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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose brings forward citrus, herbs, and a good amount of basil. Maybe I wouldn't have noticed it as much without the note on the label, but it is definitely quite prevalent. The taste brings some light citrus, fruit, and basil. Nice clean and crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Really unique and drinks quite well.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish light amber color with a head that is slightly yellow cast white. The head is super pillowy and soft looking. It has wonderful retention and leaves some serious lace on my chalice.

The aroma is very nice with a fruity and spicy character. Pear, tart apple, white pepper, coriander, a touch of clove and just a hint of basil. I was kind of worried the basil would overpower in this brew, but luckily it appears they used it to compliment the normal tripel traits. The more I smell this beer, the more the basil seems to blend in, transforming the other aromas into something very unique.

The flavor is very nice, and not quite like any other tripel I have had. It has plenty of spicy yeast character with notes of pepper, clove and coriander. It also has a nice orchard fruitiness to it that is similar to the aroma. The basil seems to come through more in the flavor for me and has a fresh, almost minty character to it. It mingles well with the other flavors of the beer, and makes a pretty enjoyable flavor profile. In fact, it almost has a sort of funky flavor to it, though I don't believe any wild yeast was used. Very interesting. The malt character of this beer is pretty plain, but that may well be the result of the rice they used in brewing.

The mouthfeel is medium and fairly spiky on the tongue, but in an invigorating and enjoyable way. This beer finishes extremely well with slightly spicy and minty character lingering on the palate.

This is by far the most drinkable tripel I have ever had, probably thanks to the rice used in the recipe. It is far from a classic example, but truth be told I am not a huge tripel fan so I really enjoyed their departure from the norm.

zoso1967, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! I had my doubts about this one and even put off trying it at home. Brewed with Thai Basil huh? And rice, hey I've had a rice beer and I didn't like it. Well have no fear folks. This is just outstanding.

The 1st pour was all head and took a while to dissipate. Hazy yellow color (I'd been afraid it might be green, hah). Bouquet and flavor are very rich and complex. Sure there's a slight hint of basil but it's subtle. What I think their addition to the brewing really achieves is a sort of oppulent and rich mouthfeel not unlike that flavor pop you get from a bite of good pesto. It's sweet, it's satisfying, it's a beer that demands your attention with every sip and could stand up to and accompany a bold flavored meal.

MoreThanWine, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery + tripel + thai basil + rice? Curiosity killed this cat, time to bust it open.

This tripel knows what it's doing, looks-wise, that's for sure. Thick, fluffy head looks like a snow drift and holds up like styrofoam floating on water. Color is a peachy sunset color, hazy with a zillion bubbles dancing inside. It's so absolutely gorgeous, I can only award it a 5 and no less.

Aroma is subtly fruity, with a mineral earthiness, mild spice character and definite contributions from the Thai basil. The basil element is really pleasant, but it doesn't dominate in any novel kind of way. In fact, nothing's out of whack one way or the other. Just very well balanced, if a little on the unassuming side.

One sip and I'm completely enthralled. A few more and I know I love this beer. To say there's a "creamsicle" character gives some kind of low-rent impression, and that's not good enough for a beer of this class. Still, it's got definite orange and sweet cream elements, and the basil lends a green, herbal, exotic note to the beer. Elsewhere there are more traditional tripel characteristics, like dirty/earthy yeast notes, a vibrant sweet-spice/tropical-fruit melange, crisp/bright hops, and a subtle flare of warmth from the alcohol. It's complex, and I seem to have a slightly different impression with each sip, but, wow, is it well balanced. Not too dry, with the basil and orange zest staying longest in the finish.

Mouth is vibrant, buoyant, airy, well-carbonated but also plenty smooth.

Like most tripels, it's one to take slowly, but also one that is about as balanced and welcoming as any tripel I've ever had. Wowee...or should I say: "Choc-tee!"

Metalmonk, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

Appearance: golden orange with creamy white head and silky lacing.

Aroma: citrus, herbs, apple, ginger and oak.

Taste: bland overall. basil predominates with slightly grassy and delicately hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth light-medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: crisp yet soft, but tastes more like a saison. a one-timer for sure.

mexikrainian, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, rich orange-golden color with abundant yellow-tinted foam head that diminishes to fluffy specks and an aggressively climbing ring. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Sweet melon, bamboo, savory aromatic herbs, and alcohol are all detected in the smell--making for a fresh, herbaceous experience.

T: Begins off-dry with caramel malt and spicy hop flavors with herbs, biscuity malt, and bright nectarines joining in the middle. The herbs do taste most similar to basil, as suggested by the label. The finish is drying with a sharp mineral bitterness that lingers. Alcohol flavor accumulates on the palate over time, but does not detract from other sensory qualities--staying within the boundaries of the style.

M: Medium viscosity, full and sticky on the palate, with an abundance of cleansing carbonation.

D: A fairly approachable and inventive rendition of a challenging style that rarely steps out of its traditional boundaries. Tripels are most impressive in the company of complex food flavors--usually ready to stand in for a range of acidic and spicy wine varietals--and this seasonal offering from The Bruery will fulfill this role admirably. Furthermore, between the bottle style, traditional service in stemmed glassware, and the featured flavor of basil, this beer represents a powerful mind-changing tool to share with those individuals that think they have already made up their minds about beer.

beagle75, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this bottle up a few months back. Pouring into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice almost crystal clear golden pour with a BIG frothy, fluffy three finger white head that slowly shrinks down. Not really much side lacing but a nice quarter inch head is constant down to the last sip.

S - Really fragrant! Theres the typical tripel aromas, light citrus notes with that solid yeast. There is a really, really good herbal aroma presumably the thai basil.

T - Starts off with a light citrus rice flavor that seemlessly blends into some light hop only to finish with a nice herbal spiciness. The thai basil isnt nearly as powerful on the palet as the nose, but this does have some good flavors.

M - Medium carbonation, surprising for this style and ABV. Somewhat crisp, not sticky at all.

D - Smooth yet initially crisp the great foamy head, uniquely herbal aromas, and nice flavor makes this a really solid tripel from The Bruery. Really starting to enjoy this brewery.

rudzud, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Huge head to start with, I poured a little too aggressively. With my second normal pour about 3 fingers of light spongey head. Very nice golden cloudy color. Smell is quite interesting. The normal belgian yeast, and then an overpowering herbacious quality, definitely that thai basil coming through. Spicy and light citrus. Warm flavors, very herbal, lightly sweet and spicy. Having a hard time knocking out the whole bottle. Very creamy mouthfeel.

WestValleyIPA, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of david18
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my review of this beer in a bottle:

This is probably the best American-made Triple I've had. Great color and flavor, alcohol by volume is dead on. Good hints of fruit and great carbonation.

Bought it at the new Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Don't remember the price but less than I expected from a 750 ml bottle. This is a good beer and the Bruery is becoming more available on the east coast.


This tripel is, as I said, one of the best. A little on the sour side, but great!

david18, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ejyoung
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass with a nice golden color and a ton of head. The head eventually settle down to leave about a quarter inch. Smell was like a normal tripel with the addition of Thai basil - nice. Mix of a spicy and sweet taste with the basil showing through. The carbonation is strong and body is as I'd expect from a tripel. Drinking the whole 750ml was probably a little much, but overall easy to drink for the 8%.

ejyoung, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a very tightly beaded white head that with a hard pour is a good 4 inches to begin, but settles down to a nice cap. Lacks sweetness in the nose, in fact, it smells somewhat savory. I'm not a fan of hugely sweet tripels, but this a tad too far in the other direction in the nose. Smells slightly salty and herbal, and almost like a Canadian (unsmoked) bacon. The taste is a little light and also herbal, but finishes with some decent sweetness without pushing the boundaries. Smooth, but a little seltzery. Fairly tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden, but this could have more body and a little more oomph.

Georgiabeer, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of drcarver
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy orange body with a head so large that if this beer were human it would be Mickey Rourke... just saying. Lacing terrifically down the sides and head retention lasts until the last drop.

S - Light and slightly herbaceous. Citrus hints balanced by the yeast aroma typical of a tripel

T/M - light on the tongue and palate. Sweet and a white fruit overtone (sweet apple, pear, etc) The thai basil plays well with the sweetness and would be missed if you didn't know to look for it.

D - pretty nice, good work.

drcarver, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a nice copper and amber mix with a little hazey to it. The bubbling is awesome while the head is equally awesome in its off-white coloring and then fizzles to nothing.

Very yeasty, fruity aroma of pears and apricots. Add to this a very light spicey herbal aroma from either the hops, basil, or both. Plus a little toasted bread crust nuance to the mix as well.

I've got to say, this beer went well with my beer steamed mussels. A little spice note that helps offset the sweet, candi like nature of this Belgian's yeast. Summer fruits abound the palate upfront, while some American hopping and maybe some basil say "not too much" with the sweetness. The carbonation can really be felt throughout the entire palate.

The finish is clean, sweet, and just a little ricey. This is an awesome tripel that only needs a little doctoring on the appearance to be one of the best!

scruffwhor, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bruery's tasting room.

Yeast-like bready notes with spicy basil and herbal hops on the aroma.

Clear golden amber body with a steady level of carbonation and head that leaves a quarter inch of film like white head; crystal clear.

Limes, pale malt, and rice, with a barely noticeable alcohol presence. Herbal hops flavor in the middle. The finish is interesting with a spicy, pepper-like flavor and a mild level of bitterness. Medium to light carbonation.

This beer in my opinion is a better beer to pair with food than to drink by itself. No flaws just not very interesting taste wise. Good take on the Tripel style.

Thin to medium bodies, prominent basil flavor. Not too sweet and

TheJollyHop, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Trade Winds Tripel | 750 ml. | 8.1% ABV | 2010

Brewer: The Bruery
Style: Tripel
Glass: Chalice
IBU: 25

From The Bruery:
"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."

On the back label:
"Since there is fresh Thai basil in this Tripel, it is best enjoyed fresh. Until then please store in a cool, dark place. The ideal serving temperature is 45°F (7°C), and it will taste best served in a tulip or wine glass. For chef recommended pairings and recipes, please visit our website."

The Bruery's labels are first glass. Unusual shape, nice texture. Like the checkered orange bottle cap too.

Murky tangerine with a fluffy white head that's built to last. Great lacing.

Vibrant smell of the usual Tripel malts complemented by strong herbs and spices -- Thai basil, oregano and the like. Slight anise undercurrent.

Lighter than usual Tripel. Spices are strong: clove, white pepper, Thai basil. Fruity palate mid sip -- apricots and oranges.

Initially over-carbonated and extremely crisp. Medium-bodied on the thin side of the spectrum. As it warms, it evidences a buttery feel that glides effortlessly off the tongue.

Carbonation was way to strong. Otherwise good

Would I get it again?:
Interesting, glad I had it, but there are plenty of Tripels still to try.

Bottled: No date on bottle (sometime 2010)
Served: August 30, 2010

Price = $10.00 at Whole Foods (Bowery)

BeerNemesis, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a goblet. The color is deep golden, with a frothy white head that dissipates ever so slowly. Somewhat cloudy and minimal lacing.

The aroma is very fruity, along with a coconutty taste that I presume is from the Thai Basil. There is also a yeasty overtone and a strong spicy presence.

The taste is very light and herbal. Some citrus and basil predominates, followed by a yeasty-grainy taste, and finishing with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and light-bodied. Minimal alcohol presence and it finishes dry.

This is a nice beer, but somewhat weird by itself with the Thai Basil. I would be very interested in trying to pair it with a nice dinner or cooking with it.

tedsox31, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. Poured with a large off white, foamy, frothy, thick head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is yeast, malt, grain, fermented fresh cut grass. Flavor's like that, but sweetness & caramel comes out and is tempered with some bitterness. Body is good and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and slowly tapers with a bit of metallic tinge over medium length. Proly not a session, maybe one or two depending on mood and what else is available.

drpimento, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%
Belgian Tripel brewed with rice and Thai Basil.
'Choc-tee!" (cheers in Thai) as this was a pleasant surprise and nice twist on the Tripel style. I was skeptical at first, but the basil had a nice light aroma and worked well on the light Pils and rice based brew. A highlight of the night for me personally, I enjoyed the Asian influence and comprehensive theme as merged with the Belgian style of a light high octane brew. Well done, impressive.

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

unclejimbay, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You need a super-controlled pour or 2/3 of the glass will get filled with ultra-fine foam that takes close to forever to dissipate down towards the surface, truly hard to imagine it more delicate without blowing away in a soft breeze, pure white, some stick to the lacing, more blotches than streaks. Very soft haze to the zinc orange color, more yellow than copper or red, transparent but not perfectly clear. The nose has a tight core of orange, lemon citrus all spiced up by ginger, coriander scents as well as basil, lemongrass herbs and such, the maltiness shifts around in the shadows but is there to lend smoothness to the texture, some almond sliver like nuttiness, has lift and enough "off center" feel to keep you intrigued. Medium-bodied plus, the carbonation soft and fluffy and spreads it all around the mouth, gently works the flavors into your mouth pores. Coriander, ginger root, tumeric and then sweet and sour blood orange, lemon citrus, has more of a grassy streak than garden herbs, albeit the basil easy to discern, Apricot, peach, pear, cantaloupe fruit accessible, ripe without being too juicy. Slight metallic ring to it as well but not sour nor offputting. Familiar yet unique, a highly desirable trait in high end craft beers.

farrago, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of smurder187
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian at American Craft in Brookline, MA while it was on tap. Great marks all around for this brew. Arriving in front of me with a rich gold color and thin white head, the scent was an enticing blend of spices. With my first sip I loved the clove-like, smooth flavor and feel. It mellowed into a second flavor that was much more citrusy and lasted freshly for quite a while after. It was very smooth, refreshing summer evening drink that greatly complimented my burger with gorgonzola.

smurder187, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Not a huge fans of Tripels, but this was well done. The rice lighten up the body and the basial gave the beer nice aromas and flavor. Typical Belgian yeast aromas. Nice beer and went over nicely with everyone.

CampusCrew, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I havent yet had a beer from The Bruery that I havent liked. I love their packaging most of all. This one is another expectational looking label.

A- Really nice looking beer, factor in The Bruery's fantastic packaging and you have yourself a really classy beer. The head is very dense and creamy looking. Its nearly unstoppable (at least in my Nostradamus glass). It crawls up the side, sustained by lots of rising effervescence. The beer is a deep gold with a moderate haze.

S- One crazy spicy smelling beer. It really comes dangerously close to many saisons. Basil here gives it a spice rack essence. Like a super toned back Saison Du BUFF almost. More spice from Belgian yeast. Lots of juicy fruits characteristic of a good tripel are noted. Orange, banana, melon, a whole medley of tropical fruits.

T- Definitely big on spices, both yeasty and savory. Basil, pepperyness, dry, earthy yeast all get together under a bright citrus and banana blast.

M- Soft and smooth. Carbonation actually could use a tiny boost. I think it would help the refreshment here. Still, this is a very nice, crisp and interesting tripel. A perfect Belgian for the summer.

MbpBugeye, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler earlier this evening. Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A - Poured a clear yellowish-copper with light carbonation and a thin bubbly head which dissipated quickly. Looks a bit watery.

S - A minty kind of citrus with a touch of alcohol. Spicey with cloves and it smelled very fresh and cotton candy like.

T - Somewhat bitter and sour. Most of the usual suspects, but more tangy than I had hoped for, with sweetness hitting the palate first. Cloves and banana are present in the flavor.

M - Pretty refreshing. Nice even mouth and overall refreshing without much alc bite

D - Pretty tasty. Not the best tripel I've had, but not the worst.

cosmicevan, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bendurgin supplied this one! Poured into a tulip with huge head that shrinks into thinner lacing than expected. There is a slightly rose tint to the foam at first but that might be the hazy copper body coming through.

The smell is a nice blend of sweet and spice. A hint of orange zest follows. Nice.

The yeast plays a prominent part in the taste, but the hops are still very present in the finish if one pays close enough attention. A nicely balanced tripel.

The mouthfeel is isn't anything special and the body is perfect for the style making this a relatively good drinkable tripel.

andrewinski1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a tulip. The pour is a nice deep golden color with slight visible carbonation. This has a huge head fluffy white head! The initial pour is about two thirds of the glass. Looking nice with sticky lacing on the side. Smells like garden herbs and orange zest. The smell is deep and rich with a hint of spiciness to go along with it. The taste is slightly spicy on the finish with a full flavor of basil and citrus zest. Finishes with a spicy and slightly sweet. Enjoyable medium bodied beer with nice subtle carbonation and good flavors. A little bit of alcohol heat is felt, but this is really nice drinking.

Bendurgin, Aug 20, 2010
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.