Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Reviews: 331
Hads: 1,045
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 153 | 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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Reviews: 331 | Hads: 1,045
Photo of csrbv
4.82/5  rDev +22%
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. (726 characters)

Photo of Leeshee
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Burnt orange w creamsicle-colored, three-finger head.

S- Smells like Seville oranges, funky yeast, vanilla, sugar and herbs.

M- Highly carbonated. Not heavy or light. Just right. Not syrupy.

T- Tastes vanilla-minty rather than like Thai basil up front, with a slight fresh basil aftertaste. To me it tastes like my bitter Seville/ blood orange marmalade with the slightest hint of Thai spices like cardamom at the end. Classic tripel flavor attributes in the background but not heavy on spices. It makes me want to brew beer instead of making jam! Or even put thai basil and cardamom into my marmalade!

O- This is a complexly flavored but well balanced brew. Very elegant and super drinkable. Wouldn't change a thing other than the weather in which I'm drinking this (it's winter.) (788 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: apple, pear, funk, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Taste: apple, pear, funk, Belgian spices, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A tasty tripel. I like the element of the thai basil. It adds a different element to the standard tripel that gives it some herbal components to it. One that I would go back to if I wanted the style because it stands out. (575 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy orangeish amber with an eggshell head.

S - Spices & herbs, bready, light malts & crisp apple or pear peal.

T - Lemon zest, apples, funk, malty... Very good.

M - Highly carbed & medium mouthfeel.

O - An interesting take on a tripel & it works wonderfully. (281 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy honey yellow-orange color with a fluffy and creamy white head. Everything really stands still in a beautiful way. Great appearance.

Spicy booze, breadiness, sweet herbs (basil), plantain, very light clove, and hint of pear. Amplified nose that's big from booze and malty breadth, not from fruit and esters.

Woah, crazy tropical flavors! Tastes like a cross between a tripel and a piña colada! Pineapple, coconut, sweet thai basil, clove, Hawaiian bread, spicy booze, herbal hops, green apple, and mild banana. Insane flavors. I'm blown away by the character of this beer, but I can't help but thinking that this might be mocked by the purists.

Drinks light enough, which is quite appealing in itself. Carbonation is spritzy and rolling around in the mouth. Booze is a little smacking, as it should be.

Magical brew from Mr. Rue. Inventive, fun, complex, and fitting for an appropriate food pairing. I'm glad I got to try this one. (940 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-orange golden with a decent amount of bubbles and a thick frothy white head

S-strong scent of pale spicy belgian spices and malts. just a very strong thorough scent with hints of banana.

T-comes in with a refreshing flavor of pale belgian malts and spices with a hint of banana and cereal. it's a flavor that fills the mouth. has a certain bitterness to it. light but with a warming after-taste. this is a very savory beer!

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish, much like I'd expect from a tripel from Belgium

O-this is an extremely drinkable beer, maybe the most drinkable tripel i have ever had. the flavors are all there with out any off-flavors. it's not unique in any way. it's just a nice example of a good style. to be honest, you might want to have this bottle all to yourself. (793 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (652 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy orange hued, medium amber. The rocky white head is long lasting and enthusiastic.

S: Medium-high esters orange and a moderate basil dominate the aroma. Moderately-light pepper and light clove phenols with a light malt sweetness.

T: There is an orange to peach like fruitiness with a pepper bite and moderate bitterness. A light malt and honey-like sweetness come out in the middle with an off-dry finish and a little hot. There is a moderately-light basil flavor and moderate spiciness. The balance is towards the bitter an aftertaste of honey and hops bitterness.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a chile pepper like bit in the back of the throat. Kind of viscous but the high carbonation gives the impression of a lighter body. Moderate alcohol warmth, no creaminess and a light astringency.

O: This review was from my notes with no overall impression. (910 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything looks in order... glowing honey gold body topped with a swelling three fingers of loose paper white head, leaving layer after layer of lacing.

Nose is rather nondescript... yeast and clove, esters... no obvious adjunct presence, I tend to think that the basil might be too reminiscent of the naturally occurring tripel spice notes to really make itself known.

Judging by taste alone, I think this is my favorite of the goofy ingredient Bruery beers. Very solid tripel makes for a great backbone to host the subtle thai twist. Smooth stuff indeed. (559 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml poured Into a duvel glass.

A: pours a pale orange golden with a massive three finger white head that lingers for a long time, leaves some spots of lacing.

S: I get a strange malty sweetness along with a good dose of Belgian yeast aroma, I feel like the basil and the rice are deffinatly apparent in the nose as well, deffinatly an interesting aroma, not all tha appealing to me personally, but interesting none the less.

T: much like the nose, a deffinate malt sweetness with a touch of basil and Belgian yeast.... Again I feel the rice is deffinatly noticeable, a very interesting flavor profile.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, nice drunk ability the alcohol is well hidden, finish dry.

O: this is a very interesting beer, I enjoyed it much more then I though I would with it not being one of my favorite styles, well rounded and unique. (867 characters)

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into tulip.

A - Clear golden yellow with fast streams of bubbles and a huge foamy white head.

S - Sweet bread, banana, Belgian yeast, basil, a hint of clove and pepper. Mmm.

T - Bready malts initially, with basil and other herbal spices coming into the forefront. Light fruit, Belgian yeast, and grassy notes are evident. Finish is spicy with a slight earthy hop bitterness.

M - Very smooth and slick, light and refreshing. High carbonation with a dry finish.

O - An interesting and enjoyable rendition of a Belgian tripel. The thai basil and rice really compliment the Belgian yeast and fruit elements. This beer would pair beautifully with salmon and other meat/seafood. (683 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with a friend. Thanks to HevvyMetalHippie for giving this one to me. Poured into a HF tulip.

A- Pours an orange brownish golden with about a half finger of white foamy head that has decent retention. Decent carbonation of lots of fast rising bubbles along the side of the glass. Slightly spidery lacing left on the glass.

S- Oranges, lemons, a little bit of citrus hops, a bit of thai spices including basil, followed by a very lightly malty backbone.

T- Clementines, thai basil, lightly sweet, followed by citrusy clementine finish balanced with spices that lingers for a little while.

M- A little bit light, maybe a tiny bit overcarbonated, easy to drink, doesn't feel like 8.1% abv.

O- This was an interesting beer. A little bit different then your average take on a tripel. Definitely more clementines and fruity aspect mixed with some light thai influences such as basil. It balanced decently well, but I wouldn't say it was my favorite tastes in the world. I enjoyed trying it, but I don't know if I'll be drinking this again in the near future. (1,077 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crystal clear golden straw color upon initial pour but toward the bottom of the bottle it pours a cloudy marigold hue. All pours are accompanied by a thick mouse like helping of white foam. Good retention but ultimately fades to a thin film and leaves no lacing.

S - rather muted overall but as it warms the nose brightens. Notes of leafy greens such as basil and fresh mint mingle with grainy notes. Overall reminiscent of herbed white rice. There are also a sharp note of white pepper and lemon pith.

T - very faint doughy bread flavor up front. Fairly dry as well. Lemony citrus and acid notes enter swiftly as well as bright peppery spice flavors. There is a juicy tropical fruit center mostly pineapple but some orangey character as well. Leafy green notes on the back end.

M - very crisp. Light bodied. High bubbly carb enhances the overall refreshing character.

O - excellent summer ale. I'd say this is a sipper as it does evolve slowly but will certianly reward those who take thier time with it. (1,021 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Herbal Belgianesque offering, rather nice if one feels that edge.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery over a light blue and green pattern. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, intent, and unfiltered nature of the brew. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Shows 8.1% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, generous head, good retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice nose, herbal with a rich yeasty and grassy touch, dash of malt and fruit as it returns to the herb.

T - Nice range, not shy about being accentuated with the basil... it works in sync with a light malty sense, candi sugar feel, and spicy dash.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, sharp dash with a bitter finish leaving the herbs lingering.

O - Rather herbal, but actually in a balanced and stimulating manner.

Notes: Saisonesque more so than trippel or golden ale to me, if one enjoys herbal brews this is quite the treat. Good to pair with certain cuisines, and to stimulate a social gathering. (1,095 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at falling rock in Denver. Pours a golden color with no head. Slight haze. Smells a bit funky with fruity notes. Really intersting and crisp.
Taste is spectacular. Great funky wild flavors with some mild hops, nice malt profile.
Great take on a tripel and a spectacular brew. Although I didnt really notice any basil, but that may have been the "funky-ness" I was picking up... (405 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Half a glass of foamy, light-bodied, off-white head. The beer is clear, golden, and coruscant.

S: Spicy and grainy. Lightly sweet and wheaty (or maybe rice?), with a definite basil note. Herbal and bright, smelling almost like a Fantome. Very nice.

T/M: Delicious! Refreshing, crisp, deep-bodied, and complex. A maintaste of soft, light fruit (peach, pear, white grape) is complemented by a light spice that goes perfect with the spicy Thai I recently finished. A full-bodied mouthfeel goes well with the beer, and its mild heft is expertly concealed. A lingering aftertaste highlights the rice and basil.

O: Highly recommended, and one of the best tripels I've tasted, with a really nice twist to keep things interesting. Would definitely drink again. Great beer. (828 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber gold hazy beer with a fat head that draped tons of lace inside my glass

S: gotta be the basil - has a vegetal/herbal aroma that dominates the nose

T: the rice and basil make for a fairly vegetal tripel; the fruitiness common to tripels is subdued; there is some malty sweetness underneath, but this is not a particularly sweet tripel

M: fizzy carbonation, light-medium body; mediocre aftertaste (I'm gonna use the word "vegetal" again)

O: I love tripels and enjoy any beer that expands my tripel horizons - this is an interesting beer that tastes different but it is still enjoyable. That said, it is not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for a tripel, but it is worth the buy and try.

Addendum: the beer happened to have warmed very nicely and it grew on my palate, and by the end of my drink, I was really enjoying it. (845 characters)

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy gold, with a fine two-finger head that lingers a bit. A fine stream of bubbles rises from around the entire bulb of the glass.

Smell: Classic Belgian yeast comes through at first, with some mild black pepper and herbs. Like any Belgian it’s intriguing, but nothing jumps out at this point.

Taste: The herbs and pepper really come through in the forefront, including the advertised basil. A nice balance is provided by the hops. There’s a certain vinous quality to it – like a crisp white. I suppose I’m not sure where to find the rice in the beer, but I’ll keep looking...

Mouthfeel: Very high, almost tingly carbonation. It does help to keep it light given the ABV.

Drinkability: Pretty high. Could work well with Asian food; will need to do a return test with appropriate cuisine. (824 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange body with a medium off-white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, some orange peel, somewhat of an herbal note, along with some additional citrus notes. Smells very good.

T- Sweetness hits right away, but is balanced out pretty quickly by the Belgian spices. There are also earthy and herbal flavors that blend in nicely.

M- Has a strong bite, kind of zaps your tongue right away. High carbonation levels, but drinkable.

O- Interesting mix of flavors. Not exactly sure what Thai basil tastes like, but there is definitely a herbal note. Has somewhat of a saison resemblance, but I prefer The Bruery's saisons more. (652 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

How do I judge thee! As a triple? As an herbal experimental?

It's good and that is all that really matters. I get some Thai basil, but not a lot. I get some nail polish remover, but not in a bad way.

Tasty. Good, but not great. (230 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bruery beer on tap. Very interested so I figured to give it a try

A- a light orange with a clear appearance on the body of the brew. No foam or lacing on the brew except for some thin foam receding to the edges.

S- very serious banana and bready yeast flavors that have that slight basil theme on the ending. Good flavorful scent on the brew with the combination of fruit and yeast. I'm enjoying it

T- getting some more fruit like mango is at the forefront. The herbal and spicy components are at the forefront with the basil. A flavored candy taste is all over the final tasting of the brew. Very unique and enjoyable at the same time

M- carbonation and slightly stinging flavor on the tongue. Expected for a tripel.

O- really enjoyed this interpretation of a tripel from the bruery. With the fresh grassy note combined with the herbal aspect, this is big time appreciated (882 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with lively carbonation and a white foam. Very nice lacing around hte glass.

S - Smells of spices and sugary candy. Has an interesting scent for a tripel.

T - Flavors are complex. Funky yeast flavor to go with some fresh spice. The basil comes through this really nice. Tastes a bit like spiced gingerbread.

M - Smooth flavor, though one can find the spicy bite a bit much. This would go well with sweet foods; potentially as a dessert beer.

O - Always like Bruery and Trade Winds didn't disappoint. Not a convential tripel at all, but the concept they were going for came out well. Enjoyable beer. (619 characters)

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.4 floz. bottle. Tulip glass. One of those enjoyed & shared with Robert while being engaged in informal but useful beer gathering. Inviting name doesn´t disappoint at beer appearance. Pours honey yellow in color. Rice provides clarity to such a chill hazy look. White, small bubbled, froth creates a close, creamy & slowly dissipated crown. Strong penetrating basil aroma gets along with sweet malts & subtle spiced touch to the nose. ABV is felt as a fragance far away from cloying sweet & spiced aromas from regular Tripel-style beers. Tastes as expected from aromas smooth but flavorful. Oily –no fat- malty texture lingers into a long subtle fruity finish. Low bitterness. Amazing medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Kind warming sensation. Yesterday I said : “Summer Tripel? No way”. Today I down on my knees & bow before a delightful & refreshing experience so “Tripel in a hot day? Why not?”. (925 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, slightly cloudy deep yellow with a nice white 1/4 inch head and some light lacing

S: A yeasty, grainy presence with light banana, cloves and hint of light citrus

T: Nice and refreshing come to mind. Nice little clove presence upfront with banana, apple and some very light citrus. It is dry, crisp and a bit sweet. Very light bitterness with backseat hay.

M: Medium bodied with lingering bite, carbonation is a tweak high i felt but loads of taste are left on the palate

O: Very good (505 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy orange and yellow with a huge dense white head into a DFH snifter
S: smells sweet with notes of fruity esters, spicy yeast, a little lemon zest
T: slight bready malt at first, fruitiness, spicy yeast, a bit of basil, some citrus zest, and grassy hops. swallow brings more fruity sweetness, bitter hop, and a bit more spice
M: smooth with slightly prickly carbonation. medium to light in body.
O: A well made Tripel with a nice little twist and something different. Many of those flavors you expect along with a little something extra from the basil. Very easy to drink as well. (595 characters)

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
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