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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

985 Ratings
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 46
Gots: 128 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

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
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Ratings: 985 | Reviews: 326
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look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I had my doubts about this one and even put off trying it at home. Brewed with Thai Basil huh? And rice, hey I've had a rice beer and I didn't like it. Well have no fear folks. This is just outstanding.

The 1st pour was all head and took a while to dissipate. Hazy yellow color (I'd been afraid it might be green, hah). Bouquet and flavor are very rich and complex. Sure there's a slight hint of basil but it's subtle. What I think their addition to the brewing really achieves is a sort of oppulent and rich mouthfeel not unlike that flavor pop you get from a bite of good pesto. It's sweet, it's satisfying, it's a beer that demands your attention with every sip and could stand up to and accompany a bold flavored meal.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light amber color with fluffy head that reduces down at a slow, steady pace. Little tight bubbles without a whole lot of lacing.--beautiful!

S- Floral, sweet aroma with hints of lemon. Very tough to analyze all these smells because they're just too layered and complex.

T- Very light on the palate. The sweetness is definitely there but it's subdued enough to let some malt through. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- High carbonation is bursting and fizzing as I swish, making it actually hard to keep contained in my mouth. It goes with the rest of the extreme elements of the beer very well, though.

O- Outstanding!!! I think I've found a new top ten favorite beer. Very balanced and subtle unlike most Tripels.

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Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy tall and stable head. The last of the bottle added some yeast to the mix...

Smells yeasty and raisiny like a good tripel should, but it's lighter and crisper on the nose with just a slight hint of citrus. Tastes like a tripel, but lighter and with a fresh green and earthy note I'd have not attributed to Thai Basil had I not known it was already in the brew.

The feel is creamy but a lighter medium with a silky texture.

Overall, this is a wonderful take on the style that I'll look forward to every year!

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Appearance: Opaque golden straw, with good retention and nice lacing.

Nose: Green grapes, green apples, grass, banana and tropical smoothie with peaches.

Taste: Apricots, bananas, lemon, mango, and lots of peach. Very nicely balanced.

Notes: Very interesting! This is an excellent departure from your normal Belgian.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.