If there is one type of beer that I really miss from my “normal” beer drinking days, it’s dark beers. I’ve yet to taste a gluten-free stout or porter. There are a few dark beers out there, but there isn’t a good selection and many are hard to come by. After tasting Gutenberg’s red ale I’m happy to report that it’s just dark and earthy enough for it to fill my craving for the dark.
I found this beer dark enough to satisfy the base tones, yet still finished light enough to taste like an ale. After tasting nutty earthy tones I wasn’t surprised to see that along with a mix of alternative grains Gutenberg actually used chestnuts in the brewing process. Dark, delicious and drinkable, I’m going to keep this one on my short list!
Look: deep reddish brown with a nice 2 finger lacy head
Smell: rich earthy tones of chocolate and chestnuts
Body: sharp and fizzy with a medium body
Taste: light up front with a full rich middle tasting of coffee and roasted nuts a smooth ale finish. Slight aftertaste of a gluten-free tasting grain.
Overall: Tasty and satisfying on several levels, this one is a keeper!
Brewed in Canada by Brasseurs Sans Gluten, Montréal, Quebec
5% Alcohol by volume
Ingredients: water, buckwheat, millet, molasses, chestnuts, candy syrup, quinoa, hops, yeast
Winner of the Gold Award World Beer Cup 2012
Winner of the Bronze Award, Canadian Brewing Awards 2015
Winner of the Silver Award, Canadian Brewing Awards 2014 Silver
Winner of the Bronze Award, Canadian Brewing Awards 2013