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Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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 JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.


JohnGalt1, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +7%

PEIhop, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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.

Gusler, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +7%

THECPJ, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

drummermattie02, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

chippo33, Dec 21, 2012
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.

flagmantho, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

xnicknj, Aug 22, 2013
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.

avalon07, Mar 01, 2012
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.

ccrida, May 05, 2008
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Boone757, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Axnjxn, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Evil_Pidde, May 20, 2014
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Griffith, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7%

Haybeerman, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

bluejacket74, Feb 19, 2010
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

twiggamortis420, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -19.8%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7%

KevinGordon, May 14, 2013
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.

RoyalT, May 18, 2007
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.