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Gruut Amber Ale

Brewed by Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
Style: Belgian Ale
Gent, Belgium


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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
"Gruut" is an ancient Flemish coin. In medieval Ghent, brewers used Gruuts to pay taxes on the richness of their brew. Gentse Stadsbrouwerij has revived this ancient tradition with Gruut Amber Ale. Enjoy it’s rich taste, deep copper color, and smooth-drink-ability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VsXsV (2820) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2015
Draught. Almost clear deep copper liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, toffee, raisins, bread and biscuit. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar and biscuit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jamaty (1239) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
Ambar castaña. Clara. Un par de dedos de espuma, y pronto película. Aroma malteado y a fruto seco. En boca excesivamente gaseosa, pero con un rico sabor muy acaramelado y a miel. Cuerpo medio, bebible. Cierto tono licórico suave. Pero todo envuelto en demasiado gas. Aún así, rica.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
corkyrory66 (885) - BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2015
Une belgian ale pour ratebeer, qui est donc, comme son nom l’indique une amber ale … Puisque la catégorie existe, autant l’utiliser !!! Ambrée donc de 6,6 % abv, brassée avec du gruut. Couleur ambre caramel à roux moyen, clarté nette. Bulles fines en colonne centrale spiralée, très vives. Mousse beige claire à flocons moyens, nappage correct à 2 mm. Arômes de malt cara, caramel, candi blanc, mélasse de sucre. 1ère bouche souple, mais une petite bouche malt/candi, avec une pointe d’épices. Arrière-bouche agréable, mais courte et sans complexité. 2ème sur herbes et épices se mettant en avant d’un malt cara. Arrière-bouche un peu plus structurée, mais on est loin du haut niveau !! 3ème dont l’ensemble est fondu, mais de très bas niveau. Arrière-bouche aqueuse, courte. Longueur avec une impression de vide, de pas assez, même si c’est parfois agréable. Alcool tout à fait insuffisant, à la peine sur toute la longueur. Finale très quelconque. CONCLUSION : une bière de très peu d’intérêt, juste un beau visuel de départ, et quelques rares touches. C’est tout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bastarda (198) - Freiburg, GERMANY - MAY 30, 2015
courtesy of bartlebier, thanks! Herbal, fragrant nose, (if it wasn’t without any hops I’d say British hops with herbal, Cognac, Banana, Gingerbread notes), a lot of caramel, some caramelised oak as well and prunes/figs/raisins. Taste – on the verge of being too sweet - brings up sugar in different states: cotton candied, caramelized, burnt, powdered, some dried fruits again together with the subtle herbs again. A bit like a sugary Irish Red. Anyway quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
speiezzo (4) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 20, 2015 does not count
Brown/red amber appearance with beige/light brown head. First impression was a malty odor. Taste was more caramel than malty - less fruity. Light hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium taste. Quite tasty - liked it but prefer "Dikke Mathile"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alusmamuts (1011) - LATVIA - MAY 17, 2015
Brown/red amber clear with small beige head. Watery roasted caramel followed by some hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ysok02 (369) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2015
Une ambrée assez peu complexe et à la bouche simple et un peu creuse, déception personnelle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
visionthing (3601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Clear caramel coloured with an off-white head. Aroma dominated by caramel, with notes of malt and hints of herbs. Sweet and caramelly with a certain bitterness. Fairly tasty and quite okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (4911) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2015
330ml bottle [vriendelijke groet voor de Gruut aan bartlebier, dank je wel!]. Clear, deep, amber colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Dusty, yeasty aroma, caramel malty basis, a touch of red berries and their parings. Taste is minimally fruity with hints of red berries, minimally toasty caramel malty basis, a minimally soapy touch; super soft palate. Rather sweet, not much yeast action.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (4395) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of fonefan. Pours clear lightish copper brown with airy off-white head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel, with notes of fruit and touches of hops and dust. Sweetish flavour of malt, caramel and fruit, with estery and dusty notes. Bitter touches of hops prevalent in the background. Lively carbonation. Bitter and estery flavour with some sweetish hints. Not bad.

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