[From England’s Green’s Gluten Free Beers comes their “Endeavour Dubbel Dark Ale”. (Added by MCB)]
I was not sure what to expect when I opened this bottle, obviously something dark but beyond that I could not tell what this beer would be like.
The beer pours nicely with an almost Guinness-like black colour and a tan head that is very nice to look at. Green’s Dubbel has a huge nose, it just smell like a beer you should eat with a fork in the best tradition of stouts from the UK and Ireland with loads of chocolate and toffee notes.
Unfortunately the flavour does not live up to the nose. That’s not to say this is a bad beer, just that the thick aromas coming off of it have very little to do with what the beer tastes like. With a very thin mouthfeel reminiscent of a lager more than an ale it does have some very interesting notes of plum/prune with a bit of coffee on the finish. I think if I had not been drawn into expecting a chewy beer by the nose I would have enjoyed this more. The flavours are balanced and interesting with enough complexity to enjoy but are mild enough that I could drink 3 or 4 of these without feeling overwhelmed.
Not going to be a favourite but I would drink this again if it were placed in front of me.