Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale - Green's Gluten Free Beers
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2.2/5 rDev -25.7%
Pours with a slightly dirty gold color, with a large-bubbled head that shows admirable staying power and some nice lacing. The nose is straightforward and sweet, showing little more than a vaguely fruity, aspartame-sweet smell mixed with some prune jucie. Not too inviting. On the palate, more sweetness, this time of a fruit-juice-with-corn-syrup variety, and a slight astringency toward the end. Mouthfeel is uninspiring -- thin, alcoholic, and harsh. Is this beer the reason you use barley to make beer? Maybe a bit harsh, but there's really not much to recommend here. Pass.
05-23-2008 03:30:39 | More by geexploitation
3.53/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
02-22-2009 03:40:16 | More by scottoale
3.75/5 rDev +26.7%
Poured from a bottle into an over-sized wine glass.
Look - dark golden color, clear, with about three or four fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell - smells fairly earthy and very fizzy like champagne. Maybe a hint of ginger? But that could be the mix of Buckwheat, Rice, and Sorghum.
Taste and Mouthfeel - nothing at the initial taste, just kinda fizzy. Then there's a tart feeling, but not much of a taste, in the middle at the back of the palate, then it turns a little bitter in the finish. Texture is very smooth, but again very fizzy.
Overall - I don't love the taste, but given that it's a gluten-free beer, it's not bad...definitely one of the best that I've tried of that type.
05-05-2011 03:47:12 | More by Nerudamann
2.42/5 rDev -18.2%
It looks like a weak ginger ale, and smelled remotely tripel-like. The flavor was more like a very clean, crisp cider made in somebody's basement. To be most objective, the beer wasn't bad, but it didn't taste like beer. If I was gluten intolerant, I would just switch to cider rather than pay the high price for this one if only to say I can still drink "beer."
10-27-2007 08:07:56 | More by dedrinker
3.08/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a goblet, best before 4/10/15. This pours a light golden color with a fizzy short lived white head. The smells are of belgian yeast esters, sweet malts, banana. The feel is medium to thin with a fizzy carbonation. The taste is okay, pretty sweet almost like an apple juice, a dirty flavor. Its okay, not something I'd get again.
03-16-2012 02:38:23 | More by DavidST
3/5 rDev +1.4%
Light yellow to orange with a few bubbles and a very foamy head.
The smell wasn't too strong. sweet malts and a little bit of hops.
Its tastes malty with no real bitterness a very mellow flavour with some spices and a bit of sweetness.
Feels pretty thin in the mouth with a small amount of carbonation.
If I had to drink gluten free beer I wouldn't mind drinking this although I prefer the Greens Dubbel to this.
02-01-2012 16:37:43 | More by Dave1999
3.68/5 rDev +24.3%
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. :)
04-20-2008 22:57:53 | More by PEBKAC
2.48/5 rDev -16.2%
Color is right but the head is like soap suds. Golden color & no head retention. The smell has some of the right notes, a bit of apricots up front. But then, that sulphur-molases smell hits me. I'm afraid a little. Taste starts ok, again, some fruit. But then it finishes metallic, sour, bitter, and desert (not dessert) dry. Mouthfeel is about right, with more substance than it looks. Drinkability just isn't there. Again, like the other gluten-free offering I've tried from Green's. I applaud their effort & aspirations. Now I'm going to go have a beer.
02-14-2009 01:06:28 | More by roblowther
2.13/5 rDev -28%
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.
06-27-2008 06:37:22 | More by vickersspitfire
1.45/5 rDev -51%
smells of a high octane wheat sake with honey ...first sip..WTF!! .. very sickly sweet and alco driven.. fuckin crazy beer, not what i was expecting, like a ball getting caught in a zipper kind of shock! ... for having 8.5% and really having nothing in it, its OK but shit, it needs a lot of work.. "ladies and gentleman, Mr. Conway Twitty"
07-12-2008 14:49:12 | More by Onslow
3.4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
03-04-2010 22:47:19 | More by hdofu
3.63/5 rDev +22.6%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a clear pint glass.
A-Pours a orange-copper hue with a two+ finger head with decent retention and lacing. Actually, quite remarkable for a gluten-free sorghum based beer.
S-Nose is more like a tripel and would rate higher if there were separate gluten-free categories.
T-Peppery spice from the yeast is the most prominent flavor noted. There is some mildly fruity twang with some graininess. Slightly sweet.
M-Dry and well carbonated .
D-A good beer, but among the best gluten-free ales I have had. Very much like real beer. Well done and a great alternative for the gluten intolerant or folks with gluten grain allergies.
12-03-2011 04:52:34 | More by velosuds
District of Columbia
2.85/5 rDev -3.7%
A light golden brown brew, with a white millet-y head. A fair amount, but I'll note that the subdued head belies the amount of carbonation. Not the best retention, but I will note that the lacing - spiderweb - is better than I expected.
Grapey, not without some hints of doughy yeast. Those notes, being much like champagne, combine with an apple juice aroma. Umm... a nicely dry champagne, at least.
Made to resemble champagne by virtue of being carbonated, the taste reminds me of a very dry white wine. Light, white bread malts. Green apple. Finish is tart, dry, with hints of yeast.
Prickly, becoming a wee bit creamy. Overly carbonated - it occasionally seems to run roughshod over the taste - and I wonder if this is actually intentional, to cover what might be considered off flavors. Medium bodied.
07-11-2009 00:24:57 | More by TheMistler
2.63/5 rDev -11.1%
I have no health reason to consume gluten-free beers. However, I work in a store that carries several varieties, and I've found my advice to be helpful to many customers. So, when a local vendor handed a bottle of Greene's Quest to me for sampling, I couldn't disappoint my customers and not try it myself!
The color is very much in the vein of tripels: it's a hazy (nearly opaque,) dark amber with light, golden highlights. The snow-white head didn't disappoint. It began a half-inch thick and slowly dissolved into a lean, foamy lacing around the perimeter of the liquid. It's with the aroma that things start getting weird. A lot of unusual scents emerge, including lemon and grape, and an odd essence I can only best describe as soap. It's not an offensive smell, but certainly not what one is used to with this style.
Much of the aroma is reflected in the flavor. The same sort of fruit characteristics are present, as well as a cola-like element that reminds me of ginger ale only not as sweet. As the beer begins to warm, a pleasing aftertaste can be noticed: a mild (and I do mean mild) bit of dark, ripe fruit can be extracted, as well as a bit of honey-style sweetness. Unfortunately, the carbonation hinders the overall taste experienceat least for me.
I don't find this beer particularly offensive; in fact, I found it somewhat pleasing, especially as it warmed. Don't get me wrong, it really cannot be compared to grain beers of this style. But, if I were gluten intolerant I wouldn't mind having this around.
01-11-2008 03:25:59 | More by CWiggins
British Columbia (Canada)
3.36/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
01-06-2014 23:01:47 | More by CookstLiquor
Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale from Green's Gluten Free Beers
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