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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
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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 BeerImmediately


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft in the home bar, poured into big Duvel tulip at about 45 degrees.

Pours with a big, 3F head over a chill hazed golden body with light carbonation. Heavy lacing.

Aromas are packed with ripe bananas, basil, black pepper, and plenty of other sweet spices.

Flavors follow the aromas, with a touch of honey, citrus, and brown/rum-like alcohol as well.

Very smooth on the palate. Flavors hang out / somewhat cloying in the finish.

Definitely a nice brew - I could do with a little less of the banana, though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 02:06:27 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Murchmac


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

Pours a hazy yellowish/orange with a head that puffs up real big and decompresses as quickly.

Peppery, basal, rice, candied malts. Smells interesting, a cross between BUFF saison and Uncommon Brewers.

Tastes like a great Tripel with some thai Basal in it.

Does not taste like 8.1, deceptively smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 22:44:34 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Stigs


3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a HUGE amount of fluffy sticky white foam, absolutely covers the glass with huge chunks. the beer is clear, gold in color.

S - large amounts of freshly chopped basil, mint, thyme...underneath is a light layer of yeast.

T - quite herbaceous following the nose with more basil and mint, some lightly tart lemon rind and green apples. finishes yeasty.

M - light body with sharp carbonation, finishes insanely dry and prickly.

D - well, not a Triple...really reminds me (I'd have trouble picking one out blindly) of Saison Du Buff. OK enough for a small serving but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:06:59 | More by Stigs
Photo of bluejacket74


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Served in a DFH goblet, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like herbs (I assume that's the Thai Basil), peppery spice, bready malt, tropical fruit and some citrus. It tastes like herbs/basil, sweet malt, peppery spice and lemon peel. The herbal and spice flavors are stronger in the taste, compared to the aroma which I thought was fruitier. There's also a weird bitter herbal-like finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry and also has a lot of carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad, but there was too much carbonation in this beer for me. I thought this was a decent enough brew, I'd try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 21:26:06 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of gboy515duo


4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft on tap poured into a sniffer at Pinnochio's Pizza Pub in Media, PA.

Pours a goldenrod, as previously stated somewhat honey colored, with a gigantic head, as expected, off-white. At first smell, it had a very citrusy and woody aroma, definitely accented by both lemons and oranges or tangerines, smelling mostly of zest. There was a very piney smell, and of course the obvious spice.

When first tasted, the pine hit first, orange coming after. This brew is extremely woody, but in a good way. It's extremely noticable, but masked enough by the scents to make you feel like you're chewing on bark. The hops are most prevalent at the beginning stages of drinking this beer, but slowly go away as the fruity undertones take over as the spices slowly emasculate the brew.

The lemon stays present throughout the drinking, orange only coming when you look for it as you get about halfway through. The spices and basil are the biggest contenders as far as big flavor hitters go.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and light, with a quick bite right before and after yous wallow. It's a dry beer, but not too dry to make you feel parched and requiring water, but definitely dry enough to make you yearn for more. This shows that this tripel from The Bruery is perfect for summer nights on the patio.

I could probably drink this beer all night long. At 8.10% ABV, i barely got a hint that it was that alcoholic. The only time i realized it was after i was finished, the warming sensation in my chest started to sink in. It wasn't exactly very up front like most tripels or quads.

Overall, it was a very light beer, heavy on taste, that hits hard at the end with the basil.

To prove The Bruery's point, i actually had a grain of rice in my beer tonight. A single grain was floating on top when i received the beverage. The rice mash proved to work well with the strong basil & citrus flavors. This is definitely something I would drink if it were around my neck of the woods more often.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 03:34:49 | More by gboy515duo
Photo of sitarist


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a slight orange hue, it is cloudy, with lots of bubbles rising into an enormous dirty white head, the head is two fat fingers thick, meringue like, and sticks around for awhile before falling to around 1/4" leaving a fair amount of lacing.

The aromas tickle my nose hairs. I smell a smorgasbord of scents, of course there is banana, and clove but that is just the beginning there is also apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pasta cooking, a little funk and bubblegum too.

The flavors aren't as great as the nose but still very nice. The spice flavors overpower the fruit flavors. Just a little more balance and this would be a perfect beer.

Great body and carbonation, it is dry, and warm/hot. It leaves a weird coating on my tounge. I taste pepper, lemon grass, and tangerine.

This is like a cross between a Tripel and a Saison. This beer is as unique as any Belgian. The aroma and appearance are worth the price of admission alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:58:43 | More by sitarist
Photo of dirtylou


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

split 4-ways and served with a chorizo-chicken stew and the Spain world cup final

appearance: served in pints - bright peach-copper body, thick foamy white caps on all pours

smell: very fresh - golden fruit, white pepper, yeast, basil - nice

taste: pairs wonderfully with a spicy dish - very refreshing - yeast, pear, white pepper, golden fruit, basil leaf, clove...really enjoyed this one

mouthfeel: freshy, well carbonated - foamy and quenching

drinkability: strong

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:24:29 | More by dirtylou
Photo of tchenery


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light but deep orange color. It has a very frothy head and nice streaming carbonation.

It smells like sweet candy, but peppery. It has a very herbal scent.

Taste of thick malt flavors. It tastes light because of the high carbonation. It's a difficult taste to nail down but there is the peppery taste noted on the smell. There's almost a roasted taste to it as well, but not really.

I love it. This is an excellent beer. I don't taste any of the citrus that is mentioned on the label but I think that's a good thing.

Another winner from the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 22:59:07 | More by tchenery
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like waxy and grassy hops and spicy wheat and sour yeast, with a little Thai basil?
T: It tasted like grassy hops and sour yeast, with spices (like mulled spices but lighter), and a little wheat. It had a moderate bitter and somewhat metallic aftertaste.
M: It was smooth and creamy with some carbonation.
D: This had very nicely blended flavors and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink and enjoy. Not the most delicious tripel ever, but interesting to try with it's own unique twist of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 17:24:38 | More by Pencible
Photo of GilGarp


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped. No date.

Served cool into my Watou glass, Trade Winds has a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange color. The head is thick but not as fine as many true Belgians. It settles quickly leaving chunky lace on the glass.

Aroma is immediately evident as I pry off the cap. It has great complexity and depth here. Lots of nice floral and spice. I was hoping the Thai basil would come through more in the aroma but I'm not getting it.

Flavor is where the basil is! Big peppery tripel with lemon citrus and basil herb. The pepper almost overwhelms the other flavors in the beer. I'm not sure if it a quality of the yeast or if they actually brewed with the spice but it's strong.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and full of carbonation.

This must be one of the best beers ever to be made with grains of rice. It is full of character and complexity. Best enjoyed cold though, I'm afraid.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:05:15 | More by GilGarp
Photo of billab914


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Russian River tulip. Poured a murky amber color with a thick and dense bright white head taking up nearly half of the glass. The head faded down to a thin covering but left some moderate lacing as it did.

The aroma has a sweet grainy, malty base to it. A bright citrusy hop aroma comes through but it is mixed with the herbal thai basil aromas. The basil comes through pretty well and mixes with the hoppy flavors much better then I expected. I'm getting what I think is the rice coming through in the background.

The taste mixes the citrusy, floral, hop flavor with the thai basil herbal flavor. It's an interesting flavor, not one I've had before in a beer. The malty, sweetness provides a pretty decent base for the beer, but the hops and basil flavoring really are the showcased flavor. A little yeast comes through in the finish. The hops and basil seem to balance each other pretty nicely, I'm just not sure how well it works overall as a beer flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's an interesting beer for sure but not something I would drink often or order another of anytime soon. I like the experimentation and interesting combination though. Basil and rice just might not make my list of favorite beer ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 22:23:45 | More by billab914
Photo of runner72


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

serving from 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark blonde color, cloudy with a large white head. Head retention is excellent. High amount of carbonation.

Smell is spicy from the basil. A little different for a trip. Taste is good. Slight bitterness hits first, the basil hits next. It's definitely different for a tripel. No sweetness to really detect. Spices linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is alright. The spices are a little too strong in the mouth. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 01:18:31 | More by runner72
Photo of Beerenauslese


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

Pours a hazy amber with an ample head, that dissipates to a fine layer of foam with some lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, tropical fruit, and ginger spice.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, tropical fruit and brown sugar, and the Thai basil that is used. At first I thought the predominant taste was coriander, which I still think is present, but the Thai basil does come through a bit.

Mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation, giving this a clean champagne-like mouthfeel and dry in the finish.

This is a dry, crisp take on the tripel style. I applaud using the traditional tripel style and taking that in a new direction, and one that I think can be particularly good paired with food. Overall, it tastes like a witbier/tripel hybrid. I am getting that tongue-numbing coriander sensation from a witbier, as well as the traditional elements of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:24:30 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of Parrotbeak


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange with a golden hue, and a one inch, creamy white head that fades gradually but remains full. Thick lacing.
Smell is spiced malts and grassy, piney hops. A lot going on in the aroma. Definite herbal smell I'm attributing to the thai basil. Slightly corny, ricey smell. Yeast.
Taste is spiced malts with sharp, short, grassy hops. Lemon peel, basil, rice. I don't know how thai basil differs from basil I've had but I definitely detect basil. Ginger and yeast.
Mouthfeel is smooth yet crisp, with a dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. No alcohol can be detected in the smell or taste. Interesting, unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 22:57:58 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of jrallen34


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours with tons of carbonation at least four fingers of white cloudy fluffy head, great retention and lacing. A dark gold beer, very dark for a triple...Aroma is a little light, at first gives off normal tripel notes of fresh flowers, yeast and a touch of honey. As you dig deeper the herbalness comes out, its a sweet herb, its supposed to be basil, not sure if that's what I smell...The taste is a typical tripler but lighter in taste. Light floral and yeast not a ton going on. Weird slight bitter aftertaste not hops.

Overall, its drinkable but not really worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 23:56:19 | More by jrallen34
Photo of callmescraps


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lady picked this up for me. Sounds interesting.

Appearance- Light straw gold. Two inches of thick meringue head. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Nice spicy yeast. Typical tripel fun. Lemon zest. Coriander. Hint of herbalness. Peppery. Nice.

Taste- The spice comes through. The basil is more prevalent than in the nose. Herbal. Pepper on the finish. A little sweet and grainy.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. Light.

Drinkability- The herbalness doesn't help for me. Little grainy.

Not a bad beverage. Pretty solid beverage. Would be nice on a hot day, but not blowing me away or anything.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 04:45:24 | More by callmescraps
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had several brews from these guys, and am mostly impressed. Whenever I see a new one on tap at Falling Rock, I give it a whirl.

Pours with lovely golden, yellow-orange shades, semi hazed. Huge ole head, fluffy, somewhat stiff. Pretty.

Light aromas, nothing too powerful. Soft fruit, some basil, spice, pepper. Floral. Fresh dough.

At first the taste is biscuity, soft yet sweet. Herbal notes come in, the basil, then some sharp spice, quick move to the floral.
Carbonation gives it a boost up front and in the finish. Not sure how much of this is from those tiny bubbles or the spice, but it does cleanse the palate a bit.
very nice brew

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 17:01:30 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of drabmuh


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

Served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is orange and hazy and forms a big soft white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is big.

Aroma is sweet with a little citrus in there. Smells good too.

Beer is sweet and slightly dry, finishes oddly bitter with a hint of basil in the mid and late palate. The spice flavors linger at the end of the beer. Pretty creamy and smooth on the palate, overall a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 02:33:14 | More by drabmuh
Photo of BeerFMAndy


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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 8.1% ABV, serve in a tulip, no date.

A - A slow pour releases a hazy golden yellow beer with a powerful white head. Low retention gives way to thick white lace all over the glass.

S - The Thai spice adds an interesting aroma to a classic style of beer that I love. Belgian yeast falls to the background with the earthy clay and subtle fruitiness which includes a light lemon citrus kick.

T - Thai basil gives Trade Winds an upfront spiciness I'm not used to in beer. It's got a strong tea component. The spice is light in power but has longevity that last throughout the whole flavor. Pale malts and a tiny hint of rice follows up the background with Belgian yeast and earthy undertones.

M - Medium-light bodied with a delicious spicy and citrus kick, Trade Winds has a smooth but fully carbonated texture.

D - A good tripel to be sure, the Thai basin adds a delicious and unique aroma and flavor to an already awesome beer style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 01:19:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of dmunroe


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellered for about 9 months
750ml Bottle - Poured into DF Snifter -

Appearance - Was a little surprised on the color of the pour comapred to what a Tripel is normally - Had a Darker Copper Appearance and Head was bright white.

Smell - Stong fruit smell with a hint of clove? -
Taste - Fruity and a little funky for a Tripel but a real good mouthfeel - Tasted Basil, Banana and Orange the most with a hint of clove.

Overall a really good version of a Tripel - Top Notch from the Family Rue =
Well done -

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:21:01 | More by dmunroe
Photo of brewcrew76


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, copper color with a frothy white head with chunky lacing and nice retention.

S - Good amount of sweetness with some spice and a touch of yeasty phenols. Maybe even a hint of banana.

T - Pale malts with some candy sugar sweetness blended with spice. The Thai basil is noticeable but I would have never been able to pick it out if it wasn't on the label. Some herbal tea like flavors linger on the finish.

M - Somewhere between light and medium body with a good amount of carbonation. I would expect it to feel heavier for how sweet it is.

D - On the sweet, spicy side but very nice. Another interesting beer from the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:02:08 | More by brewcrew76
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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey gold color with surprising good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is classic Belgian tripel, showing honey, white pepper and noticeable vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose, with the moderate sweetness dominating, but with enough underlying spice and light hoppy bitterenss to balance the sweetness. However, on cask there is a creamy consistency that is just lovely, and the flavors seem to blend together a bit better. Mouthfeel is full, soft, creamy and very long on the finish. On cask there is nothing thin about the flavor profile or mouthfeel. Drinkabiliy is quite good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

While the draft version of this beer is good enough, on cask it's just a beauty. Lovely beer....

Serving type: cask

05-22-2010 20:58:50 | More by John_M
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3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Max's yesterday.

Just a shade lighter than the tap version, this is light orange with great clarity. The nose is similar but a little different too. Basil is more noticeable, and it is less fruity. Slightly more citrus, though the sweetness is at the same level.
The palate opens spicier, fuller and less tropical, more citrus and unfortunately, fuller in body. Sweeter than the tap version, especially on the finish. Lower in carbonation, this is decent, I definitely prefer this on tap.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2010 14:39:00 | More by DefenCorps
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this bottle sitting in the cellar, time to make some way for the summer 2010 brews...

A - A little darker than your typical triple. Pours with a good 2 finger head that subsides to leave a nice lacing around the glass

S - Has a good spicy scent. The bottle suggests to enjoy it fresh.

T - Even though I've had this cellared for a few months it doesn't appear to have effected the taste at all. The spice (some sort of basil) is evident but not overpowering. Overall a very well done triple.

D - The higher ABV makes this a great session beer. I just enjoyed my bottle while grilling up some grub on a Friday evening.

M - It pours a little gassier than I normally like but it seems to flatten out a little bit and become tolerable.

I've yet to have a bad brew from the Breuery and this is another one that I'd definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:56:08 | More by tdawgydog
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 5/15/10
Poured on-tap into a Bruery tulip

A - This beer poured a hazy golden orange with quite a bit of head. Definitely more head than your average Bruery beer. Head retention was good. Lacing was sporadic.

S - I could smell the Belgian yeast along with the basil used in the brewing. I could also smell as bit of yeast and various other spices. Also had a hint of citrus to it.

T - Taste was similar to the smell. I can taste the basil more than smell it. Also get a bit more citrus in the taste. At first I was not that impressed with the taste, but as I drank more of this beer the taste really grew on me and I started to love it.

M - Mouthfeel was nice. It was a crisp and refreshing beer with an adequate amount of carbonation.

D - Drinkability was good. As I mentioned before as I drank more I enjoyed the taste more which means that I would keep drinking this. Feel very light considering the 8% ABV. A nice summer beer even though the high ABV.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Not your standard Tripel but it really grew on me over time and I plan on having it more often. At first I would have given this beer a b or b- but as it warmed I think I would rate it as a B+.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 06:38:21 | More by Krevee
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.