Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale | Green's Gluten Free Beers

Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark AleGreen's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale
BA SCORE
2.94/5
122 Ratings
Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark AleGreen's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom
glutenfreebeers.co.uk

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,526
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
122
pDev:
25.85%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of aky13
4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

WONDERFUL gluten free ale but EXPENSIVE. I cannot believe that anyone rated this gluten free delight poorly.

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Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.31/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear, dark, and thin. A lot of head at first but dissipates quickly
S - lots of maltiness , sweet
T - a fairly light 'dark' ale, sweet, but still balanced
M - pleasantly carbonated
O - I bought this for my wife is GF, she actually really liked it. I had it as well, and if you've had as many gluten free beers as I have, you'd know this is near the top for any type.

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Photo of Schimms
4.27/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this on a whim at my favorite sushi place. From the bottle straight to wine glass.

L: Dark (hard to see in the restaurant) with thin head.
S: Smells dubbel-y, but different. Going out on a limb and saying it's from the different malt source.
T: Very surprised at the dubbel flavor in a gluten free beer. Some alcohol taste coming through. The other "grains" providing different, unfamiliar tastes, but nothing so offensive. Again very surprised at the quality of taste. Greatest dubbel ever? Not close, but I wouldn't confuse it for something else.
F: Light for a dubbel - due to the lack of gluten?
O: Not bad at all! Rather surprised/delighted that alternatives exist for those that can't have gluten. I wouldn't swap it for Chimay or Ommegang, but it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of JimmySG
4.13/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fully gf double with no sulphates that doesn't suck!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobus79
4.01/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep dark brown under a 1" light tan foam collar with fair to poor retention

S: fruit, faint barnyard, dark bread, raisins, and toffee

T: Rich malt, fruit and dark dried fruit, low banana. Hop bitterness is moderate and hop flavors are low.

F: very creamy with a medium to medium light body and medium high carbonation

O: Not quite as rich as some Dubbels but very drinkable.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Sampling right now on 9/26/14. Comes in a single 600ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for around $6.00 from Hy-vee. Best before '22/10/18'on the label so I am safe. LOL! From the DeProef Brouweril, Lochristi, Gent, Belgium. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty dark brown with some ruby highlights, almost black with a good 3-finger thick foamy beige head that last a good while before settling down to a good 2-3mm head. LOTS of lacing is seen when sipped and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of yeast, rice, and sweet dark molasses. The label says:"Water, millet,buckwheat, rice, sorghum, hops and yeast'. Lots going on with the taste as you can taste the ingredients listed including the water. LOL! Goes down easy with a very slight dry bitter finish that doesn't last. Also a slight different aftertaste is noted. Not bad but different. Overall a different BUT decent brew.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.88/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ahhh...The Belgians...

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Photo of golf4collet
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head was fairly thick, frothy, off white, and dissipated quickly.
The nose of this beer almost smells like a BA beer. It's smells like a barrel to me. There is also a sweetness to the nose.
The taste is interesting. Up front I get, like I described in the nose, an almost barrel flavor to it. After that, a sweet flavor kicks in. I'm not a big sweet guy, but it isn't offensive.
The feel is somewhat thin, but not too much so.
I've had some very bad gluten free beers, this isn't one of them. It's quite delicious. A good beer to drink.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.76/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Ogdon
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MichaelProcton
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Rihup
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into chalice, best before 10/29/2019. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready maltiness, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness and herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready maltiness, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some light-moderate dryness after the finish from carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/prickly/foamy, and lightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice gluten free Dubbel style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready maltiness, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of blackhammer
3.66/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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