Saltspring Spring Fever Gruit Ancient Ale

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Brewed by Gulf Islands Brewery
Style: Traditional Ale
Salt Spring Island, Canada


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 2.24/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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terrenum (3) - - AUG 4, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2017 I disagree with some of the comments below. This is a very interesting beer and kudo to brewer that are pushing the boundaries to improve brewing and not stick to boring guidelines and style. This is a great beer with malty notes, good head retention and soureness that balances the sweetness of the malt. Well done. We need more of these in the somewhat standardize world of beers

Ferris (17098) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle - Orange and spicy notes. Cloudy copper with a small beige head. Soured sweet potato notes and some spice. Odd and not my thing.

DuffMan (10754) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2017
Bottle, shared by thephantomhennes at game night. Light amber hue with a compact off white head. Interesting perfumey-herbal character, maybe lavender? Light caramel malts, tannic dry finish. Not bad.

brleo (78) - - SEP 19, 2013
Very interesting...I may dislike the hoppy beers and all, but this takes anti-hops to a whole new level. There’s no hops at all in this thing. Interesting flavor, comparable to some meads I’ve had. Honey-ish flavor, almost reminiscent of a sweet soda pop. No bitterness, just a sort of honey-like flavor. Light coppery colour. If you’re looking for something new and different, give it a whirl.

champsamp (5) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013 does not count
This beer is interesting to say the least. It has a lovely copper colour, but no head whatsoever and no appearance of carbonation. Aroma is sort of sulphuric, almost like compost. There is in fact little carbonation, leaving the beer nearly flat. Unfortunately It tastes like day old beer. There are no pronounced flavours happening. A slight taste of malt perhaps and the sour factor listed by another reviewer is also present. Funnily enough this beer is fairly quaffable, but not one that I would choose again to enjoy.

WheatKing (1351) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - APR 6, 2013
Pours ruby-amber, fairly translucent, no head to speak of... some butter, not as bad as some I’ve had, mildly tart as expected for this brewery but not as bad as other beers of theirs. Dry on the front of the palate (caused by the tartness) and floral/berry at the back, reminds me of the heatherdale but without its refreshing qualities. Sweet finish but not cloying which is what I was worried about. Why is everything from this brewery mildly sour? The nose is rancid, starting to smell of armpit.

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
(500ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquor for $6.90. Pours a large off-white head atop a lightish brown amber body. Nose of buttery popcorn mixed with berry seeds. Diacetyl. If this was another brewery I'd say this is a problem - but with Gulf Islands, if you're not drinking a freshly tapped keg, you're 99.8% sure it'll be bad. Awful stuff. --- reviewed on

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