A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about gluten free beer after a conversation with a friend of mine. Before today, I had only tried Redbridge, so I didn’t have much experience with wheat-less beers. This morning I was checking out the beer selection and noticed a gluten free beer, Green’s tripel blonde ale (named Quest), and figured I’d try it out for a review.
First of all, I have to take into consideration that this beer doesn’t contain wheat or barley (or even crustaceans or fish which the bottle made sure to let me know). Since this is a Belgian beer, I still was expecting a somewhat Belgian flavor.
I poured the beer and it was a pretty cloudy amber/orange color with a lot of foam. I like to pour down the middle, which caused half of the glass to be foam. There was also a lot of bubbles, so I knew I was in for a lot of carbonation.
The smell of this beer was like smelling a cider. It has a strong green apple aroma with some slight citrus and pear undertones. It was almost like smelling Martinelli’s sparkling cider, which wasn’t bad, but I was in the mood for a beer, not juice.
My first reaction to tasting it was, “holy crap, this is sweet.” My next reaction was, “dang, I should have bought something else.” This was like a mix of cheap champagne, apple cider, warm bud light, and dollar store fruit hand soap.
The carbonation wasn’t as strong as it looked and the beer had a pretty dry taste to it. Not satisfying at all. The warmer the beer got, the worse it tasted. I guess if you are on a gluten free diet and want to drink this beer, serve it as cold as possible to mask as much of the flavor as you can.
My Green’s Quest Grade: D-
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Bottom line is that if you’re on a gluten free diet, you’re screwed if this is what gluten free beer tastes like.
What are your thoughts on Quest or any gluten free beers?
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