Brewed by Beau’s Brewing Co.
Style: Traditional Ale
Vankleek Hill, Canada


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Legend has it that young maidens who wanted to know who their true love might be would sip upon a lavender brew and chant St. Luke’s Verse, imploring the saint to reveal their identity in her dreams that night. “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let me my true love see.

Copper in colour, St. Luke’s Verse Gruit Ale offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender accented by thyme and rosemary. This is a flavourful, balanced beer that is highly nuanced but very approachable. St. Luke’s Verse was brewed in honour of Gruit Day, an international celebration of this style of beer brewed with a variety of herbs and spices in place of hops.

History & Style
Centuries ago it would have seemed odd to consider using only one herb to spice beer. Dozens of plants, such as bog myrtle, yarrow, heather, and juniper were commonly used in ancient brewing. These beers were known as Gruit or Grut (German for herb), and a brewers’ spice blend was a proprietary and carefully guarded secret. After the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Act of 1516) ordered that only hops be used to spice beer, the Bavarian style of brewing took hold in most of Europe, and the gruit gradually faded into obscurity.

Luckily, some craft breweries have rediscovered this ancient form of brewing – visit the Gruit Day website – for a list of breweries participating in International Gruit Day 2014, each brewing up a different gruit ale to celebrate that day. Craft brewing is all about discovery and experimentation, and gruits are one of the best examples of this pioneering spirit!

Tasting Notes
This gruit ale’s intense lavender aroma is accentuated and enhanced with sub-notes of thyme and rosemary. St. Luke’s Verse exhibits firm flavours that parallel the aromatic bouquet, and present themselves in unison as a deliciously drinkable potpourri.

Food Pairings
Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara suggests a perfect pairing with a romantic dinner of raclette pour deux. (St. Luke whispered that it also pairs well with sweet nothings and gossamer wings.)

Technical Specs
ALC./VOL.: 5.7%
INGREDIENTS: Local Spring Water, Organic Barley Malts, Organic Hops, Organic Lavender, Organic Rosemary, Organic Thyme & Brewer’s Yeast.
MALTS: Pilsner, Caramel 20, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic)
HOPS / BITTERING: Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Perle Hops (All Organic)
IBU’S: 11
OG: 14.2°P
FG: 3.7°P

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azzurro (419) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2017
Another bold attempt as thyme and rosemary would be excellent for cooking but not convincing as a beer. Worth trying and drinking on a very calm day, when you want to slow things down.

mikkopen (1193) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2017
600 ml bottle. Golden orange colour, thin white head. Sweetish malty aroma with lavender and rosemary. The taste is malty, sweetish, with a mildly bitter herbal finish. Nice one.

ChadPoole (479) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2017
Pours golden with white head. Lavender and rosemary aroma. Flavours are the same as aroma and very floral, like drinking a bowl of potpourri. I didn’t like this one much.

Itzjerm (3114) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Really really ? Puoporri amazing flavors as you expect in a women's candle shop nice mouthfeel sweet. Nice head wow. Unique. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

lukin (668) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2016
bottle. Hazy golden colour. Aroma is a mix of lavender, savoury spices like rosemary and oregano, some pine needles. The description likens it to potpourri, and that’s about right. Interesting, not my thing.

AwaKe (300) - Laval, CANADA - NOV 11, 2016
En bouteille. Couleur orangée, opaque, pas vraiment de mousse. C’est parfumé sans bon sens! Beaucoup de romarin au nez, un peu de thym. Goût romarin et lavande au moment où on goutte enfin le grain, le romarin revient en force et persiste en arrière goût. Le palais est parfait pour le style. À boire avec modération, à moins d’être accro au romarin!

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pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 2, 2016
On tap at Beaus Oktoberfest 2016. Golden hazy pour with an off white head. Reminded me of thanksgiving but only on the nose, sage and rosemary with some barley, lightly salted and some sourdough. Moderate body and carbonation with a mildly sweet taste, lavender begins to dominate on the finish leaving an odd aftertaste.

rejtable (2838) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours golden lots of lacing and head. Nose is rosemary maybe spruce tips. Taste light bitter light sweet. Full body lively carbonation.

KansaiBeerLvrs (5372) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 28, 2016
At the brewery. Gold color with a parsley and sage aroma like pasta sauce then the sweet lavender kicks in. The taste is really interesting with soft sweet lavender then sage and parsley, a real mind bender.

MattChiasson (71) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2016
Out of the bottle poured a deep gold, cloudy, with a persistent white head. Intense aromas of rosemary and thyme herbs, along with what I perceived as grass, ginger and melon rind. On the palate, more rosemary and ginger, along with fruitier notes of grapefruit and orange. Refreshing. Interesting. Certainly unique. Felt like a herb crusted turkey dinner condensed into beer form.

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