Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery
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Reviews by johnnieoz:
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!
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2009 02:17:55 | More by johnnieoz
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4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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 -0.5%
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 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 guest rice spare-room crasher 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
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