Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale - Green's Gluten Free Beers
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United Kingdom (England)
4.47/5 rDev +60.2%
This review had been previously on the 'De Proefbrouwerij' pages, cos they brew it.
Brown 33cl bottle, drank three days after its best before date. This is gluten free, wheat free 'double dark beer'.
Dark it is, very dark indeed, a really deep ruby red colour to be truthful, with a tan collar and wisps.
The smells given off where complex and different, chocolate malts and liquorice, then more chocolate, dark chocolate actually.
The flavours were deep and rich, again a mix of chocolate and liquorice.
Good feel to this beer, rich, creamy and full of flavour.
Didn't expect anything as good as this when I bought it, very impressed.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-21-2010 21:40:45
02-21-2010 15:43:56 | More by BlackHaddock
3.9/5 rDev +39.8%
Same color and fizz as a "classic" soda pop. Very appealing.
Wine grapes and alcohol in the nose. A hot warmth.
The taste is a bit complex for a dubbel. Seems more like a Quad. Spiced hot like cider with that characteristic burn. A bunch of flavors. Caramel on the back of the tongue. Berries on the middle of the tongue. Taste like wine on the front of the tongue.
Sparkly. Light and slightly creamy.
Dang fine beer. If I hadn't known already it was Gluten free I would never guessed it in a thousand years had you told me this beer was missing an ingredient so common to beer.
12-16-2010 03:40:33 | More by CamuMahubah
3.8/5 rDev +36.2%
A: Poured a dark brown, looks almost like cola. Quite carbonated out of the bottle, with a large dark tan head that quickly dissipated leaving behind significant lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: A caramel sweetness with a hint of acetic acid underneath.
T: Strong sweet malt flavors up front with hints of caramel/toffee that leads into a slight acidity and finishes with an earthy mineral character.
M: Initially the carbonation is silky, and fades to a lingering effervescence. While the flavor is sweet, the mouthfeel isn't sticky.
O: One of the better gluten-free offererings I've had. The flavors almost remind me of Lindeman's Faro at the beginning. While not strictly adhering to the flavors you would find in a traditional dubbel, it is still quite good for what it is.
07-06-2012 00:42:56 | More by RedSpecial1
3.7/5 rDev +32.6%
Poured a dark red with a substantial head that lingered for some time. The first smell makes me think that I've made a mistake, but that's only because the bottle said Dubbel. A second smell gives the sharp vinegar note I associate with a Vichtenar. The taste confirms it, this tastes like a Flanders Red, but a bit softer. Mouthfeel turns out to be pretty smooth, dry, with a pleasant crispness. I paired it with a Butterfinger candy bar, the combination seemed to work well. Okay drinkability, I would advise to try it a little colder than is customary and pour it into a pilsner or wiezen glass instead of a goblet. The tall glass tamed the sharpness of this beer a little better, I think.
While I liked this beer, I must issue a warning. It is not like any Dubbel I've ever had before, and I doubt it really fits under that style. What it really is, and not a bad one, is a decent cross between a Flanders Red, and an unblended lambic. If you like naturally fermented beers, with a strong wine-like quality, give it a try. I don't know what the brewers intended with this beer, but that's what they achieved. If you're not fond of those styles, avoid it.
06-29-2008 02:44:38 | More by blackhammer
3.65/5 rDev +30.8%
500ml bottle, newer label, served in a chalice. Exceptional amount of information on the label, including details of "Gluten Free" claim,
A - Pours a very dark and opaque brown; hazy rather than cloudy. Fine tan head has excellent retention.
Aroma: Light grain and yeast aromas with an about equally floral and fruity bent. A bit more alcohol presence than there should be in a 7% beer, but these aromas meld exceptionally well with the others. Wait ... as the beer warms these become more pronounced (typical) and a little less attractive.
T - Sweet, particularly up front, but remaining so even into the finish -- brown sugar with a bit of toffee and fruit (hints of cherries). Not so sweet, however, as to earn demerits. It does lack some of the toasted malt flavor normally expected. Raisins and other dark fruits linger into the finish which is quite fine but not quite as lasting as I'd like. This brew also lacks the richness, complexity and depth of the best Belgian dubbels (some of the world's finest IMO). Still, this beer has some nice complexity such that different flavors seem to come to the fore across the course of consumption/warming. Rating approaches 4.5.
M - lively yet very smooth. A little less full than preferred.
O - a fine and distinct Belgian dubbel, little hampered by the gluten free goal. While this makes a fine sipper, it is exceptionally drinkable and can disappear quickly. Less than world class but not actually disappointing.
09-07-2011 02:30:15 | More by chinchill
3.63/5 rDev +30.1%
For any of my celiac brethren out there, at least the looks is appealing. Forms a large thicket of light tan head that dwindles at a decently quick pace. Body is ruddy with deep amber highlights, lacing is apparent although not evenly strung. Aroma is very vinous in nature and label says this one is good until 05/05/09 that's awesome I know it's 7% but that doesn't scream that the beer should last. Smells deep like a red wine mild peppery feel with grape peels after being aged on barrels, spicy Belgian yeast strain touch of raisin and apple tartness as well. Flavor is strikingly vinous in nature, grape seeds red wine dry finish with yeast cake dough flavors. A decent amount of acidity can be noted here as well, I'm not getting much hop flavor. Definitely a hybrid Belgian styled dubbel I admire the creativity and I will confess this is not bad at all. Definitely drinkable I will have to compare it to the Red Bridge brew tomorrow, the last gluten free beer I had was utter shit. Yep that brew was the Passover honey beer from Ramapoo Valley. You would have thought they could have pulled of some wine like flavors in their version of a gluten free beer, but sadly that wasn't the case. Mouthfeel does sit a bit heavy some shades of cloying sweetness and acidic dryness with grape tartness and yeast cake powder notes. I will definitely pass this one on to Celiac patient's, as a nurse I run into this disease pretty frequently this brew will have to get my approval as reccomendations for alternative brews that these poor folks can go for.
08-30-2008 05:16:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev +30.1%
A - Three fingers of light tan head, collapses quickly and leaves thin, sticky lace. Amber brown body with good clarity.
S - Malty (odd, for a beer with no barley), caramel, and raisins. Yeast spice notes of cinnamon and clove.
T - Light caramel, nutty, roasty notes. Some hop flavor and bitterness in the middle as well as grainy sourness. The finish is mostly roasted grain bitterness with some burnt caramel character.
M - As you might expect, the mouthful suffers from the lack of barley. High carbonation, medium body and a fairly sweet finish; I hate to say it, but the mouthful is similar to that of Diet Coke.
D - This is my first gluten free beer, and I am quite impressed. I came into it expecting something pretty bad, based on reviews of other GF beers, but I was pleasantly surprised. If you can get past the somewhat unfortunate body, the flavor is a good imitation of a barley based dubbel, and the smell is so good that it gives no clues that the beer is GF. The best compliment I have for this is that I had no problem drinking the whole bottle and I even enjoyed it!
12-30-2007 00:12:38 | More by nickfl
3.53/5 rDev +26.5%
A - dark brown amber; thin lacing of brown head; decent retention
S - baked apples, bread, faint spice
T - baked apples, caramel, faint yeast, mild spice
M - very crisp, smooth, medium bodied
As far as gluten free beers go this is decent. The apple presence is strong and off putting, but overall this is decent.
My wife who has been searching for a decent gluten free beer for a while says that this is her absolute favorite.
06-01-2012 00:37:16 | More by tdm168
3.5/5 rDev +25.4%
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 20/12/15 (international dating). Paid 6.35 at Life Source Natural Foods in Salem, Oregon.
A-Pours a very dark chestnut (more like Scottish ale) with a very frothy and loose 3 finger head that dissipates quickly.
S-Fruity and sweet. Decent aroma.
T-Slightly sour, and fruity. Surprising, and encouraging given it is brewed from millet, buckwheat, rice, and sorghum for grains. Gives a homebrewing gluten intolerant (just recently discovered) beer advocate hope.
M-Very smooth for 7.0% ABV. Mouthfeel is a bit thin mostly due to under carbonation.
O-Not a great Dubbel when compared to barley based gluten beers. But, as a gluten free beer this is very good. Green's has produced the best bottled gluten free beers on the market. I wish more brewers would enter the game.
10-21-2011 02:01:56 | More by velosuds
3.5/5 rDev +25.4%
Pours a dark brown color with great big soda-like carbonation bubbles. Light tan head, which surprisingly leaves some lacing as it recedes.
S-Roasty smell, some dark fruit, and a sweet Belgian candi sugar smell as well. Quite a bit of fruitiness, likely from the yeast.
T- Some fusel alcohol up front, leading into pleasant brown sugar, topping a layered fruitcake. Lingering fruity flavour.
M- Light, and thin. Lacking, but perhaps understandable.
For gluten-free beers, this is probably the cream of the crop. Interesting, and somewhat enjoyable.
11-18-2009 04:24:13 | More by darklordlager
3.4/5 rDev +21.9%
A: Not much head or lacing after the initial hard pour. Just a few wisps of foam remain.
S: Sour cherry candy, soft milk chocolate.
T: Tart dark fruits, toffee, cola, cherries.
M: Very fizzy while taking sips.
O: As a dubbel it's really off the mark, as a Dubbel/Flanders Red hybrid, this is very good.
02-07-2012 11:27:30 | More by diamondc
3.33/5 rDev +19.4%
A new brew-line offered to Central Kentucky BA's who prefer gluten-free beers. In fact, this beer fares much better than any other gluten-free beers that I have tried thus far. Starts wit a stable Dubbel look -- Solidly brown with some mohogany, purple colors mixed in, a loosely knit, typical Belgian head and retention, and highly carbonated. Scents deliver a heavy plumb, grape, apple estery quality, along with a sugar / syrup sweetness, and a lot of ferment-type spices. The tastes also deliver heavy, candied fruits found in the aromas. Pile on a deep booze-like flavor, and the brew takes on serious port wine-like flavors, mixed with Mr. Pibb soft drink. Quite nice and flavorful, but lacks depth and complexity. However, as with most gluten-free beers, the body suffers. The beer has a light airiness, that leaves the beer void of texture and depth, yet with a whisp of pepperiness. Finishes with a cola-like flavor
09-23-2007 04:56:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.26/5 rDev +16.8%
Had this a few weeks back at the Bonefish Grill in Pine Brook - not having a gluten-free beer before and never had anything from Green's as well. While this didn't live up to expectations, it was decent for being without gluten, even though it wasn't anywhere as good as the Dubbel's the define the style. Overall, this was worth a go once but without strong body and appealing mouthfeel, this beer faded as quickly from memory as it did once I finished off the bottle at my table.
Of course, this poured quite dark and thin with a head that was moderately present and faded n due time. Not a strong aroma to this but there was the typical candied sugar and dark fruit to be round here. The mouthfeel was thin and was an indication of how easy this would go down with my meal. There was apple and pear here but not a lot of yeast, body, or darker fruits to be found and the carbonation was present enough to keep this light. It felt like a dark cider and went down as easily as one too, as the sugar gave this a feeling of a fall "orchard" beverage.
Even though it wasn't easy to discern, the alcohol was spot-on and the somewhat creamy aspect of the mouthfeel led this to go down easy. Would gluten have added more body to this beer? Probably, but even with that, it would have still been light. I wouldn't trash this like others have on here but at the same time, this wasn't anything special. A good beer should enhance a meal and with the bread and seafood that I enjoyed, this paired just fine. worth a try once for anyone who wants a light Belgian-style beer with dinner without being overwhelmed.
05-31-2014 12:05:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale from Green's Gluten Free Beers
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