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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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 yemenmocha
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured luminous golden color in my chalice with white head. Nose was fairy rich with boozy sour green apples. On the palate there was soft malt and an herbal quality that mingled with the sour apple fruityness. Overall, very boozy and fatiguing to drink.

yemenmocha, May 10, 2009
Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

bashiba, May 03, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Green Flash. I'm always excited to start exploring the tastes of a new brewery. Color is a hazy, dark orange. The off-white, two-finger head has adequate retention, and leaves some diminutive spots of lacing speckled between some larger fingers jutting upward. Aroma involves big light fruits mixed with yeast, a nice undercurrent of spice, and some subtle butterscotch candy. Very satisfying and interesting to the nose. Tastes bready and malty at first, with a big hit of alcohol pushing itself into the mix. I always like to taste the alcohol in the bigger brews, but this might be a bit much. Nothing to sweat too much though. Spice, sour grapes, sour apples, and citrus exist as well. Mouth-feel is on the heavy side of medium. Good carbonation sets up for nice drinkability.

If you're going to compare this to the top-shelf Belgian Tripels you're probably not going to be overly excited. But if you approach it with an open mind and take it for what it is, it's a darn good representation.

stephens101, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of TequilaSauer
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - This is one pretty beer. Wow. Soft, smooth head with more body than I expected to see. Beautiful amber color.

S - Lots of soap and citrus with a little yeast.

T - Overly sweet attack, almost like cheap fruit candy. There's some spice and citrus in the flavor, but it's overpowered. There's a lot of alcohol in the finish as well. Such a gorgeous looking beer, yet it fails to deliver on the flavor.

M - Very pleasant in the mouth considering the flavor. The carbonation is smooth and light with a medium body.

D - With that sweetness and alcohol flavor, it's not a beer I'd go to often. In fact, given the immense wealth of great beers the Triple has, I'm not sure I'll come back to this ever again.

TequilaSauer, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a darker, orangish golden amber. Slightly cloudy, but not much. Two fingers of bubbly white head. Pretty good retention; seems to stick around. Lots of visible carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Has a nose of juice, apple mostly. The typical Belgian yeast and spices that I’m accustomed to aren’t really there. With a deep whiff, the alcohol (8.5%) comes out for a little bite. Some darker bready malts in the back ground, but hidden.

Taste: Big bite up front that mellows out as the flavor spreads across the tongue. Much more of a Belgian taste, with the typical spices (ginger and cloves) and yeast coming though, but still not quite “traditional” or pronounced. Sweet. Seems like it almost has a barleywine-like component, but this fades away while drinking. The alcohol is definitely there (tingling the back of the throat), but isn’t overly intrusive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and very smooth; almost creamy somehow. Coats the mouth feel, with a good linger. You can feel the alcohol, but it isn’t bad.

Drinkability: A very good beer, but a slightly interesting take on a tripel. Definitely a good sipper and a well-rounded beer, but you could easily mistake it for something else.

jonziefle, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, luminescent golden color. Cloudy but with lots of light emanating from it. Medium white head shrinks quickly. The color is top notch; lots of carbonation.

The smell is a spicy aroma; orange zest. Citrus and lemon. The aroma sits effervescently above the glass. A funky yeast too. Balanced and spicy. Hint of malt grain at the end.

The funky, sourish yeast and malt come out in the taste. Some bright, citrusy notes of lemon and orange peel. A hint of puckery sweetness on top; some sour apple. The citrus really puts it over the edge. Good balance.

Fizzy and bubbly like water on a hot skillet. Mellows with time. A very nice, not too harsh tripel. Sweet fruits and a spicy Belgian balance.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of thaxomatic
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: solid golden color with a very white clean head. Pored out the perfect amount of head with out even trying. The bear itself is very clear and crisp.

Smell: Very apparent alcohol smell, but not over bearing. Standard belgium trippel smell.

Taste: Nice, but not as smooth as some trippels I have had. Very drinkable for 8.5%.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, just what I want from a trippel.

Drinkability: I could drink at least three of these without feeling overwhelmed.

Very nice all around, but a little off on the taste. Good beer.

thaxomatic, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of mat
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pulled this bottle from my very modest cellar. No label on the bottle, but I got a case from the brewery dated August 2007. There was a small audible pop when I opened it. Small foamy head when poured into my Delirium glass which quickly dissipates. It smells like yeast and spices. The Belgian yeast really comes through in the taste. The banana-like flavor I remember from fresh bottles is mostly gone now. Very drinkable, little to no alcohol burn. I'm really enjoying this. It seems to have aged really well.

mat, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, slight bitterness, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this Tripel is not as spicy as other's, which to me I like.

Wasatch, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of YesFest
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

YesFest, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange color - lighter than that really, but not quite golden. I'm getting a few flakes in the beer, but not much. Head is tall and smooth, but not as craggy as a true Belgian. Overall not bad.

The aromas are definitely taking a hit buried under that cap, but when I do get there it's still a little bit of a let-down. There is some fruits and some spices, but their either too muddy or too weak to get a handle on.

In the mouth there's a pale malt presence with grassy, slightly lemon-like fruitiness from the hops. The yeast strain does it's job but it's not complemented particularly well by the fruitiness overall. The heat is turned up a bit high for my taste, especially for this style.

Dangerously close to a European strong pilsner. Very full and sticky, with only enough carbonation to keep the head up. Green Flash brews some great beers, even some great Belgian styles, but this one is just about middling.

BretSikkink, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Small white head dissipates quickly to a ring; beer is an opaque dark orange/golden/tan color (quite interesting indeed). Very little lacing on the glass.
S: Heavy ripe citrus (dole mandarin oranges/fruit cups in syrup come to mind). Very sweet aroma with a faint bitter-smelling hop aroma to round out. Some alcohol on the nose.
T: Sweet but balanced out by a bitter candy sweetness. Sweet citrus in aroma and some honey notes. The bitter starts to overwhelm, in an awkwardly vinegar kind of way. Hints of spice and a coming-and-going sense of alcohol.
M: Light to medium, leaning towards the latter. There's a slick mouthfeel to this brew.
D: I nursed this beer for a while. A hearty ABV/warming sensation to boot. This bottle was a 9.70%ABV. It looks like they kicked up the alcohol content just a bit? A good beer. I look forward to trying more from Green Flash.

washburnkid, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of cooncat
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled and poured into a SA glass.

On the pour you get an apricot colored brew, with a *huge* foamy head, which is relatively long lasting, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is spicy and floral, but very light.

Taste is fairly typical of a "American Belgian", with a spicy and citrus peel background flavor. The 8.5% abv is not noticed, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is medium, with adequate carbonation. The Styrian Goldings/Saaz hops are beaten down by the spicy notes. Drinkability is fair to good.

Overall, a decent example of a Belgian Trippel. Enjoyable, but perhaps not world class. Worth seeking out to try, especially if you enjoy the style.

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed 9/10/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden fizzy body, somewhat opaque. Creamy off-white head, fine bubbles, lastingish. Belgiany flowery sweet taste. Some spiciness, maybe clove, or corriander? Spicy taste, floral, somewhat sour. More sour as it warms. A little too sweet as it warms up. Soft mouthfeel, somewhat bitter hoppy.

jujubeast6000, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this bottle has the newer 'sunset' label with abv stated as 9.7% -
poured a hazy amber color with a good creamy head - spotty lacing down the glass - nice aroma - smells like a trippel - taste is malty and sweet - nicely done - another winner from green flash.

JoeBloe, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jun 2008.

Small white lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy light copper color. Aroma is buttery caramel, coriander, yeast, ethanol, apples. Sweet spiced rum flavor to start. Some vanilla and oak through the middle. Fairly malty sweet, some spiciness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and warming ethanol. Aftertaste is a lingering fruitiness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Warming ethanol.

Nice interpretatin of the style.

htomsirveaux, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hops, soap, and malt. The appearance is hazy gold with a nice head and an amber hue. The flavor is like the aroma but somewhat sour. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is not that good and I won't be looking forward to another one anytime soon.

nick76, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale dark gold/orange in color a little murky. Quickly dissapating head with minor lacing. Very light floral aroma of sweet citrus and banana. Taste is a bit fruity, slightly sweet at forst, sharp peppery finish. Good mouthfeel. Better than average drinkability.

Nascartailgatefa, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Grandwazoo
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey gold with a big creamy head

Hops and spice, almost jalapeno-like in the nose (but sweet)

Sweet beginning with ample lemon and cranberry and even a liittle raspberry flavor, always with a little pepper-spice in the background.

Very fruity but overly sweet...actually packs a punch!

Grandwazoo, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $4.99.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head initially. Nose initially was of light fruits, light malts and European hops. Taste is of those light fruits initially, candied sugar, finishing with a light peppery hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with that Belgian yeast strain providing a nice smooth ride across the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a pretty good representation of the style at a very fair price.

arizcards, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ReDave
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with a pretty thick creamy head.

Not my favourite style, in fact I thought i was getting the Green Flash Imperial IPA.... Whew what a difference..

But I'll give props for what it is, and this was for sure drinkable.

Belgian spicy aroma. Belgian spices taste. even a little bitter.. Note bad.
Mostly malt.

Golden not clear color.

Some lace down the glass.

Full bodied, Nice.

ReDave, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Ig0r
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There was a lot of sediment in the bottle, so the pour was unevenly cloudy. A small head formed and disappeared completely leaving some lacing. The color is a dark straw.
The smell is a strong, sweet floral and fruit aroma; it's almost a licorice smell. The feel is well carbonated and smooth with a flavor flavor of lighter, honey-like sweetness and a dry finish. The aftertaste is dry and slightly hoppy.

Considering the style, this is an incredibly drinkable beer.

Ig0r, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer.

Bright golden beer with the slightest of a haze. White foamy head that faded fairly quickly. Not much lacing.

Clean aroma that was very fruity. Also a bit of earthiness and spice.

Very enjoyable flavor. Some nice fruits and I was getting a lot of apricot and a bit of banana. Some nice hop bitterness comes in late and provides some citrus notes. Gentle mix of some spices, yeast and the hops provide a fairly complex profile. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel was light and fresh. Fairly crisp and refreshing with some lively carbonation.

Very drinkable and I plan to have this again.

Reagan1984, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Stone. This brew is a clear orange color with a thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of yeast and bananas plus a bit of citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of yeast, banana and spices plus some yeast and hay. The finish is spicy with citrus and spice flavors and a yeast aftertaste. Pretty solid all around.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of TLove
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a similar consistency, smell, and appearance to a weisse beer. But the taste unveils the deception. The initial taste is sharp and crisp and possesses a nice tingle on tongue of the alcohol (8% ABV). The taste also possesses a spiciness and fruitiness of a Belgian.

Regardless, the Trippel has a Czech bite of maltiness to the hops and roasted barley. It is a bit less sweet than the Barley Wine that is brewed by Green Flash, but the Trippel is a lot more drinkable and comforting flavor component that is inherent in its construct.

TLove, Dec 20, 2008
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.