Dragon's Gold (Gluten Free) | Bard's Tale Beer Company

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Dragon's Gold (Gluten Free)Dragon's Gold (Gluten Free)

Brewed by:
Bard's Tale Beer Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A gluten free offering.

Added by WesWes on 03-09-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a reddish pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a spicey, almost cidery scent with a fruity aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth clean flavor that has that fruity aftertaste. This is a gluten free beer made with sorghum malts. It has a different look and taste, but I like it. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an outstanding lager. It has great taste and aroma; a good drinker. Flying Bison brews this for a company out of MO named Bard's Tale Beer Company. I couldn't find much info on it though.

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Photo of mentor
4.01/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz "Bard's Tale...Dragon's Gold" obtained from John's Grocery in Feb 2005 and consumed that same evening. Poured a faint white head that quickly settled to a ring around the glass. A couple strems of bubbles raced through the crystal clear light dull-yellow liquid. Not quite a light straw color, more like paper grocery bag color, but a few shades lighter. Smells earthy and musty with a bit of tangy hop. Tastes quite hoppy to start that's chased by a dark rich malty with wins out about halfway through. It leaves a sugary rounded flavor in my mouth afterwards. Interesting, it goes from bitter hoppy start to a kind of sweet mushroomy (in a good way, mind you) that changes into a floral ending. This is definitely a complex beer. The flavors stick as this beer is md to md-tick bodied and hangs on the tongue. Nioce job. I was worried when I saw how light the color was and the streams of carbonation that I'd get a weak acrid experience. Instead the later sweet balances the initial hop umph well, ending sweet again, if somewhat dry. This is the first gluten free beer I've ever seen and I found it quite enjoyable. If the distribution were wider, celiacs the world over would be forced to stop complaining about the lack of a gluten-free beer product.

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Photo of rowew
3.94/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with ingredients listed as water, sorgum, buckwheat, hops, and yeast. No freshness info to be found.

Appearance: Pours gold with just a hint of red, and a thin head that fades relatively quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is spicy with lots of hops coming through. Certainly not an average beer aroma, but it is appealing.

Taste: Starts off fairly hoppy, and then gets sweeter in the middle. The sorghum and buckwheat provide just enough sweetness to balance the hops well. Finish is slightly fruity and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall impression: First this should be listed under Bard's Tale Beer, instead of Flying Bison, and probably should be listed as a specialty beer instead of an adjunct lager. My understanding is that Bard's Tale has their own brewer who uses the facilities at Flying Bison. My fiancee is a celiac, so we were excited to hear about this beer. We tried Ramapo Valley's gluten free offering, and were less than impressed. This one is leaps and bounds better. Even as a non-celiac this was an interesting beer that I would recommend to people looking to try something new and interesting.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gluten free beer eh,brewed by Flying Bison eh,I had to try it.Smells interesting very buttery with some medicinal-like qualities with a little lingering spiciness in there as well.Nicely balanced pretty darn hoppy for a macro-like lager with an odd graininess must be the sorghum odd but not in a total bad way.Very refreshing and different a nice change of pace here,a nice find.

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Photo of newamsterdam
3.65/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Anyone who gave this a really low score just didn't get it. This is a beer made for celiacs who are people who are allergic to gluten which is contained in most grains. Making a beer without using wheat, barley, etc is no easy task. Try Ramapo Valley's attempt at a gluten free "beer" before trying this and then see how your rating is. Since I am not a celiac, I would not purchase this beer again (I just picked up a bottle because I wanted to try it), but if I were a celiac, I would be extatic that this beer existed.

Oh and as an aside, read the story of the beers "creation" on the side of the six pack. Ninja's rule.

No head, but a nice amber color.

I have one of the worst senses of smell on the face of the earth, plus my alergies have been tormenting me for weeks. I don't get any bad smells off it though at the very least.

Very similar to a lot of lagers which is pleasantly surprising. Nothing breathtaking, but well ballanced.

A little thin. Can't win em all I guess.

For a beer I was expecting to try a couple sips of just to see what it was like and then toss it, I actually finished the entire beer. I could actually see myself drinking a six pack of this and considering the obstacles it has to overcome, that's pretty impressive.

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Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Over 1.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from Celiac Diease, an affliction which gives them an intolerance to gluten and therefore means no beer. I had never heard of the disease until today, and I wouldn't have known about it were it not for the info provided on the Bard's Tale website, which is a beer company dedicated to making gluten-free beers. I just bought it because it was in a cool bottle. The beer uses a type of gluten-free malt called sorghum, and I suppose it should really be in a class by itself, but as I have no real guides as to what style it's supposed to be I'll just call it an american lager.

Beers pours into a pilsner glass Duvel golden and champagne bubbly with an uncontrolable head. Nice.

Smells like a strange, complex malt. Very spicy and bitter. Once again, nice.

Tastes like a cross between good Czech pilsnerv and a dry witbier. Very, very spicy, lots of cloves and nutmeg, moving into a medicine flavor, and ending on a slightly sour note. Leaves a not-too-pleasant medicine taste in my mouth. Still, it tastes okay.

AllI can say is that if you're one of the unfortuante 1.5 million who cannot enjoy regular beer, I'm sorry--but at least you have this totally decent brew. For the rest of us, it's just kind of an exspensive novelty.

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Photo of disastermouse
3.53/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of GreyMorel
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Illini5596
3.32/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Not sure it completely qualifies as a beer in the traditional sense as it is made from fermented sorghum. Has a very interesting and different flavor, full of fruity notes and a definite honey/caramel undertone. Reminds me a bit of a heather ale, not because of a similar taste, but more because the taste is a unique one.

My only complaint is the mouthfeel, a bit to thickish, and lingers longer than I'd like it to, though the aftertaste is pleasant.

Not a beer for everyone, a bit sweeter than my usual fare, but a decent try, and something to offer your friends who can't drink beer due to the gluten.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.3/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of whynot44
3.26/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear light orange color with a decent white head that subsides pretty quickly.

The aroma is mild, slightly nutty, with a touch of caramel.

The taste is similar to normal American mass market beers, but with a nuttier flavor and hints of caramel and apples. There is also a bit of hops bitterness at the finish that balances it out fairly well. Interesting. There is a bit of an odd "soapy" taste, but it isn't pronounced enough to be a real problem.

Light/medium body, easy to drink. Altogether, a bit more flavor than typical mass market lagers but close enough. Definitely worth a try if you can't do the regular stuff because of the gluten, but even if that's not your issue, it's not bad.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a deep bright golden color with moderate white puffy head that quickll evaporated with no lacing to speak of.
Smell has a mild butterscotch scent.
Taste is light with mild generic sweetness present.
Finishes with a moderate bitterness.
An OK beer. If I had to avoid wheat this is an impressive beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a healthy golden color with a finger head that falls to a light coating over top of the brew. The nose is very fruity. I get a nice orangey sweetness and some corn sweetness. It is definately more aromatic than a macro. The flavor is more hoppy, with a light to moderate bitterness and a light sweetness. Definately an interesting flavor. The feel is light to moderate with a nice healthy carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer. I don't think that I will have it again, but its nice to have an option for those with the gluten issues.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"The world's first craft brewed sorghum malt beer." Hooray for that!
Seriously, my heart goes out to the gluten-intolerants and their needs.

Pours a crisp, golden color, with no head at all.

Aroma is largely vacant, with faint apple/pear hints, some honey, a light, delicate fruit factor. Not bad, just different.

Glides onto the palate with ease, and rides out just as handily. Leaves little impression of flavor. Citrusy, smooth and clean.
It's hard to knock this brew, for it does what it does, is what it is, doesn't try to be anything else, and performs an important function.

Light in body, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Faint finish, but, redeemably excellent drinkability. Lacks some in character, but, see last sentence of previous paragraph. It's beer, you drink it, and you won't get sick and die, if you're one of them folks.
So, hooray for that!

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Photo of clvand0
3.13/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected a lot more from this one, given its name. Somehow using dragon in the name makes me think it's big and strong. Oh well. This one pours a very clear yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly non-existant except for some slight fruit notes. The flavor has a hint of fruit but is mostly comprised of soft bittering hops. There's really not a lot going on in this beer, but it is fairly clean. The body is light and the drinkability is ok.

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Photo of popery
3.1/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled On: 10/2/06 consumed on 11/24/06

AP: Deep, clear golden hued amber color, bubbly with a thin pale-white head that was gone very fast.

Nose: Bready, Malted-like wheat(contains none!) scent and molasses.

Taste: malted barley-like flavor that has a strange sweetness to it that I just can't nail down...wheat, and rye top it off...I know this stuff has hops, but I can't seem to taste it.

MF: Light body, very crisp and clean feeling.

DA: I'm glad I gave this one a shot just for curiousity sake...but I would rather have Barley, rye, wheat and oats IN my beer, thank you very much.

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Photo of karengarys
3.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours like a macro brew, only slightly greenish in color to my color-blind eye. Little to no head, but the ring sticks to the glass. It tastes like beer flavored pop that came out of one of those bar multi-squirter thingeys. The mouthfeel is coarse, but bubbley, like pop stuff. It is seltzerey, somewhat sweet, but not all that hoppy nor malty. just a bit strange. It does not leave an aftertaste with its slippery finish.

I'd rather have this than miller, but if I'm doing it just because it ain't miller, what's the point of drinking a beer at all?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dragon's Gold is surprisingly beer-like given that it's brewed from only Sorghum (a grain which is also used by Guinness in Africa) and buckwheat.

It pours a crystal-clear, light straw-gold body beneath an average sized head of bright white foam that holds fairly well before dropping; maintains a thin surface covering; and leaves some wide swaths of sticky lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is clean, and delivers a pleasant fruitiness (that probably comes from the buckwheat, and not the yeast... it is a lager, right?).

It's light-medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation.

The flavor is well-balanced with a lightly sweet and delicately fruity maltiness that's balanced by a firm bitterness; and laced with some floral hops. It finishes quite dry, however, with a bitterness that lingers.

For beer loving Celiacs this makes a great alternative to wine.

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Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour, the beer sets in the glass a sunlit clear gold with the head a two finger frothy white that remains longer than I expected, lace a concealing sheet. Nose has a fruit like sweetness from the buckwheat with a mushroom like musky tone, not bad, just a tad different. Start has a sweet earthy presence; slight bite at the back, top is light to medium in its feel. Finish has a durable acidity, sweet and long lasting slightly bitter aftertaste, not bad, just a little out of the ordinary.

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Photo of Tucquan
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DannyS
2.99/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Suds
2.97/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorghum beer must be a new fad. It seems like I’ve run into it in a number of places lately. This one isn’t outstanding, but it’s drinkable. It pours a crystal clear golden color. The head is initially respectable and white, but quickly and disappointingly falls into complete nothingness. The beer itself has a tart, slightly citric aroma. At first it reminded me of a wheat ale, but with an off-centered and skewed quality (the sorghum?). It’s a unique and somewhat grainy smell. The taste is tangy, grainy, and a bit astringent. It has a husky bitterness that’s present throughout the taste. Although the smell has a faint background of sweetness, the taste is rather dry. High carbonation and medium body. Interesting and drinkable, but I probably wouldn’t try it again.

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Dragon's Gold (Gluten Free) from Bard's Tale Beer Company
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