HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2008
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 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
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 (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2008
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 (3719) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2010
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 JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2011
Pouring at Get Real New York. Deep brown pour. The aroma is quite sweet and plummy. Lots of plums and a bit of sweet rummy flavour. There’s a bit of light molasses. The yeast has a lovely bit of estery character as well. Pretty solid actually.
wlajwl (7213) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Grape/dark fruit in the aroma, the appearance is dark amber and shows the secondary fermentation in the head. The taste is malty and shows again a flavor leaning towards grapes/dark fruit. The body, though is relatively thin. A good but not great due to the body Belgian ale. Strykzone (7807) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Rather dark brown with red and a thick uneven tan head. Nose is complex fruit with both citrus, dark, and passion, molasses. No malt is tasted. That must be a gluten free thing. Molasses, again that complex fruit, sourness, brown sugar, caramel. I am thankful to be able drink beer with glutens. This falls short of other dubbels. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Poured from the bottle at Get Real NY - Sour and dark malts. dark fruits, brown sugars and estery. One of the better gluten free beers out htere. Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
First full dark gluten free ive ever had. Great taste low carbonation. No raunchy bland sorgum taste. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark, with an ample, lasting head. These GF beers always look like the real deal. Aroma is also very accurate for the style, hinting of sweeter malt. Flavor doesn’t meet the expectations based on looks and aroma, but it fits reasonably well in the style, though it would never be considered good for the style. But I found it to be enjoyable, and totally felt like I was drinking real beer. I actually have been impressed with the three GF beers from this brewer that I’ve tried. Well, done, and glad it’s available.