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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 46
Gots: 124 | 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 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.

Photo of Cavery
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with SundaySour @ Bruery Provisions.

Flight #2 into tasters.

A: Pure early morning sunshine. Very luminous and soft. Looks like it could cure depression, or at least provide a fair amount of vitamin D. I could wake up to this. Light foam hovers over the beams with no lacing.

S: Forward flowery oils, hemp and other kinds. A fragrance with decent drinkability. Orange blossoms chill out with lemony teas, a late flavor of tangy green teas and garnishes.

T: Quite a spicy herbal bite with some lingering pepper. Green curry pizazz with flavorful greens; stems and all. Reasonably sweet, but dry. Rice has a noticeable presence in the taste of the alcohol.

M: An echo of small bubbles. Really a good mouth that remains noticeable throughout. This adds a bit of illusion to the strength of the drink. I thought the beer would be much lower than it was.

O: This brew really begs for a plate of food. I'd say go for the spicy food and deep bitter greens. The alcohol is perhaps a bit limiting, and the flavor profile make for a mouthful of garnishes. This is meant to compliment hearty foods, and would off set earthy foods very well.

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

A - Pours a light/hazy orange with two finger head. Good amount of lacing

S - Aroma is quite spicy, lot of earthy spice, balanced with a bit of floral. The smell is muted, but good.

T - Lots of flavors working here. Starts with an apricoty/peachness to it, a bit of citric acid, but also some of that spice like clove.

M - A very smooth beer, especially for the ABV, not too hard to just enjoy drinking this one.

Overall - Quite good. I think it offered a lot more than what I was expecting.

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

750ml into a tulip

A: Light orange, thick two finger head. Lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Spices. Heavy in the basil. Some rice in the nose, but light.

T: Rice and basil all over. Some light citrus orange notes also. A small bready backbone with honey sweetness. Some peppery spice on the finish.

M: Light and fluffy, lots of carbonation.

D: A unique Tripel. Lighterweight, with a summer quality.

Photo of scbrew
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw gold. Moderate carbonation with a bubbley white head. It’s got a dry somewhat spicy aroma. Thinner body than I expected. Flavor is an interesting balance of spicy sweetness balanced by its dryness. very interesting spicey, slight liquorice herb flavor in the finish.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light gold color w/ a massive 3 finger white head, which sticks around forever. Decent lacing and great carbonation.

S- Smell is of yeast, spices, a little alcohol. Nice smelling beer, although a little on the weak side.

T- Same as the nose, although Thai basil hits the aftertaste as the beer warms. Almost could pass as a Belgian, very close. Nice tasting beer.

M- Very smooth, w/ a small amount of bite to it. Very thin as well, I'd like this beer to have a little more oomph in the feel department.

O- Nice tripel overall... I'll definitely pick this one up again.

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC into a tulip glass.

What an interesting unique body color on this. A wonderful orange and cloudy bit of brown for a body with a tiny foamy head . Rock hard retention for a bit, but leaves a small collar and no lacing.

Bouquet on this is quite small, almost non existent. I am just getting some clove sense, no kind of yeast or big malt... seems kind of clean.

Taste is a big surprise. First is a fruit apricot, almost dried rind, some clove also, but then a sense of green apple. Seems light bodied but with a big fruit punch to it and a great finish. The beer just screams apple crisp to me, with a spice finish maybe some nutmeg. Alcohol content is a little noticeable though.

I think this one needs a food pairing for myself than just drinking casually, but it's a tasty one I must admit and very different from most tripels I've had.

Photo of jamescain
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one

Appearance: It pours a light straw yellow with a fluffy white head about 2 inches thick.

Aroma: Spicy, citrus, yeasty, and a little bready.

Taste: Spicy and yeasty with a hint of orange that I didn’t detect in the aroma, of course that could be the citrus smell manifesting itself into something else when I taste it. There is a little more of a lingering hop bitterness than in other tripel styles I’ve had in the past.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, right for the style and very refreshing; however, it makes it hard to taste the beer.

Overall: I like it a lot, I don’t normally like tripels and I think they are one dimensional, but this version offered a lot of depth that you I don’t normally get from them.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy gold with a tight long lasting head and plenty of tiny bubbles.
S - very yeasty/herbal almost to the extreme point of smelling a bit like urine(almost). After warming and breathing the powerful smell dissapates significantly.
T - a bit of a muted tripel with greenish spices in the mix.
M - medium bodied(at most) with a fizzy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
D - interesting and I like it but one good glass is enough at a sitting.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle is two years old and has been in the cellar since the day I bought it. The beer pours a clear copper hue with fizzy bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to an edge layer.
Aroma is fruity with pears and white grapes mixing with hints of candied sugar and a little booze.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is sweet fruity malt with white grapes and a little dry vinous notes on the finish. Also a little peppery alcohol on the swallow. Not an overly complex beer but no flaws, an good tripel, but Id love a little more complexity in the flavors.

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

Appearance: Medium straw-yellow color. Thick white head.

Smell: Bready Belgian yeast aromas dominate. Some grapefruit aromas also come through.

Taste: White wine-like grape notes, some citrus fruits, and the bready yeast notes in the aroma come through. A slight spice taste along with some hops come through in the finish.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the light side of medium with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: A good Tripel that's priced well in comparison to most Bruery offerings.

Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a honey gold in color with good cloudiness and a three finger spongy white head. It is light to medium in body. The murkyness of this beer is pretty impressive. It smells of basil, spices, light spicy yeast, grains, and cloves. It's an interesting mix. It tastes of spicy yeast, citrus fruits, sweet bready malts, light peach cobbler. The aftertaste left me thinking of peach shortbread which was quite nice. This beer takes you to different points of the spectrum. It's quite good and very enjoyable and easy to drink. After the previous beer I tried, this is a godsend. It drinks very crisp and fresh (having been delivered last week). This is an impressive Tripel and one worthy trying.

Photo of ummswimmin
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer only about a month ago, and I've been dying to open it. Today's the day!

This is a very good looking Tripel. I pours as a hazy orange color. There is lots of foam, even on the second pour (gotta love bombers). The head stays through the drinking of this beer out of my chalice... of course, that leads to lots of nice lacing.

I smell lots of nice belgian yeastiness off the head, and the thai basil smells really good and different. I thought the spice would offset the heaviness of the beer.

The oregano comes through nicely on the second pour, when the bottle hits about 72 degrees. On the orginal pour (chilled) I didn't taste as much of the yummy spice.

Moral of the story, let the bottle warm to almost room temperature for the first glass and then leave it out for the second. That will lead to a more flavorful experience. Oh, and the comment about the basil was wrong. The basil doesn't offset the heaviness of the beer. The beer stays heavy; you just get a nicely spiced belgian tripel.

Here's to another very good Bruery beer.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown glass pry top champagne bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL. No date, but they say to drink fresh so that's helpful...thanks guys.

Pours slightly hazy golden amber with thick, sticky white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose reminds me of their Orchard White, lots of corriander-like notes and some dried wheat. Palate is crisp and spicy with herbal notes and drying carbonation. The yeast is dry and earthy instead of fruity. Green leaves like banana leaves and each over-ripe basil leaves. Finish is crisp with dried wheat notes. Great re-working of the style.

Photo of alamere
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay Chalice...

A - Well, it's a great looking beer. Pours a huge head that dissipates quickly.. leaves a bit of lacing, and a tiny foam head stays on top for pretty much the entire drink

S - Spicy, Apple blossom mixed with maybe the Thai basil smell or something to that nature.. a unique smell, but very subtle. The best of these kinds of beer never go too overboard on the 'unique feature' and this beer is like that.. talks of thai basil on the label but the beer is mostly a belgian beer and if they didn't tell you, you wouldn't know it was anything other than the character of the yeast shining through.

T - A sweetness to the taste followed immediately by a tartness and then the aftertaste of biscuit. Truly a belgian taste.. very complex and still light enough to not be cloying on the pallate.

M - Pretty much nails the style.. a smooth mouthfeel but the bitterness and tartness that aren't my favorite thing here.. good but not great (in my opinion). The finish is super dry... and drying in your mouth... and I prefer a longer, wetter, but still dry finish with beers like this.

Overall - Can't say anything bad about it.. but can't say it's one of the best of this style either. It's certainly original.. and if someone called it their "favorite beer of all time" that wouldn't shock me at all. Certainly a high quality taste and worth the purchase just to try and taste the interpretation.
Again, it's original.. and probably works great with some thai food (bring it on!)
The Bruery is really producing some great stuff... their seasonal Saison is among my favorites.. and this one is certainly worth a taste.

Photo of kjussel
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited about this beer, mostly because I have been seeing more and more of Bruery beer in the bottle shops I frequent. However, this was the first real plunge I took into the creative works of the Bruery, and it was at a premium ($16 a bottle).

Appearance: Bright, golden, almost tangerine color with a bright white head (how did they do that?!).

Smell: Very belgiany, for lack of a better term. However, the extreme head exhibited that the beer was perhaps overcarbonated, and it smelled as such.

Taste: The beer announces that it is brewed with rice and thai basil. I do not necessarily have a sophisticated enough palate, but I feel that I would recognize the Thai basil if it was even an undertone. However, the rice seemed to add an airiness to the taste. A decent belgian, but probably not worth the price I paid.

Mouthfeel: I think the carbonation came into play here quite a bit... Perhaps the bottle I had was agitated so much in transit or something (although I did refrigerate for over 24 hours). Either way, it was very bubbly and whisped off of my tongue very quickly, but left a lingering taste of belgiany goodness.

Overall: I have to say that I was a tad disappointed with what was on the label versus what the flavor turned out to be. With that said, I like everything that I read about The Bruery, and I will definitely explore more of their brews.

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

750mL capped bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into snifter, reviewed on 5/1/11

A: Pours a cloudy orange with lots of fluffy white head and great retention that leaves plenty of lacing around glass.

S: Sweet fruity yeast with hints of jasmine, basil and a touch of bready malt and some alcohol. Very unique and intrigueing aroma.

T: The basil adds a strange spiciness to the beer that I am not enjoying as much as the basil in the aroma. Fruity yeast with cloves, sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. The flavors seem to fighting against eachother rather than blending together harmoniously.

M: Lots of tiny bubbles, medium bodied, finishes on the sweeter side.

O: Definitely an interesting and unique tripel. Not bad but not coming close to my favorites in the style.

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

taste- malty, minty flavors

color- orange/straw

clarity- pours hazy

smell- really interesting aroma, reminds me of food flavors, citrus, something sweet like mint...maybe basil, refreshing aromas

body- medium body and length finish, almost a dry finish

appearance- active carbonation, sugary white foamy/rocky head that disipates with time, spotty lacing throughout the glass

notes and comments- beer was $9.99 + tax + $1.00 opening fee

beer spy- beer revolution, oakland ca, april 2011, $9.99, 750mL

glassware: tulip

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.