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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 46
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Pahn
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750ml champagne bottle.
High carbonation. Hazy deep yellow color. Some of the fluffiest foam head I've ever seen, great retention and lacing action. (appealing bottle as well).
It seemed like the three of us responded to the smell immediately when the bottle was popped. Not over the top spice as I feared, but bright malt and what I think is wheat aroma. And complex yeast character as well. Really nice smell. Carbonation level helps push aromatics.
Taste is mild, very Saison-like. Light malts and grainy flavor - good yeast and mild spice. Basil almost taste sweet and end of sip. Refreshing!
Fuller mouthfeel than I expect on a triple. Potentially from using rice as adjunct instead of usual beet sugar. I like it, just not to style as I'm used to it. Sip does have a interesting acidic feel, and yet still very smooth. Booze is quite well hidden. Everyone enjoyed and wanted more.

Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Straight up honey colored brew with a massive 4-5 finger head that just sits there for a good while. Clarity of the beer is low to moderate and you can definitely see that there's lots of carbonation. A bit of a splotch was left on my glass.

S - Sweet honey like aroma with a general grainy aroma as well. I get a big of banana, clove, and bubble gum. Nothing out of the ordinary that I pick up in this Tripel, I don't even really get the Thai Basil.

T - Wow, it's surprisingly tart enough to make me pucker. Very dry throughout with notes of alcohol here and there. Soft clove, bubblegum and banana. Sweetness is relatively low as is the bitterness. As for the Thai Basil, I don't pick it up really, unless it's giving off a lemon like flavor.

M - Soft-medium crispness, rather creamy like and medium bodied.

O - Overall I like the beer but not because it's brewed with Thai Basil, but because it's a pretty good Tripel. I love the soft, smooth mouthfeel of the beer, I'm guessing the rice has something to do with that. Pretty good, I'm not big on the style but I'd drink it again. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

A fall maple leaf color, hazy. Large 2 finger, frothy head.
Strong white grape on the aroma, champagne-like. Apple, banana, coriander, mint, old cotton clothing, orange, clove all appear as well.

The taste is tart, sweet, slightly sour and minutely alcoholic. A nice blend of yeast and malt but with the yeast contributing the majority of the flavor. peppery with a little heat on the finish. Thick but delicate mouthfeel. The basil used doesn't contribute much, it may be too close in flavor to the yeast to give off any unique flavors that aren't so subtle.

It's good.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a crystal-clear body and light effervescence. Head is 3 fingers of frothy white foam. Good stuff.

Smell: interesting, slightly spiced aroma reminiscent of a gruit. The basil comes out as almost minty over very light hints of apple. Not bad, although it's not particularly tripel-like.

Taste: the flavor works much better than the aroma. Somewhat dry for a tripel, the herbs play well with a light, dry malt flavor and some tarter apple and pear strains. The alcohol seems to be punching above the 8.1%, though -- it's a bit hot. Still, quite nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big burst of effervescence on the tongue. Not truly creamy, but interesting nonetheless.

Overall: this is an interesting tripel. It reminds me more of a lightly-spiced dry saison than a tripel. Still, it's a pretty tasty beer and, above all else, original.

Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange beer with a full 2 1/2 finger's of fluff white head. The retention on the head isn't long, but there is a steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass which leaves a thin layer on the top. There is a fair amount of lacing on the sides as well.

S: Yeast, belgain candy sugar, biscuity malts and a bit of banana. Smells like a Belgian style.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells. Nice and sweet with the taste of bready, sweet malts, a heavy hit of honey sweetness and the yeast. Finishes easy and leaves the mouth with coating of gentle sweet.

M: Medium bodied and heavy on the carbonation. Drinks almost like champagne, with a slightly sticky, almost chewiness to it.

O: A solid beer. The rice I can see being in there (though I wouldn't be able to prove it), but there is no hint of Thai basil. That might be a good thing, but if it's being billed as having been brewed with Thai basil i would like to be able to taste it. A good beer all the same, a nicely balanced Tripel.

Photo of goblue3509
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellowish golden color with a big thick three finger head. The aroma is spicy with hints of honey and citrus. The taste has a big sweet honey flavor with hints of candied yeast and spice. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is a solid beer not as sweet as some triples but nice and complex.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy looking yellow color, Really nice looking head that fluffs up quickly and laces the glass fairly well. The smell of the beer has a sweet, grainy aroma with hints of lemon in there too. The taste of the beer is light and refreshing. The mouhtfeel is soft and has it fades there is a nice little bite in the end. Overall it's a pretty good brew in my opinion.

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Turbid apricot hued, roiling with carbonation which feeds the huge, seemingly-neverending, off-white head. Lacing is superb.
It brings chardonnay and champagne on the nose, with a health sprinkling of pepper. A large hunk of Rock candy is also in play. Bits of dried apricot and peach arrive as it warms. Basil isn't specifically noticed, but possibly in the mix if one is sniffing for it.
The rice is noticed immediately with it's lightly sweet crispiness. It light and thin, and seemingly not capable of balancing what comes next. Fruitiness comes with melon and pear notes. Yeast adds pepper and dry, old leather funkiness (I'd have guessed some Brett was in here). Just a flicker of sweet, anise-tinged basil. Hops are floral and astringent. Or is that the alcohol? A big flare of heat explodes on the swallow, melting all the pleasant moments that preceded it.
Medium-full bodied, given perkiness by the eddies of CO2.
This carries all the peripherals of a top-notch domestic Tripel. Taste-wise (specifically, boozy heat-wise) it fails to deliver as it burns past all its nuance and charm.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a big off white head. In the aroma, spicy basil and candy sugar. In the taste, mellow basil spice, hints of fruit and candy sugar. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice in the aftertaste. A bit too spicy in aftertaste, decent nonetheless.

Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for supplying this one.
Made with Thai basil and spices. Pours a light golden color with a lot of vibrant, yeasty esters on the nose. There’s a good deal of spice on the palate. I pick up some citrus peel and a lot of the yeast…uh, goodness? Very effervescent. I like the experimentation going on and the way things came together.

Photo of July2Nov
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sunburst orange wit it being lighter at the bottom and gradually darker the further you get to the top. Nice frothy head.

Smell: Funky and yeasty with some overripe apple scents coming out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Warms up with a crisp bite of spice. Easy going. Get some alcohol heat at the end and into the aftertaste. Getting that Belgian farmhouse wheat flavor upfront and continues till the end with a chalky/grainy ending. The Alchol heat is very noticeable at the end (that's why I mention it for the 2nd time). Faint basil flavor comes in near the end.

Overall: nice beer from The Bruery. Glad I tried it. It just didn't knock my socks off so this probably will be a one and done. But overall it's a pleasant beer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden with a large frothy head and nice lace.

S: Candy aroma, lemon custard with bready notes.

T: Very complex spicey aftertaste but also the alcohol seeps through a little too much here. Seems to me so many tripels have the spice up front but this one was more dominant in the finish. orange citrus as well.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium body.

O: A nice tripel. I think the spice character is excellent but it is a little overshadowed at times by the alcohol that comes through.

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam that settles very slowly and leaves webs of lace behind on the glass. The body is slightly hazy and golden.

S - some soft malt and spicy clove notes as well as some fruity pear notes.

T - sweet, thick malt up front with lots of clove and some fruit. Black pepper and warming alcohol in the middle. Finishes with thick make and another dose of spice.

M - a thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somerset sweet finish.

D - a bit heavy handed with the malt and a level of sweetness in the finish that borders in excessive and hurts the drinkability a bit. The flavors are spot on for the style and the basil adds a subtle complexity without jumping out at you.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spotted this basil tripel infusion and had to get it.

Golden orange beer with a constantly regenerating fluffy, white head. The bubbles are a little loose fitting, but still leave a decent lacing.

Strong yeast with an earthy spiciness. There is no immediate indication of basil, but I'm going to assume that it's a contributing factor to the beer's spice. Notes of white grapes and melon are the first fruits that come to mind.

This is definitely a tripel with strong character, but is a little out of balance. The alcohol is burning and there is almost insignificant sweetness. I appreciate the herbal infusion, but wouldnhave wanted to taste the basil much more than I was able to.

initial sweetness that quickly bitters. The strong carbonation helps make this beer creamy, luscious, and refreshing. The aftertaste fades quickly, but provides a bit of dark fruits and honey.

This beer wasn't worth the price I paid, but was a delicious concoction nonetheless. I would have liked more basil, but the beer was still unique compared to a traditional triple recipe. I would still like to try more from this brewery.

Photo of dgilks
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colour with an extremely long lasted white head. Head retention should be much better given the style.

Bright and incredibly full of fruity yeast notes. Slightly tart. Where's the Thai Basil.

Light malt with the rice making itself known. Nice yeasty, tart fruit note with some good balanced herbal hops. Maybe that "hop" character is the basil but it's good nonetheless.

Light body with moderately-high carbonation. Very crisp.

A nice tripel with some good flavour. The tart fruitiness is interesting. Decent.

Photo of snpub540
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear light orange hue into my tulip. It has a small white head that fades very quickly and doesn"t leave any lacing on the glass.

Smells of hay, spices, and some citrus hop notes.

Taste is veru crisp and refreshing. Sweetness upfront with a nice dry grain flavor that is very clean. Hops are a spicy flavor with some citrus in the finish. Also a nice clove spice that lingers in the finish. Very clean and dry that makes you want to drink more.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side. Easily drinkable and it has some nice flavor to it. A great beer for easy summer drinking.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. The bottle does not have a brewed on date or a fresh by date, but it does list the alcohol percentage.

A: Hazy burnished gold with a thick half-a-finger white rocking head, which has excellent retention.

S: Belgian yeast and candy, floral, slight basil, fruit.

T: Spicy basil, spice, floral notes, raisins, apple, biscuit, steamed rice. Slight alcohol warmth, a little fruit, and spice carry the finish.

M: Medium body and spicy, racy dry with plenty of crisp carbonation.

O: Great carbonation lifts this beer and gives it zing to match its racy spice. The rice, though present, does not add as much to this beer as the Thai basil. The aroma is good, but it does not fully uncover all the complex flavors luring within this beer. Fruit, malt, wheat, spice mix well in this beer, though the finish does have lots of spice with a slight sweetness.

Photo of ffejherb
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this 750ml bottle on 7/24/11.

A - Emerged from the bottle as a hazy orange, effervescent liquid with a minimal off-white cap that reduced to some stringy lacing but flared up each time I swirled my glass.

S - Aroma suggests an Eastern inrpiration with citrusy, grassy and herbal notes, while Asian spices offer a hint of exotic flair to the nose.

T - Zesty citrus notes mingle with crisp rice-like malt and herbal and grassy hops, giving the flavor a light, almost airy quality for a Tripel. Lemongrass, perhaps? There is also a hint of exotic spices that add a bit of complexity to the flavor profile.

M - Light to medium bodied with a crisp, effervescence and a light syrupy texture. Finish is bittersweet with very little alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Tradewinds is a really tasty Asian-inspired ale with tons of flavor and a light, drinkable body for the style. Another winner from The Bruery!

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip.

Gorgeous crystal clear, golden color with a monstrous billowing head. 2/3 of the glass is thick, frothy foam - just beautiful to look at. Not a lot of carbonation from the bottom though. Head subsides slowly and leaves great lacing.

Nose is yeast and an herbal lemony sweetness. Smells fresh and clean.

First sip is a traditional tripel/Belgian pale ale. Not picking up much basil, this bottle might be past its prime. Maybe a hint of lemongrass, but mostly I'm tasting the Belgian yeast. Still, this is a good, well-constructed tripel.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a nice golden straw color with a strong amount of very foamy head that lingers extensively, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: Nice scent typical of the style, very light an almost lemony
T: Nice typical tripel taste with a bit more depth and a little less of the wheat twinge that i typically find with the style
M: Strong carbonation, lingering dryness
O: I really enjoyed it and found it to be one of the better representations of the style i have come across

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. Looks about like a tripel is supposed to look.

The aroma is outstanding. I get a load of wheat and Asian basil as well as some nice fruit notes. There is also a nice Belgian yeast aroma and some muddled spices.

The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a lot of wheat and lemons, along with some cherries. The yeast and basil are once again present and compliment the other flavors very well. The beer is somewhat dry and is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made tripels I have drank.

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with heavy carbonation. Erupting white head mushrooms out the tulip and lasts forever. Crystal clear with beautiful carbonation bubbles.

Flint, limestone, peach, apricot, pear, golden delicious apples, candi sugar, belgian spices, with some clovey phenols. White pepper, and more. Lots going on in the nose.

Very yeasty and full of belgiany spices. Candi sugar dominates the middle and finish. White pepper and a bit more limestone and apshalt on the finish. Lifting acidity and moderate carbonation. Apricot and peach mingle well with some tropical fruit flavors and a hint of clove on the finish. Drying hops really brings the sweet candi sugar middle to a halt and keeps things from becoming cloying. A very nice tripel.

Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from big 350ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Tawny, orange/gold in color, with a big, billowy cloud deck of frothy, off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, faint Belgian yeast
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, apricots, earthy "dusty" hops, very subtle undercurrent of the Thai basil, becomes more evident upon warming. A very refreshing and flavorfull brew that cries out for a spicy Thai dish or Scechuan offering, Bleu cheese salad, or even jambalaya would be a nice match. An excellent, elegant brew from The Bruery. Highly recommended.

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.