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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A- Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy orangish amber color with a huge off-white head with excellent retention and a ton of lacing all over the glass.

S- The aroma is pretty sweet and fruity with spices with hints if citrus and a lot of yeasty notes.

T- The taste is sweet and malty up front with some spices and some yeast in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of tripels but this one was more enjoyable than most. Definitely worth a try especially if you enjoy the style.

cjgator3, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade Winds Tripel....doesn't that just sound nice? Here's hoping it tastes as good to the mouth as it does to the ears.

Whoa mama! Now that's what I call a head. I don't think my glass was dirty but even a slow pour produced a huge, fluffy head that's sticking all over the place. A warming, foggy amber hue, and what we have here is a beautiful looking Tripel.

Once again my inability to smell small details because of my polyps is hurting me. But if I take my time I can distinguish some things. For one, it has that Tripel, belgian candy smell. Floral, slight spice and just refreshing.

Awesome. This is the type of Tripel that I yearn for. A beer that immediately delivers that Tripel feel - a dry, sweet bite that delivers immediately, and maintains a candy-like aftertaste for the long haul. This also has some nice citrus notes to it as well. The feel is medium bodied, smooth, and delicioso.

There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be coming back to this beer. I love the style, and The Bruery brued up a serious brue with this one. Good times.

ElijahCSkuggs, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a hazy medium orange with a huge white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had great lacing. The aroma was quite strong with the odor of a soapy yeast, a mild herbal hop and straw malts with a hint of fruitiness. It tasted mildly sweet and acidic from the start and had a strong yeasty finish which had a hint of spiciness and a little taste of citrus with the flavor lasting an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery yet dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation. Overall a very nice tasting tripel.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into large tulip glass

Pours a bubbly deep golden orange with some yellowish tints. A huge fluff of white head bubbles up, slowly fading into a well retained layer of near-solid film. Plenty of patchy, splotchy lacing on the glass.

Lots of herbal hoppiness with basil and floral tones in the nose. Lemon peel and spice as well with a hint of pepper.

Some herbal and floral hops mixed with splashes of basil. It's almost like a salad or herb garden, coupled with some fainter hop bitterness. Citrus and lemon peel with some fruit juice and light sweetness. Hints of spice towards the finish with a very faint alcohol edge.

Medium body, high carbonation, a bit dry on the palate. Pretty drinkable and decent flavor, especially since the 8.1% manages to stay out of the way. I'm not sure I'd go chasing this down or anything, but I definitely wouldn't mind having it again.

xnicknj, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clouded, rusty gold, showing a bit clearer at the edges. Triumphant, exuberant head, snowy white, lacy.

Beautifully fragrant, lightly spicy, floral, airy, with lemony traces. Gorgeous.

Drinking, the loveliness lives on. Lean-bodied, snappy, plenty of spicy tricks playing on the palate. Very lively, with marvelous Belgian yeast flavor adding another dimension of deliciousness. Citrus fruit factor grows larger, and candy sugar sweetness climbs in to match it. Just stays vibrant and tasty all the way through the bottle.

Great match for thai food, I'm sure. Don't know, I had it with Chinese. Worked there, too. Excellent tripel. Is simply everything they make this good or better?

feloniousmonk, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark straw color with a massive 1.5 - 2 finger head that lingered for a few moments, then melted into a frothy frothness.

S: I didn't get all the wacky, gourmet stuff that the marketing-speak suggested on the nose. I basically got a huge aroma of yummy Belgian funk and a tinge of grass.

T: Ahhh... now I got it. The sweetness definitely had a lime character (ala. Thai cuisine), with a big Belgian flair. The rice really wasn't in the taste profile, but I do think that its presence was the main reason why this was so smooth. Yep.... this was a Tripel alright! The finish was straight up basil, which was aggressively bitter in its attack, but in a very pleasant, interesting way.

M: I really dug the sweetness on this. I haven't tasted too many tripels in my life that had the sort of citrus exposure that this one did, but I dug it!. The carbonation was obviously very substantial judging by the ridiculous head.

D: To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I do like them on occasion. This was in the top 5 of the more interesting and unique ones I've ever tasted!

Chaney, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled on date to be found. I assume it's from summer 2010, just bought it off the shelf last week. Enjoyed on 03/03/11.

A - Nice bright gold color with a huge white head that takes up half my glass even after a careful pour. All kinds of bubble coming up from the bottom throughout the tasting. A good half finger head stays the entire time and leaves a thin wall of lacing.

S - Upon opening the bottle, I immediately got some hints of honey but I can't get it directly from my glass. Belgian yeast, citrus, peppery spiciness. Smells like a mix between a tripel and a saison.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. A good creamy light maltiness followed by some citrus and good spiciness. Finish is very dry and quite spicy.

M/D - Mouthfeel is great although it may be slightly over-carbonated. Drinkability is high, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

Another great Belgian-style beer from The Bruery. Very nice representation with some saison-like attributes as well.

Janderson91, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Over-carbonated it seems, takes up almost all of the glass. Pour is a light golden straw with a touch of amger

Smell: Typical tripel spiceness with some lemon and herbal notes

Taste: Everything about this beer seems muted and subdued, which is unusual for the Bruery. Herbal, citrus and floral notes with a bit of sweetness behind them.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but over carbonated

Drinkability: I picked this up on a whim; finished about 1/3 of a glass and then forgot about it / lost interest; dumped the rest in the AM

craytonic, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with an off-white head. Head falls to a very small one. Thinnest of lace.

Smells like a typical Belgian Triple. Aroma of Belgian yeast with mild basil notes. Should be good.

Nice Belgian triple taste. Yeast as you'd expect with a mild alcohol taste. As it warms the basil comes through, interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a big bite. Bit of a boozy mouthfeel.

I like it. Basil is subtle but adds something. Good beer.

dstc, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very fluffy edging around the glass of my tulip, and solid-state cream in the center that never dissipates. The edges may start to crack and thin out, but that center is like fresh Styrofoam from our home polymerization kit. Pure white and average size of bubbles at a regular interval.

It also has a TON of carbonation. This is dozens upon dozens of streams within the pale orange, yellow body from that rice I assume. Amazing retention has a half finger of creamy froth always around. The lacing is something to be desired, however. Its patches of sheep wool clipped and smashed about here and there.

S- Nice sweetness mingled with the sharp spice body. To further define it, its faintly Belgian candied sugars for the opening. This is overwhelmed by a sharp and astringent spice. It has all of the power of allspice and nail polish remover diluted down by a factor of twenty five, but there is an herbal finish to it. It isn't like regular basil, and luckily I've had Thai basil. It has that clean, refreshing mint power combined with that plant like aroma... not grassy, but not true basil aroma, either.

T- Opens sweet, but instantly overwhelmed. The spiciness of this beer is quite distracting. Distracting bursts of sharp nature like misplaced alcohol. Its flavors are faint basil and a bit of something that may be minty... its definitely not as exciting as the nose.

Finish is very malty. It bursts biscuit and memories of adjunct lager? It fades quick and is surprisingly clean for the most part.

M- Thin body. Very thin even. It comes off a bit watery at times when I want medium bodied. Low lingering potentials, but insanely crisp. The opening and middle are just barrels of tingling fights hiding some imperfections.

D- Its not awful. Due to its mouthfeel I can drink the hell out of it. The clean finish doesn't allow too much exponential growth of frustration. It was worth ticking, but I wouldn't suggest this one out to any of my friends. Takes a bit of work to truly appreciate it for what it is.

Khazadum, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and malty with a nice overtone of sweet fruit and hints of yeast and honey. It pours a nice clear golden yellow, typical but with a very thick, fluffy, persistent off-white head. Flavor is crisp, malty and a little fruity with a hint of yeast and a bit of an alcohol nip - not quite as complex as I expected, but still tasty. Texture is smooth, a little tingly, a teensy on the watery side but still decent. This is not the best tripel I've had, but it's worthy of at least a try.

Cyberkedi, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears hazy orange with a large off-white head.

It smells of mild peppery yeast, sweet citrus fruit. Mild sweet malt and it smells a bit floral as well.

It tastes initially quite white wine like. There is a slight lime like taste, a floral flavor and a bit of grainy rice like flavor. The lime flavor is very strong. I get a bit of a sweet fruity yeast flavor and a bit of a sweet fruity malt flavor as well. There is a bit of a sour bite to this beer. This is not as sweet as most tripels' that I have had. I enjoy that the sweetness of the ale is balanced by a mild tart flavor. This really does infuse Thai flavors with Belgian flavors. I wish I had some Thai food to eat with this.

The carbonation is moderate low. The mouth feel is rather thin.

The drinkability is great. It is a mild and smooth drinking beer that has a great balance to it. I could drink a few of these easy.

Overall a unique great refreshing beer that is packed full of flavor. This is a great fusion beer. It would go great with Thai food.

chumba526, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange colour with mild haze. Steady, quite fast carbonation travelling to an off-white head that looks like whipped egg-white on the top, with large bubbles on the side. Nice chunks of lace weaved around the glass; looks nice.

Smells interesting. A curious balance of fruit and must. Fair peach, apricot, jammy characters all overridden by a Belgian mustiness with mild spice and a touch of damp basement aroma to it. Sweet/tangy does hold its own though, and is pleasant enough to carry it through nicely.

Taste is more fruity for the most part. Some dry, quite attenuated cake batter malt upfront develops a nice fruity tang at the midway point. Peach and apple and an apricot jham sweetness come through that then become quite bitter on the back. Slightly musty with light peppery spice, a touch of rubber and an almost vinous note, just has that dry red wine yeast character on the back, quite oddly but it's a nice way to finish. Finish is slightly drab, though; there's not a big characters and it kind of drops off a bit. Overall is pretty nice.

Decent foamy texture with the perfect body, just really nicely weighted in the mouth.

If the finish had more character, it might venture into less drinkable. As it is it's not the most amazingly flavoured beer but is quite enjoyable for drinking.

laituegonflable, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Ledger's Liquor in Berkeley, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable, @tobeerornottobe and @FakeCousinAndrew.

Pours a hazed but bright golden colour, with a fill bodied, if large-bubbled and foamy head. Lacing is sudsy and thick. Minimal carbonation present - in fact, the body of the beer looks quite still and quite heavy. Looks very pleasant, particularly the colour.

Nose is pleasantly round with lots of Belgian esters coming off it. Light vinous acidity, and very slight hint of oak. Some apple cider vinegar character comes through as it warms, which doesn't really suit, although the other characters are nice.

Very thin on the palate, with some faint cidery nothingness on the front and a back laced with sharp Belgian phenols. The rice, I feel, is the attempt to lighten the body, but I fear it's what gives that straight fermented sugar sweetness, and a hint of the cider. The phenols on the back are true to style, but they stand out a little too harshly. Not a whiff of the basil.

Feel is light in feel, but heavy in body. As in, you can't feel the thickness in the mouth, but you can as you swallow.

Only an average brew as far as I'm concerned. Misses the mark for the style, and the extra "quirks" added to it don't do enough to make it interesting.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - HUGE head! A nice brunt copper colored body. I think this beer looks really great.

S - Spices, and basil. Very powerful floral alcohol, i think. There is something quite odd in this nose, which I can't quite place. But it is a very powerful smell.

T - This is tasty. A nice malt profile supports the subtle flavors of citrus, vanilla, and that belgian spice I love so very, very much.

M - Big and light and fluffy. The slightest bit drying.

D - It's palatable and smooth. Bit of an aftertaste that deters. It's pretty drinkable though.

ColdPoncho, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of clarkm04
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy deep amber color. Nice clean white head retention. Medium carbonation

Smell - Complex nose with a slight straw note along with fruit notes and some very unique spices

Taste- The front end of the beer is typical Tripel with a nice complex character followed by a unique back end where the Asian spices kick in. The Asian spice flavor notes are very subtle. The basil is present but very balanced with the rest of the beer. A very clean, dry finish. One of the better Tripels and certainly one of the most unique. A really appreciate the complexity and uniqueness of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very smoth with a slight citrus note

Drinkability- Very high. I feel cursed for only having one bottle.

Overall - Outstanding. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone. What a fun, outstanding, and complex beer to drink.

clarkm04, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with billowing white head that settles to a thick styrofoam cap, someone may have dropped an alkaseltzer in here too with all the bubbles streaming up. Smell: really lightly sweet pils malt, lightly spicy and aromatic (though can't pick out basil) with a little lemon. Taste: spicy, lightly lemony, mildly sweet base malt, mildly herbal. Watered down pear-apple juice in the finish. Would be light bodied but for the high carbonation. Not sure I'd get this if I hadn't read the label, but the after taste has some elements of aromatic sticky rice. Interesting, but maybe thinned out too much by the rice. Summer 2010 release.

babaracas, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On @ Dirty Truth.

A- Light orange with a white, fizzy cap. Retention is decent, legs are there but not much lace.

S- Fruity with an obvious Belgian yeast spice, raisins and some herbal feel.

T- Huge mint basil on top of a solid tripel flavor. The herbs blend nicely with raisin, yeast spice(clove) and some citrus fruit and zest. Hops come in spicy and floral. More citrus fruit builds with time.

MF- Creamy body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Somewhat bitter finish.

DB- Worth the price on tap but not at $20 a bottle. I like the herbal addition a lot but could see how some would not. Drinks easily and very flavorful.

cbutova, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thick white head.

S: Spicy yeast as well as a touch of sweetness.

T: Light fruits give way to a touch of white sugared sweetness. Spicy belgian yeast is ever present as well. Very complex, very tasty. The thai basil comes through at the end as well as the finish. It's very subtle, no way I would have picked it out if it wasn't written on the bottle.

M: Medium-light to medium bodied, high level of carbonation.

D: A very drinkable twist on a tripel.

willjschmidt, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a 750mL bottle of this at Animal restaurant in Los Angeles. Pours a cloudy orange with incredibly thick white head. Lots of lacing. I felt the need to take a picture of the glass while drinking. Smells quite spicy, but I had trouble trying to place what the spices were. Lots of Belgian yeasty aroma too. A bit prickly in the mouthfeel, but a nice tripel. Reminded me of a strong saison almost.

kwjd, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of SirRuss
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at about 58F (I know, higher than recommended, but intentional due to the chilly november night), brought forth not only herbaceous notes described on the label, but also festive scents of cinnamon and ginger, and an aroma reminiscent of warm carrot cake.

The taste offered a similar profile, very well balanced with a good level of hopping. A menthol note (also present on the nose) provided a clean finish that worked in hand with the hops. Traditional tripel profile only really comes forth at the end.

Carbonation looked questionable on the pour, but not as bad as first expected - although could do with some taming.

Superb off-centre interpretation of the tripel - added to the style without detracting from it. Not sure how long the novelty would remain appealing, but definitely longer than one bottle, so I'll be back for more.

SirRuss, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of hardy008
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold color with a huge white head with good retention. The aroma has bread, sweet malt, coriander, yeast, pepper, and basil.

The taste is just like the aroma. Bread, sweet malt, coriander, yeast, pepper, and basil. The sweetness is balanced by some bitterness. Rice is used in place of candi sugar. The rice and the Thai Basil make for an interesting combination, but I prefer a more traditional Tripel.

Medium bodied, heavy carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall not a bad beer, but far from the best Tripel I have had.

hardy008, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An out-of-towner on tap at House of 1000 Beers -- gimme gimme!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Clear, golden-brass body under a finger of cushiony white foam, very attractive.

Smells of baking spices, honey, pie crust. Sorry I can't be more specific, but a good smell.

Taste starts off strong with rich baking spice: nutmeg, a little cinnamon, orange zest. Some alcohol heat which, combined with the orange flavor, turns into a Triple Sec or bitters flavor. Hmm, not a big fan of that. Dry, flinty fruit character in afteraste, that really dominates after a while. Becomes unwieldy & kind of turns me off, ends up tasting like a worn-out pumpkin ale after a while. Some anise. Starts off strong, trips over itself & gets muddy.

Mouthfeel is crisp but full, dry in the middle.

Oy, this is kind of a mess, in my opinion. Starts strong, pretty compelling, but almost so complex that it becomes unwieldy & turns into a juggling act, & the drinker can't help but drop the ball.

OneDropSoup, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger off white head with excellent retention; a dollop stayed on top - had to clear it to smell the beer. Decanted continually. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Prominent malt character. Yeast, light fruit and lemon. Pepper a little basil (basil more prominent as the beer warmed).

T: Sweet, bready malt. Fruit comes through apple and pear. Basil is very muted not taking the beer out of balance as some spiced beers. Alcohol chases the bitter.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Finish is dry and a little warm, but carbonation brightens and cleanses.

D: Very drinkable; almost refreshing. Disguises the ample abv well.

Haybeerman, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tripel with rice and thai basil, eh? Interesting. 750 mL bottle courtesy of G311. Pours a very hazy gold color with a large-bubbled off-white head. Fades pretty quick and a few patches of lace stick to the glass.

Nose is fantastic! Uniquely fruity, like a cranberry-mango chutney. Basil is there, but subtle. Light honey aroma melds with some grainy malt and alcohol. Hops are detectable and make this a complex sniffer, probably the best smelling tripel I have ever laid nostrils upon.

Smooth and extra-creamy mouthfeel is what strikes me first on this beer. Tropical fruits with an herbal accent on the flavor with a stiff bitterness and alcohol drying. Body is substantial and big for a tripel. Fruit levels take on the best from Belgium, impressive. Very nice brew, might be my favorite that I have had so far from The Bruery.

twiggamortis420, Nov 14, 2010
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.