It’s American Craft Beer Week, and I’ve been excited all week. I pretty much get excited about anything and everything surrounding craft beer, what can I say - I like the stuff. I hope everyone in the US is out supporting their local breweries, and for those outside of the US - I hope you are doing the same. This is a week of celebrating the craft, the artisanship, the deliciousness of craft beer; I mean “craft” is in the name people. So, it’s safe to say that I’ve been drinking a good amount of beer this week, and it’s all been satisfying, delicious, refreshing, mind blowing, and most importantly beer. Beer has a capacity that wine doesn’t, because the primary ingredients provide a greater ability to create more complex, robust, and unique flavors. And, all of this is before getting into secondary flavors/ingredients. This is a fantastic week to drink, support, but most of all advocate for craft beer and help it continue to grow and gain the same respect as a beverage that artisan wine already gets. Alright, enough of this pontificating, let’s get into a beer review. This week’s beer is from a brewery that I’ve never had a beer from, which made it exciting - The Bruery. And, no, I didn’t spell brewery wrong - that’s the name, The Bruery. We’ll be taking a look at their Trade Winds Tripel, which is brewed with Basmati Rice and fresh Thai Basil.
The Bruery has this to say about their Trade Winds Belgian-style Golden Ale:
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.
Trade Winds poured a strong creamy white head that was heavily carbonated, but was beautiful looking. It was a light golden color that was rather hazy in clarity, G described it as a light looking IPA. Head - 10, Look - 14. This is one of the most aromatic beers I’ve ever smelled! There was a strong fruity presence from the Belgian yeast, which gave off a rich red apple smell. The Thai basil came through behind the overall yeast and fruity aromas, but I was surprised how well the rice made its way through the other aromas. Basmati has a very specific smell, and the light subtle airiness of the rice hit the back of the aroma well. G wasn’t particularly into the smell, and said he wouldn’t have drank it based on the smell alone. I, on the other hand, really enjoyed the floral fruity complexity of this Tripel. Smell - 22.5.
This beer hits the palate with super heavy carbonation, and expands with the bubbles throughout the mouth. The most intense flavors upfront are the fruitiness from the yeast paired with floral citrus notes. The aftertaste is a dry hoppy finish with a nice little alcohol burn at the end, which surprised me based on the moderate ABV of 8%. Palate - 7.5, Aftertaste - 8. The overall flavor hits strong with carbonation, and after several drinks there’s a dry white wine like qualities that make their way through. There is also an airiness, much like the smell that hits behind the overarching flavors, which I’m assuming is from the rice. My biggest complaint is that the carbonation is a bit to heavy, and the fruity sourness that builds up after a few drinks could be balanced a bit better with some hop bitterness. All in all though this beer is fantastic, as well as crisp and clean. A wonderful beer for a hot summer day. Flavor - 27.
The Bruery made a very interesting unique beer. This year the Bruery is celebrating their 3 year anniversary, and I love that for only being around for 3 years they’re not afraid to take chances, e.g. basmati rice and fresh thai basil. I strongly recommend trying this beer, and make sure you do so outside with a friend or friends on a warm/hot day. With an Overall Flavor of 42.5/50 the Beer Fusion gives The Bruery’s Trade Winds Tripel...