Trippel | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of mat
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and some spices. The taste is malty/yeasty, slight bitterness, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, this Tripel is not as spicy as other's, which to me I like.

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Photo of YesFest
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Into a tall, narrow chalice, pours a chill-hazy brown-orange with 3/4ths finger of snow-white head. Not too much of the murky/uneven cloudiness that I would expect from an unfiltered beer (which I imagine this must be, due to the fact the label calls it bottle conditioned). Low appearance of carbonation. Majorly uneven lacing with no rings but cirrus clouds on the side of the glass. I hope I don't get cirr-hosis!

Smell: Standard Trippel alcohol and sweet clove with a hint of banana and dried tropical fruits.

Taste: Quite mild for 8.5% abv. Mild malts, with a slightly tangy, yet dry finish. Noble hop balance, not insanely complex; it's fun to see that Green Flash Brewing has subtlety in their vocabulary.

Mouthfeel- Quite good for for its style, clean finish without that over-the-top "you just drank a Trippel!!" aftertaste.
Carbonation tastes a tad more noticeable that showed, but still pretty low.

Drinkability- Scary drinkable for it's abv.

This is a nice modest offering, I almost always prefer a Dubbel, but this is definitely solid.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange color - lighter than that really, but not quite golden. I'm getting a few flakes in the beer, but not much. Head is tall and smooth, but not as craggy as a true Belgian. Overall not bad.

The aromas are definitely taking a hit buried under that cap, but when I do get there it's still a little bit of a let-down. There is some fruits and some spices, but their either too muddy or too weak to get a handle on.

In the mouth there's a pale malt presence with grassy, slightly lemon-like fruitiness from the hops. The yeast strain does it's job but it's not complemented particularly well by the fruitiness overall. The heat is turned up a bit high for my taste, especially for this style.

Dangerously close to a European strong pilsner. Very full and sticky, with only enough carbonation to keep the head up. Green Flash brews some great beers, even some great Belgian styles, but this one is just about middling.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Small white head dissipates quickly to a ring; beer is an opaque dark orange/golden/tan color (quite interesting indeed). Very little lacing on the glass.
S: Heavy ripe citrus (dole mandarin oranges/fruit cups in syrup come to mind). Very sweet aroma with a faint bitter-smelling hop aroma to round out. Some alcohol on the nose.
T: Sweet but balanced out by a bitter candy sweetness. Sweet citrus in aroma and some honey notes. The bitter starts to overwhelm, in an awkwardly vinegar kind of way. Hints of spice and a coming-and-going sense of alcohol.
M: Light to medium, leaning towards the latter. There's a slick mouthfeel to this brew.
D: I nursed this beer for a while. A hearty ABV/warming sensation to boot. This bottle was a 9.70%ABV. It looks like they kicked up the alcohol content just a bit? A good beer. I look forward to trying more from Green Flash.

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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 jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed 9/10/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden fizzy body, somewhat opaque. Creamy off-white head, fine bubbles, lastingish. Belgiany flowery sweet taste. Some spiciness, maybe clove, or corriander? Spicy taste, floral, somewhat sour. More sour as it warms. A little too sweet as it warms up. Soft mouthfeel, somewhat bitter hoppy.

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

this bottle has the newer 'sunset' label with abv stated as 9.7% -
poured a hazy amber color with a good creamy head - spotty lacing down the glass - nice aroma - smells like a trippel - taste is malty and sweet - nicely done - another winner from green flash.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jun 2008.

Small white lacy head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy light copper color. Aroma is buttery caramel, coriander, yeast, ethanol, apples. Sweet spiced rum flavor to start. Some vanilla and oak through the middle. Fairly malty sweet, some spiciness. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and warming ethanol. Aftertaste is a lingering fruitiness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Warming ethanol.

Nice interpretatin of the style.

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Photo of nick76
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is spicy and yeasty with hops, soap, and malt. The appearance is hazy gold with a nice head and an amber hue. The flavor is like the aroma but somewhat sour. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is not that good and I won't be looking forward to another one anytime soon.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale dark gold/orange in color a little murky. Quickly dissapating head with minor lacing. Very light floral aroma of sweet citrus and banana. Taste is a bit fruity, slightly sweet at forst, sharp peppery finish. Good mouthfeel. Better than average drinkability.

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

Pours a light honey gold with a big creamy head

Hops and spice, almost jalapeno-like in the nose (but sweet)

Sweet beginning with ample lemon and cranberry and even a liittle raspberry flavor, always with a little pepper-spice in the background.

Very fruity but overly sweet...actually packs a punch!

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

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late October for $4.99.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice white head initially. Nose initially was of light fruits, light malts and European hops. Taste is of those light fruits initially, candied sugar, finishing with a light peppery hop. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with that Belgian yeast strain providing a nice smooth ride across the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a pretty good representation of the style at a very fair price.

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Photo of ReDave
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with a pretty thick creamy head.

Not my favourite style, in fact I thought i was getting the Green Flash Imperial IPA.... Whew what a difference..

But I'll give props for what it is, and this was for sure drinkable.

Belgian spicy aroma. Belgian spices taste. even a little bitter.. Note bad.
Mostly malt.

Golden not clear color.

Some lace down the glass.

Full bodied, Nice.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
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 Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer.

Bright golden beer with the slightest of a haze. White foamy head that faded fairly quickly. Not much lacing.

Clean aroma that was very fruity. Also a bit of earthiness and spice.

Very enjoyable flavor. Some nice fruits and I was getting a lot of apricot and a bit of banana. Some nice hop bitterness comes in late and provides some citrus notes. Gentle mix of some spices, yeast and the hops provide a fairly complex profile. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel was light and fresh. Fairly crisp and refreshing with some lively carbonation.

Very drinkable and I plan to have this again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at Stone. This brew is a clear orange color with a thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of yeast and bananas plus a bit of citrus. Full-bodied with flavors of yeast, banana and spices plus some yeast and hay. The finish is spicy with citrus and spice flavors and a yeast aftertaste. Pretty solid all around.

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Photo of TLove
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of Fnord
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow, very opaque. Persistent head that clings nicely to the glass.

Smell - Sugar, banana, yeast, spiciness, and alcohol.

Taste - Starts sharp, even for a tripel. Is this because of the Saaz hops? It swiftly turns spicy and lemony, with a clear alcohol taste throughout.

Mouthfeel - Too much carbonation for my taste.

Overall - It's a decent tripel. It's worth a try because it's a little different that many others of its style, but it's far from the best.

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Photo of deanwilson
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a 22 oz glass botte

A. dark yellow/light orange w/slight white foamy head.

S. Sweet, lemon, floral, banana, almost sugar like smell

T. Strong citrus up front form the yeast, clove, slight malt up front, more in the miidle, light hops at the end.

M. unremarkable

D. This bottle was split between two people, and one glass with a meal was enough. This beer goes well with light, spicy food, but in my opinion does not stand well by itself.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a murky, dull gold with orange hues accompanied by a slight fizzy white head that was quick to go without leaving much of a lacing. Some small branflake like floaties were present suspended in the moderate visible carbonation.

S: sour fruitiness of apples, bananas, and citrus. A light muskiness creeps in along with some peppery hints.

T: The flavor starts out sweet with a sweet honey spiced zing and proceeds to tart fruit, oranges, and bananas . Theres a nice floral bitterness in the middle of the palate before yielding to a dry sour fruit finish of pears and some grassiness.

M: full bodied, thick, creamy with a decent spiciness and citric lacing on the tongue.

D: Overall was moderately good, but there are a lot better examples out there I would opt for before spending money on this. Not a lot of complexity and a tad rough at times flavorwise.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Pours clear orange with lots of carbonation and a huge white head. Aroma is full of the bubblegum and sugar you would expect. I love the taste. Light, full of bananas and spice, yeast and some root beer. A very nice tripel that I wish would find a way into Green Flash' permament rotation.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick and creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent along with a spicey yeast aroma. It's warming to the nose and full of esters. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry, earthy taste that goes down slow and burns a bit in the finish. There is nice hop character to it as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with prickly carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although there are plenty better available.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A : Translucent golden color. Poured with pinky-sized head that dissipated within a few minutes.

S: Clove, pepper, spices, banana.

T: Sweet, peppery, fruity. But nothing particularly special in a trippel.

M: Decent, slightly too much carbonation.

D: Enjoyable. I like it but will probably spend my money on other trippels.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden/amber body with a pretty sizable white head which dissipated to a thinner layer somewhat quickly

S - hints of clove, pepper, spices, and bready malt mix readily with a strong amount of banana and yeast. Hints of pear? Inviting

T - a sweet fruity flavor mixes with a fairly pronounced bitterness. The yeastiness is there, though maybe less pronounced than in the nose. Definitely a bit of peppery spice as well

M - medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation

D - a nice beer. This isn't a bad trippel at all, though I'm not sure if I would buy it over other trippels again. Still, I would say it's definitely worth a shot if you haven't had it. Glad I picked it up

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 593 ratings