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

Not the best Trippel but still quite good.

This is a hard style. You can't just go giving out high scores with competition from some great Belgians and even something like Fin Du Monde. It's just a rough comparison with such great beers already on the market and relatively well-distributed these days. That said, Green Flash's entry is still a very nice beer. I sound like some kind of apologist, but it's really quite good and I would turn down a lot of other good beers for it.

It's a good looking dark orange with a healthy head that sticks to the side of the glass appropriately. The smell is earthy and a bit hoppy, no surprise coming from Green Flash, but it could be a touch fuller. I want a Tripel to have a strong, bold scent. It's still quite good, as is the flavor, which has good bitterness and good earthy Belgian flavor. It's a little too citrusy sweet, but that's hardly a huge flaw. There just isn't quite enough going on compared to some of the heavy hitters. I definitely could drink a Belgian all day long. I wonder what the application process to become a delicious beer-brewing monk in Belgium is like.

Edit: I just read MrHungryMonkey's review and I agree that it needs more funk. Good point.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright orange in color and seems a bit too clear to me. The head was very modest as well. It came up OK but went down quickly showing little retention.

Smell – This is a big orange smell. It’s got a touch of yeast in it and flirts with medicine cabinet but just does stay out of its clutches. The malt is light and concentrated.

Taste – This is very potent at the taste. There’s a vodka flavor here with some sharp syrupy orange and maybe a hint of Belgian yeast. Not a lot of yeast but a good flavor on it. The malt again seems thin but present.

Mouthfeel – This is too thin for the style; it’s not even medium-bodied. The ale lacks that full fluffy mouthfeel of a good Trippel and has a bit too much alcohol sting.

Drinkability – This wasn’t necessarily a bad ale but I certainly wouldn’t parade it around.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 jsh420
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours clear golden orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells very fruity and has a nice hop spice to it

taste was more like a farmhouse ale - tad funky and musty - good amount of fruit - the hops that were in the nose are more subtle - still has some spice to it

mouthfeel was so so - a bit to heavy for me and too smooth

drinkability is not so good - just too heavy and the 22oz was about 16 too many

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open this 22oz bomber on Sunday, 18JUL10, and enjoyed it out in the 'Zebo.

Poured into a DT tulip, this Tripel was a rich, orangey/apricoty color. Had a touch of haze, and some sporadic carbo. Head was thin and fine, with the white bubbles forming some crop-circles on the surface. Most of the foam headed to the edge, though, and left some decent lacing. This one looked quite striking, especially when held up to the sunshine. Some tropical fruit appears in the aroma, with suggestions of being dry and crackery, with a touch of bubblegum. It's mostly medium-bodied, and fairly smooth, though it has a hint of prickle here and there.

Flavor is lightly toasty, with intimations of sweetness. Tropical fruit is here as well, with a splash of pear and some mild apple notes. Very dry overall, with some hops contributing some herbal, almost mint-like qualities. Lacks complexity and fruitiness, though. A fair rendition, at best.


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

158th review on BA
Bottle to pint

A Christmas present from my brother in law, lets crack and see how it is. Had this at a beer fest once but only a 4oz pour

App- A hazy dark yellow pour with 1 1/2 finger head. The head was pretty quick to leave as well.
Very impressive lacing on this one as well.

Smell- Huge citrus notes to this beer. Was not expecting it at all. A bit of that Belgian yeasty smell that you come to expect from the style.

Taste- A yeasty bready malt that could have used a touch more hops to round out the flavors. Still a nice job on this beer. Had a very interesting fruit taste as well.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation as well. Didn't finish dry like most tripples I have had but to each there own and it's a good rep of the style.

Drink- Wasn't too bad. Pretty tasty for the price point I have seen in stores. Was a welcome gift.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This had a lot of fizzy carbonation that made the head grow quickly and thicken to a marangue like texture. The color was cloudy, pear yellow an had an orange tint.

The nose was pear but I found an odd talc or baby powder aroma.

The flavor was very good with a sweet pineapple, honey and toffee. It's simple but sweet and tasty.

The feel is tangy and thick with some ever present bubbliness.

Not sure what the talc like aroma came from but I really enjoyed the flavor.

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

22 oz bomber from the notorious "Habits" cheap cig store in Salem. Lovelly looking beer as poured, hazy orange with a small yet handsome light tan head.great laceing too. Nce spicy,bready, hayloft aromas,slightly earthy and a wee bit o leather. Spicy,semi sweet,sourness in the taste.Medicainal slightly, very yeasty. Nice. Great mouthfeel on this one, quite luscious. Overal a very nice American tripel. Liked it.

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Photo of arizcards
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-10-26 in Columbia, PA from a 24 oz bomber.

A - Clear gold and orange with a short head that fades very quickly. Initially, a lot of little bubbles.

S - Oranges and honey. A little biscut. Barely any yeast smell, which surprised me for the style.

T - More biscut malt than in the smell. It's pretty fruity and sweet, a little yeast flavor with mild noble hop bitterness on the finish. Some alcohol taste. Well-balanced.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation (I would've like more)

D - Seems like it would compliment some light food like a quiche. This is an obviously well-made beer but not very distinctive.

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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 sulldaddy
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp snifter. The beer pours a hazy copper hue with a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades slowly to a wispy surface layer.
Aroma is white grapes and wine with a little bubble gum and a general fruity esters. Very pleasing nose.
The first sip reveals fine rolling carbonation and an average body with sticky textures. The flavor is similar to nose with a sweet fruit hit of white grape and wine with some rock candy and sweetness. No booze or hops anywhere. Very approachable and complex tripel. A nice brew that I enjoy a lot and would definitely try again. A great example of the style that would even be good for newer folks to the style. Nothing over the top but well nuanced.

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here comes the classic golden straw pour, topped with a foamy white head laying a ring of lace around the tulip.

Subtle notes of a malty Belgium yeast, also restrained a bit in the ol’ quaff. Sweet and sticky, it’s just a bit on the wimpy side for this to make it well up the trippel ladder.

Still, an enjoyable brew by an American brewer – sips nicely by the fireplace. This bomber is makes for a nice evening of drinking.

Many thanks to nvsblman, sent this one my way for my BA annv. Bombing.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 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 allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a Duvel glass. It has a hazy orange-amber color, with a small yet creamy head. The nose is rather faint--lightly sweet, somewhat fruity. Fairly good flavor: Initial floral hops and high bitterness give way quickly to a highly fruity yeast character, though the dryness of the start never quite goes away. It features a very lightly tannic mouthfeel.

Nothing too exceptional here, but not bad by any means.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured luminous golden color in my chalice with white head. Nose was fairy rich with boozy sour green apples. On the palate there was soft malt and an herbal quality that mingled with the sour apple fruityness. Overall, very boozy and fatiguing to drink.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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 GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy, deep gold color. Thick, two finger dallop of off white foam that left minimal lacing. Lots of visible sediment.

S: Bananas, cloves, apples, and pear. Sweet fruit with a touch of rough alcohol in the nose..

T: See above. Metallic flavors, fruity yeast, spices, and fruity/grassy hops.

M: Spicy astringency. Hints of fruity sweetness mixed with alcohol solvency.

D: A decent tripel, but I don't think we'll return to this one.

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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 nrbw23
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy gold with an off white head. The head is short lived and falls to a ring and leaves some lacing.

S- Smells of yeast, clove and tons of fruits (apples mainly but also some peaches, pineapple and bananas). Touch of alcohol in there as well.

T- Very sweet, fruity, yeasty and finishes with a some alcohol. Follows the nose also.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just something different on this one.

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Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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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Trippel from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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