Green’s Quest Tripel Blonde Ale

Reviewed by on June 26, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Green's Gluten Free Beers

  • Origin: England

  • Rated On: June 25, 2014

  • Best Before: September 30, 2018

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Tripel

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Green’s strongest offering, a Belgian-style (well, it should be, given that this is actually contract brewed in Belgium) Tripel, made with a who’s who of alterna-grains: millet, buckwheat, rice and sorghum.

This 500ml bottle 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.

Brady White

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