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


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6576) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
Bouteille de 600 ml achetée directement à la brasserie au coût de 6,00$. Arôme: Odeur de romarin avec une pointe de lavande. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de romarin avec une pointe de lavande et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de lavande en arrière goût. (Rating #6444)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3688) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
Un verre de dégustation au Saint-Bock. Un liquide blond pas mal trouble. Un nez et une bouche aux épices, de la lavande, du thym sec, poivre et touche d’anis. Une bière qui ne plairait pas à tous, mais qui en étonne plus d’un.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strangebrewer (1038) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2015
bottle. Poured slightly hazy amber with a thin white head. Spicy aroma of thyme and hops. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly sour finish. Flavour is odd...spicy notes of thyme, rosemary, herbal hops, bready malts. Definetly not my cup of (lavender) tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RhetoricalAns (666) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
Clear golden pour, medium white head which dissipates to thin cover without much retention. Aroma is dominated by the lavender, a little bit of other spices. Taste is much the same, some rosemary. Tried it, didn’t like it all that much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
czar (6217) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
pours unlcear bright golden orange with a small white cap, minimal retention and lacing. ultra fragrant if not a bit offensive herbes de provence aroma, floral and spicy, wheaty peppery notes, berry fruitiness, honey toasted maltiness, lightly astringent tea, yeast. light carboantion, light body; semi-sweet and astringent/bitter spicy-herbal finish. overly spicy and herbal. nah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ncube (102) - - APR 12, 2015
Powerful lavender aroma with up front with the rest of the spices playing a supporting role only. Taste much like aroma with a orangey yeasty character. Kind of a cloying finish, even though there is supposedly hops for bittering. Good in small quantities, but too sweet and unbalanced to drink a lot of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (4149) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
Un verre de dégustation au Saint-Bock. Une blonde un peu embrouillée et un col mousseux plutôt blanc. Les arômes et les saveurs : un mélange de plantes grimpantes et d’aromates, de lavande et de fleurs odorantes, de céréales mielleuses et de farigoule avec de l’anis et une touche de poivre. Une bouche de bonne dimension avec un apport modéré des bulles et une texture huileuse. Une finale parfumée qui est loin d’être désagréable. Cette proposition m’étonne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle (600 ml). Split 3-ways.

Appearance: Clear bright golden with a medium diminishing white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Strong lavender presence at first followed by rosemary and thyme. There’s not much else than the italian herbs mix here.

Taste: Burst of lavender/floral presence at first followed again by an italian herbs mix. The malt backbone is effective enough to support the herbal spices but there’s not much else here either.

Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Lingering herbal spices finish.

Overall: Not easy to drink at all because of all the spices and herbs, but still a pretty interesting beer in small quanitity. Similar profile to Annedd’Ale. Unidimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kevinsenn (1601) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle. Strange spicy aroma, with some wood. Sweet taste, kind of like root beer or sarsaparilla. Can definitely taste the rosemary and thyme; very herbal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wrussell65 (7) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015 does not count
Fragrant beer. Flowery yet crisp flavoured. Spicy palate. Interesting beer overall.

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