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Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale - Green's Gluten Free Beers

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Green's Quest Tripel Blonde AleGreen's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

92 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 25.59%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green's Gluten Free Beers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed and bottled in Lochristi, Gent, Belgium.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2007)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

We never thought we would ever see a gluten-free Tripel--talk about a niche within a niche.

Very quick to foam up with a white-colored head, a slow crackle shows the head dissipating into a patchy lace that sticks to the glass. Crystal-clear dull golden color--a trained eye can see a hue unlike what malted barley yields. Big pungent grainy lemony aroma that is clean and fresh. Crispness rides over the top as in any true Tripel, and moderate body is a little slick up front. There's a thick kernel of grain to start off, a bit sweet and slightly coarse. Mineral notes, exotic fruit and a faint woodiness show levels of complexity. Minimal hops, suggestions of white wine from a mild tartness and more graininess form an interesting but uncommon flavor profile. Fruity esters and warm alcohol come in the finish with more grain.

Beer geeks, be warned. Gluten-free beer is a new frontier; to compare a beer like this to other Belgian Tripels is wrong. That said, it's certainly complex and worth a try--an absolute must if you have gluten issues.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of txbrewer
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reading other reviews of cloudy pours, I wonder what is up with the brewery. Mine was quite clear (almost looked and smelled like cider) and very much on the sweet citrus smelling side.

The initial taste is a reminder of apple or pear cider, not what I expected when the label read Tripel Blonde Ale. That being said, it is still quite drinkable. One person commented about the after taste as it warmed - this is true and I would not suggest this be served ice cold as it covers any flavor this brew contains.

A bit over carbonated (maybe they could cut back on the sorghum or rice???) as all that bubbly was covering the flavor.

Drinkable yes, would I normally, no. For those who are gluten intolerant, it is something nice to have around. I have noticed that most sorghum beers seem to have a certain sweet twang that is just not expected in beers - DeProef Brouwerij is close but they need to get more of the hop flavor going and possibly a bit less on the sugars (this bottle is labled at 8.5% ABV).

txbrewer, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of generallee
2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has an orange/golden color with a hazy body and a tall head from the pour. This head slowly fades out leaving no covering or lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a light wine like character with apple skins and just a touch of citrus and yeast spice.

Taste/Palate: Up front there is a light grain and an odd apple skin like fruity sweetness with a touch of bready/spicy yeast. The finish has a dry and tart white wine like character that smacks the palate. The body has a light medium feel with balanced carbonation.

Notes: As a Belgian Tripel it’s an epic fail!!! As a gluten free beer it has more character than most. Still I don’t think I would recommend this beer to anyone.

generallee, May 10, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mil. brown bottle, with "Best before" dating of 13-09-09, This one pours cloudy, dull orangy amber, under a fine bubble thin film, wispy loose lacing left behing. Nose is soapy, lemony and floral. pleasant enough Belgian style ale. Yeasty, more lemony citrus on the tongue. A bit of soapy, lemon/lime, and a slightly sour note here and there in this one adds to the complexity and interest here.

Billolick, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Mostly clear but slightly dulled yellow with surprisingly substantial foamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, grainy and adjuncty with some Belgian yeast characteristics of clove and banana.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, it is too sweet and grainy. That said, it has some nice layers of fleshy fruit, banana and clove. Ends with a titch of spicy hops (Styrian?)

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body. Not as dry as a great Tripel, but many American-made Tripels that are not gluten-free are still like this.

Overall: Not bad for gluten-free, but people with gluten issues ultimately would be better served by drinking wine, hard alcohol, cider, etc.

bsp77, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.33/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like ginger ale...nice carbonation...champagne anyone...

Crisp apples...

Dry...the deserts do miss the rain...so easy...so easy...very good...this beer is not spot on for a Tripel...it is missing the barley kiss...it's just that the dry apple cider grape punch is so enjoyable...

Ummm mouthfeel is perfecto! Five stars if the right yeast twang was there....

To bad yeast needs barley to eat to have the characteristic pack-a-punch most tripels have...Despite all that I will buy this beer again over and over again!

CamuMahubah, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
2.43/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, a Belgian-style (well, it should be, given that this is brewed in Belgium) Tripel, made with a who's who of alterna-grains: millet, buckwheat, rice and sorghum.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper colour, with two fingers of rather puffy, and yet thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some table top cloud lace around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of sweet white grape juice concentrate, candy sugar, gritty honey, more than a bit of green apple tartness, and a weak herbal/leafy bitterness. The taste is medicinal, and mildly gag-inducing, sweet non-wheat and/or barley graininess, boozy apple cider, edgy yeast (oh, hello Belgian Tripel characteristics!), and hops that are indeed there, but hard to discern beyond their general drying nature, as they are pretty much obfuscated by that cough syrup broadside.

On to the carbonation - it's fairly average, and generally unobtrusive in comparison, the body more akin to watered down apple juice than beer, yet the gods of smoothness appear to throw this one a bone. It finishes off-dry, the musty apple character becoming more prevalent, and begrudgingly welcome in its supplanting of that earlier medicinal astringency.

Urgh. I'm taken back to defending my position on tofu 'burgers': it may sort of look like the real deal, but if it isn't made with the same ingredients, how can you truly expect it to taste like it? Oh, right. You can't. While this is not as egregiously awful as some of its G-F compadres, my heart still goes out to the celiac beer lovers out there. C'est trop mal.

biboergosum, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Contract-brewed in Belgium (by the very capable De Proef) for a UK company. Interesting...especially interesting considering the approach: "Green's Ales DO NOT contain any of the following: Wheat and/or Barley, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soya beans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame Seeds, Sulphur Dioxide and Sulfites". Obviously they're going for beer lovers who suffer allergies. But boy, how could they possibly make a decent beer without eggs or fish?!? Let's see...

Pours a glowing orange-tinted yellow, with legions of bubbles feeding the soapy, sea-foam head. Lace stickage already occurs with the slightest drop of the head.

Smells just like champagne. Tons of green apple and white grape in the nose, plus a little alcohol. Not much else detected. Certainly a novel aroma for any beer. But again: smells just like champagne.

Tastes like champagne too. Crisp Granny Smith apples...lightly tart white grape...bubbly texture. A little spiciness comes into play, a kiss of honey, and some alcohol warming...these are its strongest comparisons to a tripel. There's an odd aftertaste, which is probably just the unusual grain bill (millet, rice, buckwheat, sorghum). It's quite a bit different and much less complex than most tripels I've had...even the bad tripels.

Pretty heavily carbonated, though soft, not at all soda-like. Here again it draws more comparisons to champagne.

There's something interesting here, but it just feels alien. It's a beer made with some unusual stuff, and maybe that's why it doesn't feel "right". Certainly not the kind of sweet, bold, malty, spicy, boozy tripel we know and love. It is absolutely admirable in intent. If I had some allergy that prevented me from drinking beer made of traditional ingredients, there are worse alternatives out there. But unless you're allergic to some or all the above stated ingredients that this is brewed without, you could live without it.

Metalmonk, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of emsroth
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on a whim after reading about on the Merchant du Vin website. Why not try a gluten-free beer brewed in a classic belgian style?

App: Frothy white head. Nice deep golden color with perfect clarity, for some reason it seems darker than I expect in tripels. Solid amount of lace.

Great fruity nose. Sour apples, white grapes, and lemon that come from the zesty yeast. A touch of sweet alcohol and grain with just enough hoppiness to round the flavor out. Smells a bit more like a saison, but I'm staying open minded.

Taste and mouthefeel: Wow! Pretty darn good here. All the things I look for in my tripels. A strong fruitiness with a hint of funk. Ends dry with a moderate does of hopes that truly round out this flavor.

I've definitely learned that barley malt is what gives beer the body we love. while the flavors of this beer are great, it's definitely missing some meat, both in body and in flavor. The beer seems to be highly carbonated to make up for the body, but I cannot fault them for that.

Definitely a pretty good tripel! Better than some malt versions I have had. Good for those with gluten intolerance and the occasional change of pace. I will be trying the others, but there definitely is a lot of psychology involved in having a gluten-free beer.

emsroth, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale copper with a giant thick, dense, white head that has decent retention

S - alcohol, white grapes, grains

T - grains, apples, white grapes, intense boozy alcohol

M - warm, well carbonated, medium bodied

When this beer was cold it was better. As the beer warmed, however, the alcohol became intense and extremely bitey. There was little flavor content or body to stand up to the intense alcohol. I'll avoid this in the future.

tdm168, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

DOCRW, May 15, 2014
Photo of hdofu
3.4/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is not a bad beer perse, but it isn't one that I see myself being excited about. For such a strong beer it has a watery finish. Taste is like a watery cider, smell is very fruity. The beer pour orangeish brown with a thick white head slow to fade away. Overall this beer is pretty strong though not very satisfying, not sure I would want to drink many of these.

hdofu, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -32.7%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
1.63/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ok, so lets acknowledge that there is a place for gluten free beers - for those who can't digest it, I imagine a product like this is a treat.

Reviewing against a "gluten full" beer though, this is just awful.

Pours very cloudy like amber with virtually no foam. Ok so far. Smells of light citrus - not bad, surely not great. Hints of apples.

The taste is absolutely horrible. Like sour, rotten apples, blended with a lemon. Some kind of bad hop backbone.

Lingering sour bittr aftertaste. Truly bad. This went down the drain.

KTCamm, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goddamn review just got accidentally deleted so heres a much a shorter one since I can't remember everything I just said.

For being gluten free this beer is pretty good. Golden hue with a craggy white head. Lots of alcohol on the nose but some scents that are reminiscent of belgian beers come through slightly as the beer airs out.

The mouthfeel is big for being gluten free but still extremely light for a tripel. Sweet corny rice like taste on the tip of the tongue which lingers after the swallow. Subtle fruit flavors of pear and apples along with some earthiness. Bit of detectable alcohol on the swallow but really not all that much, less than you get on some other non gluten free tripels.

This beer provides a nice option for gluten free beer drinkers. Comparing this beer to an actual all malt tripel is unfair due to obvious differences but the guys at greens put on a hell of a good show with this beer providing the gluten free community with a somewhat complex bigger brew. It's also one of the best gluten free beers I've had honestly.

jtierney89, May 21, 2012
Photo of Dave-at-TheGrog
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Dave-at-TheGrog, May 03, 2013
Photo of cgmees
2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle dated best before 11/06/14

Appearance is yellowish with a touch of haze

Smelled a little like cider, slightly gone bad

Taste is not good, could be good for a gluten free beer, but this is the first example I have had and it does not impress me.

Mouth feel is semi fruity with a medium body.

Not a repeatable beer for me

cgmees, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of vickersspitfire
2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet, it's a clear medium yellow color and gets darker towards the center and has lots of carbonation, the head was about one finger thick and quickly disappeared, not thinned out but disappeared, but there is a little bit of lacing. This one really smells like soy sauce and granny apples, it's just a weird sour, sweet and salty smell. Its crisp smooth and refreshing- its really bitter over all with just hints of sweetness in it-it has a really thin mouth feel to it... I guess Green's Ales aren't too bad if you don't like wheat, barley, eggs, fish, peanuts, celery, sulphur dioxide, lactose, crustaceans, and sulfites but if all this and more makes the beer taste better than this then please put it all back in.

vickersspitfire, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

foxyaardvark27, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of PEBKAC
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This might have been on sale. I can't remember where it came from or if someone brought it over. Hiding in the fridge behind many things that should have been thrown out by now, it's time to start playing the guessing game & get down to some overdue spring cleaning. ... Well damn, the bottle says best by 2009. There goes my will to clean anything soon. Still feel like a drink though. :)

Pours out a hazy straw color with a very strong soda-like fizz coming off as the head develops.

Fumes of ethanol, lemon-honey, & something a lot like hard cider.

Flavors are just macerated in alcohol & honey. The 8.5% content feels more like 12%. Light clove, white bread, apple & lemon peels, apricot, & a dry woody/grainy finish closing things out.

The alcohol is big distraction, but the mouthfeel is very mellow, & helps distract just slightly from the harshness. The carbonation is low, but I feel it suits the taste just fine.

After researching the price, I don't think this one is coming back too soon. Though regardless if it's a gluten-free beer or not, just as a beer, it's pretty good. :)

PEBKAC, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at O'Brien's Pub tonight, bought by a friend...thanks Dave. It poured a shade of yellow gold with a white fizzy foam cap. The head resedes leaving no lace or trace behind. The carbonation looks fine however.

Aromas of Chardonnay, crisp green apple and just plain sweetness fill the nostrils.

The taste is of green apple that turns to Chardonnay, not too sweet and just tart till it warms a bit. In the mid I get a flat out whiskey punch (actual whiskey taste), with the alcohol stepping up as such. It then tapers to a dry and somewhat warming finish.

Light bodied with almost aggressive carbonation, the alcohol seeming bigger than 8.5% in taste and in feel, ending with dryness in the mouthfeel. I do recommend this beer for the experience alone...interesting stuff.

scottoale, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of largadeer
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, pale blond with a big frothy white head, very good head retention.

Smell: Sweet and sour; lemon, sugar, husky grains, herbs. A little rough, but not bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Fairly sour initially. Flavors of lemon and green apple with a bit of astringent herbal bitterness. Sweetens up a bit before the finish, with the green apple flavor really coming forward in the aftertaste. Very light-bodied for the style.

Drinkability: I probably couldn't drink more than 7-8 oz.

Notes: Not impressive as a tripel, but good for a gluten free beer.

largadeer, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of CookstLiquor
3.36/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Pours a bright, slightly hazy orangish-yellow colour. Plentiful aromas of fruit cocktail. Taste offers sweet notes of fruit candy and fruit cocktail. Light bodied, but bold flavours and a pronounced booziness. Mimics the style fairly well for a gluten-free beer.

CookstLiquor, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
2.3/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This gluten-free Belgian tripel pours out a transluscent apricot hue, a massive amount of carbonation action at first. Tall chunky off white head that settles to a merrengue-textured cap. A thick wall of spongy, coral-like lacing coats the inside of the glass.

Tart, acidic grains on the nose, along with a mildly astringent herbal character. Some soft fruity floral notes, along with a slick soapy presence.

Honestly, it tastes like young homebrew out of the secondary carboy right before you're getting ready to bottle. The "malt" flavour is clean yet tart and acidic (from the rice I would imagine), some citrus notes like that of small young tangerines, with a rolling alcohol presence on the finish. Bitter leafy hops linger on in the aftertaste, as well as the malt tartness. Some spices show up as it warms to near room temperature. Yeah, it's taking me that long to finish...

The mouthfeel is thin and smooth, almost velvety. The carbonation is full yet rounded out.

Well then, I've had some challenging tripels, but this one has to top that list, and that includes palatability. Perhaps an alternative for the seriously gluten-intolerant, but I can't fathom much appeal for any mass-marketing beyond that demographic, except for maybe the hard-core vegan crowd as well (after reading the side of the bottle of what it *does not* contain).

IronDjinn, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's nice to know there are no crustaceans or fish parts in this beer, as the label indicates.

Looks good, good head retention and nice color, if a little light for a tripel. Nose is where this beer heads in the wrong direction. You can smell the rice and sorghum(?).

The taste is pretty much the same, not good but not horrible...at first. As this beer warms the flaws become more apparent and gets downright fruity.

I might have had to pour this one out if I didn't have someone to share this with.

I think I am cutting the beer some slack due to the whole "gluten" free thing...as I kinda feel sorry for people who can't drink regular beer. But if I am not mistaken, isn't Asahi gluten free? I would take an Asahi super dry over this beer any day.

twiggamortis420, Jun 30, 2008
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