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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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914 Ratings
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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 98 | 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 farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

08-27-2010 04:43:44 | More by farrago
Photo of smurder187


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

08-24-2010 03:17:25 | More by smurder187
Photo of CampusCrew


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

08-23-2010 14:48:00 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

08-22-2010 20:29:13 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

08-21-2010 00:36:16 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

08-20-2010 03:33:27 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Bendurgin


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

08-20-2010 03:12:01 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11%

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of basil, yeast, spices and light fruit.

T: Tasted of basil, Belgian yeast, pepper, pears, and some other fruits. An slightly unusual flavor for a tripel, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not your typical tripel, but still eminently drinkable.

08-17-2010 12:09:13 | More by avalon07
Photo of jsanford


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Pours a hazy gold with a fluffy white head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass and floating islands.

S - Notes of banana, lemon, basil and a bit of pepper. This has a lot going on in the nose, but I like it all! Very unique nose.

T - Nice balance of sweet, bready malts, more Thai basil, banana and pepper (or perhaps Grains of Paradise). Again, very unique.

M - Medium-full body with a very smooth carbonation. Has a very dry finish, almost champagne-like. I'm not getting any ABV from this.

D - This is a very interesting take on a Tripel and a beer that is perfect for summer. I'm pairing it with some chicken pad thai, which, needless to say, goes well.

08-16-2010 00:15:14 | More by jsanford
Photo of bump8628


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap at the taproom. Burnished gold with a head that's a bit on the thin side for the style.

Honey, basil, pear, mild peppery spice, and clean sweetish pils malt pretty much sums up the major components of the flavor profile.

Quite an interesting beer and I think it's the first I've had that's used basil. My biggest complaint is that it came off as a little too sweet for what I prefer in a Tripel. It would be great to pair with food as the basil is apparent but never overwhelming. I probably enjoyed it a bit more than my review indicates.

08-14-2010 00:51:50 | More by bump8628
Photo of TKEbeerman


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, this brew pours an opaque "glowing" yellow orange with a giant fluffy head.

S: The aroma is dominate Thai Basil. Trade Winds does have all the spicy and fruitiness of a classic Tripel, however I would have liked to see more classic and less Thai.

T: I've never had Thai Basil, but I'm sure it's the culprit that's dominating the flavor here, and it's not a bad culprit either. Very herbally spicy. This beer is like herbal essence in my mouth.

MF: The mouthfeel here on this brew tends to thin out after the initial sip, and there is absolutely no malt backbone to this baby.

D: Even though the mouthfeel is lacking, this beer is still refreshing.

08-11-2010 22:06:44 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On-tap last week at Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Served in a tulip glass a slightly hazy orange with a decent head that diminishes to a ring and leaves only a trace of lacing on the glass. The aroma is Belgian spice in front of sweet fruit. The taste is a nice amount of sweet malts with a bit of fruit and spice, but not as much as I remember from the bottle I had earlier. The beer is a bit heavy, but still enjoyable on a hot summer afternoon. This is an enjoyable beer, even on-tap.

08-11-2010 17:18:19 | More by atsprings
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

First off there is alot about this beer I like, and some things I don't. It looks nice in the glass with a billowy white dense head and a small amount of lacing, golden wheat looking color and hazy. Smells like a good combo of tasty belgian yeast, candi sugar and yes thai basil. I happen to like thai basil alot and think it melds really well with the yeasty fruity estery aroma. Tastes like a standard triple, a little bit more hoppy though. The finish is, eh....kinda ricy and not so tasty. Mouthfeel is sorta sharp, doesn't have the same creamyness that traditional triples rock. I'm happy to sip this slowly once our twice a summer. An interesting beer to be enjoyed, but not visited too often.

08-11-2010 03:53:59 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of Trueant1


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a huge foamy head. Lacing sticks heavily to the glass.
Brew sits in glass cloudy orange.

Smells of tomato soup, candy sugars, bready yeasts, and an overall floral scent fill my nose!

Spicy taste up front. Corriander like flavors alongside the thai basil fill the pallet. Bitter hops slightly beat out the candy sugar tastes. Slightly alcoholic on the finish.
Very dry and bubbly mouthfeel.

Interesting brew. would like this one on tap at the brewery.

08-10-2010 04:20:37 | More by Trueant1
Photo of metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

A: It poured cloudy pale yellow in color with only a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices and yeast.
T: The Thai basil really stands out in the overall taste and the hops contribute some citrus flavors and a slight amount of bitterness. There is also some sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is not too difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I would definitely try it again given its unique flavors and the use of basil.

08-08-2010 23:42:31 | More by metter98
Photo of czechsaaz


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

On Tap at the Dog & Pony.

Well the aroma right off is funk. I asked if it might be the Brett Triple but it's the regular. The aroma has a sour yeast component, no hops (fine for a Tripel) and mostly base malt and candi sugar. Kind of a strange aroma.

Gloudy and golden with a nice white head that sticks around as a fine layer of foam with lots of lacing.

Flavor is really spicy. I get pepper (grains of paradise maybe?) and herbs right off. Lots of good pilsner malt flavors and some candy sugar. The finish is nice and dry from the bittering hops so it isn't sweet at all but lots of malt flavor.

Medium full bodied and light carbonation. There isn't any hint of the strength in the mouth.

Another nice beer from the Bruery. kind of outside what I think of from the trappist and abbey tripels of Belgium but a good take on the style. I will definitely have another.

08-07-2010 23:40:06 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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


3.45/5  rDev -12%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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


4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +11%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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

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


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

07-07-2010 17:24:38 | More by Pencible
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.