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 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 drummstikk
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly sweet trippel with classic fruit esters and Belgian yeast funk. Differs from most in its residual sugar and slight oxidized character, which combine with the pale malt and fruit esters to create a taste like Mother's Circus Animal cookies. If you've ever had these crack-like addictive treats, you'll know the comparison is favorable.

Body is thick and sweet with not quite enough carbonation to back up the alcohol and sugar.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours like gold into the glass with about two fingers of fluffy head that leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity with a blend of peach, apple, grape, banana and some spice, almost like a dry chardonnay.

T - Sweet and spicy. Kind of a banana spice flavor is mostly what I am getting. There is some apple and pear as well, and a nice mild alcohol that is very warming.

M - Dry with nice carbonation, medium body, very good.

D - It's not my new favorite beer, but I like it and I would drink another, it's a good solid beer!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open this 22oz bomber on Sunday, 18JUL10, and enjoyed it out in the 'Zebo.

Poured into a DT tulip, this Tripel was a rich, orangey/apricoty color. Had a touch of haze, and some sporadic carbo. Head was thin and fine, with the white bubbles forming some crop-circles on the surface. Most of the foam headed to the edge, though, and left some decent lacing. This one looked quite striking, especially when held up to the sunshine. Some tropical fruit appears in the aroma, with suggestions of being dry and crackery, with a touch of bubblegum. It's mostly medium-bodied, and fairly smooth, though it has a hint of prickle here and there.

Flavor is lightly toasty, with intimations of sweetness. Tropical fruit is here as well, with a splash of pear and some mild apple notes. Very dry overall, with some hops contributing some herbal, almost mint-like qualities. Lacks complexity and fruitiness, though. A fair rendition, at best.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of atsprings
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp bubbly light orange with a decent light khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild sweet malts and Belgian spice. The taste is Belgian spice up front with sweet malts and fruits and a slight citrus hop kick, there is also a bit of alcohol in the finish. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with a bit of carbonation and more alcohol presence than I was hoping for. This seems to be just another in the long line of sub-par American brewed Tripels.

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Photo of impending
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a tulip. Pours a beautiful clear golden copper, a bit darker than many tripels. Minor white (great photographer) head subsided rather quickly which is surprising as it has decent carbonation.

Bready aroma with candied light sugars, rich honey fragrance and faint citrus. No hint of the alcohol until it begins to warm.

Medium thick mouth feel. Dark fruit on the front end that I didn't pick up in the aroma. Fair amount of yeast. The alcohol stays in the back decently for 9.7 and is just slightly peppery as the other flavors fade. Definitely a sipper. Not great but a competent triple, lacks complexity.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: hue is golden, though a bit on the light side. Plenty of haze. Head is two fingers of compact ivory foam which dissipates leaving a nice head. An altogether attractive tripel.

Smell: some nice orchardy pear and apple aromas with a bit of a roughly chalky character; actually, a character not unlike a saison. Overall not bad, but not precisely what I'm looking for.

Taste: malty but with a dense base flavor which is chalky but not in a good way. Again, there's saison influence here; the effect is OK but not very tripel-ey.

Mouthfeel: a quality creaminess which I like.

Drinkability: this beer lacks what I'm normally seeking in a tripel. It's not bad, really, but it falls short of the experience I want. I don't see myself purchasing this one again.

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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 jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Pale hazy, light amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is mellow fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and tart citrus with a tart finish. High ABV is hidden. Decent American triple. $7.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to heavy body with a smooth sticky texture. Medium citrus balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: To start with the head produces a big fluffy and creamy foam head which is bright white in color. It slowly fades to a thin covering which hangs on till the end and leaves some splotchy lace on the glass. Under the head sits a hazy, honey amber colored liquid full of yeast floaters that hang in suspension.

Smell: Its aroma is fruity and yeasty with notes of banana and plain white bread.

Taste/Palate: Up front are the classic notes of funky Belgian yeast. It's fruity, earthy and bready with a touch of spice. Banana is the stand out fruity note along with a touch of apple. Alcohol is present here but mellow and adds some warmth. The sweetness and fruitiness hits its peek in the middle before the hops move in and adds there dry earthy/leafy notes and mild bitterness to the finish. The body has a solid medium feel with plenty of carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel this is a solid Tripel style beer with a good lively palate.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up for $6.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY on a whim. Never heard of the brewery before and though I'd give it a shot. 22oz bomber, chilled, poured into a standard pint glass.

Heavy pour gives a slowly building 1/2" of rocky light tan foam on top of a hazy honey-colored brew. Generates great lacing throughout. Subdued nose of yeast, fruity esters, milk, on a background of bready malt and a hint of caramel. Taste is of spicy hops and a bunch of cinnamon, mixed hops, then tropical flavors (cocoanut and pineapple?). Mouthfeel has good carbonation and viscosity. Finish is slick with lingering sweetness, spices, and hops. Alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from the notorious "Habits" cheap cig store in Salem. Lovelly looking beer as poured, hazy orange with a small yet handsome light tan head.great laceing too. Nce spicy,bready, hayloft aromas,slightly earthy and a wee bit o leather. Spicy,semi sweet,sourness in the taste.Medicainal slightly, very yeasty. Nice. Great mouthfeel on this one, quite luscious. Overal a very nice American tripel. Liked it.

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Photo of Stigs
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, split and served in Chimay chalice's...

A - pour leaves about a half in of loose and bubbly white foam, small patches of brown from yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. the beer is hazy, dark gold colored.

S - crisp and complex: belgian yeast, cloves, banana, pear, slightly sour green apples, black pepper, and doughy bread. some hay and grain near the end, and slightly over ripened earthy hops.

T - caught me off guard a little bit, was expecting some nice complexity from the nose...but not so much. starts off with some relatively nice belgian yeast...lively and slightly peppery. then a quick (too quick) flash of fruitiness (mostly apple), followed by a dominating past-their-prime hops and a weird funky tartness, plus a very noticeable alcohol burn.

M - slightly overdone carbonation...medium to thinnish body. what i dont like here though is the somewhat overwhelming dryness through the second half and finish.

D - average Tripel at best, might be completely different either fresh or with a couple years time to meld a bit. right now, its in an awkward adolescent stage. probably wont bother with this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is absolutely fantastic, but very unexpected. A definite tartness with plenty of fruit. There are notes of grapes, apples, pears, and perhaps lemons.

T: The flavor was lacking a lot of the great qualities of the nose. The sweet malt and fruity esters dominate with notes of pears and apples. The alcohol is quite strong here and comes through more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a tingly carbonation and a slight dryness.

D: I was very excited by the aromas of the beer, but the strong alcohol diminish the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy apricot with thick 2-finger head, decent lacing

S: peach, dry chardonnay, some alcohol, banana, faint pineapple, very faint sweet grapefruit and spice notes

T: banana nut bread up front, faint vanilla on the the finish, very light white pepper, some peach on the mid-palate

M: very round with slight sticky feel, finishers clean and sightly sweet

D: pretty nice effort from GFBC, very mellow trippel with decent fruit

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Photo of froghop
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ CBC.

pours a semi-cloudy orange with a thin off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, malt, and fruit.

taste is thick, some sweetness, pear, malt, apricot, spice, and hops in the back, ends a little dry.

overall a very nice tripel, better on-tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Modern all-malt trippel dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned" according to the label. That last part is evident from the wispy sediment swirling around the bottom after the first pour.

Served cool into my St. Bernardus Watou glass, it has a golden straw yellow color very good clarity. The thin white head is short-lived and leaves no evidence behind.

Aroma is sweet and mild, some citrus, but the dry hopping claim is not making itself known here.

Flavor is pretty good for an American trippel. Sweet at first but turns strong and bitter towards the middle. There is a nice tart and sour lemon citrus flavor in the middle. It finishes spicy and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, both of which seem about right for the style. Alcohol is very well-hidden. This really should be a slow sipper but, if it turns out this could be a hot summer day kind of beer. Very easy drinking.

Overall a good trippel and a good value at $5 for the bomber. I could see coming back to this beer when the weather gets warmer. It might be an interesting comparison to do side-by-side with other U.S. trippels. I'm sure Green Flash would hold its own.

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Photo of adamette
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Wegman's in Erie, PA with my friend Bill two days ago for $6.49 into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date.

A First pour from the bottle is a hazy yellow/orange light caramel colored body under a brief, big bubbly head that dissapeared within a minute down to a hazy, light film on the top of the beer. Rather typical for the style with the welcome addition of the haziness which is not always present. The body of further pours were even more hazy. 3.5

S Sweet smell of barley malt and Belgian yeast is released particularly with swirling so I recommend that all tasters do that to fully enjoy the aroma. I actually picked up some gingerbread. 4.0

T Yes, this is a solid tripel. Sweet malt with the Belgian yeast is there and a bit of gingerbread cookie as well. Finish might be a little thin as only the slight syrupy feel lingers into the after taste. 3.5

M As mentioned, there is a slight syrupy thickness that lingers the longest into the after taste but really it is thinner than the best tripels. 3.0

D Fair to good. Like all tripels, this is a big ABV beer and the thinness reduces my desire to keep drinking it. Don't you worry, I will finish the bomber but would not probably want more than that. 3.5

Notes: A fine tripel but really, there are better options out there. Tripel Karmeleit and Allagash Curieux come to mind.

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

Appearance: A hazy coppery-orange body capped by about two fingers of creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A mix of juicy citric hops, some other darkish fruits, spices, and a little booze all over a sweetish malt body.

Flavor: There's still nice spiciness, but the juiciness fades and the fruity flavors dry out a lot. The hops are grassy and provide some mild bitterness throughout. Underneath, there's a big dose of pale malt to form a solid backbone with just a hint of burnt sugar. The alcohol provides a little spice, but is almost totally hidden. Dark fruit and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little fuller than medium and a little sticky with good carbonation. Quite dry throughout.

Drinkability: Decently quaffable for the style, just watch out for the almost double-digit alcohol.

Verdict: Green Flash have crafted a serviceable American Trippel here. It's nothing earth-shaking, but worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of asabreed
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into (for something different) a 12 oz. Sam Smith nonic.

Cool new label for Green Flash too. I wonder if they'll be using more sleek designs for beers other than the Trippel and Le Freak in the future.

Appearance: Lighter, mildly hazy golden yellow color, bright white lacing and decent retention.

Smell: Earthy and band-aid medicinal phenolics, though subtle, seem to be working with the mashed banana aroma. And knowing Green Flash, there's more hops in this than others would allow or probably call for, and the citrus seems to be mellowing out the maltiness a bit, which is interesting.

Taste: Here's where the balance isn't as good as I'd hoped, but it's only slightly almost too hoppy, or the acidity of the hops causes a bit of a weird, caustic balance between the yeast, candi sugar, and malt flavors. I understand, maybe, what they're trying to do here: curbing the sweetness a bit, but the amalgam isn't harmonious, or as harmonious as it's probably supposed to be. That's where Le Freak comes in probably. Still, easy to drink, and a long finish, and not as sweet as most domestic versions seem to be these days.

Mouthfeel: A good coating feel all over the place. Bigger-bodied, but still creamy and good carbonation to help everything come together pretty well.

Drinkability: A pretty solid domestic Tripel, which I think people don't realize, at least by my standards, is hard to come by these days. Would you expect something from Green Flash, even a Trippel, that wasn't slightly, at least, heavily hopped?

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/gold color with about a half inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like candy sugar, apples, Belgian yeast, bready malt and some bananas and tropical fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some alcohol noticable in the taste. Not too much that it's overpowering, but I can tell it's there. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit creamy and coating with good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. I think this is a decent enough beer, but it's not my favorite Tripel. But with that being said, I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who are you flashing? Pours a somewhat hazy yellow color with a light orange hue throughout. A soft fizzy head which didn't have much retention but it wasn't a good pour. Limited lacing as well.

The nose is limited over all but good notes from what I can pick up. Esters mostly come out with a light rose peddle and banana aroma. Some hints of pilsner malt and noticeable sugary candi notes. A light citrus almost like an orange cleaner aroma. Some noticeable fusel notes that is a bit off setting.

That taste is a bit more in tune. The malt comes out with a subtle pilsner Belgian pale malt taste. Some candi notes but limited even compared against the noses. Has more of an American feel to it than a Belgian. This is partially from a limited yeast profile. Some esters with rose peddles and a light cloves. But would like more esters over all. Some hoppy notes which is a bit much for style. Some bitterness that is a bit too much as well.

The body is moderate and a bit too sweet for style. Carbonation is a little light as well. Overall there really aren't very many flaws to the beer but I would like more of a Belgian feel/taste

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Photo of Taverner420
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not the worst American Trippel. Much better than, say, Trippel Dipsea.

A - Nice hazy golden with some white head that sticks around.
S - Smells like a trippel. Lots of fresh hop notes and yeasty esters.
T - Tastes lightly sweet, but finishing clean. Notes of grapefruit and apricot.
M - Feels lighter than it should be.
D - Very drinkable. For an American Trippel, its pretty good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a medium white head. The aroma is very fruity with some Belgian yeast. You also get a little floral component. The flavor is fruit, yeast and alcohol. You get some hop bitterness in the flavor and the floral component is also there. The alcohol is warming. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. An interesting take on a tripel that I think works nicely.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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