Brewed by Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Traditional Ale
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
At Red Duck we like to make a few interesting ales,and for our modern tastes this is one of them. But consider this, that once, all ales were dark, smokey and due to being stored in oak barrels, were to various degrees soured. Last time we made a dark medieval ale “canute the gruit” and promised to go one greater.. or Gruiter, as the case may be. Behold! Red Duck Gruiter is our version of what an ale may have been like around the time of the Renaisance. Malting technology had improved a little since medieval times, and so it was possible to obtain malts that were not totally scorched. Thus Red Duck Gruiter is not very smokey at all, but does have a strong roast black barley flavour, with a moderate sourness and some other interesting flavours hiding in the darkness. You still couldnt get a pale light ale, that wasnt due until after the 1642, and so will lead us to next years gruit ale, which will be the Gruitest...

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ComradeK (1270) - Sydney, - DEC 30, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque muddy black, with absolutely no head whatsoever. The main aroma is sourdough bread, with some leather and sour lemon notes mixed in. There is the faintest hint of chocolate up front, but it is overcome by and absolute tidal wave of sourness. Sour lemon is the main detectable flavour, and it lasts into the aftertaste. It would appear that carbonation hadn’t been invented by the 15th century, since there is none at all. This is a very strange beer. It is incredibly unbalanced, with nothing to balance its sour flavour. Whilst this may well be history in a glass, I’m not entirely certain that the 15th century agrees with me.

gnoff (11144) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled 33 cl at Kerbside, Brisbane, on July 20, 2013.
Black color, pretty much no head. Sweet, sour, roasted scent. Sour, acidic, citrus, lemon, vinegar taste. Medium mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Sour aftertaste.

floydian1 (1519) - FNQ, Australia, - JUN 11, 2013
From a 330ml bottle. Not unlike a Flemish regional sour ale, this one has big red wine vinegary and lemony aromas on top of a subtle brown malt base and cherries. Palate s lightish bodied and vinous flat with tart fruity sour flavours and an astringent finish. Pours dark brown with absent head.

ShaneJ (903) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Silky black, no hear or visible carbonation. Smells like peat, smoke, some sour fruit. Taste is something else - mouth-straining tartness/sourness that I just couldn’t get past. Not for me, sorry.

highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2013
What conceivable 21st century benchmark is valid for rating a 15th century dark sour ale? None I can think of, so I’ll stick with RateBeer’s hedonistic scale. This traditional ale is one strange history trip. It raises nary a hiss when uncapped and sits in the glass as still as the grave. Close inspection reveals a few tiny, tight bubbles at the edge of the surface but nothing to else to break a Cola-coloured body. The aroma is smoky and rich with sweet’n’sour summer fruits - blackcurrants mainly. On the tongue, it’s as flat as the appearance suggests - basically still - quite light in the body and a little oily. Tart and refreshing with a puckering sourness that gets the saliva flowing. Some mild chocolatey malt and leather, definite Cola notes and Ribena fruit acids. Almost wine-like in character - a souring zinfandel comes to mind. What I like about this is that the brewer hasn’t diluted his/her intention to make a traditional ale. There’s no pandering to modern tastes - this is is an uncompromising brew. Aside from the fact I’m slightly scared at how my 21st century intestine is going to handle 330ml of this, this deserves a wider audience. I suspect I could get to like this stuff. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars)

Pyobon (1531) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2012
(Bottle). Darkish cola brown with no head. Aroma is a mix of vinegar, smoke, wood and hints of sweet over-ripe fruit. Medium body with a slight tingle of carbonation. The flavour is dominated by a sourness that is initially quite shocking but rather quickly grows on you: part vinegar, part citrus and part very green apples. This somewhat balanced by some malty sweetness and hints of spice. Overall this is very unusual and I am glad I have tasted it but don’t expect I will choose it again. Beer has come along way in 500 years!

hawthorne00 (4193) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle, 13C. Dark brown, no head. Aroma of dark malt, spiced sour apples, shrivelling grapes. Interesting and weirdly enticing, but also a little like some sort of protective treatment for timber. Very low carbonation. Vaguely slippery mouthfeel. Quite sour and herbal but has a chocolate and dark berry sweetness to it. Less confronting than Canute the Gruit. The sediment looked a bit scary so I left it in the bottle, but even so it’s surprising how clean it is. Again it’s the balance of the interesting things that’s impressive.

mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2012
330ml bottle. Very thin and dark black with absolutely no head at all, almost looks likes flat glass of cola. Vinegary sour aromas piqué the interest while the flavor I’d mouth puckeringly tart but in a good way?

gam (4135) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2012
Dark cola like pour no head mild carbonation aromas vinegar some vanilla a tart note grapes the flavours smokey tart vinegar sultana woody note vanilla taste acidity that clean taste on the mouth the finish has some good tastes acididity wine dryness vanilla touch sourness vinegar aftertaste smokeyness not too bad

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle from Swords. Great sour ale, keep doing experiments please! Aromas of apple and flowers. Taste is sour, with some sweetness, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, cloudy, with no head.

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