Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

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.


Mark Harvey

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