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Gruit Kolsch - Roots Organic Brewery

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Gruit Kolsch
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Ratings: 4
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thrasher on 06-26-2005)
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Reviews by Thrasher:
Photo of Thrasher
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another hop-less beer from Roots. I liked this a lot better than the Heather Ale; in fact it's one of the best summer beers around, if it even qualifies as beer. It's opaque, displaying a range of colors with peach, O.J., pink and a light mustard brown. It looks like it should be served with a garnish of some sort, but the taste does not require it. The aroma is bright and herbal, very similar to rosemary, with some honey and dandelion. It's incredibly refreshing: tangy and sweet, with peach, oranges, and blood oranges. There's a lot of unusual ingredients in here, including (if I remember correctly) chamomile, mugwort, sweet kale, and some marsh mallow plant? The finish is clean and decisive, with some lingering herbs and compounds, and a thin film of yeast at the bottom of the glass. I don't know what these guys have against hops, but the happy result is this marvel of a beverage.

Thrasher, Jun 26, 2005
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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint at Roots Brewery - $2.50 Tuesday. Was given a sample of this beer to try, worthy of a full pour.
Brewed without using hops - instead uses chamomile, lavender, paradise seed & mugwort!

ABV is 5.5%. Listed as a seasonal release (available Aug 2006)

A: Not terribly pretty to look at...cloudy golden with almost no head. A very faint lingering film witha few stray carbonation bubbles. Sort of resembles dirty dishwater.

S: Doesn't smell like dishwater at all. Wonderfully appealing floral smell wafts from the glass. A lightly sweet lavender is most evident, but a bay leaf and spiced apple smell follows. A hint of fruit like a juicy ripe peach, too. Like a walk in a meadow.

T: The herbalness of the chamomile really kicks in nicely. Not too aggressive, but a well-balnced floralness & earthiness. A spicy "soft" yeasty wheat character, evocative of a wit or hefeweizen. As with the Heather Ale Roots also makes, I taste a sort of dry white wine character.

M: Light to medium body and mouthfeel. Refreshing, as if sipping on tea. Lingering tastes are the herbal flavors above.

D: Smooth and light, it seems like an excellent summer beer. May not be a taste that agrees with everyone, but I found it enjoyable. An interesting flavor created with unconventional recipe ingredients.
Recommended.

msubulldog25, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of RedDiamond
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A peculiar, hopless ale brewed with chamomile and lavender, Roots offers this herbal kölsch as a summer seasonal for which it is well suited. I was at first put off by the smell which is punky and swamp-like. The smell makes it immediately apparent that this is no ordinary beer. Your sensibilities – your entire beer paradigm – are immediately challenged. This can be a difficult challenge to overcome, but over the course of a pint I came to appreciate its alchemical signature.

While the smell is ghoulish and austere, the taste does not emulate this and bears an attractive ginger-lime character with a hint of lemonade. Despite its lack of traditional bittering, Roots' kölsch is not overly sweet and tastes invigorating, even tonic-like. It is dense goldenrod color with a flush of orangeade, and a soft white head that soon exits trailing light strings of lace.

Aside from the startling smell, this is a highly successful experiment and a refreshing alternative to the hop standard. I’m tempted to suggest a wedge of lime as a condiment though the brew stands admirably on its own.

RedDiamond, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of unklesyd
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was really a great experience for me.

Being an unhopped beer, it had a great Kolsch backbone complemented by an easy fruity/spiciness without being overpoweringly sweet. Nice and crisp, perfect for a sunny day, which was surprising as it was mildly sweet.

Very well balanced. Odd white floaties on the diminished head that I'm assuming came from the spices added.

unklesyd, Aug 08, 2005
Gruit Kolsch from Roots Organic Brewery
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