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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 257
Hads: 588
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a Bright golden body.

S: mango, melon, tangerine and herbal hops.

T: musty yeast, tart citrus, herbal flavored hops.

M: light to medium Body and moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: kind of unidimensional. Tastes good and is highly drinkable, just not very interesting or complex.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of fruit in the nose; bananas and pears stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has some sweetness. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation and some dryness in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste. This and a lack of cloying sweetness makes this rather easy to drink compared to other tripels.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot color with a nice head that retains reasonably well and leaves decent lacing

Smell: Butterscotch, coriander, a bit of overripe banana and a whiff of fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a butterscotch and coriander flavor; after the swallow, there is an unusual degree of bitter hoppiness that is unexpected for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and well carbonated; finishes hot

Drinkability: A nice stab at the style but a few too many flaws to rank higher

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly perfumy and saturated with tropical taste, Green Flash's Belgian-style tripel ale turns attention away from earth and toward a simplified fruit and malt interplay.

Trippel opens with a hazy peach-orange-gold medley. As its rich body slowly releases a creamy lather, its dense blanket of froth is creamy- both in color and in texture. Is slow recede eventually leaves the beer, lacing lightly with random pockets upon the glass.

Floral and fruity to the nose, the Tripel is heavily candied. Notions of angel-food cake, honey and biscuit are laced with whimsical aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple, banana, honeydew, apricot, passion-fruit, mango and oranges. Is slim spice of clove and white pepper decorate the scent but hardly balance its fruity sweetness.

Its bready-sweet taste is that spot-on honey drizzle of pound cake, even as the dried fruit character of tropical and citrus gives the ale a fruit punch and sherbet flavor across the middle palate. Its late balance is shy and captures the clove, white pepper, white wine acidity, and spicy grassiness from hops. Still, the fruity-sweet taste reigns supreme with echoes of perfume and soap in aftertaste.

Malty-sweet in texture as well, the beer retains its bready structure and residual sweetness deep into taste with its creamy carbonation keeping the beer fuller longer. Lacking the turn to dryness, effervescence or earthy acidity keeps the beer from being as refreshing or as characterful as its counterparts form the Belgian abbey.

But with its more focused and simplified taste, the beer's bright floral bouquet chases the session from start to close- making it ideal for those who find Belgian versions too winey, earthy, or spicy.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep golden/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast, light peaches and some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some spicy notes with some refreshing peachy taste and some quite big and sweet malt notes. Great carbonation with a medium to full body and some light alcoholic notes. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind trying again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the mystery person that left this in the fridge, it's been in there for a few months now.

Bright saturated orange body, with a swirl of creamy white foam on the surface. Clarity is bright, not much lace present, but a skim that breaks eventually across the surface.

Aroma of dried apricots, bread dough, and a light whiff of alcohol.

Smooth body, nearly syrupy with a slight astringency, boozy fruit and earthy, prickly notes in the aftertaste. Slippery feel, some fruity brandy and apricot notes. Overall a slow sipper best shared.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peachy orange with a light dusting of yeast. A gentle pour has created a nice looking crown of meringue-like foam that has a faint lemonish tint. Given the ABV, a surprising amount of chunky lace makes its way to the glass. The appearance isn't very Belgianesque, but it's more than fine for an American tripel.

The nose (what I can smell of it) is no more than passable. I get hints of golden fruit and a smattering of spiciness. I'm encouraged by the fact that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale is yet more proof that some American craft brewers don't *get* this style. Simply adding a ton of pale malt, Euro hops (Styrian Goldings and Saaz in this case) and Trappist ale yeast doesn't always equal a quality tripel. Although this is drinkable beer, it's as simple and as blunt as the day is long.

I'm not sure where the fault lies. For starters, it's way too boozy. Ethanol doesn't exactly overwhelm the palate, but it puts a damper on a proper appreciation of the malt, hops and yeast. The fruitiness is akin to orchard fruit macerated in vodka and the spiciness is faintly clove-like. Think well-brewed American malt liquor with more hop bitterness and a less than stellar Belgian yeast strain.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice if your standard is 'big American ale' rather than 'world-class tripel'. It's unapologetically full, sticky on the finish and carbonated enough to keep the tongue tingly without providing much lift and volume. On second thought, some of the tongue tingle is probably good ol' EtOH.

Trippel is far from horrible, but it's nowhere near a good version of my favorite Belgian style. My recommendation is to spend your hard-earned money on Green Flash IPA instead. Now there's a quality beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up a while ago and for some reason I waited a long time to finally getting around to drinking it, but decided to change that last night. Chose to have this one after dinner and sip it for a while. The pour was nice with a rich golden amber that was both very bright and quite hazy. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass and throughout the session in general. A huge three inch head rose up above it, but eventually settled down to just a thin layer across the top which stayed until the very end providing a very nice side glass contribution.

The aroma was very fruity which set me back for a minute. Lots of hints of apricots and pears in the nose on this one, which was very nice to see. The back was easily made up of lots of grains and bready type characters, but it all came across very lightly and without being overwhelming in any way. The fruit like yeast notes really dominated the nose on this one, and that carried over very well into the taste, which itself was also wonderful. A full on yeast bomb, if there is such a thing, which was really the only thing coming across with that kind of force. Lots of apple, pear, fig and especially apricot notes here really blending well with the light grain flavors and the touch of alcohol, which was dancing around the middle. A noticeable warming from the almost 9% abv was definitely slowing me down a little as far as drinking, but still this was quite the nice triple, and on the lighter end of the spectrum. Lots of dry hoppy notes in the finish, which was a nice change. As the flavor drew out towards the end, some nice notes of orange and lemon became apparent. Quite nice, and a good bit more complex the I was expecting, but whose complaining!

Overall not a bad beer at all. I thought this was excellently done and really quite nice overall. I would love to get it again and maybe try aging it a bit to see if some of the fruit and hop flavors die back a bit and bring some of what's underneath up to the front. Still this was excellent and I would have to recommend it to those who are a fan of the style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is absolutely fantastic, but very unexpected. A definite tartness with plenty of fruit. There are notes of grapes, apples, pears, and perhaps lemons.

T: The flavor was lacking a lot of the great qualities of the nose. The sweet malt and fruity esters dominate with notes of pears and apples. The alcohol is quite strong here and comes through more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a tingly carbonation and a slight dryness.

D: I was very excited by the aromas of the beer, but the strong alcohol diminish the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Attractive golden amber in the tall Stella glass. Plenty of foam. This has a distinctive weird taste from the first sip that is exactly like fermenting fruit. Slightly sweet. There is a taste like a dry Cherry Heering liqueur.

Tart in the aftertaste with some apricot kernel bitterness. sort of a funky Belgian yeast flavor with the usual drying effect. Otherwise this is not vey beery. It's some sort of fruit-flavored malt beverage. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of pepper, apricot, pear, banana, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with good balance. Taste of big pear, pepper, apricot, banana, clove, candi sugar, biscuit, spicy yeast, and some yeast tang. Lingering notes of biscuit, pear, apricot, pepper, and spicy yeast on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Decent balance of flavors with smooth drinking for 9.7%. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very solid American made Tripel. Definitely some better ones out there, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance, smallish white head.

Nice nose, fruit and spice...pleasing soft citrus...

Taste: bright and happy on the tongue, sweet, and well-balanced, creamy, mucho yeast, plump and yummy,...very satisfying...

Medium bodied,...soft and supple, but a bit too much so to really be up their with the best of the style.

Nice, though...I like it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed orange with a thite head that lasts.

The smell is of bubblegum and somewhat musty with fruit (apples, some banana and pear) and lemongrass spice.

The taste is of herbal spiciness (slightly metallic) notes with fruit (apple/pear) and some mustiness. Slightly sweet with a dry, spicy finish.

The body is light-to-medium with ample carbonation, though not quite effervescent nor particularly creamy - still the body "holds up".

Not a bad interpretation at all, though I doubt would be confused with a Belgian classic of the style. Some metallic notes through it off, as well.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent along with a spicey yeast aroma. It's warming to the nose and full of esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, earthy taste that goes down slow and burns a bit in the finish. There is nice hop character to it as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with prickly carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although there are plenty better available.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

07/27/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden in color with a clouded and yeasty texture. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which leaves a nice frothy looking rim during consumption. Leaves sticky small streaks and patches of lace.

Smell- Lots of corriander was the first aroma that hit. Followed by confectioniers sugar, sweet caramel malt and orange peel and alcohol.

Taste- Seems like they may have overspiced this one and over sugared a bit. Corriander is about right, but the orage peel seems a bit out of control with the sugar adding to the sweetness-fest. Hops play a small role in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, but biting at the same time. Sticky mouthcoating left behind as well.

Drinkability- Overall a decent made american tripel. Definitely drinkable, but needs a bit of tweaking to become a better beer per style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle slowly into a tulip glass. From yesterdays notes.

A nice white head, sort of foamy, but also leaves a nice creamy top a bit, and falls quite slowly. The body is a real nice bronze orange, minimal carbonation, and slightly cloudy. Looks simple and good.

Real nice simple nose. Juicy orange, and mild heat with some yeasty character. Slightly dry and has a soft spice to it, somewhat like cardomom. Nice dry spice and fruit juice, I am digging this.

Palate hits all the right notes and juicy body. Orange and tangerine juice, maybe even some carrot! Mild sweetness and dry malt aftertaste with a slight warming. Saison almost like finish kind of peppery and slightly sharp, with some prickly playful and not taking away from the palate carbonation.

Overall really like this one, nice take on the style, and a great orange/tangerine juice taste and appeal for a tripel. Really like it.

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Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: belgian yeast and fruit sweetness are most noticeable. A touch of grassiness is well hidden.

Taste: ripe fruit sweetness and yeast tones are up front, as pears, pepper, soft alcohol tones, and decent grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start leaning towards a smoother and dry finish. Long aftertaste dominated by sweetness. Medium to heavy in body.

Drinkability: decent but not overwhelming by any means. I found this to be a touch too sweet which wore me down a bit by the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I nearly forgot that I had this in the fridge. Let's drink it now before I forget again. On to the beer:

Dark glowing orange in color with a little haze in the body. The head has a creamy texture and whips up thick patches of lace which turn to thin webbings that stick around. I like the nose; while sweet like sugar, it does have some pleasant apricot which puts this tripel more on the Belgian path than the American.

The sugars are runnning around like crazy inside. Still, this tripel will be plesant enough to sip on for the night. A little bubblegum and aspirin add much needed dimensions to this sugar rush of a beer. Some cough syrup, but in a good way. A little bit of the alcohol shows itself on the palate, providing a spicy note, but then you feel its pleasant heat in the throat. This beer has tiny carbonation bubbles that gently hit the palate, and a somewhat syrupy feel.

Green Flash Trippel is a little bit better than the typical American brewed tripel, but not quite at the level of a typical Belgian one. If compared to beer in general, this is a solid drink that will loosen the tension in your body with its relatively sneaky 9.7% ABV.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Mike's Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark yellow with a medium white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Strong estery smell of fermented pears, pale malt and alcohol, light phenols.

T: Spice starts out the flavour - white pepper and coriander. Cidery esters and solvent alcohol combine to form a complex and tasty character, with a light grassy hop bite.

M: Full-bodied, syrupy, sweetness makes it cloying at times, but overall quite good.

D: Another kick ass beer from Green Flash, a very tasty and easy drinking tripel, a great American version of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Served from a 25 oz bomber into a goblet. No head, no lacing, hazy amber in hue.

s. Some floral notes and an apple cider sweetness.

t. Sweet and wheaty, good, for sure. Nothing special for this style, but solid.

m. A bit slick on the palate, leaves a tangy aftertaste that is very enjoyable.

d. Very drinkable, and hides the 8.5 well.

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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.