Trade Winds
The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States
Ranked #96
Ranked #14,599
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
May 14, 2021
May 25, 2008
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.6%. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Pleasant sweetish and fruity (citrus and strawberries) and spicy (thai basil, coriander, cloves) aroma. The flavour has some sweetness, but not more than normal for a tripel. Fruity and fairly distinct spicy flavour. Moderate hops, a little more would not hurt, even for a tripel. A lovely beer anyway.
May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle. Likely from 2015 or so.

Dark golden color. Off white head. A nice American brewed tripel. Spiced with zest and citrus. Biscuit and toffee malts. A bit of sweetness. Not bad.
Mar 27, 2021
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Reviewed by laquebrada from California

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bought the bottle in 2009, decided it was time to drink it. Quite surprised how well it has held up, no oxidation or sherry character, maybe because it's bottle conditioned, but still, at 8.1% ABV did not expect that. Well carbonated, but the head did not persist very long. No specific spice was discernable in aroma or flavor. Alcohol was apparent in the flavor, more than expected from the ABV. Bitterness was minimal, to say the least. There was something in the flavor that is difficult to describe, a mix of toast, root beer and ginger ale perhaps? Well attenuated, but not dry or thin. Overall, it's amazing how well this beer has held up, and could be taken as an indication of their brewing prowess.
Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by einman from Minnesota

Sep 04, 2020
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Reviewed by HighABV_HighRating from Missouri

2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Trade winds pours thin, with a quickly dissipating head. Five minutes in, this beer resembles a macro lager, with a taste to match. It's certainly sweeter than a typical American Lager, with the *tiniest* hint of spice (more would be appreciated), but I'm not sure it's better. Overall, it's a poor example of the style, and with so many great Belgian Tripels to choose from, I don't see myself giving this one a second chance.

This is a Belgian-Style Tripel for beer drinkers not ready for the real thing.
Aug 21, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Eggshell white frothy foam head atop a burnt orange. Serious mellow and balanced sticky rice, orange citrus, basil spice, rounded out with a malty backbone. Little bitterness, smooth and creamy finish, fizzy and slightly drying. This is really good, fairly interesting flavor combination and brewing approach.
Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Sep 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

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.
Aug 17, 2019
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

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.
Aug 14, 2019
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.
Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

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
Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.
Feb 05, 2019
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

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..
Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by desint from Belgium

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.

Nov 21, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by chiefz1 from New York

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by ppavlick from New Jersey

May 26, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 18, 2018
Rated: 3.83 by Devonking from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois

Nov 23, 2017
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Rated by nycbeerfreak from New York

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I love the Trade Win concept , its like drinking a Belgium tripel .....on a beach in the KEYS !!!!!!!!!!

Good BEER !!
Aug 29, 2017
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

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.
Jul 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jul 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.
Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by BdM from Netherlands

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Allurex from Kansas

Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

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.
Feb 25, 2017
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Reviewed by stephens101 from Oklahoma

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.
Feb 18, 2017
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

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.
Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by wonothesane42 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

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.
Jan 29, 2017
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

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.
Jan 10, 2017
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