Dragon's Gold (Gluten Free) - Bard's Tale Beer Company, LLC
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3.9/5 rDev +51.2%
Pours a clear bubbly dark honey golden, almost coppery. Aroma is crisp, malty and a little fruity - you would hardly know this is a sorghum beer. Crisp flavor is mainly malty and lagerish, with a hint of hops and a firm apple cider tone. Sharp, fizzy, lively texture makes this a delight to drink. Can’t have gluten? You can still have good beer!
08-21-2011 14:29:09 | More by Cyberkedi
3.1/5 rDev +20.2%
For a gluten free beer, this is somewhere in between Redbridge and St. Peter's G-Free/Sorghum. It's got a lot of sorghum character, which isn't altogether pleasant, particularly for someone used to normal beer. It looks fine, though a bit boring and without much head, which is typical for gluten free brews. The flavor has decent floral hops that provide an okay bitter bite, and it's relatively dry, which is a big plus compared to Redbridge's somewhat cloying finish. The downsides of the flavor are a sorta gummy cough syrup note and an unpleasant sweetness upfront. Both are probably from the sorghum. Feel is pretty normal for a light lager - a bit fizzy. Ultimately, this beer, like every other gluten free beer I've tried, isn't up to a decent craft beer, however it's pretty good against its actual competition. Bard's is a nice step up from Redbridge. Though not as good as St. Peters, it's significantly cheaper and more widely available. Having close family members who suffer from Celiac disease, I'm grateful to any company that makes a beer that will make my mom smile and bring a bit of normalcy back to her life.
06-09-2010 23:59:06 | More by popery
2.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Pours a clear amber with orange throughout. Small fizzy head that sounds like soda and drops as fast, leaving a very thin film and no lace.
Smell is malty, spicy and light apple.
Taste is malt, hops, light spice, green apple and vinegar as it warms.
Very effervescent, almost fizzy, something akin to a root beer or ginger ale. Light-ish body with a faint malt/wheat-like aftertaste. Interesting only due to unusual grain not for the drinking. I'd skip it.
03-31-2010 01:31:48 | More by PorterLambic
2.05/5 rDev -20.5%
A_Pours a medium amber with a soda like big bubbled head. This dissipates quickly leaving a flat looking beer.
S_The aroma is a bit sweet. Some grain and caramel. A bit of stewed vegetables.
T_The initial sip leaves a sweet sensation which lingers in the mouth. After this there is a vague grainlike quality with some flavour I am not accustomed to. I suppose this is the Sorghum though to be honest I have never tasted this before. Virtually no hops present.
M_Has the mouthfeel of a sweet soda.
D_This really doesn't taste like beer. I suppose on its own merit it could be good as a sorghum beer but there is a reason normal beer is made with malted barley in the forefront. I suppose it is good for all of those who cannot tolerate wheat products. However as someone who can I am glad to not have to drink this stuff.
09-23-2009 00:52:42 | More by sleazo
2/5 rDev -22.5%
Had a party over the weekend and my buddies wife, who has Celiac disease, left one of these in the fridge. Figured I'd give it a shot.
Consumed 8/6/09- from notes.
Brown bottle poured into a shaker glass.
A- Very clear golden yellow with a thin white head that faded quick. No lacing to speak of.
S- Didnt pick up much besides faint yeast and something sweet.
T- A little metallic, some caramel and something that I couldnt indentify which I'm betting is the sorghum.
M- Light bodied, pretty watery with a little carbination tingle.
D- I guess if this is your only option its easy to drink. Makes me appreciate not being gluten intolerant.
08-06-2009 12:25:22 | More by tatoodkelt
1.83/5 rDev -29.1%
This beer caters to the gluten intolerant crowd. As such, it's a lifesaver to those who require such a thing. For the rest of us, I can't imagine why we would want to drink this, unless there just wasn't anything else around.
The pour is macro average, with a deeper color. Fairly thin head that leaves quickly.
The aroma is darkly fruity, like plums or prunes. Not much in the way of malt or hops.
The taste is odd. If you've tasted sorghum, then you know what I mean. It has a sweet "corn husk" sort of flavor, like the way corn grilled in the husk smells. There is very little in the way of hops and it seems a bit unbalanced.
The mouth feel is about like the average macro, with a little less carbonation. Not as refreshing or crisp as a good lager.
Overall, my impression is that this is a decent imitation of beer, for those who wouldn't otherwise be able to drink beer. Maybe, if you're a fan of wheat beer or fruit/veggie beer in general, you might like it. I won't be having it again.
06-30-2009 03:27:38 | More by Trigcove
3.43/5 rDev +32.9%
A - Poured a crystal clear caramel color, like a sarsaparilla. Tinges of golden color around the edges when held to the light. Head was a slightly off-white color, of single finger thickness, and disperced rapidly.
S - Smelled a little creamy, effervescent, and possessed a strange, exotic grain taste, which I can only imagine is the sorghum. Only the slightest tinge of hops are present in the odor.
T - This is where things get tricky. This beer tastes nothing like any other beer Iv ever had. Most "fruit beers" taste like beer with some sort of sweet syrup added (because thats what most of them are). This beer has NO fruit taste, probably because it has no fruit in it. What it DOES taste like is sorghum, and a hint of something that I can only describe as mildly creamy. It may be that is an aftertaste or somehow linked to the sorghum. Iv only had sorghum one other time in my life so its hard to tell.
M - I rated average. Its watery and slightly effervescent: like your average macro brew. Thats not great but its not terrible either.
D - The taste is different and maybe even a little strange, but isn't bad. This beer slides down very easily and repeatedly.
Overall impression: The beer tastes different. Not like a fruit beer (don;t even know why its in this category) or a conventional beer. Its in a taste category all its own. It doesn't taste bad, just very different. Thats probably because 99% of beers use conventional grains and not sorghum. Despite this, the beer goes down easily, and I suspect that If you took the time to drink a few of them, you would acclimate to the unique taste very quickly.
05-16-2009 14:02:37 | More by GreyMorel
3/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz bottle into pint glass.
Crystal clear honey amber hue with a very thin light tan head that quickly fizzles to a very little.
Very sweet, almost like caramel, aromas are just about all that's there.
Some of the caramel is repeated in the flavor, along with a slightly toasty grain flavor. A slight metallic taste is left lingering for a while. Light bodied.
Some what of a middle of the road beer with a funny flavor in there, but overall decent. I would recommend this for someone to try that is gluten intolerant.
01-17-2009 22:36:26 | More by BeerSox
3/5 rDev +16.3%
Served in a beer glass poured from a bottle.
A - An absolutely transparent golden color with almost no head to speak of; looked like water with orange food coloring.
S - Very little of anything; a little caramel and yeast, that's it.
T - Still lacking. Inoffensive, but wholly generic in taste; that capitalized, singular BEER taste one thinks of when one thinks of American Macrobrews. No character, positve or negative.
M - Watery, very little carbonation. I'm disappointed.
D - I only bought one bottle of the stuff, but if I made the mistake of buying a six-pack, I could probably plow through them all in one session without regretting it or having it come back up.
All in all, there's no real reason to try this one other than finding an alternative if you have Celiac disease. If I absolutely had to eschew all gluten products, and thus most beers, I'd probably buy this one from time to time, if I couldn't find anyone else that makes gluten-free brew.
01-05-2009 23:56:15 | More by DannyS
3.33/5 rDev +29.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Bottled-on date of 01/11/2007 indicates that this sample is rather old -- nearly two years old, evidently.
Pours a deep gold, edging into amber. The small, frothy white head fades to a thin patch that sticks to the surface of the beer until the finish, leaving behind virtually no lacing on the glass.
Aroma is somewhat off-putting; musky yet sweet and toffeeish in the nose, not unlike that of a slightly fouled brew, but owing itself most likely to the use of the sorghum, as the aroma isn't altogether unpleasant, just odd.
Fairly light in body with a decent amount of carbonation. Flavor profile is rather sweet, with some caramel and a soft malt flavor somewhat reminiscent of that found in English ales. Harming the palate is a bit of a rotten vegetable flavor, with a minimal hop presence that is herbaceous in nature. Finish is very sweet and lingers for a short while afterward.
My first sorghum beer, and so the style is unfamiliar to me. Overall, not a horrible beer, and if not for the odd flavor and aroma profiles, would make a decent session beer as the alcohol content is low enough to quaff and the body leans on the refreshing side. Not too sure how the age may have affected this sample, and it would be interesting to taste a fresher bottle for comparison.
12-16-2008 05:57:03 | More by superdedooperboy
2.63/5 rDev +1.9%
Pour amber hue thin white line for a head.
Nose caramel malty honey molasses sorghum and wheat.
Taste carbonation thin malty hints of caramel with sorghum lacing through.
Finish nill to slightly acidic.
Overall not a very good beer. I was disappointed in the quality of the beer.
12-12-2008 20:28:40 | More by colts9016
1.45/5 rDev -43.8%
Sorghum lager...oh the excitement, i will still review with an optimistic outlook.
"Is the world run by six women in Omaha?"
Pours a transparent dirty yellow color with a small loose net of a white head, some stickage. Musky nose, of rotten fruit, nuts and funk, nothing appealing here, i actually cringed slightly. Watery and slightly tart, the rotten fruit comes back on the finish, lemon skin, metal, burnt plastic, pepper and salt. Bleh. Light in body, i couldnt drink this. Im no expert on the gluten free beers subject, but this is the worst ive had.
12-11-2008 21:30:37 | More by ATPete
2.42/5 rDev -6.2%
12oz bottle, bottled on 10/02/06.
Poured a medium orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Very sweet aroma. There's something there I can't quite place. Must be the sorghum. Toffee and caramel. Plastic beach balls. Sweet tastes (but not as sweet as the aromas. Caramel. Thin body.
Notes from 2/3/07
11-23-2008 00:35:59 | More by hopdog
2.63/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours an amber brown with absolutely no character. It looks like water with a few drops of orange food coloring added. The head consists of irregular bubbles clinging to the collar of the glass. This beer looks weak.
Smells weak too. I can best describe the scent as fat free yogurt. It smells like it was made with processed fake sugars and it comes through in the nose.
The taste is weak and has a little resemblance to beer. The only thing that ties it together is a mild caramel flavor but it is out done by a sweet cultured taste. Again it reminds me of sugar free yogurt in taste and mouthfeel.
Despite the poor look, scent and taste this one isn't horrible in the drinkabilty department. I can enjoy the slightly fruity notes and light body. However this beer also makes me sad to think that there are people out there who need this product. If I had to live the rest of my life drinking sorghum beer I would have to kill everyone... EVERYONE!
11-09-2008 22:03:32 | More by jbphoto88
3.55/5 rDev +37.6%
I bought this beer at the local State Liquor Store before I read a review. After reading the reviews, this brew stayed in my beer fridge for nearly a month. Today, I cracked it open.
I expected to hate this beer and I don't. It definitely tastes like sorghum, but that said, it isn't nearly as terrible as I'd been lead to believe. Certainly it beats most macrobrews out there.
A- Beautiful beer...orangish brown...the head is minimal and vanishes instantly.
S- It smells 'sweeter' than most beers. Honestly, it smells 'adjuncty'.
T- Oddly, it does have some malty flavor, rounded with sweetness and a tiny smidge of bitter.
M- Mouthfeel is rather thin.
D- I could drink a few of these.
10-29-2008 21:56:47 | More by disastermouse
2.85/5 rDev +10.5%
A: Poured a nice coppery-marzen color with a thin, off-white head that quickly settled. A soft visible carbonation was observed.
S: quite odd, brown sugar, caramel apples, cinnamon with a dried fruitiness. Sweet with a light toastedness.
T: really sweet, with a caramel fruitiness of pears, apples, melons with some light spicy cinnamon. Light honey bread, dried brown sugar and dried fruit cake was also detected. Hard to describe the unique flavor attributed by the soghum. Some booziness (rum raisin) was found on the finish.
M: a light viscosity, was sweet, smooth with a soft carbonation.
D: Quite an odd flavor, very sweet for an everyday beer. a last resort only if your suffer from celiac disease otherwise don't bother.
10-04-2008 18:57:42 | More by beerthulhu
3/5 rDev +16.3%
Served in a 12 oz bottle in Lake Okoboji, IA
I guess I enjoyed this beer more than most of the folks below. It poured an amber color with a very small, white head.
There was a little bit of a floral aroma. You can definitely taste the distinctive, sorghum grain flavor, which wasn't bad IMHO. There's a hint of molasses and some hoppy citrus and a nicely balanced after taste.
It's medium mouthfeel and carbonation.
There was a botting date on the bottle, which is appreciated.
09-04-2008 14:45:25 | More by Tucquan
1.38/5 rDev -46.5%
I tried this beer because my friend is on the gluten-free diet and he offered me one. I'm sure that having celiac disease sucks for those who love beer. The Bard's Tale brewer was only trying to help when they created this but in my opinion they should keep trying before they release the next one.
A. Looks just like bourbon. No head to speak of. Lots of carbonation when first opened then none at all. No retention.
S. Caremel, malt with hints of toasted rice. Floral scents with a honey background.
T. Some floral hops. A soapy metallic taste with some caremel and malt.
M. FLAT. Like a beer tea.
D. Not good. This was a good try but unfortunately it's just awful. Maybe if you were to drink this ICE-cold and then slam it, it may pass but it's doubtful.
08-30-2008 17:16:59 | More by guntherhophead
2.3/5 rDev -10.9%
A: Deep orange amber color with a small head that doesn't retain too well. Leaves little lace.
S: Sweet. Toffee, grass and citrus, plus a little apple.
T: Not good to me. The beer has a strange overall bittersweet flavor. Sweet bitter balance is OK. Sweetness comes in the form of caramel, toffee, apple and orange. Hops add some peppery bitterness, but little flavor. Finishes with an odd lingering toffee and apple sweetness.
M: Medium body is somewhat syrupy. Carbonation level is right.
D: Not something to revisit.
07-15-2008 22:47:18 | More by Rayek
1.93/5 rDev -25.2%
Into a 12-oz mug, this pours a fairly clear amber color, with a head that nearly instantly completely fades away. Nose is lightly fruity, with a faint sour edge to it. Flavor is not at all pleasant. Medicinally fruity is the closest thing I can think of to describe it, with butterscotch back bite. There's some bitterness but hop flavor doesn't come through at all.
I found this almost undrinkable. I commend their effort to make a gluten-free beer, but if this is the best that can be done, I'm terrified of ever developing Celiac syndrome.
The name is a bit puzzling too--surely Bard's Tale is a reference to the classic videogame...it's even got the right fonts (I had it on my Amiga), but there's no mention of the relation on the label or on the website.
06-08-2008 21:07:20 | More by allengarvin
2.85/5 rDev +10.5%
Pours a dark golden straw color with decent head and a bit of lacing. Very light scent, a hint of cherry and honey, with a hint of malt. It has an odd taste, a lager flavor with honey hints, it's not horrible but it doesn't mix well. Goes down nice and smooth, though.
04-11-2008 00:55:36 | More by JamesS
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