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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Ratings: 1,135 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

A: amber gold hazy beer with a fat head that draped tons of lace inside my glass

S: gotta be the basil - has a vegetal/herbal aroma that dominates the nose

T: the rice and basil make for a fairly vegetal tripel; the fruitiness common to tripels is subdued; there is some malty sweetness underneath, but this is not a particularly sweet tripel

M: fizzy carbonation, light-medium body; mediocre aftertaste (I'm gonna use the word "vegetal" again)

O: I love tripels and enjoy any beer that expands my tripel horizons - this is an interesting beer that tastes different but it is still enjoyable. That said, it is not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for a tripel, but it is worth the buy and try.

Addendum: the beer happened to have warmed very nicely and it grew on my palate, and by the end of my drink, I was really enjoying it.

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Photo of rdickey
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy gold, with a fine two-finger head that lingers a bit. A fine stream of bubbles rises from around the entire bulb of the glass.

Smell: Classic Belgian yeast comes through at first, with some mild black pepper and herbs. Like any Belgian it’s intriguing, but nothing jumps out at this point.

Taste: The herbs and pepper really come through in the forefront, including the advertised basil. A nice balance is provided by the hops. There’s a certain vinous quality to it – like a crisp white. I suppose I’m not sure where to find the rice in the beer, but I’ll keep looking...

Mouthfeel: Very high, almost tingly carbonation. It does help to keep it light given the ABV.

Drinkability: Pretty high. Could work well with Asian food; will need to do a return test with appropriate cuisine.

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Photo of kendellmarie
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of IheartTomorrow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Orion1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy orange body with a medium off-white head that leaves good lacing.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, some orange peel, somewhat of an herbal note, along with some additional citrus notes. Smells very good.

T- Sweetness hits right away, but is balanced out pretty quickly by the Belgian spices. There are also earthy and herbal flavors that blend in nicely.

M- Has a strong bite, kind of zaps your tongue right away. High carbonation levels, but drinkable.

O- Interesting mix of flavors. Not exactly sure what Thai basil tastes like, but there is definitely a herbal note. Has somewhat of a saison resemblance, but I prefer The Bruery's saisons more.

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Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

How do I judge thee! As a triple? As an herbal experimental?

It's good and that is all that really matters. I get some Thai basil, but not a lot. I get some nail polish remover, but not in a bad way.

Tasty. Good, but not great.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tbeq00
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of AltimusPrime
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bruery beer on tap. Very interested so I figured to give it a try

A- a light orange with a clear appearance on the body of the brew. No foam or lacing on the brew except for some thin foam receding to the edges.

S- very serious banana and bready yeast flavors that have that slight basil theme on the ending. Good flavorful scent on the brew with the combination of fruit and yeast. I'm enjoying it

T- getting some more fruit like mango is at the forefront. The herbal and spicy components are at the forefront with the basil. A flavored candy taste is all over the final tasting of the brew. Very unique and enjoyable at the same time

M- carbonation and slightly stinging flavor on the tongue. Expected for a tripel.

O- really enjoyed this interpretation of a tripel from the bruery. With the fresh grassy note combined with the herbal aspect, this is big time appreciated

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Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange with lively carbonation and a white foam. Very nice lacing around hte glass.

S - Smells of spices and sugary candy. Has an interesting scent for a tripel.

T - Flavors are complex. Funky yeast flavor to go with some fresh spice. The basil comes through this really nice. Tastes a bit like spiced gingerbread.

M - Smooth flavor, though one can find the spicy bite a bit much. This would go well with sweet foods; potentially as a dessert beer.

O - Always like Bruery and Trade Winds didn't disappoint. Not a convential tripel at all, but the concept they were going for came out well. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of roblund
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.4 floz. bottle. Tulip glass. One of those enjoyed & shared with Robert while being engaged in informal but useful beer gathering. Inviting name doesn´t disappoint at beer appearance. Pours honey yellow in color. Rice provides clarity to such a chill hazy look. White, small bubbled, froth creates a close, creamy & slowly dissipated crown. Strong penetrating basil aroma gets along with sweet malts & subtle spiced touch to the nose. ABV is felt as a fragance far away from cloying sweet & spiced aromas from regular Tripel-style beers. Tastes as expected from aromas smooth but flavorful. Oily –no fat- malty texture lingers into a long subtle fruity finish. Low bitterness. Amazing medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Kind warming sensation. Yesterday I said : “Summer Tripel? No way”. Today I down on my knees & bow before a delightful & refreshing experience so “Tripel in a hot day? Why not?”.

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Photo of rhino54
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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