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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Photo of alaimoa
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up off the shelf in NY,no date on it but I believe the summer 2013 bottle
A: very nice white frothy head, 2+ inch with sticky white lace. Hazy but vibrant gold in color
S: lemon rind, pineapple, sweet bread.. Was looking for the basil but couldn't really make it out.. Summery smelling thou and very nice
T: upfront sweet orange/lemon with sour spices. I can easily taste some Thai favors that would go great with a green or red semi-spicy curry
M: medium body, very carbonated with rolling bubbles.

Overall really impressed with this shelf distribution Bruery and I will add to my buy list should I see again

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Photo of sitarist
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden honey color with a slight orange hue, it is cloudy, with lots of bubbles rising into an enormous dirty white head, the head is two fat fingers thick, meringue like, and sticks around for awhile before falling to around 1/4" leaving a fair amount of lacing.

The aromas tickle my nose hairs. I smell a smorgasbord of scents, of course there is banana, and clove but that is just the beginning there is also apricot, lemon grass, pepper, pasta cooking, a little funk and bubblegum too.

The flavors aren't as great as the nose but still very nice. The spice flavors overpower the fruit flavors. Just a little more balance and this would be a perfect beer.

Great body and carbonation, it is dry, and warm/hot. It leaves a weird coating on my tounge. I taste pepper, lemon grass, and tangerine.

This is like a cross between a Tripel and a Saison. This beer is as unique as any Belgian. The aroma and appearance are worth the price of admission alone.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy gold with a luscious 2.5 finger tall white head, which slowly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aroma: Wow, this beer is absolutely bursting with tropical aromatics; sweet basil, coconut, fresh bananas, green apples, some spicy yeast phenols and fresh squeezed orange juice. There are some sweet biscuit-y malts neatly tucked underneath the very floral and perfume like nose. I could smell this ale for hours; it is positively intoxicating.

Taste: A bright burst of juicy, succulent fruit right away; strawberries, pears, bananas with some accompanying citrus hop tones. There is touch of some spicy basil before you're treated with a starchy, off dry finish with long, lingering notes of traditional, slightly spicy Belgian yeast; banana, light clove and raisins. Underneath the yeast there are some lovely, biscuit notes from the malts. The way the starchy rice interacts with the Thai basil leaves a strong impression of coconut on dancing on your palate. The sweet malt and yeast combination does get a tad cloying as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Robust, yet very light bodied. High, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall: The Bruery takes the Tripel style, normally a very traditional style, and completely reinvigorates it; The Thai basil marries perfectly with the spicy, yet sweet Belgian yeast and the rice simultaneously lightens the body and adds some really nice texture to the beer. Want a summer beer that is, complex, refreshing and has some deceptive strength? Look no further. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-orange golden with a decent amount of bubbles and a thick frothy white head

S-strong scent of pale spicy belgian spices and malts. just a very strong thorough scent with hints of banana.

T-comes in with a refreshing flavor of pale belgian malts and spices with a hint of banana and cereal. it's a flavor that fills the mouth. has a certain bitterness to it. light but with a warming after-taste. this is a very savory beer!

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish, much like I'd expect from a tripel from Belgium

O-this is an extremely drinkable beer, maybe the most drinkable tripel i have ever had. the flavors are all there with out any off-flavors. it's not unique in any way. it's just a nice example of a good style. to be honest, you might want to have this bottle all to yourself.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tripel with rice and Thai basil? Summer fun indeed! Recently purchased from The Bruery itself, on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, this is very heady and carbonated. A big sticky billowy head sits on top this hard to resist golden color. The aromas are a treat. I smell the soft Thai basil, then comes in mandarin orange and other subtle aromas.

Expect a sensation of bubbly at it first enters your mouth. Surpriningly light in the mouth, yet full of flavor (once you get past the carbonation). This tripel has the ripe fruits flavor of other ones, though less of it, but has the unique spices working in its favor. Nutty towards the back. I think I can even sense the rice that was used in the beer. Lighly spiced aftertaste.

It's always a pleasure for me to drink my favorite Belgian style of beer. Even better to have it uniquely flavored with Asian spices unlike other tripels. But best would be parading in the streets of Pattaya with a Thai woman in one hand and a Trade Winds Tripel in the other.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade Winds Tripel....doesn't that just sound nice? Here's hoping it tastes as good to the mouth as it does to the ears.

Whoa mama! Now that's what I call a head. I don't think my glass was dirty but even a slow pour produced a huge, fluffy head that's sticking all over the place. A warming, foggy amber hue, and what we have here is a beautiful looking Tripel.

Once again my inability to smell small details because of my polyps is hurting me. But if I take my time I can distinguish some things. For one, it has that Tripel, belgian candy smell. Floral, slight spice and just refreshing.

Awesome. This is the type of Tripel that I yearn for. A beer that immediately delivers that Tripel feel - a dry, sweet bite that delivers immediately, and maintains a candy-like aftertaste for the long haul. This also has some nice citrus notes to it as well. The feel is medium bodied, smooth, and delicioso.

There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be coming back to this beer. I love the style, and The Bruery brued up a serious brue with this one. Good times.

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Photo of VaRy
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so in all fairness this is a "Belgian Style Adjunct Ale", isn't it?

Pale, warm yellow with a just a hint of orange. Nice, long lasting head. Floral and spicy aroma, slightly hoppy, I sense more parsley than basil, certainly some puffed rice, and a bit of a fruity note, reminiscent of honeydew melon. The beer is rather highly carbonated, and would benefit from slightly lower than usual serving temperature, I'd say 40-45 degrees.

Overall, a good summer brew which works well with seafood dishes, salads and Asian flavors. Recommended.

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Photo of timtim
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

what a nice brew. hazy dark golden straw color with a cream color head that fizzes a million bubbles a minute while rising and then settles down to a thin web. nose is minty, earthy, herbal basil as well as green apple bubblegum, orange gatorade, banana and a whole host of spicy scents that are typical of belgian yeast strains and asian cuisine. clove, white pepper, cardamom, corriander, cumin. they say basil and rice are the only ingredients besides the usual suspects, so the yeast strain must be particularly spicy. light medium body with what seems to be relatively low carbonation, but the beer explodes in the mouth, creating a refreshing, spritziness. great effort. outstanding representation of what we can do here in america. i'd like another please.

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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 avalon07
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of basil, yeast, spices and light fruit.

T: Tasted of basil, Belgian yeast, pepper, pears, and some other fruits. An slightly unusual flavor for a tripel, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not your typical tripel, but still eminently drinkable.

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Photo of threeviews
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle (bottled on date: 03-13-13) into a 16oz Libbey Munique elongated tulip glass.

A- Uncapping the bottle is greeted with a hearty exhaust. A very conservative pour reveals an absolutely beautiful sunset orange fluid accompanied by a towering 3+ finger white, frothy head. Although the head eventually subsides, a 1/2 finger head floats on the beer over the beer's consumption from the (non-nucleated) glass.

S- Like most (if not all of their beers), Trade Winds boasts a multi-layered, complex aroma. A melange of fuits (Kumquat, Peach, Apricot, Orange, Green Apple), Peppery spice (no doubt, courtesy of the Basil and esters from the yeast) and an underlying honey sweetness that takes on a vanilla-like quality as the beer warms.

T- Sweet juicy fruits reminiscent of the nose hit first and are quickly accompanied by a sweet, honey-like flavors courtesy of the malts. Middle of the palate is met with a clean, subtle bitterness. The beer then finishes dry with a peppery spiciness.

M- Light-To-Medium body along with copious amounts of carbonation help to scrub the palate of any residual malt sweetness. As the carbonation resides and the beer warms, however, the body grows and becomes more slick and lingering on the palate.

O- There is no surprise, Trade Winds is another winning offering from The Bruery. Being 'Familie Rue' is one of my standout breweries for 2013 (along with Anchorage and Uinta), I didn't find a bottle of Trade Winds until December. Although a little late to the game with this one, I am aware that it was not particularly fresh yet I purchased it anyway...and glad I did. It reinforces my anticipation for purchasing a fresh bottle (or two, or three) when it is released again in 2014.

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

64 oz counter-pressure filled growler from Bierkraft.

Pours straw with a bit of orange peeking through, lightly hazy, fluffy one-fingered head that settles into a thin cap. Nice stickage.

Nose is lots of clove, yeast and pale malts combine for a bit of breadiness, golden fruits are subtle but there. Yeast is the biggest part of this one, but nicely done.

Notes of clove, bready pale malt with notes of honey, pears, hint of light citrus peel. Spicy yeast carries the finish, with more notes of pear and apricot coming out. Off-dry but full. Basil comes out in the finish, but is very subtle - I don't know that I would have put my finger on it if I didn't already know it was there. The substitution of rice for sugar makes a difference, this is lighter and a bit crisper than I expected for it's style and ABV. I really like the taste with this one. Lighter than expected, but in a good way - still full and delicious, but easily drinkable on a hot day. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit fluffy on feel, medium-full body. Beautifully fits the flavor.

Drinkability is exemplary for the style. Lighter than expected, very flavorful, crisp and perfect for summer.

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

Belgian style bomber bottle, I like the oversized cap. Pours glowing apricot, with lots of bubbles rising and lifting an initially huge off white head, that sticks around forever and slowly turns to merainge. Then leaves nice strands of lace and a much better then average collar of the thick stuff. It emits a hearty sniff of mint, pepper and Belgian leaning yeast. Quite enjoyable and tasty take on a favorite style. Phenolic and minty, with additional notes of honey, pepper, and even the advertized thai basil lending a complexity enhancing addition to the mix. Drys out nicely in the finish. 8% nowhere to be found.Well done, refreshing and intriguing. I really enjoyed this one. Go get some and enjoy a finely crafted American take on a classic style.

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

Picked this bottle up a few months back. Pouring into a Duvel tulip.

A - Nice almost crystal clear golden pour with a BIG frothy, fluffy three finger white head that slowly shrinks down. Not really much side lacing but a nice quarter inch head is constant down to the last sip.

S - Really fragrant! Theres the typical tripel aromas, light citrus notes with that solid yeast. There is a really, really good herbal aroma presumably the thai basil.

T - Starts off with a light citrus rice flavor that seemlessly blends into some light hop only to finish with a nice herbal spiciness. The thai basil isnt nearly as powerful on the palet as the nose, but this does have some good flavors.

M - Medium carbonation, surprising for this style and ABV. Somewhat crisp, not sticky at all.

D - Smooth yet initially crisp the great foamy head, uniquely herbal aromas, and nice flavor makes this a really solid tripel from The Bruery. Really starting to enjoy this brewery.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from big 350ml bottle into a wine goblet.
Tawny, orange/gold in color, with a big, billowy cloud deck of frothy, off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruity, faint Belgian yeast
Taste-Spicy Belgian yeast, apricots, earthy "dusty" hops, very subtle undercurrent of the Thai basil, becomes more evident upon warming. A very refreshing and flavorfull brew that cries out for a spicy Thai dish or Scechuan offering, Bleu cheese salad, or even jambalaya would be a nice match. An excellent, elegant brew from The Bruery. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Except for the last serving out of the bottle, it poured a brilliant light golden color with a massive rocky off-white head that slowly drops to a persistent 1/4 inch top. The lacing is less like your traditional Belgian in that appears more as sporadic tight clumps vs. the typical lace connected rings.

Smell: Pleasant tripel aromas with just a hint of bubble gum, Belgian yeast spiciness and a very faint suggestion of anise.

MF: Medium-light body that is soft, smoth and round, despite the initially frothy carbonation.

Taste: A complex melding of grainy malt that only hints at sweetness, expertly balanced by low hop bitterness, Belgian yeast spiciness and a well hidden abv. It has a great finish that I can't quite describe- not quite drying, but most definitely leaving you wanting more.

Overall: A truely excellent example of an American Tripel.One that suggests that maybe it is possible to (dare I say) improve on Belgian perfection? Very easy drinking for such a big beer. It grew on me with each successive sip, and I had to pace myself so as not to not imbibe it too quickly.

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: didn't know this was a summer seasonal and I'm having this in the beginning of December! Also, my first Bruery brew!
A: amber with a fluffy white head
S: very fragrant. Too many scents to gather but I smell lemon, coconut, basil, just sweet and very pleasant.
T: as the nose displays is what the tongue experienced. Tastes great, really hard to explain but this is awesome stuff.
M: effervescence tingles the tongue consistently explodes .
O: try it, you won't be disappointed and I feel this would go well with Thai food.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a very cloudy apricot nectar color with a big gob of bright white foam floating on top. Retention was good and a nice mixture of lacey specks, blobs, and ropes were left behind.

S: Nice tripel aromas with a hint of basil. No, it's not like smelling a plate of chicken lad nar, but the basil is there none the less.

T: Same as above with some earthy rice and hop flavors with a bit of delicate candied pear and peach.

M: Starts sweet but quickly takes on a dry and peppery bent. Nice and spicy.

D: Excellent drinkability. I wasn't quite sure what to make of the extra ingredients but we were pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2013. Pours slightly hazy bright gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with balanced spice and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, light apricot, black pepper, basil, bread, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity yeast flavors with balanced spice and pale malts; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding tripel! Fantastic fruity/spicy yeast complexity with balanced spice and pale malt flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours cloudy light gold with a massive spongy head of pure white. The crackling foam sudsided slowly to reveal a partial skim coat on the surface of the brew as well as plenty of ripped lacework.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, spicy basil, and citrus zest. Hints of vanilla, white pepper, and lemon follow through. Quite floral and spicey for a Triple, while still delicate.

Light bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel. A high level of effervescence.

Light malt, spices and citrus start the palate. Basil, honey, coriander, and sugar-dusted peppercorns follow through.

Finishes with warming alcohol, spicy citrus, a shade of honey, and a hint of lemon-spritzed malt.

I'm really inmpressed with this beer. It drinks like a Double white/Triple hybrid. The Basil is nicely done and not overpowering and the citrusy hops are tasting fresh but don't dominate. The high level of carbonation really does this one justice as well.

Big ups to BA/RB'r WeeHeavySD for a kickass bonus brew!

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Photo of Gavage
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: yeast, pepper and some other general spiciness is easy to detect.

Taste: grassy malt base with yeast, coriander, pepper, a nice bitterness, and a light alcohol presence make up a flavorful and well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Drinkability: this beer is bold and flavorful, and despite the high alcohol level it goes down quickly. Worth giving this one a try.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split 4-ways and served with a chorizo-chicken stew and the Spain world cup final

appearance: served in pints - bright peach-copper body, thick foamy white caps on all pours

smell: very fresh - golden fruit, white pepper, yeast, basil - nice

taste: pairs wonderfully with a spicy dish - very refreshing - yeast, pear, white pepper, golden fruit, basil leaf, clove...really enjoyed this one

mouthfeel: freshy, well carbonated - foamy and quenching

drinkability: strong

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel Green tulip. 8.1% ABV, serve in a tulip, no date.

A - A slow pour releases a hazy golden yellow beer with a powerful white head. Low retention gives way to thick white lace all over the glass.

S - The Thai spice adds an interesting aroma to a classic style of beer that I love. Belgian yeast falls to the background with the earthy clay and subtle fruitiness which includes a light lemon citrus kick.

T - Thai basil gives Trade Winds an upfront spiciness I'm not used to in beer. It's got a strong tea component. The spice is light in power but has longevity that last throughout the whole flavor. Pale malts and a tiny hint of rice follows up the background with Belgian yeast and earthy undertones.

M - Medium-light bodied with a delicious spicy and citrus kick, Trade Winds has a smooth but fully carbonated texture.

D - A good tripel to be sure, the Thai basin adds a delicious and unique aroma and flavor to an already awesome beer style.

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Photo of cbutova
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On @ Dirty Truth.

A- Light orange with a white, fizzy cap. Retention is decent, legs are there but not much lace.

S- Fruity with an obvious Belgian yeast spice, raisins and some herbal feel.

T- Huge mint basil on top of a solid tripel flavor. The herbs blend nicely with raisin, yeast spice(clove) and some citrus fruit and zest. Hops come in spicy and floral. More citrus fruit builds with time.

MF- Creamy body with moderate, smooth carbonation. Somewhat bitter finish.

DB- Worth the price on tap but not at $20 a bottle. I like the herbal addition a lot but could see how some would not. Drinks easily and very flavorful.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,132 ratings.
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