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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 42
Gots: 83 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2012 14:25:51 | More by NWer
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2012 05:53:19 | More by tjfinkle
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, lemon, some funk, and some basil. There is also a bit of funkiness, some vegetable, banana, biscuit, and clove.

T - Starts off with some lemon, Belgian yeast esters, banana, touch of clove, and and farmhouse funkiness. Through the middle, some basil and vegetable flavors come through with some biscuit notes. The finish is a mix of yeast esters, lemon, other light fruits, some tartness, and some lingering basil.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with an estery, sweet, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really full and complex flavors with everything coming together really nicely. The balance of the traditional Belgian flavors with the Basil and other ingredients is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:47:17 | More by ngeunit1
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-28-2012 06:33:54 | More by KevdoggNasty
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sourbatchkid for opening up this bottle.

Trade Winds Triple is a beer that has escaped me for quite a bit. I had a sip at a tasting before, but im glad to have a nice snifter of it too chill with.

Trade Winds Triple(Nice name by the way) is a golden type color with some bright bronze color here and there. A nice foamy off white color, cream colored half inch of foam does not stick to the glass. Smell is off center for a triple, not your typical Belgian scent. Some spicy scent (thai basil) with big pale malt with some masked aroma hops with grassy appeal. Im not turned off by the flavor, it's just different for me, Im used to the Belgians. First off, I think the spice is a bit to pronounced, it's all I taste, that basil flavor. It sort of over takes the beer leaving no room for interpretation. Under that the light body brings forth alot of pale malt flavor. Some apple comes out in the end but the spice prevails. The body is a bit thin and watery IMO. Between light and medium, just falls short of carrying the beer further. Bright carb with bubbles, no problem there, alive like a good triple should be. A whole bottle of this would have been a chore and a half.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:46:07 | More by BARFLYB
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-12-2012 21:51:52 | More by DSlim71
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-11-2012 18:28:42 | More by dominic4beer
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +27.6%

03-06-2012 04:37:05 | More by gos42
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-27-2012 15:24:16 | More by Arherring
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, fridge temp., snifter.

pours out with a huge head, more than half the glass, took awhile to disapate. lots of carbonation bubbles. billowy, rocky, soapy white head with some big, foamy bubbles. leaves some nice lacing. cloudy deep golden color.

smells like your pretty basic tripel at first, but the more it warms the more it takes on this funky, vegetal, herbal aroma, almost a bit meaty. brett and basil??

some pretty tart lemongrass like citrus and some sweet, almost candied grains. a bit of that vegetal, herbal funk comes through. slight meat, and a bit vineous. maybe some slight hints of rice. finishes tart and dry.

kind of coats the mouth. sweet, then tart and dry with a high amount of bitey carbonation.

a decent tripel, but there is some odd funk in there. wild yeast maybe? but i dont think this was brewed with any. the basil is hard to pick out, but i can see its impact with all the vegetal, herbal notes. i realized after i drank this that it is a summer seasonal and shouldve been consumed fresh, so ill have to give this another try. i applaud the bruery for making interesting, unique beers, but this one didnt really work that well for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 23:09:06 | More by dogfishandi
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-26-2012 02:30:48 | More by zonker17
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-21-2012 23:25:03 | More by RichH55
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2012 18:20:23 | More by kevgod
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-18-2012 21:03:21 | More by PthPndr
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

02-17-2012 01:21:05 | More by M27
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-16-2012 13:13:08 | More by kennethkearns
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-15-2012 19:39:42 | More by John11486
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, ma, it's a tripel made with rice! It's gonna taste like Bud Lite, except it doesn't. It taste like AWESOME. It tastes like what winners drink. It smells like banana nut bread after you goldenly pour it into your snifter. And the head rises like a summer thunderstorm's anvil head. It has POWER! Tropical fruity flavors shoot out from all directions like heat lightning. Zapping you with a tartness too, and the occasional zap of a hop or two. The rice is light and fluffy on the tongue like a (cloud analogy).

It's not a tripel, it's its own (violent weather analogy) of aromatics. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 23:42:09 | More by specksnreds
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2012 17:23:32 | More by FutureJack
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Pours a hazy deep gold color with two finger bone colored head. Enjoying in the comforts of home after painting all day.

The nose on this is incredible. Notes of mango, juicy apricot, apple cider, tomato, and light basil spice. Very well-rounded and deep.

Taste: Basil, lemon, pepper, apple, light honey, slight biscuit.

Very fruity aftertaste that finishes quickly. Moderate to high carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a very interesting beer. Lots of fruity notes as well as slight vegetal tomato taste as well as basil. Very well-rounded and a unique take on the style. Highly recommended, would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:43:39 | More by syrupjoe
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2012 06:49:10 | More by twelveinches
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bomber, poured into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a bright hazy color that is surprisingly opaque for its color. A huge frothy white head rests on top of it. Picture-perfect.

S: Banana bread and yeast dominate the nose. A touch of clove is subtly present in the background. Everything is present, but not at an overpowering volume.

T: The clove is considerably stronger in the flavor profile than it was in the nose. Yeasty bready flavors are present throughout. There is a butterscotch like sweetness in here as well, as if little pieces of banana had been thoroughly coated in butterscotch on all sides. The booze is indiscernible here, although at 8.1% this is a little low for the style.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, and lots of sticky sugars left behind after the finish.

D/O: Although "triple" isn't my favorite style, this is probably one of my fav examples. It has a sharpness that is kind of a punch in the face, and a complexity of flavors that is really enjoyable. I don't want this "every day", but I do enjoy it on occasion. I've had it before and I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:07:29 | More by psuKinger
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and hazy gold color with a large rocky white head.

Aromas are spicy and floral, Some lemon zest, basil, yeast, and grassy notes as well.

Taste is creamy up front, lightly sweet, with notes of lemon zest, basil, spicy yeast, with some notes of hard candies. Finish is crisp and clean, with really mild citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth with good body and nice carbonation.

Overall this is a tasty beer. An odd twist on the Tripel style, I'll enjoy finishing this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:22:31 | More by flexabull
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-28-2012 00:04:24 | More by jskennedy
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P - Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Huge huge champagne like head. Almost annoying at one moment.

A - Dark orange golden color with a eggshell colored head. Pretty typical for a tripel.

S- Alot is going on in these aromas. I'm getting that classic belgium yeast upfront, a little bit of bananas, raw biscuit batter, vinegar. Some herbal smells...can't tell ya what they are but I know they are there!

T - Smooth, no bite from the hops (as to be excepted) It pretty much follows my nose, minus the vinegar and add a little character of black pepper.

M - Light in the mouth. very smooth.

O - a decent tripel. Nothing to go crazy about but I would drink it again. I hope to see more from The Bruery in my parts of town!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:31:01 | More by TomTwanks
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
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