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

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Green's Endeavour Dubbel Dark AleGreen's Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale

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Green's Gluten Free Beers
England, United Kingdom

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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 Bookseeb
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is dark brown with a very tall light brown fluffy head not bad lace. Smell reminds me of rum and coke and dark fruits, with the sweetness of the coke and a light bite of rum in the aroma. It also Tastes a little like rum and coke with a bit earthiness put into it. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. I'd like to have seen my face in the mirror after having that 1st sip, interesting, different, not necessarily bad, but probably not again.

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Photo of chiefydawg
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm liking the whole gluten-free concept here. In fact, there is an entire paragraph listing all the things it does NOT have to disrupt one's sensitive system. Of course, this omission includes malt and wheat. What? That's right - maltless beer.

Tall, fluffy dark tan head sits atop a very dark amber brown body. When held to light, its haziness becomes apparent. Grabby lace with large bubbles. Quite the eye candy.

Speaking of which, somewhat tart yet sweet in the first whiff, like a sour candy. Raisiny dark fruits emerge quickly with pensive, warmer sniffs.

A deep sweetness upon the first sip catches me off guard. Warm dates and tobacco leaf coats the tongue. Thankfully, the vinous tartness that I smelled initially is vaguely there too; and with the carbonation, it just saves this from tasting under-attenuated. Definitely the work of some Belgian yeast at work here (presumably evolved to process millet, buckwheat, rice, and sorghum) that provides a sliver of funk for complexity.

Although this seems fully developed and there is more than adequate carbonation, the stickiness and sweet, overripe coating of the tongue is overwhelming. Although it does not taste bad at all, it is not easy on the palate nor really quaffable. Really should be good if dried up.

However, I dig this concept, and there is definitely a skill level involved to the brewing. Consider for a second for either situation: a) you are allergic to nearly everything on Earth but would love to drink beer; or b) Your conscience (or boss) says to make a beer without malt, wheat, or anything not hypo-allergenic (yes, it is generously mentioned that there is no fish, eggs, celery, or mustard involved). Either way, you would have to be pleased with this offering. Especially if it were more dry.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer for someone who is on a gluten-free diet.

Pour: Soda colored with some red-amber highlights with two-fingers of off-white head that retains decently and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fruity with a slight alcohol odor and no real hops to speak of.

Taste: Honestly, this isn't that bad. It's got a sweetness to it, though it's a little different from barley/wheat malt. Hints of raisins/currants and little tart, and finishes up with virtually no bitterness, and a little bit of an alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, given the style and ABV, and very active carbonation.

Drinkability: It's definitely drinkable, but not the best in the world.

Final Notes: It's worth a shot if you just absolutely can't have real beer, that said, it's not as good as the real thing, but no gluten-free beer will ever be.

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Photo of speter
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of budgood1
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of kegger22
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.47/5  rDev +55.7%
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 Mamerong
1.84/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of mountdew1
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.52/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.72/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Reswald
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of dstc
2.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of specksnreds
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.9/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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. thanks. It's thin bodied with light carbonation and for me, is almost totally undrinkable. No way I'm going to finish the bottle.

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Photo of surfer4life
2.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Brad007
1.36/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Let us endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry."

--Mark Twain

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.

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Photo of roblowther
2.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of spithrash
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of bbarrows
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.64/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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