Green's Gluten Free Beers
Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale
I picked up my bottle of Green's Gluten Free Beers Green's Quest Tripel Blonde Ale (8.5% alcohol by volume) at South Lyndale Liquors. It's best by date is almost three years in the future. It is a Belgian Tripel brewed with millet, buckwheat, rice and sorghum. It is brewed and packaged by De Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi Hijfte, Belgium. Grain aromas mingle with Belgian yeast aromas of banana, fruit, over ripe fruit, and a trace of barnyard. There is some earthiness from the sorghum in the background. It is a murky, tea colored amber pour blanketed by a 2" frothy white cap with fair to poor retention. The flavors start mildly sweet with fruit, sorghum, and grains. The millet and buckwheat dilute down the sharpness of the sorghum while the rice lightens the body. There is more wildness in the aroma than in the flavor. Hop flavors are hard to detect. The hop bitterness is low to medium low and helps tame the sweetness. The body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is medium high with a very creamy mousse-like mouth feel. The Belgian yeast flavors are well developed. The yeast acts a little differently on these grains than it does on barley producing more fruit flavors and less banana and bubble gum. The fruit emphasis helps cover up some of the grain flavors. While a little high on the fruit and sweetness, this is a gluten-free beer that does not leave the drinker feeling deprived. I rate it 85.
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