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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 Definitely not the same Cambridge gruit brew that Ive seen the other ratings describe other Cambridge gruit beers. The things they do with gruit at this place. This was released 9 September 2004. Aroma is spicy like allspice, to tell me some gruit is a-coming! Tell-tale scent that excites me. Taste...sweet god. This is a what a palatable and flavorful beer is all about. This gets a 5 for palate almost immediately. Starry spice hit me just a bit on the taste buds. Sweet and herbal. I love it. The color is very very dark, with only a slight glimmer of light off the bottom of the sampler glass. Otherwise opaque. Taste is... slightly like fried eggs(?). This is also the only gruit beer Ive had to claim aphrodesiac powers! Killer. A definite food texture. Gruit in this beer lasts a long while on the breath. I loved this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (6443) - Pennsburg, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2006
This beer is fantastic, very authentic and for those looking for sort of a history lesson of "ancient herbed ales" this is the text book. It poured a dark brown that left a thin tan lace that quickly disappeared. The aroma is very floural(rosemary, wheat, grass), chocolate, flowers, very aromatic. The taste is surprisingly sweet upfront followed by bitter flower/tree bark balance (if you ever have the chance to eat edible flowers that is the bitterness Im talking about). It is then finished with a nice malty honey base that is so pleasing. This beer is great, with the combination of belgian yeast and the the fresh herbal tastes this is a treat.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2012
22oz bottle batch #1. Amber colored beer that gets murky as the bottle goes down. Aroma is sweet caramel a a fist full of fresh herbs and walk through the field. Taste starts with a tartness like orange juice than gets maltly int he middle and finishes rosemary but that tartness goes along to. palate is in the middle. Overall a one of a kind experience of a brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Light hazy orange color with lingering white head. Aroma is wonderful: orange, lemon, ricola cough drops, other herbs. Medium body, very smooth, wheat, mint tea flavors. Perhaps my favorite of the Cambridge brews, so far.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2010
On tap at Cambridge Brewing. Slightly dark ambar color, with no head or lace. Has no hops, but bitter is present. Floral aroma and flavor, somewhat vegetal, but very nice strange brew

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (16248) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Draft - pours gold white head - nose/taste of rosemary, herbs, florals - medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Deep hazy golden with a small white head.Aroma of oregano,overall spices,herbs and a little vegetable charcater.Very complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours dark amber with notes of spices that drive into a malty and herbacious mouthfeel. I thought I would not like this but it really played of the malts very nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (24012) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Sample courtesy of Mitch, thanks! Murky amber color, small white head. Aroma of light spice. Taste is very sweet.


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