Trade Winds | The Bruery

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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: 1,144 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 -4.3%

Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears hazy apricot color with over an inch of fluffy, white head.

The aroma brings citrus, particularly apricots and oranges, followed by some spicy malt and a light yeast character. It smells fairly sweet.

Lots of citrus right off the bat, with some grassy / herbal notes coming in a bit later. Relatively dry, with a touch of alcohol and some lingering yeasty notes.

Medium bodied and pretty smooth on the palate.

Overall, this is a solid beer, albeit a tad too sweet. Good for sharing a few ways.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Light golden with a moderate sized near-white head that leaves significant lacing down the glass.

Aroma consists of bright citrus, bread, and grassy herbs.

The flavor is similar, with citrus, distinct Belgian style yeast, grass, and basil.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation, though the Belgians (and Unibroue) still win here by a large margin.

Good tripel.

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Photo of strewthday
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.5): Awesome! Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Orange-gold amber hue, slight haze. Huge head, almost chalk white. Great retention/lacing. Head dissipates and turns rocky, and I almost don’t want to drink it because it looks so good. Steady stream of bubbles from the bottom center of the glass continue to add to the head.

Smell (4): Vanilla, butterscotch, perfectly ripe tomatoes, Belgian yeast, slight ginger, lemon, basil, slight strawberry and banana. Slight herbal hop, immediately combated by the savory malt and yeast.

Taste/Mouth-feel (5): Strong vanilla, prickly esters, slight herbal/medicinal bitterness, mostly similar to the smell. The basil comes through just slightly, as do the butterscotch and tomato. Slightly salty, not a bad thing. Great viscosity, only just barely sticky. The carbonation pops and prickles just so to bring out the most delicate flavors, including cardamom and coriander. Honeysuckle and sandalwood in the finish.

Overall: Excellent! A very experimental example of the style. This one ventures just enough out of the box that it is exploratory, yet remains true to its roots and does not compromise any integrity for experimentation. Highly recommended for any fan of Belgian Strong Pale Ales and/or Tripels.

Pairs with any Asian style stir fry. Fermented foods, spicy fare, and nutty cheeses. Also, a good, fresh salad never hurts to bring out the earthy textures and tastes hidden within a beer.

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Photo of t420o
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bruery trade winds tripel

A- pours a 1-1/2 finger fizzy off white head which recedes to a 1 finger head with excellent retention. Beer is golden straw color and completely transparent. 4

S- good Belgian yeast, clove, banana, a vegetal smelling. Slight alcohol scent also. 3.5
T- wow am I surprised at how much I like this one! It's a like a very good Belgian tripel with a lemony basil undertone that is actually very good in this. It all tastes fresh not offputting. Slight alcohol taste as it warms 4

M- very good mouthfeel. Nice slightly prickly carbonation. Good viscotity 4.5

O- good tripel that I would like to have again. 4


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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a tripel, cloudy golden blond. A huge, almost white head retains extremely well.

Smells of apples, a bit of spice, and I can even smell the basil.

Tastes a bit sweet up front, leading to the spice in the middle. Then a displeasing herbal bitterness on the finish.

Texture is good, while bubbly on the first drink, as it rests, it smooths out nicely to a medium bodied easy drinking beer.

Hrrm, not my favorite. The finish on the flavor leaves a bad taste for me and my wife, so, glad to try, but never again.


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Photo of ChimRichels
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Holy foam! Even a cautious pour yielded a good 3+ fingers of head in my oversize snifter. Body is a hazy golden/orange that glows like a lava lamp. A few minutes pass and the head is still not looking to leave any time soon.

S - The yeast is predominant, and I am regretting tasting this while coming down from a mild cold - I am having difficulty digging into the subtleties of the aroma. Some fruity aromas are in there from the hops... I'm really looking for some basil but no such luck. Maybe a little coriander.

T - Interesting. Herbal flavors are much more predominant than in the nose. There is a certain je ne sais quoi to it that is at the moment ineffable. Definitely spicey on the finish.

M - Tingly and highly carbonated. Otherwise smooth and delectable.

O - Tasty tripel with some very unique aspects

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with foamy head and minimal lacing.
B: Grassy with some soapy basil smells.
T: Starts out quite clean, almost like a pilsner but then finishes with a buttery nutty (almond?) flavor.
M: Nice medium carbonation and body. Pretty crisp and smooth with a little oiliness on the finish.
O: Really pleasant - not too sweet and with some variation in the flavor through the bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a beautiful yellow and clear beer with a nice white head.

S: The smell of hops, but nothing more recognizable.

T: Pine needles and had a refreshing taste.

M: Nice foam sense and good carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty drinkable and delicious aftertaste.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, lemon, some funk, and some basil. There is also a bit of funkiness, some vegetable, banana, biscuit, and clove.

T - Starts off with some lemon, Belgian yeast esters, banana, touch of clove, and and farmhouse funkiness. Through the middle, some basil and vegetable flavors come through with some biscuit notes. The finish is a mix of yeast esters, lemon, other light fruits, some tartness, and some lingering basil.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with an estery, sweet, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really full and complex flavors with everything coming together really nicely. The balance of the traditional Belgian flavors with the Basil and other ingredients is excellent.

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