Beaus St. Luke’s Verse
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Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Traditional Ale
Vankleek Hill, Canada


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Legend has it that young maidens who wanted to know who their true love might be would sip upon a lavender brew and chant St. Luke’s Verse, imploring the saint to reveal their identity in her dreams that night. “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let me my true love see.

Copper in colour, St. Luke’s Verse Gruit Ale offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender accented by thyme and rosemary. This is a flavourful, balanced beer that is highly nuanced but very approachable. St. Luke’s Verse was brewed in honour of Gruit Day, an international celebration of this style of beer brewed with a variety of herbs and spices in place of hops.

History & Style
Centuries ago it would have seemed odd to consider using only one herb to spice beer. Dozens of plants, such as bog myrtle, yarrow, heather, and juniper were commonly used in ancient brewing. These beers were known as Gruit or Grut (German for herb), and a brewers’ spice blend was a proprietary and carefully guarded secret. After the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Act of 1516) ordered that only hops be used to spice beer, the Bavarian style of brewing took hold in most of Europe, and the gruit gradually faded into obscurity.

Luckily, some craft breweries have rediscovered this ancient form of brewing – visit the Gruit Day website – for a list of breweries participating in International Gruit Day 2014, each brewing up a different gruit ale to celebrate that day. Craft brewing is all about discovery and experimentation, and gruits are one of the best examples of this pioneering spirit!

Tasting Notes
This gruit ale’s intense lavender aroma is accentuated and enhanced with sub-notes of thyme and rosemary. St. Luke’s Verse exhibits firm flavours that parallel the aromatic bouquet, and present themselves in unison as a deliciously drinkable potpourri.

Food Pairings
Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara suggests a perfect pairing with a romantic dinner of raclette pour deux. (St. Luke whispered that it also pairs well with sweet nothings and gossamer wings.)

Technical Specs
ALC./VOL.: 5.7%
INGREDIENTS: Local Spring Water, Organic Barley Malts, Organic Hops, Organic Lavender, Organic Rosemary, Organic Thyme & Brewer’s Yeast.
MALTS: Pilsner, Caramel 20, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic)
HOPS / BITTERING: Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Perle Hops (All Organic)
IBU’S: 11
OG: 14.2°P
FG: 3.7°P

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2285) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
Sampled at the 2014 Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival on Valentines’ Day. Poured a hazy golden colour with a white cap, slightly creamy. Lemon sour nose with lavender and hints of mint. At least the taste is not sour (well, at least too much) with the citrus and spices. Wet mouthfeel. Quite interesting overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3109) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Really nice copper color with a small white head. Big aromas of lavender and ginger with some grassy spice. Sweet malts, no rosemary or thyme that i can detect. Next to no bitterness with a sweet, malty, ginger finish. Reminds me alot of ginger ale with lavender.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Tap at C’est What. Deep amber pour. Nose is great - loads of ginger and lavender with a bit of sugary malt sweetness. A touch of berryish fruit along with a light earthiness. Ginger really persists but it doesn’t have any heat. Some lemon verbena like flavour along with a bit of honey. Pretty interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4009) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Beau’s is really starting to bring this gruit style together now. After a few of these they are starting to become interesting rather than gimmicky. Nice grain taste here. Smell is huge, with evident thyme and lavender. Pours cloudy orange with ok head and lacing, soft carbonation. Tap at Winterbrewed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
2013-02-04. Hazy orange body with a small beige head. 3+ Flavour is quite floral, lavendar is prominent but not rediculously so. Good amount of bitterness - hops or something else? Light fruit in the second wave but floral lavender lingers in the finish. Some thyme comes out in the aftertaste in the lower half of the glass. Aroma is strongly lavender with some green herbal notes. Average plus palate. Unique, it grows on me a lot. Much more balanced and drinkable than the first smell of it would suggest. Nicely done. On tap at The Wallace, Toronto

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BreWedge (313) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap @ Winter Brewed Ottawa. Pours a moderately hazy yellow with a thin white patchy head. Aroma is primarily lavender (like a fancy bar of hand soap!). Tastes are also dominated by lavender, maybe a little bit of artificial sweetness like you would get from a stick of juicy fruit. Relatively light body, medium carbonation, and a sticky flower-like finish. Unique, but not my thing. Lavender should probably stick to perfume and soap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkuma (4) - - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
On tap at Rebel House. Pours hazy copper with a thin layer of white head. Very distinctive and complex aromatic characters of strong rosemary, slight lavender, thyme. Tastes wweet, herbal and refreshing with a bit of caramel and biscuit-like flavours. This is my first attempt on gruit and it’s been a rather memorable one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfrancis (2358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
This one missed for me. Pours light yellow with a big frothy white head. Aroma is acidic grapefruit and lavender and rosemary. Taste makes me wince, too much rosemary and thyme for me. Light and springy, like a summer hay field.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
On tap at Stack. Pours a murky dull orange colour with small light tan head. Aroma is interesting spice/herbs and sweet grains. Flavour is somewhat medicinal spices, grains and some sugars. Interesting sort of herbal bitterness in the finish. Carbonation on the mellower side. Pleasant but different.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
On tap at Bar Hop. Hazy copper with a lively delicate white head. Medium delicate carbonation. Big thyme rosemary on the aroma (see what I did there), lavender, a little yeast, I suspect some green apple but really the herbs are blowing it away. Medium, smooth body, sweet caramel and soda maltiness throughout, floral with a nice bitter little kick on the finish. Refreshing (if a touch too sweet), flavourful (especially for Beau’s, but in a good way) and drinkable. ABV well hidden. This is good!

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