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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,076
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 50
Gots: 160 | 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 tviz33
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours an yellow-orange/gold body with a one inch fluffy white head that settles down after a few minutes.

S- My allergies are kicking my ass at the moment so my nose is a bit stuffed. I'm getting lots of pear, some lemon, and Belgian yeast.

T- Almost a little funky with sweet fruity notes and a mild peppery spice. Damn good.

M- Medium body and slightly creamy with quite a bit of carbonation.

O- So easy to drink. Very different from most tripels I have had as it more closely resembles a witbier with its lemony citrus flavors.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma has spice, herbal, and orange peel with heavy Belgian yeast.

The flavor follows with lots of yeast that almost gives the beer a funk. The general flavors are of stone fruits, pineapple, and orange with pepper and a heavy drying on the back. The Thai basil is relatively absent as the spicy and yeast qualities mask it.

A decent attempt at the tripel style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 750ml bottle (25.9 oz.)
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: N/A
Purchased: April 28, 2014 (I think)
Consumed: April 30, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Feb. 28, 2014; Guessing on the day as my wife wasn’t sure and she didn’t remember the price; Came with a RateBeer tag and a recipe on the back

Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average-to-minimal retention on the top.

Smelled cloves, honey wheat, lemon grass, light apple juice, kiwi, banana, sour fruit, caramel notes and some unknown Belgian spices.

Tasted even better than the nose. Got apple, kiwi, honey, cloves, caramel, sour fruits, lemon, grassy notes, wheat and Belgian spices.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Fizzy carbonation. Long astringent finish.

Really enjoyed this Tripel, although I seem to enjoy all Tripels. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now. Cheers!

A: Burnt orange, translucent body with a tall, stark white head of foam. It takes minutes for the head to fall, leaving chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Built around central aromas of mandarin orange, apple juice, and pear, this nose seems wholly focused on fresh, summer-beer character. Belgian yeast settle in the background, supporting with notes of biscuit and light Caribbean spice (ginger and chili pepper, mostly).

T: Less spice, more fruit: an interesting take on the Belgian tripel. That succulent sweetness found in the nose plays a large part in this palate, each sip starting with a refreshing tangerine, guava, banana, and strawberry flavor. Supplemental flavors add to the poolside palate: lime rind and clove flavors bring in some bright dryness, while a soft doughiness from the yeast gives the fruit a base to contrast against. Finishes mild, with a lingering taste of doughy white bread; it’s very much in the vein of the more yeasty Belgians, and that inoffensive aftertaste makes it all the more drinkable.

M: What I’ve seen from the tripels and other Belgian pales that aren’t really out of Belgium is a feel that’s a bit off – a crisp carbonation on top of a watery body, like a bubbly pilsner or light sparkling wine. Sometimes that works, but it usually throws the whole experience off a bit. Here, though, we have a tripel with some texture, a beer that covers the tongue in that creamy way only an unfiltered beer can. That, plus the subtly frothy carbonation, makes for a drinkable beer that feels very traditional.

O: Trade Winds is a beer that’s in no way flashy or over-the-top; on the contrary, it’s balanced and drinkable, something that’s kind of odd when it comes to a tripel. Where’s the racing black pepper, the spice? From just the first sip, you can tell that’s not what they’re after; in the end, what you get is a refreshing summertime beer that just happens to share a yeast strain with a Belgian that’s historically spicy. And as far as bright and cheery beer goes, these guys nailed it.

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Photo of threeviews
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle (bottled on date: 03-13-13) into a 16oz Libbey Munique elongated tulip glass.

A- Uncapping the bottle is greeted with a hearty exhaust. A very conservative pour reveals an absolutely beautiful sunset orange fluid accompanied by a towering 3+ finger white, frothy head. Although the head eventually subsides, a 1/2 finger head floats on the beer over the beer's consumption from the (non-nucleated) glass.

S- Like most (if not all of their beers), Trade Winds boasts a multi-layered, complex aroma. A melange of fuits (Kumquat, Peach, Apricot, Orange, Green Apple), Peppery spice (no doubt, courtesy of the Basil and esters from the yeast) and an underlying honey sweetness that takes on a vanilla-like quality as the beer warms.

T- Sweet juicy fruits reminiscent of the nose hit first and are quickly accompanied by a sweet, honey-like flavors courtesy of the malts. Middle of the palate is met with a clean, subtle bitterness. The beer then finishes dry with a peppery spiciness.

M- Light-To-Medium body along with copious amounts of carbonation help to scrub the palate of any residual malt sweetness. As the carbonation resides and the beer warms, however, the body grows and becomes more slick and lingering on the palate.

O- There is no surprise, Trade Winds is another winning offering from The Bruery. Being 'Familie Rue' is one of my standout breweries for 2013 (along with Anchorage and Uinta), I didn't find a bottle of Trade Winds until December. Although a little late to the game with this one, I am aware that it was not particularly fresh yet I purchased it anyway...and glad I did. It reinforces my anticipation for purchasing a fresh bottle (or two, or three) when it is released again in 2014.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden hue and you can tell this is unfiltered. A half inch of tightly laced foam with robust carbonation throughout. A blend of rice and light Belgian candy sugar in the aroma. A brisk sweetness at the forefront is due to the Belgian yeast strain. The rice really adds a nice dryness quickly follows and really gives a nice spin to a Belgian triple.

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Photo of Flachs
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was suggested to me by the staff at Binnys in the Chicago area. I really like the taste. At first I thought Thai basil might be a little odd. When I poured the beer and smelled I thought this was going to be good. I would buy this again. Don't walk away from this.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is unique and good. The rice and basil come through, as well as candy and ripe apricots.
The taste is a nice fruit mixture of apple, pear, plum and lemon.
The texture has a good fizz to it.
Pretty good.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Pauldepaulo
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 SteveTheDog
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of katan
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of fishdog
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.