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

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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1535) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2011
Ginger, sage, wheat, pumpkin, cinnamon on the nose. Pours a dark amber with a persistent creamy head. A very crisp sensation on the palate. Taste’s like a gingerbread house. If one could ’drink’ a gingerbread house.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2012
Appearance: copper red, tiny whispy white head. Aroma: slightly sweet, some caramel, malt, a little floral. Flavour: sweet, floral, a little hoppy, nice underlining malt. Quite simple and pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 24, 2013 Gave my friend a blind tasting of this one, told him it was an IPA. Fantastic brew, and it’s just wonderful to see such experimentation from an Ontarian brewer. This is the type of beer our ancestors drank and it’s a real shame that it’s disappeared for so long. Thanks, guys, for bringing it back; I plan on sharing it with more friends in the future. The herbs are quite the shock at first, but after a few sips it just glides right down... lovely complex taste just mulling in your mouth. The head is just beautiful. I know it’s based on the local ales, but if I could compare this with one style it would be the strong Belgians.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (598) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
600 mL bottle. Pours a dark cola brown colour, with a fluffy beige head, minimal retention. The nose is full of yeast, dark bread, piquant herbs, a little banana and a sweet malty biscuit note. The taste is sweet and herbaceous with an earthy bitterness, but only slight. Finish turns a little sour as these Belgian strong inspired beers tend too. Medium to full bodied with medium to high carbonation. Tasty, a good dark beer for people who think they don’t like dark beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (672) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
You’re not gonna win a lot of friends brewing beer with bog weed. And that’s what I like about this brew. Pours busted nose brown with a luscious one finger cap. Flavour is unlike anything I’ve had before. Down side is a coppery, pennies in water aftertaste. A true herbal offering, almost jarring in the way it presents itself. Clearly not a session beer, this is one to sip on & shake your head about. Like hearing a Grateful Dead song at a hip hop show. Recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1964) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Tap. Pours dark amber with a white head. Light aroma with lemon and caramel maltiness. Medium body medium carbonation. Wood, light pine, lemon caramel... Nice askance. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HKdIPA (348) - HONG KONG - DEC 30, 2014
Bottle at County General in Toronto. Hazy deep amber pour with bubbly foam head. Aroma is slightly grassy hoppy, farmy, like a hoppy saison meets an amber ale. Taste is similar. A bit more food/savory taste probably some spice additions. Tastes "wintery" but not overly so - orange, clove, pepper. Not bad but wouldn't get again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpkinhead2 (461) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
Bière brune un peu pâle, cuivrée à la lumière, moyennement voilée, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un col beige, pas tellement large, mais tout de même bien mousseux et persistant. Arôme de fruité acidulé, je ne suis pas trop connaisseur de myrte(?), mais on est dans le domaine des baies, petits fruits, framboise, canneberge, griotte… On note également quelques effluves maltés, pain frais, foin, léger sucré (réglisse rouge et/ou sucre d’orge), avec une levure pâteuse (pâte à pain), et quelques épices (clou de girofle, poivre… avec peut-être des trucs plus herbacés, comme de la coriandre…). Par moment, l’arôme acidulé fait davantage agrume, citron. Nez intéressant, belle complexité, intensité un peu faible cependant. En bouche, pétillement élevé sur la langue, breuvage bien mousseux, mais plutôt mince au palais. Au goût, pain frais, foin, réglisse rouge, avec acidité fruité dominante (framboise, canneberge, griotte… et certaines notes citronnées), quelques épices (poivre et clou de girofle…), et quelque chose de résolument herbacé en trame de fond (coriandre et/ou houblon). Peu sucrée, acidité dominante, légère amertume en fin de bouche. Les différentes saveurs ne me semblent que moyennement bien intégrées les unes aux autres, intensité moyenne en bouche, bonne complexité. Il s’agit d’une bonne bière, bien intéressante, mais je ne suis pas tellement amateur de ces bières au profil principalement fruité acidulé.


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