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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Pale Ale brewed with Yarrow, Myrtle and Rosemary

What is gruit you might ask? Gruit is a blend of herbs that brewers added to their beer in the renaissance times if not before. Herbs are an essential ingredient in beer, both as a preservative and to counterbalance the bitterness and flavoring. Herbs were the only thing used prior to the extensive use of hops. Sacred Gruit ale is a pale ale brewed with primary combination of three mild to moderate herbs yarrow, sweet gale (myrtle) and marsh rosemary (wild rosemary). Don’t be afraid to go hopless, you never know you might just like it!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2015
(bottle - 12 oz) Rating #3900. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Spices and herbs abound in the aroma. I definitely got rosemary but no idea what myrtle is supposed to smell like. Mild rosemary in the flavor overtop of a decent amber ale. Light hops and spices throughout. [9/9/15]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6940) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
pours hazy very light golden with a small white cap showing poou retention and lacing. rosemary, bitter herbs, flower petals, hibiscus, lemon peel - sharp lemons in fact - naturally tart?, very spicy and herbal - lemongrass and dill, light acidity - cuts well into that (probable) sweetness, lightly doughy pale maltiness, wheaty, hint of sweetness - honey. moderately low carbonation - slightly lacking, lightly bittering and astringent, herbal-grassy-citrusy-lemony firmly tart finish. enjoyed quite a bit - although i suppose it is not naturally tart unless one of these spice/herb is.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3716) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
12oz bottle (Sault)-Pours a light amber with no head. Aroma of hops, malt, and spices. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is not bad but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle: Lightly hazy, golden-orange with an off-white head that settles quickly to a small ring around the top. Herbal forward aroma of lavender, rosemary, grass, black pepper, flowers, & a moderate fruity sweetness that leans towards read grape... Almost wine-like in a small sense. Iíve had another beer with "yarrow" in it & remember a similar aroma, but itís hard to describe (other than, well... "yarrow"). Itís familiar to me. Actually reminds me a bit of juniper. A little sweet. Different. Taste... unexpected. Sour? Is this supposed to be sour? Tart apple skins & a huge, white grape juice flavor with an almost puckering tartness. Undertones of those herbs... Iíll say "yarrow" again with rosemary, leaves, & lavender. Tingling the saliva glands. Herbal & sour white grape finish with a hint of lemon. Honestly, Iím not sure if this is supposed to be sour, or if itís just infected... But I think it works (strangely) well & really, this isnít a bad beer at all, if youíre expecting an herbal/sour hybrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5427) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Clear golden coloured body with a bright orange glow and a non-existant off-white head. Aroma of malt, herbs, spices, floral notes, lavender and quite a bit of yeast. Light-bodied; Sharp citrus and very herbal flavours with the rosemary and yeast really coming through. Aftertaste has a bit of light sweetness, plenty of citrus and lemons and a good earthy, perfumey character. Overall, a decent gruit with more of a floral and sweet citrus note than I usually see, but nice to sample and even better that itís bottled instead of only being on draught. I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 02-August-2013 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 30-January-2014.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Amber with a thin white head. Aroma is herbal with sulfur and rosemary. Taste is weird and herbal with rosemary, tea, apples and some fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (686) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark honey color. No head or lacing. Aroma is a bit like champagne. Flavor is of sour apples. I always like trying new stuff so was happy to grab this as a single. It was different, but I miss my hops. This had more of a wine cooler taste to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Draft at Lansing beerfest. Amber with minimal head. Buttery and chemically...ehhh

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Not bad color. Everything else is mediocre at best. Too light. Too plastic. No redeeming flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1337) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Pours a hazy orange-golden with a thin eggshell head that settles to nothing leaving touches of soapy lace. Interesting and complex nose of tart apple, dustiness, some hearty dough, baking soda, light citrus, and touches of hard to describe herbal qualities. Taste is way tart, hardly sweet (more as it warms), maybe a touch bitter. Lighter side of medium bodied, puckering with tartness, with a fairly abrupt dusty finish though the tartness hangs around in the corners of your jaw. One of the strangest brews Iíve had in a while, but I like it. Fans of puckering sours should enjoy this. Also worth seeking out for aspiring beer historians, as the herbal mix in this is pretty standard from what I read on the subject. Yarrow is pretty versatile and good for you. I just wish I had some to compare for aromaís sake to see if I could pick it out on the nose. Regardless, a nice refreshing brew, if maybe a bit imposing with the massive tartness.

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