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Trippel | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 259
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden color with an OK head that doesn't leave that much lace or have too good retention. The smell is sweet and almost that of paint...kind of weird but interestingly good. The taste initially follows the smells; it is sweet, lots of sugar. It ends more with a dry hoppy flavor, which is also very nice. The brew feels nice in the mouth. Medium to heavy body. It almost has a numbing quality in your mouth...pretty cool.

This beer is weird because if you blindfolded me, I wouldn't have guessed it was a tripel...I guess it has too much of a Southern Cal/ Green Flash twist on it to strictly be a tripel.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cooncat
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled and poured into a SA glass.

On the pour you get an apricot colored brew, with a *huge* foamy head, which is relatively long lasting, and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is spicy and floral, but very light.

Taste is fairly typical of a "American Belgian", with a spicy and citrus peel background flavor. The 8.5% abv is not noticed, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is medium, with adequate carbonation. The Styrian Goldings/Saaz hops are beaten down by the spicy notes. Drinkability is fair to good.

Overall, a decent example of a Belgian Trippel. Enjoyable, but perhaps not world class. Worth seeking out to try, especially if you enjoy the style.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Beersnake1
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peachy orange with a light dusting of yeast. A gentle pour has created a nice looking crown of meringue-like foam that has a faint lemonish tint. Given the ABV, a surprising amount of chunky lace makes its way to the glass. The appearance isn't very Belgianesque, but it's more than fine for an American tripel.

The nose (what I can smell of it) is no more than passable. I get hints of golden fruit and a smattering of spiciness. I'm encouraged by the fact that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale is yet more proof that some American craft brewers don't *get* this style. Simply adding a ton of pale malt, Euro hops (Styrian Goldings and Saaz in this case) and Trappist ale yeast doesn't always equal a quality tripel. Although this is drinkable beer, it's as simple and as blunt as the day is long.

I'm not sure where the fault lies. For starters, it's way too boozy. Ethanol doesn't exactly overwhelm the palate, but it puts a damper on a proper appreciation of the malt, hops and yeast. The fruitiness is akin to orchard fruit macerated in vodka and the spiciness is faintly clove-like. Think well-brewed American malt liquor with more hop bitterness and a less than stellar Belgian yeast strain.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice if your standard is 'big American ale' rather than 'world-class tripel'. It's unapologetically full, sticky on the finish and carbonated enough to keep the tongue tingly without providing much lift and volume. On second thought, some of the tongue tingle is probably good ol' EtOH.

Trippel is far from horrible, but it's nowhere near a good version of my favorite Belgian style. My recommendation is to spend your hard-earned money on Green Flash IPA instead. Now there's a quality beer.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I go for a Green Flash brew, I tend to set myself up for an aggressive assault from a beer with a 100+ IBU arsenal. I expect bite and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. So needless to say I'm a bit taken aback by their more muted, more lovely trippel.

When I say more lovely I mean that in the best way possible, because compared to their signature brews this beer is positively pleasant. Pouring from a bomber into a glass, the beer has a decent frothy head that's a tad thin. A hazy tangerine color is textured by a decent amount of carbonation.

The smell is a bit "pine-sol" like with a bit of a sharp ping in the nose. Floral, herbal and pine notes makes the beer inviting. The flavor matches with tame flavor on the front end the bouquets the a tropical and floral flavor. Hints of the mildest tangerine, rose and an accent of alcohol make this beer fairly light drinking. A light beer with a heavy ABV, watch out because though it's welcoming, it's still a Green Flash!

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Photo of BrandonZp5
4/5  rDev +7%

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

Initially fruity sweet and drying hoppy finish. Creamy mouthfeel though lagerish in the finish. Satisfying,orange and peach and bannana, honey and sugar,with lace and nice head. Aromas are yeasty and orange, with alcohol.I still never met a trippel I did not like.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most eye cacthing thing was the head, it was increadible tall and soapy looking. It sat atop a beer that was the color of peach blush. very little carbs. Aroma was of malts bright hops and spice. Taste is pretty good but one of the first things I noticed was a pretty good, wide open alcohol taste. Boozey. A ton of malts and a ton of hops with a lite sprinkling of spices. Yeasty.
On the palette the beer was semi-dry and the lack of carbs gives the beer a slick stickiness.
I thought this beer okay. I think there is too much alcohol in the taste and I thought it lacks depth in flavor.

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Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of sideshowrob
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Flash Trippel poured out very nicely, a magnificent radiant amber with good cabonation and a nice, modest rich foamy head. Smell was pretty good, but a bit underwhelming for the style. Taste was not exactly what I was expecting from a trippel, it was good but the peppery notes domminated and there was actually very little malt sweetness to it. Very dry for a trippel. Easy to drink and it was not offensive to the pallet in any way. Worth a try.

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Photo of Terp96
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not sure about the bubblegum. Where does that come from. Anyway, I have been into the Green Flash beers lately so here it goes.

The appearance was not what I expected for a belgian tripel. This beer is a dark amber with little or no head to speak of. Virtually no lacing.

Smell is of cloves and banana. Is this a wheat beer or a belgian tripel? There is a hint of hop bitterness so maybe there is hope.

Taste is okay. Again, this beer wants to be an American wheat beer. Heavy banana and clove notes. The hop presence leaves a dry and peppery finish. This is the best part of the experience.

Mouthfeel is okay. I like my belgians with a little more body and malt backbone. You could tell this was Belgian meets CA hop head. Not a bad thing if done right.

I guess this beer is drinkable for a tripel but Green Flash is better at other beer styles and there is always a Trappist available. I will not buy this one again.

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Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Styrian Golding and Czech Saaz hopping. Trappist ale yeast..." Label info. 8.5% ABV

Pours with a golden honey amber hue topped with an ivory spumescent settled yet tight splotchy head cap.

Doughy tripel spicy nose with a hint of awl-kee-hawl and well hopped trippel scents. Some leather notes with peach and vanilla ice cream.

First swigs: Peppery doughy straight forward flavor that eases over to a lightly gin awl-kee-hawl heat. Dry finish to an ephemeral ending. Some notes of peach schnapps. Barely gets a 4 on taste but seems to wiggle between trippel and Belgian Strong. Maybe a bit more dough yeast aspect in the flavor would round this out to a better offering. Well made towards the fruit aspects with a touch of peach, pear and red apple and buttered bread abound. Vinous aspects are solid. Still could use a more focused Belgian dough. Loose hard candy softens up the focus.

Slick feel with a buttery consistency. Crisp carbonation with a tangy zest that creates a solid tripel. Clean yet boozy hot finish.

Last swigs: $4 bomber can't beat that with a baseball bat. Solid American tripel, but a tad hot and sugary to be a great Belgian tripel.

Beer is good. Happy international style beering.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Jgrody
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of macster
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the weakest style in their line-up. Pours a slightly hazy peach-orange color creating a thin white head. An attracive lacing coats the chalice as it empties.

Moderately assertive and clean aromas of apricot, peach, banana, wheat bread, spices, cloves, honey and orange rind are noted.

Palate is smooth and slick and perhaps a bit under-carbonated for a Belgian-style Tripel.

Flavors are certainly in line with the Belgian style Tripel but seem a tad rough around the edges. Flavors of banana, clove, spice, vanilla, wheat, orange and yeast are apparent but are don’t seem to be supported by the typical subtle malty/honey sweetness of a true Belgian Tripel. Well worth a try, but the authentic Belgians are heads above.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NationalEERS
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a wine glass, pours cloudy dark apricot, near white tiny bubble head, film and then well developed lacing.deeply fruity nose, with some powdered sugar. Peppery spice up front, then rich fruity notes, melon and kiwi, more cutting pepper, then a zest of limes and Belgian yeastyness. I like it, love the style and especially when U.S. brewers try to kick it up a notch. More S.D. style, bold,flavorful and full throttle brewing here. NIce, I'd like to try it with some spicy BBQ.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of a0lbudman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 22 oz bottle at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in late November 2006; a good value for a Tripel.

Pours a hazy rich golden color into my Westmalle goblet- nice but not as syrupy rich as some I've seen, but it has decent carbonation and a thin cover through the glass.

Aroma is the weak spot. All I can say is- "what aroma"? I really couldn't smell anything. I first thought maybe because it was too cold, which was partially true- it did open a bit to reveal tripel-like spiciness and rich malts, but it still required a lot of work to get that.

Flavor is much better. Initial black pepper, mustard seed and horseradish (?) spiciness overlaying a rich malt base. It's missing the sweetness of some tripels (which can be too cloying), but this would be good to have a little sweetness to offset the spice. But still good nonetheless.

Mouth is a little too acidic/astringent, but generally pleasant. A good tripel, definitely a good value. You can get better, but you will pay more.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

158th review on BA
Bottle to pint

A Christmas present from my brother in law, lets crack and see how it is. Had this at a beer fest once but only a 4oz pour

App- A hazy dark yellow pour with 1 1/2 finger head. The head was pretty quick to leave as well.
Very impressive lacing on this one as well.

Smell- Huge citrus notes to this beer. Was not expecting it at all. A bit of that Belgian yeasty smell that you come to expect from the style.

Taste- A yeasty bready malt that could have used a touch more hops to round out the flavors. Still a nice job on this beer. Had a very interesting fruit taste as well.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation as well. Didn't finish dry like most tripples I have had but to each there own and it's a good rep of the style.

Drink- Wasn't too bad. Pretty tasty for the price point I have seen in stores. Was a welcome gift.

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Photo of Nordbier
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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