GREEN’S GLUTEN FREE QUEST TRIPEL (along with the other Green’s beers) were products we had seen on the shelves for a few years now, but for some reason we had always passed them by. We decided to finally try the QUEST TRIPEL for a few reasons: (1) Tripels are one of our favorite Belgian beer styles, (2) The trend for “BIO” (short for Biological) beers has been gaining popularity since more people are becoming health conscious- Gluten free, Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan, etc.
ABOUT GREEN’S BEERS
Green’s beers have been brewed in Lochristi, Belgium at the highly-respected De Proef Brouwerij (The Test Brewery) since 2004. Inspired by strong European beers and developed to a closely guarded secret recipe, these specialty beers are brewed with a full body, crisp taste and a refreshing flavor, losing none of the taste but all of the allergens. Green’s Beers are suitable for both Vegetarian and Vegan diets. The three ales have a full five-year shelf life due to bottle-conditioning with an authentic Belgian yeast.
Green’s beers are made from gluten-free ingredients and DO NOT contain any of the following allergens or products thereof: Gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Sulfur dioxide nor Sulfites. (Source: Merchant du Vin)
*CONSIDERED SAFE FOR PEOPLE WITH DIETARY CONCERNS
For those who are on a Gluten-free diet, this beer is considered safe to consume. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye and triticale. (Gluten & Celiac Disease: Gluten is a mixture of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Found in wheat, barley, and rye, gluten gives bread and other baked goods their characteristic elasticity and chewiness. Celiac disease, also known as coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, is an inflammatory disorder of the small intestine that may effect as much as 1% of the population, but which is significantly under-diagnosed. People who suffer from celiac disease may not acquire all the nutrients they need from their food, because gluten disrupts the ability of their small intestine to function properly. A gluten-free diet is the only effective treatment for celiac disease.)
Each beer serving (there are 2 in each bottle) is fairly low in calories, extremely low in sodium, is sugar-free, no trans fat, saturated fat, or cholesterol (woo hoo!), the carb intake is very low (less than half a percent), and has a small amount of protein. For diabetics looking to enjoy a great beer, Green’s beers may be good choices for you- check with your physician first! But of course, this beer DOES contain alcohol (8.5% ABV) so it is NOT alcohol free. (See images below.)
*LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Belgian Beer Journal is NOT suggesting or offering any professional medical advice with the above paragraphs whatsoever. Always check with a medical professional if you have dietary concerns or medical conditions before consuming any alcoholic beverages.
ABOUT DE PROEF BROUWERIJ
The “proef” brewery is specifically equipped for the development and production of beers for third parties.
They brew on a relatively small scale: most often between 10 and 140 hectoliters per order. Their customers include beer architects (who most often contribute their own recipe), start-up or existing breweries (who have their own recipe or a recipe that is jointly developed), and individual initiatives. Their Research and Development department (R&D) conducts applied scientific research projects, in order to improve beer quality and reproducibility.
The core value of the “proef” brewery is integrity: to strive for the cleanest and most honest recipe development and beer production process, both with respect to their employees, the environment, the authorities and their customers and suppliers, as well as towards their raw materials and products. Their focus lies exclusively on recipe/product development and beer production and as such they do not actively promote or commercialize beers.
This core value means that they do not and will not copy existing beers (both from other breweries as well as their own), and inspires them to always strive for an original product. They wish to position themselves at the interface between commercial breweries and knowledge centers, because on the one hand they produce yet do not commercialize products, while on the other hand they conduct applied, instead of fundamental scientific research. (Source: De Proef Brouwerij – “About Us”)
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Abbey-style Tripel
Taste: Fairly light body for beer of this strength; spice and herb nose with flavors of candied fruit. Aromatic, long finish.
AWARDS FOR GREEN’S GLUTEN FREE QUEST TRIPEL
World Beer Championships Gold Medal – 93 Points – 2011.
OUR REVIEW OF GREEN’S GLUTEN FREE QUEST TRIPEL
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
8.5 % ABV. Poured into a tulip-shaped glass, and served at 52°F. Pours a light to medium golden color. The head pours and easy 2-finger height, and is tightly bubbled and dense. As the head collapses, the Brussels lacing it leaves behind is even. (We ensured this was a “Beer Clean” glass). The meniscus is medium to slow rising. This beer is bottle conditioned, and as usual, we dispensed it into the glass. Even before pouring in the yeast, there was a slight haze to the beer.
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Has the classic, fresh, Belgian Tripel yeast aroma to it. The spicy phenolics are there too. Citrus aromas, mainly Lemon. It also has what we call the classic fruity “Bubblegum Tripel esters” to it, but softer than most Belgian Tripels. It even has a slight dried peach bouquet to it.
This is unlike any other Tripel that we’ve ever tried before. There is a slight funk taste to it (does De Proef Brouwerij use Brett yeast in this?) Tart and spicy, medium hop dryness. The combination of ingredients in this beer makes for a unique Tripel taste.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
The effervescence / carbonation level of the beer hits the front of the tongue and the back of the mouth with some prickliness, but not too much. The combination of the funk, the raw ingredients (Millet, Buckwheat, Rice and Sorghum) along with the hop bitterness make for a unique finish.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
(Suggestions by Merchant du Vin) – Fresh fruit, Breakfast casserole at lunch, rice dishes, baked potatoes, steamed asparagus, artichoke, squash, or other full-flavored, rich vegetables. Excellent with beef dishes or with wild game.
The one word that can describe Green’s Gluten Free Quest Tripel is… UNIQUE. In a very good way. We’ve never had a Tripel that had the classic aromas but then surprise you with a funkiness and raw ingredient taste that is exceptional. We purchased this at the Redding Liquor Barn, but it is also available at the Redding BevMo! Great for your Vegan or Gluten-free diet friends- they could enjoy this beer with a clear conscience. This is a world classic for sure, seek this one out.
DE PROEF BROUWERIJ:
GREEN’S BEERS AVAILABLE IN THE USA FROM MERCHANT DU VIN:
A video about De Proef Brouwerij (Green’s beers are shown)