Friday, January 14, 2011

Estrella Damm Daura

I just read a comprehensive review about Estrella Damm Daura on SureFoods Living's Blog and I wanted to see if I could find it & give it a try. The thing about this GF beer --- it's actually made from barley, not sorghum, and they remove it down to an "acceptable level" for celiacs -- under 6 ppm. Apparently products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.

I wasn't that wary of trying something that was originally made with gluten, but it was a little weird. I figured I'd try it since I had read some people thought it was great - and I was thinking, if it wasn't made with sorghum maybe it would taste close to the real thing.

My sweet husband found it for me & when he picked me up from the train he had it, so we got home, opened them up, and tasted.

The verdict: it tastes to me a little like Redbridge. Actually -- I think I may prefer Redbridge for the taste, and for the fact that there is NO gluten in it at all, and because it's cheaper. Only 4 bottles of this was $8, vs $8 - $9 for 6 bottles of Redbridge.

Still totally worth it to try though -- and I love to try new GF things, because you never know.

Anyway - check out the SureFood's Living blog if you want more info -- and she also mentions another beer called Saxon at the bottom of the article, that if I find, I will try.

**UPDATE** --- I came home last night and opened up one of these, and I must admit - I liked it better than the first bottle.... I found the taste to be richer, and I realize the smell is much closer to real beer. The first bottle went down fast actually. And it was really good. I think I may give this beer another shot. Maybe I'll do a taste test comparison with Redbridge to really see how it matches up!


Anonymous said...

I dont agree with you!!! Daura tastes like a REAL beer, which cannot be said about Redbridge

Corey said...

I like both Redbridge and Daura. Between the two, however, there is no contest in my mind: Daura has a fuller, more satisfying taste.

Alison St. Sure said...

Hi Allie,
I will probably continue to drink Redbridge also. I like it! But I would like to be able to say "Give me the Damm Daura please." :)

Anonymous said...

Haven't had a beer since 2007 when I was diagnosed with celiacs. The memory of how beer tasted this beer is Damm close ;) and I think its worth the money paid to enjoy a good beer once in a while.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered Daura and I am so glad- it is a little weird that it's made with barley, but it blows Red Bridge out of the water. Also, Red Bridge is only about 3%, whereas Daura is 5.6% or something normal like that! So it makes up somewhat for the higher price tag.

Anonymous said...

Four years a coeliac and no beer. Boy did that first sip taste good with the Euro football as an accompaniment.

Anonymous said...

any one worked out a way to get this beer in australia

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that Redbridge is being compared to Daura. I strongly believe that Daura is out of this league. There is simply no better gluten free beer around. Redbridge is very light and lacks flavor.