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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
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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 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
Photo of John_M


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
Photo of DefenCorps


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
Photo of tdawgydog

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
Photo of Krevee


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
Photo of Takahiro


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle bought few months ago

good smell
detect a yogurt
fruity sweetness
some allspice in the background
NOT strong in phenols

tastes sweet, but not cloying
tripel's sweet characteristics persists, but not strongly.
pick up some "fake" strawberry like flavor with some vanilla
it's nice interplay of flavor

it's highly drinkable, unique and nice flavor
go for it if you find one in local shelf

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 05:56:58 | More by Takahiro
Photo of tmoneyba


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

Poured hazy yellow color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex spicy citrus and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium citrus sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:17:40 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of callmemickey


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

A: Cloudy orange-golden body. Large fluffy white head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Herbal and yeasty. The basil is here along with orange, lemon, pepper, and grain.

T: Very much like the nose. Citrus up front with a nice herbal character throughout. Light grains and a bit of caramel. Good yeasty tone in the back end.

M: Clean and invigorating. Nice crisp refreshing finish. Medium bodied and a nice even carbonation.

D: A good, but different, tripel. A solid Bruery beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 13:10:45 | More by callmemickey
Photo of smithflipper


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

Pours an orangey amber with a big rocky head

Aroma of complex yeast characters, spices and marmalade. Some clove and a hint of vanilla. Then a finish of basil.

Taste is very similar to aroma, except the basil comes out alot more.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for me, but i could drink plenty of these. Maybe not the greastest tripel, but a damn interesting one.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 04:40:43 | More by smithflipper
Photo of brendan13


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

Thanks to Smithflipper for sharing this bottle with me!
A - Slightly hazy orange tinged golden colour with a 3cm white head that slowly falls away.
S - Typical Tripel spicy note with some herbal touches, undoubtedly from the thai basil. Also a pale malt sweetness.
T - Very much the same as the aroma with the herbal quality coming through a touch more.
M - Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation.
D - An interesting and very nice Tripel. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 10:25:20 | More by brendan13
Photo of zeff80


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange-gold color with a bubbly, off-white, two-finger head of foam. It left behind sticky patches of lace.

S - It smelled a little funky, a little spicy and peppery. I think I could smell the Thai Basil or maybe I just convinced myself that I did.

T - I could taste the basil. There were also notes of lemon and spicy pepper. Good flavors of grains and light caramel added depth and balance.

M -It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that hid its high ABV well.

D - It really liked this beer. It was one of the most unique tasting brews that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 01:19:58 | More by zeff80
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden amber color, slightly cloudy, massive head with excellent retention & lacing

Smell: Citrus, clove, basil

Taste: Up Front: Orange, lemon, spices. Finish: Pear, apricot, pineapple

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation typical of the style

Drinkability: Very quaffable and thirst quenching

Overall Impression: I was unsure how this beer would be, considering the additions of Rice and Thai Basil, but I should be used to it by now with this brewery; they always seem to come up with interesting interpretations of classic styles, and this was no exception. I loved this beer!!! It was sweet, fruity and incredibly flavorful. Yet another winner from The Bruery!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 06:28:19 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of bminor7

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 from ?

Blondish coloration with crisp, but not rocky head. Subsides soon. Smell is of isoamyl acetate, some alcohol, a peppery (possibly from the basil?) funk. Taste is similar with candi sugar at the end, but doesn't hold up. The mouthfeel is a little thin and as some have mentioned, the carbonation is fairly intense and takes away from the taste unless you make an effort to destroy it. If this were a more concentrated brew, it would be more pleasing to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:14:36 | More by bminor7
Photo of TMoney2591


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a hazy strawberry blonde, with about a finger and a half of luxurious head that settles quickly into the ever-rising field of effervescence from the bottom. The aroma is interesting, with tones of hops, grains, pepper, and even a bit of vanilla at the beck end of the nose. The taste is not as interesting, with the pepper and vanilla completely disappearing beneath a sea of hoppy grains and faint banana tones. Unfortunately, the taste is not able to linger very long on the tongue, instead being forced therefrom by the overactive carbonation and incredibly light body (I blame the rice). All said, this guy would probably seem better if the flavor were allowed to settle longer on the tongue, but he's still not all that bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 11:53:35 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Kegatron


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

750 ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a hazy orange copper, with about a 1/2 finger covering of eggshell-white head. Retains with a smooth layer of froth, leaving a more moderate looking cascade of foamy lacing behind. The aroma has a nice feeling base of bread, sugary sweetness, and fuity esters going on with it. Floral hops and plenty of spice give this some zip in the nose.

The taste is sweet, sugary, and fruity, with a moderate pop from the spices and hops. The basil can be felt across the back but isn't nearly as overdone as I thought it might be. Moderate yeasty dryness to the finish, with a good bit of residual tang leftover as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp yet still very smooth and mellow feel to it. I'm getting some warmth out of the body but nothing overly distracting.

I really appreciate the effort and innovation here (like I do with most of the efforts from the Bruery) but this one seemed to overdo it just a bit. The mix of sweetness, fruit, and spice, gave this a strong tang that was a little overwhelming at times (and I even split this bottle with a buddy). I'm glad I gave it a try but I don't necessarily see myself buying a bottle again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 13:15:23 | More by Kegatron
Photo of ppoitras


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Dogfish Head tulip, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head continues to rise, sno-coning above the rim, but the vigorous bubbling finally abates somewhat, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy. Taste is sweet upfront, spicy yeasts in the middle, and a tea-like flavor at the close with some light warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, very clean, and drinkability is excellent. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:24:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of blackie


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

consumed during state-duke, go pack

a: frothy eggshell head on a hazy golden amber beer, nice retention

s: pale belgian malt structure holds a moderate sweetness, soft yeast with mild phenols, red apple and maybe some banana, good stuff

m: prickly, highly effervescent carbonation on a beer that's lighter bodied, but not thin

t: nice body of pale malts with a light-moderate sweetness and an underlying flavor of yeast, delicate fruits, basil adds a complimentary anise flavor - was concerned how this would work out but it's quite good, flavorful finish with a papery hop bitterness

d: with ease - a really nice tripel

picked up awhile back at Whole Foods, Fairfax

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:12:20 | More by blackie
Photo of Lunch


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a 750ml bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Bruery snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/02/10).

A: Pours a hazy lemon-like color with an orange hue capped with a thick billowing head of about three fingers.

S: The smell is dominated by the Thai Basil and is quite unique, but perhaps a little overdone for my tastes. There is also a yeasty Belgian aroma as well some funk and horse blanket. Subtle tones of citrus come through as well.

T: Thai Basil hits the palate first for an interting jolt to the palate followed by a mix of both Belgian Tripel and Saison-like flavors. Belgian yeast and citrus hit the palate as well. The finish is dry and spicy.

M: Medium-bodied with some creaminess and moderate carbonation that truly fades towards the end of my glass.

D: The 8.1% abv. never shows in the flavor, but the Thai Basil is a bit much for me and I am glad that I split this bottle.

Overall this Belgian Tripel is quite unique, but its flavors tend to be a little too extreme for the style as the Thai Basil is quite aggressive. Certainly enjoyable in small quantities. Worth a Look.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 15:59:23 | More by Lunch
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a very cloudy apricot nectar color with a big gob of bright white foam floating on top. Retention was good and a nice mixture of lacey specks, blobs, and ropes were left behind.

S: Nice tripel aromas with a hint of basil. No, it's not like smelling a plate of chicken lad nar, but the basil is there none the less.

T: Same as above with some earthy rice and hop flavors with a bit of delicate candied pear and peach.

M: Starts sweet but quickly takes on a dry and peppery bent. Nice and spicy.

D: Excellent drinkability. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the extra ingredients but we were pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:17:31 | More by GbVDave
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Hazy light orange color. Gentle pour yielded three fingers of whipped creamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of funk for a tripel. Has a saison-like quality to it. Some barnyard/straw funkiness with a subtly spicy yeastiness and a light fruitiness. The Thai basil comes through as something I've never smelled before in a beer.

3.5 T: Again, the most saison-y tripel I've had with a slight funkiness. Relatively bitter backbone, slight fruitiness, but rather dry. Lots of spicy yeastiness. Good, but not mindblowing.

3.5 M: Light body. Could use more creaminess and a little bit of a thicker body. Good spritzy carbonation and very smooth.

3.5 D: Definitely a good drink, but I'll pass most of the time for a cheaper or better option.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:23:02 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Slatetank


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

I purchased this at State Line Liquors- poured chilled from the 750ml into a goblet.

A - a honey shade w/ mild haziness and thick eggshell cap of 2 fingers w/ a good amount of head retention. You can see bubbles rising up rapidly and the bead is tiny

S - A welcome aroma of papaya, sweet malt and mild spice w/ mellow earthy notes of herbs emanate from the goblet
A light pineapple and spice note is detected, probably yeast derived scent. The smell of subtle grain and citrus flutter in the background

M - Crisp, lively and highly effervescent quality and mild spicy notes w/ a gentle herbal tinge w/ peppery accent on the tongue. Somewhere in the middle of sweet and dry w/ a moderate effect of alcohol on the palate. The finish is long and malty w/ a significant amount of yeast texture, relatively light in body for the strength

T - A sweet yet tropical fruit taste in the entry w/ a mild herbal and slight creamy malt flavor w/ mild sugar and subtle biscuit flavor w/ a mild tinge of dried pineapple and melon
The taste has a smooth jazzy feel w/ rice influence noted in the taste slightly but like rice pudding gives a sweet flavor, though not very grainy at all. The tropical taste keeps rolling and the depth increasing in flavor toward the middle. The flavor of the basil gives a hint of green /herbal to the tripel as the alcohol flavor becomes more pronounced as it nears cellar temp and the yeast has a mix of spice notes and accents the sweetness of the malt +rice well. A mild toasted note is picked up w/ a bit of dry herb and the yeast character is prominent in the final sips

D - A tasty take on the traditional tripel w/ basil and rice giving the kind of herbal and spice w/ yeast adding a seriously fresh and tropical kind of drinkability -Kudos to the Bruery!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:45:52 | More by Slatetank
Photo of erz316


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big bottle into la chouffe snifter

pours a huge head and a very turbid medium dark orange (light touches of brown) body. head is off white. head retention is swell. the nose is quite potent: sweet apples, a definite rice starchiness. nose is quite nice, I really like it. Cant taste the thai basil, but things start going down hill from here. the taste is just 'not right', shall we say, the initial is a bit too boozy, a real strong ethanol like flavour. its also just missing some of the regular sweet and tasty punch that a good trappiste tripel would have. the basil does, however, show up in the finish (an interesting touch). weird aftertaste of booze and baguette crumbs. the feel is a bit too thick, and the over all taste is not something that I would want for a long night drinking session tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:34:06 | More by erz316
Photo of TheLiterati


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beers from The Bruery tend to be "big" in every sense of the word - from the bottling to the composition and taste, they seem to do nothing "small."

This beer is no exception: pours a deep, cloudy golden amber with a thick, sturdy off-white head. Aroma is subtle, nutty.

Taste and mouthfeel are reminiscent of champagne, minus the sugar. Smooth and lightly effervescent, this beer is bittersweet, foamy and frothy with a undertones of citrus and a mild woodiness.

Still, there is something slightly off-putting about this beer. It's drinkable enough, but I'm not sure I'll make it a "regular."

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 07:56:24 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of augustgarage


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (aged for maybe 9 months) into my Bruery tulip glass.

This is a gorgeous beer - amber and orange liquid with golden poppy highlights - rendering the glass into a glowing orb backed by faint shadows. A tremendous billowing rocky head continues to grow slowly, until a foaming glacier towers well above the lip of the glass. After several minutes, it finally begins to recede leaving a funnel-web of seashell lacing behind. Energetic carbonation can be seen feeding the head from the bottom of the glass.

Fresh bread dough, sweet and peppery hints of basil, and lots of esters (banana and pear) in the nose. Rice is not usually an ingredient I welcome, but here it seems to add a nutty undertone (did they use basmati?).

White peach, white pepper, and mild honey, on the palate. Alcohol surfaces quietly, reminding me of a good white rum. Crackers, marshmallow, with hints of melon and more spice in the finish. Sweet overall but certainly not cloying. One of the best domestic Tripels I've had the pleasure of imbibing thus far - I was worried by the basil and rice that this would be a gimmick beer, but (maybe due to the age) I didn't find this to be the case at all.

Soft, effervescent, filling body. Slowly warming from the alcohol. Great with a meal, to share, or as a night-cap (maybe even more than Slaapmutske?).

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 03:23:00 | More by augustgarage
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.