OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 14, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
500 ML poured into a Chimay Chalice.
A - Pours very dark with garnet highlights. Cola brown head that sinks into an active ceiling.
S - Cherries, some tartness, apples, berries, sweet candy, perfume wine.
T - Cherries, vinous oxidation, tart dark fruit, subtle Christmas-like spice, dried orchard apples, dry vinous alcohol thins out the flavors on the finish.
M - Aggressive carbonation fills the mouth with bubbles and thins out the flavors, hindering them from developing.
Itís like a sparkling red wine with some yeast thrown in. Not as good as Quest and not a great Dubbel but it has a huge disadvantage being gluten free. For some reason it reminds me of Christmas. I could drink this while decorating the Christmas tree.
Serving type: bottle
superspak (4464) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Meh. Earthy tastes arenít bad. Surprisingly flat. No Belgian yeast. Not a dubbel.
jflopsu (1134) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark amber with light tan head. Has a sweet fruit, wine-like aroma. Taste is very wine-like with fruits, light malts, caramel, and sugar. A very sweet fruit aftertaste.
bigskyolattic (9) - - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good flavor, nice buzz. The blonde is better, but when in doubt this beer with suffice. It's gluten free and that's a plus
maxwelldeux (4322) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a moderate frothy tan head on there. Nose is sweet, with caramel and candied sugar in there. Taste is slightly sweet, but with a sour aftertaste. Meh.
jerseyjohn71 (285) - corsicana, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
odd, cider taste, caramel, bread, roasty, citrus, herbs, resin, leather, earthy, alcohol, cooked vegetables, soy sauce, red, clear, flat rocky head, lightly bitter,
BeerdedDave (1273) - - OCT 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown with a thick head; dark fruit and piney hop aroma; roasted malt and dark fruit flavor with a good deal of spivey, piney hop notes; a gluten free beer; maybe a good choice if you are gluten intolerant, but if not, there are plenty of better beers out there
slowrunner77 (9600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I didnít know buckwheat wasnít wheat. Oh well. Had a mini Greens tasting. Iíd passed for a while cause these are 6.50 for 500 ml of gluten free...weirdness, as it turns out. His "Dubbel" really fell into no style. Looked like a Dubbel but had an odd sweetness above hints of belgian yeast and an even odder sour note that wasnít enough to be cool - just enough to be off."
Bulk_Carrier (3539) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JUL 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Looks like everyone before me got old bottles. Well, kudos to my stellar bottle shop for getting a fresh batch.
This was poured into a chalice because I thought it was a dubbel as it says it is on the label.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin quarter finger white foamy head that concaves and doesnít really leave any lacing.
The smell has some cinnamon, Belgian yeast and spice, clove, light chocolate, not bad at all.
The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors and shakes them up to come across fairly nice.
On the palate, this one sat right at a medium in body with a decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation seems to be a tad sharper than expected and it comes across fairly watery on the finish.
Overall, dubbel or specialty grain, whatever it is, its not bad at all, but then again, Iím drinking two weeks old according to my bottle shop manager.
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Odd aroma that reminds me of spreading mulch in the yard. All dirty and vegetal. Muddy brown appearance to match. Weird sweet fruity taste, has a cola feel to it. Almost artificial. This is reflected in the body as well, which prickly and sticky though not viscous. I don not hate it, just not what is expected.