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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | 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 popery
3.75/5  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
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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
3.75/5  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
3.75/5  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.

Photo of midaszero
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy orange amber with big white head that disappears quickly

S - Orange and alcohol with some lemon

T - Lemon (rind bitter) with some alcohol and a banana after taste

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Good but others are better. Some of the bitterness distracts from the enjoyment

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

We call him Johnny two times because he says everything two times.

No head, no head, yellow orangey, kinda orangey, not clear, not clear.

Faint smells of everything, mostly alcohol, mostly alcohol.

Tastes thin, tastes thin. Better as it warms up, warm it up.

Stingy aftertaste, it hurts it hurts.

Get the papers, get the papers, beers ok, beers ok.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into a tulip yields a sunny clear golden orange body capped with two fingers of soft white foam that recedes to a filmy sheet and leaves a little lacing.

Smell is fruity and tangy, with a note of spicy evergreen.

Taste is sweet with lemonadey citrus and a funky yeast component that brings a dry banana nut breadiness to the drink. Much more complex as it warms, the drink gets fresher and fruitier, yet the alcohol only appears as a warm sensation in the stomach.

Medium thin-bodied and mildly juicy, the beer has great drinkability and is very refreshing.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour-no head with very little in the way of foam. The color of the body is quite attractive, somewhere between opaque and transparent. Its appearance makes me curious about what is to follow.
Scents- on the juicy side. Apple juice comes to mind... not the overly sugared kind geared towards children but real fruit juice apple juice. Not much else, though; not delicious yeasty notes that I would hope to find in a tripel.
In the mouth- more of that real juice apple juice thing going on. I like my tripels to be a little bit drier but the flavors are appealing and deep. Delicious yeasty things are happening in the flavor, though subtle. Nice balance with gentle pulses of sweetness. Green and golden raisins, maybe.
Quite drinkable with flashes of "OMG gotta have more!" My scores simply reflect the competitiveness of the style. Make me choose between this or, let's say, St. Bernardus, Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliat...
but for an American brewed version! this is pretty good. I'd have this again.

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright honey, big head leaves fast. Thin sudsy lacing.

S - Big time Beligium. Banana, coriander, spice, etc.

T - Taste much as smell. Yum. Deep malt with all of the Belgium attributes.

M - Nice thinly sweet center, followed by hops on both ends and Belgium yeast. Fair carb, good mouth coverage.

D - Not really my favorite. Nice.

Photo of EPICAC
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I split a bottle of this with David at The Blind Tiger in New York.

Pours a cloudy, golden amber . A fizzy, off-white head fades quickly leaving a patchy film. he aroma is predominantly bananas and not much else, maybe a hint of graininess and a little bit of a floral element.

A honey and fruity banana sweetness dominates the taste of this beer. There's alcoholic spice in the center with peppery notes in the finish and a light bitterness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

Way too sweet in my opinion.

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color and formed a small snow white bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, banana, yeast/bread and spices. The flavor was of malt, pepper, bread and some citrus. The body is medium and just slightly creamy and the finish is rather peppery. A good beer, but not going to drive anyone away from their favorite tripels.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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.

Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.