Trade Winds | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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

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2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Very Belgian appearance with a large head above a bright orange body. Spicing and fruit in the nose, with butter and popcorn as well. Flavor seems very incomplete and very sweet and it's just absolutely loaded with diacetyl. Has some nice elements to it, but sucks overall.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.52/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Consumed 06/26/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood.

An exceptionally clear pale yellow beer with plenty of active bubbles streaming upwards to replenish a white, one-finger head.

Aroma is not making my nostrils happy - solvent, rubber. A fleeting hint of basil (I think). Maybe coriander?

Flavor is unfortunately similar to aroma - chemical-y. Some sweetness in there as well with a slight bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is at least agreeable; this is a dry beer on the palate - tingly but not parching.

Think I'm going to have to pass on this one the next time I see it.

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Photo of hardy008
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold color with a huge white head with good retention. The aroma has bread, sweet malt, coriander, yeast, pepper, and basil.

The taste is just like the aroma. Bread, sweet malt, coriander, yeast, pepper, and basil. The sweetness is balanced by some bitterness. Rice is used in place of candi sugar. The rice and the Thai Basil make for an interesting combination, but I prefer a more traditional Tripel.

Medium bodied, heavy carbonation, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Overall not a bad beer, but far from the best Tripel I have had.

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2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

A huge cloud of head filled the glass from the tap, and it took at least five minutes for the beer to settle before I could get a full pour of this. Once it did settle, I was presented with a tulip glass of clear golden yellow liquid, with a delicate white head that almost completely disappeared. (What happened?) Aroma of subdued sweet malts, spicy yeast, funk, basil. Taste...started out okay, much like any typical tripel, with notes of sweet malts, fruity esters, and spicy yeast. Mid-palate brought on a huge wave of stale funk, basil, and overripe tomatoes. A softer pear-like flavor comes in near the end to take the edge off, but I had a whole glass of this stuff to get through, and that was just one sip. Whew. Medium body, pretty chewy, somewhat good at times, but overall, just not very drinkable at all.

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