Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 47
Gots: 140 | FT: 3
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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: 1,026 | Reviews: 331
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: straw colored, hazy. Huge frothy white head.
Smell: sweeter than I expected. Expected a more prominent spice from all the spice additions. Nevertheless the spices make a nice undercurrent to the malty, sweetness.
Taste: very nice. The spices are really assertive in the finish. Nothing too heavy handed, a nice complex finish.
Overall: tried this on a whim expecting a decent but maybe mediocre beer. Very nice surprise. Also surprising how refreshing this is.

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to small snifter.
Pours with a creamy, durable head. The light colored body has a light haze. Excellent looks.
Aroma: bretty and fruity
Flavor: less bretty and fruity; lightly tart; lightly sweet too. {Note: I'm not a Brett fan}
Feel: near perfect, with smooth carbonation and a near medium body.
O: slight wild and distinctly flavored tripel.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose has notes of white pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, rice, sweet basil, pineapple, lemon and a heavy back of breadiness. The taste is very sweet but in a delicious way. Pineapple, tropical fruit, coconut, lemon, basil, white pepper, turbinado sugar and bready notes. Medium body, nice carbonation, creamy but somewhat effervescent mouthfeel. This is like a really good classic Belgian-style tripel but instead of hops there is a very sweet, floral basil taste and instead of candi sugars there is a great rice backbone.

Photo of Pauldepaulo
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good lacing, excellent head retention ( wheat/rice?) Belgian tripel, sub candi sugar with rice makes for a very dry sake finish, this would be amazing with seared ahi with wasabi. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. 8.1 percent. Overall good but definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of alaimoa
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up off the shelf in NY,no date on it but I believe the summer 2013 bottle
A: very nice white frothy head, 2+ inch with sticky white lace. Hazy but vibrant gold in color
S: lemon rind, pineapple, sweet bread.. Was looking for the basil but couldn't really make it out.. Summery smelling thou and very nice
T: upfront sweet orange/lemon with sour spices. I can easily taste some Thai favors that would go great with a green or red semi-spicy curry
M: medium body, very carbonated with rolling bubbles.

Overall really impressed with this shelf distribution Bruery and I will add to my buy list should I see again

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - golden to burnt orange color. Nice, white two finger head with minimal lacing.

S - aroma is very sweet and interesting. Almost a sweet potato smell going on. If I try to look for them, the rice and Thai basil are there but not overpowering.

T - sweet but not cloying. Really, really interesting. Almost a coconut flavor in addition to what I got on the nose. Weird at first but it grows on you. I bet this would be awesome with some Thai food.

M - full, nicely carved mouthfeel. Good lingering finish (maybe from the sweetness).

O - I understand how this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. That being said, I really enjoyed how tasty this brew was and was particularly enameled with the uniqueness of the beer. Definitely need to try this with some Thai or Vietnamese food.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing apricot color with a big, three finger white head. Slowly settles down but it's pretty impressive.

S: Lots of sweet Belgian yeast, but there's definitely an edge to it. Rice, hints of coconut pudding, basil.

T: I had this at the tasting room last week for the first time and I wasn't really a fan. But out of the bottle, I like it a lot more. It does taste like a classic tripel, but it has just an edge from the rice. Honestly, I'm looking everywhere for the basil here, but I'm just not getting it. But this is a very nice tripel.

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color was classic tripel---cloudy amber, almost orange. Aroma was nice, but weak. (Maybe my sinuses are acting up). Flavor was absolutely stunning. All the wonders of a tripel, plus a bit of fruitiness, and the basil really gives it a nice spice. Not overpowering by any means, but just so flavorful and moderate. Nicely balanced. I need to try this a few more times before I really get a handle on it. Highly recommended to fans of the belgian style.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of SteveTheDog
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this during a summer cook out. It looked very inviting in the glass with a color of the inside of an orange, but I felt the aroma was a little on the weak side. I couldn't taste the thai spice they were talking about but it was refreshing with a crisp finish. Overall it was pretty good, but I can't say I'll be investing in another one.

Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, peppery spices, basil and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast with peppery spices and basil, floral notes, citrus and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of katan
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange color, fairly opaque. Lots of pearly white head formation. Well retained.

S - Heavy combination of citrus, sour, and some white pepper. Yeast has done its job here. An american Belgian done well in this aspect.

T- Starts off lightly sweet, fruity and white pepper. Turns quickly to some heavy sour notes. Very deep fruity nose through the mid-stream into the finish. Comes in apricot and pear in the finish. A fairly dry tripel.

M - Moderate body and strong carbonation -again well done against the traditions. A little alcohol warmth sneaks in there.

O/D - An excellent tripel - not really what has sold in the US here lately, where i think it has adhered to the funk and the dry finish of the original. Abv is fairly hefty, but still low and manageable.

Photo of fishdog
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a duvel tulip.

A: 3.75, a nice orange translucent amber with a quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing coats the side of the glass.

S: 3.25, mainly tropical notes, light notes with not much aromatic bouquet occuring.

T: 3.0, coconut, a little pineapple, and spiciness. The basil has to be discerned, not a very pungent note. As the brew warms the basil becomes more prominent. The rice adds a sweetness that is reminiscent of sake almost. A sweet abrupt taste on the tongue and the diminishes almost instantly into a drinking watery beer. At 8.1% watch it.

M: 3.25, The notes do not linger. A very tropical sweet swiftness occurs and passes like a windy evening storm.

O: The breury never lets me down and I appreciate their approach to brewing. On a hot summer day this beer is a superb alternative to IPA, crisp, a little carbonation, tropical, and finally, spicy. I was not expecting this favor, but I enjoyed the fusion.

Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip. No freshness date found.

Appearance- Deep gold, Slight haze, Big white head that leave a good lacing.

Aroma- Fruity, spciy, peppery notes, somewhat tropical, Getting some of the basil which seems to sink in with the spicy notes, but shows up the more I drink it

Flavor- Lemony, some basil, fruity, sweet, spicy,finish, very light but has a lot of complexity, Light grapes, some breadyness as well.

Mouthfeel- Quick and sharp carbination, medium light bodied, a slight amount of alcohol warmth

Overall-Nice take on the style, the thai basil makes a decent impression though isn't really strong. There are better triples out there, but this is a good experiment. Worth trying if you like the style.

Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First pour results in a clear golden color with a massive head that fills the Duvel tulip. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass as the head settles to a thick cap. Carbonation makes the beer look effervescent.

Intriguing aroma as the fruity yeast esters mixes with the spicy basil and dry malt. Gives off an impression of tropical fruit and coconut.

I was skeptical of the rice addition but it adds a dry crispness that really lets the basil and esters to shine. Malt adds a touch of sweetness but this beer is all about the yeast influence and basil. Turns out it is a nice combination.

The carbonation is thankfully lively. There is a bit of a cloying slickness that slightly hurts the mouthfeel.

Surprised and impressed by this beer. Probably my favorite Bruery beer to date.

Photo of kojevergas
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Low C+

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy gold with a luscious 2.5 finger tall white head, which slowly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aroma: Wow, this beer is absolutely bursting with tropical aromatics; sweet basil, coconut, fresh bananas, green apples, some spicy yeast phenols and fresh squeezed orange juice. There are some sweet biscuit-y malts neatly tucked underneath the very floral and perfume like nose. I could smell this ale for hours; it is positively intoxicating.

Taste: A bright burst of juicy, succulent fruit right away; strawberries, pears, bananas with some accompanying citrus hop tones. There is touch of some spicy basil before you're treated with a starchy, off dry finish with long, lingering notes of traditional, slightly spicy Belgian yeast; banana, light clove and raisins. Underneath the yeast there are some lovely, biscuit notes from the malts. The way the starchy rice interacts with the Thai basil leaves a strong impression of coconut on dancing on your palate. The sweet malt and yeast combination does get a tad cloying as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Robust, yet very light bodied. High, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall: The Bruery takes the Tripel style, normally a very traditional style, and completely reinvigorates it; The Thai basil marries perfectly with the spicy, yet sweet Belgian yeast and the rice simultaneously lightens the body and adds some really nice texture to the beer. Want a summer beer that is, complex, refreshing and has some deceptive strength? Look no further. Highly recommended.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold colored ale with a tall puffy white colored head.

Smell is spicy with a strong apple aroma. Apple skins and spice. Cinnamon, clove and basil. Heady aroma distinctly smells like apple butter.

Starts out Spicy with lots of apple, clove and cinnamon. There is a strange whiskey taste here but this was never in oak. Caramel and vanilla flavors, it ios actually more tasty than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a triple that is a little different.

Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Fine, lightly off-white head pours 3 fingers high before settling into a thin foam cap. Nice retention and OK lace.

S - Bold and dusty. Fermented peaches, pepper, basil.

T - Surprisingly sweet. Apricot jam, peach puree, rice wine, and light herbal bitters.

M - Smooth with a medium-full body to style. Nice carbonation.

O - Sweet to style, but the flavor profile still has nice integration and complexity.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting herbal, spicy nose with Belgian yeasts, light malts, a slight funk and light fruits. The basil is up front and prominent. Pours brilliant peach tinted gold under a dense, finely bubbled 3” persistent, lacy white foam cap. The palate is lemony, herbal, spicy peach with caramel and biscuit notes – suggests an herbed peach cobbler transformed to foam. The carbonation is almost champagne like with a slight winey slickness. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral hops, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast over the top of pale malts.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer start out with moderate amounts of pale malts that combine with some light hints of apricot and spices. There is the distinctive Belgian yeast and just a touch of the basil herbalness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden making this beer easy to drink than is often the case with the tripel style though the dryness makes you want to sit rather slowly. The addition of the basil is interesting.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of VaRy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so in all fairness this is a "Belgian Style Adjunct Ale", isn't it?

Pale, warm yellow with a just a hint of orange. Nice, long lasting head. Floral and spicy aroma, slightly hoppy, I sense more parsley than basil, certainly some puffed rice, and a bit of a fruity note, reminiscent of honeydew melon. The beer is rather highly carbonated, and would benefit from slightly lower than usual serving temperature, I'd say 40-45 degrees.

Overall, a good summer brew which works well with seafood dishes, salads and Asian flavors. Recommended.

Photo of snaotheus
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours cloudy yellow with a massive white head. Head fades fast (I'm watching it collapse right now). Smell is spicy yeasty, sweet, yeasty, yeasty. Funky.

Taste is sweet, banana and clove, strangely salty. Citrus.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, it's pretty good. Certainly not my favorite Tripel, and for the price, probably not getting it again.

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.