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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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/15/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange hued color with a huge four fingered large bubbled head. Lacing is somewhat chunky and definitely sticky and patchy.

Smell- A bit more outgoing would have made it very good. Some yeast properties, a light amount of corriander and a bit of confectioniers sugar. Also seems a bit bready.

Taste- This is one of the tripels you should drink at room temp, or at least close to it. Started out right out of the fridge and the true flavors didn't come out until the beer was over half gone. Gets really sweet, but is balanced by the light malted flavors. A nice hoppy bite to it as well. Corriander abounds with a little peppery spice.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated at first, but settles down to about average towards the middle point. Nice fruity and somewhat hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- If you can remember to sit on the beer for about 20 minutes after you take it out of the fridge, you should be in for a treat.

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Photo of grub
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. i contributed this one, purchased at the brewery.

750ml bottle. sampled nov 29/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a huge fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of chunky lace behind. a bit dark for the style.

aroma is great. slightly soapy/perfumey and floral. light belgian spice. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. light citrus. definitely get some of the thai basil too. neat.

taste is good. light alcohol. white bread. cracker. thai basil. bit of light ricey character. orange peel and a bit of other citrus. medium-low bitterness level. i like the little twist that the basil gives.

mouthfeel is good. high carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. i think the high carbonation detracts a little, but otherwise it is well balanced and very good. i good example of the style with an exciting little complimentary twist from the rice+basil. i think this one was even better when i had it fresh from the brewery, so i don't think i'd bother aging this one and enjoy it fresh.

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Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, which in-spite of it's wide bowl was barely able to contain the large, taunt, dense head, bone colored and very slow to settle, leaving big hunks of foamy lace. Trades Winds tripel is a hazy dark gold, dull, with little life, but the sheer mass of the head makes the whole presentation very impressive.

Smell is fantastic, pithy citrus and very floral, with a seltzer like, mineral-laden quality. Also an earthy yeastiness, very saison like, which happens to be my favorite styled! Super impressive overall, I couldn't get enough. Served at cellar temp, but I recapped the bottle and sat it in the fridge for a 1/2 hr or so while I worked on the first glass.

Taste is also very nice, starts out bright, yeasty, tropical fruits, what I assume must be the manifestation of the thai basil. Tasty but not as impressive as the nose, with a slightly acrid, dry chalky finish.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, and this sits pretty heavy in the belly. The carbonation is very fine and expressive, but it's still no match for the hefty body on this tripel.

Drinkability is pretty good - the smell is amazing, and the taste is pretty good as well, which off-set the thick mouthfeel. There is a lingering heat from my tongue to my belly which, combined with the heavy body, would have had me guess that it's a good bit stronger then 7.5%, in-spite of the alcohol taste and smell being very clean and well integrated.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of carbonation upon opening. Hazy orange/yellow with an inch of bubbly white head. Splotchy lacing on the glass. Aromas of sun drenched grains, fruit and spice. The basil is subtle but noticeable here as well.

Very fruity upfront with lots of fast moving carbonation and a spicy yeast kick. The basil comes through nicely in the flavor with a green herbal integration. Moves through with a decent amount of sweetness that ends with spiciness on the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with plenty of carbonation that works for the beer and the style. Overall, an interesting twist on the tripel. I was expecting a little more "wow" factor in the flavor, but other than that it was a solid drink.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. Golden color with a white head. Malty aroma, a little alcohol, and the Thai basil comes through a little. Malty, but not sweet, very clean. The basil makes it interesting compared to traditional Tripels. High carbonation, to style and a dry finish. A very unique twist on a classic.

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

Pours with a big white head, that last throughout the whole bottle. Light amber color, but extremely turbid and cloudy?

Smell is malty, herbal/floral, with a slight coconut aroma. Also has a nice Belgian yeast aroma.

Tastes of stone fruits, floral, and spice from the yeast. Nice balance in the hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but nice and dry for a bigger beer. Perfect carbonation, it seemed high at first but ends up really nice.

Drinkability is good. I did finish the whole bottle by myself over dinner and did not get that overly buzzed feeling. Nice beer that would be really great on a summer evening.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Mauerhan (thanks Topher). Served in my Chimay chalice. Poured a murky orange-gold with a two-inch frothy white head that sizzled and popped as it gradually receded into a solid cap. Some wispy strands of lacing circled the perimeter of the glass. Nose yielded scents of yeast, candi sugar, spice and orange peel. Taste consistent with nose with a little booze and a buttery flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel is light with a lively effervescence consistent throughout and a mild burn and astringent quality present at the finish.

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Photo of number1bum
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my buddy BeerTruth for this one. You're a good man; sometimes.

Upon popping the cap on this one there is a hiss of carbonation that lets me know this might be a bit of a gusher. A slow, careful pour reveals a somewhat cloudy copper color with a foamy off-white head that does fill the glass rather quickly. There is quite literally a tornado of bubbles swirling in the base of the tulip and shooting their way to the top. Head does retain quite well and leaves a nice amount of stick.

Smell at first isn't terribly pleasant, as it's a bit soapy and buttery. The buttery aroma - like Werthers candy - sticks around, but the soapy one seems to go away. There is some fruit going on here too - apples, pear, bit of citrus, and some nice yeast characteristics, but the aroma overall is a bit messy, although it does improve as it warms.

Taste starts off with some candi sugar sweetness and some fruit - pears and apples. This is more like it. There is some earthy yeast, bit of peppery spice, an overall musty quality to it as well. Also some ginger, and a flash of alcohol now and again. There is also an herbal character here, and a just a bit of bitterness which along with some pepper lingers on the palate through the finish. This is quite complex. It finishes quite dry, and the overcarbonation doesn't distract too much but does take away from the creaminess of it just a bit.

The initial aroma turned me off a bit, but as it warmed that off-smell went away, and as I got well into my glass I really found this wearing on me. Very complex and tasty. Not as sweet as some tripels, and on the dry side, but a very fine beer. This is a definite winner, and the best of The Bruery beers I've had so far. Pick it up.

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Photo of abfraser
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Good looking beer, with murky burnt orange color. Good white, frothy head on pouring

S: Sweet green tea, sugar, malt, lemon zest, spice

T: Herbaceous sugary malt, lemon, honey & spice

M: Good, well-balanced, a bit dry

D: A little on the sweet side, but would have another one

The first Bruery beer I've had (Black Orchard and Saison Rue) that I've thought was pretty tasty. A good solid, albeit sweet, brew that's worth trying if you see it

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this bottle from the always reliable Joey. I had been most impressed with the Bruery offerings so far and this one was no exception. A lovely 750ml capped bottle. This one was served at cellar temp and split between a few of us in wine glasses. Consumed on 10/03/2008.

The pour was very nice, a light golden amber coming through right away with a nice light haziness to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up throughout the glass creating a nice two inch head of white foam across the top that hung around for what seemed like forever.

The aroma was akin to some kind of spicy green tea at first. Lots of light grain, yeast aromas of fresh leaves and a touch of light citrus sprinkled in. A spiciness I am assuming from the Basil leaves, very intresting aroma for sure. The flavor was light, nicely balanced with a lightly grainy start to it, that turned over to some light fruit, peaches? Maybe green apples, coming through in the middle with that nice light and very fresh leaf like flavor. Hints of spice rippled throughout, especially in the finish which was dry and nicely accented. Intresting light body on this one was accented very well by lush carbonation that kept the profile nice and lively. A nice sipper with the alcohol very well hidden, in fact I had no clue this one was up near 8%.

Overall this was a very nice, light triple. Not the big heavy, alcohol laden ones you see around at times, this was much more of a session worthy ale. I would have no issue with trying this one again, the price is a little biit high, only because of logistics, but if this were local I would have no issue in endulging.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this one from South Bay, thanks Joey.

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice. My bottle says 8.1% abv.

Pours an orange gold with a big ass two finger white head that remains for quite a while. A thick layer of lacing remains on the sides of the glass with a continuous explosion of bubbles rising to the top. Smell consists of rice, corn, and basil. Some candy sugar, yeast, and clove tickle the nose. A faint peppery aroma in the backbone as well. Taste begins pretty sweet with banana, pear, and apple. Midway the bland rice flavors emerge with a sprinkle of pepper and honey. Aftertaste is pretty warm from the alcohol sting with clove and spice and slightly dry. I'm torn on the mouthfeel of this beer. It's very light and fluffy but the carbonation is a bit much and harsh at times. This is a pretty unique twist on a classic style, and if it wasn't for the aggressive carbonation this would definitely be getting a higher score.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle (thanks miscusi !!!)

Intial sampler pour was a bit frothy. They recommended a tulip but I went with a Brewer's Art chalice, poured expertly, nothing too frothy. Very cloudy though, golden in color but this is not your father's see-through Tripel.

Classic Belgian yeast must aroma. Intoxicating and inviting. Slightly floral. I think I pick up that Thai basil right away in the nose. Yes, yes I think I do.

It's all over the taste of the beer, too. Not everyone picks it up but it's blatant in this pour (and the rest of the bottle). This is an unusual taste addition to a beer, and I gotta say it's working. It's not something you'll be drinking everyday and after 750ml of it it'll be tiresome, but at a yes/no level, it most definitely works.

Some spice, I think most of the heat is actually from the alcohol and a strong carbonation. The top of the liquid is constantly bubbling with pockets of carbonation.

I later poured into a tulip, it looks even darker and murkier at that point, the wonderful aroma weakens a bit but the flavors deepen.

Interesting assemblage from The Bruery. Doing something like adding Thai Basil and rice to a classic style like this is living on the edge, and most times when I taste experimental stuff like that it's barely palatable. I think the Bruery has pulled this off though, that's craftsmanship on full display. It's not my favorite beer in the world but it is interesting and new and something that will invite repeat tastings rather than a "Ok, been there done that, next!" type response.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tripel with rice and Thai basil? Summer fun indeed! Recently purchased from The Bruery itself, on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, this is very heady and carbonated. A big sticky billowy head sits on top this hard to resist golden color. The aromas are a treat. I smell the soft Thai basil, then comes in mandarin orange and other subtle aromas.

Expect a sensation of bubbly at it first enters your mouth. Surpriningly light in the mouth, yet full of flavor (once you get past the carbonation). This tripel has the ripe fruits flavor of other ones, though less of it, but has the unique spices working in its favor. Nutty towards the back. I think I can even sense the rice that was used in the beer. Lighly spiced aftertaste.

It's always a pleasure for me to drink my favorite Belgian style of beer. Even better to have it uniquely flavored with Asian spices unlike other tripels. But best would be parading in the streets of Pattaya with a Thai woman in one hand and a Trade Winds Tripel in the other.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this bottle from South Bay D&L. Thanks Joey!

750ml capped bottle:

As soon as I popped the cap, the liquid started to slowly gush out of the bottle but I didn't lose a drop.

A hazy, then coudy, orange gold in colour, I got a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing. Very nice looking brew.

The smell is very fruity and yeasty and spicy(corriander mostly) and yeah, I can smell the basil that they mention on the label. A good nose.

The taste is very fruity up front. I get notes of pear and some apple tartness but then the spices move in and take control. Corriander tops it along with some basil and there's an overall tartness that tastes lemony to me. It also has some sweetness that's very candy sugar like and overall, the flavours are pleasing but...and I've seen the comments about this and have to agree...this one is *way* over carbonated. Very prickly on the tongue and cuts down on the drinkability and enjoyment big time. Also, I don't think the alcohol is all that well hidden.

This is a light bodied brew, the carbonation, again, is over the top, and it finishes spicy and bitter.

Bottom line: This is my first sampling from The Bruery and well, I'm not very fond of this Tripel and I'm a big fan of well made Tripels. A step in the right direction would be to cut down on the carbonation. That's the one factor in this brew that really made it tough to drink never mind enjoy.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is very well carbonated, in the time I popped the cap, put in a rubber stopper and sat down at my computer a bunch of yeast was circulated within the bottle such that my first pour into my 25cl tulip glass is quite hazy. The head is quite voluminous and rises a full two-fingers in height above the rim of my glass, not too mention that the head in the glass is a four-fingers in height. The head is a pale cream, off-white color, while the beer is a deeply hazy, orange tinged, light amber hue that only gets lighter when held up to the light. The aroma is quite interesting, it definitely has a lemon-like aroma to it as well as a piquant spiciness to it that is a combination of savory, slightly earthy and significantly herbal notes that I can only assume is contributed by the Thai Basil as it is quite unique. Hints of ginger, a solid woody pepper note, lots of earthy / musky yeast character, including a yeast dough note. This is a very aromatic brew, quite complex and I like that the Thai basil is but one component; actually if not told about it I could easily be convinced that this was not spice at all.

Soft and creamy for a split second before the carbonation kicks in and creates quite a bit of froth. This has a nice, sort of astringent, bitterness to it that doesn't quite seem all contributed by hops. This has quite a complex flavor to it, though there is perhaps an overarching herbal note that seems to tie everything together. Sweet, almost honey-like malt flavors don't intrude on the fact that this is a light quaffable brew for a beer of this strength; some of the sweetness seems contributed by ester-driven, higher alcohol notes as well as a soft, lemon-like citrus component. Flavors of clove are significantly noticeable, but only after I start to contemplate the lingering note in the finish. This has a yeasty bite to it near the finish. There is a soft fruitiness here that seems quite a bit hidden by some of the herbaceous notes, but still provides hints of aromatic apples and a touch of tart plum.

A tasty Tripel, perhaps a touch hot at times, but I definitely like the mix of flavors that are found here. I am curious how this would taste if the powdery, fluffy yeast had not been stirred up into the beer from the ample carbonation (I like the carbonation though).

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, served in a Bruery tulip,

A: Pours an opaque burnt orange with a full Duvel-esque white head, somewhat fizzy, great initial impression.

S: Smells a lot more like my dinner than a beer, but a really good smell. Loving that basil, the Belgian yeast strain is secondary.

T: Medium basil flavour, spice is most evident at first. Apple esters and coriander round out the flavour, with a light sake touch at the end from the rice.

M: In a similar problem I had with the Orchard White, there is way too much carbonation, making it difficult to drink at first. Once I coaxed some carbonation out, it was OK, but still kind of fizzy. Overall light body for the style, hides the alcohol real well.

D: Another tasty beer from the Bruery, aside from the carbonation problems, I thought it was quite good. The basil concept was interesting and I really liked the flavour. It made an interesting match to some ginger cookies I was eating.

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Photo of Overlord
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at the Stone 12th anniversary festival. My favorite of their offerings.

Poured a weird multicolor orange and gold. Very interesting. Small white foam head.

Smelled sweet and yeasty. Taste delivered, with delicious spices, coriander, orange peel, tons of yeast, and a nice tropical/malty sweet backing.

Will look for.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. Had a couple tasters, then a full glass. Classic cloudy golden with a big foamy head. The aroma isn't as much the standard huge Belgian earthiness you usually get, though it does have some of that. It's really more fruity, sugary, sweet. The taste is very light, with only mild earthiness but mostly light fruits such as apples, pears etc. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side, but I have no problem with that, it's an easy tripel to drink.

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