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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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563 Ratings
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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 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 DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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 leitmotif
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Yeti1979
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.

Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Beertracker
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 valkyre65
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Lob
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 cfinch2
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 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.

Photo of GuttaMane138
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 impending
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Stigs
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, split and served in Chimay chalice's...

A - pour leaves about a half in of loose and bubbly white foam, small patches of brown from yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the beer is hazy, dark gold colored.

S - crisp and complex: belgian yeast, cloves, banana, pear, slightly sour green apples, black pepper, and doughy bread. some hay and grain near the end, and slightly over ripened earthy hops.

T - caught me off guard a little bit, was expecting some nice complexity from the nose...but not so much. starts off with some relatively nice belgian yeast...lively and slightly peppery. then a quick (too quick) flash of fruitiness (mostly apple), followed by a dominating past-their-prime hops and a weird funky tartness, plus a very noticeable alcohol burn.

M - slightly overdone carbonation...medium to thinnish body. what i dont like here though is the somewhat overwhelming dryness through the second half and finish.

D - average Tripel at best, might be completely different either fresh or with a couple years time to meld a bit. right now, its in an awkward adolescent stage. probably wont bother with this again.

Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour-no head with very little in the way of foam. The color of the body is quite attractive, somewhere between opaque and transparent. Its appearance makes me curious about what is to follow.
Scents- on the juicy side. Apple juice comes to mind... not the overly sugared kind geared towards children but real fruit juice apple juice. Not much else, though; not delicious yeasty notes that I would hope to find in a tripel.
In the mouth- more of that real juice apple juice thing going on. I like my tripels to be a little bit drier but the flavors are appealing and deep. Delicious yeasty things are happening in the flavor, though subtle. Nice balance with gentle pulses of sweetness. Green and golden raisins, maybe.
Quite drinkable with flashes of "OMG gotta have more!" My scores simply reflect the competitiveness of the style. Make me choose between this or, let's say, St. Bernardus, Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliat...
but for an American brewed version! this is pretty good. I'd have this again.

Photo of eulerthegrape
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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