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: 594 |  Reviews: 259
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour-no head with very little in the way of foam. The color of the body is quite attractive, somewhere between opaque and transparent. Its appearance makes me curious about what is to follow.
Scents- on the juicy side. Apple juice comes to mind... not the overly sugared kind geared towards children but real fruit juice apple juice. Not much else, though; not delicious yeasty notes that I would hope to find in a tripel.
In the mouth- more of that real juice apple juice thing going on. I like my tripels to be a little bit drier but the flavors are appealing and deep. Delicious yeasty things are happening in the flavor, though subtle. Nice balance with gentle pulses of sweetness. Green and golden raisins, maybe.
Quite drinkable with flashes of "OMG gotta have more!" My scores simply reflect the competitiveness of the style. Make me choose between this or, let's say, St. Bernardus, Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliat...
but for an American brewed version! this is pretty good. I'd have this again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours an effervescent apricot with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Couldn't avoid murking this up at the bottom of the bottle. Average head retention & lacing

S: Intense fruittyness, peaches, pears, lemons, plus passion fruit

T: Peach, appleskins, herbal & lemon hops up front. A bit of pineapple, other tropical fruits as this warms. Finishes peppery with loads of citrus & tropical fruit, but also some rough grainyness, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Chewy, syruppy, with minimal carbonation

Drinks pretty slow, a lot going on here. Pretty good tripel. Bottle conditioning, so maybe buy a few to age to see how this matures, I bet this only gets better with a few years on it

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

A - Bright honey, big head leaves fast. Thin sudsy lacing.

S - Big time Beligium. Banana, coriander, spice, etc.

T - Taste much as smell. Yum. Deep malt with all of the Belgium attributes.

M - Nice thinly sweet center, followed by hops on both ends and Belgium yeast. Fair carb, good mouth coverage.

D - Not really my favorite. Nice.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I split a bottle of this with David at The Blind Tiger in New York.

Pours a cloudy, golden amber . A fizzy, off-white head fades quickly leaving a patchy film. he aroma is predominantly bananas and not much else, maybe a hint of graininess and a little bit of a floral element.

A honey and fruity banana sweetness dominates the taste of this beer. There's alcoholic spice in the center with peppery notes in the finish and a light bitterness. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

Way too sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of Wildman
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color and formed a small snow white bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, banana, yeast/bread and spices. The flavor was of malt, pepper, bread and some citrus. The body is medium and just slightly creamy and the finish is rather peppery. A good beer, but not going to drive anyone away from their favorite tripels.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Mike's Liquors in Huntington Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark yellow with a medium white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Strong estery smell of fermented pears, pale malt and alcohol, light phenols.

T: Spice starts out the flavour - white pepper and coriander. Cidery esters and solvent alcohol combine to form a complex and tasty character, with a light grassy hop bite.

M: Full-bodied, syrupy, sweetness makes it cloying at times, but overall quite good.

D: Another kick ass beer from Green Flash, a very tasty and easy drinking tripel, a great American version of the style.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber split into two goblets. Cloudy deep yellow/light orange with one finger of thick white head which stays. Nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet with hints of citrus and cloves, some banana as well. Taste is lemony, yeasty and spicy, with a bit of an alcohol bite in the finish. Low carbonation, as is appropriate for the style. Medium bodied, a good sipping beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright orange/brown color with a small yet dense tan head that dissipated into a nice cap. The aroma is sweet with the candi sugare. Has a nice honey floral smell, some banana esters as well. The taste is of candi sugar and Belgian yeast, which gives it a nice banana and earthy flavor. Some honey and a nice hop spice round out this brew. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, not overcarbonated like some Belgian styles can be. The taste is sweet in the typical tripel sort of way, though it is not very sticky or slick. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for an American made tripel. A very good Belgian tripel which can hang with its Belgain counterparts. Probably one of the better, if not best, American tripels that I have had.

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

a. Served from a 25 oz bomber into a goblet. No head, no lacing, hazy amber in hue.

s. Some floral notes and an apple cider sweetness.

t. Sweet and wheaty, good, for sure. Nothing special for this style, but solid.

m. A bit slick on the palate, leaves a tangy aftertaste that is very enjoyable.

d. Very drinkable, and hides the 8.5 well.

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Photo of ledemie
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber,Chalice, temp: 50

A: fuzzy, no head

S: a little sweatiness appears, apple, date background

M: nice thick fully body a little sweet

T: a little sweet a little more on the "Biere de garde" then the "Triple"

D: quite a good beer I still believe it is more a strong Biere de Garde then a Triple, make sure you are not drinking the bomber alone.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered orange hue and smells of orange and coriander.

Smell initiates with strong floral hop scents that become muted and earthy.

Taste and mouthfeel are quite pleasant, very enjoyable with a bit of candi sugar on the finish. A bit drying.

This beer is quite drinkable given its strength, yet doesn't offer the body or complexity of finer Tripels.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky light orange with a puffy off white head that leaves excellent gobs of crusty lace all over my Duvel tulip.

Aroma is a mix of sweet orchard fruit, must, yeasty spice, cloves, banana, grape, and a touch of cut grass.

Flavor is surprisingly good, green apple, banana, an light citrus fruits meet a musty, lightly tart minerality with undertones of pepper, clove, and Saaz-like hops. Rather complex and has a very authentic flavor.

Body is a touch too big for this style, but has a clean, smooth mouthfeel and nice drinkability. Worth seeking out as this is a great example of an American styled Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce brown bottle purchased at Beverages and More in Redlands for under five bucks, split with my friend last night, poured into a Samuel Adams pint glass, have also had on tap at the PB Tap Room in Pacific Beach

A-Color was a mix of golden orange and yellow, head was pretty creamy and close to an inch, stuck around for a good while too, decent retention, not much lacing

S-Granny smith apples, sugar, candy, bready malt, some faint hoppiness, raisins, bananas, cloves, pepper, some weird spices, lots of wheat, some booze, and caramel

T-More alcohol and spice in the taste than the taste, mostly pepper and cloves, but some other spices too, floral and grassy hop flavors was what I tasted initially, then some pear and apple in the middle mixed with bananas, sweetness in the finish, lots of wheat came to the surface once this bad boy warmed, got sweeter as time went on, not balanced in my opinion but there was hops at least, some tripels do not have any it seems like, a little boozy for my palate too

M-Sweet, dry, slightly boozy, and strong mouthfeel, needed more carbonation, on the verge of being syrupy, medium bodied, taste did not linger too long

D-Could not drink much of this because it is heavy on the stomach because of its sweetness, ABV is rather high at around nine percent too, not as smooth as you would hope, could not drink this bottle by myself

Have not been too impressed with Green Flash brews overall and this also fell into the mediocre category, not a big fan of most American brewery's attempts at a tripel in fact, one of the drier tripels I have tasted which was not a bad thing in my eyes, not too bad for the price, might drink again, worth trying once

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Photo of NEhophead
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy copper with faint golden highlights. Creamy, very porous white head that sits up about a half of an inch. Thin and dimpled lacing around most of the tulip.

Semi-sweet Belgian candy with notes of tropical fruit. Astringent, stiff malted wheat aromas with bland grains. Hefty whaft of alcohol with a bulky spice of clove.

Slick sweetness right from the initial taste that is joined with a rough graininess. The dry clove and corriander are almost burnt, and add even more of a rough, earthen flavor. The alcohol character lingers into the dry, astringent finish and is followed by an adjunctory-flavored aftertaste.

Medium in body; very rough on the palate for a Tripel; dry, spicy, and grainy. The slick quality subsides and at mid-sip and is engulfed by the roughness.

An earthen Tripel, which doesn't seem to translate all that well. An average tasting version of the style at best. Not worth a try.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a chalice.

I love Green Flash for their work with hops but when I came across their Trippel, I figured I'd give it a try.

A - Golden color with good clarity and a big white head.

S - Sweet and malty just like a Belgian.

T - Sweet and a firm presence of alcohol. Very crisp and clean. Outstanding for an American brewed Belgian style ale.

M - Good body and a nice moderate level of carbonation.

D - Very smooth and drinkable.

For an American brewed Belgian, I really liked this beer. It's not going to cut into the Belgian export market but it is a pleasant addition to the US supply.

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

22 oz. bottle that I've cellared for 6-8 months, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, the Trippel is a clear dark gold/copper with a pretty large eggshell head that quickly settles to a very thick, creamy skim that leaves heavy lace and foam. A fountain of streamers explodes off the laser etching in the glass, even after letting it sit for a good 45 mins during an unexpected trip to the store.

Smell is very estery, clove and banana and loads of alcohol, a bit hefe like, save the wheat of course. Pretty good, unusual but too boozy.

Taste is good, fairly authentic, a nice change from the last couple US trippels I've had, although it's a bit under-attenuated, and heavy on the fusels. Fruity, some peppery spice, clean malt and some sugars. I liked it more the first few sips, the solvent flavor of the 8.5% ABV started to tire on me.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, not really as digestible as a true Belgian, but a closer stab at the style then most of Green Flash's American contemporaries. The booze and thickness are the biggest weakness, and I reckon the time in the cellar helped temper that some, so I'm glad I procrastinated.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale orange with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Modest lacing.

Aroma is sweet and syrupy light fruit up front - noticeably apricot. Dry biscuit and lemons. Yeasty spices and alcohol.

Taste is full of syrupy light fruit - apricot, pear, and banana - along with a strong fusel alcohol character. Finish is dry yeasty spice with a mild earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Thick and syrupy.

Overall this is OK but not great. Not as complex or unified in flavor as I would expect from a tripel. The alcohol is harsh and could stand some cellaring. Still quite fruity and sweet. Worth a try.

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Photo of JDV
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by fly, I believe. Thank you!
Pours a rich golden to amber color with a light white head. Smell is rich, bold and malty with a strong sweetness and lemony characteristic. Taste is well hopped to balance the maltiness. Somewhat dry, at the same time, however. Interesting spiced character too. Not bad at all, and I can feel the style growing on me.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: murky golden orange with a thick quarter-half inch head that leaves a nice coating of sticky lacing

s: hints of sugar candy; some spices; a bit of apricots and apples; overall not as fragrant as others in the style

t: sweet sugary malts w/ orange zest; coriander; spices; sweet fruits; finally a citrusy hop kick

m: very creamy and smooth w/ light carb; decadent

d: i think a good american take on the style but perhaps a little on the subtle side for my taste

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up a while ago and for some reason I waited a long time to finally getting around to drinking it, but decided to change that last night. Chose to have this one after dinner and sip it for a while. The pour was nice with a rich golden amber that was both very bright and quite hazy. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass and throughout the session in general. A huge three inch head rose up above it, but eventually settled down to just a thin layer across the top which stayed until the very end providing a very nice side glass contribution.

The aroma was very fruity which set me back for a minute. Lots of hints of apricots and pears in the nose on this one, which was very nice to see. The back was easily made up of lots of grains and bready type characters, but it all came across very lightly and without being overwhelming in any way. The fruit like yeast notes really dominated the nose on this one, and that carried over very well into the taste, which itself was also wonderful. A full on yeast bomb, if there is such a thing, which was really the only thing coming across with that kind of force. Lots of apple, pear, fig and especially apricot notes here really blending well with the light grain flavors and the touch of alcohol, which was dancing around the middle. A noticeable warming from the almost 9% abv was definitely slowing me down a little as far as drinking, but still this was quite the nice triple, and on the lighter end of the spectrum. Lots of dry hoppy notes in the finish, which was a nice change. As the flavor drew out towards the end, some nice notes of orange and lemon became apparent. Quite nice, and a good bit more complex the I was expecting, but whose complaining!

Overall not a bad beer at all. I thought this was excellently done and really quite nice overall. I would love to get it again and maybe try aging it a bit to see if some of the fruit and hop flavors die back a bit and bring some of what's underneath up to the front. Still this was excellent and I would have to recommend it to those who are a fan of the style.

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Photo of xymyl
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light (and crystal clear if you don't stir up the yeast) amber/gold color with a bright fluffy white head that settles to a ring rather quickly leaving lace.

Nose is toasty, malty, spicy, with smoke and burned plastic bandages (I don't mean that in a bad way, the esters are very complex, complex enough to make these notes an enjoyable part of the whole).

Taste is unified, toast, dough and spice (clove along with white and black peppercorn banana note not as evident, more of a chalky banana peel) blend with apples, pears, oranges and raw flour. Raisins show up later. Alcohol makes everything blossom if you drink deep.

Complex light feeling and refreshing at first, when carbonation dies down richness comes through in this medium bodied beer. Good stuff.

Extra note: Yeast as a chaser strong dried hop, lime, grapefruit, wheat grass and sea salt character on the nose with a yeasty, chalky, vitamin c and soggy bread crust taste.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at that huge fluffy head...zillions of tiny bubbles, with seemingly zillions more rushing up through the liquid to feed it. It retains well, and the color of the beer itself is a rusty orange that positively glows in the goblet. Huge sheets of lace cover the glass. This thing is perfect in the appearance dept.

Nose detects all the things you'd find in Belgium's best tripels: spices, fruit, alcohol, hops. Though the label reveals that Czech Saaz hops were used, it'd be easy to tell just from a sniff or two. Some would probably call it Duvel-ish, but those more intense tripel hallmarks twist the hops into something different.

Flavor carries all detected aromas onto the tongue. But there's one distinction that makes this stand out: a maple sweetness and melted butter mellowness balancing the zingy spices and light alcohol kick. That comes through strongest in the finish, but remains more of a subtle touch throughout, adding just the right amount of depth and flavor. Hops and fruit are milder and sit further back while the more aggressive elements make their presence felt. Love the almost menthol-like warming that comes in the final part of the sip and stays in the long finish.

Light, buttery texture seems bolder than it is due to the syrupy flavors...all the visible carbonation doesn't actually intrude as expected, keeping this smooth and airy.

A bold tripel, one that embraces both Belgian tradition and the pioneering spirit of 21st century U.S. micros. Would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy gold with a thick tight head that settled to just a finger.

S: Yeast, some fruit and malt with just a hint of hops.

T: Sweet fruit, bananas, belgian candy sugar, malt.

M: Lots of carbonation with a bit of stickiness that seems to coat my tongue.

D: Not bad, but I expected more from Green Flash.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
I've enjoyed most beers that I've sampled from Green Flash, so I was curious to try this one...
Pours a bright orange, light amber appearane with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing...
Sweet, floral aroma full of candied sugars, yeast, melon, and ripe fruits...
Taste paid homage to the smell, with sweet, candied sugars, florals, and a nice balance of malts and hoops... My main criticism about this one was that it was a little too sweet for me, with too much sugars and not enough complementary bitterness...
Otherwise, this was a tasty and refreshing beer with a lot of flavors, sugars, candy, and yeast... a full-flavored, and big-bodied beer...
A good, creamy, sweet mouthfeel complemented a fair level of drinkability...
Not this brewery's best brew, nor the best Tripel, but still, not a horrible sample... Worth a try...

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Photo of GoreStorm
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber bottle into a goblet

A - hazy honeyish gold, half inch head that shrinks fairly quickly to an eighth inch.

S - some banana, alcohol, peppery spicyness

T - same notes as above, a nice sweet maltyness with a light pleasant hop bittering towards the end, the alcohol is very warming.

M - smooth and slightly thick, not so much as to call syrupy

d - inspite of the highish alcohol, this is a pretty smooth drink overall, could get old after a bottle or so...but it's allright.

notes - not bad, i look forward to trying the other green flash products that just arrived here in fresno.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 594 ratings