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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
ansjelaah (1375) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
@ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting Geel, niet helder, minimale witte schuimkraag, ruikt kruidig, sauna kruiden, gember, smaakt kruidig, gember, bitter, zuur en droog, niet lekker

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2013
Hazy, pale yellow colour, white head. Herbal aroma, spicy, rosemary, caraway, reminding of nasi kruiden, the cheap "Dutch" spice mix for making "Indonesian" fried rice. Light bitter flavour, very spicy, bay leaves, angelic root. Finish bay leaves, herbal, angelic root. Strange and cool beer, but not a beer I could drink every day.
(From 50cL bottle @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting, De Molen. Thanks for sharing, jfb!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (761) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Hazy yellow pour. Smells of rosemary, coriander, tart, bay leaves, celery, bitters(gentian). Very herbal. Flavor is clean mostly rosemary some wheaty brinyness. Minimally sweetened with assertive bitter on the end. Herbs are present, but not overpowering. Very good balance. Refreshing with a slight sour tart mouthfeel finish. Well done herbal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1664) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Draft at BRU. Pours a murky gold with no head or lace. Spice bomb. Nose of pepper, cinnamon, ginger, anise, caraway. Medium to light body, tons of spice flavor, a bitter finish. Certainly interesting but I think one of these a lifetime will suffice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aniela (2313) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle. Hazy yellow beer with a white head. Citrus and menthol aroma. Menthol and sourish flavour. Strange beer...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DutchDrebus (4019) - 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 (3803) - 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 (483) - 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 (3778) - 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 (846) - 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.

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