Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale - Green's Gluten Free Beers
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2.7/5 rDev -3.2%
Purchased for a party a Celiac-suffering friend was coming to. Friend didn't show up, so I'm sampling.
A: Dark tan with ruby highlights. A solid two-finger head that never completely goes away. Nice lacing.
S: Sweet fruity esters. Some plum, prune, raisin, but also some soy, which is off-putting.
T: There's a sweetness from the front to the finish, with no hop component I could really pick out. The brown rice lends a very drying metalic character, which particularly comes out in the aftertaste. (I don't drink milk, and I find rice milks have the same quality. What it ultimately means is the drink makes you thirsty, rather than quenching thirst.) The taste does grow on you as you drink, and it's better as the beer warms (I started slightly below cellar temperature).
M: Thinner than you'd prefer for a dubbel, but not horrible. The high carbonation makes this rather nice on a hot day.
D: Ultimately, the drying metallic tang from the brown rice renders this a one-off for me. I'm going to try others, since I do have Celliac friends, and I'd like to find something we can all enjoy together.
04-06-2010 20:46:10 | More by speter
2.05/5 rDev -26.5%
pours out of the half litre bottle a mahogany colour, rather dark with an ample tan foamy head reducing quickly to some spotty lace and dish soap like bubbles. fruity, solvent like aroma...ripe red fruits, almost like cough syrup. some root beer and sasparilla notes also. unique taste...seemingly devoid of any real dubbel character...some fruity notes...a bit of cola like flavours with some other watered down sugary notes. some yeasty notes, too. really it just seems bland and not very good. wrong mouthfeel and weak and watery body...blech. drinkability suffers because, frankly, this sucks.
this is my first foray into gluten free beers. not impressed. my scores actually might be too high.
03-22-2010 21:36:13 | More by budgood1
2.03/5 rDev -27.2%
Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Beer was dark brown in color with a generous beige head that dissipated to a collar. It has that fruity wine aroma, almost a vinegary smell. The taste is also wine-like fruits, but there is also a chemical-metal tang to it. Unfortunately, the taste says it all. I wanted a beer, not wine, and I wanted a flavor to match. This was thin and barely drinkable.
The only other gluten free beer I have tasted was an AB product and it wasn't bad; this was.
03-14-2010 06:11:42 | More by kegger22
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
1.8/5 rDev -35.5%
pours dark translucent brown with a one finger tan head. the head is frothy almost like dish soap and water. leaves some lacing.
It has a strong fruity and alcohol aroma. very sweet and ends bitter and not quite right almost like red wine thats been left out over night.
taste started out sweet, very carbonated, and a strong alcohol taste ended bitter and fruity. not the best tasting, again something tasted off. mouth feal was a little watery with lots of carbonation.
Not easiest to drink and the combination of the off taste, the high alcohol content, and the over carbonation it does not sit right.
i would not recomend this as an alternative for those who can't enjoy regular beer types.
02-14-2010 19:44:37 | More by Mamerong
2.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark, slightly translucent beer, with a thick frothy head made up of large bubbles. Most of the head disappeared quickly leaving some bubbles clinging to the sides with a thin layer on top. Aroma was slightly alcoholy, with some bitterness, bananas, and also some burnt sugar sweetness contradicting the acidic bitter. Taste was bitter and astringent, with a very small amount of banana aftertaste. Felt watery in the mouth, along with extra amounts of carbonation. Not easy drinking , and the ABV definitely hit stronger than it should have.
12-07-2009 23:26:13 | More by mountdew1
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
1.7/5 rDev -39.1%
I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.
It pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger head with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is really bad and strong. It just smells like bad alcohol mixed with bananas.
The taste is even worse. There is light banana and lots of alcohol with a spit out bittereness.
Mouthfeel is poor and this is not drinkable.
11-17-2009 02:39:36 | More by jrallen34
2.9/5 rDev +3.9%
Tasted at a Merchant du Vin Beer Tasting in Soldotna, Alaska on 9/25/2009. About a 6 oz. sample.
Green's Endeavour Dubbel is brewed for Merchant du Vin in Belgium and it is gluten free. This important for that significant portion of folks out there who suffer from Celiac Disease, for whom consuming any food containing gluten (such as a beer brewed from barley or wheat) can lead to death. Endeavour Dubbel is brewed from millet, rice, buckwheat, and sorghum, rather than the traditional brewing grains.
Appearance: Very dark and rich looking.
Aroma: An absolutely phenomenal aroma, like a fine Scotch Ale. It had my mouth watering for the taste!
Taste: Unfortunately, the taste showed me why folks have been brewing with barley and wheat for the last five thousand years, rather than millet, rice, buckwheat, and sorghum. While the taste was not bad, it lacked the flavor balance that and richness that the aroma promised.
Mouthfeel: very thin the mouthfeel and richness you normally associate with a dubbel.
Overall: I'm sure if I had Celiac Disease, I'd be glad to be able to drink beer at all, so perhaps I shouldn't expect too much from the Endeavour Dubbel.
10-23-2009 23:01:42 | More by Reswald
3.03/5 rDev +8.6%
From the 50 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 16-09-09. Sampled on July 13, 2009.
It pours a mahogany brown with glistening ruby red highlights when held to the light. The head is about two fingers thick and quite puffy. The aroma is a powerful blast of darker malts and sorghum syrup. Medium mouthfeel. After the impressive first glance and whiff, the taste is a bit of a syrupy letdown with chocolate hops and wheat and the obvious stench of alcohol. It leaves a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste.
07-13-2009 22:26:30 | More by puboflyons
2.28/5 rDev -18.3%
Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a very nice tan head that falls slow leaving a decent lace behind.
Has a sort of clean medicine aroma but does not smell bad.
Okay, what is that taste? Sweet, buckwheat, different. Kind of off-putting. Ends very sweet.
Thin to medium mouthfeel.
Wanted to like this one but I can't. It's just not good at all.
07-10-2009 15:42:02 | More by dstc
2.5/5 rDev -10.4%
Translucent dark brown pour into pint glass. Big bubble carbonation with a three finger, dirty-brown, scum-like head. Totally unappetizing.
Over whelming aroma of malt vinegar. EXACTLY like malt vinegar. I kinda like it, but one dimensional is an understatement. There were actually some Count Chocula notes too. Swear to god.
Malty, sweet, tart and down right weird. i love weird, but this almost tastes like a mistake. Though not quite a drain pour. Little or no bittering, and there's a complete lack of hops. Are there hops in it?
The 7% abv is completely hidden. Not a hint of booze.
I've definitely had worse, but this beer (?) needs improvement.
EDIT- Drain poured it.
06-19-2009 22:39:58 | More by specksnreds
1.83/5 rDev -34.4%
I saw 3 of these gluten free beers on the shelf so I thought I'd pick the one that sounds like it had the most potential..
It pours a very dark brown with hues of red and a small quickly dissipating head of foam.
The smell is of caramel sweetness, dark fruit, and alcohol.
The taste is..umm...sweet to the max mixed in with a lime soda like tartness. Wow. So this is what gluten free does for a beer. Umm...no thanks. It's thin bodied with light carbonation and for me, is almost totally undrinkable. No way I'm going to finish the bottle.
06-04-2009 23:02:36 | More by Bitterbill
1.98/5 rDev -29%
Poured into a gobblet from a 500ml glass.
A - Pours very dark with no transparency. Huge head at first, but itsn't made of much, quickly disappates to a thin film with thick blotches here and there. No lacing.
S - Smells like wine, grapes and raisins are potent, cherries also detected, but none of the spices one usually get with a double.
T - Way to much like wine, might as well be. Not a dubbel in the least. No spices, berry flavor but more of a sparkling cider fruit taste. A bit sour too.
M - Has a drying effect but the carbonation doesn't match the body type, this is a bit all over the place.
D - Not so much I'm afraid, will steer clear of this one.
04-09-2009 03:09:15 | More by surfer4life
2.88/5 rDev +3.2%
It has a strong malty and alcohol like aroma. It has a fruity liquor smell to it as well that is a little roasty. The head starts off even and beautiful but quickly becomes foam. There is a lot of crazy lace. It has a dark brown body with quite a bit of sediment and little bit of a reddish hue. It has sort of an odd sweet melon taste with strong alcohol tones. There is a mild metallic and roasty aftertaste there is not much for body.
03-30-2009 07:02:46 | More by MTNboy
1.3/5 rDev -53.4%
Pours a dark brown color with a brown two-finger head into my pint glass that fades.
Aroma is sweet and a bit gummy with the smell of alcohol and light raisin in the nose.
Taste is sour and gummy/sweet. Very watery. Very little, if any resemblance to a dubbel here.
Mouthfeel is thin, watery and sweet. Again, very little resemblance to a dubbel.
Just not something I'd ever want to drink. I think that folks with a gluten intolerance can do much better than this. Avoid it.
03-15-2009 17:54:16 | More by Brad007
2.17/5 rDev -22.2%
"Let us endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry."
Dark ruby red with bonfire orange edges. The golden beige colored crown was large and loudly crackly to start. It's still softly crackly and is even a little rocky and melted creamy. This isn't a bad looking beer, especially since the glass is becoming coated with lace that looks like khaki colored spray-on snow.
There's something about gluten-free grains that gives beer an odd, offputting aroma. This one smells like mushy apples soaking in turpentine, which is similar, I think, to my olfactory description of Green's Discovery. On the good side, the beer smells like dark malt. On the bad side, it doesn't smell anything like a dubbel.
It doesn't taste like one either. Actually, Endeavor isn't quite as bad as I'd feared. It isn't good, mind you, but I should be able to get through all 500 ml with grimacing too severely. How's that for a recommendation?
The solvent-like character isn't as prominent on the palate as in the nose (or in my flavor memory of Discovery). Steely caramel and tangy dark fruit lead the way. The grains that were used (millet, rice, buckwheat and sorghum) must not surrender their sugars easily because this brew could use a little sweetness to offset the sour. Some hop bitterness wouldn't be bad either. Unfortunately, warming hurts rather than helps.
The mouthfeel is on the thin side. Interestingly, it seems to gain viscosity over the course of the mouthful, finishing with a weird sort of slickness. The bubbles are finely buzzy and are short-lived after contact.
It's hard to believe that gluten-free beer has to be this bad. I sure do feel for anyone who has to drink this stuff. Truthfully, if left no other choice, I'd do without. Bottom line: (less than) one and done for me.
02-15-2009 13:43:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
1.95/5 rDev -30.1%
Pours brown-black with a fizzy, soda-like head that leaves a thin, patchy film. It smells of sulphur (molases, maybe), with a bit of raisins in the background. Taste is metallic, bitter, sour, and not...good. It goes through a phase where it almost has a fruity sweetness, then it descends into a medicinal esters finish that devolves into burnt metal finish. I'm not sure if you can burn metal, but I think this is what it would taste like. The mouthfeel is thin but ok on carbonation but I really can't focus on anything past the taste. Not drinkable, sorry. I admire their creation of a beer for the gluten-allergic and I admire their effort to do it in a Belgian style. I'm just glad I'm gluten-ok.
02-14-2009 00:20:34 | More by roblowther
2.48/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a very dark brown/almost black color. Very fizzy head that dissipates very quickly into nothing. No lacing at all.
Smell of some alcohol and hints of cherry. Interesting.
Tase is somewhat sour and cherry is the most distinct flavor I pick up. Finishes up rather dry.
Has a thin and "tingly" mouthfeel. Also has a "drying" effect on the palate.
Not a very drinkable brew. I will finish this bottle but will not seek it out again.
02-05-2009 04:40:54 | More by spithrash
2.73/5 rDev -2.2%
Served from bottle into wine glass
A- Dark brown, no head, little carbonation
S- Aroma reminiscent of red wine, but slightly sour
T- Sweet, but not cloying. Some flavors of root beer, perhaps from the buckwheat?
M- Thin, watery, little carbonation
D- Easy to drink due to the low alcohol, but not very exciting in flavor profile.
01-30-2009 02:44:41 | More by bbarrows
1.63/5 rDev -41.6%
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-brown ale with a light foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some distinguishable alcohol. Taste is also dominated by some overly sweet malt which are kind of gross with some hot alcohol ester. Light body with average carbonation. No subtlety or complexity and not something I am looking for ever drinking again.
01-19-2009 03:43:29 | More by Phyl21ca
2.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Forgive the brief review, this is my first review after finding out I have celiac.
First the 500ml bottle was like $7 so my standards for it are pretty high. Sadly it doesn't meet them. The beer has an overall nice appearance. Dark, nice head, ok lace, yeast stayed in the bottle well.
Past that though I found it be a pretty carbonated and watery tasting beery. Very little mouth feel or body and not much that reminded me of the beligians I miss so badly.
Is it better than your other gluten free options? Probably. Is it better to the tune of probably 3-4x the cost of your other options? I don't think so. Give it a shot if you're missing belgians but their blonde tripel is better.
10-28-2008 06:16:17 | More by Soybomb
2.73/5 rDev -2.2%
This is a bit strange in my opinion, because the label of this beer says it's a product of Belgium, and brewed by DeProef Brouwerij in Gent, Belgium, and yet the BA website refers to it as an English beer. Everything else, though, matches up exactly. A tad bit confusing if you ask me.
Poured into a Belgian snifter, the Endeavour is a pretty beer. Dark brown at first sight, with colorful oranges and a deep ruby red hue mixed in for good measure. A thin tan head rests on top. Not much lace worth mentioning. The nose is reminiscent of a boozy red wine, or a thin port. Big on cherries, there are bound to be some other fruit scents in there that are overwhelmed at first. Maybe some faint citrus notes that eventually rise to the forefront, but it's hard to tell. Still, not a bad smell. Just not what I would have expected from a Dubbel. The taste is, again, more wine than Dubbel ale. Red wine grapes with a strong berry flavor. Cherries. Tart and somewhat acidic, with a funky tin-flavored aftertaste. Not really my cup of tea, this one. Mouthfeel is thin and tinny.
Man, am I glad I'm not forced to drink gluten free beers all the time. This just doesn't do it for me. It's not terrible, but it doesn't exactly meet the usual Belgian dubbel ale standards. Average drinkability here because, in my opinion, I've had worse. But I wouldn't recommend this to anyone except those of you who are seeking something totally different that what you're used to. This beer will satisfy that craving, if nothing else.
09-30-2008 23:20:57 | More by Atlas1
3.23/5 rDev +15.8%
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, large bubbly tan head, some lacing.
smell is strange, hard to put my finger on, grapes, dark fruit, touch of vanilla, malt, some licorice, and some caramel.
taste is very sour and tart, sour grape, fruits and berries, some cocoa, licorice, malt, slightly bitter.
09-01-2008 15:16:43 | More by froghop
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
Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale from Green's Gluten Free Beers
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