Trade Winds | The Bruery

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Belgian 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,636
Reviews:
356
Ratings:
1,145
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
172
Trade:
2
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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.

Cheers

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Photo of chiefz1
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bajdog
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nycbeerfreak
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 !!

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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 Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BdM
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 wonothesane42
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 aknalley
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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