3xB: The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

This week’s Big Bottle: The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel

The Bruery makes some of the best beers out there.  They tend to be very complex.  The ingredient list will remind you of a complicated dinner recipe that a world-renowned chef had recently attempted.

The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel falls into that same category.  It has ingredients that you wouldn’t expect in a normal beer.  In this case, it’s Thai basil.

I’m sure you’ve had Thai basil before.  If you’ve ever had Thai food, that herb tends to sneak its way into almost every dish.  Considering that Thai basil is a fairly strong aromatic herb, it falls a little short in this beer.  To my (highly untrained) nose it doesn’t make much of an appearance.

The Bruery also decided to go with rice instead of candi sugar which may have taken a little of the sweetness you’d expect in a Tripel away from this beer.

But, now I’m done speaking ill of this beer.  It’s actually very tasty.  It’s a very nice golden color with a slightly cloudy pour (what you’d expect).  It has a yeasty, hoppy, almost raisin aroma to it.  The flavor is very citrusy seemingly from the hops and the yeast.  It does have an interesting creamy mouthfeel.  Overall, it’s a good beer, light and enjoyable.  A good beer to drink outside on a warm summer day.  I give it a 7.

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2 responses

  1. seanldalton

    Absolutely agree that the basil didn’t come through as expected. I was actually kind of disappointed with this beer in comparison to the others I’ve had from The Bruery. . . . Although they’re very different beers, I just didn’t feel like the Trade Winds had the distinctive individuality (or pack the punch) of a Mischief of Hottenroth.

    July 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

    • I’m with you. I think it’s a good light, more refreshing beer. But I think I was expecting more from The Bruery. They tend to make beers that have so much going on, they’re almost unforgettable. This one just seemed to be more of a “meh” (for lack of better description). On a broad scale, it’s a good beer; for The Bruery, it’s one of their weaker beers.

      July 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

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