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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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of jaasen64
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle split with a friend. Thanks to HevvyMetalHippie for giving this one to me. Poured into a HF tulip.

A- Pours an orange brownish golden with about a half finger of white foamy head that has decent retention. Decent carbonation of lots of fast rising bubbles along the side of the glass. Slightly spidery lacing left on the glass.

S- Oranges, lemons, a little bit of citrus hops, a bit of thai spices including basil, followed by a very lightly malty backbone.

T- Clementines, thai basil, lightly sweet, followed by citrusy clementine finish balanced with spices that lingers for a little while.

M- A little bit light, maybe a tiny bit overcarbonated, easy to drink, doesn't feel like 8.1% abv.

O- This was an interesting beer. A little bit different then your average take on a tripel. Definitely more clementines and fruity aspect mixed with some light thai influences such as basil. It balanced decently well, but I wouldn't say it was my favorite tastes in the world. I enjoyed trying it, but I don't know if I'll be drinking this again in the near future.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crystal clear golden straw color upon initial pour but toward the bottom of the bottle it pours a cloudy marigold hue. All pours are accompanied by a thick mouse like helping of white foam. Good retention but ultimately fades to a thin film and leaves no lacing.

S - rather muted overall but as it warms the nose brightens. Notes of leafy greens such as basil and fresh mint mingle with grainy notes. Overall reminiscent of herbed white rice. There are also a sharp note of white pepper and lemon pith.

T - very faint doughy bread flavor up front. Fairly dry as well. Lemony citrus and acid notes enter swiftly as well as bright peppery spice flavors. There is a juicy tropical fruit center mostly pineapple but some orangey character as well. Leafy green notes on the back end.

M - very crisp. Light bodied. High bubbly carb enhances the overall refreshing character.

O - excellent summer ale. I'd say this is a sipper as it does evolve slowly but will certianly reward those who take thier time with it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Herbal Belgianesque offering, rather nice if one feels that edge.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery over a light blue and green pattern. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, intent, and unfiltered nature of the brew. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Shows 8.1% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, generous head, good retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Nice nose, herbal with a rich yeasty and grassy touch, dash of malt and fruit as it returns to the herb.

T - Nice range, not shy about being accentuated with the basil... it works in sync with a light malty sense, candi sugar feel, and spicy dash.

M - Medium-light body, medium carbonation, sharp dash with a bitter finish leaving the herbs lingering.

O - Rather herbal, but actually in a balanced and stimulating manner.

Notes: Saisonesque more so than trippel or golden ale to me, if one enjoys herbal brews this is quite the treat. Good to pair with certain cuisines, and to stimulate a social gathering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip at falling rock in Denver. Pours a golden color with no head. Slight haze. Smells a bit funky with fruity notes. Really intersting and crisp.
Taste is spectacular. Great funky wild flavors with some mild hops, nice malt profile.
Great take on a tripel and a spectacular brew. Although I didnt really notice any basil, but that may have been the "funky-ness" I was picking up...

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Half a glass of foamy, light-bodied, off-white head. The beer is clear, golden, and coruscant.

S: Spicy and grainy. Lightly sweet and wheaty (or maybe rice?), with a definite basil note. Herbal and bright, smelling almost like a Fantome. Very nice.

T/M: Delicious! Refreshing, crisp, deep-bodied, and complex. A maintaste of soft, light fruit (peach, pear, white grape) is complemented by a light spice that goes perfect with the spicy Thai I recently finished. A full-bodied mouthfeel goes well with the beer, and its mild heft is expertly concealed. A lingering aftertaste highlights the rice and basil.

O: Highly recommended, and one of the best tripels I've tasted, with a really nice twist to keep things interesting. Would definitely drink again. Great beer.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,135 ratings.
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