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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 1,066
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 49
Gots: 161 | FT: 5
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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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours neutral colour with some head. Salad dressing aroma,such as oregeno and that's what's delivered. Taste: Sundried tomatoes, olive oil and olives, and some rice, and some other spices. Above average mouthfeel. Its drinkable, but not to much, and would not seek it out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spice, yeast, and some herby/basil aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden with a large frothy head and nice lace.

S: Candy aroma, lemon custard with bready notes.

T: Very complex spicey aftertaste but also the alcohol seeps through a little too much here. Seems to me so many tripels have the spice up front but this one was more dominant in the finish. orange citrus as well.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium body.

O: A nice tripel. I think the spice character is excellent but it is a little overshadowed at times by the alcohol that comes through.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with only a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The Thai basil really stands out in the overall taste and the hops contribute some citrus flavors and a slight amount of bitterness. There is also some sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I would definitely try it again given its unique flavors and the use of basil.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another interesting and delicious offering from the bruery. this one pours a nice light golden color, mostly clear, with a really massive white frothy head with fine retention. the nose is like fresh picked apricots. I know there are none in here, but I don't smell basil or sweet malt at all, not even Belgian yeast really, but fresh apricots, its really tempting and unexpected. the flavor is subtle, not as sweet as most tripels, and yeasty more like a saison. the peppery yeast goes well with the basil, but the basil is way in the back, hardly distinguishable if you didn't know to look for it. the rice seems to add some nice body, as this beer is pretty full for its color. very bright carbonation too. overall a really appealing beer that seems to be just right in early spring. its got the right amount of spice and herbs going on, thus maintaining its drinkability despite its higher abv. as good as expected, the bruery can do no wrong in my book.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings forward citrus, herbs, and a good amount of basil. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed it as much without the note on the label, but it is definitely quite prevalent. The taste brings some light citrus, fruit, and basil. Nice clean and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Really unique and drinks quite well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy looking yellow color, Really nice looking head that fluffs up quickly and laces the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer has a sweet, grainy aroma with hints of lemon in there too. The taste of the beer is light and refreshing. The mouhtfeel is soft and has it fades there is a nice little bite in the end. Overall it's a pretty good brew in my opinion.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From inspirations found in China and Italy, this American-made but Belgian-style Tripel ale really steps outside of its comfort zone for added lightness and soft spiciness.

There's much to suggest that Tradewinds Tripel is as much of a Witbier as it is a Tripel. And that starts with its cloudy canary-yellow pour. Creamy from the start, its milky body slowly releases a tall column of billowing foam. Airy, light and cottony- the beer shows ample Belgian "white" character. Long in its retention and strongly concentric in its lace, its a well-built beer... at least to the eye.

Strikingly floral and fruity, an aura of honeysuckle, cookie dough, oranges and citrus blossoms swirl about the nose. Its bready undertow and earthen grass and vegetative notes offer complex aromatic notes but do little to step outside of what's common in Tripel. Much of its spice still come across as hops.

But in taste, the beer's uniqueness begins to pull from the fold. Its bready sweetness is firm but not heavy. Fortunitely there's enough pilsner malt to keep the rice from providing the ill-faded "emptiness" that's common in most rice-infused beers. As the beer glides across the middle palate, the fruit and spice interplay comes to life as oranges bounce off of coriander, lemons do similarly with grassy tones. Apples to its unique herbaceous taste and tropical fruits to spicy white pepper- all these symbiotic relationships explode as the beer dives into a semi-sweet finish of mild hop bitterness and white wine vinous taste.

Medium bodied, I expected the ale to provide lighter textures because of its rice "lightness" and its promise of sprite carbonation. But is champagne character is just as creamy as it is effervescent and its light rice body is minimal. This really allows the creamy ale to extend well into finish where its the slight vegetative astringency, alcohol warmth and drying hop sensation to clean up after itself with an aftertaste of... there it is- basil! ...and perhaps grassy chlorophyll as well.

Oddly, when a beer maker sets out to make an "imperial" Witbier, its ends up a boozy, syrupy and sticky mess. But without hardly trying, the Bruery created one but based off of Tripel framework instead. I rather like the beer, but not so much as a Tripel. I also like it that the experimentation factors here don't define the beer, just offers a glimpse.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some candi sugar traces and a nice spicy yeast with some subtle alcohol ester. Taste is a nice mix between some candi sugar and some peppery yeast and some light alcohol traces. Full body with great carbonation. I must admit to having been really surprise by how well this beer was drinking and apart from a lack of fruity ester I thought it was a great realization.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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, dry 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. Maybe it's stuck in its parents' basement, trying in vain to finish off that last level, or something.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

--Mark Twain

Sun-soaked apricots with multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ecru colored cap filled at least 90% of the glass after a gentle pour. It's pillowy soft, whipped frothy and gently rocky, with enough stickiness to lay down a respectable amount of delicate sea foam lace. Subsequent pours look spectacular.

The aroma is exactly as expected given the ingredients. Trade Winds Tripel smells like a classic Belgian tripel (golden fruit and spice), with an herbal undercurrent that just has to be Thai basil. Let's hope that twist works out as well on the palate as it does in the nose.

The Bruery's goal was to brew a lighter than usual, easy drinking, summertime 'Belgian-style golden ale' by jettisoning the candi sugar and by using rice. Mission accomplished. The inspired use of Thai basil gives the beer an offbeat, interesting quality that causes it to stand out from the crowd. Not that Southern California is crawling with Belgian goldens.

In spite of the lightness, the flavors are still bold... and beautiful. Sweet-tart pears are accompanied by lime zest, ground clove, white pepper and... uh... Thai basil. Apparently, that herb tastes like licorice (which I can appreciate) and mint (which I can't). The finish is semi-crisp and ultimately drying. This is one complex summer seasonal that is disappearing like nobody's business.

They haven't gotten it exactly right yet, but this is the most properly carbonated beer that I've had from these guys yet (Black Orchard and Orchard White were grossly overbubbled and Autumn Maple was essentially flat). This one was too jumpy initially and is too laid back now that I'm at the halfway point of the bottle. Oh well, at least it passed through the perfect zone for a few mouthfuls. And truthfully, it isn't too bad now.

I like the fact that The Bruery brews outside the box and usually pulls it off. If they ever figure out how to carbonate, look out! Trade Winds Tripel is a damn good beer that isn't too far removed from greatness. Especially when compared to most American versions of my favorite Belgian style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange-gold color with a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head of foam. It left behind sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled a little funky, a little spicy and peppery. I think I could smell the Thai Basil or maybe I just convinced myself that I did.

T - I could taste the basil. There were also notes of lemon and spicy pepper. Good flavors of grains and light caramel added depth and balance.

M -It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that hid its high ABV well.

D - It really liked this beer. It was one of the most unique tasting brews that I've had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this bottle from the always reliable Joey. I had been most impressed with the Bruery offerings so far and this one was no exception. A lovely 750ml capped bottle. This one was served at cellar temp and split between a few of us in wine glasses. Consumed on 10/03/2008.

The pour was very nice, a light golden amber coming through right away with a nice light haziness to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up throughout the glass creating a nice two inch head of white foam across the top that hung around for what seemed like forever.

The aroma was akin to some kind of spicy green tea at first. Lots of light grain, yeast aromas of fresh leaves and a touch of light citrus sprinkled in. A spiciness I am assuming from the Basil leaves, very intresting aroma for sure. The flavor was light, nicely balanced with a lightly grainy start to it, that turned over to some light fruit, peaches? Maybe green apples, coming through in the middle with that nice light and very fresh leaf like flavor. Hints of spice rippled throughout, especially in the finish which was dry and nicely accented. Intresting light body on this one was accented very well by lush carbonation that kept the profile nice and lively. A nice sipper with the alcohol very well hidden, in fact I had no clue this one was up near 8%.

Overall this was a very nice, light triple. Not the big heavy, alcohol laden ones you see around at times, this was much more of a session worthy ale. I would have no issue with trying this one again, the price is a little biit high, only because of logistics, but if this were local I would have no issue in endulging.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color with a quickly settling white head.

S: Very...different. The basil is definitely making its presence known and I don't really think that's such a great thing. Very herbal overall.

T: Not surprisingly, the flavor is quite similar to the scent. So this is quite an herbal tasting beer as well. I don't find it that pleasing.

M: Lighter in body (possibly due to the rice they used to brew this) with good carbonation.

D: Personally, I did not find this beer all that enjoyable. However, if you are into the flavors that are present in this beer, I'm sure that you would find it very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark orange-gold body with a full, fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly bready, lightly sweet malts with minor notes of peach juice and anise to dutifully accompany the equally light whiff of leafy basil.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness with a touch of sugary sweetness. Minor fruitiness. Slight herbal pop alongside a pinch of spicy anise. Just a bit of sour yeastiness. Spoonful of risotto. Finishes relatively dry with a bite of crackling carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: The beer flirts between a high degree of carbonation and Alka-Seltzer straight in the mouth carbonation. Still though, it's fairly tasty and a fine use of non-traditional tripel ingredients.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam that settles very slowly and leaves webs of lace behind on the glass. The body is slightly hazy and golden.

S - some soft malt and spicy clove notes as well as some fruity pear notes.

T - sweet, thick malt up front with lots of clove and some fruit. Black pepper and warming alcohol in the middle. Finishes with thick make and another dose of spice.

M - a thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somerset sweet finish.

D - a bit heavy handed with the malt and a level of sweetness in the finish that borders in excessive and hurts the drinkability a bit. The flavors are spot on for the style and the basil adds a subtle complexity without jumping out at you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy strawberry blonde, with about a finger and a half of luxurious head that settles quickly into the ever-rising field of effervescence from the bottom. The aroma is interesting, with tones of hops, grains, pepper, and even a bit of vanilla at the beck end of the nose. The taste is not as interesting, with the pepper and vanilla completely disappearing beneath a sea of hoppy grains and faint banana tones. Unfortunately, the taste is not able to linger very long on the tongue, instead being forced therefrom by the overactive carbonation and incredibly light body (I blame the rice). All said, this guy would probably seem better if the flavor were allowed to settle longer on the tongue, but he's still not all that bad.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange copper, with about a 1/2 finger covering of eggshell-white head. Retains with a smooth layer of froth, leaving a more moderate looking cascade of foamy lacing behind. The aroma has a nice feeling base of bread, sugary sweetness, and fuity esters going on with it. Floral hops and plenty of spice give this some zip in the nose.

The taste is sweet, sugary, and fruity, with a moderate pop from the spices and hops. The basil can be felt across the back but isn't nearly as overdone as I thought it might be. Moderate yeasty dryness to the finish, with a good bit of residual tang leftover as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp yet still very smooth and mellow feel to it. I'm getting some warmth out of the body but nothing overly distracting.

I really appreciate the effort and innovation here (like I do with most of the efforts from the Bruery) but this one seemed to overdo it just a bit. The mix of sweetness, fruit, and spice, gave this a strong tang that was a little overwhelming at times (and I even split this bottle with a buddy). I'm glad I gave it a try but I don't necessarily see myself buying a bottle again anytime soon.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. Clear, pale amber in the tall tulip with a handsome head. Quite spritzy on the tongue. It's like biting into a juicy but mysterious new tropical fruit. Sweet and tart and a poke in the eye. Belgian yeasty flavors take over.

Rich and tangy. Spicy and aromatic flavors. By far my favorite Bruery beer. Crisply fruity like a good cider. Not totally dry with the lingering breath of sweetness. Overall it's a more drinkable sort of Tripel and thoroughly likable.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at State Line Liquors- poured chilled from the 750ml into a goblet.

A - a honey shade w/ mild haziness and thick eggshell cap of 2 fingers w/ a good amount of head retention. You can see bubbles rising up rapidly and the bead is tiny

S - A welcome aroma of papaya, sweet malt and mild spice w/ mellow earthy notes of herbs emanate from the goblet
A light pineapple and spice note is detected, probably yeast derived scent. The smell of subtle grain and citrus flutter in the background

M - Crisp, lively and highly effervescent quality and mild spicy notes w/ a gentle herbal tinge w/ peppery accent on the tongue. Somewhere in the middle of sweet and dry w/ a moderate effect of alcohol on the palate. The finish is long and malty w/ a significant amount of yeast texture, relatively light in body for the strength

T - A sweet yet tropical fruit taste in the entry w/ a mild herbal and slight creamy malt flavor w/ mild sugar and subtle biscuit flavor w/ a mild tinge of dried pineapple and melon
The taste has a smooth jazzy feel w/ rice influence noted in the taste slightly but like rice pudding gives a sweet flavor, though not very grainy at all. The tropical taste keeps rolling and the depth increasing in flavor toward the middle. The flavor of the basil gives a hint of green /herbal to the tripel as the alcohol flavor becomes more pronounced as it nears cellar temp and the yeast has a mix of spice notes and accents the sweetness of the malt +rice well. A mild toasted note is picked up w/ a bit of dry herb and the yeast character is prominent in the final sips

D - A tasty take on the traditional tripel w/ basil and rice giving the kind of herbal and spice w/ yeast adding a seriously fresh and tropical kind of drinkability -Kudos to the Bruery!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle with standard branded presssure cap and generic label acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Purchased yesterday. Unfiltered. Self identifies as a Tripel; that's what I'll review it as. 8.1% ABV confirmed. Cost was $9 USD.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of no real cream, average thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a hazy murky copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Okay vibrance. Typical of the style; not unique or special. That said, no obvious flaws are detectable.

Sm: Pale malts, sugars, light floral hop character. Apple. Basil when I search for it. Fruit skin. Sweet biscuit malt. Apricot. Maybe some clove. Thin rice malt. Definitely on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet scale. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.

T: Pale, rice, light caramel, and biscuit malts form the body. Floral hop character rides atop. Clean and pleasant. The rice is interesting. I get a buried hint of basil spice when I really search for it. Lightly grainy. Apricot fruit; unnaturally sweet. Balance is off. Lacks the complexity and subtlety needed to make it a great beer in the style. Little yeast character comes through, if any. I don't get any alcohol. Decently layered but largely uninteresting.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile okay. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to its flavours.

Dr: I definitely wouldn't get this again, especially at its high price point. Another disappointment from The Bruery. Drinkable but forgettable. The rice and basil don't add enough to really set this one apart from the pack. I like it in a general sense, but it's not going to turn heads. Hides its ABV pretty well.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

A huge cloud of head filled the glass from the tap, and it took at least five minutes for the beer to settle before I could get a full pour of this. Once it did settle, I was presented with a tulip glass of clear golden yellow liquid, with a delicate white head that almost completely disappeared. (What happened?) Aroma of subdued sweet malts, spicy yeast, funk, basil. Taste...started out okay, much like any typical tripel, with notes of sweet malts, fruity esters, and spicy yeast. Mid-palate brought on a huge wave of stale funk, basil, and overripe tomatoes. A softer pear-like flavor comes in near the end to take the edge off, but I had a whole glass of this stuff to get through, and that was just one sip. Whew. Medium body, pretty chewy, somewhat good at times, but overall, just not very drinkable at all.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Picked up in NC over the holidays;

Pours golden with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Starchy, apple peels & honey suckle

T: Golden delcious apples, cooked cereal notes, lemon zest & apple peel uo front. Slight pinapple notes, pears, lemons & apple peel as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruity & with whisper of barn funk & some chille pepper spice

MF: Failrly light in body, crisp carbonation

Not sure how old this is. No freshness dating I can see , not getting any Thai Basil (love that stuff with pork or chicken!) . Drinkable enough, but nothing mind blowing. Would buy again if I knew I was getting fresh beer

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with balanced spice and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity yeast flavors with balanced spice and pale malts; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding tripel! Fantastic fruity/spicy yeast complexity with balanced spice and pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded, rusty gold, showing a bit clearer at the edges. Triumphant, exuberant head, snowy white, lacy.

Beautifully fragrant, lightly spicy, floral, airy, with lemony traces. Gorgeous.

Drinking, the loveliness lives on. Lean-bodied, snappy, plenty of spicy tricks playing on the palate. Very lively, with marvelous Belgian yeast flavor adding another dimension of deliciousness. Citrus fruit factor grows larger, and candy sugar sweetness climbs in to match it. Just stays vibrant and tasty all the way through the bottle.

Great match for thai food, I'm sure. Don't know, I had it with Chinese. Worked there, too. Excellent tripel. Is simply everything they make this good or better?

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.