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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is light caramelish and herbal. Grassy, herbal and spiced flavoured. Rosemary, nettle and some liqourice. Dry, malty and spiced finish. Herbal and caramelish malty finish. Grows on me and likely the best none-hopped brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Sample courtesy of Mitch, thanks! Murky amber color, small white head. Aroma of light spice. Taste is very sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008 Floral and herby aroma. Golden coloured fruity and a little rich on the palate. Crisp and slightly dry malt finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
A Sim rate (Tap at the brewpub): Smells of sage & rosemary, thyme & coriander. Spiced like a Belgian Christmas beer. So overwhelmingly spiced. Again in the flavour it’s just too spiced. Sage & rosemary again. Very Belgiany hops & malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Draft at the Brewpub. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Lavender, ginger, and birch. Loads of spices that overshadow everything else in the beer. A flavorful explosion of spices that can be a bit overbearing with such a low ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Translucent brown with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, caramel, raisins, rosemary, and light apples. Taste of toffee, dark fruits, spices, and a semi-sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap at EBF 2010. Pours a nice hazy medium copper- a bit darker than some gruits- decent head which fades a bit. Aroma is earthy, herbal, lightly spicy, very flowery with ginger, grass, rosemary, almost a lemongrass hint, and a bit of lavender- light toasted malts and mineral. Flavor is a bit funked out, toasted malts, earth, mineral, grassy, flowery- almost a hibiscus fruity flower pepper, herbs, with a bit of mustiness. Flavor is mostly clean- a bit of astringency and bitter from the herbs and spices but is pretty nice overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention crackles and recedes leaving no lacing. Sweet summer herb aromas. Slightly tart front to back with earthy caramel and bread upfront turning to mild lasting herb finish. A nice change.


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