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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
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 domtronzero
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First, a little background: I first tried GF's Westcoast IPA at the local bar (joe & Andy's) and it was an instant hit. Later, I tried GF's "Le Freak" Belgian IPA at O'Brien's pub in San Diego. I was making a weekly pilgrimage just to have a glass. Fast forward to now: Yesterday I was at the liquor store (Beerfly report: Windy City Liquor in San Diego), and I saw this Trippel... I think I'll stick to their "Le Freak."

All around, an average beer. Enjoyed out of a stemless red wineglass (doubles as a stemless brandy snifter). Pours a copper/bronze amber. Head is creamy off-white, tightly packed and short-lived (half-life of the head was less than 30 seconds). Very little lacing on the glass. Smells of a typical belgian trippel: banana, clove, spice. Lots of fruity esters. Taste is a little dissapointing. Simply average. Nothing more. Banana and clove flavors, and a little spice. Alcohol flavors are disrupting my palate. The ethanol really is noticable in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is also a let-down. Oily and slick, not light and tingly like a typical Belgian trippel. Overall, an average Belgian style trippel, although a good attempt from a decent American microbrewery. In my opinion: worth a try, but if you're looking for that authentic Belgian trippel, stick to the trapist breweries.

domtronzero, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of macster
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the weakest style in their line-up. Pours a slightly hazy peach-orange color creating a thin white head. An attracive lacing coats the chalice as it empties.

Moderately assertive and clean aromas of apricot, peach, banana, wheat bread, spices, cloves, honey and orange rind are noted.

Palate is smooth and slick and perhaps a bit under-carbonated for a Belgian-style Tripel.

Flavors are certainly in line with the Belgian style Tripel but seem a tad rough around the edges. Flavors of banana, clove, spice, vanilla, wheat, orange and yeast are apparent but are don’t seem to be supported by the typical subtle malty/honey sweetness of a true Belgian Tripel. Well worth a try, but the authentic Belgians are heads above.

macster, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a fairly decent tripel from one of the great american micros. Poured golden with a larger than expected head- nice aromas- spiced green apples, candy malts, some alcohol. Tase was more on the side of flavor overload- not very subtle exactly like most american tripels are to the palate. Somewhat harsh banana flavored syrupy alcohol, but not too bad. The mouthfeel bothered me- it was not very light at all, and the body was heavier than i like in a tripel- thankfully the full flavors did hide some of the less refined alcohols. Give it a try if you want to try to believe there is some hope for an americanized tripel.

kernalklink, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd heard good things about Green Flash, and was excited to sample three or four of their brews. Probably I most anticipated their tripel, as I enjoy this style of beer, and the price point seemed very appealing.

The results were mixed. It was definitely drinkable, though the alcohol content was very noticeable and distracting. The taste was simple, with little of the complexity that make tripels and quadrupels so appealing. Each sip was very much like the prior, a sweet good tasting beer with little depth to it. Better than average, but not great. The price can't be beat, though (at least here in Irvine) for a decent brew of this type.

Overlord, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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

brentk56, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of boelker62
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - really, only the head holds this back from being a beauty. A bit underwhelming in that department. Lovely copper-colored haze.

S - simply a trippel, not a bad thing, not a bad thing. Just is.

T - best part of this brew. It's simplicity is what you expet, which is it's significant complexity. It is a Belgian Ale for those who want the style defined for them for the first time. Is it th best? No. is it the most complex? No. But that's fine.

M - good, a little oily, a bit more than expected, but good.

D - 8.5% let's you think you can rock it out, but be careful, it bit me. Otherwise, the mouthfeel with ABV let's you session this carefully. Carefully. A good, solid form of the style.

boelker62, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed apricot colored ale with a medium sized puffy white colored ale.

The smell is sweet and quite candy like this is fairly fruity with a strong trace of vanilla.

The taste begins sweet and a little spicy with a good vanilla and malt flavor. Quite a lot of Candi sugar flavor here and a lesser amount of coriander. OK basic Tripel flavor but very basic with a lack of subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. I can't really recommend this as anything except a VERY non-offensive beer. This could be more complex in flavor but it is absolutely free of any faults or rough edges.

Zorro, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Sammy, May 20, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright orange in color and seems a bit too clear to me. The head was very modest as well. It came up OK but went down quickly showing little retention.

Smell – This is a big orange smell. It’s got a touch of yeast in it and flirts with medicine cabinet but just does stay out of its clutches. The malt is light and concentrated.

Taste – This is very potent at the taste. There’s a vodka flavor here with some sharp syrupy orange and maybe a hint of Belgian yeast. Not a lot of yeast but a good flavor on it. The malt again seems thin but present.

Mouthfeel – This is too thin for the style; it’s not even medium-bodied. The ale lacks that full fluffy mouthfeel of a good Trippel and has a bit too much alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This wasn’t necessarily a bad ale but I certainly wouldn’t parade it around.

RoyalT, May 18, 2007
Photo of bradybeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a woderful golden color with a nice white head that quickly disappears. No malt or hops aroma-but not expecting it with this style. Alcohol is very noticble with a candy sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and the after taste is very short. The drinkability is high athough at 8.5% I am not sure how many of these you could have-

bradybeer, May 10, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful appearance! Golden color, with a pleasant haze. Head is big and rich, and ample carbonation is evident by the wonderful circulation of bubbles throughout. Smell is only mediocre. Not bad by any means, just stock. The usual suspects are present, coriander, wheat, apples, but nothing to set it apart. Taste is damn good, and bolder than I expected. Sweet malt with a lemony tartness at the finish. Mouthfeel is as it should be, crisp yet robust. I'm enjoying this very much. There is not a beer style more oft-massacred by micro brewers than the Tripel; this is a notable exception. Could have been a lot more daring, but well executed.

jeffjfindley, May 06, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD, into a tulip/snifter glass.

A- hazy, deep amber color, with a thin off-white head.

S- Malty, very sweet, no hops present.

T- Very sweet, malty, very yeasty. Not very refined, raw.

M- Not bad for the style, medium body, sweet throughout.

D- There are so many examples of this style that are so much better, I am not going to drink many of these.

cichief, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber pours a fairly dark golden amber color, with a one finger head. Moderate retention leaves behind nice lacing, and a thin blanket of foam on the top of me Chouffee tulip.

Aroma is dominantly yeasty, spicy, and full of phenols. Slight citric hop aroma is present, along with a tropical kind of scent. I'm all for tropical flavors, but the more I smell this, the closer it gets to being Hawaiian Tropic....

Flavor is slightly sweet, slightly musty, and again, dominated by the yeast. Very nice spicy yeast phenols are the hallmark of the flavor, backed by a relatively hoppy finish for a trippel. solvent like alcohol is present, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is full and sticky. Drinkability is good.

A decernt beer overall, but not the best american rendition of a Trippel that I've had.... Almost tastes like it was simply fermented too warm. Great mouthfeel though. I think this would have benefited from some more candi sugar to thin it out a bit. But with the combination of hops and spicy yeast, if I were tasting this blind, I would have guessed it is a Saison.... But for only $4.99 out here on the east coast, it's worth picking up and trying. It won't blow you away, but you won't really be disappointed either...

phisig137, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that I bought because I am trying to learn to appreciate Belgian style American beers (before I try the real thing). The color was a golden orange with a nice creamy but short white head. The smell had a lot of esters and reminded me of cloves and bananas. The taste had a little bubblegum and also a pear flavor. The beer's flavor improved as it warmed up. I actually really liked this one and would definitely buy it again. Now, onto the next American Belgian!

update -07/2009 9.7% ABV

I've had this beer several times (even the 3rd anniversary bottle) when it was 8.5% but now the new label says 9.7% so either they got it wrong the first time or something changed. Either way, this is awesome, way too easy to drink given the strength.

ArrogantB, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of sideshowrob
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Flash Trippel poured out very nicely, a magnificent radiant amber with good cabonation and a nice, modest rich foamy head. Smell was pretty good, but a bit underwhelming for the style. Taste was not exactly what I was expecting from a trippel, it was good but the peppery notes domminated and there was actually very little malt sweetness to it. Very dry for a trippel. Easy to drink and it was not offensive to the pallet in any way. Worth a try.

sideshowrob, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thanks to intriqken for this via trade.

A - some sediment at the mouth of the bottle. I assume from transit. On a careful pour, golden amber with a huge billowy white head that takes a while to receed.

S - Some belgian malt / candi sugar flavors and belgian yeast with a bready aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma but with an influence of the alcohol. Served at cellar temp but really began to shine as it hit room temp.

M - Mediuml body, solid carbonation.

D - Better at room temp than cool.

Seems a bit thin, but for what it offers and the prices I've read it's a bargain in this category.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber gold with an off white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, dough, melon and Belgian fruity spicy yeast in the aroma.

Taste: Alcohol. the first thing I taste is alcohol. It is not *that* big a beer but the 8.50 % tastes like 15. the bold alcohol flavors burns through some spices and yeast but beginng to end left me with an alcoholic impression. Other than alcohol it is sweet with grain and butterscotch and pear flavors. Overall, ... eh ~? shrug.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Soft feel in the mouth. Alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability: A little bit of this goes a long way.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/28/2007 $5.25 22 oz. 8.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear light amber/orange in color, lighter than I expect my Tripel's to be. Topped by a half inch of frothing white foam that slowly settles leaving a doughy lace behind.

Aroma:

Nice notes of dough, starfruit and a touch of sweetened anise. Very inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rather thin mouthfeel kicks off this tasty and highly drinkable beer. Vibrant ripe tropical fruit flavors lead the way with a mild sweetness that sustains this beer. Notes of pepper creep in towards midsip alongside some drying hop bitterness. Alcohol is nicely masked, allowing the sweetness and spicyness to vie for front stage (it's pretty much a tie, illustrating the excellent balance of this beer).

cbl2, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of nriech
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy copper color. Very good head, high and retained its body for a good amount of time. Carbonation appeared good for the style.

Smell: Smelled of orange and a small amount of cloves. A little sugary. Maybe a little wheat.

Taste: Yup theres the wheat. Id say this is a wheat trippel. A little sweet with the fruity flavors that you would expect for a tripple. Then theres the wheat and light body that would come from a wheat beer. The alcohol isnt noticable in taste but for sure in the feel. A little spicy as it warmed which was nice.

Overall I would drink this again. A nice example of an american trippel, not exactly like a Belgian would produce which is what we are all about. Making our own versions of long standards.

nriech, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Gavage, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Styrian Golding and Czech Saaz hopping. Trappist ale yeast..." Label info. 8.5% ABV

Pours with a golden honey amber hue topped with an ivory spumescent settled yet tight splotchy head cap.

Doughy tripel spicy nose with a hint of awl-kee-hawl and well hopped trippel scents. Some leather notes with peach and vanilla ice cream.

First swigs: Peppery doughy straight forward flavor that eases over to a lightly gin awl-kee-hawl heat. Dry finish to an ephemeral ending. Some notes of peach schnapps. Barely gets a 4 on taste but seems to wiggle between trippel and Belgian Strong. Maybe a bit more dough yeast aspect in the flavor would round this out to a better offering. Well made towards the fruit aspects with a touch of peach, pear and red apple and buttered bread abound. Vinous aspects are solid. Still could use a more focused Belgian dough. Loose hard candy softens up the focus.

Slick feel with a buttery consistency. Crisp carbonation with a tangy zest that creates a solid tripel. Clean yet boozy hot finish.

Last swigs: $4 bomber can't beat that with a baseball bat. Solid American tripel, but a tad hot and sugary to be a great Belgian tripel.

Beer is good. Happy international style beering.

blitheringidiot, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A rich golden beer with a slight syrupy haze abd a small head that leaves bits of lacing on my glass.

S - Bubblegum, honey, cloves and citrus with a grassy hop, banana and grapefruit pith backing.

T - Slight citrus and bubble gum flavor that shifts into a well rounded grassy character with a bit of honey. The aftertaste is all potent grassy bitterness. The grassy bitterness is a bit too intense to hold it's own with out a compliment. I swear I could taste a bit of hemp in the aftertaste. Probably just a related hop.

M - A little harsh, but not very. Medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

D - Good. An entire bomber is more than enough of this delightful brew. Worth trying. I am really surprised this is rated so poorly. I don't think I will have it again though.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Foxman
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a lemony iced tea orange-gold, hazy and carbonated. Three fingers of soft, off-white head settle slowly. Digits of lacing trace the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries an underlying malt sweetness, sugary and berry fruity. Light banana and clove esters join green apple. A measure of alcohol bleeds through as well.

Upon tasting, a quick step of malt sweetness flashes caramel and candy sugar before the esters rail through with clove and coriander. Alcohol is more prominent here, and helps bring out a lightly peppery hop bitterness. A crisp and dry green apple finish lingers shortly. The flavor is fair, fairly rapid, and fairly disjointed and uneven.

Medium bodied, at least initially, it seems to break down promptly and flow away, though the carbonation is a bit peppy.

Green Flash is now one of my favorite breweries, but this is not one of my favorite offerings. It starts very typical and average of the style, and never does much to improve. The ABV is sizable, but actually well presented. While it's not irretrievable, this one does speak to sticking to what you do best, especially when one's best is as good as theirs.

Foxman, Dec 26, 2006
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.