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

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
matt7215 (2222) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
Growler from the brewery. Pours dark brown, slightly red. Very little head, a little flat. Big smoky aroma, taste is sweet, hints of raisin, prunes, and roasted malt finish. Good stuff!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
strowlands8 (178) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
On cask at Vole. Pours a medium amber brown. Aroma is quite earthy with some malt and spicyness. Taste is similar with lots of malt sweetness and some interesting flavours backing it up. Whether it is earthyness or spicyness it definitely lives up to its name. An interesting beer but I’m not quite sure I really love it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial de la Biere 2009
Appearance: Mid light haze , amber brown look with thick creamy look , some lace. 3+
Nose: Plain , straight brown malts , off side of unknown element , woody , boggy (!) aroma 7-.
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied , short burst of ash , milder creamy texture. Brown malts as base. Good drinkable difference.13-/20

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 8, 2009
Dark brown colour with nose of spice and malt. Taste is a little mixed of light spices and malt.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) Une biere de couleur Or avec un tres mince collet non collant. Odeur de mais, salé, humidité et oranges. Gout de mais et un peu de sel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 [1478-20080601] Bottle. Heavy wet malt aroma with a bit of dark toasted flower petals. Dark brown red body with quick light tan bubbles. Mostly toasted grains flavour in a "stale wheat bread" manner with some floral and chocolate hints.
(5T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)

[4977B-20121129] Tap. Mild fruity floral malt aroma. Hazy, amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Light banana ester toasted malt grain flavour has a lightly sweet fruity floralness. Medium body is a little on the rough side. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(Amsterdam Brewstache @ Amsterdam brewery, Toronto, ON)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10289) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
A deep reddish brown ale with a thin off white head. A strong "boggy" aroma, with herbal notes, baked beans and light sulfur. In mouth, a lightly sweet treacle malt, with light chocolate, roasted, some metallic notes. Apart from aroma, not bad. On tap at the Elmdale Tavern, Ottawa, 6.50$ pint. April 2008.


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