Trade Winds Tripel

The Bruery, out of Orange County, CA is the maker of Trade Winds Tripel, an interesting summer beer in the Belgian style that uses rice rather than candi sugar in the brewing process.  This is done to lighten the body of the beer, a good trait for summer beers.  Additionally, Thai Basil is added to give a bit of a spicey tang.  This beer is a medium gold color, clear in the glass.  It is sharp and tangy, sweet and citrusy and perhaps a bit of the yeast is tastable as well.  It’s light-bodied, spicey and finishes dry.  I found it interesting, but not great.


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