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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Ratings: 1,136 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of katan
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a dark orange color, fairly opaque. Lots of pearly white head formation. Well retained.

S - Heavy combination of citrus, sour, and some white pepper. Yeast has done its job here. An american Belgian done well in this aspect.

T- Starts off lightly sweet, fruity and white pepper. Turns quickly to some heavy sour notes. Very deep fruity nose through the mid-stream into the finish. Comes in apricot and pear in the finish. A fairly dry tripel.

M - Moderate body and strong carbonation -again well done against the traditions. A little alcohol warmth sneaks in there.

O/D - An excellent tripel - not really what has sold in the US here lately, where i think it has adhered to the funk and the dry finish of the original. Abv is fairly hefty, but still low and manageable.

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a golden honey color with dense off white head that dissipated into a puffy cap. The aroma is sweet and zesty. Aromas of apples, banana and lemon are mixed with some spicy yeast scents. Some barnhouse funk give this brew a musty earthy smell. The taste is of apple skins and lemon. There is some banana, clover, pepper, light coriander and horse blanket from the yeast. There is a tin like grain flavor as well, perhaps from the rice that is added. The feel is very fizzy, the carbonation burns a bit. Nice balance of sweet and spicy. A well made tripel, nice flavor.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma has spice, herbal, and orange peel with heavy Belgian yeast.

The flavor follows with lots of yeast that almost gives the beer a funk. The general flavors are of stone fruits, pineapple, and orange with pepper and a heavy drying on the back. The Thai basil is relatively absent as the spicy and yeast qualities mask it.

A decent attempt at the tripel style.

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Photo of slipperysoup
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a nice golden straw color with a strong amount of very foamy head that lingers extensively, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: Nice scent typical of the style, very light an almost lemony
T: Nice typical tripel taste with a bit more depth and a little less of the wheat twinge that i typically find with the style
M: Strong carbonation, lingering dryness
O: I really enjoyed it and found it to be one of the better representations of the style i have come across

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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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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crystal clear golden straw color upon initial pour but toward the bottom of the bottle it pours a cloudy marigold hue. All pours are accompanied by a thick mouse like helping of white foam. Good retention but ultimately fades to a thin film and leaves no lacing.

S - rather muted overall but as it warms the nose brightens. Notes of leafy greens such as basil and fresh mint mingle with grainy notes. Overall reminiscent of herbed white rice. There are also a sharp note of white pepper and lemon pith.

T - very faint doughy bread flavor up front. Fairly dry as well. Lemony citrus and acid notes enter swiftly as well as bright peppery spice flavors. There is a juicy tropical fruit center mostly pineapple but some orangey character as well. Leafy green notes on the back end.

M - very crisp. Light bodied. High bubbly carb enhances the overall refreshing character.

O - excellent summer ale. I'd say this is a sipper as it does evolve slowly but will certianly reward those who take thier time with it.

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Photo of grub
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 3: Barleywines and Others. i contributed this one, purchased at the brewery.

750ml bottle. sampled nov 29/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a huge fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of chunky lace behind. a bit dark for the style.

aroma is great. slightly soapy/perfumey and floral. light belgian spice. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. light citrus. definitely get some of the thai basil too. neat.

taste is good. light alcohol. white bread. cracker. thai basil. bit of light ricey character. orange peel and a bit of other citrus. medium-low bitterness level. i like the little twist that the basil gives.

mouthfeel is good. high carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. i think the high carbonation detracts a little, but otherwise it is well balanced and very good. i good example of the style with an exciting little complimentary twist from the rice+basil. i think this one was even better when i had it fresh from the brewery, so i don't think i'd bother aging this one and enjoy it fresh.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy sudsy off-white head that is a couple inches thick and retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and white grapes.

Tastes of honey, citrus, apple, rice malt, fresh grassy malts, and a hint of basil.

Full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty good trippel with some nice flavor and aroma, very tasty and drinks easy. Worth trying.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with slight yellow highlights and had a finger of white fluffy head but it did leave some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was of belgian yeast, herbs, spices, faint basil, slight citrus, and clove character. The flavor was pretty similar to the nose which was herbs and spice for sure alongside the belgian yeast strain, very slight citrus, but it also had the clove type notes on the palate as well. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a spice, herby, sweet, and slight grainy finish. It drank very well and was tasty out of the bottle and on tap but IMO it was leaning towards more of an experimental tripel; still tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

another interesting and delicious offering from the bruery. this one pours a nice light golden color, mostly clear, with a really massive white frothy head with fine retention. the nose is like fresh picked apricots. I know there are none in here, but I don't smell basil or sweet malt at all, not even Belgian yeast really, but fresh apricots, its really tempting and unexpected. the flavor is subtle, not as sweet as most tripels, and yeasty more like a saison. the peppery yeast goes well with the basil, but the basil is way in the back, hardly distinguishable if you didn't know to look for it. the rice seems to add some nice body, as this beer is pretty full for its color. very bright carbonation too. overall a really appealing beer that seems to be just right in early spring. its got the right amount of spice and herbs going on, thus maintaining its drinkability despite its higher abv. as good as expected, the bruery can do no wrong in my book.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - golden to burnt orange color. Nice, white two finger head with minimal lacing.

S - aroma is very sweet and interesting. Almost a sweet potato smell going on. If I try to look for them, the rice and Thai basil are there but not overpowering.

T - sweet but not cloying. Really, really interesting. Almost a coconut flavor in addition to what I got on the nose. Weird at first but it grows on you. I bet this would be awesome with some Thai food.

M - full, nicely carved mouthfeel. Good lingering finish (maybe from the sweetness).

O - I understand how this wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. That being said, I really enjoyed how tasty this brew was and was particularly enameled with the uniqueness of the beer. Definitely need to try this with some Thai or Vietnamese food.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. Golden color with a white head. Malty aroma, a little alcohol, and the Thai basil comes through a little. Malty, but not sweet, very clean. The basil makes it interesting compared to traditional Tripels. High carbonation, to style and a dry finish. A very unique twist on a classic.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed during state-duke, go pack

a: frothy eggshell head on a hazy golden amber beer, nice retention

s: pale belgian malt structure holds a moderate sweetness, soft yeast with mild phenols, red apple and maybe some banana, good stuff

m: prickly, highly effervescent carbonation on a beer that's lighter bodied, but not thin

t: nice body of pale malts with a light-moderate sweetness and an underlying flavor of yeast, delicate fruits, basil adds a complimentary anise flavor - was concerned how this would work out but it's quite good, flavorful finish with a papery hop bitterness

d: with ease - a really nice tripel

picked up awhile back at Whole Foods, Fairfax

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Photo of david18
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my review of this beer in a bottle:

This is probably the best American-made Triple I've had. Great color and flavor, alcohol by volume is dead on. Good hints of fruit and great carbonation.

Bought it at the new Whole Foods on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Don't remember the price but less than I expected from a 750 ml bottle. This is a good beer and the Bruery is becoming more available on the east coast.


This tripel is, as I said, one of the best. A little on the sour side, but great!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some moderate orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral hops, herbs, spices, and Belgian yeast over the top of pale malts.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavors of this beer start out with moderate amounts of pale malts that combine with some light hints of apricot and spices. There is the distinctive Belgian yeast and just a touch of the basil herbalness. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is pretty well hidden making this beer easy to drink than is often the case with the tripel style though the dryness makes you want to sit rather slowly. The addition of the basil is interesting.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip.

Gorgeous crystal clear, golden color with a monstrous billowing head. 2/3 of the glass is thick, frothy foam - just beautiful to look at. Not a lot of carbonation from the bottom though. Head subsides slowly and leaves great lacing.

Nose is yeast and an herbal lemony sweetness. Smells fresh and clean.

First sip is a traditional tripel/Belgian pale ale. Not picking up much basil, this bottle might be past its prime. Maybe a hint of lemongrass, but mostly I'm tasting the Belgian yeast. Still, this is a good, well-constructed tripel.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a very thick white head.

S: Spicy yeast as well as a touch of sweetness.

T: Light fruits give way to a touch of white sugared sweetness. Spicy belgian yeast is ever present as well. Very complex, very tasty. The thai basil comes through at the end as well as the finish. It's very subtle, no way I would have picked it out if it wasn't written on the bottle.

M: Medium-light to medium bodied, high level of carbonation.

D: A very drinkable twist on a tripel.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sunburst orange wit it being lighter at the bottom and gradually darker the further you get to the top. Nice frothy head.

Smell: Funky and yeasty with some overripe apple scents coming out.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Warms up with a crisp bite of spice. Easy going. Get some alcohol heat at the end and into the aftertaste. Getting that Belgian farmhouse wheat flavor upfront and continues till the end with a chalky/grainy ending. The Alchol heat is very noticeable at the end (that's why I mention it for the 2nd time). Faint basil flavor comes in near the end.

Overall: nice beer from The Bruery. Glad I tried it. It just didn't knock my socks off so this probably will be a one and done. But overall it's a pleasant beer.

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Photo of Redgoatman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 bottle. I have had this one for a few months, but just cracked it to share with the wife. A beer that SHE wanted to try, which is a big step. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a clear yellowish orange. Tons of carbonation! Two big fingers of fluffy white head. Sticky. Stays around a while. Great bottle conditioning boys.

S: Very interesting nose. Different than anything I have smelled before. You almost get some funk on the initial smell. Belgian yeast for sure. And a little bit of basil. Some lemon or other citrus. And some grainy notes.

T: Enjoyed this one with sushi, and ruined palate with sriracha. Perfect pairing though, and never would have thought that for a "Tripel". Actually light and delicious. Great carbonation helps to hide the higher ABV. You get some interesting flavor from the Rice and Thai basil. The Belgian yeast notes are there too.

M: Light to medium bodied, like others on here have noted. Carbonation helps really clear the palate.

O: This was a nice surprise for a release that was easy to find. A- grade and a wife that actually enjoyed it.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hops & Pie in Denver; poured into a tulip.
Appearance - gold, clean with a medium white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is weak, but there.
Smell - mildly sweet with some citrus and ripe fruit.
Taste - some fruity sweetness, tartness and bitterness that hides the 8% ABV. Very tasty and incredibly refreshing!
Feel - balanced, with a light to medium feel. Very flavorful and easy to drink!
Overall - I love the style and this beer in particular, however for the price, I'd likely pass it over in my local bottle shop.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, capped. No date.

Served cool into my Watou glass, Trade Winds has a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange color. The head is thick but not as fine as many true Belgians. It settles quickly leaving chunky lace on the glass.

Aroma is immediately evident as I pry off the cap. It has great complexity and depth here. Lots of nice floral and spice. I was hoping the Thai basil would come through more in the aroma but I'm not getting it.

Flavor is where the basil is! Big peppery tripel with lemon citrus and basil herb. The pepper almost overwhelms the other flavors in the beer. I'm not sure if it a quality of the yeast or if they actually brewed with the spice but it's strong.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and full of carbonation.

This must be one of the best beers ever to be made with grains of rice. It is full of character and complexity. Best enjoyed cold though, I'm afraid.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Huge head to start with, I poured a little too aggressively. With my second normal pour about 3 fingers of light spongey head. Very nice golden cloudy color. Smell is quite interesting. The normal belgian yeast, and then an overpowering herbacious quality, definitely that thai basil coming through. Spicy and light citrus. Warm flavors, very herbal, lightly sweet and spicy. Having a hard time knocking out the whole bottle. Very creamy mouthfeel.

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