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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 110 | 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 damienblack
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy golden, even the gentlest pour yields a great pillowey head reminiscent of Duvel. Great lacing and retention, a treat to behold. Smell is not so hot, kind of a metallic "flavor" on the nose, like a wheaty yeasty harshness. Not sure where it comes from, maybe the house yeast? Don't get it on the tongue, though. A little sweeter and fuller than a typical tripel, not quite as dry. But the rice and basil really impart an interesting flavor, lightening it up, slightly spicing it. Definitely unique, the tastes billow on my palate and linger. Very easy to put a bottle away of this. Taste is prolly somewhere between 4.0 and 4.5. Most excellent.

damienblack, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light fruits - pears and hints of bananas - and sweet Belgian candi sugar. A small amount of herbal aromas waft out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust sugar-coated fruit flavors up front with herbal undertones. The ending is crisp and sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a solid tripel but the flavors don't seem to meld as well as they do in the best examples. Still, it's well worth a shot.

glid02, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color with a quickly settling white head.

S: Very...different. The basil is definitely making its presence known and I don't really think that's such a great thing. Very herbal overall.

T: Not surprisingly, the flavor is quite similar to the scent. So this is quite an herbal tasting beer as well. I don't find it that pleasing.

M: Lighter in body (possibly due to the rice they used to brew this) with good carbonation.

D: Personally, I did not find this beer all that enjoyable. However, if you are into the flavors that are present in this beer, I'm sure that you would find it very nice.

womencantsail, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Onibubba
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour into the Tulip, dark honeyed gold with a nice off white malted milk head. Great retention, wonderful lacing, easily coaxed back up with a gentle swirl. Sweet, yeasty aromas, slightly medicinally herbed with the basil. This intensifies as the beer warms. Sweet, but never cloying, and the basil adds an unexpected and playful kick. Alcohol is well masked. Mouthfeel is very smooth, coating and lingering on the tongue. Drinkablity slides downward as the beer warms. Everything about the taste and smell intensifies. One bottle goes down without a catch, but finishing a second might be a chore. Another home run from the excellent Bruery.

Onibubba, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into 25oz snifter.

Cloudy burnt orange hue, with a huge three finger off-white head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Hints of dark fruit and a bit of apple, along with some light spices like allspice.

Sweet and thick fruit flavors, a little bit of plum and strawberry. Spicy phenols in the background. Full bodied, high carbonation. Sticky sugar and a bit of caramel in the background.

A unique Triple, tastes an looks somewhat like a Double, but maybe a little lighter and sweeter. Probably resides between the two, maybe a One and a Halfer? Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of charlzm
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed 06/26/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood.

An exceptionally clear pale yellow beer with plenty of active bubbles streaming upwards to replenish a white, one-finger head.

Aroma is not making my nostrils happy - solvent, rubber. A fleeting hint of basil (I think). Maybe coriander?

Flavor is unfortunately similar to aroma - chemical-y. Some sweetness in there as well with a slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is at least agreeable; this is a dry beer on the palate - tingly but not parching.

Think I'm going to have to pass on this one the next time I see it.

charlzm, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian-style Tripel brewed with Thai Basil and rice.

The body is golden in color with a fluffy white head. Herbal and tea-like qualities permeate the aroma. Some notes of lemon too. Flavor is lemon, honey, and fresh herbs. As in the aroma, there are tea notes here too along with some peppery spice qualities. I didn't really get basil or rice, but I did enjoy it. Spice flavors would go great with food.

BradLikesBrew, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of johnnieoz
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, definitely 2009 bottling though not sure what date. Would be good to know since the brewers recommend drinking it fresh due to the presence of fresh Thai Basil.

A: Looking hazy golden with a little lace on the glass. A bit of a gusher.

S: Sweet aromas, more rice than Thai basil. But there is a hint of herbal wonder.

T: This is a different kind of tripel. The spiciness is clearly characterized by the Thai Basil, a stroke of genius.

M: Carbonation is very Brueryesque - a little too harsh at first. Once it settles all is good. There is a nice numbing sensation as Trade Winds whirls around the palate...

D: I am about to pair this with Ta Hoo Bad Kaprao (Tofu with Thai Basil). It should be ideal in assuaging the chilies and complementing the original herb in the brew. Like a good tripel it is most quaffable. Glad the Rue Crew made this their summer seasonal.

Update: Trade Winds was more than a match for a savory, spicy and aromatic dish. Great pairing!

johnnieoz, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Really nice looking hazy golden color with a half finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Light on the spice but big on the sweetness. Some hints of light fruit as well. Very nice. Really dense nose but it is hard to pick everything out.

T: Again the taste was quite complex. Lighter taste than most other tripels. It lacks that big sweetness that you associate with the style. The focus is more on the yeast and all the esters that it brings.

M: Very light for the style. Crisp and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable examples of the style that I have ever had. Went down very nicely and paired well with a variety of food.

aerozeppl, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

--Mark Twain

Sun-soaked apricots with multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles. The ecru colored cap filled at least 90% of the glass after a gentle pour. It's pillowy soft, whipped frothy and gently rocky, with enough stickiness to lay down a respectable amount of delicate sea foam lace. Subsequent pours look spectacular.

The aroma is exactly as expected given the ingredients. Trade Winds Tripel smells like a classic Belgian tripel (golden fruit and spice), with an herbal undercurrent that just has to be Thai basil. Let's hope that twist works out as well on the palate as it does in the nose.

The Bruery's goal was to brew a lighter than usual, easy drinking, summertime 'Belgian-style golden ale' by jettisoning the candi sugar and by using rice. Mission accomplished. The inspired use of Thai basil gives the beer an offbeat, interesting quality that causes it to stand out from the crowd. Not that Southern California is crawling with Belgian goldens.

In spite of the lightness, the flavors are still bold... and beautiful. Sweet-tart pears are accompanied by lime zest, ground clove, white pepper and... uh... Thai basil. Apparently, that herb tastes like licorice (which I can appreciate) and mint (which I can't). The finish is semi-crisp and ultimately drying. This is one complex summer seasonal that is disappearing like nobody's business.

They haven't gotten it exactly right yet, but this is the most properly carbonated beer that I've had from these guys yet (Black Orchard and Orchard White were grossly overbubbled and Autumn Maple was essentially flat). This one was too jumpy initially and is too laid back now that I'm at the halfway point of the bottle. Oh well, at least it passed through the perfect zone for a few mouthfuls. And truthfully, it isn't too bad now.

I like the fact that The Bruery brews outside the box and usually pulls it off. If they ever figure out how to carbonate, look out! Trade Winds Tripel is a damn good beer that isn't too far removed from greatness. Especially when compared to most American versions of my favorite Belgian style.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz counter-pressure filled growler from Bierkraft.

Pours straw with a bit of orange peeking through, lightly hazy, fluffy one-fingered head that settles into a thin cap. Nice stickage.

Nose is lots of clove, yeast and pale malts combine for a bit of breadiness, golden fruits are subtle but there. Yeast is the biggest part of this one, but nicely done.

Notes of clove, bready pale malt with notes of honey, pears, hint of light citrus peel. Spicy yeast carries the finish, with more notes of pear and apricot coming out. Off-dry but full. Basil comes out in the finish, but is very subtle - I don't know that I would have put my finger on it if I didn't already know it was there. The substitution of rice for sugar makes a difference, this is lighter and a bit crisper than I expected for it's style and ABV. I really like the taste with this one. Lighter than expected, but in a good way - still full and delicious, but easily drinkable on a hot day. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit fluffy on feel, medium-full body. Beautifully fits the flavor.

Drinkability is exemplary for the style. Lighter than expected, very flavorful, crisp and perfect for summer.

JohnQVegas, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Tdizzle
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle purchased on 5/31/09 from The Bruery. A Belgian-style ale brewed with rice and thai basil.

A- Trade Winds Tripel pours a clear gold color with a fluffy white head that settles to a thin layer. A few shreds of lacing cling to the glass.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, bready malts, and spicy notes of a more exotic variety thanks to the thai basil. The rice adds an element of sweetness to the smell. Some alcohol heat emerges as the beer hits room temperature.

T- The taste is rich with Belgian spiciness, ripe fruits, and malted grains along with a deliciously light sweetness that drives this beer's drinkability. The 8.1% ABV is slightly evident on the finish.

M- A full-bodied mouthfeel with big, aggressive carbonation bubbles that are typical of The Bruery's beers.

D- Highly drinkable for a beer with so much flavor and a fairly high alcohol content.

Tdizzle, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange-gold with a huge rocky white head that stuck around. Good lacing. Tropical fruit aroma with cider, some banana, and basil. Very carbonated, lighter mouthfeel. Big, bold fruity taste. Lots of apricots, peaches, strawberry, mango, passionfruit, and a melange of tropical fruit. Herbal background which is very sweet, presumably from the rice. Slightly sour bite in the finish, more tart fruit. The flavor was so big, it made the beer less drinkable, though. Its not necessarily a bad thing, but when it comes to trippels, I didn't expect such a big beer. Definitely find a friend to share the bottle with.

magictrokini, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an opaque yellowish orange. Nice white head. Solid retention level. Excellent lacing.

S: wonderful aromas. Sweet honey notes, light fruit notes, very mellow due to the rice. Big spices in the nose.

T: wonderful tripel flavors. Honey, sweet fruity malts, spices. Light hints of the thai basil.

M: medium bodied. Big carbonation level. Crisp and smooth for the style.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle tried 14 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Large off white head fills the glass. Well carbonated. Very cloudy, color of dark orange marmalade. Smells of yeast, cider, green tea, very slight hint of basil. Basil comes through much more in the taste. Starts with basil, grapefruit, coriander and yeast. Sweet tart throughout, some citrus pithiness. Spicy peppery finish. Fairly heavy body with a big mouthfeel. Seems less than 7%.

Failry tasty and interesting to try but would not be an everyday beer for me.

htomsirveaux, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours cloudy light gold with a massive spongy head of pure white. The crackling foam sudsided slowly to reveal a partial skim coat on the surface of the brew as well as plenty of ripped lacework.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, spicy basil, and citrus zest. Hints of vanilla, white pepper, and lemon follow through. Quite floral and spicey for a Triple, while still delicate.

Light bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. A high level of effervescence.

Light malt, spices and citrus start the palate. Basil, honey, coriander, and sugar-dusted peppercorns follow through.

Finishes with warming alcohol, spicy citrus, a shade of honey, and a hint of lemon-spritzed malt.

I'm really inmpressed with this beer. It drinks like a Double white/Triple hybrid. The Basil is nicely done and not overpowering and the citrusy hops are tasting fresh but don't dominate. The high level of carbonation really does this one justice as well.

Big ups to BA/RB'r WeeHeavySD for a kickass bonus brew!

brewandbbq, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of ikats
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, yellow in color with a large, lively head. Yeasty aroma. There is something off-putting about it. I can put my finger on it. I keep thinking it's rice - the more I smell the more the aroma seems to be a blend of Belgian and light lager. There is some bitterness in the taste. This beer seems a little unbalanced. It attacks you with high carbonation (too high in my opinion) and high alcohol (the label says 8.1%). I am not very well versed in the land of tripels, but this one is not what I am expecting. I am not sorry I have picked up this bottle, but I probably won't reach for it again any time soon.

ikats, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased at Beverage Warehouse in Marina Del Rey for ten dollars, consumed 12/22/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, color is a cloudy yellow with some darker tones, 3/4 inch white foamy head that lasts around five minutes, nice retention, minimal lacing, aroma consists of bananas, sugar, rice, cornmeal, sweet malt, bread, esters, and various spices, flavor starts off with a light fruit presence, then bread mixed with some sugars and what seems to be the basil component, lots of spice and a hint of booze in the finish, warms up and causes more fruit to come out, by the end there is apples, prunes, lemon, and honey, gave my tastebuds a whirl, mouthfeel is sweet and sometimes chewy, medium bodied, pretty high level of carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could drink a bottle of it, not too heavy, alcohol could be hidden more for being under eight percent, still pretty easy to drink considering its off the wall ingredients, another fine seasonal from Patrick, I like how adventurous this brew is, look forward to seeing how a few months of age affects it, recommended

Floydster, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of bitterthebetter
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a light golden orange with fluffy white head

smells of malty and biscuity notes with floral spices, slight basil, coriander, lemon, slight banana

sweet malt followed by sublte and smooth spice notes such as basil, coriander, slight pepper, slight dry piney hops

the basil is crisp and very refreshing on the finish, with a solid yet smooth malty body without being overly sweet. the floral notes give it a dry, herby mouthfeel that is very balanced

a really smooth and intriguing beer. lots of different flavors that meld extremely well together. There is a lot going on, but everything is just at the right level, great body, balance, spices, and flavors

bitterthebetter, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

So what blew in? Pours a very carbonated hazy straw colored yellow color with a lighter lemon yellow hue. Due to carbonation had to let it sit for a long time before I could try it.

With ample time for aroma, there are two stories to tell. When first smelled there was some noticeable off notes. Some acetaldehyde, chalky, yeasty off notes and fizzy carbonation. After letting it sit for some time though, some better smells come out. There is a light bready and white wine aromas. Some fruity aromas, peaches pears and some minor bubblegum. Noticeable yeasty aromas. No real basil aromas.

The taste has more of a saison like flavors. Fruity notes come out with pears, peaches, and white wine/grape notes. Some nice peppery spice notes and a touch of coriander. The malt is bready with noticeable biscuit like flavors. For a triple, looking more of a grain pils like flavor and this is really lacking. Stronger yeast notes with a Belgium twang. A touch of sourness more on the acetic sour milk thing. Some herbal notes in the finish.

The body is hard to pick out with such a high carbonation bite. More moderate feel. Overall, the carbonation is just offsetting and really distracts from the nose, taste and feel. Beyond that though, there are some nice saison notes but really lacking the triple notes.

Oxymoron, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark orange-gold body with a full, fizzy, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly bready, lightly sweet malts with minor notes of peach juice and anise to dutifully accompany the equally light whiff of leafy basil.

Taste: Light, delicate maltiness with a touch of sugary sweetness. Minor fruitiness. Slight herbal pop alongside a pinch of spicy anise. Just a bit of sour yeastiness. Spoonful of risotto. Finishes relatively dry with a bite of crackling carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: The beer flirts between a high degree of carbonation and Alka-Seltzer straight in the mouth carbonation. Still though, it's fairly tasty and a fine use of non-traditional tripel ingredients.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some candi sugar traces and a nice spicy yeast with some subtle alcohol ester. Taste is a nice mix between some candi sugar and some peppery yeast and some light alcohol traces. Full body with great carbonation. I must admit to having been really surprise by how well this beer was drinking and apart from a lack of fruity ester I thought it was a great realization.

Phyl21ca, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow hue with a tall bubbly head. Great retention with nice sheets of lace.

S: Yep it's a triple. Bold Belgian yeast aromas with notes of spice and summer fruit.

T: Same as aroma. This one is supposed to be infused with Basil which I did not pick up. It is a good represenation of the style.

M: Very bubbly if there is one knock on this beer I would say it is overcarbonated.

D: Good, solid representation of the style.

tpd975, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of badbeer
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most amazing beer appearance in a long time. Golden color with awesome retention and the head stays firm and creamy. The surface of the head is cratered like the surface of the moon, very interesting. Floral, but also very earthy in the nose and some sort of spice (apparently basil). Taste has a creaminess to it, but still manages to be dry in the finish. Almost vanilla-like in the taste, with a bit of Cool-Whip, bits of grain, and a long, earthy taste. High carbonation and medium body. If not for a little bit of a metallic taste, I'd bump the taste score up another notch. Pretty good Tripel, and nice to have an American one that is nice and relatively dry.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, thanks to grub! Part of day 3 of epic DrJay return tasting.

Pours a cloudy light orange/amber, huge and fluffy white head forms, drops some chunks of lace and settles to a medium sized collar, great retention, head really sticks around. Smell is nice, sweet and sugary, some yeast, honey, alcohol, slightly metallic, spices, caramel, basil, a bit soapy, but real neat. Taste is similar, quite sweet up front, caramel and candi sugar, basil, bitter spiciness, alcohol, wheat, light funky, apricots, great stuff, basil really gives it a neat character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very neat character. Great tripel, think I have a bottle in the cellar. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jan 05, 2009
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.