Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright orange in color and seems a bit too clear to me. The head was very modest as well. It came up OK but went down quickly showing little retention.

Smell – This is a big orange smell. It’s got a touch of yeast in it and flirts with medicine cabinet but just does stay out of its clutches. The malt is light and concentrated.

Taste – This is very potent at the taste. There’s a vodka flavor here with some sharp syrupy orange and maybe a hint of Belgian yeast. Not a lot of yeast but a good flavor on it. The malt again seems thin but present.

Mouthfeel – This is too thin for the style; it’s not even medium-bodied. The ale lacks that full fluffy mouthfeel of a good Trippel and has a bit too much alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This wasn’t necessarily a bad ale but I certainly wouldn’t parade it around.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into my tulip glass. It was a burnt orange/copper color with a medium sized white head.
Fruity aroma, yeasty, a little bit of spice.
More of a pear taste, perhaps some other fruits. A touch of sharp spice (just a kiss). Good yeasty background.
A sweet, rich trippel.
Very drinkable, would never guess it was over 9% ABV.

Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: To start with the head produces a big fluffy and creamy foam head which is bright white in color. It slowly fades to a thin covering which hangs on till the end and leaves some splotchy lace on the glass. Under the head sits a hazy, honey amber colored liquid full of yeast floaters that hang in suspension.

Smell: Its aroma is fruity and yeasty with notes of banana and plain white bread.

Taste/Palate: Up front are the classic notes of funky Belgian yeast. It's fruity, earthy and bready with a touch of spice. Banana is the stand out fruity note along with a touch of apple. Alcohol is present here but mellow and adds some warmth. The sweetness and fruitiness hits its peek in the middle before the hops move in and adds there dry earthy/leafy notes and mild bitterness to the finish. The body has a solid medium feel with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel this is a solid Tripel style beer with a good lively palate.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a wine glass, pours cloudy dark apricot, near white tiny bubble head, film and then well developed lacing.deeply fruity nose, with some powdered sugar. Peppery spice up front, then rich fruity notes, melon and kiwi, more cutting pepper, then a zest of limes and Belgian yeastyness. I like it, love the style and especially when U.S. brewers try to kick it up a notch. More S.D. style, bold,flavorful and full throttle brewing here. NIce, I'd like to try it with some spicy BBQ.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a medium white head. The aroma is very fruity with some Belgian yeast. You also get a little floral component. The flavor is fruit, yeast and alcohol. You get some hop bitterness in the flavor and the floral component is also there. The alcohol is warming. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. An interesting take on a tripel that I think works nicely.

Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours clear orange with lots of carbonation and a huge white head. Aroma is full of the bubblegum and sugar you would expect. I love the taste. Light, full of bananas and spice, yeast and some root beer. A very nice tripel that I wish would find a way into Green Flash' permament rotation.

Photo of deanwilson
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 22 oz glass botte

A. dark yellow/light orange w/slight white foamy head.

S. Sweet, lemon, floral, banana, almost sugar like smell

T. Strong citrus up front form the yeast, clove, slight malt up front, more in the miidle, light hops at the end.

M. unremarkable

D. This bottle was split between two people, and one glass with a meal was enough. This beer goes well with light, spicy food, but in my opinion does not stand well by itself.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a light clear yellow with a very small white head along with a bunch of thin white lacing. Nose is hoppy and yeasty, very nice.

Taste is dry and crisp on the finish with a sweet and slightly boozytasty. Lots of Belgian candi sugar flavors, overall very good.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold under a 1” short lasting white foam collar that provides light lace.
S: Spice, pepper, faint banana, hint of clove, a slight earthiness. Fragrance is medium to medium high.
T: The palate follows the nose with the addition of orange, peach, alcohol sweetness, bubble gum and candi sugar. Starts slightly sweet and then dries out. Lingering yeast and malt flavors. Hop bitterness and flavor above average but balanced by the malt and yeast flavors.
F: Medium body enhanced by soft carbonation.
O: Complex yeast, malt and hop flavors are well balanced.

Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing this, Josh!

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a thick, persistent white head that eventually leaves thin ribbons and spots of lace down the glass.

The best part of this beer is its aroma, and its awash in fruity esters reminiscent of banana and bubblegum, and is it warms, there's a touch of warm alcohol presence.

The flavor is similarly good, with the bubble gum and banana flavors again leading the way. There's a mild bitterness, and as the beer warms, a touch of warm alcohol.

One of the shining elements of any great tripel should be its mouthfeel, and I think this is where Green Flash's variation isn't quite as good as some other American versions of this Belgian style. It's not as light and airy, even velvety, as I look for, and the alcohol presence is a bit too potent.

A good, inexpensive, tasty tripel from just down the road. I will most definitely be having this again.

Photo of Soonami
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Trippel is not really an exemplar example of the style, but it is about average. I would not make any special effort for this beer, but if it's available and inexpensive, then give it a shot.

The beer is a amber in color almost like bottle apple juice, and my pour left very little head. There was a steady stream of bubbles from my glass, but it did not stick around. The aroma was mostly missing, some yeast esters and a little alcohol, but that's about it. The taste is spicy, a little alcoholic, and as it warms up the orchard fruit flavors start to manifest. The beer is a bit undercarbonated for the style, which definitely impairs the experience.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden peach colored beer that is crystal clear. The head is off white with a touch of yellow, spongy and quick to fade. The beer looks a lot like an American lager so I hope the nose and flavor don't disappoint.

So far the nose subtly delivers. There is a nice malty backbone with a boozy yet spicy fruit scent. It has a subtle Belgian yeasty flare which could be stronger but at least it's there.

The taste is a slight disappointment. The booze flavor really dominates the stage and masks the grain flavors. It puts the flavor in the area closer to a rough cough syrup then a clean sweet Belgian.

The mouthfeel is slightly better then the taste. Lightly bubbly with a touch of spicy bitterness and a residual dry malt sweetness to make up this medium body beer. But the taste never really gets better even with the high abv. All in all a disappointment and a pass in my book.

Photo of poop_brew
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. A murky caramel color with a long lingering 2 finger head.

S: A strong champagne-esque scent. A dry smell, not getting a lot of hop or malt. A slight orange aroma in my mind.

T: Extremely fruity right off the bat. A strong booze bite right in the middle then another mellowing dry fruit after taste.

M: A fizzy feeling with solid carbonation. A wonderful fruit after taste.

O: I'd buy it again. A high percentage beer with extreme fruit flavor. Perfect for all those gals in your life. Great for movie and a beer night.

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Modern all-malt trippel dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned" according to the label. That last part is evident from the wispy sediment swirling around the bottom after the first pour.

Served cool into my St. Bernardus Watou glass, it has a golden straw yellow color very good clarity. The thin white head is short-lived and leaves no evidence behind.

Aroma is sweet and mild, some citrus, but the dry hopping claim is not making itself known here.

Flavor is pretty good for an American trippel. Sweet at first but turns strong and bitter towards the middle. There is a nice tart and sour lemon citrus flavor in the middle. It finishes spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, both of which seem about right for the style. Alcohol is very well-hidden. This really should be a slow sipper but, if it turns out this could be a hot summer day kind of beer. Very easy drinking.

Overall a good trippel and a good value at $5 for the bomber. I could see coming back to this beer when the weather gets warmer. It might be an interesting comparison to do side-by-side with other U.S. trippels. I'm sure Green Flash would hold its own.

Photo of asabreed
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into (for something different) a 12 oz. Sam Smith nonic.

Cool new label for Green Flash too. I wonder if they'll be using more sleek designs for beers other than the Trippel and Le Freak in the future.

Appearance: Lighter, mildly hazy golden yellow color, bright white lacing and decent retention.

Smell: Earthy and band-aid medicinal phenolics, though subtle, seem to be working with the mashed banana aroma. And knowing Green Flash, there's more hops in this than others would allow or probably call for, and the citrus seems to be mellowing out the maltiness a bit, which is interesting.

Taste: Here's where the balance isn't as good as I'd hoped, but it's only slightly almost too hoppy, or the acidity of the hops causes a bit of a weird, caustic balance between the yeast, candi sugar, and malt flavors. I understand, maybe, what they're trying to do here: curbing the sweetness a bit, but the amalgam isn't harmonious, or as harmonious as it's probably supposed to be. That's where Le Freak comes in probably. Still, easy to drink, and a long finish, and not as sweet as most domestic versions seem to be these days.

Mouthfeel: A good coating feel all over the place. Bigger-bodied, but still creamy and good carbonation to help everything come together pretty well.

Drinkability: A pretty solid domestic Tripel, which I think people don't realize, at least by my standards, is hard to come by these days. Would you expect something from Green Flash, even a Trippel, that wasn't slightly, at least, heavily hopped?

Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, split and served in Chimay chalice's...

A - pour leaves about a half in of loose and bubbly white foam, small patches of brown from yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the beer is hazy, dark gold colored.

S - crisp and complex: belgian yeast, cloves, banana, pear, slightly sour green apples, black pepper, and doughy bread. some hay and grain near the end, and slightly over ripened earthy hops.

T - caught me off guard a little bit, was expecting some nice complexity from the nose...but not so much. starts off with some relatively nice belgian yeast...lively and slightly peppery. then a quick (too quick) flash of fruitiness (mostly apple), followed by a dominating past-their-prime hops and a weird funky tartness, plus a very noticeable alcohol burn.

M - slightly overdone carbonation...medium to thinnish body. what i dont like here though is the somewhat overwhelming dryness through the second half and finish.

D - average Tripel at best, might be completely different either fresh or with a couple years time to meld a bit. right now, its in an awkward adolescent stage. probably wont bother with this again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at that huge fluffy head...zillions of tiny bubbles, with seemingly zillions more rushing up through the liquid to feed it. It retains well, and the color of the beer itself is a rusty orange that positively glows in the goblet. Huge sheets of lace cover the glass. This thing is perfect in the appearance dept.

Nose detects all the things you'd find in Belgium's best tripels: spices, fruit, alcohol, hops. Though the label reveals that Czech Saaz hops were used, it'd be easy to tell just from a sniff or two. Some would probably call it Duvel-ish, but those more intense tripel hallmarks twist the hops into something different.

Flavor carries all detected aromas onto the tongue. But there's one distinction that makes this stand out: a maple sweetness and melted butter mellowness balancing the zingy spices and light alcohol kick. That comes through strongest in the finish, but remains more of a subtle touch throughout, adding just the right amount of depth and flavor. Hops and fruit are milder and sit further back while the more aggressive elements make their presence felt. Love the almost menthol-like warming that comes in the final part of the sip and stays in the long finish.

Light, buttery texture seems bolder than it is due to the syrupy flavors...all the visible carbonation doesn't actually intrude as expected, keeping this smooth and airy.

A bold tripel, one that embraces both Belgian tradition and the pioneering spirit of 21st century U.S. micros. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially fruity sweet and drying hoppy finish. Creamy mouthfeel though lagerish in the finish. Satisfying,orange and peach and bannana, honey and sugar,with lace and nice head. Aromas are yeasty and orange, with alcohol.I still never met a trippel I did not like.

Photo of plfahey
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color, moderately hazy. Tall white head with moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Orangey citrus with lighter lemon notes. Peppery, spicy phenolics blend with spicy/floral hops. Sweet grainy malt. Apple orchard and poached pear esters. Rose-like alcohols. Complex and wonderful.

Flavor-Big, spicy phenolic flavors, with notes of cloves and pepper. Light fruit flavors of orange and pear. Finish is marked by the clove flavor fading into dry, vinous alcohol notes. Low hop bitterness, and very light green hop flavors. Slight dark fruit flavor carries into aftertaste along with alcohol character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, a bit creamy, and some alcohol warmth.

Alright, but not incredible. Green Flash's Trippel smells great, but the flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma.

Photo of YesFest
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a tall, narrow chalice, pours a chill-hazy brown-orange with 3/4ths finger of snow-white head. Not too much of the murky/uneven cloudiness that I would expect from an unfiltered beer (which I imagine this must be, due to the fact the label calls it bottle conditioned). Low appearance of carbonation. Majorly uneven lacing with no rings but cirrus clouds on the side of the glass. I hope I don't get cirr-hosis!

Smell: Standard Trippel alcohol and sweet clove with a hint of banana and dried tropical fruits.

Taste: Quite mild for 8.5% abv. Mild malts, with a slightly tangy, yet dry finish. Noble hop balance, not insanely complex; it's fun to see that Green Flash Brewing has subtlety in their vocabulary.

Mouthfeel- Quite good for for its style, clean finish without that over-the-top "you just drank a Trippel!!" aftertaste.
Carbonation tastes a tad more noticeable that showed, but still pretty low.

Drinkability- Scary drinkable for it's abv.

This is a nice modest offering, I almost always prefer a Dubbel, but this is definitely solid.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours an effervescent apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Couldn't avoid murking this up at the bottom of the bottle. Average head retention & lacing

S: Intense fruittyness, peaches, pears, lemons, plus passion fruit

T: Peach, appleskins, herbal & lemon hops up front. A bit of pineapple, other tropical fruits as this warms. Finishes peppery with loads of citrus & tropical fruit, but also some rough grainyness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy, syruppy, with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty slow, a lot going on here. Pretty good tripel. Bottle conditioning, so maybe buy a few to age to see how this matures, I bet this only gets better with a few years on it

Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered orange hue and smells of orange and coriander.

Smell initiates with strong floral hop scents that become muted and earthy.

Taste and mouthfeel are quite pleasant, very enjoyable with a bit of candi sugar on the finish. A bit drying.

This beer is quite drinkable given its strength, yet doesn't offer the body or complexity of finer Tripels.

Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a nice golden amber with a thin layer of long lasting tan head, good carbonation throughout.

The smell was ultra sweet, and fruity with lots of apricots, orange, and candy sugar. Just a little to sweet for my nose.

Thankfully the flavor doesn't follow the nose with a much more balanced and complex flavor. Has a nice bit of grainy and sourdough bread malt with some light tropical fruits coming through, I'm really getting a lot of pineapple. The flavor turns just a bit to the bitter side in the finish with a bit of juniper and that funky Green Flash yeast that seems to show up in all of their offerings. Very complex with some vanilla and spice notes sneaking in as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is warm with a long lingering dry finish.

A pleasant easy drinking Tripel.

Photo of WOTO97
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy apricot with thick 2-finger head, decent lacing

S: peach, dry chardonnay, some alcohol, banana, faint pineapple, very faint sweet grapefruit and spice notes

T: banana nut bread up front, faint vanilla on the the finish, very light white pepper, some peach on the mid-palate

M: very round with slight sticky feel, finishers clean and sightly sweet

D: pretty nice effort from GFBC, very mellow trippel with decent fruit

Photo of nickhiller
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber hue, constant stream of bubbles, solid head and lacing - looks amazing

S: banana bread, Belgian yeast tang, grapefruit citrus

T: marascino cherries, mango tropical fruit, like drinking a starburst--but fresh! Wonderfully balanced hops and malt, there's almost no distinction the tastes are so well balanced.

M: super carbonated, nice warm alcohol on the finish, but not too bad for the high abv

D: awesome, easily one of the best American Trippels I've ever had.

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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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