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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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 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
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.23/5  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.

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.

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
3.1/5  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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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).

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