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

Poured into an oversized tulip glass.

This brew is a deep, dirty orange colored brew with a big, foamy white head that offers some nice lacing that fades as it warms.

Smells of apricot, bananas, sweet candy malt and spices.

Tastes of ripe apricot, bananas, sweet candied malt and some nice hop spice. Has a dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel with good, active carbonation.

This is a very good trippel - one of my favorite styles. The abv is very well hidden here as well.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice, sweet aroma of fruit, yeast, spices and yeast.

T: Tasted of light fruit (apples, maybe some pears), a little yeast, malt, and light spices (a hint of pepper). This beer may not be as potent or flavorful as some tripels, but it is likeable enough.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily the best American-made beer I've tried, but it's fairly well made and easy to drink.

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Photo of mschind
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Didnt get much of a head on the first pour into a snifter, about an inch that was foamy and dissipated quickly leaving some lacing. Color is a clear deep orange gold. Carbonation flows in beaded strands.

S- It has the signature Trippel aroma, Belgian yeast, sweet malty floral esters with no discernible hops. A hint of yeast.

T- The alcohol is up front on this (not surprising at 9.7% ABV) along with sweet malt. Hint of banana, vanilla a little clove and a touch of pepper. The up front sweetness is balanced by a slightly dry finish.

M- Medium body, nice substance without being syrupy. Carbonation is noticeable without being fizzy.

O- You might find better examples of the style but you will also pay a lot more. This is a great value and a good way to experience a well made domestic Tripel without shelling out big bucks.

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

Pours a hazy golden orange hue which leaves a creamy dense two finger head and clingy lacing here and there,the smell is barley sugar,corriander,fennel and spicy hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch creamy with tastes of sweet pastry,spicy hops,jarrah honey,dill,biscuty malts and finished with a spicy herbalness and overall its an easy enough Trippel to sink but i dont think id run out of my way to buy it again cheers.

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

22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of pepper, apricot, pear, banana, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Nice aromas with good balance. Taste of big pear, pepper, apricot, banana, clove, candi sugar, biscuit, spicy yeast, and some yeast tang. Lingering notes of biscuit, pear, apricot, pepper, and spicy yeast on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Decent balance of flavors with smooth drinking for 9.7%. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very solid American made Tripel. Definitely some better ones out there, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most eye cacthing thing was the head, it was increadible tall and soapy looking. It sat atop a beer that was the color of peach blush. very little carbs. Aroma was of malts bright hops and spice. Taste is pretty good but one of the first things I noticed was a pretty good, wide open alcohol taste. Boozey. A ton of malts and a ton of hops with a lite sprinkling of spices. Yeasty.
On the palette the beer was semi-dry and the lack of carbs gives the beer a slick stickiness.
I thought this beer okay. I think there is too much alcohol in the taste and I thought it lacks depth in flavor.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet, unknown freshness date. This pours an orangish color with a tall white head which quickly dissipates. The smells are a little fruity, some light hops, some banana and sweet malts. The feel is medium high carbonation. The taste is pretty good a little dry, some banana, malts, pepper and a slight hop bite.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a 12oz tulip.

Pours a light clear yellow with a very small white head along with a bunch of thin white lacing. Nose is hoppy and yeasty, very nice.

Taste is dry and crisp on the finish with a sweet and slightly boozytasty. Lots of Belgian candi sugar flavors, overall very good.

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Photo of gtermi
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: I poured this into a Duvel tulip and it was a nice gold with a redish tint to it. It has a white head that is about three fingers thick. The head quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace around the glass.

S: The belgian yeast is pretty apparent in this beer, but it also has a nice amount of hops on the nose.

T: The taste is very calm. There is a nice amount of beligian yeast on the tongue. I am also getting a little bit of hops that are more on the finish of the beer.

M:The beer has a little crispness on the tongue and the back of the throat, but its bad at all. I find it to be one of the smoothest tripels on the market.

O: Now this is a very old bottle so dont take this review compared to a new fresh bottle. I think this beer actually ages okay, but I still prefer this fresh.

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

Green Flash Brewing Trippel Ale

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A – Pours a delicious golden ale color with some awesome copper hints and some slight orange hints as well. Very delicious looking white 1-inch head that is quite dense with some nice retention. It leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glasses. (4.0)

S – Starts off with some nice clove notes and some slight banana. Nice spicy Belgian yeast notes. Some nice juice notes are present. Slight pear and some peach notes as well. There is some mild hop notes on the back end but not like other GF brews. The fruity aromas are so nice. (3.5)

T & M – Starts off with some nice Belgian yeast note and some nice malty sweetness. Slight Belgian spice with very nice clove notes and some slight banana is present. There is also a nice slight alcoholic sweetness. The fruit juice notes are very present and delicious. There is some slight apple and some nice pear in there. The malty portions of this beer are slightly bready as well. There is some slight hp bitterness to the beer almost like a mellow Belgian IPA. The mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick and carbonation is on the lower end. It is still quite delicious though. (4.0) (3.5)

O – Good solid Trippel. Now that Green Flash is available in MO I will probably have this more often especially since my GF loves Belgians. It isn’t the best out there or the best available in my area but its very approachable and delicious. Very good job. (3.5)

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Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Thanks for sharing this, Josh!

Hazy golden orange and yellow with a thick, persistent white head that eventually leaves thin ribbons and spots of lace down the glass.

The best part of this beer is its aroma, and its awash in fruity esters reminiscent of banana and bubblegum, and is it warms, there's a touch of warm alcohol presence.

The flavor is similarly good, with the bubble gum and banana flavors again leading the way. There's a mild bitterness, and as the beer warms, a touch of warm alcohol.

One of the shining elements of any great tripel should be its mouthfeel, and I think this is where Green Flash's variation isn't quite as good as some other American versions of this Belgian style. It's not as light and airy, even velvety, as I look for, and the alcohol presence is a bit too potent.

A good, inexpensive, tasty tripel from just down the road. I will most definitely be having this again.

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

When I go for a Green Flash brew, I tend to set myself up for an aggressive assault from a beer with a 100+ IBU arsenal. I expect bite and a take-it-or-leave-it attitude. So needless to say I'm a bit taken aback by their more muted, more lovely trippel.

When I say more lovely I mean that in the best way possible, because compared to their signature brews this beer is positively pleasant. Pouring from a bomber into a glass, the beer has a decent frothy head that's a tad thin. A hazy tangerine color is textured by a decent amount of carbonation.

The smell is a bit "pine-sol" like with a bit of a sharp ping in the nose. Floral, herbal and pine notes makes the beer inviting. The flavor matches with tame flavor on the front end the bouquets the a tropical and floral flavor. Hints of the mildest tangerine, rose and an accent of alcohol make this beer fairly light drinking. A light beer with a heavy ABV, watch out because though it's welcoming, it's still a Green Flash!

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving only some delicate lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of fruit in the nose; bananas and pears stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite fruity and has some sweetness. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation and some dryness in the finish.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden from the taste. This and a lack of cloying sweetness makes this rather easy to drink compared to other tripels.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy sand gold color with a slight head that doesn't stick around very well.
S: Very strong bitter hop aroma with some slight notes of candied sugar.
T: It has a nice combination of sweetness and hoppiness which blends well into an iced tea type sensation of crisp sweetness balancing some bitterness. Very nice balance to go with the carbonation.
D/O: Good carbonation and a nice balanced flavor that fits well with the style. Interesting interpretation of the style.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a hazy amber/orange tone with a little less than 1" of a beige-colored head that lapses fairly quickly into a collar around the glass.

nose is a bit of a letdown; average at best, with subtle malty notes, a little honey, and a hint of floral hops.

taste is a mild improvement. malt-forward with honey, spice, and a bit of banana. decent, quaffable... but ultimately a middling tripel. not close to the upper american renditions on the style, and nowhere near those from belgium.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a bit of a disappointment. not terrible, some enjoyable characteristics about it, but i was expecting more. slightly above average tripel, but with so many options out there i won't be making an effort to grab more.

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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 DoubleJ
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I nearly forgot that I had this in the fridge. Let's drink it now before I forget again. On to the beer:

Dark glowing orange in color with a little haze in the body. The head has a creamy texture and whips up thick patches of lace which turn to thin webbings that stick around. I like the nose; while sweet like sugar, it does have some pleasant apricot which puts this tripel more on the Belgian path than the American.

The sugars are runnning around like crazy inside. Still, this tripel will be plesant enough to sip on for the night. A little bubblegum and aspirin add much needed dimensions to this sugar rush of a beer. Some cough syrup, but in a good way. A little bit of the alcohol shows itself on the palate, providing a spicy note, but then you feel its pleasant heat in the throat. This beer has tiny carbonation bubbles that gently hit the palate, and a somewhat syrupy feel.

Green Flash Trippel is a little bit better than the typical American brewed tripel, but not quite at the level of a typical Belgian one. If compared to beer in general, this is a solid drink that will loosen the tension in your body with its relatively sneaky 9.7% ABV.

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

A- Deep gold and very hazy with lots of yeasty sediment.
S- Caramel like trippel smell.
T- Has characteristics of a trippel but not near deep and flavorful enough. Big boozy finish.
MO- This is my first Green Flash beer and Trippel is quickly becoming my favorite style, but I doubt very much I will be returning here. Too much booziness and not enough deep flavor.

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Photo of n2185
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Spices, bananas, and bubblegum up front followed by some light fruit aromas. The finish has a bready and yeasty aroma. Slight alcohol aroma in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some spices and sweet, light fruit notes up front. Then come the yeast and slightly bitter bread flavors. There's a surprisingly strong alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer has a nice high attenuation needed for the style. The alcohol presence keeps it from being as light and crisp as it should, but it's still more crisp than many American takes on the style.

O: Overall, a good tripel. Not the best, but far from the worst. Maybe with some time the alcohol burn would fade a bit, which would make the beer better.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. It's a bright orange color, hazy with a small white head.

It's got a floral aroma, hints of honey and citrus. Not bad.

The taste is about the same but a little bitter with the floral hops coming through. The honey notes aren't as strong, but it's still a pretty good beer.

All in all a decent tripel. Not the best American version and not as good as the Belgians but I like it and would have another.

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Photo of DBoone
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Poured from a bomber into Duvel Tulip. Looking kind of orange, with some haze,some head, and some lacing.
S Candi sugar, minor citrus, not much else.
T Nice, but nothing that really stands out, is it biscuity?
M Fairly thin, no noticeable coating on tongue.
O Try it if you like Tripels, I have bought before, and would buy again.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Golden orange in color, moderately hazy. Tall white head with moderate retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Orangey citrus with lighter lemon notes. Peppery, spicy phenolics blend with spicy/floral hops. Sweet grainy malt. Apple orchard and poached pear esters. Rose-like alcohols. Complex and wonderful.

Flavor-Big, spicy phenolic flavors, with notes of cloves and pepper. Light fruit flavors of orange and pear. Finish is marked by the clove flavor fading into dry, vinous alcohol notes. Low hop bitterness, and very light green hop flavors. Slight dark fruit flavor carries into aftertaste along with alcohol character.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, moderately high carbonation, a bit creamy, and some alcohol warmth.

Alright, but not incredible. Green Flash's Trippel smells great, but the flavor is not nearly as complex as the aroma.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter glass.

A- Nice hazy golden orange color, the gives a big fluffy head that runs away fast. You cannot see through this beer!

S- Malty, grainy hoppy. Smells more like a strong pale ale than a tripel to me. Not getting that Belgian yeast scent, but you can smell this beer from a mile away.

T- Tastes very good, fruitful and candy like, strong grapefruit and sweet raisins. Lots of stuff going on with this beer, and it all seems to come together.

M- Sweet and medium bodied. Very nice to sip on.

D- Very drinkable, for a beer 9.7abv you cannot taste it at all. Great stuff.

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

A: poured a golden orange in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: dark fruits pop out on the nose upfron with belgian yeast notes but had hintas of grains, spice, banana, and faint citrus.

T: the bubble gum belgian yeast character was more prominent on the palate with caramel, spice, dark fruit, banana accents and a touchspice of bitter hops.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, spice, mild fruity, and creamy finish.

D: the brew was drinking damn good and was a solid tripel. I was very surprised with the green flash take on a belgian tripel.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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