Glutenberg Belgian Double

Reviewed by on May 16, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: May 15, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Dubbel

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

These all gluten-free brewers from Montreal have branched out into headier Belgian-style territory, constructing a dubbel with millet, brown rice, and candi syrup.

This 341ml bottle pours a crystal clear medium-dark copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of rather puffy, bubbly, and loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity caramel, a twinge of candied toffee, a hint of edgy yeast, a mildly astringent vegetal essence, and earthy, herbal hops. The taste is more mirror-world graininess – vegetal, herbal, and with a somewhat sour caramel sweetness – a metallic flintiness, dark gritty sugar, and some minor orchard fruit notes. The carbonation is on the low side, but still well supportive, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, that herbal vegetal astringency kind of wedging its way in at times. It finishes off-dry, the pseudo-caramel malt keeping up the thinly-veiled charade of a standard dubbel’s malt profile.

Well, I knew going in that this wouldn’t exactly duplicate a barley-based dubbel, in all its hefty barley malt glory. However, I gotta say, this ain’t half bad, that normal vegetal and/or weak cider essence kept to the shadows, while the alternative sugar sources perform their best mawkish imitation. Drinkable, I suppose, which is usually the best thing I can say about the unfortunate necessity of this beer ‘style’.

Brady White

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