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Green Flash Le Freak - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 90
Gots: 153 | FT: 1
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Belgian Style IPA is an "out of the box" convergence of beer styles where American Imperial IPA meets Belgian Trippel.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 05-08-2007)
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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a solid two finger head. Wonderful retention with some spotty lace.

S: Nice aromas of apples and touches of spice. A bit of Belgian yeast and a touch of citrus hops.

T: I really like this one. I have not really liked many of the previous attempts at this style that I have had. Nice sweet apple up front with hints of peppery spice. Touches of banana esque Belgian yeast come next. Bubblegum gets overtaken by bitter grass and grapefruit rind. Wonderful blend of Belgian Ale and West Coast IPA.

M: Medium in body with snappy carbonation. Quite bitter and dry in the finish.

D: Put the bomber down by myself without a problem. Wish I had taken this one home from Denver to share with the local tasting group.

tpd975, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh Le Freak out!

Opaque golden yeller. Good looking mushy head.

Smells like a spice beer. Freaky Spice. Or a really strong hefe. Bordering on sour.

Taste has that tea flavor kind of bitter I associate with an ESB. Overpowering, as I don't believe I taste anything else. Surprising. I thought I was opening an IPA/tripel kind of thing. Maybe I am, but it would be my least favorite so far. Not bad, just not great. Le Freak comes out at night.

So I'm not loving it, but I'll have absolutely no problem whatsoever finishing it and I do appreciate the favorable 9.2%

Overall: one timer for me

PatronWizard, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Palms.

A light golden color with a 2" bright white head.

Nice hop aroma, lots of citrus and pine.

Taste is almost all pine in the bitterness/hop flavor/hop aroma, my wife described it as "sprucy". there is enough malt to balance out the hops, and as it warmed I was able to get some residual sweetness . While there was a little spiciness to the flavor there wasnt much there that I would label as "belgian". Also a great sharp hop bite aftertaste that was again very piny.

Overall I will most definetly order this again if I see it on someones beer list.

SShelly, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a light orange, with a fluffy white head, leaving a bunch of lacing all the way down. Smells of hops, but not much belgian content to the aroma. The initial taste is mostly of hops, but after a few swallows, the belgian character starts to make itself known. So you get the hoppy attack of grapefruit and orange, along with the more subtle peach and apricot hints. It's an intriguing combination, though overall I'd say the hoppy aspect overbalances the belgian component. Still a helluva brew.

PhxHorn, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hophead101 for this one, cheers Greg!

Pours a semi-hazed apricot with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Murks up at the bottom of the bottle, good lacing & head retention

S: Honey, pineapples, lemons, green bananas & white pepper

T: Passion fruit, pineapples, grapefruit up front, plus appleskins. More grapefruit, green bananas & noticeable but light alcohol, as as this warms. Finishes with much grapefruit, some booze, pears & apple peels, plus a touch of breadyness

MF: Syrupy, low carbonation, medium bodied with pretty good balance & warming sensations

Drinks pretty good for the style & abv, this Belgian PA certainly has a west coast slant, as you'd expect from Green Flash

russpowell, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GABF Weekend '08: I'm a'luv'n the hoppy Belgians. This one comes out with a witbier appearance- canary yellow and a firm head formation that laced well and retained to the bottom of the glass. Piercing aromas of lemons, acidic berry-like tartness, and sharp citrus-piney hops that stand out over the softer pilsner malts. Flavors are acidic of lemons, berries, white pepper, and a plethera of other fruity esters and peppery phenols. Hops (Amerillo's?) give a citric orange / grapefruit flavor swirled around strong notes of pine and lemmon grass. The hop flavor is intense, religating the malts to a backup role only. The intense hops and spices give a lot of complexity and variety. A light vineous, barrel-aged tannin quality prounounces in the finish. And so does a mild lactic astringency and a light soapy phenolic character. Otherwise a near-flawless beer.

BEERchitect, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of deereless
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear coppery orange, cottony head, signs of layering on the glass - 4.50, S: Perhaps it is a little too cold but the aromas a more subtle than I expected, the Belgian side is what is most noticeable - orange peel, some spices - likely coriander, citrusy/lemony off the hops I assume - 3.75, T: All of a sudden this beer becomes a hop bomb, loads of piney bite, some syrupy sweetness to try and moderate the hops though in reality the hops just dominate, only the slightest sign of the Belgian makes it through all the hop juice - 3.50, M: 4.00, D: Always a fan of the IPAs, this one is a good representation of the style though the balance is a little too far skewed in the direction of the hops - 3.50

deereless, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've really been looking to having this - as sign the BBF - I've had a soft spot for Belgian IPAs. I found a 22 oz bomber and am going to sample it in an oversized wine glass. "01 08" was barely etched near the base of the glass - leading me to believe that was when it was brewed.

Appearance: Gave it a fairly vigorous pour to elicit in hopes of eliciting some decent head from her. The body poured a gorgeous opaque bronze with mahogany highlights. The head had some great great retention, starting at about a finger and a half, and really holding strong at about half a finger. The foam looks vintage with it's parchment coloring. Some nice suddy lacing as well.

Smell: The first draw is the comforting Belgian yeast, with hints of pepper and lemon. Upon aerating it a bit, bubblegum emerges, as well as a smoky profile much like when incense is first lit.

Taste: My first thought was "Hmm" definitely interesting, as a big hop firestorm really takes over what was a big Belgian nose. Subtle yeasts flavors really try to peak their heads up, as I can sense some citrus. Really hard to pull out much of the normal Belgian sweetness, as the hop tide really rolls in almost immediately. Hop characters are very earthy, and unlike any I've really encountered. I'm pulling out some grass and dark wood, with a light hint of grapefruit. As it's warming - I'm enjoying it more, as the hops become more fruity.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on this guy, with a touch of viscosity as it hits your tongue. The hops are extremely sticky and really coat the back of your pallete and mouth - actually leaning towards unpleasant on this.

Drinkability: Alcohol is completely muted in this 9.2% freak - however, the hop bitterness really keeps you from drinking too much of this. I'll be honest, in that I was quite disappointed. Certainly complex, and interesting, but the rave scores led me to believe that I was going to be in complete lust here due to my love of Belgians and serious hops. This is my first Green Flash tasting - so perhaps I just am not used to their hops.

bigkahunas4, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big puffy whitish head on a light brown to orange body. Sticky lacing. Smells of white grapes, candi sugar, fusel alcohol (though not too much). Flavor is a fruity bitterness that transforms into a nice sweet malt and candi sugar with hot alcohol. Bitterness and a warming sensation meld in the finish and make a nice final impression. Approaching full-bodied with a hint of syrup-quality. Drinks well, and tastes good, though im not sure it's as memorable as i expected it would be.

aforbes10, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours into my glass a clear golden yellow/orange hue with a creamy two fingers of foam on top and good active carbonation as well. Aromas start out with fruity yeast esters and spiciness with some clove and a touch of pepper. Big citrusy hops with orange peel accents. Quite intricate and the hop kick is quite nice.

First sip brings crisp malt upfront with a nice melding of Belgian yeast esters and fruity spiciness. Notes of clove, nutmeg and a light peppery accent. Midway through the hops kick in with a citrusy/bitter hit. Notes of orange peel and hop resins on the way down. Finishes smooth with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy and smooth. Goes down with ease for being nearly 10%. Overall, a tasty Belgian IPA for sure. I've only had a few so far but I have enjoyed them. Thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

orbitalr0x, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at AJ's at the end of September for $7.99.

Beer poured into my Duvel tulip a clear orange with an outstanding white head initially. Nose is a lovely Belgian yeast strain, light spices, and floral hops. Taste is peppery, with hints of candied sugar, finishing with a heavy dose of west coast hops that leave a resiny hop oil. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated, very smooth as it glides across the palate. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very intriguing style of beer that is a lot of fun to try. Recommended.

arizcards, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright, vibrant and glowing orange, with a slight haze and was topped off by a solid 2 finger foamy, cream colored head that pitted and cratered leaving a rocky and canyon like formation. Retention was excellent while a big clumpy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: a light grassiness to it, with grapefruit, pine and some tangerines. A light candi-sugar sweetness was also detected. Overall a very nice balance of showing of aroma, moderate in strength.

T: Tart tangerines and a light musky cellar yeastiness is well noted from the start. Dry citrus hopping, grassy with gets progressively bigger. Dried grapefruit with a soft dry toasted caramel malting is followed by a light peppery finish. The hoppiness of this beer is intense, yet well balanced and never obnoxious and gets progressive stronger 5-7 seconds after the swallow before succumbing. Tart with some dry tangerines and a light peppery touch and a honorable mention of yeastiness that provides soft, yet appreciable background notes.

M: light bodied, with a slightly oily texture before finishing with a big dry citrus lacing.

D: A Belgian pale with a KO for hoppiness, well crafted, well balanced, dry, and is sure to please.

beerthulhu, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a beveled pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed orange with a huge over five finger head of lightly toasted marshmallow looking foam that leaves a jumbo sized marshmallow in the center after the carbonation on the sides dies down. Lacing is ample and clings stickily to the sides of the glass.

Smell- This smells like a Belgian IPA should. Belgian yeasts and a wonderful grapefruit and citrus hop character. Lightly toasted malts and base malts round out this beer solidly and more yeasty phenolics make up the backbone. I can't wait any longer to taste it.

Taste- Wonderfully Belgian upfront with yeasty phenolics and those hops quick to follow. The hops seem a little too powerful and burn the tongue and back of the throat slightly. Alcohol is a bit overpowering and burns as well. Overall the beer tastes good though and entices me to sip further. A bit of a french toast breadiness with powdered sugar also clings to the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Yeasty, a bit astringent, mildly warming, smooth, actually pretty low in carbonation after that huge head of carbonation initially. Medium full bodied.

Drinkability- Something I wouldn't mind drinking again in the future if it were offered to me. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

blakesell, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Afty
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Given the "Belgian-style IPA" in the name, I thought this beer would be similar to the Houblon Chouffe Doublen IPA Tripel or the Urthel Hop-It -- basically a Belgian tripel with some extra hops. But this beer is actually the opposite -- a San Diego DIPA with some spiciness from the Belgian yeast.

Both the smell and taste are dominated by the hop flavors, which are everything you expect from Green Flash. I found the Belgian yeast spiciness to be relatively subtle. An excellent beer for us hopheads.

Afty, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of adamparker05
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice amber, apricot-orangey color. Very hazy.

Aroma is very subtle: spicy and citrusy. Little bit of white pepper. Nice hoppiness.

Taste is very interesting. The whole "san diego imperial ale/ belgian-style trppel" mish-mash can be strange but delicious; this one delivers. Spicy citrus, red grapefruit, clove, then some sweet malty flavor, and a finish so prickly it's like pop rocks.

Dangerously drinkeable for 9.2%

Get it. Get 2 or 3. In every sip I kep tasting something different; try i cold, but let it warm up a bit and the spicy hops give way to floral hops, and a whole basket of fruits starts to develop.

adamparker05, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It's everything a traditional west coast DIPA has, citrusy hops, pale malts, but with a touch of Belgian style yeast esters. The taste is great as well. I'm a big fan of the DIPA's with belgian yeast strains. It tastes like a top notch DIPA, but the yeast mellows the finish and adds a great deal of complexity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It's big on flavor and aroma; highly recommended!

WesWes, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A: A nice golden orange color with a nice off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Belgian spice with pepper and clove followed by spicy hops.

T: The Belgian triple comes gushing through at first with tastes of sweetness with clove, pepper, earth and banana but is quickly (and I mean quickly) overcome by the California way of doing things with the massive hops bitterness. Finish is all hops that lingers in the mouth. Wow, so different but so good.

M: Medium as it really coats and sticks. Alcohol warms, but is not offensive.

D: Medium as too many will kick your ass. Still, the bomber went down very smoothly.

Overall a great mix of the Triple and IPA that is no doubt influenced by the West Coast hop style. Very good beer that is very, very different. I enjoyed this one much more than the Hugh Malone from Allagash (but I'm a serious hophead) and is one to seek out. Green Flash just amazes me with what they are doing with their hops. Well done.

Kadonny, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is interesting and unique - grapefruits and citrus, floral hops, spices and pepper, banana, and sweet sugary malts.

The flavor is sweet gummy malt and melon followed by a big bitter hop finish - floral with some charred tar that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, I didn't really care for the taste profile of the hops or the balance of gummy sweetness and hops.

Beaver13, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of BrewMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy orange with tons of fluffy off-white head that recedes at a snails pace leaving a good deal behind on the glass.

Some banana esters in the pour, with more of a spicy clove and peppery hop aroma. Some sweetness behind that with hints of fruit candy like starburst and a dose of malt.

First sip is pretty suprsing if you are accustomed to estery belgians with low hop profiles. The normal sweetness and bready yeast flavor are quickly dominated by suprisingly intense hop bitterness. Hop flavor is mostly floral with some peppery spice complimenting the clove from the yeast. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and dry. No real alcohol presense aside from a mild warming sensation.

Very tasty, if odd at first. Finish is quite bitter and dry, which impacts overall drinkability a tad. But its a nice belgian to savor.

BrewMonkey, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Mad Elf challice on 10/14/08. Thanks to Deuane for procuring one of these for me.

A - Two fingers of majestic alabaster froth sitting atop a lovely hazy orange body with a bountiful effervescence. Head receded into a quarter inch of retention and left in its wake an intricate coating of decorative lacing around the glass.

S - The initial smell reveals characteristics of a classic West Coast IPA featuring a potpourri of citrus and pine notes as well as a subtle waft of alcohol warmth. Hints of grapefruit and orange are at the forefront. The aroma of a Belgian tripel soon follows, with a hefty portion of earthy yeast, fruity esters and some candi sugar. Somehow, a bit of caramel malt manages to sneak its way into the mix as well.

T - In contrast to the aroma, my initial sip captures the essence of the tripel first, with hints of earthy yeast, dried fruits and some candi sugar sweetness. Some yeasty funk appears in the backend but is kept in line by an aggressive hop profile combining citrus and piney notes. The hops really stand out in the finish, with a flavor akin to grapefruit and orange.

M - Medium bodied with an extremely smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a mild sting on the palate, while the hops add a depth of bitterness to an otherwise earthy and fruity brew. Finish is on the dry side with a nice lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Now this is the kind of Belgian ale I can enjoy over and over again. Ultimately, this is quite a complex brew that combines the best characteristics of both the tripel and the West Coast IPA. The citrus notes work especially well with the sweetness and yeastiness of the tripel. While the alcohol is noticeable in this brew, it does not hinder its drinkability. Props to Green Flash for brewing this fantastic Belgian IPA!

ffejherb, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of bifrostguard
3.1/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden with a tall off white head

S - Clove and spice. This is not a good sign as it is reminiscent of other IPA/Belgian meshes I have tried out here on the west coast.

T - Not as bad as I expected. Still too much clove and spice flavor for me. Grains are prevalent as well. I have come to face the fact that I just don't enjoy the southern California take on the Belgian style trippel/IPA.

M - Smooth and unremarkable other than that.

D - Not really drinkable for me. The flavor is somewhat unpalatable to my taste. I would prefer something with a little less spice. Just not my style. This will be the last of the like that I will try.

bifrostguard, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt orange colour with a bit of haze. A vigorous pour resulted in a large, fluffy cap of off-white bubbles that settled to a short, dense layer of foam and left behind lots of clumpy lacing. Big hop aroma. Bracing pine hit my nose first, powdery and grassy notes soon followed, then gave way to fruit tarts and mild citrus. Floral and perfumey as it warmed. Not much in the way of malt could plow through that hoppy onslaught, but there was a bit of yeast and perhaps bready character in the background along with an indistinct spiciness. Hops were much softer in the flavour and played well against the combination of pear and apple up front and the spicy alcohol notes in the finish. Bitterness was restrained yet always present, letting the rest of the flavour come to the fore until the finish where bitterness was more dominant. Sweet tart and citrus (orange peel and lemon) flavours added depth, as did bread and yeast. Pine appeared in the lingering hoppy finish with some herbal notes. Lots of complexity here, especially as it warmed and the alcohol became more prominent. A little more than medium bodied, ample carbonation but still very creamy in texture with very fine bubbles. Dryness built up over time and warmth was there from the first sip. A very drinkable mashup of American and Belgian characters. I quite enjoyed this beer from start to finish.

DrJay, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

number1bum hooked me up with this one, thanks bitch.

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a semi-cloudy bright orange with an off-white head that slowly dies down to a chunky layer of foam. Wonderful spiderweb lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Smell is pretty strong with clove (a bit much), Bazooka Joe, candy sugar, booze, and banana bread. The hops could use a bit more strength in the nose. A weak pineapple and orange zest in terms of hops, but that's about it. Flavor begins pretty strong with an alcohol bite and a big rush of clove and spice. Big bitter hops midway with pale malts and pink grapefruit...and the booze again. Aftertaste is bready with more alcohol and a touch of pepper and zest. Medium body with a stinging mouthfeel. The strong carbonation and over the top alcohol presence make this difficult to drink. This beer has pretty much ruined my mouth, save this beer for last if you plan to drink others so you can keep your tastebuds.

BeerTruth, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Reino
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of six reviews that are all possible because of a great first time trader, theWolfofMibu. Thanks man!

Appearance- Poured from a 22oz bottle with some cool artwork into my trusty New Belgian goblet. A bit over a two finger head rises up, off-white in color, and fairly resilient. Looking through the glass you see pretty large bubbles gripping the sides, but from the top it looks creamy and tight. It fights the good fight for a good amount of time, but gives in to its fate leaving a creamy skim for me to remember it by. There's a good amount of lacing, but nothing epic. The beer itself is a very full/dense burnt orange-gold with apricot and blond highlights surrounding it on all sides. The transitions in colors makes for a pretty beer.

Smell- This beer smells REALLY good. The bubblegum yeast jumps at you first. The yeast sort of smells like a banana, sweet pear flavored cotton candy. I don't get much in terms of hops, but what I do smell gives off a cousin cannabis hop aroma. There are underlying notes of clove and a tiny bit of coriander. The delicious sugary scents pretty much dominate, but with the hops trying to get into the party, there is this resulting smell of something I'm having trouble describing. It forms this cleansing, cool aroma, like a sweet spearmint tea or Vick's vapor rub. I'm probably crazy, but I enjoy taking big whiffs of this brew.

Taste- This beer greets me with leafy and spicy hops. The nose and the taste are on two completely different plains of existence when it comes to sweetness levels. This beer has a ton of shit going on. One sip starts leafy/floral, moves on to bubblegum, apricot, spicy pear and piny heat. The next sip leaves me with a completely different finish that is more earthy with a bit of citrus rinds and has much more pepper in the middle than sweetness. Just when I think I have somewhat of a grip on the flavors, it starts having malts in the finish. These malts taste like a very legit, whole wheat bread that was rubbed with hops instead of olive oil and garlic. I really enjoy what the finish has evolved into. The beginning to middle/end turns into a buddy-up session between pepper spiciness and leafy and piny hops. There is definitely sweetness in this beer, but it comes in flashes in the middle and is overshadowed by some awesome bitterness and the ever evolving finish. One thing about the finish is pretty consistent though, it's dry. The only touch of sweetness comes from a taste of grapefruit rind. This beer has a shit-ton going on. It would be a 5 if more sweetness was present. I'm greedy and would like to see more of the tripel sweetness that I usually bad mouth show up in the taste like it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Refreshing and cleansing with a good amount of carbonation and medium to light fullness. The 9.2%abv does not let itself be known on the tongue. However, this beer is very dry on the tongue. You'll want a glass or two of water after you're done with the bomber.

Drinkability- 9.2% bah, lies! This baby goes down smooth with little heat. The dryness does take it's toll, though. A bomber goes down no problem, but I think I'm ready to move on to something with less going on and that isn't as wearing on the tongue. Definitely keep the bomber to yourself, though. One pint would not be enough. Shit, I'm really torn on this score. Oh well, I'm getting buzzed and shouldn't second guess myself. A great beer. Worth trading for.

Reino, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap a while back at end of night during travels, remember liking but wanted to properly enjoy and review. What a great style, one of my favorites probably because they combine two of the best.

22oz bottled purchased today, chilled, and poured into tulip glass.

A: Gold, bubbly and poofy head. Pretty standard color, yellow on the edges and getting near amber in the center. Unfiltered hues and an unfiltered look.

S: Smells like a Belgian at first with bubblegum Brussels yeast with a pow of earthy growing hops. Intense to say the least. The hops mild out as time goes on and the yeast does take over which makes it more of the trippel side. Awesome nose.

T: A good amount of different things going on. Fits together like pieces of a puzzle: Belgian sweetness, earthy hops, spicy, fruits, and cider pine. The combination of the citric fruit and clove are something awfully unique. Im not sure how some say the hops are low or undetected, flat out front and center and delicious.

M: Alcohol heat felt in its roughness. Light to medium Belgian body with an oily texture tagging along. All kinds of stuff going on but a marriage of a variety of feels and flavors.

D: Combination of two styles that I am a fan of, and this one melds them well as do some of the offerings from the other side of the pond. Flavors are complex, nice, but strong punch. See this one as being a tiny bit rough but still more than enjoyable. Somewhat pricey but my opinion is that its worth it.

marcpal, Oct 08, 2008
Green Flash Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.