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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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88
very good

852 Ratings
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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 42
Gots: 84 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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 ncfranklin:
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ncfranklin

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip

A: Light orange, thick two finger head. Lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices. Heavy in the basil. Some rice in the nose, but light.

T: Rice and basil all over. Some light citrus orange notes also. A small bready backbone with honey sweetness. Some peppery spice on the finish.

M: Light and fluffy, lots of carbonation.

D: A unique Tripel. Lighterweight, with a summer quality.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 15:53:54 | More by ncfranklin
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psmithmkt

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-11-2014 00:18:02 | More by psmithmkt
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California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-11-2014 00:15:09 | More by the_encinitan
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

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
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California

4/5  rDev +2%

07-10-2014 04:11:10 | More by Sarmartay
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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 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
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.