BlackHaddock (2902) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feb 2010: 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.
Experiment_Ale (376) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Patrick's mansion in the mansion backyard with Alex sophia patrick and Steven. Pours brown. Medium lacing. Aroma of apple big malt leather, great. Taste apple sugar cane brandy licorish. Finish very long and savory.
Syzzer (552) - Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the classic dubbel fashion, a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and a traditional Belgian yeast bouquet. OG: 1.064; IBU: 24; ABV: 7.0%
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beast pours a beautiful chocolate brown w/ a huge rocky froth. Head retention is superb as it finally reduces to a clump of cream and a thick, fluffy, sticky ring. Nice! Aromas of spiced dark fruits and bitters. Medium nectar weight w/ ample residual effers that are soft like cotton. Strongly flavored, this brew is spicey and only mildy sweet. Angostora bitters upfront w/ ginger, dried rose petals, citrus rind, and rusted metal. Other nuances of wet tree bark, leather, bitter stems and herbs, cherry, nectarine. As it warms a tartness appears w/ some mild cola flavors. The finish is bittered well leaving enough heavy spices to linger you could fill a spice rack. Overall: I’ve had Dubbels and I’ve had Dubbels and this one fits in nicely. Good scores on all components reveals a great new brewfor the celiac’s. It’s way under-rated.
HighlanderOne (934) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Amazing aroma - vanilla, banana, a bit of creme de mente. Very dark mahogany with slight head. Vanilla, brown sugar, and herbal notes in the flavor (definitely no mustard!). Just a bit thin. Soda-like feel to it. Not the greatest, but definitely worthwhile.
echoey13 (4) - - APR 6, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s good to see commercially available gluten free beers that are not made with mostly sorghum. The millet and buckwheat add a nutty and chocolate flavor.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried to approach this the way I would a wheat beer. The grain bill is completely different, so there is no reason to expect a malted barley flavor profile. That being said, I think this is an exceptionally well-made beer. The beer is a deep, clear mahogany with a ruby tint and a nice rocky head. Good aroma with yeasty, bready notes and somewhat of a port-like character. This certainly looks and smells great. A little thin on the mouthfeel, with initial flavors of orchard fruits, dark-roasted coffee, and a little citrus rind. Finishes with more coffee-like sourness than I expected which I am guessing is due to the specific grains used. This is a pretty nice, warming beverage with some flavors unexpected of a Belgian dubbel. I may be giving this extra points based on its gluten-free labeling, but when you think of the crap that’s been available to Celiac sufferers in the past, this beer really is a remarkable accomplishment. Although not up there with the best dubbels out there (like Westmalle), it still beats many of the lame American versions out there.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at Get Real NY. Pours a deep brown, clear, with a thin beige head. Plum and prune, deep dark stone fruit and caramel malt. Sweet, spicy caramel and sweet phenolic yeast. Boozy, but not too hot. Long sweet dark fruit finish. For what this is, this is very good.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not sure if this is an off bottle or if this is how it’s supposed to taste, but this reminded me of a grand cru or some other sour beer. A hint of cherry and dark fruit, but there’s a strong lactic acid twang going on there too. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting from this beer.
dnstone (2046) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A sweet wine-alcohol aroma. Deep brown color with off-white head. Sweet grape and grain with an alcohol finish. I have never had a descent gluten-free beer before this.
Notes: Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest (Boston) ’09