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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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946 Ratings
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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 110 | 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%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

MidtowneMarket, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Daniellobo, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

SciFritz, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Dactrius, Aug 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

CEDAMA, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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...

DrinkSlurm, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

AgentMunky, Aug 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Greywulfken, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of rdickey
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

rdickey, Aug 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

kendellmarie, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

DoubleSimcoe, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Orion1, Aug 03, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

stephenjmoore, Jul 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sbanacho, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

DeezGunz14, Jul 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

KevSal, Jul 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

logicalparadox, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

martyl1000, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tbeq00, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.