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

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
IDEAL SERVING TEMPERATURE: 6-9° C
SERVING GLASS: Goblet


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ncube (91) - - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3636) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3586) - 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.


2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
kevinsenn (1353) - 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.

2.9
   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.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
OntBeerDrinker (472) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stoned99 (354) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3260) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3202) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6587) - 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.


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