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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Trippel

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006)
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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

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 -4.8%

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 +8%

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 -5.4%

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 -12.9%

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 -8.8%

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.

Phatz, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of cbl2
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

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


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.


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


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 +5.9%

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 +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 -10.2%

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 -6.2%

"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 -5.4%

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%

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
Photo of sleazo
3.58/5  rDev -4%

I got this one on cask at the liars club. this was their only cask offering so i figured i would give it a try. It arrived in a Chimay chalice, a cloudy golden colour with a nice head that was retained throughout. Taste wise it was a little on the flat side for a tripel. i was left wanting more. The mouthfeel was very nice, but on cask not more than expected. If you see this on cask, try some. If not i would raher have a lot of other tripels.

sleazo, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

A: The ale is an amber-orange color, pouring with a 1/2 finger's head that does not retain well or lace.

S: The aroma has spicy notes of coriander and an alcohol scent that lies just below the surface, hidden in the pepper.

T: The flavor is a grainy malt base with peppery coriander and alcohol built on top of it. The grains are thin and don't support the coriander well. The alcohol is also rough, very evident and rough.

M: The overloaded alcohol and thin malts detract from the spices. If those spices were a little stronger, this could work.

D: The high abv and thin malts don't cut it for me. They focus too much on the alcohol flavors. I find that Green Flash's hop-based ales (Pale and IPA) really work while this one comes up short.

akorsak, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Bomber poured into a tulip it formed a frothy white head that leaves behind sporadic spot lacing. Light copper with orange hue around the edges.

The nose is fruity with shots of melon and cantelope mixed into candied backdrop.

Theres a hard candy "Butterscotch" underlying theme in the taste. It lingers on forever. Its not a thick robust butterscotch but rather just the flavor without the syrupy mouthfeel that can be associated with it. A "light" butterscotch. Fruits are subdued when this hits the palate but the cantelope comes through. Slightly spiced up about 3/4 of the way through. Peppery. Carbonation is a life savor and really snaps this right into place.

Notes: Hmmmm...I have a mixed take on this offering. On one side I think its one of the better American attempts at a tripel. However, it still falls short of its Belgian counterpart. This is getting better and better though and this is definitely towards the top as far as a yankee offering. Good.

DogFood11, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

$4.99 for a 22 oz bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in late November 2006; a good value for a Tripel.

Pours a hazy rich golden color into my Westmalle goblet- nice but not as syrupy rich as some I've seen, but it has decent carbonation and a thin cover through the glass.

Aroma is the weak spot. All I can say is- "what aroma"? I really couldn't smell anything. I first thought maybe because it was too cold, which was partially true- it did open a bit to reveal tripel-like spiciness and rich malts, but it still required a lot of work to get that.

Flavor is much better. Initial black pepper, mustard seed and horseradish (?) spiciness overlaying a rich malt base. It's missing the sweetness of some tripels (which can be too cloying), but this would be good to have a little sweetness to offset the spice. But still good nonetheless.

Mouth is a little too acidic/astringent, but generally pleasant. A good tripel, definitely a good value. You can get better, but you will pay more.

Dukeofearl, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Terp96
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

I am not sure about the bubblegum. Where does that come from. Anyway, I have been into the Green Flash beers lately so here it goes.

The appearance was not what I expected for a belgian tripel. This beer is a dark amber with little or no head to speak of. Virtually no lacing.

Smell is of cloves and banana. Is this a wheat beer or a belgian tripel? There is a hint of hop bitterness so maybe there is hope.

Taste is okay. Again, this beer wants to be an American wheat beer. Heavy banana and clove notes. The hop presence leaves a dry and peppery finish. This is the best part of the experience.

Mouthfeel is okay. I like my belgians with a little more body and malt backbone. You could tell this was Belgian meets CA hop head. Not a bad thing if done right.

I guess this beer is drinkable for a tripel but Green Flash is better at other beer styles and there is always a Trappist available. I will not buy this one again.

Terp96, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of MVassar
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Light copper color with a head that starts strong and finishes quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of bubblegum. Hints of light fruits.

Bubblegum is very forward in the taste, too. As is banana. Like some sort of Hefe Weizen on steroids. Some overly ripe fruit and raw sugar, and plenty of alcohol heat.

Somewhat cloying and oily. Decent carbonation.

Strange brew, with some good components. Interesting enough for a bottle, but I'm not inclined to reach for another.

MVassar, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%

22oz. bottle

Pours a hazy golden amber with a creamy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Bready and yeasty upfront leading into herbal hop aroma and a slight boozy smell.

Bready and yeasty flavors upfront leading into a herbal hop flavor and rather sharp bitterness. Leads into a boozy taste at the finish.

Full body, ample carbonation.

Decent drinkability, although a rather mediocre beer overall. If you are looking for a good tripel, pass this one by.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 08, 2006
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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.