Archive for the ‘Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale’ Category

Two things I love: Mystic beers and gruits. Hopefully this goes well.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While we like experimenting with ingredients all year long, February 1st is the day we really get to have fun with our recipes. Along with other like-minded breweries around the world, we will be delving into a style nearly lost to time, gruit. Like the original brewers, we forgo hops in favor of herbs, spices and other rarely-seen brewing ingredients. This year we’re especially excited to debut this year’s selection, which will have been brewed in our new brewhouse by our new head brewer Charlie Cummings. Charlie’s lineup incorporates the traditional ingredients of ancient gruits with modern flavors. All of these will be brewery only and in extremely limited quantities so if you want a taste, make sure to drop by our Chelsea location on February 1st! Our tap room will be open from 4-9, but usual hours will resume Wednesday.”

Random: The website had no information about this beer.

This beer poured with a two finger, slightly off white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass with a quarter finger of crown. The body was a murky, dark brown, almost like dirty pond water. There was still a lot of carbonation visible. The nose started with a musty yeast note and then had a burnt maple flake. It also had an herbal note with tea. The taste started with the same musty yeast note and sweet malts. The next flavor to come through was honey and then the herbal tea flavor came through. It had a rather thick body, but a lot of carbonation. There was no alcohol detectable. The finish was quick with the honey and tea flavors. A bottle of this was expensive at $24 ($1.09 per ounce). This was interesting and drinkable, but not the best selection I’ve had from the brewery.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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Tonight’s selection is a beer I picked up in New York and knew nothing about it. I haven’t read any reviews or anything. Let’s see how it was.

ebulum

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Elderberry ale has formed part of Celtic tradition since it was introduced by Welsh druids in the 9th century, where the ale was passed around the people of the village during the Autumn festival. Our recipe was taken from a 16th century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands and is brewed with roasted barley & chocolate malt, then infused with elderberries to deliver a dark, rich, fruity beer with a strong single hop aroma and satisfying bitter conclusion.”

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The brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color, yet clear. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with roasted malts with a red berry note. I assumed this was elderberry. There was also some ash at the end of the sniff. The taste had light roasted malts and ash. It quickly went into a marked red berry note that almost took a floral quality. The beer had an herbal quality as well, but the dominant flavor was the red berry. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red berry and smoke. A single bottle was $2.99 ($.25 per ounce). This was an interesting beer, but not one that I feel the need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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.
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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

As usual, I’m backlogged on reviews. But, I’ve actually broken down and brought my computer to Kate’s. Since I’m technically going back and forth between two places, I was leaving the computer at my sister’s. But, I end up in Fair Haven more than Manalapan, so I moved the computer. I’m hoping that this leads to more regular updates, especially since Kate busts me that I never update.

ABV: 5%

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “From out of the darkness of pre-recorded history, Heather Ale is an altogether unique brew. Originally crafted by the inhabitants of coastal Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Northern British Isles, fresh heather flowers and other herbs were used to balance and flavor the rustic yet sweet toasted character of the malted barley. Its brewing tradition existed long before the advent of hopped beers, and has continued, sporadically, in small rural communities for millennia. Brewed with imported Scottish floor-malted barley, fresh hand-harvested heather flowers were added to the kettle during the boil along with sweet gale and lavender, with a further addition of fresh heather and yarrow to the conditioning tanks. Each year the CBC brewstaff handpicks the fresh herbs for this beer from a field along the Atlantic Coast, and adds them into the brewkettle the very next day. The aroma and flavor are a surprising jog of ancient memory, with commingling subtle notes of heather and honey and an obscure wildflower spiciness complemented by the interplay of mild but assertive, toasty-sweet malt. Medium bodied, light amber-gold in color, with a dry finish that hints at tartness. Special thanks to our friends for their support with this year’s heather harvest. Slainte!”

Random: This is another one from the MA stash. Yes, I’m still whittling that down…one of the benefits of being in 2 different places.

This one poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on my glass. It did leave a slight crown on top of the body that hung around forever. The body was a clear, dark amber color with lots of seltzery carbonation visible throughout. The nose was dominated by this sweet floral smell that I could only imagine were heather flowers. The taste was like liquified potpourri sachet. It reminded me of very floral soap. It also reminded me of lavender. Although I found it to be interesting, I couldn’t get anything else from the beer except it’s odd floral characteristic. Maybe at the end I got some malt? The body was pretty thick with lots of carbonation. The finish was long and floral. I’m glad I tried this one, but I won’t be searching this one out again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

What a day. I’ve been on conference calls all week and when I came home today, I was absolutely exhausted. I laid down to take a nap and woke up at 0030. This means that I’m going to be up most of the night, not good. So, why not get a little caught up with some reviews? This is another beer that I purchased because I’ve never had the style before. Add to this, that the brew is made with seaweed. I like seaweed on my sushi but I’m not sure what to expect of it in a beer.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Prior to the 1850’s Scottish coastal alehouses brewed with malted barley, grown in fields fertilised by seaweed. This environment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we recreate by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. A rich dark chocolate ale, which has the aroma of a fresh Scottish sea breeze and a distinctive malty texture.”

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This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated relatively quickly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color and clear with moderate, visible carbonation. For some reason, I didn’t think that the body was going to be so dark. The nose was definitely interesting. I got chocolate, sweetness and an indescribable herbal component. I assumed that this was the seaweed, but having never stuck my face in seaweed, I couldn’t confirm it. The taste was a bit different than the nose. I got a creamy, chocolate flavor, but the herbal component was lost in the taste. I would have never assumed from the taste alone that there was seaweed in this beer. The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The body was silky and pleasant. The finish was quick. This beer reminded me a bit of a porter. It was a sessionable brew with some decent flavor on it, but nothing overwhelming. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0