1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Green Flash Trippel - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Green Flash TrippelGreen Flash Trippel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 528
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 528 | Reviews: 252 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-11-2012 02:21:44 | More by PEIhop
Photo of THECPJ
THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-17-2011 16:40:10 | More by THECPJ
Photo of chinchill
chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-10-2013 19:53:46 | More by chinchill
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-16-2014 02:57:23 | More by afsdan
Photo of xnicknj
xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-22-2013 11:44:22 | More by xnicknj
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-22-2013 19:00:07 | More by harpus
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-02-2012 21:23:05 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of ccrida
ccrida

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:34:14 | More by ccrida
Photo of avalon07
avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 14:48:49 | More by avalon07
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 18:31:32 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of flagmantho
flagmantho

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 05:09:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Cyberkedi
Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 04:13:20 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 22:36:04 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of twiggamortis420
twiggamortis420

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:35:39 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-09-2013 03:48:42 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of RoyalT
RoyalT

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 01:46:06 | More by RoyalT
Photo of chippo33
chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

12-21-2012 04:41:03 | More by chippo33
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-06-2012 20:34:41 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

05-20-2014 19:46:25 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.6%

11-27-2011 01:26:32 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Gobzilla
Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 05:19:48 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Haybeerman
Haybeerman

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%

09-14-2013 01:05:45 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of popery
popery

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 05:44:25 | More by popery
Photo of DmanGTR
DmanGTR

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2013 04:28:46 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of ArrogantB
ArrogantB

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 22:07:23 | More by ArrogantB
Green Flash Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.