Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | 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: 582 | Reviews: 259
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 Zorro
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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 wl0307
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 1 PT. 6 FL. Oz. brown bomber bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label or the bottle; served lightly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden colour with very light haze, coming with a slowly retreating off-white foamy head and a very mild, sporadic carbonation.
S: the aroma upfront comes more hop-fruity than estery-fruity as in a classic, well-attenuated Belgian Tripel, also the malt sweetness comes more pronounced as well; given a good swirl, the resinous grassy (Saaz), zesty&earthy (Styrian Goldings) hoppiness develops freely on a firm platform of pear-ish lactic-sweet yeastiness, where pale-coloured malts constantly provide a decent level of sweetness. Other yeasty bi-products such as light phenol/leather as well as fennel- and clove-ish esters also spring to mind, but overall it is the hop aroma and perfumy fruit esters dominating the stage.
T: rather smooth on the carbonation, the flavour upfront comes slightly savoury-sweet and mildly lactic, backed by exotic mung-bean-paste-ish esters, gristy malt notes, and deep-but-not-bold flavours of citrus-zesty hops. The aftertaste is packed of leather-ish and chewy spicy esters, delivering only a moderate flow of hop bitterness to pair with the semi-dry palate.
M&O: smoothly carbonated but still softly refreshing, this beer is not so… effervescent as in a well-carbonated Belgian Tripel; coming with a medium-ish body against a 9.7%abv. strength, however, it drinks exceptionally well and approachable. Not terribly well-attenuated overall to me, but overall it has shown a distinctive take on the style and well-crafted all in all.

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Pale hazy, light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is mellow fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and tart citrus with a tart finish. High ABV is hidden. Decent American triple. $7.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, slight bitterness, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this Tripel is not as spicy as other's, which to me I like.

Photo of dcmchew
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy shiny golden, creamy white head that eventually subsides to a thin sticky lace.
Summer floral-fruity smell, not as spicy or acidic as Belgian originals, with sweet apple, pear, honey, faint banana, small hints of tropical fruit, blond orchard fruit, a light biscuity maltiness and maybe some faint candi sugar.
There's a strong fruitiness in the taste that works well with the alcohol, really sweet, juicy and rich. Huge cherry plum and overripe white grapes (with the smallest bit of acidity), apricot, peach, apple, even plum, pineapple and sweet citrus. Lots of floral honey, low spiciness, tho there's a rather thick yeastiness present (some hints of vanilla, pepper, some faint aromatic herbs). The American hops are mostly "to blame" for the big fruity flavours, and they're felt just a bit in the finish.
Medium body, smooth carbonation, a bit thick, but fits the bill.
Not a traditional tripel, sure, but a very tasty beer. Wouldn't prefer this to a Chimay or a St. Bernardus, but that's just me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up in the 1st LNBA BIF.. Redwood21 threw down a bunch of great beer.. I've been cellaring this one ever since. Thanks David. Poured into my Chimay goblet.

Edit... This brew is not nearly as bad as my following review would let on.. it just needs some work.. If I had it available.. I would certainly pick it up periodically just to have decent Belgian Tripple without having to pay the price tag.

Nice 2 finger head... tons of lacing.. brew is crystal clear dark gold.. seriously.. polished... the first pour is very very pretty.

The nose is lite.. spicy peaches.. apple skin... not a whole lot going on.. but still pretty adequate... clove comes to mind.. some floral.. and a little bit of perfume..

Flavor is also pretty soft.. mirrors the nose with a background metallic nature.. orangey but I had to concentrate to pick it out... spicy.. but more from the alcohol than the yeast.. as it hits room temperature.. the malts emerge as a sorta doughy quality.. it doesn't really help.. The body is a light/medium with a sorta coarse carbonation.. the finish is long.. but could use some more complexity.. seems stuck on my first bit of a bland apple..

Thanks a bunch David.. I appreciate it.

4.5/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a murky, dull gold with orange hues accompanied by a slight fizzy white head that was quick to go without leaving much of a lacing. Some small branflake like floaties were present suspended in the moderate visible carbonation.

S: sour fruitiness of apples, bananas, and citrus. A light muskiness creeps in along with some peppery hints.

T: The flavor starts out sweet with a sweet honey spiced zing and proceeds to tart fruit, oranges, and bananas . Theres a nice floral bitterness in the middle of the palate before yielding to a dry sour fruit finish of pears and some grassiness.

M: full bodied, thick, creamy with a decent spiciness and citric lacing on the tongue.

D: Overall was moderately good, but there are a lot better examples out there I would opt for before spending money on this. Not a lot of complexity and a tad rough at times flavorwise.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is golden, though a bit on the light side. Plenty of haze. Head is two fingers of compact ivory foam which dissipates leaving a nice head. An altogether attractive tripel.

Smell: some nice orchardy pear and apple aromas with a bit of a roughly chalky character; actually, a character not unlike a saison. Overall not bad, but not precisely what I'm looking for.

Taste: malty but with a dense base flavor which is chalky but not in a good way. Again, there's saison influence here; the effect is OK but not very tripel-ey.

Mouthfeel: a quality creaminess which I like.

Drinkability: this beer lacks what I'm normally seeking in a tripel. It's not bad, really, but it falls short of the experience I want. I don't see myself purchasing this one again.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits pop out on the nose upfron with belgian yeast notes but had hintas of grains, spice, banana, and faint citrus.

T: the bubble gum belgian yeast character was more prominent on the palate with caramel, spice, dark fruit, banana accents and a touchspice of bitter hops.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, spice, mild fruity, and creamy finish.

D: the brew was drinking damn good and was a solid tripel. I was very surprised with the green flash take on a belgian tripel.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with about a half inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like candy sugar, apples, Belgian yeast, bready malt and some bananas and tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some alcohol noticable in the taste. Not too much that it's overpowering, but I can tell it's there. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough beer, but it's not my favorite Tripel. But with that being said, I think it's worth a try.

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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of fruit, yeast, spices and yeast.

T: Tasted of light fruit (apples, maybe some pears), a little yeast, malt, and light spices (a hint of pepper). This beer may not be as potent or flavorful as some tripels, but it is likeable enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily the best American-made beer I've tried, but it's fairly well made and easy to drink.

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

22 oz. bottle that I've cellared for 6-8 months, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, the Trippel is a clear dark gold/copper with a pretty large eggshell head that quickly settles to a very thick, creamy skim that leaves heavy lace and foam. A fountain of streamers explodes off the laser etching in the glass, even after letting it sit for a good 45 mins during an unexpected trip to the store.

Smell is very estery, clove and banana and loads of alcohol, a bit hefe like, save the wheat of course. Pretty good, unusual but too boozy.

Taste is good, fairly authentic, a nice change from the last couple US trippels I've had, although it's a bit under-attenuated, and heavy on the fusels. Fruity, some peppery spice, clean malt and some sugars. I liked it more the first few sips, the solvent flavor of the 8.5% ABV started to tire on me.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, not really as digestible as a true Belgian, but a closer stab at the style then most of Green Flash's American contemporaries. The booze and thickness are the biggest weakness, and I reckon the time in the cellar helped temper that some, so I'm glad I procrastinated.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fruity aroma has a strong yeasty, slightly rubbery overtone and a hint of cinnamon. Pours a nice clear golden yellow with a thick and rather persistent ivory head. Flavor has mainly fruity and yeasty notes and - whoa! - a fairly strong alcohol nip. Finish has a hint of resin to it. Texture has OK body and a fair amount of fizz and life. Tasty and satisfying - keep an eye peeled for it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber that was purchased in late 2008 and sat in the back of the DBF since then. Pours a rich golden hue with a 2-finger white foam that fades pretty slowly and leaves some nice rings on the glass. Surprised at the great clarity, at least on the first pour.

Nose is showing a few signs of oxidation after spending a year in the cellar. Fruitiness balances the line between bright tropical and dark fleshy fruit. Plenty of alcohol with a few hints of honey, graham crackers and Sugar Pops cereal.

Taste is still pretty good...can tell this one should not be cellared very long, but maintained its freshness well. The hops are plenty noticeable and help to balance out the very sweet malts. Honey flavors are almost dominant. Alcohol (my bottle says 8.5% rather than the aforementioned 9.7%) is readily apparent and contributes a warming effect right away. Even after some age on it, it has not smoothed out like I thought it would, still rough around the edges and does not do a good job of hiding the ABV. It is a decent American attempt at a tripel, fun to give it a go every now and again.

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

Sample at Stone. This brew is a clear orange color with a thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of yeast and bananas plus a bit of citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of yeast, banana and spices plus some yeast and hay. The finish is spicy with citrus and spice flavors and a yeast aftertaste. Pretty solid all around.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a moderately hazy orange amber color with a one finger just off white head. The foamy head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading, with it as it fades, leaving a fantastic foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is very heavy of banana, yeast and spice of coriander and clove. It has a drier smell overall for a triple with less sweeter smells of citrus and sugar. While it is drier overall, it does have some aromas of a lighter sweetness being of the more classic smells of orange and a bit of candied sugar. Along with these aromas is a cracker malt smell which, all in all, adds nicely to the drier yeast aromas of the brew.

Taste –The taste starts with a biscuit and cracker flavor mixed with lots of banana upfront. As the taste advances it begins sweetening and gets more flavors of yeast as well. The sweeter flavors are mainly of a citrus and apricot nature, but contain a little bit of a candied sugar taste as well. The yeast, as it comes to the tongue, brings with it spice or clove and a bit of coriander. The maltier flavors lose strength toward the end, while the sweeter and yeastier flavors grow stronger. At the end, a alcohol taste as well as lemon and a little bit of a grassy and hay-like tart flavor come to the tongue, to in the end leave a warming but crisp and drier triple flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average to maybe slightly above average side for a triple of its strength with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. A bit more carbonation may have been slightly better for the triple nature and flavors of the brew, but all in all it was pretty decent.

Overall – A rather nice drinking triple that starts out drier and gets sweeter and boozier but also smoother more toward the end. It is a rather nice brew overall and a nice one to try.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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 RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into my tulip glass. It was a burnt orange/copper color with a medium sized white head.
Fruity aroma, yeasty, a little bit of spice.
More of a pear taste, perhaps some other fruits. A touch of sharp spice (just a kiss). Good yeasty background.
A sweet, rich trippel.
Very drinkable, would never guess it was over 9% ABV.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a taster glass at the brewery.

Light bay colored and hazy. Light head fades fast.

Belgian yeast. Lightly fruity; hugely spicy.

Not the world's best tripel. But then again I'm not a huge fan of American/Belgians. As far as things go, it's alright.

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

Not the best Trippel but still quite good.

This is a hard style. You can't just go giving out high scores with competition from some great Belgians and even something like Fin Du Monde. It's just a rough comparison with such great beers already on the market and relatively well-distributed these days. That said, Green Flash's entry is still a very nice beer. I sound like some kind of apologist, but it's really quite good and I would turn down a lot of other good beers for it.

It's a good looking dark orange with a healthy head that sticks to the side of the glass appropriately. The smell is earthy and a bit hoppy, no surprise coming from Green Flash, but it could be a touch fuller. I want a Tripel to have a strong, bold scent. It's still quite good, as is the flavor, which has good bitterness and good earthy Belgian flavor. It's a little too citrusy sweet, but that's hardly a huge flaw. There just isn't quite enough going on compared to some of the heavy hitters. I definitely could drink a Belgian all day long. I wonder what the application process to become a delicious beer-brewing monk in Belgium is like.

Edit: I just read MrHungryMonkey's review and I agree that it needs more funk. Good point.

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that lingers about before dropping down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of light surface foam. Thick cascading lacing leaves behind a solid ring and random clots.

S- Crisp, effervescent aroma of Belgian yeast with small traces of Brett. Lemony and rich like many imported Belgians which is kind of uncommon for American interpretations of the style.

T- Lots of banana from the Belgian yeast and a good citrus kick from the hops but not overly bitter. Alcohol is hidden superbly. Not very complex, but it doesn't need to be since the yeast/fruit/spice trifecta is accomplished with near perfection.

M- Tight, snappy and slick. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I liked it just a tad better on tap, but it's still excellent out of the bottle.

Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.