Trade Winds
The Bruery

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #60
Ranked #10,861
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
The Bruery
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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
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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours clear golden in color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- spicy yeast on the nose gives aromas of cracked pepper, clove & banana. Fruity notes of lemon and melon, phenolic notes close it out

T- spicy and peppery yeast with flavors of clove and white pepper. Mid-palate starts to bring out the basil, which adds a green and refreshing note that compliments the yeast. The finish brings out a variety of fruity flavors with notes of green melon, citrus peel, pear & cantaloupe

M- medium body wit moderate carbonation leads to a foamy bubble mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- the basil works very well with this beer and is just enough to add a refreshing note and increase drinkability

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A pretty beer with the creamy head. The sweet is strong and it’s typical for a Belgian Tripel. It tastes sweet and I think I like the Thai basil if you can wait long enough to savor it. Rather special. It’s great on the tongue. There’s nothing here not to like. Overall this is an excellent brew and I hope to see it again. On draft at Ron’s Corner Tavern.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PKG 04/25/19, 16oz can.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with soft, frothy lace that culminates into patches above the beer. As it settles there's a decent amount of residual lacing left behind.

Definitely lots of familiar Belgian notes on the nose, clove and banana with compliments of Belgian yeast, peppery spice, and herbal hops. It's traditional but at the same time unique in its execution, an intriguing Belgian tripel.

Similar to the nose but more potent, the flavors here are bold and bready. Clove and banana again run the forefront here, with Belgian spices intermingling nicely and compliment honey, pear, apple and baking spice undertones. Everything works together nicely, and if I wasn't already drinking this I feel like it would be great to cook with.

Medium-bodied and bready, with a soft, almost frothy carbonation and a smooth finish down the hatch. It's soft but at the same time the carbonation gives a nice snappy crispness; a great mouthfeel.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden - with some haze with a white, creamy head that dissipates and leave behind some lacing.
S - Sweet notes of honey, spices, some light fruits - melon, peaches.
T - Notes of sweet honey, light fruits - melons, peaches, pear - along with spices throughout - some hints of rice as well.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - crisp, yet creamy
O - An interesting, though not traditional take on a triple that pulls off a pretty enjoyable brew.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Trippel

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow can't believe I haven't done a review for this one yet. This was one of the original Bruery beers, I think there was Rugbrod, Orchard Wit and this? I dunno. Anyways, as far as tripels go, I like this one.

Pours a cloudy and bright yellow with 2/3" white head on the top. Impressive appearance. Great lace and retention. Aroma hits those basil notes, while leaving a mild phenolic yeast and small alcohol heat behind. Keeps notes of fresh cut spring grass going in the mind.

Taste has a white pepper thing going for it in addition to the basil and grassiness. Mild warming from the alcohol. A little bit of those mild fruits like pear and apple in the background. Its like an imperial saison almost as much as it is a tripel. The rice is well done as the body of the beer isn't heavy and makes the tripel style more appealing to me. I like it a few ounces at a time, but I couldn't see doing 25 oz of this to myself.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz brown bottle 2016 Edition - dated 5/19/2016

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel poured a cloudy golden color producing a generous off-white foamy head that was long in its retention. Nice chunks of foamy lacing were left behind - a nice looking ale. The nose is ; clean/fresh, fruity, grassy, of citrus and is a little spicy. The taste is similar to the nose. Up front is light fruit followed by spicy/peppery notes. The body is light-medium with crisp carbonation.

Trade Winds Tripel is a different take on a classic Tripel with adding rice and basil. It may be different but I like it..

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Form the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This interesting take on a tripel
pours a lightly murky amber tinged golden color with a nice head of
white foam that settles to a thick ring, beautiful white layer, and
displays some fantastic lacing. Nose of spicy herb notes, candy sugar,
pear, and astringent alcohol notes. Flavors surpass the nose with
a light spicy mild basil note awash in pear, apple, subtle peach,
white grape notes, and soft grain flavors. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, medium carbonation laden with effervescent carbonation,
and a crisp apple like finish touched with a spicy mild basil note.

Not a fan of basil beers, but this one hits the spot and could serve
fantastic as an aperitif or a palate refreshing brew after a heavy meal
let alone a fantastic brew along side a spicy meal----even Thai or
spicy chili. Nicely done.


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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized bubbly, foamy white head. Head retention is good and there is some filmy lacing on the sides of the goblet. Aroma and taste include light fruit (apples and pears), some Belgian yeast, and primarily the Thai basil instead of the usual peppery spicing found in most Tripels. The basil dominates the aroma and flavor, which is a downer for traditional Tripel lovers like myself. The beer itself tastes pretty good, but I like the more classic Tripel profile better. I have had some Rosemary IPAs and Saisons that I I feel "work" better that a Thai basil Tripel. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich, with the usual good hiding of the alcohol, and I agree with other raters that call this a good summertime beer. Worth a try, but not if you are expecting a traditional Tripel.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a nice hazy orange to cloudy brown color. The head maintains a gentle level of foamy thickness. Adequate lacing streams along the chalice. The smell had some soft spice to bring an inviting light sweet Summery pear that came across fairly refreshing. The taste was invitingly sweet and refreshing with a sticky sweet apples and pears. Light earthy/herbal quality of spice amplifies some refreshing qualities over my tongue. Light pear-like aftertaste leads into a nice finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice refreshing/sessionable quality rolling over my tongue. Overall, nice refreshing Summery Tripel, not as yeasty as some tripels I’ve had, but this would make a great session in the Summer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots to like in Trade Winds Tripel.
Floral and soft are its most prominent characteristics... And this one is a darling with summer food.

Trade Winds also is inventive on two points.
First, it successfully merges the West (yeast and barley) and the East (spices and rice); cultures that still find each other odd often still. Consider this The Pacific Rim in a glass.
Second, Trade Winds also crosses styles. BA and Famille Rue call this a tripel (the alcohol, while subtle, is present.) But it also is recognizable as a wit (the softness coming from the rice) with prominent spicing other than with just hops.

Rue Famille has produced so many wonderful brews for so long that I consider it genius.
Trade Winds add to their very impressive, and long, list.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, spicy hops, floral hops, pale malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, Belgian yeast, spicy hops, floral hops, pale malt, slight clove, and alcohol. Overall, good body, blend, not picking up basil, but still a tasty Tripel.

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Photo of stephens101
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A full and fluffy tan froth crowns this cloudy orange brew.

Smells of orange, lemon and yeast.

Taste is big on the light fruits (orange, white grape, lemon zest) with plenty of yeast followed by a hint of vanilla, spice and herb.

Medium and dry with a touch of alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

Always up for an outstanding tripel.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Except for the last serving out of the bottle, it poured a brilliant light golden color with a massive rocky off-white head that slowly drops to a persistent 1/4 inch top. The lacing is less like your traditional Belgian in that appears more as sporadic tight clumps vs. the typical lace connected rings.

Smell: Pleasant tripel aromas with just a hint of bubble gum, Belgian yeast spiciness and a very faint suggestion of anise.

MF: Medium-light body that is soft, smoth and round, despite the initially frothy carbonation.

Taste: A complex melding of grainy malt that only hints at sweetness, expertly balanced by low hop bitterness, Belgian yeast spiciness and a well hidden abv. It has a great finish that I can't quite describe- not quite drying, but most definitely leaving you wanting more.

Overall: A truely excellent example of an American Tripel.One that suggests that maybe it is possible to (dare I say) improve on Belgian perfection? Very easy drinking for such a big beer. It grew on me with each successive sip, and I had to pace myself so as not to not imbibe it too quickly.

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a large bottle, this brew is a lightly hazy golden color with an enormous, long-lasting white head. The aroma is fruity, with spicy hops and phenols. Plenty of Belgian flavor, and notable dryness. I got a little herbal notes, but can't say that I specifically picked up the basil or the rice. Full in body and very enjoyable, however.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear medium gold, producing an aggressive 3+ finger off-white, tightly bubbled, somewhat lasting head that leaves only a few motes & strings of lace. Aroma is sweet fronted by Belgium yeast fruity esters of dried & candied apple & pear, peach, floral & herbal (basil?) notes, pale malt, spicy, a hint of clove, honey & very faint alcohol. Taste is apple, peach, thin caramel, pale/biscuit malts, grain, floral hops & herbal hints (basil?), spicy notes of clove & pepper, a little honey, wood & vanilla (strange since this is not barrel aged), alcohol presence is warming & boozy. Finishes wet, fruity & spicy with an aftertaste of faintly bitter fruit & peppery alcohol spice. I'm not sure how to identify the rice, maybe it is the graininess I pick up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, wet but lively with pepper spice on the front & middle of the tongue.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently at the Cloverleaf for the first time, never having given it a go before. This was listed as a Tripel on here but almost came across as a Witbier crossed with Saki, with the end result being something unlike anything else that I've ever had before. If you're into something fermented with an Asian flair, this would be right up your alley!

Not a bad pour to this as I had it in a goblet - cloudy, apricot, and topped off with a ton of head that never really quit. Orange and spice on the nose that wasn't truly indicative what was in store when I took my first sip. Odd mixture of rice, Thai basil, lemon, and coriander on the palate with quite a lot of wheat underneath it. Spicy and dry, the booze was well-hidden for a Tripel as this felt more appropriate for warmer days than a typical Belgian beer would be suited for. Lots of carbonation here kept this light, as evidenced by the long-lasting head and lacing that was left behind when I finally finished this off.

One of these bottles was enough for a sitting as I could certainly feel the alcohol by the time I finished this off. Loved how smooth and creamy this was but lets face it, is that really what one wants in a Tripel? More than a novelty, this beer was nearly in a category by itself - take it or leave that as you wish!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dog and Cask in Rochelle Park. Pours an effervescent, golden hue with moderate frothing and carbonation. Aroma full of esters, alcohol, and candied sugars. Not bad.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was so happy to find a Belgian ale that wasn't overcarbonated. They always explode when you open them and this one did not. It made me very happy.
A- clear copper color, thick foamy head that dissipates, nice lacing
S- sweet fruitiness like you usually find in a Belgian ale, basil
T- fruitiness, basil
M- medium bodied, nice carbonation, not overcarbonated which made me very happy
D- very good, I would drink it again.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a tap into a plastic cup at the "Canteen" at 2100 M St, DC, pours a cloudy dim gold. Aroma light with yeast. Taste continues a bready theme with slight banana tones. Lightly carbonated. It's a fine Summer beverage, but I would have appreciated something - anything - stand out like it had some conviction.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orangish with a great full white head.
Smell reminds me of banana pudding and Belgian ale yeast/ spices.
Tastes like a crisp beer with some basil notes.
Okay stuff to sip. A bit different.
Tart at times and not as sweet as I expected.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served into a tulip glass. Trade Winds pours a golden in color with a light haze and a half inch of white foam. A firm carbonation level drops spottly lacing and maintains a light surface cap through the glass.

Pleasant aroma with notable spice notes balanced with some yeast esters. Not exactly gripping on the aroma but decent for an American version of the style and as much Saison as Tripel at the onset. Touch of funk is revealed with warming.

Taste follows expectations, with a light body for the ABV and a spritzy and lemony delivery. Offers a light bready texture, clean and well attenuated. Feel is again clean yet a bit subtle for a Tripel, lacking much depth/sweetness. And again more reminiscent of a Saison at times but not others.

Warming brings out some more classic Belgian character as yeast notes take center stage. In the end, a solid American Tripel and something that would pair well with a variety of Asian foods. I'm not picking up the Thai Basil in the beer, but that would be a good accompaniment.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a white, near two-finger width head. Fair retention, slowly fizzing away to reveal a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Sweet, tart and slightly spicy. red and green apple, hints of unripened banana, clove and basil.

Taste - Follows the nose. Green apple tartness with light red apple sweetness. Lesser banana funk along with some mild clove spice and basil herb character. Finish is the aforementioned with quite a cloying amount of sugar in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, then lightens to a crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Drinks more like a Belgian pale than a triple, but without the syrupy mouthfeel. I'm not one for thick, syrupy belgians, but still I can't truly appreciate this offering. Maybe the general flavor of trips and quads is the bigger culprit for me and not necessarily the syrupy mouthfeel? That's what I've gathered from this beer. I don't like that residual sugary sweetness, and this one delivers plenty.

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3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really crisp and refreshing. Had it at a bottle tasting tonight at Yonkers Brewing. Nice light color.
Smells a little of the basil and rice it's mashed with. I recommend. Nice smooth texture. Bet it would be good with food. Presents well in a tulip.

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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of white head.

S: Belgian yeast... estery and fruity.

T/F: A very nice tripel... and pretty true to the style. Esters and yest... a bit fruity with apricot and bananas and just a tinge of the thai basil at the end. I never would have picked up on it if I hadn't read the description first. Carbonated and refreshing.

O: A very tasty beer and a better tripel than I expected after reading the description (the rice and thai basil gave me pause) but a nice find. Would definitely drink it again.

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