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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | 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 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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : Translucent golden color. Poured with pinky-sized head that dissipated within a few minutes.

S: Clove, pepper, spices, banana.

T: Sweet, peppery, fruity. But nothing particularly special in a trippel.

M: Decent, slightly too much carbonation.

D: Enjoyable. I like it but will probably spend my money on other trippels.

Photo of ruckzuck
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden/amber body with a pretty sizable white head which dissipated to a thinner layer somewhat quickly

S - hints of clove, pepper, spices, and bready malt mix readily with a strong amount of banana and yeast. Hints of pear? Inviting

T - a sweet fruity flavor mixes with a fairly pronounced bitterness. The yeastiness is there, though maybe less pronounced than in the nose. Definitely a bit of peppery spice as well

M - medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation

D - a nice beer. This isn't a bad trippel at all, though I'm not sure if I would buy it over other trippels again. Still, I would say it's definitely worth a shot if you haven't had it. Glad I picked it up

Photo of rwu20
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I dont know how refined my pallet is compared to everyone else, but this is one of the better trippels I've had. My ratings are pretty much: terrible, eh, good and wow..

I just bought a bottle of this Green Flash Trippel today. Poured it into a Unibroue tulip glass. It's a good amber color I'd say. I liked the amount of foam action. It'd smelled good and it tasted good too. It's very light with a good aftertaste. I drank the whole thing and enjoyed every drop of it. I'd drink it again. Is it the best trippel I've ever tasted? Probably not, but it's pretty good and I wasn't disappointed in the least. Definitely worth a try...

Photo of Hautacam
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, deep gold with a sea foamy head....looks nice in a Corsendonk tulip glass.
The smell is earthy,Noble-hoppy and spicy.
Taste is bold fruit, slightly seet malt, with the hops kicking in quickly. It has a complex mix of spice , earthy yeast and a really nice hoppy flavor that lasts to the dryish finish.
The bottle says that it's Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops , and I think that this is what might give this brew it's authentic Belgian flavor.
Really liked this Tripel.

Photo of spointon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazed deep golden orange color with a 1.5" fluffy white head. There was a significant amount of carbonation release. Minor spotty lacing down the glass.

S= Lots of fruity malt sweetness as well as Belgian yeasty funk, grassy and spicy hops, and some faint citrus notes.

T= I thought this ale was moderately sweet upfront, followed by a nice mix of hop spiciness, powdery yeast, fruity esters, and a mild lemongrass flavor deep within. Also some mildly tart apple and pineapple popped up here and there. Finish was mildly dry and had decent warming alcohol.

MF= Medium body with a nice effervescent carbonation level. Crisp mouthfeel.

D= I really enjoyed this beer and think it is a very good interpretation of the style. Highly drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up in the 1st LNBA BIF.. Redwood21 threw down a bunch of great beer.. I've been cellaring this one ever since. Thanks David. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Edit... This brew is not nearly as bad as my following review would let on.. it just needs some work.. If I had it available.. I would certainly pick it up periodically just to have decent Belgian Tripple without having to pay the price tag.

Nice 2 finger head... tons of lacing.. brew is crystal clear dark gold.. seriously.. polished... the first pour is very very pretty.

The nose is lite.. spicy peaches.. apple skin... not a whole lot going on.. but still pretty adequate... clove comes to mind.. some floral.. and a little bit of perfume..

Flavor is also pretty soft.. mirrors the nose with a background metallic nature.. orangey but I had to concentrate to pick it out... spicy.. but more from the alcohol than the yeast.. as it hits room temperature.. the malts emerge as a sorta doughy quality.. it doesn't really help.. The body is a light/medium with a sorta coarse carbonation.. the finish is long.. but could use some more complexity.. seems stuck on my first bit of a bland apple..

Thanks a bunch David.. I appreciate it.

4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

Photo of nrbw23
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. The head is short lived and falls to a ring and leaves some lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, clove and tons of fruits (apples mainly but also some peaches, pineapple and bananas). Touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Very sweet, fruity, yeasty and finishes with a some alcohol. Follows the nose also.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just something different on this one.

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

Not the best Trippel but still quite good.

This is a hard style. You can't just go giving out high scores with competition from some great Belgians and even something like Fin Du Monde. It's just a rough comparison with such great beers already on the market and relatively well-distributed these days. That said, Green Flash's entry is still a very nice beer. I sound like some kind of apologist, but it's really quite good and I would turn down a lot of other good beers for it.

It's a good looking dark orange with a healthy head that sticks to the side of the glass appropriately. The smell is earthy and a bit hoppy, no surprise coming from Green Flash, but it could be a touch fuller. I want a Tripel to have a strong, bold scent. It's still quite good, as is the flavor, which has good bitterness and good earthy Belgian flavor. It's a little too citrusy sweet, but that's hardly a huge flaw. There just isn't quite enough going on compared to some of the heavy hitters. I definitely could drink a Belgian all day long. I wonder what the application process to become a delicious beer-brewing monk in Belgium is like.

Edit: I just read MrHungryMonkey's review and I agree that it needs more funk. Good point.

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

The nose smells well malted and delicately funky. Exotic fruit that's ripe. Suggestions of the use of sugar have me hoping for a dry, crisp finish and a blistering carbonation. Smells pretty good.

Deep brilliant honey gold color, good clarity, moderate head with minimal retention.

First sip reveals an impressive body packed with flavor. Lots of sticky sweetness, some roasted sugar. Soft malt here in the beginning; but plenty fruit and funk. Nice dry - almost Champagne-like - finish exemplifies the moderately high alcohol-to-final-gravity ratio.

A few more sips down the glass bring melon, green grape, lemongrass, and a little pear. Moderate bitterness. Slight tartness and a little more sourness give that Belgian nod. Sweetness begins to take backseat to the bitter and the sour (... a balance that will continue to slide with warmth). A touch of medicinal funk, perhaps band-aid even, takes hold midway through and leaves a dry powderiness in its wake.

There site a mighty cake of yeast upon the bottom of my bottle. Mild carbonation, soft cloud-like medium-thin body. Lots of bitterness, tartness, sourness, and dry yeastiness in the mouth.

This is certainly a tasty brew. If I were judging it as a Tripel, I'd say it didn't have the rock-tight balance of a paradigm. If this had come out of one of my homebrew bottles I would brew it again and try to up the alcohol to dry it up and up the funk towards an Orval-like medicine cabinet. Until the day I can brew Tripels this good, though, I would gladly lap this one up.

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a white head. Highly carbonated with an everlasting ring of foam and no lacing. Smells like bananas and oranges. Full body tasting of bananas with a spicy hint. Reminds me of a Tripel Karmeliet, but cheaper. Green flash has been good to me so far.

Photo of DrDogbeer
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz. bottle into a thin tulip. Pours a clearish yellow with a thin, but active, white head. Smells of bananas and spices- mostly pepper. Taste is a bit bland. Some spice kick, but no overwhelming flavor. I like my tripels with a bit more oomph, I guess. Hides the alcohol well, though. Fairly drinkable, but I dont think I would seek it out again over other tripels.

Photo of ballewblake
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour from bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Transparent orange with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Christmas spice on the nose, sweet malts. Carbonated, alcohol on the finish. Bittering hops compliment the heavy alcohol on the tongue, warm. I'm really reaching from some sweet flavors but I'm not getting it. Hops with the alcohol dominate this triple, not much of a Belgian triple, heavily distinctive west coast flavors though.

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

Pours a hazy orange into a goblet, with a 1 finger head that settles to a thick cap and clings to the inside of the glass all through the drink, excellent lacing, some good carbonation action as well. Aroma is of citrus, orange, banana, malt, vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and a little chewy, with lots of carbonation. Taste is heavily of spice, clove, orange, malt, with some banana, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Alcohol in the finish, but overall a good taste, lots of malt comes through as it warms. Drinkability is moderate to high. I may try this again sometime, and will have to get a firmer grasp on the style.

Photo of Sweasty
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy gold with an off white head. The head is short lived and falls to a ring.Leaves some lacing.

Smell: Has some some spice to it, clove mostly. There is a touch bubblegum yeast. Also some citrus in the background.

Taste: Fruity , apple and pear. Plenty of yeastiness. Dry powdery finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a light, by style comparison, carbonation.

This beer falls short. It lacks the true Belgian character. The yeast seems to be light on the classic aromas and flavors. The alcohol starts to hinder its drinkability. There are plenty of other trippels worth drinking above this one.

Photo of bonbini26
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @East Village Tavern 09-14-08

A- hazy orange or a reddish yellow, the head piles high on the body, creamy, an off white color,

S- Nose has a big fruit like aroma, bananas, over ripe peaches

T-M- Start has a decent malt presence, sweet and a bit of hops at the back, top is middling in feel. Finish continues the fruity sweetness, the hops delicately spicy and the aftertaste dry and long lasting

D- not bad much better versions of this style, i felt it was way too much in the banana/clove department.

Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a Duvel glass. It has a hazy orange-amber color, with a small yet creamy head. The nose is rather faint--lightly sweet, somewhat fruity. Fairly good flavor: Initial floral hops and high bitterness give way quickly to a highly fruity yeast character, though the dryness of the start never quite goes away. It features a very lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Nothing too exceptional here, but not bad by any means.

Photo of dino213aa
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden-reddish haze. Minimal lacing and a light head that dissipates quickly.

S: The nose has strong orange and apricot accents with some peach notes.

T&M: Unfortunately the smell of this brew does not reconcile with the flavor. There is an overriding alcohol taste that in common in lesser tripels. Personally I think one of the true tests of a tripel is its ability to balance alcohol with flavor, and by this standard the Green Flash Tripel fails. Whatever flavors eluded to in the nose struggle to shine through 8.5%ABV.

What flavors are there start with noticeable malty softness and a distinct banana-like finish.

D: As I type this review, the Green Flash Tripel gets easier and easier going down.. that being said, I can't really say that the drinkability is anything above average, especially for a tripel. For a much smoother drinking and more substantial tripel, try Unibroue's "La Fin Du Monde."

Photo of Douglas14
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden color with an OK head that doesn't leave that much lace or have too good retention. The smell is sweet and almost that of paint...kind of weird but interestingly good. The taste initially follows the smells; it is sweet, lots of sugar. It ends more with a dry hoppy flavor, which is also very nice. The brew feels nice in the mouth. Medium to heavy body. It almost has a numbing quality in your mouth...pretty cool.

This beer is weird because if you blindfolded me, I wouldn't have guessed it was a tripel...I guess it has too much of a Southern Cal/ Green Flash twist on it to strictly be a tripel.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pint, 6 oz bomber poured into chalices.

A = Clear light orange amber with small orange tinted off white head made up of small and medium bubbles resolving in the end to patche of foam on surface, good steady carbonation of tiny champagne like bubbles.

S = Very clean yet distinct tripel smells of yeast, peppers, cardamon, fresh wheat fields.

T = The taste follows the smell pretty well but is maybe just a little too underdone, as well as good yeasty esters, but there is also almost a mix of grainy all malt lager with some earthy hops. Good but not what I was expecting.

M - Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, nice light carbonation and foaming when swished.

D = Good drinkability, a nice refreshing beer which would pair well with food.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a Maple color with a small head and little lace.
The aroma is of caramel,honey and coriander.
The taste is sweet,honey,caramel and maple.
Big on alcohol and an overall sweet flavor.
The feel is low carbonation,syrupy,sizzling and sharp.
alcohol bite is big. Cover up of alcohol hurts drinkability.

Notes: This was better as it warms and it just seemed out of balance. Too sweet and sugary for my taste and not what I look for in a tripel. This is after all the the double P Tripel and it does stand out.
Not bad,just not to my liking for the style.

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

From the 22oz. brown bomber poured a deep yellow-gold with a thick finger of nearly snow white head. Good carbonation and some sticky lace clings to the glass.

Super sweet fruity nose comprised of corriander, banana, pale malt and a hint of hops. Very spicy and yeast like aroma.

Sweet and spicy in flavor, the hops don't quite cut through candi sugar to give proper balance. The flavor is good and fairly authentic for the style, but just doesn't have the refinement of a true Belgian.

A decent smoothness to the mouthfeel with the alcohol holding back for an 8.5% ABV...doesn't have much warmth.

Overall a decent Trippel that's easy to drink if you like your beers sweet...really sweet.

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

My first quaff of the night at Hop Devil Grill. I wanted to try a American West Coast triple aftering having a few Belgians ones.

A: Poured into Goblet, with a 2 finger tan head, dark orange/crimson color. Head drops to a full cap afterward but laces and retains satisfactorily.

S: Nose was of sweet esters, orange peel, corriander, floral accents and earthy smell.

T: Malts came to me at first, with yeast pulling up the rear, was not as complex as others but I still found enjoyable.

M: Medium body, sligly below average carbonation but still acceptable to my pallet.

D-A darker triple than say a Triple Karmelite yet still a good quaf. As this style is still not the most common for American brewers, I give them credit for producing one of the more difficult bees to brew to drinkers satisfaction. An immature creation but can always improve next year.

Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.