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Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

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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.

Low C+

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 VaRy
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of csrbv
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Leeshee
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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.)

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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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 MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.