Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

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1,133 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,133
Reviews:
352
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
168
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,133 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Panda_Rock
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aufie
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ssippisam
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Caseyk1088
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 soco89ziegler
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LADaveBN
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nurt20
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reizorc
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of joshkouri
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,133 ratings.
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