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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006)
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Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

jbphoto88, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Soonami, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber, poured into a Chalice

Was introduced to Green Flash on a trip to California. Very much looked forward to this bottle, and wasn't disappointed. Although not nearly as good as my first Green Flash: Hop Head.

A: Golden, Transparent, very little head.

S: Sweet and Simple.

T: Starts hoppy and strong. Finish is sweet and hangs around for a bit, which is good because this is a world-class finish.

F: On the thin-side to my taste for a trippel. Very little carbonation.

D: Not the best, but tasty non-the-less.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, light honey color; good head
S: yeasty smell from the bottle fermentation
T: very powerful flavor; this strikes me as a classic trippel
M: substantial mouthfeel

Strangely, a fellow consumer who doesn't like "heavy" beers thought the world of this one. It was a surprise to her when I showed her the ABV.


Arithmeticus, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

nickhiller, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of drummstikk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly sweet trippel with classic fruit esters and Belgian yeast funk. Differs from most in its residual sugar and slight oxidized character, which combine with the pale malt and fruit esters to create a taste like Mother's Circus Animal cookies. If you've ever had these crack-like addictive treats, you'll know the comparison is favorable.

Body is thick and sweet with not quite enough carbonation to back up the alcohol and sugar.

drummstikk, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like gold into the glass with about two fingers of fluffy head that leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity with a blend of peach, apple, grape, banana and some spice, almost like a dry chardonnay.

T - Sweet and spicy. Kind of a banana spice flavor is mostly what I am getting. There is some apple and pear as well, and a nice mild alcohol that is very warming.

M - Dry with nice carbonation, medium body, very good.

D - It's not my new favorite beer, but I like it and I would drink another, it's a good solid beer!

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open this 22oz bomber on Sunday, 18JUL10, and enjoyed it out in the 'Zebo.

Poured into a DT tulip, this Tripel was a rich, orangey/apricoty color. Had a touch of haze, and some sporadic carbo. Head was thin and fine, with the white bubbles forming some crop-circles on the surface. Most of the foam headed to the edge, though, and left some decent lacing. This one looked quite striking, especially when held up to the sunshine. Some tropical fruit appears in the aroma, with suggestions of being dry and crackery, with a touch of bubblegum. It's mostly medium-bodied, and fairly smooth, though it has a hint of prickle here and there.

Flavor is lightly toasty, with intimations of sweetness. Tropical fruit is here as well, with a splash of pear and some mild apple notes. Very dry overall, with some hops contributing some herbal, almost mint-like qualities. Lacks complexity and fruitiness, though. A fair rendition, at best.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp bubbly light orange with a decent light khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild sweet malts and Belgian spice. The taste is Belgian spice up front with sweet malts and fruits and a slight citrus hop kick, there is also a bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit of carbonation and more alcohol presence than I was hoping for. This seems to be just another in the long line of sub-par American brewed Tripels.

atsprings, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of impending
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a beautiful clear golden copper, a bit darker than many tripels. Minor white (great photographer) head subsided rather quickly which is surprising as it has decent carbonation.

Bready aroma with candied light sugars, rich honey fragrance and faint citrus. No hint of the alcohol until it begins to warm.

Medium thick mouth feel. Dark fruit on the front end that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Fair amount of yeast. The alcohol stays in the back decently for 9.7 and is just slightly peppery as the other flavors fade. Definitely a sipper. Not great but a competent triple, lacks complexity.

impending, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is golden, though a bit on the light side. Plenty of haze. Head is two fingers of compact ivory foam which dissipates leaving a nice head. An altogether attractive tripel.

Smell: some nice orchardy pear and apple aromas with a bit of a roughly chalky character; actually, a character not unlike a saison. Overall not bad, but not precisely what I'm looking for.

Taste: malty but with a dense base flavor which is chalky but not in a good way. Again, there's saison influence here; the effect is OK but not very tripel-ey.

Mouthfeel: a quality creaminess which I like.

Drinkability: this beer lacks what I'm normally seeking in a tripel. It's not bad, really, but it falls short of the experience I want. I don't see myself purchasing this one again.

flagmantho, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a thin white head that retains as lacing.

Smells of strong grain malts and hints of citrus and wild yeast.

Tastes a bit citrusy and fruity sweet with some very very mild bitterness.

Feels full with large carbonation that fills the mouth.

Very good and refreshing. There's something a but different in there from other trippels. Maybe a hint of hops? An excellent attempt at the Belgian style and worthy of trying for anyone.

Cylinsier, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Pale hazy, light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is mellow fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and tart citrus with a tart finish. High ABV is hidden. Decent American triple. $7.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 31, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium citrus balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

tmoneyba, May 11, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

generallee, May 04, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for $6.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY on a whim. Never heard of the brewery before and though I'd give it a shot. 22oz bomber, chilled, poured into a standard pint glass.

Heavy pour gives a slowly building 1/2" of rocky light tan foam on top of a hazy honey-colored brew. Generates great lacing throughout. Subdued nose of yeast, fruity esters, milk, on a background of bready malt and a hint of caramel. Taste is of spicy hops and a bunch of cinnamon, mixed hops, then tropical flavors (cocoanut and pineapple?). Mouthfeel has good carbonation and viscosity. Finish is slick with lingering sweetness, spices, and hops. Alcohol is hidden well.

BeerNinja007, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from the notorious "Habits" cheap cig store in Salem. Lovelly looking beer as poured, hazy orange with a small yet handsome light tan head.great laceing too. Nce spicy,bready, hayloft aromas,slightly earthy and a wee bit o leather. Spicy,semi sweet,sourness in the taste.Medicainal slightly, very yeasty. Nice. Great mouthfeel on this one, quite luscious. Overal a very nice American tripel. Liked it.

Reidrover, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Stigs, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
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

WOTO97, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ CBC.

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, malt, and fruit.

taste is thick, some sweetness, pear, malt, apricot, spice, and hops in the back, ends a little dry.

overall a very nice tripel, better on-tap than in the bottle.

froghop, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

GilGarp, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wegman's in Erie, PA with my friend Bill two days ago for $6.49 into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date.

A First pour from the bottle is a hazy yellow/orange light caramel colored body under a brief, big bubbly head that dissapeared within a minute down to a hazy, light film on the top of the beer. Rather typical for the style with the welcome addition of the haziness which is not always present. The body of further pours were even more hazy. 3.5

S Sweet smell of barley malt and Belgian yeast is released particularly with swirling so I recommend that all tasters do that to fully enjoy the aroma. I actually picked up some gingerbread. 4.0

T Yes, this is a solid tripel. Sweet malt with the Belgian yeast is there and a bit of gingerbread cookie as well. Finish might be a little thin as only the slight syrupy feel lingers into the after taste. 3.5

M As mentioned, there is a slight syrupy thickness that lingers the longest into the after taste but really it is thinner than the best tripels. 3.0

D Fair to good. Like all tripels, this is a big ABV beer and the thinness reduces my desire to keep drinking it. Don't you worry, I will finish the bomber but would not probably want more than that. 3.5

Notes: A fine tripel but really, there are better options out there. Tripel Karmeleit and Allagash Curieux come to mind.

adamette, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A hazy coppery-orange body capped by about two fingers of creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A mix of juicy citric hops, some other darkish fruits, spices, and a little booze all over a sweetish malt body.

Flavor: There's still nice spiciness, but the juiciness fades and the fruity flavors dry out a lot. The hops are grassy and provide some mild bitterness throughout. Underneath, there's a big dose of pale malt to form a solid backbone with just a hint of burnt sugar. The alcohol provides a little spice, but is almost totally hidden. Dark fruit and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little fuller than medium and a little sticky with good carbonation. Quite dry throughout.

Drinkability: Decently quaffable for the style, just watch out for the almost double-digit alcohol.

Verdict: Green Flash have crafted a serviceable American Trippel here. It's nothing earth-shaking, but worth a try for fans of the style.

BeanBone, Feb 21, 2010
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.