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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Photo of fourplayed
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium hazy dark honey color with a thin off white head.

Smells of Citrus, oranges and grapefuit, yeast and bread with some spice.

Taste a big alcohol presense, then some fruity esters with citrus up next, some sweet malt and spice, coriander and ??

Medium body and a medium zesty carbonation, decent dry finish and more than a medium alcohol warmth.

A good american trippel, but the alcohol presense hurt the overall balance in this brew. IMO it could use more carbonation and perhaps some aging would help?

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

Pours a hazy orange into a goblet, with a 1 finger head that settles to a thick cap and clings to the inside of the glass all through the drink, excellent lacing, some good carbonation action as well. Aroma is of citrus, orange, banana, malt, vanilla. Mouthfeel is thick and a little chewy, with lots of carbonation. Taste is heavily of spice, clove, orange, malt, with some banana, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Alcohol in the finish, but overall a good taste, lots of malt comes through as it warms. Drinkability is moderate to high. I may try this again sometime, and will have to get a firmer grasp on the style.

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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 Bobikel
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hits the .5 liter goblet with a nice thick fluffy head. The ale it's self is a deep gold with some red highlights when held to light. Retention and lacing are both top notch.

Smell - The usual belgian yeastiness, a little alchohol pepperiness, and some pale malts come through. Pretty standard for a trippel.

Taste - A higher maltiness comes across the palate, with the yeasty esters taking a back seat. Very well balanced with just a touch of palate cleansing hops at the end. Quite different than the smell indicated.

Mouthfeel - A slight prickeling carbonation with a smooth and creamy, yet, robust body. Again, very nice.

Drinkability - Smooth and warming. Good any time/day.

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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 Vec2267
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear, pale yellow, considerable foam, some lacing

S - alcohol, light fruits

T - apples, pear, sugar, alcohol, minimal spice

M - crisp and bubbly

O - too boozy, no depth or complexity - none of the expected yeast complexity

Pales in comparison to the true Belgian examples of the style. This is average at best.

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Photo of TheBCrew
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Nascartailgatefa
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 boelker62
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - really, only the head holds this back from being a beauty. A bit underwhelming in that department. Lovely copper-colored haze.

S - simply a trippel, not a bad thing, not a bad thing. Just is.

T - best part of this brew. It's simplicity is what you expet, which is it's significant complexity. It is a Belgian Ale for those who want the style defined for them for the first time. Is it th best? No. is it the most complex? No. But that's fine.

M - good, a little oily, a bit more than expected, but good.

D - 8.5% let's you think you can rock it out, but be careful, it bit me. Otherwise, the mouthfeel with ABV let's you session this carefully. Carefully. A good, solid form of the style.

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Photo of Kuromaru
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours--An opaque, golden sunset with a thick, white head that dissipates to a ring.

Smell--Tart/ sour fruit/ unripened green grapes, plum, and a touch of sweeter fruit (I got banana) followed by malt sweetness. Maybe just a hint of spice. There is a distinct lack of funky yeastiness considering the style.

Mouthfeel--Medium carbonation, medium body. Creamy, but not sticky/ heavy. Finishes clean.

Taste--Alcohol, first and foremost. This is surprising, as it does not seem prominent at all in the nose. More tart fruit followed by some sweeter fruit, as well as some general bready/ maltiness swimming around. Spiciness shows up more here; I got some peppe, and some clove. Alcohol rounds out the finish, too.

Overall--This beer just seems unfinished to me. On the bright side, it is pretty easy to drink, and has a very pleasant creaminess. However, there just doesn't seem to be a good balance of flavors; the punch of tartness and astringent alcohol overpower everything else in the taste. Also, the lack of pungent yeastiness is a big disappointment, as that's something I really look for in a good tripel. Though there's worse to be had, I can't say I'd recommend this.

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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 greg202stewart
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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 ScarletLady
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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 ledemie
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 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 MVassar
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with a head that starts strong and finishes quickly. Little lacing.

Smells of bubblegum. Hints of light fruits.

Bubblegum is very forward in the taste, too. As is banana. Like some sort of Hefe Weizen on steroids. Some overly ripe fruit and raw sugar, and plenty of alcohol heat.

Somewhat cloying and oily. Decent carbonation.

Strange brew, with some good components. Interesting enough for a bottle, but I'm not inclined to reach for another.

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Photo of mfhlucky13
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 GoreStorm
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of dino213aa
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep golden-reddish haze. Minimal lacing and a light head that dissipates quickly.

S: The nose has strong orange and apricot accents with some peach notes.

T&M: Unfortunately the smell of this brew does not reconcile with the flavor. There is an overriding alcohol taste that in common in lesser tripels. Personally I think one of the true tests of a tripel is its ability to balance alcohol with flavor, and by this standard the Green Flash Tripel fails. Whatever flavors eluded to in the nose struggle to shine through 8.5%ABV.

What flavors are there start with noticeable malty softness and a distinct banana-like finish.

D: As I type this review, the Green Flash Tripel gets easier and easier going down.. that being said, I can't really say that the drinkability is anything above average, especially for a tripel. For a much smoother drinking and more substantial tripel, try Unibroue's "La Fin Du Monde."

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Photo of poop_brew
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. A murky caramel color with a long lingering 2 finger head.

S: A strong champagne-esque scent. A dry smell, not getting a lot of hop or malt. A slight orange aroma in my mind.

T: Extremely fruity right off the bat. A strong booze bite right in the middle then another mellowing dry fruit after taste.

M: A fizzy feeling with solid carbonation. A wonderful fruit after taste.

O: I'd buy it again. A high percentage beer with extreme fruit flavor. Perfect for all those gals in your life. Great for movie and a beer night.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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 jwheeler85
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 DrFayhee
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden hued with medium head and nice lacing.

S: Interesting olfactory conversation between the malts and hops. Starts out sweet and a bit syrupy and funky but then some straw comes through.

T: Toasted barley mixed with some quite bitter flavors. Orange peel, bark, and spices.

M: The brightness of the mouthfeel is surprising given the maltiness of the flavor. A nice crispness on the finish.

O: Not my favorite offering from Green Flash nor the best tripel I've had but still quite satisfying. It's pretty bold, like many of their other beers, which I have to respect.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
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 TequilaSauer
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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