Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel
BA SCORE
79.8%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 1,136 ratings
Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel
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
Ranking:
#5,869
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
1,136
Liked:
906
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
9.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
170
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,136 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of flayedandskinned
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy gold with a luscious 2.5 finger tall white head, which slowly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aroma: Wow, this beer is absolutely bursting with tropical aromatics; sweet basil, coconut, fresh bananas, green apples, some spicy yeast phenols and fresh squeezed orange juice. There are some sweet biscuit-y malts neatly tucked underneath the very floral and perfume like nose. I could smell this ale for hours; it is positively intoxicating.

Taste: A bright burst of juicy, succulent fruit right away; strawberries, pears, bananas with some accompanying citrus hop tones. There is touch of some spicy basil before you're treated with a starchy, off dry finish with long, lingering notes of traditional, slightly spicy Belgian yeast; banana, light clove and raisins. Underneath the yeast there are some lovely, biscuit notes from the malts. The way the starchy rice interacts with the Thai basil leaves a strong impression of coconut on dancing on your palate. The sweet malt and yeast combination does get a tad cloying as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Robust, yet very light bodied. High, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall: The Bruery takes the Tripel style, normally a very traditional style, and completely reinvigorates it; The Thai basil marries perfectly with the spicy, yet sweet Belgian yeast and the rice simultaneously lightens the body and adds some really nice texture to the beer. Want a summer beer that is, complex, refreshing and has some deceptive strength? Look no further. Highly recommended.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold colored ale with a tall puffy white colored head.

Smell is spicy with a strong apple aroma. Apple skins and spice. Cinnamon, clove and basil. Heady aroma distinctly smells like apple butter.

Starts out Spicy with lots of apple, clove and cinnamon. There is a strange whiskey taste here but this was never in oak. Caramel and vanilla flavors, it ios actually more tasty than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a triple that is a little different.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Fine, lightly off-white head pours 3 fingers high before settling into a thin foam cap. Nice retention and OK lace.

S - Bold and dusty. Fermented peaches, pepper, basil.

T - Surprisingly sweet. Apricot jam, peach puree, rice wine, and light herbal bitters.

M - Smooth with a medium-full body to style. Nice carbonation.

O - Sweet to style, but the flavor profile still has nice integration and complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting herbal, spicy nose with Belgian yeasts, light malts, a slight funk and light fruits. The basil is up front and prominent. Pours brilliant peach tinted gold under a dense, finely bubbled 3” persistent, lacy white foam cap. The palate is lemony, herbal, spicy peach with caramel and biscuit notes – suggests an herbed peach cobbler transformed to foam. The carbonation is almost champagne like with a slight winey slickness. Medium body and carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral hops, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast over the top of pale malts.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer start out with moderate amounts of pale malts that combine with some light hints of apricot and spices. There is the distinctive Belgian yeast and just a touch of the basil herbalness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden making this beer easy to drink than is often the case with the tripel style though the dryness makes you want to sit rather slowly. The addition of the basil is interesting.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another interesting and delicious offering from the bruery. this one pours a nice light golden color, mostly clear, with a really massive white frothy head with fine retention. the nose is like fresh picked apricots. I know there are none in here, but I don't smell basil or sweet malt at all, not even Belgian yeast really, but fresh apricots, its really tempting and unexpected. the flavor is subtle, not as sweet as most tripels, and yeasty more like a saison. the peppery yeast goes well with the basil, but the basil is way in the back, hardly distinguishable if you didn't know to look for it. the rice seems to add some nice body, as this beer is pretty full for its color. very bright carbonation too. overall a really appealing beer that seems to be just right in early spring. its got the right amount of spice and herbs going on, thus maintaining its drinkability despite its higher abv. as good as expected, the bruery can do no wrong in my book.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of VaRy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so in all fairness this is a "Belgian Style Adjunct Ale", isn't it?

Pale, warm yellow with a just a hint of orange. Nice, long lasting head. Floral and spicy aroma, slightly hoppy, I sense more parsley than basil, certainly some puffed rice, and a bit of a fruity note, reminiscent of honeydew melon. The beer is rather highly carbonated, and would benefit from slightly lower than usual serving temperature, I'd say 40-45 degrees.

Overall, a good summer brew which works well with seafood dishes, salads and Asian flavors. Recommended.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 79.8% out of 100 with 1,136 ratings
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