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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom
glutenfreebeers.co.uk

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
113
Reviews:
72
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
24.75%
 
 
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4
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9
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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The third in the series of Green's gluten-free beers that are now available in Lexington KY. The Trippel is better than the Amber, but not as flavorful as the Dubbel. Starts off with a crystal clear straw - golden color, with ample carbonation, and a large airy foamstand that shows good staying power. (as with most gluten-free beers, when the head is disturbed, it fades very quickly.) Aromas of pears, apples, and appricots swirl with a syrupy sweetness and an odd fermentation 'twang'. The flavors bring out the same fruits found in the scent, along with an artificial and residual sweetness that is as distracting as benificial. Typical of G.F. (gluten free) beers, the body is void of maltiness, richness, or depth; leaving the beer a bit soul-less and coats the mouth with a cola-like syrup. Finishes clean tasting, but feeling oddly sugary. For gluten-free products, this beer does quite well, it just cannot compete with grain-beer counterparts.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
1.74/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beers starts good, but rapidly declines. It looked quite good, a nice copper/amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a small, fizzy, white head. It smelled of some light caramel malt and a berry-like fruit. The taste was very fruity and reminded me of champagne - but not good champagne. Mouthfeel was too fizzy. This really isn't worth a try unless you truly need gluten-free beer.

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Photo of largadeer
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.95/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.87/5  rDev -36.6%
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!

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Photo of smithj4
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.24/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Life begins as a quest of the child for the man and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child."

--Laurens Van der Post

Honey amber with a small splash of orange juice. The head looks better than the beer. It's three full fingers of alabaster colored foam that has more than enough tackiness to plaster the glass with lace. This is the best looking of the Green's beer so far. Trouble is, I know from experience what comes next.

The aroma is kinda... sorta... reminiscent of a tripel. Like the other offerings from these guys, it has a solvent-like quality that is offputting. Think golden orchard fruit soaked in paint thinner, with a whiff of phenolic clove. In the end: barely acceptable.

Quest is probably my favorite (make that 'least unfavorite') Green's Gluten Free Beer to date. That doesn't mean that it's any damn good. Maybe the fact that tripels are one of my favorite styles has something to do with it, who knows?

There's quite a bit of apple fruitiness goin' on. Trouble is, the beer tastes like a mixture of bottom shelf green apple schnapps mixed with turpentine. On second thought, this one is no better than the others. Each sip still makes me grimace and wonder why the hell I spent good money on beer that I knew would be lousy.

Maybe it's my nearly empty stomach, but the acidity and the alcohol is giving me a serious case of gut ache and heart burn. Sorry, but this bottle will be emptied in the end, just not into my glass. On a badly needed positive note, Quest still looks good after multiple pours.

The mouthfeel, although not horrible, is a bit thin for the style. It's also oddly slick, which the others were as well. Truthfully, when beer tastes this bad, the mouthfeel gets lost in the shuffle.

It's hard to believe that gluten-free beer has to taste this foul. I'm sure that barley is far and away the best grain to brew with, but someone somewhere should be able to come up with something decent for those poor souls unfortunate enough to be unable to appreciate the wonders of craft beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle says best before 1/2/13, so we're well in the clear.

Appearance: rich orange hue with just a touch of haze and lots of apparent effervescence. Three fingers of pillowy ivory head caps the experience. Not too bad at all.

Smell: rich pear and green apple aroma with a bit of an alcohol bite. Actually, quite a nice tripel aroma; thus far, I would not have guessed gluten-free.

Taste: bright green apple with a bit of pear and a little bit of a chalky taste, which I rather like. Now for the bad stuff: there's a bit of diacetyl in the aftertaste which I don't love, and the green apple is a bit too bright and tart right at the front. Still, it's not bad, and I will have to go with the brewers on this: to me, this is definitely more of a tripel than a BSPA.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with plenty of viscosity and a well-integrated carbonation. Tripelriffic, in my opinion.

Drinkability: despite a few flaws with the flavor, I rather quite enjoy Green's Quest. It is far and away the best gluten-free beer I've ever had. I'm not sure why it get such a slamming here, because this beer deserves to be given a chance.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one has been aged 1 year in a cellar. Semi hazy, golden in appearance, some lace.

Smell: Cider, mint possibly from the hops.

Taste: Apple cider, belgian yeast. Sweet. Somewhat tart. Alcohol hidden well. For a blonde/tripel this tastes more like a dry cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, semi dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a typical tripel, but a good beverage. If I had a gluten allergy, this could be a staple.

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Photo of sd123
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed and bottled by DeProef in Belgium. I have no clue as to why it's under a brewer from the UK.

It pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a good 1 finger head of foam with some lacing.

The smell is pretty sweet...candy sugar mostly, some green apple tartness, umm..that's about it. Nothing wrong with that aroma.

Green apple tartness in the taste, some sweet candy sugar in the flavour as well. and some definite spiciness though I'm hard pressed to define it. Be forewarned, my bottle's label says best before Jan 15, 2010 so I must be drinking it not as intended by the brewer. Very much a cider like brew at this stage but not a drain pour.

Very bubbly, thin bodied, again, very cider like.

Drinkabilty is not bad. Despite it being very unbeer like, it goes down easy and the alcohol is not noticeable. Would I buy it again? Not likely. The resemblance to beer has been lost...ymmv.

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