Reviewed by Brady White on June 6, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide
- Brewery: Green's Gluten Free Beers
- Origin: England
- Rated On: June 5, 2014
- Best Before: September 30, 2018
- ABV: 7.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Dubbel
- Rating: OKAY
This 500ml bottle pours a murky, dark iced-tea brownish colour, with pervasive amber highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves a high pressure system of cloudy hanging lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells like aged, oxidized, and vinegary red wine, sweet orchard fruit (plum and overripe apple and pear), middling yeast, and a musty, earthy leafiness. The taste is mildly sweet, and more sour red fruit – stale grapes, red apple skins, cherry lozenges, and plum wine – (something endemic in the nature of the input grains, I suspect), a nondescript earthy, somewhat musty graininess, diet root beer, my mom’s well-aged cooking vinegar, and soft, slightly funky Belgian yeast. The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, a tad watery for the purported style, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the various sweet ‘n sour fruitiness persisting, and getting boozier in concert with the associated rise in ambient temperature.
Well, like many of the other gluten-free beers I’ve had, this just seems to be sorely missing the right grain backbone. Conversely, however, it does a decent job of providing some of the other flavour characteristics inherent in the proclaimed style, and hides its elevated alcohol well enough. Overall, one out of two and a half just doesn’t cut it, I’m afraid. Drinkable, but this is not the dubbel you’re looking for.