Trade Winds Tripel | The Bruery

Trade Winds TripelTrade Winds Tripel
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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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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of currysmegs
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A- Heavy pshh! as I pop the cap and some steam-like vapor rises from the bottle's mouth. Pours a solid amber color with a nearly three finger fluffy head that retains and trickles down at a slow, steady pace. Soap-like bubbles without a whole lot of lacing.

S- Floral, sweet aroma with hints of lemon. Perfumey and full with some notes of sugary bread, fruitcake and...ok I'm done trying to analyze these smells because they're just too layered and complex. All I can say is "Wow. This is like nothing I've smelled before."

T- Whoo! Once again, I literally feel that an analysis of the flavor will not do it justice. I will say that I definitely detect some honey blossom that is light on the palate. Yes, I do get the Thai basil notes as well as some rosemary and maybe some thyme but it's all interconnected in such an interwoven frame that it forms its own unique, savory flavor. The sweetness is definitely there but it's subdued enough to let some malt through. Alcohol is quite 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- I think I've found a new top ten favorite beer. This one just about reinvents the style. All I can say is..."DAMN!"

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved it! Poured the 750ml variety into a pint glass in 2 servings. Pours gold, goes down smooth! Feelin good after 750ml of 8.6%bac goodness! I highly recommend this brew to anyone who enjoys delicious beer! 250 character minimum? I guess I'll just add some BS here to make my review long enough to be accepted!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. Had a couple tasters, then a full glass. Classic cloudy golden with a big foamy head. The aroma isn't as much the standard huge Belgian earthiness you usually get, though it does have some of that. It's really more fruity, sugary, sweet. The taste is very light, with only mild earthiness but mostly light fruits such as apples, pears etc. Mouthfeel was on the lighter side, but I have no problem with that, it's an easy tripel to drink.

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Photo of mjwellman
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joshkouri
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Clouded, rusty gold, showing a bit clearer at the edges. Triumphant, exuberant head, snowy white, lacy.

Beautifully fragrant, lightly spicy, floral, airy, with lemony traces. Gorgeous.

Drinking, the loveliness lives on. Lean-bodied, snappy, plenty of spicy tricks playing on the palate. Very lively, with marvelous Belgian yeast flavor adding another dimension of deliciousness. Citrus fruit factor grows larger, and candy sugar sweetness climbs in to match it. Just stays vibrant and tasty all the way through the bottle.

Great match for thai food, I'm sure. Don't know, I had it with Chinese. Worked there, too. Excellent tripel. Is simply everything they make this good or better?

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4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of ikantspel
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml served into a duvel tulip

pours a golden honey color with a monster head...5 minutes till head finally dies down enough

sweet belgian candy, yeast, and orange peel

taste follows the nose, maybe a little sweeter, pretty dry but leaves this wow aftertaste of pear and some of the basil.

i was little apprehensive about this but this tripel was top notch

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Photo of EdTheEdge
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mlazzaro
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Capped 750ml champagne bottle.
High carbonation. Hazy deep yellow color. Some of the fluffiest foam head I've ever seen, great retention and lacing action. (appealing bottle as well).
It seemed like the three of us responded to the smell immediately when the bottle was popped. Not over the top spice as I feared, but bright malt and what I think is wheat aroma. And complex yeast character as well. Really nice smell. Carbonation level helps push aromatics.
Taste is mild, very Saison-like. Light malts and grainy flavor - good yeast and mild spice. Basil almost taste sweet and end of sip. Refreshing!
Fuller mouthfeel than I expect on a triple. Potentially from using rice as adjunct instead of usual beet sugar. I like it, just not to style as I'm used to it. Sip does have a interesting acidic feel, and yet still very smooth. Booze is quite well hidden. Everyone enjoyed and wanted more.

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Photo of gboy515duo
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft on tap poured into a sniffer at Pinnochio's Pizza Pub in Media, PA.

Pours a goldenrod, as previously stated somewhat honey colored, with a gigantic head, as expected, off-white. At first smell, it had a very citrusy and woody aroma, definitely accented by both lemons and oranges or tangerines, smelling mostly of zest. There was a very piney smell, and of course the obvious spice.

When first tasted, the pine hit first, orange coming after. This brew is extremely woody, but in a good way. It's extremely noticable, but masked enough by the scents to make you feel like you're chewing on bark. The hops are most prevalent at the beginning stages of drinking this beer, but slowly go away as the fruity undertones take over as the spices slowly emasculate the brew.

The lemon stays present throughout the drinking, orange only coming when you look for it as you get about halfway through. The spices and basil are the biggest contenders as far as big flavor hitters go.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and light, with a quick bite right before and after yous wallow. It's a dry beer, but not too dry to make you feel parched and requiring water, but definitely dry enough to make you yearn for more. This shows that this tripel from The Bruery is perfect for summer nights on the patio.

I could probably drink this beer all night long. At 8.10% ABV, i barely got a hint that it was that alcoholic. The only time i realized it was after i was finished, the warming sensation in my chest started to sink in. It wasn't exactly very up front like most tripels or quads.

Overall, it was a very light beer, heavy on taste, that hits hard at the end with the basil.

To prove The Bruery's point, i actually had a grain of rice in my beer tonight. A single grain was floating on top when i received the beverage. The rice mash proved to work well with the strong basil & citrus flavors. This is definitely something I would drink if it were around my neck of the woods more often.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scruffwhor
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a nice copper and amber mix with a little hazey to it. The bubbling is awesome while the head is equally awesome in its off-white coloring and then fizzles to nothing.

Very yeasty, fruity aroma of pears and apricots. Add to this a very light spicey herbal aroma from either the hops, basil, or both. Plus a little toasted bread crust nuance to the mix as well.

I've got to say, this beer went well with my beer steamed mussels. A little spice note that helps offset the sweet, candi like nature of this Belgian's yeast. Summer fruits abound the palate upfront, while some American hopping and maybe some basil say "not too much" with the sweetness. The carbonation can really be felt throughout the entire palate.

The finish is clean, sweet, and just a little ricey. This is an awesome tripel that only needs a little doctoring on the appearance to be one of the best!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting herbal, spicy nose with Belgian yeasts, light malts, a slight funk and light fruits. The basil is up front and prominent. Pours brilliant peach tinted gold under a dense, finely bubbled 3” persistent, lacy white foam cap. The palate is lemony, herbal, spicy peach with caramel and biscuit notes – suggests an herbed peach cobbler transformed to foam. The carbonation is almost champagne like with a slight winey slickness. Medium body and carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
Beer rating: 79.8% out of 100 with 1,136 ratings
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