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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2830) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
500 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a thin but well retained white head, over a hazy yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is coriander, light malts.....taste is light sour, with multiple spices including bay, caraway, lemon, finishing with moderate spice bitterness....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds tingle. This is a very different beer with multiple aromas and flavors, that are quite unusual. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (1463) - Turku, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Smell of berries, grain, cardamom, pepper, glögg, ginger. Yellow-greyish muddy colour. White head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of yeast, basement, ginger, pepper, honey, some glögg. Apples in finish. Fruity, with "Christmas flavours". Lively and plentiful carbon. Rather exciting taste. Mostly sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
keanex (1576) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is bright and hazy straw color with a thin and short head that quickly settles into a thin coating.
Aroma: A strong medley of herbs, maybe sage, rosemary and black licorice.
Taste: Crisp, possibly wheat, body with hints of lemon. The spices are subdued until a strong finish of herbs that lingers for a long time. Anise comes to mind on the finish. This isn’t very pleasant, it numbs my tongue a bit.
Palate: Crisp and light bodied.
Overall: This is what I expected, that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Not a fan of this, especially the finish. I’m glad I didn’t live in a time where I had to drink these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Wow, I don’t even know where to start with this beer. Pours a hazy straw yellow with thin white head that disappears quickly with no lacing. Aroma is of a flippin’ spice rack. I can’t even distinguish all of them with the exception of ginger and pine. Taste matches all too well and is a bit overwhelming. Aftertaste like I took a bite of a pine tree and is not very pleasant. I have to keep drinking it in order to not have the aftertaste. Very interesting beer, but not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (718) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Tap @ Proletariat w James. Hazy white-yellow, big white head. Aroma is fresh and grassy with notes of cedar sawdust. Taste is tantalizingly aweet and tart off the bat then mellows out and goes down like a wit or heffe or something with overripe banana in the aftertaste. Some astringency at the end as well. Pretty cool and complex and I like that it teases.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ansjelaah (1614) - 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 (3440) - Baarle-Nassau, 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 (972) - 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 (1669) - 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 (2552) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle. Hazy yellow beer with a white head. Citrus and menthol aroma. Menthol and sourish flavour. Strange beer...

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