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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 BEERchitect
2.92/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very, very interesting. Like the experiment and the quality, just not a beer I will drink often. Expecting a darker, thicker beer, the sorgum gives a very malty, nutty edge without getting too heavy or too sweet. A light brown color (nut brown ale) with lacking carbonation and retention. The sweetness reminds me of good ole barley malt with a touch of chocolate malt, peat, and caramel. Quite clean and pure. Not overly complex or simplified. A better beer than I was expecting. Something between a Nut Brown Ale and a Scottish Ale. The flavors of caramel and syrup come off a bit artificial, but pleasant nevertheless. Interesting.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
1.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-gold body crowned with a small ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Candyish aroma accompanied by the stink of sorghum. Of all the sorghum beers I've punished myself with, this one's aroma has been the least offensive.

Taste: A sugary, candyish sweetness can't quite mask that noxious, repellent sorghum taste. I'm tapping out, I cannot finish this.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh, I just can't do the sorghum.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pristine 24 karat gold beneath a barely off-white cap. The foam has a coarse texture, doesn't last all that long and, frankly, isn't very attractive. It's also unsticky and results in no more than a smattering of lace. Given the constraints of brewing a gluten free beer, a higher quality head might not have been possible.

I've never smelled another nose quite like this. It isn't bad, but it doesn't smell very beer-like. It smells like butterscotch cookies, fresh out of the oven. It's odd, interesting and mildly pleasant all at once.

The flavor profile is along the same lines as the nose. I'm sure the brewers have gone to great lengths to produce a palatable product using nothing but sorghum. I'm not sure if they've succeeded though. At first blush, I'll give it drinkable. Palatable is still up for debate.

I'm having a hard time coming up words to describe what I'm tasting because Dragon's Gold is so different from anything that I've ever experienced in the world of beer. It's butterscotchy and apple fruity with a weird sort of chemical flavor. Strangely enough, it doesn't taste all that grain-like. For all I know, neither does sorghum.

The mouthfeel is unquestionably light, yet never descends into wateriness. It's decently carbonated as well. Actually, the mouthfeel is the most beer-like thing about this beer (other than the appearance).

I can't say that I'm thrilled with Dragon's Gold and won't be drinking it again. Having said that, because I have a daughter who requires a gluten free diet, I appreciate the effort that Bard's Tale has expended in the creation of a product that is the only beer that some people will ever be able to drink. They deserve a great deal of credit and I wish them every success.

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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 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 Wasatch
1.06/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottled 1/11/07

Poured a clear/clean dark golden color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy head which disappeared quickly, basically no sticky lacing at all. The nose is pretty nasty, sour, some malts. The taste is horrible, sour, bitter, slightly malty, just plain nasty. Light-Medium body. I'm honest to say this is the first beer I poured down the drain, nasty, nasty, nasty.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a brilliantly clear, full gold color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially half-finger thick, quickly disappearing, pale off-white colored head. The aroma has a certain beery quality to it, but is also mixed with a sweet spiciness akin to something like cinnamon or something I am not quite sure what. Definitely has an exotic grain character to it; something I would describe as an earthy grain aroma.

The taste is quite light, this must have a very low final gravity, at least it tastes like it. Almost to the point of being thin. The thinness is not helped by a unbalanced sweetness that is just asking for more hop bitterness. There is some bitterness here, it just is not sufficient to balance the sweet grainy quality. Lightly spicy & herbal hop notes are also here, more than in a macro lager perhaps, but not by much. This does a pretty good job of mimicing a malt & adjunct lager, it perhaps has a touch of earthy grain character, which might be out of place, but it is even less that what is in the aroma. I understand the market they are going for here & I applaud the purpose of this beer, but I really wish this had been something like a stout (which would be easy to do by the way). This tastes amazingly bland and crappy just like your favorite macro lager, an interesting concept and hopefully it foretells of interesting things to come.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of jdhilt
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Clear amber color. Chocolate floral nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is semi-sweet bubblegum, liquid chocolate finish. Not bitter just different. 12oz bottle $2.95 from Kappy's Fresh Pond Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.59/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12ozer bought as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" of light beige foam over the light amber brew. Head is quickly down to a thin layer of small bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is syrupy sweet, with some vanilla. Taste is a bit more moderate on the sweetness, with a chalky close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are about what I would expect from a macro lager, so we'll rate them as average. Overall, to a non-celiac, it's an ok macro-style. But to it's core audience, I'm sure it's a godsend.

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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 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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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 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 Dogbrick
2.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a clear gold color with a thin and fizzy ivory colored head that burns out almost immediately. Very little lacing to be found. Aroma of grain and malt. Light-bodied with a sweet flavor which mainly comes from the sorghum. There is some malt and sour fruit as well. The finish is syrupy sweet with honey and sorghum. Didn’t enjoy this one too much.

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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 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 hopdog
2.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 allengarvin
1.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

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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 JamesS
2.88/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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