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Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Vankleek Hill, Canada

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This strong & dark beer, inspired by the Alfred bog, is our very first seasonal offering. Featuring bog myrtle, or sweet gale, harvested from the wilds of northern Quebec. This ancient herb was used in brewing hundreds of years ago and offers bitterness, a sweet aroma and herbal spicy notes.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8569) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2011
Deep, cloudy ruddy pour with a thin white head. The aroma is great. Softly herbal and fruity with a lot of soft chewy character. Lots of myrtle aroma and flavour. It’s got a fairly decent bitterness and a lovely balance of flavours. A bit estery and fairly fruity. Soft and herbal. Pretty nice pint.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
Tap at Golden Kiwi anniversary. Pour rusty brown with finger thick off white head. Aroma of spices, dark fruits and a hint of caramel. Tastes earthy with spices sweet malt and caramel. Medium body. Overall interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
Growler shared by someone.
Appearance : Hazy amber with no head.
Aroma : Spices and fruits with some malt. Nice yeast with nice banana bread notes.
Taste : Spices with light bananas. Finish has nice notes of banana bread. Light bitterness.
Overall : Nothing to write home about but quite good. Nice banana bread notes. I thought this was a weizen.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
Sampled at Mondial: Puts a turbid rusty-brown ale in the glass, small 1finger tan cap laces modestly.. Lightly carbonated. Pungent aroma: musty-toffee-citrusy-floral, dried fruit-herbs, spices, smoked almonds...wonderful mélange of aromas. Like a herbal brown ale. Flavor profile is almost replica of the aroma but more intense: toasty-nutty-toffee malts provide a base to balance off lemony-herbal bittering and a wonderful complexity of musty-spicy-malty-fruity-nutty flavors....long wet finish. This has a wonderfully quirky complexity that is sure to be misunderstood by unseasoned palates but for those who can appreciate the melding of a number of uncommon complimentary flavors, this is a brew you can relish and not be shy about having a couple.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
pours a ambery brown pour with nice foam, nose is spicy and sweet malts. flavor follows suit with a slight wood tinge as well. really interesting beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2010
On tap at beerbistro - served in a goblet, came a plum shade with a beige head that lasted for about half the glass. Very malty aroma, but some woody spice and dark fruits in there as well. Flavour again quite malty, but herbal and spicy as well, earthy, almost Belgian seeming. Wonder if they used Belgian yeast for this one, because the Bog Water carries that complex undercurrent of flavours. Some red wine-like flavours in there too. A bit too boozy and sweet to be a beer you’d want to drink a ton of (and at 6.6%, that’s probably a good thing), but a beer to be sipped and savoured, and an intriguing, admirable experiment. Nice work.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Deep clear brown red, ring white foam. Mild aromas that are sweet fruity and flowery, lemon. Taste follows the aromas yet more powerfully with added cherry and woody spice, sarsaparilla, violets and herbs. Well integrated and tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2231) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by jessem. thx for the share jesse! the was an odd ball! weird spicey sweet mix both in the flavour and the aroma. not at all drinkable but not poorly brewed. the belgian yeast profile didnt go un-noticed, neither did the myrtle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
750mL ceramic bottle shared with matt7215, my bottle. Pours a hazy, muddy brown with a very small beige head. The aroma is straight up weird. Cinnamon, cardamon, clove, sweet&sour sauce, BBQ sauce, beef jerky, dry yeast. Bizarre. Flavour is a mix of it all with a lean towards the sourness but some some sweet malty aspects to balance, and whatever the hell bog myrtle must taste like. Smokey and with hints of chicory. Not hard to drink but a little bit unnecessary to my palate’s judgement.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MXD (304) - Gatineau/St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
Ceramic from the brewery. Drank in a (Beau’s...) Pint-glass), in two "servings". Pours copper brown with shades of dark-green. Basically no white-head, somewhat flat. Earthy (read : muddy) /spicy aroma, with a slight hint of smoke. Low bitterness, somewhat sweet as well. Medium body, really flat though. Spicy from start to finish - I guess that’s what Sweet Gale is about. I heard great things about that beer. It’s definitely good, and worth a try - because it’s pretty unique (anybody knows another beer made with Sweet Gale?). Still, it’s not as amazing as I expected - the folks at Beau’s really told me it was an awesome one, and I was relatively disappointed, kinda like an A student who got a B+. Still a regular purchase, though.


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