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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 115 | 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 dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Gentle pour yields 2.5 fingers of off-white pillowy head with excellent retention. Chill hazy dark straw gold liquid is pretty. This is the darker side of Tripels I'd say.

S: Banana, clove, Belgian sweet spice. Very Tripel. Some dusty funk, overall very fruity.

T: Nice light Belgian fruitiness followed by some undefined sweetness, maybe caramelly. Goes well with roasted ratatouille dinner. Estery Alcohol makes a showing later on but doesn't overwhelm.

M: A bit too foamy. Gentle and bright. Some heat. Foam is too fluffy in my mouth and is therefore unpleasant.

D: Good. I do want another and would buy again.

dfillius, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from the Bruery, purchased at Whole Foods Market in Tribeca at $10.99 for the 750mL bottle.
The pour- looks like I would expect upon pouring a tripel. Deep amber and quite hazy with a happy amount of white head on the initial pour. Lacing looks like it's going to stick around for awhile.
Scents- I get some soap right off the bat. After a little bit it settles down into fruityness. Flirts with reminding one too much of perfume. The bready and earthyness reigns the perfume character back in.
Flavors- not-quite-yet juicy nectarine. A hint of that kind of bitterness and some of that sweetness.
As far as an American brewed version of a Belgian style goes this is pretty well done. Still, there are better options out there for the same or less money. I would be happy to try other things from this brewery based on this beer.

ommegangpbr, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of fragilemacabre
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOAH THAT'S A LOTTA HEAD! No seriously. Ridonculous amount of foam... which does settle down quickly and prettily leaving a very nice lacing and a dense, cloudy amber coloring.

It smells like a bar should smell, a happy/hoppy scent that is very obviously beer, with a bit of a croissant thrown in (sugary and yeasty smells).

This feels very nice on the tongue, but the immediate taste is a bit sweeter than some other Tripels I've had, though it has a good nectarine tartness as an end note.

I was recommended this beer by a Whole Foods employee/friend of mine who had nothing but rave reviews. Since he likes his women, I'd make this analogy: I wouldn't throw this beer out of bed, but it would be low on the list of my booty calls.

fragilemacabre, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a wonderful citrus and farmhouse funk laid over a grist of pale malts. It's got excellent spice character as well. The taste is awesome as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a shitload of Belgian yeast esters and a peppery spiciness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with maybe a touch too much CO2. This is a really nice beer with many layers of complexity. Well done!

WesWes, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with just a hint of amber the slightly off white head builds up to a towering rocky pinth. the aroma immediatley shows off the yeasts belgian pedigree, with the requisite banana clove esters and spice. the taste follows with the an array of lemon and spice... the thai basil brings a lot of spice to the dry finish. the medium body and high carbonation make the mouthfeel really nice on an all around good beer.

almychristopher, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmhouse. Served in a basic red wine glass, the beer is a lightly hazy amber with a short white head. As I drank it down, the head left lacing rings around the top.

The main ingredient I'm pulling from this beer is the Thai basil, which is actually nicely balanced against the other spice flavors. There really aren't other flavor, just a typical light bready malt followed by a punch of crushed black pepper, lemongrass, and mild cinnamon with the basil. If you like your tripels spicy, check this beer out.

tempest, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, dark gold with a fluffy, off-white head that slowly fades away into a mild floating cap. Bits of spoty lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh, sweet grain, melted sugar, caramel, and some cracked black pepper.
Taste is of the aromas with a bit of a bready, mildly spiced, sugary apricot coming through.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, medium bodied, and warming.

weeare138, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a golden honey color with dense off white head that dissipated into a puffy cap. The aroma is sweet and zesty. Aromas of apples, banana and lemon are mixed with some spicy yeast scents. Some barnhouse funk give this brew a musty earthy smell. The taste is of apple skins and lemon. There is some banana, clover, pepper, light coriander and horse blanket from the yeast. There is a tin like grain flavor as well, perhaps from the rice that is added. The feel is very fizzy, the carbonation burns a bit. Nice balance of sweet and spicy. A well made tripel, nice flavor.

Gmann, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at Christopher's in Cambridge, MA in early July.

Trade Winds Tripel pours a cloudy golden color, and is topped by a bright white head that fades to a film. The head leaves sheets of lace as it fades. The aroma is classic Belgian. The spicy notes of pepper are the strongest. Secondary are the fruity aromas of bananas and apples. Swirling the beer brings out grainy and yeasty notes and a bit more spiciness.

The prickliness of the carbonation gives an initial impression of spiciness. As the carbonation mellows a grainy, malt backbone makes a brief appearance. Fruitiness in the center quickly takes hold with notes of banana, apples and citrus. The finish has an intense peppery spice. This Tripel is on the light side of medium-bodied. The spiciness of the initial carbonation provides a nice bookend to the peppery finish.

I thought this was a good Tripel. The spiciness was strong, but I thought it was a net positive.

EPICAC, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of PBoegel
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, roughly 40 degrees.

Poured with a very effervescent cream white head that sticks. Body is gold to orange but hazy.

Aroma is lemon pepper, licorice and hints of orange/grapefruit. No perceptible hopping. Some fresh cut pineapple notes as it warms (not like you find from hops, but literally fresh cut pineapple slices).

Flavor is dry malt upfront upfront, licorice and dried oranges and apricot. Also dried pineapple, not quite like the pineapple notes in the aroma, more sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry in the finish, near chalkly (I absolutely love tripels this way) very effervescent cleansing the palate. This beer would go fantastic with a well brined Turkey, Duck or Glazed ham.

Extremely drinkable.

Overall, style wise this beer reminds me very much of many Saisons I have had, especially Saisons that have spice additions for flavoring. Hard to tell if the yeast played a huge role in the flavor profile or worked in conjunction with the Thai Basil addition. Either way it is a really delicious and worth seeking out beer. I might hesitate to call it a Tripel, and in BJCP land might argue it is out of style, but as a beer of Belgian style it is completely fantastic.

PBoegel, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A capped 750ml bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $10. Opened and poured into my oerbier tulip-like glass. The tripel appears a cloudy golden apricot color with a healthy looking two fingers of pillowy bone white foam. The aromas and flavors are dominated by notes of quite spicy yeast, black pepper, mint, lime, licorice. Rather crisp and bone dry with a bit too much carbonation. Getting a bit of alcohol as it warms. Very bubbly, and that distracts from the drink-ability of an otherwise well done tripel with a unique twist.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

what a nice brew. hazy dark golden straw color with a cream color head that fizzes a million bubbles a minute while rising and then settles down to a thin web. nose is minty, earthy, herbal basil as well as green apple bubblegum, orange gatorade, banana and a whole host of spicy scents that are typical of belgian yeast strains and asian cuisine. clove, white pepper, cardamom, corriander, cumin. they say basil and rice are the only ingredients besides the usual suspects, so the yeast strain must be particularly spicy. light medium body with what seems to be relatively low carbonation, but the beer explodes in the mouth, creating a refreshing, spritziness. great effort. outstanding representation of what we can do here in america. i'd like another please.

timtim, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian style bomber bottle, I like the oversized cap. Pours glowing apricot, with lots of bubbles rising and lifting an initially huge off white head, that sticks around forever and slowly turns to merainge. Then leaves nice strands of lace and a much better then average collar of the thick stuff. It emits a hearty sniff of mint, pepper and Belgian leaning yeast. Quite enjoyable and tasty take on a favorite style. Phenolic and minty, with additional notes of honey, pepper, and even the advertized thai basil lending a complexity enhancing addition to the mix. Drys out nicely in the finish. 8% nowhere to be found.Well done, refreshing and intriguing. I really enjoyed this one. Go get some and enjoy a finely crafted American take on a classic style.

Billolick, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of patmcd
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cliff notes: Classic tripel flavors with a new-school twist, which makes for a crisp, refreshing summer beer.

In depth review:

750ml bottle, poured an opaque golden amber, with a huge cloud-like fluffy head, that left some mild lacing.

Lot's of spice and sweet, bright fruits on the nose--almost iced tea like. However there is a bit of a bite with the basil that gives it some earthy undertones.

Tastes of light fruit, a citrus/mint , pepper, and of course a lint hint of spicy basil. Don't like the thai basil fool you though, there is plenty of light 'sweet' in this beer.

I love the mouthfeel on this, it was very crisp and light, since they did away with all the sugars, so I found it quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

patmcd, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up 750mL bottle of Trade Winds at DeCicco`s.

This is a seasonal offering from The Bruery and the third beer from them, that I have had the opportunity to drink. The appearance is a light golden color with a giant head, that with time turns into a thin lace cover. Smell is boozy, with some spices, however it is difficult to pinpoint individual flavors. Taking a few sips allows for a better understanding of Trade Winds. It is a sugary beer with pear and bananas being present from the citrus aspect and a small amount of hops seems to be here as well. This beer goes well with a laid back evening listening to some music or watching a movie. One bottle shared with a friend or perhaps yourself will be all that you will need.

mltobin, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man. Pours orange with a thick white head. Aroma of spices immediately and sweet fruits. Flavor of bready malt, sweet melon, bitter spices. An interesting tripel--the rice worked well with this beer. Light, sweet, and very drinkable. Overall a nice beer.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured slowly from the 750ml bottle into a belgian-style glass. Ended up with huge, white, foamy head (slightly more than half the glass). The beer itself is a slightly hazy orange color. No sediment yet, but there's still a little beer in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Interesting and complex. Spices and citrus seem to blend here. There are definitely more things going on, but I can't quite identify them. The bottle says it's ideally served at 45 degrees, but I'm guessing it'd show even more complexity as it warms.

T: Marzipan, cracked pepper, banana, orange all come to mind with just the first two sips. Wow. So very tasty and complex. Possibly my favorite tasting Tripel-style beer to-date.

M: Lots of tiny bubbles remain even after all the head had died down (roughly 3-5 minutes after pouring). Very full mouthfeel and appropriate for its style.

D: Excellent flavors make me want to come back, but the ABV and the 750ml size definitely limit me to one bottle, if not half shared with a friend.

jnn4v, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(From notes)

A - Lightly hazy orange-yellow color; with barely a wisp of a head

S - Sour peachy aroma; yeasty; very ripened fruit aromas; touch sweet

T - Boozey apricot and peach flavors; a little too sweet for me, but finishes pretty dry. The flavors are a bit out-of-whack to my palate, or maybe it's just the brew on cask

M - Medium; virtually no carbonation and dryish

D - I could barely make it through a full pint of this on cask; just didn't work out well and the boozey-sweet tendencies really made this too medicinal

Overall, I really need to try this in bottle form as the cask just didn't work out. This was just not great stuff on cask, and it's a shame b/c I'm a huge fan of the Bruery overall.

Nickls, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours neutral colour with some head. Salad dressing aroma,such as oregeno and that's what's delivered. Taste: Sundried tomatoes, olive oil and olives, and some rice, and some other spices. Above average mouthfeel. Its drinkable, but not to much, and would not seek it out again.

Sammy, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a golden light orange color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus foamy white head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a good dose of yeast, some nice bannana, clove notes. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice yeast note, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty Tripel, recommended.

Wasatch, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Fourth Ave. Pub in Brooklyn; served in a tulip

A rather clear, bright orange/golden body with a fluffy just off-white cap. A small amount of lacing is left on the glass. Pretty active carbonation.

Smell is overly fruity. Pears and bananas with a heavy medicinal/herbal tone, almost solvent-like.

Flavors are very similar to the aroma. Herbal, medicinal solvent-like flavors with pears, bananas, and green apples. I also got some basil, which I thought was weird, until I looked it up and in fact this beer is brewed with Thai basil. Interesting.

Light bodied, a little prickly and dry.

Very drinkable even with the higher abv. A couple of these will really sneak up on you. A great way to unwind after a baseball game on a hot day.

ColForbinBC, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Buttermaker
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a rose hue. Big head with a citrusy nose that's reminiscent of The Bruery's outstanding Orchard White witbier. The initial taste is...unremarkable. In fact, there's a slightly numbing quality to the taste...that must be the Thai Basil. (If you've ever had a dish with Szechuan Peppercorns you'll know the taste/feeling.) Subsequent tastes reveal a little more character and a unique flavor profile. It's a tripel so it's definitely big on malt...but if they're using hops at all I can't tell. The bitterness is provided by the Thai Basil and possibly other Asian spices. It's definitely refreshing despite the high gravity. It makes a nice summer belquim.

They've definitely succeeded in their east meets west endeavor and I have to say I'm impressed with their ambition. However, this one has a hard time standing up to The Bruery's other outstanding offerings.

Buttermaker, Aug 04, 2009
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
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.