Trippel | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MaltyGoodness on 12-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
591
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
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17
Gots:
40
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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peachy orange with a light dusting of yeast. A gentle pour has created a nice looking crown of meringue-like foam that has a faint lemonish tint. Given the ABV, a surprising amount of chunky lace makes its way to the glass. The appearance isn't very Belgianesque, but it's more than fine for an American tripel.

The nose (what I can smell of it) is no more than passable. I get hints of golden fruit and a smattering of spiciness. I'm encouraged by the fact that alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Trippel Belgian Style Ale is yet more proof that some American craft brewers don't *get* this style. Simply adding a ton of pale malt, Euro hops (Styrian Goldings and Saaz in this case) and Trappist ale yeast doesn't always equal a quality tripel. Although this is drinkable beer, it's as simple and as blunt as the day is long.

I'm not sure where the fault lies. For starters, it's way too boozy. Ethanol doesn't exactly overwhelm the palate, but it puts a damper on a proper appreciation of the malt, hops and yeast. The fruitiness is akin to orchard fruit macerated in vodka and the spiciness is faintly clove-like. Think well-brewed American malt liquor with more hop bitterness and a less than stellar Belgian yeast strain.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice if your standard is 'big American ale' rather than 'world-class tripel'. It's unapologetically full, sticky on the finish and carbonated enough to keep the tongue tingly without providing much lift and volume. On second thought, some of the tongue tingle is probably good ol' EtOH.

Trippel is far from horrible, but it's nowhere near a good version of my favorite Belgian style. My recommendation is to spend your hard-earned money on Green Flash IPA instead. Now there's a quality beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Green Flash

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is absolutely fantastic, but very unexpected. A definite tartness with plenty of fruit. There are notes of grapes, apples, pears, and perhaps lemons.

T: The flavor was lacking a lot of the great qualities of the nose. The sweet malt and fruity esters dominate with notes of pears and apples. The alcohol is quite strong here and comes through more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: The body is on the full side of medium with a tingly carbonation and a slight dryness.

D: I was very excited by the aromas of the beer, but the strong alcohol diminish the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle slowly into a tulip glass. From yesterdays notes.

A nice white head, sort of foamy, but also leaves a nice creamy top a bit, and falls quite slowly. The body is a real nice bronze orange, minimal carbonation, and slightly cloudy. Looks simple and good.

Real nice simple nose. Juicy orange, and mild heat with some yeasty character. Slightly dry and has a soft spice to it, somewhat like cardomom. Nice dry spice and fruit juice, I am digging this.

Palate hits all the right notes and juicy body. Orange and tangerine juice, maybe even some carrot! Mild sweetness and dry malt aftertaste with a slight warming. Saison almost like finish kind of peppery and slightly sharp, with some prickly playful and not taking away from the palate carbonation.

Overall really like this one, nice take on the style, and a great orange/tangerine juice taste and appeal for a tripel. Really like it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a wine glass, pours cloudy dark apricot, near white tiny bubble head, film and then well developed lacing.deeply fruity nose, with some powdered sugar. Peppery spice up front, then rich fruity notes, melon and kiwi, more cutting pepper, then a zest of limes and Belgian yeastyness. I like it, love the style and especially when U.S. brewers try to kick it up a notch. More S.D. style, bold,flavorful and full throttle brewing here. NIce, I'd like to try it with some spicy BBQ.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance, smallish white head.

Nice nose, fruit and spice...pleasing soft citrus...

Taste: bright and happy on the tongue, sweet, and well-balanced, creamy, mucho yeast, plump and yummy,...very satisfying...

Medium bodied,...soft and supple, but a bit too much so to really be up their with the best of the style.

Nice, though...I like it.

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Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

07/27/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter tulip.

Appearance- Deep golden in color with a clouded and yeasty texture. About a 1/2 inch head upon pour which leaves a nice frothy looking rim during consumption. Leaves sticky small streaks and patches of lace.

Smell- Lots of corriander was the first aroma that hit. Followed by confectioniers sugar, sweet caramel malt and orange peel and alcohol.

Taste- Seems like they may have overspiced this one and over sugared a bit. Corriander is about right, but the orage peel seems a bit out of control with the sugar adding to the sweetness-fest. Hops play a small role in the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, but biting at the same time. Sticky mouthcoating left behind as well.

Drinkability- Overall a decent made american tripel. Definitely drinkable, but needs a bit of tweaking to become a better beer per style.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with a 2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: belgian yeast and fruit sweetness are most noticeable. A touch of grassiness is well hidden.

Taste: ripe fruit sweetness and yeast tones are up front, as pears, pepper, soft alcohol tones, and decent grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start leaning towards a smoother and dry finish. Long aftertaste dominated by sweetness. Medium to heavy in body.

Drinkability: decent but not overwhelming by any means. I found this to be a touch too sweet which wore me down a bit by the bottom of the bottle.

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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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