Cambridge Weekapaug Gruit Ale
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Gruit is primarily a combination of three herbs: sweet gale (Myrica gale), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and wild rosemary (Ledum palustre). Additionally, individual brewers would add other herbs and spices as they liked to produce unique flavors and aromas in their beer. These herbs were known for their mildly stimulating properties, and when added to fermented beer were known to have said inebriating qualities amplified.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (2012) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Hazy, powdery looking orange. Based upon the deScription I’m expecting some thing rather special however the smell is rather easy. Hints or charcoal and liqorice. It actually smells of refried beans. Big green oregano flavours with orange juice that is on the turn and a tongue numbing absinthe touch. There is depth here with slight sourness and dusky rose petal floral notes. Pickles? Unfortunately watery. An interesting beer utilizing many pre-hop flavourings. Really green and in truth, highly exciting.16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Hazy amber pour with white head. Nose of grains, cereal and doughy yeast. Flavor is a bit hoppier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (1949) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Draft. Included as part of a sampler at the brewpub. Tried many of the offerings over several visits to the brewpub. I remembered liking pretty much everything but do not remember specifics. Will no doubt retaste many of these at future visits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with moderate white head. Aroma of yarrow, grass, rosemary, fennel, some citrus, and light smoke. Flavor of floral hops, candi sugar, rosemary and other herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 2008. Pours clear amber with an average, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, cereal, grain), average hops (herbs), light yeast (dough) with notes of sage. Light bodied, slick texture, flat carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. The pour is very hazy and dark, a dusky orange-amber color on full display. A minimal, quickly fading, fizzy white head leaves no lace. The nose shows a virtual bouquet of herbal and floral notes, rosemary, lavender, and chamomile all featured prominently. Ginger lingers somewhere in the background. I think my wife put it best when she said, "this beer smells like a bar of girly soap." Indeed. The flavor reminded me more of herbal tea than anything, a neutral malt background spiked with lavender, mint, and rosemary, hints of cinnamon and clove lending mild, earthy spice. A touch of oats lends smoothness. Moderate in palate stature and carbonation, the low ABV lends drinkability despite the strong herbal presence. This is well made, but, ultimately, it just isn’t my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2006
BA BBF 06. Aroma: spicy with some malt. Taste is the same, low amount of bitterness, which is normal for this kind of beer. My first gruit, would like to try another one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Crappy beer, froma crappy brewpub. Wait, the cubano sandwich was very good however. Too much flowers and anise.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MaBeer1972 (1585) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Another strange brew from CBC. I suppose I wasn’t atune to the historical aspect. I think I should give it another try, and try to be more open.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2006
This beer is fantastic, very authentic and for those looking for sort of a history lesson of "ancient herbed ales" this is the text book. It poured a dark brown that left a thin tan lace that quickly disappeared. The aroma is very floural(rosemary, wheat, grass), chocolate, flowers, very aromatic. The taste is surprisingly sweet upfront followed by bitter flower/tree bark balance (if you ever have the chance to eat edible flowers that is the bitterness I’m talking about). It is then finished with a nice malty honey base that is so pleasing. This beer is great, with the combination of belgian yeast and the the fresh herbal tastes this is a treat.

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