Cambridge Brewing Company Weekapaug Gruit Ale

So, for Christmas I was lucky enough to get a lot of wonderful gifts. One of those exceptionally wonderful gifts is a kegerator. My sister bought it for me and when I opened it, I was totally excited. I think she’s pretty excited too since it has two taps, I’m going to have a fruit beer on for her. That would be my project for Sunday. Anyways, onto this brew that was left over from the Massachusetts stash.

ABV: 5%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Produced for centuries, long before the use of hops, Gruit (pronounced “grew-it” or “groot”) was what beer was throughout the Middle Ages. Our contemporary interpretation of gruit is brewed with malted barley, wheat, and oats, and fermented with our Belgian yeast. It also incorporates the traditional brewing herbs sweet gale, yarrow, and wild rosemary, along with Labrador tea, licorice root and nettles, all organic and wildcrafted. This full-bodied, deep amber ale has a pleasant herbal tea-like aroma and flavor balanced by rich malt character, followed by a satisfying, dry finish and a hint of tartness. So whether you’re enjoying it with phriends or with phamily, we’re all sharin’ in the Weekapaug Gruit!”

Random: This bottle is from Batch 001. Pretty cool.

This brew poured with pretty much no head whatsoever. Shockingly, it didn’t leave any lacing either. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate carbonation. The nose was strong and very floral and herbal. I got a lot of lavender and rosemary. The taste was just like the nose with a lot of floral and herbal qualities. Lavender was the standout on this one. A touch of lemon coupled with a tartness at the end of the sip made this quite pleasant. The rosemary got lost in the flavor. I tend to not be a huge fan of the style, but this one is nice. The body is thin with medium carbonation. The finish was medium carbonation with some of the lemon tartness. I didn’t know what to expect from this one, but CBC definitely delivered. I would have this one again for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

2 thoughts on “Cambridge Brewing Company Weekapaug Gruit Ale

  1. Nice to see the CBC getting some out of state love. Had their “Big Man IPA” and really enjoyed it. Just under 7% and loaded with the typical American IPA hops (Columbus, Cascade and Amarillo), I was happy to find the malt stood up to the hopping. They call it a “winter IPA” due to the noticeable malt presence, but I’d just call it well balanced, especially compared to the more common hop bombs.

    Also… you sister got you a kegerator?! Lucky SOB! The fruit beer tap is a small price to pay… and maybe you can ween her off that stuff eventually. Still bottling my homebrew here, but got the beer fridge in the basement to drill for faucets at some point.

    Enjoying your blog… going to take me a while to get through all this material!

    1. I wish distribution of CBC was more widespread. I’m limited to the one or two times a year that my parents head to MA. I’ve been pretty impressed with the offerings so far. Next time they’re up, I’m going to have to tell them to look for more stuff from them. And yes, she got me a kegerator. She called it an “enhancement” to our sports weekends. Really can’t complain. I’m looking forward to kegging my homebrew. And glad you’re enjoying the blog!

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