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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 257
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky golden orange with a thick quarter-half inch head that leaves a nice coating of sticky lacing

s: hints of sugar candy; some spices; a bit of apricots and apples; overall not as fragrant as others in the style

t: sweet sugary malts w/ orange zest; coriander; spices; sweet fruits; finally a citrusy hop kick

m: very creamy and smooth w/ light carb; decadent

d: i think a good american take on the style but perhaps a little on the subtle side for my taste

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

Picked this one up a while ago and for some reason I waited a long time to finally getting around to drinking it, but decided to change that last night. Chose to have this one after dinner and sip it for a while. The pour was nice with a rich golden amber that was both very bright and quite hazy. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass and throughout the session in general. A huge three inch head rose up above it, but eventually settled down to just a thin layer across the top which stayed until the very end providing a very nice side glass contribution.

The aroma was very fruity which set me back for a minute. Lots of hints of apricots and pears in the nose on this one, which was very nice to see. The back was easily made up of lots of grains and bready type characters, but it all came across very lightly and without being overwhelming in any way. The fruit like yeast notes really dominated the nose on this one, and that carried over very well into the taste, which itself was also wonderful. A full on yeast bomb, if there is such a thing, which was really the only thing coming across with that kind of force. Lots of apple, pear, fig and especially apricot notes here really blending well with the light grain flavors and the touch of alcohol, which was dancing around the middle. A noticeable warming from the almost 9% abv was definitely slowing me down a little as far as drinking, but still this was quite the nice triple, and on the lighter end of the spectrum. Lots of dry hoppy notes in the finish, which was a nice change. As the flavor drew out towards the end, some nice notes of orange and lemon became apparent. Quite nice, and a good bit more complex the I was expecting, but whose complaining!

Overall not a bad beer at all. I thought this was excellently done and really quite nice overall. I would love to get it again and maybe try aging it a bit to see if some of the fruit and hop flavors die back a bit and bring some of what's underneath up to the front. Still this was excellent and I would have to recommend it to those who are a fan of the style.

Photo of xymyl
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light (and crystal clear if you don't stir up the yeast) amber/gold color with a bright fluffy white head that settles to a ring rather quickly leaving lace.

Nose is toasty, malty, spicy, with smoke and burned plastic bandages (I don't mean that in a bad way, the esters are very complex, complex enough to make these notes an enjoyable part of the whole).

Taste is unified, toast, dough and spice (clove along with white and black peppercorn banana note not as evident, more of a chalky banana peel) blend with apples, pears, oranges and raw flour. Raisins show up later. Alcohol makes everything blossom if you drink deep.

Complex light feeling and refreshing at first, when carbonation dies down richness comes through in this medium bodied beer. Good stuff.

Extra note: Yeast as a chaser strong dried hop, lime, grapefruit, wheat grass and sea salt character on the nose with a yeasty, chalky, vitamin c and soggy bread crust taste.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at that huge fluffy head...zillions of tiny bubbles, with seemingly zillions more rushing up through the liquid to feed it. It retains well, and the color of the beer itself is a rusty orange that positively glows in the goblet. Huge sheets of lace cover the glass. This thing is perfect in the appearance dept.

Nose detects all the things you'd find in Belgium's best tripels: spices, fruit, alcohol, hops. Though the label reveals that Czech Saaz hops were used, it'd be easy to tell just from a sniff or two. Some would probably call it Duvel-ish, but those more intense tripel hallmarks twist the hops into something different.

Flavor carries all detected aromas onto the tongue. But there's one distinction that makes this stand out: a maple sweetness and melted butter mellowness balancing the zingy spices and light alcohol kick. That comes through strongest in the finish, but remains more of a subtle touch throughout, adding just the right amount of depth and flavor. Hops and fruit are milder and sit further back while the more aggressive elements make their presence felt. Love the almost menthol-like warming that comes in the final part of the sip and stays in the long finish.

Light, buttery texture seems bolder than it is due to the syrupy flavors...all the visible carbonation doesn't actually intrude as expected, keeping this smooth and airy.

A bold tripel, one that embraces both Belgian tradition and the pioneering spirit of 21st century U.S. micros. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy gold with a thick tight head that settled to just a finger.

S: Yeast, some fruit and malt with just a hint of hops.

T: Sweet fruit, bananas, belgian candy sugar, malt.

M: Lots of carbonation with a bit of stickiness that seems to coat my tongue.

D: Not bad, but I expected more from Green Flash.

Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
I've enjoyed most beers that I've sampled from Green Flash, so I was curious to try this one...
Pours a bright orange, light amber appearane with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing...
Sweet, floral aroma full of candied sugars, yeast, melon, and ripe fruits...
Taste paid homage to the smell, with sweet, candied sugars, florals, and a nice balance of malts and hoops... My main criticism about this one was that it was a little too sweet for me, with too much sugars and not enough complementary bitterness...
Otherwise, this was a tasty and refreshing beer with a lot of flavors, sugars, candy, and yeast... a full-flavored, and big-bodied beer...
A good, creamy, sweet mouthfeel complemented a fair level of drinkability...
Not this brewery's best brew, nor the best Tripel, but still, not a horrible sample... Worth a try...

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

poured from a bomber bottle into a goblet

A - hazy honeyish gold, half inch head that shrinks fairly quickly to an eighth inch.

S - some banana, alcohol, peppery spicyness

T - same notes as above, a nice sweet maltyness with a light pleasant hop bittering towards the end, the alcohol is very warming.

M - smooth and slightly thick, not so much as to call syrupy

d - inspite of the highish alcohol, this is a pretty smooth drink overall, could get old after a bottle or so...but it's allright.

notes - not bad, i look forward to trying the other green flash products that just arrived here in fresno.

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

The Green Flash Trippel is best served at cool cellar temperatures (40-50F) into a stemmed snifter, tulip or goblet. This Belgian-style Tripel pours up rather inconsequential with a low whitish head that barely covers the slightly hazy, deep sunset-peach golden body. The lacy, white head dissipates rather quickly which is somewhat dissapointing. The aroma is alive with ripe fruits (e.g. bruised banana, peach pit, Bosc pear) which emerge as it warms along with some earthy (grassy, leafy), floral (rose hips/hibiscus) & spicy (black peppercorn) notes from both the abbey yeast and Slovenian hops. There's also some higher (fusel) alcohols which is noted, but not so much as to detract. The flavor starts off with a delightful candied fruit maltiness which gives way to a surprising amount of bitterness that carries towards a big, explosive warming finish. This monk inspired West Coast tripel is sure to turn a few heads, just as sudden as a "Green Flash!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of marcpal
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one in trip to San Diego. Recommend it highly. 22oz served with an American pint glass.

A: Cloudy, hazy straw colored beer with a nice white head that left good lacing. Found it to have a good lasting head that others reported not seeing.

S: Aroma of cloves and banana right up front. The belgian trippel and fruitiness seemed to be spot on.

T: Hops here added on to a very well made Belgian trippel style- absolute blend of California and Belgium. The spices and fruitiness are all pleasant with the balance of the hoppiness.

M: Medium body with a tingle from the spices and the hops. The swallow would leave some biting bitterness.

D: This was easy to drink for a trippel 22oz of this abv. Very smooth and tightly built.

Tripple is not an easy style to do well but I think GF has done a good job. Been very impressed to this point to the brewery as I was able to have some samples of the others.

Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy orange with a 3 finger white head that slowly fades into a 1 finger cap of silk. Lots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, apricots, bready dough, meyer lemons, raw sugar, biscuits, and yeast.
Taste is of caramel, light citrus, hop resin, candie sugar, mild fruit, and very light vanilla with a hint of pear.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, yeasty, and mostly clean with notes of bitter yeast and orange zest biting the back of the tongue.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a translucent honey-orange hue with amber highlights, head is white and frothy that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles, watery lacing
S- Nose is dominated by belgian yeast, citrus and banana tones, some bread malts, nice spice tones and dark fruits
T- Initial taste is big bold pale malt followed quickly by sweet fruits (banana, citrus, orange) and bitter hops, tones of caramel and belgian sugar sweetness, finishes with a nice mix of bread malts, bitter hops, and warming alcohol
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, lively carbonation
D- A solid entrant in the Trippel category, Chuck and crew can do no wrong! I'm a big fan of Green Flash and look forward to all their lineup, definitely pick this one up when you see it
Buy again? Probably
Over score- 86/100

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

Here comes the classic golden straw pour, topped with a foamy white head laying a ring of lace around the tulip.

Subtle notes of a malty Belgium yeast, also restrained a bit in the ol’ quaff. Sweet and sticky, it’s just a bit on the wimpy side for this to make it well up the trippel ladder.

Still, an enjoyable brew by an American brewer – sips nicely by the fireplace. This bomber is makes for a nice evening of drinking.

Many thanks to nvsblman, sent this one my way for my BA annv. Bombing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep golden/orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast, light peaches and some sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some spicy notes with some refreshing peachy taste and some quite big and sweet malt notes. Great carbonation with a medium to full body and some light alcoholic notes. Very well done overall and something I wouldn’t mind trying again.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Drab hammered copper with muted highlites. Head is sandy colored, decent fluff to it.

S: Coconut, apricot preserves and butterscotch.

T: Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Loads of butterscotch, apricot and tropical flavors. The age on this bottle has allowed for caramel notes to develop. Some delicate marshmallow sweetness mixes well with the remaining floral characteristics. Finishes with lingering caramel and surprising peanut butter swashes.

M: Medium body and smooth

D: Probably a little over a year old, and I think it did it good. I'll go on the record to say I'm a fan of aged tripels.

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

The beer emerges from the 22 ounce bottle a hazy orange or a reddish yellow, the head piles high on the body, creamy, an off white color, as it diminishes to nothingness, the lacing provides a bit of privacy as it obscures the glass. Nose has a big fruit like aroma, bananas, over ripe peaches, and a cotton candy like sweetness, malt and limes comingle to provide a nice treat for the schnozzle. 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, a fine drinking beer that lives up to the style.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Smooth, cloudy yellow in color with a fluffy layer of sticky lacing that floats atop the beer.
S: Citrusy, bready/yeasty and somewhat spicy, like a mix of orange, lemon, bread, and a whiff of pepper.
T: A nip of hops at first, with a sweetish citrus taste in the middle, and a yeasty finish. Pleasantly tasting, albeit rather simple.
M: Bitter up front, with a more mouth-filling stickiness later on. All in all, a bit watery for the style, not as filling as I expected.
D: Pretty good. Manages to reasonably cover the 8.5% ABV, but not completely.
Overall, a nice, satisfying beer. Not the best of this style, but a reasonable example.

Photo of Bobikel
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hits the .5 liter goblet with a nice thick fluffy head. The ale it's self is a deep gold with some red highlights when held to light. Retention and lacing are both top notch.

Smell - The usual belgian yeastiness, a little alchohol pepperiness, and some pale malts come through. Pretty standard for a trippel.

Taste - A higher maltiness comes across the palate, with the yeasty esters taking a back seat. Very well balanced with just a touch of palate cleansing hops at the end. Quite different than the smell indicated.

Mouthfeel - A slight prickeling carbonation with a smooth and creamy, yet, robust body. Again, very nice.

Drinkability - Smooth and warming. Good any time/day.

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

Bomber bottle, poured into a wine glass, pours cloudy dark apricot, near white tiny bubble head, film and then well developed lacing.deeply fruity nose, with some powdered sugar. Peppery spice up front, then rich fruity notes, melon and kiwi, more cutting pepper, then a zest of limes and Belgian yeastyness. I like it, love the style and especially when U.S. brewers try to kick it up a notch. More S.D. style, bold,flavorful and full throttle brewing here. NIce, I'd like to try it with some spicy BBQ.

Photo of dnichols
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 1 pint-6 ounce bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon into a chilled challis.

A: This is a cloudy, bright yellowish orange beer with a slight white head that quickly dissipated and left a very minor lacing. About half way into the drink there was a barely noticeable swirl of the head remaining; a sad reminder of what should have been there.

S: There is an abundant aroma of sweet ripe bananas accented by spicy cloves and fresh white pepper. As the beer matured in my mouth the tang of the hops, reminiscent of granny smith apples, came through.

T: There are heavy banana and clove flavors. The taste of hops intrudes giving the beer a zip and then leaving a dry and peppery finish.

M: This has a moderate body, evidenced by a bit thin and somewhat watery character. It is a refreshing beer with a crisp zest from the hops but only minor tale-tale bitterness

D: This is a very comfortable beer that is smooth and creamy. It goes down easy and is non-abrasive to the palate.

Comment: This is my first beer from this brewery. The triple represents a noble effort and a very acceptable product. I would happily sample it again.

Photo of domtronzero
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of macster
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Overlord
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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

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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.