Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel - Belgian-style Ale Brewed with Rice and Thai Basil.
From The Bruery website: “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.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a light amber color with a large fluffy white head and lots of lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, vanilla, basil, Belgian yeast, sweet and toasted bread.
Taste: Sweet rice, vanilla, Belgian yeast, light malts, citrus, pear, basil and banana.
Overall: Unlike any Tripel I’ve had, The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel has to be tasted to be believed. I almost avoided it due to the addition of rice and Thai basil, but I’m so glad picked it up. This 8.1% ABV offering is a must try for those who enjoy the style and aren’t afraid of trying something different. This goes into my “must buy again” category for sure.
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