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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   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!!!!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2012
when I opened the bottle I got a whiff of pickled vegetables that you get in a middle eastern restaurant, in the glass it turn to a light skunky smell, after letting it sit for a few minutes stated getting orange, honey, herbs, lemon. flavor lemon that started to go bad and some spices did not care for this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (4757) - Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/8/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a one finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, rosemary, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, rosemary, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice gruit style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   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 (7891) - 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 (3880) - 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 (5729) - 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 (3904) - 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 (700) - 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

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