Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3.75 | pDev: 11.2%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Decent carbonation when opened; pours a golden, orange-yellow color, with a small amount of head; fruity aroma (not the kind I care for), with a little bit of malt; excellent mouth-feel--it feels very alive on my tongue; good flavor, with no weird or off flavors: it seems well balanced, and has a smooth finish. I am still learning about how Belgium's taste, and some I don't care for, so this one gave me a pleasant surprise. It reminds me somewhat of a barley wine. Although it is a tad too bitter (or sour) for my taste, I like this beer (my SO liked it as well), and I would definitely get it again.

Sep 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold under a 1” short lasting white foam collar that provides light lace.
S: Spice, pepper, faint banana, hint of clove, a slight earthiness. Fragrance is medium to medium high.
T: The palate follows the nose with the addition of orange, peach, alcohol sweetness, bubble gum and candi sugar. Starts slightly sweet and then dries out. Lingering yeast and malt flavors. Hop bitterness and flavor above average but balanced by the malt and yeast flavors.
F: Medium body enhanced by soft carbonation.
O: Complex yeast, malt and hop flavors are well balanced.

May 10, 2015
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bought in may 2014 and has matured in my beercellar for a year.

Nice orange colored beer with a small, creamy, beige-white head. The beer is a little bit hazy. I realkly like that color!

Nose: Belgian yeast, fruit, pear, apple, hay, honey, spices and marzipan.
Taste: Wow! Very much sweet fruit, honey, caramel malt, banana, grass, bread, belgian yeast and citrus.
Body: Full body with medium carbonation. A complex body with a rich structure. Chewy beer! It is sweet and sour in a fantastic combination!

I didn't try this when it was fresh but I can't belive it could be any better than this. One year in the beercellar has matured the beer to almost perfection!

May 09, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, foamy head. Smells of fruits and estery notes. Also a wheat-like smell. Tastes of caramel malt, dried fruits and grains. The alcohol flavor comes through more as it warms.

Dec 07, 2014
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp snifter. The beer pours a hazy copper hue with a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades slowly to a wispy surface layer.
Aroma is white grapes and wine with a little bubble gum and a general fruity esters. Very pleasing nose.
The first sip reveals fine rolling carbonation and an average body with sticky textures. The flavor is similar to nose with a sweet fruit hit of white grape and wine with some rock candy and sweetness. No booze or hops anywhere. Very approachable and complex tripel. A nice brew that I enjoy a lot and would definitely try again. A great example of the style that would even be good for newer folks to the style. Nothing over the top but well nuanced.

Aug 01, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Jul 21, 2014
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Phocion from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber split between two Surly Darkness tulips. Pours a hazy bright dark golden color. Finger of creamy off-white head which dissipates toa thin crown. Moderate lacing.

Very fruity aroma. Tropical esters typical of the style like banana, orange, passionfruit, etc. Candi sugar, caramel, honey, and quite a lot of sweetness as well. Floral and perfumey hops and mild spicy phenols.

The flavor is much more rich and complex than the nose. Definitely a sweetness between the candi sugar and yeasty esters; a ton of tropical and citrus fruits. A bit of a subtle caramelized dark rum or brandy flambé combining the sweetness and slight alcoholic presence. A lot spicier than the nose would let on; definitely a hint of both hoppy and phenolic white pepper and clove. Very sweet, but finishes spicy.

Light-medium bodied with fairly high carbonation. Crisp but with a very subtle alcoholic warmth/creaminess.

This is a very good, but not world-class tripel. As far as American versions of this style go, however, this one does well. Alcohol warmth is a little exaggerated and the yeast is complex, but not particularly mind-blowing. It relies on the hoppy spices a little more than the yeast itself. Still a great attempt.

Jul 13, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly perfumy and saturated with tropical taste, Green Flash's Belgian-style tripel ale turns attention away from earth and toward a simplified fruit and malt interplay.

Trippel opens with a hazy peach-orange-gold medley. As its rich body slowly releases a creamy lather, its dense blanket of froth is creamy- both in color and in texture. Is slow recede eventually leaves the beer, lacing lightly with random pockets upon the glass.

Floral and fruity to the nose, the Tripel is heavily candied. Notions of angel-food cake, honey and biscuit are laced with whimsical aromas of honeysuckle, pineapple, banana, honeydew, apricot, passion-fruit, mango and oranges. Is slim spice of clove and white pepper decorate the scent but hardly balance its fruity sweetness.

Its bready-sweet taste is that spot-on honey drizzle of pound cake, even as the dried fruit character of tropical and citrus gives the ale a fruit punch and sherbet flavor across the middle palate. Its late balance is shy and captures the clove, white pepper, white wine acidity, and spicy grassiness from hops. Still, the fruity-sweet taste reigns supreme with echoes of perfume and soap in aftertaste.

Malty-sweet in texture as well, the beer retains its bready structure and residual sweetness deep into taste with its creamy carbonation keeping the beer fuller longer. Lacking the turn to dryness, effervescence or earthy acidity keeps the beer from being as refreshing or as characterful as its counterparts form the Belgian abbey.

But with its more focused and simplified taste, the beer's bright floral bouquet chases the session from start to close- making it ideal for those who find Belgian versions too winey, earthy, or spicy.

Mar 25, 2014
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This had a lot of fizzy carbonation that made the head grow quickly and thicken to a marangue like texture. The color was cloudy, pear yellow an had an orange tint.

The nose was pear but I found an odd talc or baby powder aroma.

The flavor was very good with a sweet pineapple, honey and toffee. It's simple but sweet and tasty.

The feel is tangy and thick with some ever present bubbliness.

Not sure what the talc like aroma came from but I really enjoyed the flavor.

Mar 24, 2014
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a fine offering from GF. Not on par with classic trippel, but a very good attempt.

A: nearly clear. Nice orage-ish-golden color, head started at 1.5 fingers dropping to a 1-2mm disk. no significant lacing. I expect haze with trippels.

S: Weak bready yeast and weaker toasty malt. Has depth and complexity and delivers banana and clove.

T: I get a faint grassy note with a better strong bready note. Yeast is decidedly Belgian with banana, toast, bread, chewy notes. Citrus backnote peeking at colder temps. Reminds me of echos of a slightly less complex La Fin Du Monde.

M: Creamy, no doubt. Smooth. Oily and malty notes cause tongue to respond with a boomerang effect of spritely carbonation at edge of tongue, followed by a thick sweet finish. it's interesting and not quite like most trippels I have tried. It feels elevated somehow. Hide booziness pretty well.

O: nice representation of a trippel but not 100% to style. Interesting.

Jan 11, 2014
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JAFoley from New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale clear orange body with 1-2 fingers of white head. Decent retention and but not a lot of lacing.

S - Like a Belgian!

T - Subtle citrus lemon and earthy hops, heaps of cinnamon, and sugary malts. Definite fruitiness from the yeast, and strong strong banana flavor. Also a lot of spiciness from the huge abv which is fairly well masked.

M - Medium body and carbonation and sticky.

O - Enjoyable but I'm not a great judge for this style. Overall this is way too sweet and the banana and cinnamon flavors overwhelm the taste buds. As a hop head I'd love to see the sweetness balanced with more bitterness or at least tone down the cinnamon but like I said, this style isn't for me.

Jan 11, 2014
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TheMultiYeast from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first pour was nearly clear, the last was opaque burnt yellow. A small bubble white head recedes to leave spotty lacing.

Big malty presence in the nose. Sweet grains and bread. Big dose of belgian yeast and spices. Cinnamon and mint stand out amongst anise and banana notes. A hint of floral hops.

Malt and spice at first. Lots of bready banana, grassy notes, sweetness, some booze.

Prickly carbonation, oily, full body.

Interesting Trippel. When West Coast hopheads and Belgian yeast collide, the New World Trippel is born.

Nov 19, 2013
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ratings weren't high for this beer- but I was pleasantly surprised and greatly enjoyed it.

Poured a light golden color in a tulip with a 1 finger head.

The aroma is quite good- lemon, chiffon, vanilla , spice, and clove.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

Interesting taste with a lot of elements: clove, licorice, spicy, and tangerine.

The finish is slightly bitter which enhances the taste.

A solid classic tripel.

Oct 23, 2013
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Beersnake1 from California

3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from fridge temp. Pours light with about 1 inch of head. Definitely good carbonation. Smell is bitter, a bit skunky, citrus. Like an IPA. Taste is subtle, fruity, bad aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall not great.

Sep 29, 2013
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AgentMunky from New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Sep 02, 2013
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wl0307 from England

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Sep 01, 2013
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Aug 10, 2013
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matjack85 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. I don't know why it was in the discontinued bin, but it was a steal at $2.99 a bottle, so I bought one. No freshness date that I could find.

The beer poured a hazy caramel color with some sediment at the bottom. Two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left only minimal lacing.

Strong apricot smell with some spiciness underneath.

Fruity and spicy like the nose suggested, with apricot/orange being the dominant fruit flavor. Nice malty backbone but nicely balanced with 3 different hops. Not very bitter at just 24 IBU's, but the hops are still noticeable.

Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

I liked this one a lot.

May 11, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Attractive golden amber in the tall Stella glass. Plenty of foam. This has a distinctive weird taste from the first sip that is exactly like fermenting fruit. Slightly sweet. There is a taste like a dry Cherry Heering liqueur.

Tart in the aftertaste with some apricot kernel bitterness. sort of a funky Belgian yeast flavor with the usual drying effect. Otherwise this is not vey beery. It's some sort of fruit-flavored malt beverage. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach.

Mar 26, 2013
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MisSigsFan from California

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug. Pours a murky golden color with noticeable sediment and a smooth, creamy white head with very little lacing. Head recedes quickly but never disappears completely. Smell is of bananas and alcohol. Taste is more of the same. Bananas and other fruit in the foreground, alcohol is present but still masked well even with a 9.7 ABV. Only a slight spice taste. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth with below average carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good trippel, but not the best I've had. It could've used a bit more spiceyness that you find with other trippels.

Mar 23, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Mar 05, 2013
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DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Mar 01, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A-An average pour produced about two fingers of shiny, white foam. The head recedes rather quickly, but never dissipates entirely. The brew is clear and orange-hued gold in color. At first, there are a number of visible streams of carbonation emanating up through the beer.

S-The smell is an alcoholic, esthery mix of sweet light fruit like bananas, apples, and pears. There is just a touch of grass and very little spice.

T-The taste is also fruit and booze forward. Unfortunately, the taste is sort of one-dimension, which gives it a sort of rotten fruit taste. There is not enough spice or funky, Belgian yeast for my preference.

M-The high point of this beer was the feel. It had a nicely balanced mixture of carbonation, creaminess, and weight.

O-This tripel misses the mark. The taste was too heavy on the fruit, sugar and alcohol, and I missed that funky, grassy, spicy, earthy kick that a great tripel provides. On the other hand, my wife (who is a tripel-lover) loved it. I will give credit for a nice mouthfeel.

Jan 07, 2013
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babaracas from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dull orange with suspended fine sediment, one finger thick white colored foam that settles to a thin ring but leaves a thick sheet of lace for the first couple of inches. Smell: pale malt sweetness, fruity... nectarine, white grape juice, hopping is moderately spicy and lightly herbal and earthy. Taste: upfront it's spicy with the suggestion of lemon peel, then a blast of sugary pale malt, white grape, lots of soft apple. The yeast promotes the fruit flavors, but it's not exactly running wild. The feel is pillowy cut by syrupy...equals chewy. Medium-plus bodied, finishing sweet, sticky, and semi-dry. Enjoyable but I'm not likely to grab one again soon.

Dec 17, 2012
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mpedara429 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burinished gold in color that is just a tad hazy. It pours out with 2 fingers of off white head. Good retention and spotty lacing all the way down the glass.

S: It smells like spicy yeast, booze, and banana.

T: Fruit-like character with raisins, plums, and apricot. Clovey spice. Banana as it goes down.

M: Medium body with medium to heavy carbonation. A little lighter on the carbonation than other Belgians. An oily body that sticks to your mouth.

O: I really liked this one. It goes down very easy for a nearly 10% ABV. A nice twist on a Trippel.

Nov 29, 2012
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 593 ratings