Holgate Brewhouse Gruit Expectations

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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Woodend, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A beer without hops?
Our gruitbier hearkens back to an ancient tradition of using herbs and spices to flavor the brew, before hops became popular around the 15th century. Expect a nose full of spicy aromas, cinnamon and citrus dominant. The flavours are sweet and malty, with a lingering peppery finish.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2012
On tap. Pours a deep golden with only the lightest of hazing. Smallish white head. Nice looking beer. Aromas of super sweet honey, liquorice and aniseed. Nice. Flavours are quite sweet and perhaps a little cloying. Only the spices to provide a little balance. Medium to thin mouthfeel

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
Had this beer on tap at the Union Hotel in Newtown. Dark honey in colour with little to no head. Strong spice aromas and flavours. A good beer, but you couldn’t drink too much as the spices would get to you after a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (3071) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2012
Pours amber with a small head. Lots of spices in the aroma. I’d take a guess at some combination of cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg and coriander. Very potent. Also a lime-like citrus note in there. Peppery. Light flavours, but with the same spicy dominating in the aroma. Once you get over the initial assault of spices it’s quite enjoyable. Carbonation seems full on, while the body feels a little watery. Not as traditional as I was expecting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2012
Tap. This is one unusual beer. Golden body with no head and an almost non existent aroma until it warms and a few spices come out - cinnamon, aniseed, grass, coriander. Spices are everywhere but not at all overwhelming. Sweetness comes into play nicely. It can at some points get a little cloying but it isn’t too bad. Very easy drinking and worth a shot

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (2005) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 11, 2012
On tap at Holgate. Very interesting - a golden spicy ale with plenty of sweet notes and some quite complex herb treatment. Spice, cinnamon, aniseed and fennel flow through. Does lack some obvious ’malt and hops’ but the spice component is genuinely unique. The sweetness does get a little blocky but otherwise a good beer.

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