Brewed by Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.
Style: Traditional Ale
Vankleek Hill, Canada


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.24/5.0   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (460) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
spicy sweet kinda smell. Some orange to the look but mostly like a pale ale lager look. Crabinaded & some head. You can really smell the thyme and lavander and ever sip is like smelling potpure it leaves some spice of the rosemary and thyme on the tounge with some lavander but is also a sweet maltyness, a little peppery on throat medium to heavy bodied and after a while a little warmth. Well made beer interesting and not bad. Best for sipping and sampling not having in large amounts type beer. Cheers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (281) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
600ml bottle shared with family in law. Aroma: lots of spices including thyme, cooked vegetables. We can?t taste much more. App: clear golden with minimal white head. Taste and palate: medium body, dry bland finish. Overall: pretty meh. Not really good. Nose is way too much on the spicy side, overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3191) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle - 600ml. Beautiful golden cloudy body with an average white foamy head. Fresh flowery aroma with spicy, malty, citrusy, and herbal hints. Its very herbal taste carries ginger, lavender, and piney notes. Ends with a slightly harsh lavender finish. Very honest work to create this decent example of gruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
600ml bottle, batch 3907, honey gold color, with a fluffy white head, nice herbal spicy nose of rosemary, thyme, lavender, with a faint peppery, subtle herbal de Provence accent, and a faint honeyed pale, pilsener, toasted malt note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good sweet honeyed toasted, pale, pilsener, wheat malty, spicy lavender, rosemary, thyme, subtle juniper berry character,with some faint honey candyish lollipop, flowery leafy, grassy hop, hint of mint leaf flavours leading towards a mild yeasty, fruity, lavender, thyme herbal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6572) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Where and how: bottle 650 ml LCBO
Aroma all spice feel, herbal. Lavender softness with touch of rosemary.
Appearance :
Top: large, long lasting creamy cap. Nice rings on glass.
Base: hazed amber.
Palate : medium lighter body with frisky yet delicate carbonation.
Taste: strong all spice feel. Very similar too aroma. Tad overboard for my liking
other notes very interesting concept yet a bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9134) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2015
The Only cafe. Says lavender but its very oregeno in aroma and taste, with pepper. Saison like. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiereLuc (999) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
Bière orangée, légèrement voilée. Le nez nous enveloppe de parfums épicés (tout ce qui est annoncé est livré : lavande, romarin, thym...). Et les répercussions résonnent en bouche. La lavande est à la fois douce et agressive (c’est une saveur qui prend beaucoup de place sans toutefois briser l’équilibre). Une sensation piquante / poivrée demeure en finale avant que la lavande ne rapplique en arrière-goût. Le romarin et ses comparses s’expriment sous des élans «sapinés» ici et là. Très bon produit... mais pas pour tous les palais.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewturba (1125) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a clear amber with a small to no white head. Aroma is herbal, sweet, thyme, rosemary and floral. Flavour is ginger, thyme, rosemary, lightly sweet with a fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reimer96 (1412) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Pours a clear amber with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Amazing Aroma of sweet lavender, thyme and rosemary, pleasant, sweet and floral... Love it! Taste is rosemary, thyme, ginger, light sweet lavender and a medium dry finish that pickles the tongue. Really like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Jaune orangée, avec une petite mousse, et présentant un nez fort épicé, des herbes piquantes et des grains doucereux. Bouche tout aussi épicée, on goûte du coriandre, du basilic, du poivre et du gingembre, le tout est assez mince et même un peu aqueux mais en même temps on lui trouve une jolie complexité et des saveurs intenses et originales. Rajoutons à cela une joyeuse buvabilité, et nous avons ici un gruit fort acceptable, quoique pas vraiment subtil ni totalement charmant.

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