Trippel | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ig0r
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There was a lot of sediment in the bottle, so the pour was unevenly cloudy. A small head formed and disappeared completely leaving some lacing. The color is a dark straw.
The smell is a strong, sweet floral and fruit aroma; it's almost a licorice smell. The feel is well carbonated and smooth with a flavor flavor of lighter, honey-like sweetness and a dry finish. The aftertaste is dry and slightly hoppy.

Considering the style, this is an incredibly drinkable beer.

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Photo of iamjuanvaldez
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Fantastic Brew!

Pours cloudy golden with a more than ample head for a 10% brew.

Elegant lacing and head retention. Again, plenty of carbonation for so much alcohol.

Sweet and clean trippel smell.

Great mouthfeel. Very light for a big brew.

Super drinkable.

A+ beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.54/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3rd time trying to type this review. I keep getting logged out because I am away for too long or something. I suppose I am too busy to review beers, but not sure when or if I can ever buy this beer again

A- A clear copper amber, 2 fingers of head, and lots of lace. impressive

S - Lots of belgian yeast and candy sugar

T - Like the smell, sweet belgian candy, yeast, and fruits

M - Crisp, smooth.

O - Such a well balanced and excellent beer. High ABV is well hidden, which is impressive for a 9.7% abv brew. Well done, will be buying this one again

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This company can do no wrong for me thus far. This triple kicks ass. It leaves a 3 finger head that settles down with some great lacings. It has a sweet Belgian smell. I like this triple because although it has the trademark Belgian caramel sweetness, it is not over powered by it and is very drinkable. The mouth feel is slightly boozy but hey, its a triple. This is one of the first American triples that I think can hold weight against its Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Mike's Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark yellow with a medium white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Strong estery smell of fermented pears, pale malt and alcohol, light phenols.

T: Spice starts out the flavour - white pepper and coriander. Cidery esters and solvent alcohol combine to form a complex and tasty character, with a light grassy hop bite.

M: Full-bodied, syrupy, sweetness makes it cloying at times, but overall quite good.

D: Another kick ass beer from Green Flash, a very tasty and easy drinking tripel, a great American version of the style.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy amber color with very little head. Carbonation is clearly even through the cloudiness. The head was minimal but I could have been a little more aggressive on the pour. Fantastic color though. Nose is of floral hops and with notes of honey and bee pollen. With just a slight bitterness to it. Smells wonderful. In the taste I pick up some caramel and honey sweetness. Along with a little bitterness and some sour lemon zest for a little balance. Finish has some Belgium spice to it. Great mouth feel. Medium bodied and very smooth and clean. Carbonation is a little above medium but adds to the drinkability. Overall I dig this beer a lot. It's a bit pricey but worth it. Alcohol is surprisingly toned down considering is damn near 10%abv. This is my 3rd Green Flash beer and they have not let me down yet.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a translucent honey-orange hue with amber highlights, head is white and frothy that dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles, watery lacing
S- Nose is dominated by belgian yeast, citrus and banana tones, some bread malts, nice spice tones and dark fruits
T- Initial taste is big bold pale malt followed quickly by sweet fruits (banana, citrus, orange) and bitter hops, tones of caramel and belgian sugar sweetness, finishes with a nice mix of bread malts, bitter hops, and warming alcohol
M- Medium-bodied, oily texture coats the tongue, lively carbonation
D- A solid entrant in the Trippel category, Chuck and crew can do no wrong! I'm a big fan of Green Flash and look forward to all their lineup, definitely pick this one up when you see it
Buy again? Probably
Over score- 86/100

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Photo of Jules11788
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light golden-straw color; small head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing

S: Sweet sticky tropical fruits and Belgian yeast. Smells like a delicious fruity candy

T: Sweet tropical fruits, tart Belgian backnotes, slightly bitter hop finish

M: Medium-light viscosity; creamy at first, but finishes slightly dry

O: This is a superb Trippel, one of the best examples of the style that I've had

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Photo of xymyl
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light (and crystal clear if you don't stir up the yeast) amber/gold color with a bright fluffy white head that settles to a ring rather quickly leaving lace.

Nose is toasty, malty, spicy, with smoke and burned plastic bandages (I don't mean that in a bad way, the esters are very complex, complex enough to make these notes an enjoyable part of the whole).

Taste is unified, toast, dough and spice (clove along with white and black peppercorn banana note not as evident, more of a chalky banana peel) blend with apples, pears, oranges and raw flour. Raisins show up later. Alcohol makes everything blossom if you drink deep.

Complex light feeling and refreshing at first, when carbonation dies down richness comes through in this medium bodied beer. Good stuff.

Extra note: Yeast as a chaser strong dried hop, lime, grapefruit, wheat grass and sea salt character on the nose with a yeasty, chalky, vitamin c and soggy bread crust taste.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber hue, constant stream of bubbles, solid head and lacing - looks amazing

S: banana bread, Belgian yeast tang, grapefruit citrus

T: marascino cherries, mango tropical fruit, like drinking a starburst--but fresh! Wonderfully balanced hops and malt, there's almost no distinction the tastes are so well balanced.

M: super carbonated, nice warm alcohol on the finish, but not too bad for the high abv

D: awesome, easily one of the best American Trippels I've ever had.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at that huge fluffy head...zillions of tiny bubbles, with seemingly zillions more rushing up through the liquid to feed it. It retains well, and the color of the beer itself is a rusty orange that positively glows in the goblet. Huge sheets of lace cover the glass. This thing is perfect in the appearance dept.

Nose detects all the things you'd find in Belgium's best tripels: spices, fruit, alcohol, hops. Though the label reveals that Czech Saaz hops were used, it'd be easy to tell just from a sniff or two. Some would probably call it Duvel-ish, but those more intense tripel hallmarks twist the hops into something different.

Flavor carries all detected aromas onto the tongue. But there's one distinction that makes this stand out: a maple sweetness and melted butter mellowness balancing the zingy spices and light alcohol kick. That comes through strongest in the finish, but remains more of a subtle touch throughout, adding just the right amount of depth and flavor. Hops and fruit are milder and sit further back while the more aggressive elements make their presence felt. Love the almost menthol-like warming that comes in the final part of the sip and stays in the long finish.

Light, buttery texture seems bolder than it is due to the syrupy flavors...all the visible carbonation doesn't actually intrude as expected, keeping this smooth and airy.

A bold tripel, one that embraces both Belgian tradition and the pioneering spirit of 21st century U.S. micros. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a thin white head that retains as lacing.

Smells of strong grain malts and hints of citrus and wild yeast.

Tastes a bit citrusy and fruity sweet with some very very mild bitterness.

Feels full with large carbonation that fills the mouth.

Very good and refreshing. There's something a but different in there from other trippels. Maybe a hint of hops? An excellent attempt at the Belgian style and worthy of trying for anyone.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, deep gold with a sea foamy head....looks nice in a Corsendonk tulip glass.
The smell is earthy,Noble-hoppy and spicy.
Taste is bold fruit, slightly seet malt, with the hops kicking in quickly. It has a complex mix of spice , earthy yeast and a really nice hoppy flavor that lasts to the dryish finish.
The bottle says that it's Saaz and Styrian Goldings hops , and I think that this is what might give this brew it's authentic Belgian flavor.
Really liked this Tripel.

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Photo of Bobikel
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hits the .5 liter goblet with a nice thick fluffy head. The ale it's self is a deep gold with some red highlights when held to light. Retention and lacing are both top notch.

Smell - The usual belgian yeastiness, a little alchohol pepperiness, and some pale malts come through. Pretty standard for a trippel.

Taste - A higher maltiness comes across the palate, with the yeasty esters taking a back seat. Very well balanced with just a touch of palate cleansing hops at the end. Quite different than the smell indicated.

Mouthfeel - A slight prickeling carbonation with a smooth and creamy, yet, robust body. Again, very nice.

Drinkability - Smooth and warming. Good any time/day.

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Photo of thaxomatic
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: solid golden color with a very white clean head. Pored out the perfect amount of head with out even trying. The bear itself is very clear and crisp.

Smell: Very apparent alcohol smell, but not over bearing. Standard belgium trippel smell.

Taste: Nice, but not as smooth as some trippels I have had. Very drinkable for 8.5%.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, just what I want from a trippel.

Drinkability: I could drink at least three of these without feeling overwhelmed.

Very nice all around, but a little off on the taste. Good beer.

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Photo of cbl2
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/28/2007 $5.25 22 oz. 8.50% No best by date.


Pours a crystal clear light amber/orange in color, lighter than I expect my Tripel's to be. Topped by a half inch of frothing white foam that slowly settles leaving a doughy lace behind.


Nice notes of dough, starfruit and a touch of sweetened anise. Very inviting.


Rather thin mouthfeel kicks off this tasty and highly drinkable beer. Vibrant ripe tropical fruit flavors lead the way with a mild sweetness that sustains this beer. Notes of pepper creep in towards midsip alongside some drying hop bitterness. Alcohol is nicely masked, allowing the sweetness and spicyness to vie for front stage (it's pretty much a tie, illustrating the excellent balance of this beer).

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Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light orange with a puffy off white head that leaves excellent gobs of crusty lace all over my Duvel tulip.

Aroma is a mix of sweet orchard fruit, must, yeasty spice, cloves, banana, grape, and a touch of cut grass.

Flavor is surprisingly good, green apple, banana, an light citrus fruits meet a musty, lightly tart minerality with undertones of pepper, clove, and Saaz-like hops. Rather complex and has a very authentic flavor.

Body is a touch too big for this style, but has a clean, smooth mouthfeel and nice drinkability. Worth seeking out as this is a great example of an American styled Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I had featured a slightly different label with the word 'Trippel' in script and different graphics. The beer poured a hazy amber with a sunset golden glow much like the picture on the new label. There was a bubbly off white head that was moderately sticky.

Now I am really confused. I go to the Green Flash website and they have an older style label and 27 IBUs listed. The Green Flash Trippel I have states on the label "Modern all-malt trippel dry-hopped and bottle conditioned". There's no way this is only 27 IBUs.

The nose was a buttery sweet butterscotch with a piney hop background. It smells lush and creamy.

Wow...some really good ripe tropical fruit up front providing nice sweetness with a firm backbone of resinous hops that intensify as the finish progresses.

A very rich and coating mouthfeel. This is called a Trippel but it had a lot in common with a DIPA. There was the lush tropical fruits and the dry-hopping added a nice bitter touch. Well integrated and very good. Makes me think this is a new offering as the prior reviews weren't all that great.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. A murky caramel color with a long lingering 2 finger head.

S: A strong champagne-esque scent. A dry smell, not getting a lot of hop or malt. A slight orange aroma in my mind.

T: Extremely fruity right off the bat. A strong booze bite right in the middle then another mellowing dry fruit after taste.

M: A fizzy feeling with solid carbonation. A wonderful fruit after taste.

O: I'd buy it again. A high percentage beer with extreme fruit flavor. Perfect for all those gals in your life. Great for movie and a beer night.

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Photo of katan
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very bright golden color. Extremely clear, lightly bubbling. Head formation is bright white, very well retained. Impressively clear beer.

S - A very fruity nose - strong amounts of esters and yeast. Citrus, floral, at times even spicy. A little bit of pilsner malts. A bubble gum scent is present at times.

T - Starts off ligthly sweet, 2-row and some light pilsner malts. Some white pepper yeast notes come through, as well as some strong esters. The banana and clove really comes through, tying in the yeast. Some alcohol warmth. Finishes smooth with just a bit of pilsner malt sweetness.

M - Moderate to light carbonation, moderate body. Some hot alcohol - phenolic - perhaps a bit stinging.

D - A bit filling at times. Very smooth and complex in flavor overall. ABV is fairly scary but you wouldn't notice until the bottom of the bomber.

A very enjoyable tripel.

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Photo of TLove
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a similar consistency, smell, and appearance to a weisse beer. But the taste unveils the deception. The initial taste is sharp and crisp and possesses a nice tingle on tongue of the alcohol (8% ABV). The taste also possesses a spiciness and fruitiness of a Belgian.

Regardless, the Trippel has a Czech bite of maltiness to the hops and roasted barley. It is a bit less sweet than the Barley Wine that is brewed by Green Flash, but the Trippel is a lot more drinkable and comforting flavor component that is inherent in its construct.

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