Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

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Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

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

Added by Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +9.9%
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%
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 +3.8%
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 dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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%
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 -17.8%
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 -2.5%
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 -3.6%
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 -8.9%
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 -19%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3/31/15:
Let this sit a while in the fridge unintentionally. Funny thing is after popping it, I had in my head I was pouring a bottle of wine (might've been the wine glasses I was forced to use). The carbonation broke me of my daydream, but if not that, the clarity and color might have kept me going. Light pale gold, I swear it looks like a Chardonnay. Except yet again for the head. Scattered small bubbles can be seen rising to support a fluffy white canopy.

The nose continues the wine comparison, sort of. Fragrant floral notes, a bit of herb (could be the Thai basil, but not so distinct to my nose). There's also a lightly sweet Belgian note in there (maybe the rice adding some sweetness to the esters).

Taste opens a bit sweet, and knowing there is rice used makes me think of some minor similarities to the beers I have out at a Japanese restaurant. But the Belgian yeast keeps the party from going the AAL route. Banana, little peach, even a little strawberry in the fruit notes I get-none individually strong. The ending is where I get a little herbal note in the taste.

The feel is very light and lightly effervescent. The herbal note at the end actually adds some drying bitterness to the finish.

A very interesting beer. Maybe a tad sweet, but it is a Tripel. My GF topped off my glass with the last from the bottle, and that made the beer not nearly as beautiful as it was originally. I loved reviewing it, and would grab another once a year or so, because we both enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of Radome
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

L - Light golden color with just a bit of haze. Head is pure white and made of teeny tiny bubbles. It is not overly persistent, but does leave sticky lacing.

S - The aroma is dominated by spices, with basil being prominent. I also get some lemongrass. There is some grainy malt low in the background, but no obvious hops. I do not detect any of the yeast notes I'd expect from a tripel.

T - The flavors are also dominated by spices. Coriander and basil are my impressions, along with a low lemon tartness. There is little malt to give it background and no hops or yeast characteristics to compete with the spices.

F - Body is a bit thin for the style. Carbonation is low and does not make a major impression on the mouthfeel. Moderate hops bitterness and low alcohol presence.

O - This is an interesting, spice-forward beer, but it is not a standout as a tripel. If it was labeled as a Belgian Special Ale I would have had no preconceived notions and I would have judged it on taste alone. However, since it's called a tripel I feel I have to compare it to that style, and it is lacking in malt/yeast aromas and flavors that are expected.

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Photo of Panamakevin
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicious exotic flavors. The basil was a little spicy and the rice gave a nice earth taste...
I will want to restock this one for the next tasting...

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Photo of NCMatt
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz draft at a local bar. This is a quality Tripel. The appearance is exactly as you would expect. Light and fruity on the nose. While I couldn't pick out the Thai Basil, you could tell this wasn't your average Tripel and something was different. Slightly sweeter, but still has a dry finish. Overall it's an enjoyable and interesting take on a Belgian Tripel!

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

Wow, this beer is really refreshing. The freshness of the Thai basil and belgian yeast went perfectly together. Was definitely a sessionable brew, even at 8.1%

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow golden color with white head. Basil, spice, and light fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, but still a decent mouthfeel. Finishes with basil, spice and a little wheat sweetness.

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: cloudy, orange and gold. Good carb, fades a little.

Smell and taste – reminds me very much of Belgian style. Tart, refreshing, and the Thai element gives it a distinctive aftertaste.

Overall – very refreshing beer on a summer night while splitting time between the pool and grilling.

I normally like their stuff, this is no exception.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a lovely apricot with a luxurious head of dirty cream colored foam that spilled up over the glass as I was powerless to stop it. Fruity scent tempered by rice. That rice is sticky smelling even on the nose, very white. There's floral. Fruit is icy peach. The basil is lightly on top of the scent like a subtle perfume. Bright and herbal. In the taste the body , instead of being neutral with rice is fruity and juicy. The basil is cool like mint. It's not too spicy . There is a sweet citrus zest in this that points to some spice. Finishes sweet and with only a touch of sticky sweet rice and tropical fruitiness. AS authentically juicy as it could possibly be. Very unique character. Light dry breezy and finishes with a malty lingering after tase that shows a hint of warming alcohol.

A touch filling. Rice is filling in beer. But this beer has a lovely flavor of apricot. It's even jammy with it. It's sweet in the swallow and warm with alcohol and it's a good beer. There is a rice like after taste. It's malty enough so that I don't mind. As it warms that rice starts to get sour in the finish and taste like boiled rice . That is definitley not like the tripel.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden body, white foamy head, plenty of carbonation. Hmmm... looking for those yummy fruity/spicy tripel notes. All I get is some chalky yeast and herbacious basil/mint. The flavor follows suit. Basil appears like oregano, and the yeast is way too powerful. No other tripel note. Spices like this are hard for me to stomach by themselves, and combined with yeast as a main component, this one is almost a chore to finish. Thankfully the feel is easygoing. All in all, in interesting take, but I would have made the basil a nuance, not the main show.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured from 750 ml bottle into a tulip, a hazy orange body with a finger high white head, lacing occurs as consumed

Smell: Tropical and citrusy, reminds me of thai food (Obviously the basil playing a role here)

Taste: a crisp malt flavor on the nose that fades into a pleasant tartness

Feel: Medium bodied with smooth feel, low carbonation

Overall: a pleasant tripel, the basil offers a nice taste and smell, definitely a nice offering for hot summer nights.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light hazy yellow, nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Light fruity yeast character with some slight earthyness i attribute to the thai basil.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Earthy spice, with a zip reminiscent of lemon and ginger. Light bodied, very refreshing.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Church Key in DC.

Poured into a snifter. Can a beer too smooth and creamy? Not your typical tripel.

A - Pale orange with a white creamy head. 4
S - Basil is clearly evident. 3.25
T - Not crisp, lack of sweetness and spiciness. 2.75
MF - Creamy and smooth. 3.5

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