Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

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Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clubhouse BFD in Rochester, Michigan.

Light, semi-sweet, easy drinking... just good stuff all around. I don't tend to care all that much for Tripels, but this one is great. The Thai basil in it really makes it stand out and it accents the malt and typical fruity flavors of a Tripel nicely. A little biscuity, "green", grape/apple/coriander-y -- a very nice beer from The Bruery. A bit pricey, but worth the premium, in my opinion. Super nice Tripel.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy tall and stable head. The last of the bottle added some yeast to the mix...

Smells yeasty and raisiny like a good tripel should, but it's lighter and crisper on the nose with just a slight hint of citrus. Tastes like a tripel, but lighter and with a fresh green and earthy note I'd have not attributed to Thai Basil had I not known it was already in the brew.

The feel is creamy but a lighter medium with a silky texture.

Overall, this is a wonderful take on the style that I'll look forward to every year!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lively light Amber with lots of fluffy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Nose is very unique. Banana, pepper, bubblegum, savoury herbal.

Taste follows nose. High carbonation. It's a Belgian Tripel at heart but it departs into different territory. I noticed the same bubblegum flavour here that I noticed in Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.

Good beer. I'm still figuring this one out.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, pilsner malts, pale malts, apple, pear, powdery yeast, esters, slight alcohol.

Taste: You get all the typical flavors you would expect from a tripel. The basil has mellowed out a bit, but this is very enjoyable with the little bit of time, I can notice. Rice does lighten things up and add some sweetness to the beer too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, chewy, a little dry, some booze, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice American take on a traditional Belgian style of beer. Stands up with a lot of them. Not summer here in Boston, but definitely summer in the Southern Hemisphere where this would be enjoyed at the current moment.

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Photo of travolta
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Appearance: Opaque golden straw, with good retention and nice lacing.

Nose: Green grapes, green apples, grass, banana and tropical smoothie with peaches.

Taste: Apricots, bananas, lemon, mango, and lots of peach. Very nicely balanced.

Notes: Very interesting! This is an excellent departure from your normal Belgian.

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Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Look: Clear burnt gold with and aggressive white head. One Very active beer with tons of legs!

Smell: lots of Belgian sugar and yeast funk on the nose. Getting Belgian sugar, bananas, white peppercorn, big yeast funk, green apple, some straw, oranges, tangerines, and something earthy throughout maybe the basil but smells more like fresh grape leaves and lemon grass. Smells tasty and fresh.

Taste: Woah! This is one tasty brew. Definitely a trippel base but quickly jumps to fresh apricots, banana, lemongrass, maybe a bit of mango, pineapple, then back to the trippel with slight peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and yeast funk. One very funky and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and peppery at first but that makes way for a more medium thirst quenching body. It is still surprisingly light on its feet given the ABV and packs a big taste punch! The alcohol is slightly detected in a hint of warmth.

Overall: I took a chance with this brew considering the ingredients but boy I'm glad I did. This beer is easy drinking with a big flavor punch that is both refreshing and fruity but still has a very tasty Belgian core

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Photo of seedyone
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jul'15 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Consistent w/below but should add a slight coconut in the taste & banana under the nose. Only 8%? Whatever you say!

Sept'13 on tap at Rattle n Hum. On tap. Very smooth & light for triple. Stealthy, in a good way.

06/10/12 From the bottle this is one of the best Belgian Triples. Bite the bullet on the price to savor the best.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy sudsy off-white head that is a couple inches thick and retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and white grapes.

Tastes of honey, citrus, apple, rice malt, fresh grassy malts, and a hint of basil.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good trippel with some nice flavor and aroma, very tasty and drinks easy. Worth trying.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hops & Pie in Denver; poured into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, clean with a medium white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is weak, but there.
Smell - mildly sweet with some citrus and ripe fruit.
Taste - some fruity sweetness, tartness and bitterness that hides the 8% ABV. Very tasty and incredibly refreshing!
Feel - balanced, with a light to medium feel. Very flavorful and easy to drink!
Overall - I love the style and this beer in particular, however for the price, I'd likely pass it over in my local bottle shop.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 8.6% ABV. I see that there is another entry on here, specifying a 'Triple [sic] with Thai Basil'. Heh, stupid is as stupid does, I guess.

This beer pours a hazy, tarnished medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and proto-creamy ecru head, which leaves a few instances of sudsy wilted tulip lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp, peppery yeast right up front, with some crackery pale malt, sweet rice pudding, dry clove and banana chip essences, a spicy vegetal character that one might suspect is the basil, but without the typical anise notes (which, upon further investigation, is to be expected with the Thai varietal), and a soft, rising alcohol warmth. The taste is much less sweet - grainy pale malt, laid-back gritty yeast, white pepper, more savoury clove, bordering on coriander spice, faint dried banana, a further bit of red berry fruitiness, ethereal cooked rice, a reduced, let's just call it 'Thai basil' greenness, and the suggestion of a booziness that is tired of waiting, and would like nothing better than to get this party stAAArted!

The carbonation is big and frothy, like it just wants you to know it, the body a decent medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing particularly special happening here, though nothing really interfering either. It finishes off-dry, the pale malt and its spare-room crashing rice guest doing well to carry on the cause, as the spice and herb contingent yawns and checks the little clocks on their little walls.

A nice way to divert my attention away from a style that I usually don't care to, well, care for. Different gravity-enhancers for starters, even if it is that darned rice adjunct, along with a neat, new to me (in beer, at least) herbal spiciness, and an elevated ABV, whose manifestation still seems duly stalled. Maybe it's stuck in its parents' basement, trying in vain to finish off that last level, or something.

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved it! Poured the 750ml variety into a pint glass in 2 servings. Pours gold, goes down smooth! Feelin good after 750ml of 8.6%bac goodness! I highly recommend this brew to anyone who enjoys delicious beer! 250 character minimum? I guess I'll just add some BS here to make my review long enough to be accepted!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with balanced spice and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity yeast flavors with balanced spice and pale malts; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding tripel! Fantastic fruity/spicy yeast complexity with balanced spice and pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tviz33
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours an yellow-orange/gold body with a one inch fluffy white head that settles down after a few minutes.

S- My allergies are kicking my ass at the moment so my nose is a bit stuffed. I'm getting lots of pear, some lemon, and Belgian yeast.

T- Almost a little funky with sweet fruity notes and a mild peppery spice. Damn good.

M- Medium body and slightly creamy with quite a bit of carbonation.

O- So easy to drink. Very different from most tripels I have had as it more closely resembles a witbier with its lemony citrus flavors.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma has spice, herbal, and orange peel with heavy Belgian yeast.

The flavor follows with lots of yeast that almost gives the beer a funk. The general flavors are of stone fruits, pineapple, and orange with pepper and a heavy drying on the back. The Thai basil is relatively absent as the spicy and yeast qualities mask it.

A decent attempt at the tripel style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Type: 750ml bottle (25.9 oz.)
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: N/A
Purchased: April 28, 2014 (I think)
Consumed: April 30, 2014
Misc.: Born on date of Feb. 28, 2014; Guessing on the day as my wife wasn’t sure and she didn’t remember the price; Came with a RateBeer tag and a recipe on the back

Poured a golden, orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average-to-minimal retention on the top.

Smelled cloves, honey wheat, lemon grass, light apple juice, kiwi, banana, sour fruit, caramel notes and some unknown Belgian spices.

Tasted even better than the nose. Got apple, kiwi, honey, cloves, caramel, sour fruits, lemon, grassy notes, wheat and Belgian spices.

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Fizzy carbonation. Long astringent finish.

Really enjoyed this Tripel, although I seem to enjoy all Tripels. Would have it again for sure.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now. Cheers!

A: Burnt orange, translucent body with a tall, stark white head of foam. It takes minutes for the head to fall, leaving chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Built around central aromas of mandarin orange, apple juice, and pear, this nose seems wholly focused on fresh, summer-beer character. Belgian yeast settle in the background, supporting with notes of biscuit and light Caribbean spice (ginger and chili pepper, mostly).

T: Less spice, more fruit: an interesting take on the Belgian tripel. That succulent sweetness found in the nose plays a large part in this palate, each sip starting with a refreshing tangerine, guava, banana, and strawberry flavor. Supplemental flavors add to the poolside palate: lime rind and clove flavors bring in some bright dryness, while a soft doughiness from the yeast gives the fruit a base to contrast against. Finishes mild, with a lingering taste of doughy white bread; it’s very much in the vein of the more yeasty Belgians, and that inoffensive aftertaste makes it all the more drinkable.

M: What I’ve seen from the tripels and other Belgian pales that aren’t really out of Belgium is a feel that’s a bit off – a crisp carbonation on top of a watery body, like a bubbly pilsner or light sparkling wine. Sometimes that works, but it usually throws the whole experience off a bit. Here, though, we have a tripel with some texture, a beer that covers the tongue in that creamy way only an unfiltered beer can. That, plus the subtly frothy carbonation, makes for a drinkable beer that feels very traditional.

O: Trade Winds is a beer that’s in no way flashy or over-the-top; on the contrary, it’s balanced and drinkable, something that’s kind of odd when it comes to a tripel. Where’s the racing black pepper, the spice? From just the first sip, you can tell that’s not what they’re after; in the end, what you get is a refreshing summertime beer that just happens to share a yeast strain with a Belgian that’s historically spicy. And as far as bright and cheery beer goes, these guys nailed it.

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Photo of threeviews
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle (bottled on date: 03-13-13) into a 16oz Libbey Munique elongated tulip glass.

A- Uncapping the bottle is greeted with a hearty exhaust. A very conservative pour reveals an absolutely beautiful sunset orange fluid accompanied by a towering 3+ finger white, frothy head. Although the head eventually subsides, a 1/2 finger head floats on the beer over the beer's consumption from the (non-nucleated) glass.

S- Like most (if not all of their beers), Trade Winds boasts a multi-layered, complex aroma. A melange of fuits (Kumquat, Peach, Apricot, Orange, Green Apple), Peppery spice (no doubt, courtesy of the Basil and esters from the yeast) and an underlying honey sweetness that takes on a vanilla-like quality as the beer warms.

T- Sweet juicy fruits reminiscent of the nose hit first and are quickly accompanied by a sweet, honey-like flavors courtesy of the malts. Middle of the palate is met with a clean, subtle bitterness. The beer then finishes dry with a peppery spiciness.

M- Light-To-Medium body along with copious amounts of carbonation help to scrub the palate of any residual malt sweetness. As the carbonation resides and the beer warms, however, the body grows and becomes more slick and lingering on the palate.

O- There is no surprise, Trade Winds is another winning offering from The Bruery. Being 'Familie Rue' is one of my standout breweries for 2013 (along with Anchorage and Uinta), I didn't find a bottle of Trade Winds until December. Although a little late to the game with this one, I am aware that it was not particularly fresh yet I purchased it anyway...and glad I did. It reinforces my anticipation for purchasing a fresh bottle (or two, or three) when it is released again in 2014.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden hue and you can tell this is unfiltered. A half inch of tightly laced foam with robust carbonation throughout. A blend of rice and light Belgian candy sugar in the aroma. A brisk sweetness at the forefront is due to the Belgian yeast strain. The rice really adds a nice dryness quickly follows and really gives a nice spin to a Belgian triple.

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Photo of Flachs
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was suggested to me by the staff at Binnys in the Chicago area. I really like the taste. At first I thought Thai basil might be a little odd. When I poured the beer and smelled I thought this was going to be good. I would buy this again. Don't walk away from this.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a hazy medium straw colored body.
The aroma is unique and good. The rice and basil come through, as well as candy and ripe apricots.
The taste is a nice fruit mixture of apple, pear, plum and lemon.
The texture has a good fizz to it.
Pretty good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From inspirations found in China and Italy, this American-made but Belgian-style Tripel ale really steps outside of its comfort zone for added lightness and soft spiciness.

There's much to suggest that Tradewinds Tripel is as much of a Witbier as it is a Tripel. And that starts with its cloudy canary-yellow pour. Creamy from the start, its milky body slowly releases a tall column of billowing foam. Airy, light and cottony- the beer shows ample Belgian "white" character. Long in its retention and strongly concentric in its lace, its a well-built beer... at least to the eye.

Strikingly floral and fruity, an aura of honeysuckle, cookie dough, oranges and citrus blossoms swirl about the nose. Its bready undertow and earthen grass and vegetative notes offer complex aromatic notes but do little to step outside of what's common in Tripel. Much of its spice still come across as hops.

But in taste, the beer's uniqueness begins to pull from the fold. Its bready sweetness is firm but not heavy. Fortunitely there's enough pilsner malt to keep the rice from providing the ill-faded "emptiness" that's common in most rice-infused beers. As the beer glides across the middle palate, the fruit and spice interplay comes to life as oranges bounce off of coriander, lemons do similarly with grassy tones. Apples to its unique herbaceous taste and tropical fruits to spicy white pepper- all these symbiotic relationships explode as the beer dives into a semi-sweet finish of mild hop bitterness and white wine vinous taste.

Medium bodied, I expected the ale to provide lighter textures because of its rice "lightness" and its promise of sprite carbonation. But is champagne character is just as creamy as it is effervescent and its light rice body is minimal. This really allows the creamy ale to extend well into finish where its the slight vegetative astringency, alcohol warmth and drying hop sensation to clean up after itself with an aftertaste of... there it is- basil! ...and perhaps grassy chlorophyll as well.

Oddly, when a beer maker sets out to make an "imperial" Witbier, its ends up a boozy, syrupy and sticky mess. But without hardly trying, the Bruery created one but based off of Tripel framework instead. I rather like the beer, but not so much as a Tripel. I also like it that the experimentation factors here don't define the beer, just offers a glimpse.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: straw colored, hazy. Huge frothy white head.
Smell: sweeter than I expected. Expected a more prominent spice from all the spice additions. Nevertheless the spices make a nice undercurrent to the malty, sweetness.
Taste: very nice. The spices are really assertive in the finish. Nothing too heavy handed, a nice complex finish.
Overall: tried this on a whim expecting a decent but maybe mediocre beer. Very nice surprise. Also surprising how refreshing this is.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From bottle to small snifter.
Pours with a creamy, durable head. The light colored body has a light haze. Excellent looks.
Aroma: bretty and fruity
Flavor: less bretty and fruity; lightly tart; lightly sweet too. {Note: I'm not a Brett fan}
Feel: near perfect, with smooth carbonation and a near medium body.
O: slight wild and distinctly flavored tripel.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose has notes of white pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, rice, sweet basil, pineapple, lemon and a heavy back of breadiness. The taste is very sweet but in a delicious way. Pineapple, tropical fruit, coconut, lemon, basil, white pepper, turbinado sugar and bready notes. Medium body, nice carbonation, creamy but somewhat effervescent mouthfeel. This is like a really good classic Belgian-style tripel but instead of hops there is a very sweet, floral basil taste and instead of candi sugars there is a great rice backbone.

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Photo of Pauldepaulo
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good lacing, excellent head retention ( wheat/rice?) Belgian tripel, sub candi sugar with rice makes for a very dry sake finish, this would be amazing with seared ahi with wasabi. You can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. 8.1 percent. Overall good but definitely a sipping beer.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,129 ratings.
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