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Before the German Purity Law "Reinheitsgebot" of 1516 it was common practice to use any kind of different spices, herbs, fruits and other plants to provide balance to beer. Hops was not yet well known at this time. Grut bier has roots in many cultures and each culture had it’s own “special ingredients": Egyptians, Native Americans, Arabian Tribes, Gaulles, Germanic Tribes and the Vikings. This interpretation of a traditional Grut Bier is spiced with Lorbeer (Bay Leaves), Ingwer (Ginger), Kummel (Caraway), Anis (Anise), Rosemarin (Rosemarie) & Enzian (Gentian). It is brewed with water, wheat & barley malt, "pollinated wild hops" and fermented using top fermenting yeast. - Dr. Fritz Briem Historic Signature Series

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DutchDrebus (3863) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
Sampled @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting. Hazy yellow colour with a small white head. Smells ginger, sweet, herbs, spices. Tastes ginger, herbs, spices and a particular kind of candy (Anta-Flu Orange version). Like bad babi-pangang. Thin body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dEnk (3734) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG13. Aroma has big big notes of spices and herbs, gruitbeer allright, some flowers as well. Flavour is flowery herbs, nasty potpourri with faint bitterness. We switched to hops for a reason ;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (446) - Louisiana, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Appearance: medium fluffy white head, dissipates quickly, light good color, very hazy Aroma: some sour notes, tart, flowery, kind of faint but smells good Taste: some sourness, tart, a different type of spice maybe pepper tasting, some bitterness on the end, a grass note too but different from hop grass taste Palate: high carbonation, light mouthfeel, a bit of a spicy bitter aftertaste Overall: this is my first gruit beer and it’s definitely different, kind of a sourness and unique spice dominate

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
77ships (3573) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
50 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to jfb. Pours a very murky bright citrus yellow with a creamy white head on the sides. Nose is hupe lemon soap, mint, herbal, ginseng, candy,… taste is very bitter gingeng, huge mint, bitter candy, very long herbal candy, flowers, ginseng linger on for a very long time on the pallet, brutal anise, rosemary,… Touch high carb. Interesting that is for sure but this is almost impossible to drink it is like a super concentrate of herbs which are tolerable only in small quantity & many of which I do not like. It is almost like a joke, absolutely brutal. Not even sure what to rate something like this. I wouldn’t call it bad but it just so many intense tastes in such high concentrations at once which even in small portions would be overkill for me. This marks the first time I find myself supporting the Reinheitsgebot.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
TheJvd (810) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle at RBESG ’13 Grand Tasting. Pours hazy yellow with almost no head. Aroma is lots of bay leaves, other spices, medicinal. The taste is really terrible. Very herbal, extremely bitter and slightly sour. Did not expect the taste to be this bad after the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Borresteijn (4563) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
50cl Bottle at RBESG’13 Grand Tasting. Murky pale yellow colour, white head. Aroma of loads of spices, ginger, bay leaf, caraway, some anise, cardamon. Flavour is very herbal bitter, rosemary, bitter thyme/rosemary oil, caraway, dry bile-like bitterness. Smells OK, tastes awful imo. Interesting stuff though. Light-bodied.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
caesar (4946) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting. Extremely cloudy yellow color, short head. Huge amount of spices in the aroma, something I really don’t like. Soft sourish taste, bit sweet and immense bitter sensation that dry out the tongue. Very hard to rate this to style, as I simply dont like all those spices. Glad they ’invented’ hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Countbeer (4311) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG’13 Grand Tasting @ De Molen: Served in a Molen taster: Thanks for sharing jfb: Very small whiteto off white ring of some small bubbles ob top of a hazy murky yellow colored beer. The aroma is amazing, it’s so full of herbs, spices and floral tones that it creates an intense, immense and complex aroma of herbs, spices and floral tones. The flavour too, an overload of spices and herbs: where to begin... Tea herbs, some kitchen spices, gruit, wood, immense! The aftertaste has again loads of spices, herbs, some dryness and wood. Again immense and intense. Low carbo, soft light watery/light creamy texture, medium bodied and a light watery texture. It’s quite a heavy beer with sp much spices and herbs... Not my cup of tea, but very nice to have been able to taste it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2013
RBESG 2013. Bottle during Grand Tasting at De Molen. Hazy yellow beer with a small white head. Salty fruity aroma, menthol, spicy, citrus, some grapefruit. Salty fruity flavor, grapefruit, hay, some menthol. A bit thin bodied, herbal finish with fruits and salt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bosbouw (1123) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
Citroengeel bier met een kleinw schuimkraag. Ruikt kruidenachtig. Smaakt iets zuur met een bittere na nasmaak.

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