Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale
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3.08 | pDev: 24.35%
Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom
Green's Quest Tripel Blonde AleGreen's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale
Notes: Brewed and bottled in Lochristi, Gent, Belgium.
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE: August 21, 2020... OCCASION: watching the awesome "G.I. Jeff" Community episode after finishing our front steps' landing and seeing the Cavs land the fifth overall pick (an actual gift)--it's indeed a good night! GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... this pours a dark honey-colored, golden body that is mostly opaque... its head settles quickly into a creamy ring of bubbles and smears of swampiness... intense sorghum and millet greet the nostrils, with some funky yeast, apple, pear and vegetable matter, and rye bread... its palate is rather dry, save for its late-throat bubbling... puckerish at the start, but the hops are rather mellow... this warms at its finish... the flavor profile begins with pear, apple, prune, white grapes, millet, yeasty, bready and sharp, it doesn't quite gel as a tripel, creating too much bitterness for its usually palatable profile... its bite rankles the experience, though the alcohol does make this one of the stronger gluten-free beers I've come across...

Aug 22, 2020
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1.06/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had read some positive reviews of this in my search for decent gluten free ales. However in all honesty I found that it felt thin, smelt and tasted sour and was actually virtually undrinkable. I have since found an extremely pleasant alternative, so I know that gluten free ale doesn't have to taste like this.

Jan 11, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Anytime a brewer takes a difficult style and adds an even more difficult process (gluten free), then that beer deserves some love. Hence, my rating above the average.

The issue on this tripel is how does a Belgian yeast (designed mostly to stimulate barley and wheat) interact with other non-gluten grains. Because the yeast cannot adapt to foreign grains, the traditional fruits do not come out of this tripel.

There also is the issue of not needing as much brewers sugar because sorghum (possibly the largest grain on this bill) is used to brew syrup.

So, it all gets interesting when difficult gets piled on difficult. But Green’s is performing an important service to expand the beer market among gluten sensitive folks. And for that I rate this tripel above its average. Green’s and other brewers will learn.

Aug 18, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid retention and great lacing.

S: Honey and sweet malts... mild spice and lemon.

T/F: Sweet and malty... follows the nose with lots of honey... mild spice and lemongrass. Not as yeasty/estery as a lot of tripel's and a bit too sweet, but very drinkable. ABV is well hidden. Light bodied... well carbonated. Sweet at the finish.

O: For a gluten free beer (a necessary caveat) this is a pretty solid tripel. Lots of honey sweetness and malts... could use more complexity but for what it is a pretty damned good beer. Celiacs rejoice!

Jul 10, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 500 ml bottle with an expiration date of 09/01/22. Sampled on March 21, 2018.

This is a nice looking beer with its golden-amber pour underneath a big, foamy white head that simmer some and laces some. Good clarity.

The aroma brings out the elements you might expect from a Tripel with a toasted bread and sweet malt character, herbal notes, apple, citrus, grass, and barnyard.

The body is about light to medium.

Considering it's a Gluten-free beer, it still has a sweet bready malt sensation in the flavor but it tends to be more zesty with an odd bitter aftertaste that does not last too long. Despite my only above-average rating, it is one of the better Gluten-free beers I have had.

Mar 21, 2018
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Admiral_Attenuation from Texas

4.87/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I put this into a stemmed beer glass and watched the golden effervescence bubble up for a moment, had a sniff and then.... a sip. I looked at the glass and said to myself "what!?" I took another sip from the glass and did the same thing and continued until It was all gone.

I'm not gluten intolerance, I almost was drinking this as a joke, but the joke was on me because this is a serious serious serious feather in the cap of the brewmasters over at Greens. There's a unicorn somewhere pissing excellence, Greens has found it and is bottling it.

The alcohol is there, and I like to taste my alcohol, but it's enveloped in a robust arsenal of fruits and spices that make it a back up singer not the screaming front man of a hairband. The sweetness is present but interwoven with so much complexity of the other flavors that it flies way under the cloy radar like an SR 71 blackbird.

The last thing I'll say about this beer is the sensation upon the last sip. Normally after throwing back one of these big dogs you feel like you've been beaten up by a marshmallow and have to wash it down with a glass of water and move on to something lighter. I mean it's a tripel .... not a double, not a single, a tripel. But in this case it leaves one feeling light and experienced.... in the ways of good taste.

It's not a triplel....I declare this damn things a homerun

Jan 30, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: murky, tea colored amber pour blanketed by a 2" frothy white cap with fair to poor retention

S: grain aromas mingle with Belgian yeast aromas of banana, fruit, over ripe fruit, and a trace of barnyard

T: mildly sweet with fruit, sorghum, and grains. Hop bitterness is low to medium low and helps tame the sweetness.

F: The body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is medium high with a very creamy mousse-like mouth feel.

O: While a little high on the fruit and sweetness, this is a gluten-free beer that does not leave the drinker feeling deprived.

Jul 22, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head was minimal, and didn't last long. There's a decent amount of carbonation bubbles rising in the glass.
The nose is minimal. It kind of reminds me of a cider.
The taste is fairly mellow for a moment, then the flavor hits. There's a sweetness to it.
The feel is somewhat watery, but not overly so.
Overall, ok, but not impressive.

May 10, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into chalice, best before 9/30/2018. Pours lightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and flufy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, light banana/clove, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready maltiness, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, light banana/clove/bubblegum, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, pepper, light banana/clove/bubblegum, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready maltiness, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass slightly. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good gluten free tripel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bready maltiness, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A bit sweeter than expected, but still provides enough dryness to never be cloying. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 27, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed vase, the beer is a bright, golden coloring with a ton of carbonation, and a foamy, bubbly, light, white head that settles out into a surface coating. Aromas of tangy honey, berry sweetness, subtle spice blend of coriander and nutmeg, subtle funky yeast notes, and sweet caramel. Flavors are very fruity forward, loaded with berries and cherries, but also with a solid backbone of old world fruit, particularly apple and date. Light and effervesced body with the carbonation working overtime the entire time you drink. Sweet and rich aftertaste, slightly bready, but with all the fruity esters lingering strongly. The finish is smooth, light, and crisp. As far as the gluten free beers go, pretty solid.

Feb 03, 2016
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jrb5094 from California

2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Kind of awful. I don't understand how this is called a Belgian triple. Starts sweet and finishes with a very harsh in your face boozy sweetness. As mentioned below its like a cider. Won't be getting this again especially for the price I paid..

Jan 01, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle at Whole Foods (SC).

Look: Speaking clear body with a weak head.

Unusual aroma and flavor.

Overall: Too sweet and too much like a cider.

Aug 20, 2015
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metter98 from New York

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge, and a thin head in between.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apple cider are present in the nose along with some notes of buckwheat.
T: The taste has flavors of sorghum and apples; the sorghum becomes stronger as the beer warms up. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The smell of this beer isn't that bad because the sorghum is overshadowed by fruity aromas of apples. The sorghum somewhat detracts from the taste and makes it somewhat unpleasant, but if you drink this cold it isn't that bad compared to other gluten-free beers.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 27, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

I wish that I could remember where I scored this, but it and other G-F beers have been sitting on my kitchen counter awaiting the right time to drink them. I had a colleague who is gluten-free and I told her that I would keep my eye out for G-F beer options and report back to her on my findings. In the interim, I retired from that job and I still have the beers awaiting review. I have not felt perfect these last couple of days, so I thought that I would try something(s) fairly innocuous.

From the bottle: "Ale made from Millet, Buckwheat, Rice & Sorghum"; "Green's Ales are brewed and bottled by DeProef Brouwerij, Lochristi, Gent, Belgium."

The last (for now, for me) of the Green's G-F beers and I feel much more conversant about them now than I did going in.

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a heavy pour until it began to foam up and threaten to spill over the sides. It produced two fingers of rocky, tawny head with only moderate retention before it began to fall back into nothingness, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose again held the slight sourness of apple vinegar and I have reached the conclusion that if buckwheat is going to be used as a principal ingredient, that scent and flavor will be a by-product. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was like apple jack, that is, home-fermented apple cider. I was inadvertently exposed to this as a child at my maternal grandparent's house and I have never forgotten the flavor. It was tasty and included a slight tartness as from citrus rind. Mmmm. Finish was semi-dry, slightly tart but eminently drinkable. I think that I may have found some recommendations for my former colleague!

Mar 22, 2015
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Jessclark from Colorado

2.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slight fruity esters, similar to peach.

Slight tart notes, tastes like it could be infected. High fruitiness, low malt notes, no hops. Sorghum is the fruity taste.

High carbonation with a low body. No alcohol note, surprising since it is 8.5%

Feb 23, 2015
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Jubileo from Texas

3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The taste reminds me of a Sake to the tee! It has aromas of apple and if you drink fermented drinks it has that distinct smell. This was my 1st Gluten Free beer as I've recently got diagnosed with allergies to Gluten recently. Being an Avid beer drinker I researched this and found it was supposed to be one of the best. However it took me about an hour to finish this due to the fact the taste reminded me of Sake and Whole Foods fermented juice drinks.

Feb 01, 2015
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

1.87/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Aroma of souring apples, grass, citrus zest, spicey yeast, faint ABV. Taste apple cider, grains, medicinal/chemical, astringent. Another mediocre Gluten Free brew!

Jan 08, 2015
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CookstLiquor from Canada (BC)

3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Jan 06, 2014
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hardy008 from Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Clear dark amber with a small white head, with fair retention and not much lacing. Definitely does not smell like a Tripel. The aroma has apples, spices, grains, and some sourness. Not a very strong aroma, or a very pleasant one either.

Tastes somewhat sweet and tart with apples, grains, spices, and some yeast. Nothing about this beer makes me think it is a Tripel.

Light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. Not worth trying again.

Oct 30, 2013
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lancecenter from Texas

2.3/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Transparent orange color. Not much head or lacing.

S - Smells just like apple juice/cider.

T/M - Well, tastes much more like an apple cider than a triple. Crisp mouthfeel.

O - These guys make some good gluten free beer, but this isn't one of them. It just doesn't work. I wouldn't even recommend this to somebody with a gluten tolerance. I mean, it's okay, but why would you choose this over an apple cider? Oh yeah, the alcohol. Yeah it hides that well.

Oct 06, 2013
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Blindpigbiz from California

2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Smell: faint herbs, cloves, citrus, and pears

Taste: subtle clementines, herbs (I'm not a cook so I could only tell you this beer tastes like the 'green' ones), and hints of apple cider pervade throughout; heavy rice, bitter oats, and slightly sour gains prevail during each sip

I'm sorry if you have a gluten allergy; this beer doesn't do it for me and it probably won't for you either. Some people may like the taste of sour yeast, oats, and rice but as for yours truly, it's very overbearing and kills the potential it has with some of its other flavors. Maybe if you pair it with a veggie pizza that includes heavy Alfredo sauce it may work

Sorry greens

May 23, 2013
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WissBrauSean from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear golden straw, light amber color with a nice two finger sized off-white head of various sized bubbles that leaves a strange Klingon Bird of Prey pattern on the glass! COOL! Nerd Points! the head remains a full beautiful cap throughout the drink as well! Full points on appearance!

The aroma is kind of like like a malty sweet base that meets sour honey and bitter apple in a steel cage match. I was surprised by that but instantly thought that they were going with a sour on this one. There may be a hint of grass-like hops in there, but it's very faint and might be bordering on my imagination.

The taste is quite like cider, but there is a caramel malt type sweetness lurking at it's base. Above it on the surface is like a smooth sour apple with a little bitter on the back of the tounge and a champagne yeast type of ride along the way. It's kind of weird as it starts off sweet and as it moves across the tongue there is a little sour and at the back of the tongue you get bitter (apple) just as how the tongue is set up with sweet at the tip, sour near the back and bitter at the very back. In the middle of the sip there is a creamy caramel-ness that I can't describe. All in all, it's really well balanced and at the very end there is a sense of black pepper and finally, hops!

Unlike other gluten free beers that I have had, this one has just a hint more than a medium mouthfeel, and considering it's peers, it's really full comparatively. It's sweet, but the sour and the bitter do a fair bit of balancing that out, but it tips in the favor of sweet. The carbonation is lively and I am going to go out on a limb and pontificate that the yeast is most likely a champagne yeast. The head remains until the end. If this were a zombie, you would lose because the head must be removed for them to die.

I'm going to go out on another yoga limb and stretch it and say that this is world class. If it is not world class then it is VERY close, but I think it's getting a full score from me. I can't find anything that I don't like about this beer! It's 9% and yet sessionable!

Mar 06, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jun 02, 2012
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

May 21, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Mar 16, 2012
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