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 TheMultiYeast
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
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 AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 DaftCaskBC
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear, pale yellow, considerable foam, some lacing

S - alcohol, light fruits

T - apples, pear, sugar, alcohol, minimal spice

M - crisp and bubbly

O - too boozy, no depth or complexity - none of the expected yeast complexity

Pales in comparison to the true Belgian examples of the style. This is average at best.

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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 StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The Trippel pours a hazy, burnt orange and an ever-so-slightly off-white head providing an extra half-inch to the height of the beer. The retention is pretty solid here and a few bubbles can be seen darting towards the top around the edges of the glass. While it is a good looking beer, it does not look like your typical Trippel.

SMELL: The head retention seems to really allow this aroma to stay strong and quite pleasant. This is all fruit; citrus, a big dose of apricot and some tropical fruity notes work well together along with a hint of spice and breadiness.

TASTE: The flavors follow the nose in this one – fruity, with apricot and tropical fruits leading the way with a nice touch of lemon zest rounding it out. The finish remains fruity, but with a mild hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Green Flash Trippel has a slightly stronger body than most other Trippels, but it is still true to the style and remains on the lighter side. Sweet up front, dry on the way down, this is a very nicely balanced brew.

OVERALL: While the hops are not the star of this show, they do make longer and more pronounced appearances than they do in other Belgian-style Trippels. This is clearly a New World version of the style and it is an excellent example of why a West Coast interpretation of any beer is worth trying. Have this one on the patio on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a Bright golden body.

S: mango, melon, tangerine and herbal hops.

T: musty yeast, tart citrus, herbal flavored hops.

M: light to medium Body and moderate to light carbonation.

Overall: kind of unidimensional. Tastes good and is highly drinkable, just not very interesting or complex.

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Photo of acevenom
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange gold with a tall white head that dissipates moderately quickly. There are plentiful tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The beer smells of apples, pears, spices, and malt. The taste is that of a classic tripel. The fruit and spice notes go well with the malt backbone. The hops do add some nice balance throughout the beer. The malt becomes more prominent as the beer continues to warm. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor, but I do taste some alcohol as the beer warms. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. This is very drinkable for such a strong beer. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange color with a thin surface residue of white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Heaps of bright fruit, and Belgian yeast that evokes almond-like qualities. There is an intense spirit quality that is complex rather than boozy.

T: Begins almost dry, with bready malt and fruit that includes papaya and apricot. Acidity is moderate into the middle where banana esters follow peppery phenolics. The finish is drying, with a re-emphasis of malt but only low bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This tripel is loaded with obvious Belgian qualities, apparently trying to offer a literal lesson in abbey-style ale. Nuanced it is not, separating it from the best of its style. Such beers can be simultaneously delicate and spirituous, yet stand up to the most savory of foods. This beer does stand up, but so rigidly as to be awkward.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 6 oz brown bottle

Green Flash Tripple Ale filled my chalice with a cloudy orange gold/peach color that formed a 1-finger bubbly off-white head and dissipated rather quickly leaving limited lacing. The nose is lightly spiced; fruity, and sweet. The taste is similar to the nose but thankfully more pronounced/stronger. The upfront flavor is somewhat spicy/peppery clove like, to the sweet side, and of light golden fruit with a light dry [hopped] finish. The mouth feel is dominated by fine tingly on the tongue carbonation.

As far as American Triples go, Green Flash Trippel is good and drinkable. However, there are other American Tripels I would reach for first.

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Photo of daledeee
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark clear gold with head at first but that left right away. Small amount of lacing.

Nose is great with apricots, orange, spice. Very strong aroma.

Taste: It appears to benefit from a little airing out. Lots of over the top malt and some spice. Orange peel also. It seems to have a slight numbing affect on the pallet.

Nice carbonation with plenty of alcohol. A decent offering, but there are some better ones out there.

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Photo of Pnuthed
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfect pour with a great head that lingers for awhile. Great color, more orange than anticipated. Aroma is interesting, there's something there that reminds me of the at the end of the dock, very nice. The bready tart yeast shines through limited hops in this one. Not too much warmth for a 9.7%.

I poured this a bit cold, all of the above were accentuated upon warming of the glass.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly orange to tan with a bit of a haze, rising bubbles, and a one inch white head with some staying power and ok lacing. Not as heavily carbonated as a typical tripel, but certainly still pretty well carbed.

Floral, spicy, and yeasty in the nose, with something that's just a touch odd, perhaps like rain in the woods on an autumn day.

Taste - Plenty of maltiness, spices, yeast, and actually a nice, noticeable hops presence too. Some light fruitiness and citrus notes.

Feel is medium and a bit slick, sweet finishing at first, drying out a little as it warms. Alcohol is not very noticeable.

It's a fine tripel but not at the top of the category by any means. Actually it seems like a yeastier version of le freak, with less hops.

Overall it's not bad at all, but won't change you from a hop head to a tripel lover anytime soon.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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