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
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

A: Poured a nice, slightly cloudy deep yellow with a nice white 1/4 inch head and some light lacing

S: A yeasty, grainy presence with light banana, cloves and hint of light citrus

T: Nice and refreshing come to mind. Nice little clove presence upfront with banana, apple and some very light citrus. It is dry, crisp and a bit sweet. Very light bitterness with backseat hay.

M: Medium bodied with lingering bite, carbonation is a tweak high i felt but loads of taste are left on the palate

O: Very good

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Photo of SHODriver
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy orange and yellow with a huge dense white head into a DFH snifter
S: smells sweet with notes of fruity esters, spicy yeast, a little lemon zest
T: slight bready malt at first, fruitiness, spicy yeast, a bit of basil, some citrus zest, and grassy hops. swallow brings more fruity sweetness, bitter hop, and a bit more spice
M: smooth with slightly prickly carbonation. medium to light in body.
O: A well made Tripel with a nice little twist and something different. Many of those flavors you expect along with a little something extra from the basil. Very easy to drink as well.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, spice, yeast, and some herby/basil aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rice and thai Basil? Asian inspired tripel? okay.

Super hazed deep orange glow with a massive sticky and craggy bright white head. Smells like a traditional Belgian tripel, lots of spice, clove touches of coriander and faint banana and bubblegum.

Taste is nice, unique and refreshing. Starts with sweet bready malts and rides into bright fruit; banana, citrus, dried apples, slight fruity pebbles. Basil tart like sweetness hits mid palate with a touch of spice. Finishes dry with a lingering apple after taste. Some spice and touches of alcohol on the finish. Extremely clean though for such a big hazy beer. Even has slight tannins.

An amazing and deeply complex tripel with an amazing amount of layers. Dangerously tasty as well (What 8%?)

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Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of apocalypsezombie
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of hickmancase
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of robcalex
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a large, fluffy white head that takes a while before it diminishes. Scent is very spicy with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Definitely smells like tripel should, but just with a little twist from the fresh basil aroma. Very spicy and peppery with some citrus fruit and hops. Taste is somewhat buttery at first, which immediately changes to spicy and peppery. The basil plays its part in the spiciness. A bit of alcohol flavor, but not overwhelming. Some white grape flavor with just a bit of lemon and orange zest. Tons of Belgian yeast flavor. Slightly tart in the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, tripels are one of my favorite styles when it comes to Belgian-style beers, and I feel this one was well-executed.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - golden color, a little hazy, with about four fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - a bit citrusy and even a bit bitter like maybe a grapefruit type of smell. Hoppy smelling as well.

Taste - interestingly citrusy but at the same time earthy, as in more subdued. I think it might be the thai basil that's helping to balance it out a bit. But it does still have a hint of that citrusy or bananas and cloves type of head.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, leaning just a little on the creamy side.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, good-tasting and thought-provoking.

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