

S: Sweet aromas, more rice than Thai basil. But there is a hint of herbal wonder.

T: This is a different kind of tripel. The spiciness is clearly characterized by the Thai Basil, a stroke of genius.

M: Carbonation is very Brueryesque - a little too harsh at first. Once it settles all is good. There is a nice numbing sensation as Trade Winds whirls around the palate...

D: I am about to pair this with Ta Hoo Bad Kaprao (Tofu with Thai Basil). It should be ideal in assuaging the chilies and complementing the original herb in the brew. Like a good tripel it is most quaffable. Glad the Rue Crew made this their summer seasonal.

Update: Trade Winds was more than a match for a savory, spicy and aromatic dish. Great pairing!
http://shiokfood.com/notes/archives/000015.html

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:17:55 | More by johnnieoz
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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.