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.
BlackHaddock (6384) - 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 ídouble dark beerí.
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.
Didnít expect anything as good as this when I bought it, very impressed.
Experiment_Ale (1096) - 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 (633) - 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: Iíve had Dubbels and Iíve had Dubbels and this one fits in nicely. Good scores on all components reveals a great new brewfor the celiacís. Itís way under-rated.
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, 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
Itís 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.
superspak (4751) - 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.
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 thatís 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 (9565) - 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.