Trippel | Green Flash Brewing Co.

592 Ratings

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber that was purchased in late 2008 and sat in the back of the DBF since then. Pours a rich golden hue with a 2-finger white foam that fades pretty slowly and leaves some nice rings on the glass. Surprised at the great clarity, at least on the first pour.

Nose is showing a few signs of oxidation after spending a year in the cellar. Fruitiness balances the line between bright tropical and dark fleshy fruit. Plenty of alcohol with a few hints of honey, graham crackers and Sugar Pops cereal.

Taste is still pretty good...can tell this one should not be cellared very long, but maintained its freshness well. The hops are plenty noticeable and help to balance out the very sweet malts. Honey flavors are almost dominant. Alcohol (my bottle says 8.5% rather than the aforementioned 9.7%) is readily apparent and contributes a warming effect right away. Even after some age on it, it has not smoothed out like I thought it would, still rough around the edges and does not do a good job of hiding the ABV. It is a decent American attempt at a tripel, fun to give it a go every now and again.

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Photo of iamjuanvaldez
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
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 mtnbikerpa
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle, which might be older because it says 8.5% ABV. Left a nice three finger head with little lacing after the head subsided. Appearance is a nice dark golden yellow color. Strong yeasty, sugars are very apparent, some candied fruits also in the smell. Alcohol is still pretty strong in the first taste, then giving way to biscuit and dough like yeasts. Clove and spices, maybe a small amount of nutmeg. Still alot of heat coming from the alcohol and some banana like flavor. Mouthfeel is not to objectionable. But all and all the drinkability is hampered by the lack of balance.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, deep gold color. Thick, two finger dallop of off white foam that left minimal lacing. Lots of visible sediment.

S: Bananas, cloves, apples, and pear. Sweet fruit with a touch of rough alcohol in the nose..

T: See above. Metallic flavors, fruity yeast, spices, and fruity/grassy hops.

M: Spicy astringency. Hints of fruity sweetness mixed with alcohol solvency.

D: A decent tripel, but I don't think we'll return to this one.

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Photo of jsh420
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells very fruity and has a nice hop spice to it

taste was more like a farmhouse ale - tad funky and musty - good amount of fruit - the hops that were in the nose are more subtle - still has some spice to it

mouthfeel was so so - a bit to heavy for me and too smooth

drinkability is not so good - just too heavy and the 22oz was about 16 too many

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Photo of ski271
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Must be a new an altered recipe. New label and higher abv. (9.7%)
Veryu slightly hazy medium golden-orange with a medium-sized, white foamy head that slowly diminishes. Good lacing. Smell is of fruit, spice and yeast. Banana most notable... VERY notable. Also apple, pineapple, orange and corainder. Taste follows, with a musty banana presence being overpowering and out of balance. I do think Green Flash is a good brewery, and I remember having this beer last year (in a green-labeled bottle) and I enjoyed it. This one just does not impress me at all. Something just seems off here. I trust the bottle shop I purchased this from, and they take proper care of their bottles, but I guess it is still posible I got a bad bottle. Maybe I'll try this one again if I can find it somewhere else and see if it was off.

OK, I had it again. FINALLY cracked into the bottle I had for a while. It was better than the last time I reviewed it, though I don't think it was quite as good as it has been in the past. Still, quite enjoyable!

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed orange with a thite head that lasts.

The smell is of bubblegum and somewhat musty with fruit (apples, some banana and pear) and lemongrass spice.

The taste is of herbal spiciness (slightly metallic) notes with fruit (apple/pear) and some mustiness. Slightly sweet with a dry, spicy finish.

The body is light-to-medium with ample carbonation, though not quite effervescent nor particularly creamy - still the body "holds up".

Not a bad interpretation at all, though I doubt would be confused with a Belgian classic of the style. Some metallic notes through it off, as well.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Seems to be some sediment floating in there as is typical with the style.

S - Spice and yeast with plenty of alcohol. Perhaps pear/apple scents.

T - Spicy and fruity, but the alcohol is not masked very well, something common with many attempts at this style. I'm getting some orange and coriander. Finishes spicy.

M - Medium body, not overly carbonated. Goes down smooth and isn't as sticky as others I have had.

D - My bottle says that this is 9.7%. Perhaps they have tweaked the recipe? I would think the BA beer profile needs to be updated. This is a very strong beer and makes for a tasty treat but is by no means a session ale.

Overall a decent tripel, but I am by no means a connoisseur of this style. I enjoy a triple once in a while and at 5.99 for the 22 oz bottle this was a tasty treat! Opt for Golden Monkey if you can.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

golden honey w orange tones. clear when decanted properly. 1.5-finger off-white head, recedes to thin layer, then wispy layer, slightly creamy. great lacing that is layered and continuous.

aroma: fruity apple, pear and white grape, touch of citrus zest, caramel maltiness with lightly toasted character. euro hopping, with herbal/grassy note. spicy pepper detectable in the mild to moderate phenols in back.

similar fruitiness and malt character, though the latter is just a bit watered down. moderate bitterness from the grassy/herbal euro hops, but with touch of citrus again, despite the claim on the bottle of no american hops. lots of saaz in the aftertaste though. some noticeable alcohol and phenols to finish, but is at least of a "cleansing" quality.

medium body, relatively smooth, with resinous astringency in the finish, cleaned up w alcohol and phenols again. crisp, moderate carbonation helps smooth things out in the middle.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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 SLeffler27
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of white sea-foam drops to one big puff with spotty lace. A beautifully sparkling clear, amber is retained below as carbonation finds its way skyward.

As the sun goes down, a modestly spicy ginger with pine resin warms to develop pineapple and white wine aromas.

Peppery spice with pecan and punch of alcohol warms to reveal... more alcohol and pepper. A quick burst of bitterness punctuates the finish followed by lingering dryness.

A light bodied, dry beer is sharp with soft carbonation.

A Hoegaarden snifter hosts this fine Trippel, suitable for reading or a nightcap, however, the high presence of alcohol and off-style flavors hold this one back.

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Photo of ScarletLady
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bomber bottle, room temperature
A- apricot with thin lacing
S- strong on the alcohol burn, made my eyes water a little bit, a bit of yeast spice
T - fruit/pearlike finishing in to a little clove & pepper. very carbonated. Can taste the alcohol more that I would have thought for the ABV.
M - ok not too thin It did make my tongue tingle which was interesting
D - just ok, won't have it again

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Photo of jwheeler85
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle:

A- Deep amber with a high rising, tight head

S- Good malty base with some accentuating spices and orange peel notes, some hop smells and dark fruit.

T- Starts off sweet with the spices quickly coming into play. Finishes with more spice and some citrus flavors.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel with an appropriate level of carbonation.

D- This was an excellent, strong, and complex brew. A good American interpretation of a Belgian tripel. While I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think that compared to the classic examples of the style, some of the flavors seem a bit unnaturally forced into the beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Apricot gold with good clarity and mild carbonation. The foamy orange tinged cap starts small, doesn't stick around and leaves no lace in its wake. Definitely the beer's weak suit.

S: Fruity and boozy. Pear, apple and grape struck me right away. Alcohol and pepper provided balance against the vinous sweetness.

T: Seemed stronger than its 8.5% ABV. The alcohol isn't masked much and adds a ton of warmth, plus a bit of a burn to the proceedings. The fruit aromas from the nose transitioned nicely into the flavors. A sharp clove and coriander bitterness added welcome complexity. Finished warm and alcoholic.

M: The medium-heavy body is silky, yet also highly carbonated.

D: This is a nice nightcap beer that drinks stronger than it is. Not among the best Tripels, but a nice enough beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, abv is marked but no date.

Appearance: Clear golden color, nice thick head. good retention.

Smell: A bit of tart fruit, some yeast.

Taste: A bit of peppery spice is the first thing I taste, then some fruit. Light in body with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall impression: Not bad, fairly drinkable considering the ABV. Enjoyable beer, but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into twin standard tulip glasses. The ale appears a clear bright apricot color with about two fingers of lingering creamy off white foam. The aromas and flavors coming from the beer are of sweet candi sugars, fruits such as tart green apples, pears, and white grapes, slightly spicy yeast. Lots of alcohol filling the nose and tingling the tongue. Could use a bit more body though, but it's still worth trying.

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Photo of jdense
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber from John's Marketplace into Judas tulip.

Clear orange body under two finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. A bit of sweetness in the nose, but more watery than beer-like. Decent tripel-ish taste, sweet oranges, a bit of coriander, and a slightly bitter alcohol finish. Pretty weak mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation. Alcohol very noticeable, so 1 bomber is more than enough. Not a real strong example of Belgian-style Tripels. Glad I tried it, but won't buy one again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured luminous golden color in my chalice with white head. Nose was fairy rich with boozy sour green apples. On the palate there was soft malt and an herbal quality that mingled with the sour apple fruityness. Overall, very boozy and fatiguing to drink.

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Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was a nice golden amber with a thin layer of long lasting tan head, good carbonation throughout.

The smell was ultra sweet, and fruity with lots of apricots, orange, and candy sugar. Just a little to sweet for my nose.

Thankfully the flavor doesn't follow the nose with a much more balanced and complex flavor. Has a nice bit of grainy and sourdough bread malt with some light tropical fruits coming through, I'm really getting a lot of pineapple. The flavor turns just a bit to the bitter side in the finish with a bit of juniper and that funky Green Flash yeast that seems to show up in all of their offerings. Very complex with some vanilla and spice notes sneaking in as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is warm with a long lingering dry finish.

A pleasant easy drinking Tripel.

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Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first brew from Green Flash. I'm always excited to start exploring the tastes of a new brewery. Color is a hazy, dark orange. The off-white, two-finger head has adequate retention, and leaves some diminutive spots of lacing speckled between some larger fingers jutting upward. Aroma involves big light fruits mixed with yeast, a nice undercurrent of spice, and some subtle butterscotch candy. Very satisfying and interesting to the nose. Tastes bready and malty at first, with a big hit of alcohol pushing itself into the mix. I always like to taste the alcohol in the bigger brews, but this might be a bit much. Nothing to sweat too much though. Spice, sour grapes, sour apples, and citrus exist as well. Mouth-feel is on the heavy side of medium. Good carbonation sets up for nice drinkability.

If you're going to compare this to the top-shelf Belgian Tripels you're probably not going to be overly excited. But if you approach it with an open mind and take it for what it is, it's a darn good representation.

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Photo of TequilaSauer
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - This is one pretty beer. Wow. Soft, smooth head with more body than I expected to see. Beautiful amber color.

S - Lots of soap and citrus with a little yeast.

T - Overly sweet attack, almost like cheap fruit candy. There's some spice and citrus in the flavor, but it's overpowered. There's a lot of alcohol in the finish as well. Such a gorgeous looking beer, yet it fails to deliver on the flavor.

M - Very pleasant in the mouth considering the flavor. The carbonation is smooth and light with a medium body.

D - With that sweetness and alcohol flavor, it's not a beer I'd go to often. In fact, given the immense wealth of great beers the Triple has, I'm not sure I'll come back to this ever again.

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

Appearance: Poured a darker, orangish golden amber. Slightly cloudy, but not much. Two fingers of bubbly white head. Pretty good retention; seems to stick around. Lots of visible carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smell: Has a nose of juice, apple mostly. The typical Belgian yeast and spices that I’m accustomed to aren’t really there. With a deep whiff, the alcohol (8.5%) comes out for a little bite. Some darker bready malts in the back ground, but hidden.

Taste: Big bite up front that mellows out as the flavor spreads across the tongue. Much more of a Belgian taste, with the typical spices (ginger and cloves) and yeast coming though, but still not quite “traditional” or pronounced. Sweet. Seems like it almost has a barleywine-like component, but this fades away while drinking. The alcohol is definitely there (tingling the back of the throat), but isn’t overly intrusive.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and very smooth; almost creamy somehow. Coats the mouth feel, with a good linger. You can feel the alcohol, but it isn’t bad.

Drinkability: A very good beer, but a slightly interesting take on a tripel. Definitely a good sipper and a well-rounded beer, but you could easily mistake it for something else.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, luminescent golden color. Cloudy but with lots of light emanating from it. Medium white head shrinks quickly. The color is top notch; lots of carbonation.

The smell is a spicy aroma; orange zest. Citrus and lemon. The aroma sits effervescently above the glass. A funky yeast too. Balanced and spicy. Hint of malt grain at the end.

The funky, sourish yeast and malt come out in the taste. Some bright, citrusy notes of lemon and orange peel. A hint of puckery sweetness on top; some sour apple. The citrus really puts it over the edge. Good balance.

Fizzy and bubbly like water on a hot skillet. Mellows with time. A very nice, not too harsh tripel. Sweet fruits and a spicy Belgian balance.

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Photo of thaxomatic
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 mat
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pulled this bottle from my very modest cellar. No label on the bottle, but I got a case from the brewery dated August 2007. There was a small audible pop when I opened it. Small foamy head when poured into my Delirium glass which quickly dissipates. It smells like yeast and spices. The Belgian yeast really comes through in the taste. The banana-like flavor I remember from fresh bottles is mostly gone now. Very drinkable, little to no alcohol burn. I'm really enjoying this. It seems to have aged really well.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 592 ratings
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