Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian Tripel – 8.1% ABV.
Appearance: Pours a hazy dull orange with a massive four-finger white head. The head is very bubbly and sticks around indefinitely. Lacing is very good.
Smell: Big Belgian yeast with a healthy dose of funk – uncommon in most tripels. Herbs like lemongrass are present in addition to a healthy dose of citrus. The effervescence in this beer really makes it aromatic.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated. Bubbly on the tongue but evens out as the beer works its way across the palate.
Taste: Tastes like a traditional tripel but with a bubbly kick from the carbonation. Belgian yeast, citrus, and herbs. The thai basil that this beer is brewed with adds to the herb profile perfectly. Sweet malts come through much more in the taste than they do in the smell.
Overall: The Bruery does a great job of taking a formulaic style of beer and adding their own twist to it. The thai basil works very well with the bubbly nature of this beer. Designed to be a great summer beer and that is exactly what it accomplishes.
89 out of 100