Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Green's Endeavor Dubbel Dark Ale

Green's Endeavor Dubbel Dark Ale is one of my favorite gluten-free beers.  I rated it #2 among all gluten-free beers on my Beer Guide.   Despite its deep, rich dark color, this beer is not like a stout or a porter.  It takes its flavor profile from its Belgian roots, offering a fruity contrast to the roasted gluten-free malt flavor that is surprisingly light and refreshing.
The Green's US website describes the beer as:
In the classic dubbel fashion, a hint of dark-sugar and toffee flavor; and a traditional Belgian yeast bouquet.

I have to agree with this description.  The beer is actually very dry - it has zero sugars - but it has a toffee flavor.  That fruity, floral, sweet nose makes it a very unusual and sophisticated beer, but this is a drink that does not always pair well with food, which is possibly why it doesn't make my #1 ranking.  Here are some suggestions for pairings with this beer:

- A nice charcuterie plate
- Salmon Fish and Chips
- Dark chocolate
- Bourbon (if you do that sort of thing)
- a nice Malbec or Bordeaux
- S'mores

Yes, I had it with gluten-free S'mores while camping a few weekends ago and it was amazing.  The roasted sugars in the marshmallow really complemented the toffee flavors of this fine dark ale.  I also once tried it with both a glass of Malbec and a shot of bourbon, but that was a mistake.  I recommend sticking to one to two drinks at a time.  Green's comes in a 500 ml bottle so it's like two servings already - no need to go overboard, though this lovely dark beverage might inspire you to do all sorts of things you wouldn't otherwise do.  It's that good.