Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel
1,136 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,136 |  Reviews: 354
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of snaotheus
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours cloudy yellow with a massive white head. Head fades fast (I'm watching it collapse right now). Smell is spicy yeasty, sweet, yeasty, yeasty. Funky.

Taste is sweet, banana and clove, strangely salty. Citrus.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Overall, it's pretty good. Certainly not my favorite Tripel, and for the price, probably not getting it again.

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Photo of csrbv
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light amber color with fluffy head that reduces down at a slow, steady pace. Little tight bubbles without a whole lot of lacing.--beautiful!

S- Floral, sweet aroma with hints of lemon. Very tough to analyze all these smells because they're just too layered and complex.

T- Very light on the palate. The sweetness is definitely there but it's subdued enough to let some malt through. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- High carbonation is bursting and fizzing as I swish, making it actually hard to keep contained in my mouth. It goes with the rest of the extreme elements of the beer very well, though.

O- Outstanding!!! I think I've found a new top ten favorite beer. Very balanced and subtle unlike most Tripels.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Leeshee
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Burnt orange w creamsicle-colored, three-finger head.

S- Smells like Seville oranges, funky yeast, vanilla, sugar and herbs.

M- Highly carbonated. Not heavy or light. Just right. Not syrupy.

T- Tastes vanilla-minty rather than like Thai basil up front, with a slight fresh basil aftertaste. To me it tastes like my bitter Seville/ blood orange marmalade with the slightest hint of Thai spices like cardamom at the end. Classic tripel flavor attributes in the background but not heavy on spices. It makes me want to brew beer instead of making jam! Or even put thai basil and cardamom into my marmalade!

O- This is a complexly flavored but well balanced brew. Very elegant and super drinkable. Wouldn't change a thing other than the weather in which I'm drinking this (it's winter.)

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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, hazy, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: apple, pear, funk, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Taste: apple, pear, funk, Belgian spices, herbal--I guess that is the thai basil

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end, medium-light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: A tasty tripel. I like the element of the thai basil. It adds a different element to the standard tripel that gives it some herbal components to it. One that I would go back to if I wanted the style because it stands out.

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy orangeish amber with an eggshell head.

S - Spices & herbs, bready, light malts & crisp apple or pear peal.

T - Lemon zest, apples, funk, malty... Very good.

M - Highly carbed & medium mouthfeel.

O - An interesting take on a tripel & it works wonderfully.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy honey yellow-orange color with a fluffy and creamy white head. Everything really stands still in a beautiful way. Great appearance.

Spicy booze, breadiness, sweet herbs (basil), plantain, very light clove, and hint of pear. Amplified nose that's big from booze and malty breadth, not from fruit and esters.

Woah, crazy tropical flavors! Tastes like a cross between a tripel and a piña colada! Pineapple, coconut, sweet thai basil, clove, Hawaiian bread, spicy booze, herbal hops, green apple, and mild banana. Insane flavors. I'm blown away by the character of this beer, but I can't help but thinking that this might be mocked by the purists.

Drinks light enough, which is quite appealing in itself. Carbonation is spritzy and rolling around in the mouth. Booze is a little smacking, as it should be.

Magical brew from Mr. Rue. Inventive, fun, complex, and fitting for an appropriate food pairing. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-orange golden with a decent amount of bubbles and a thick frothy white head

S-strong scent of pale spicy belgian spices and malts. just a very strong thorough scent with hints of banana.

T-comes in with a refreshing flavor of pale belgian malts and spices with a hint of banana and cereal. it's a flavor that fills the mouth. has a certain bitterness to it. light but with a warming after-taste. this is a very savory beer!

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish, much like I'd expect from a tripel from Belgium

O-this is an extremely drinkable beer, maybe the most drinkable tripel i have ever had. the flavors are all there with out any off-flavors. it's not unique in any way. it's just a nice example of a good style. to be honest, you might want to have this bottle all to yourself.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 1,136 ratings
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