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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: 576
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Foxman
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +7%

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

on tap @ CBC.

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, malt, and fruit.

taste is thick, some sweetness, pear, malt, apricot, spice, and hops in the back, ends a little dry.

overall a very nice tripel, better on-tap than in the bottle.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden honey w orange tones. clear when decanted properly. 1.5-finger off-white head, recedes to thin layer, then wispy layer, slightly creamy. great lacing that is layered and continuous.

aroma: fruity apple, pear and white grape, touch of citrus zest, caramel maltiness with lightly toasted character. euro hopping, with herbal/grassy note. spicy pepper detectable in the mild to moderate phenols in back.

similar fruitiness and malt character, though the latter is just a bit watered down. moderate bitterness from the grassy/herbal euro hops, but with touch of citrus again, despite the claim on the bottle of no american hops. lots of saaz in the aftertaste though. some noticeable alcohol and phenols to finish, but is at least of a "cleansing" quality.

medium body, relatively smooth, with resinous astringency in the finish, cleaned up w alcohol and phenols again. crisp, moderate carbonation helps smooth things out in the middle.

Photo of Yeti1979
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed 9/10/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden fizzy body, somewhat opaque. Creamy off-white head, fine bubbles, lastingish. Belgiany flowery sweet taste. Some spiciness, maybe clove, or corriander? Spicy taste, floral, somewhat sour. More sour as it warms. A little too sweet as it warms up. Soft mouthfeel, somewhat bitter hoppy.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: cloudy amber liquid with one finger of cream colored head.

S: Cloves, pears, apples and clean grassy hops.

T: Biscuity and bready malt along with grass, pine, and floral hops up front. The finish is characteristic of Belgian yeast fermented at a relatively low temperature including cloves, pears and ripe apples.

M: Very dry with a medium level of carbonation and creamy viscosity.

O: One of the better American trippels I have had. Thankfully it doesn't have banana and bubblegum flavors.

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

A: Brownish yellow pour with a big three finger fluffy white head which leaves behind nice lacing and boasts decent retention.

S: Bready and spicy smell with some alcohol tones. Definitely Belgian, but with a sharp twang of funk.

T: Floral taste to start, gives way to the alcohol and a bitter aftertaste. I'm getting some saison like tastes, definitely is at least influenced by saisons, but still a trippel at heart.

MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation. Bitter finish keeps you coming back for more.

D: One bottle was enough. Bitterness got to me after a while.

Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange color and mostly transparent. Big head with a soapy consistency. Good retention and lots of lacing.

Citrus and apple in the aroma along with a ginger spiciness.

Fruit flavors most apparent in the taste. Mild spiciness from the hops. Honey sweetness. Hint of yeast. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden.

Medium bodied and quite dry in the finish from the hops and alcohol.

Pretty good tripel. Definitely better examples out there but this one is worth a try if you see it.

Photo of Lob
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of rowew
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, abv is marked but no date.

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice thick head. good retention.

Smell: A bit of tart fruit, some yeast.

Taste: A bit of peppery spice is the first thing I taste, then some fruit. Light in body with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall impression: Not bad, fairly drinkable considering the ABV. Enjoyable beer, but nothing too exciting.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Ristaccia
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of daledeee
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark clear gold with head at first but that left right away. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is great with apricots, orange, spice. Very strong aroma.

Taste: It appears to benefit from a little airing out. Lots of over the top malt and some spice. Orange peel also. It seems to have a slight numbing affect on the pallet.

Nice carbonation with plenty of alcohol. A decent offering, but there are some better ones out there.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of impending
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a beautiful clear golden copper, a bit darker than many tripels. Minor white (great photographer) head subsided rather quickly which is surprising as it has decent carbonation.

Bready aroma with candied light sugars, rich honey fragrance and faint citrus. No hint of the alcohol until it begins to warm.

Medium thick mouth feel. Dark fruit on the front end that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Fair amount of yeast. The alcohol stays in the back decently for 9.7 and is just slightly peppery as the other flavors fade. Definitely a sipper. Not great but a competent triple, lacks complexity.

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +7%

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Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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