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Grozet - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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415 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the Gaelic "Groseid", Since at least the 16th century Scots monks and alewives brewed indigenous drinks from cereals, wild herbs and ripe fruits. Tibbie Shiels green Grozet was immortalised by such Scots literati as Sir Walter Scott, Jas Hogg. (The Ettrick shepherd) and Robert Burns whoconsidered it a most convivial drink. Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.

(Beer added by: canadianbarman on 09-12-2001)
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2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml brown bottle. This beer came as 1 of 4 bottles in a gift pack of beers from this same brewery. The back label has a short paragraph about the beer on it as well as a clearly marked freshness date notched out along the bottom. This bottle was notched for April of '10, and since today is only the middle of Oct. '09, there should be no freshness issues with this beer.

The beer pours a hazy apricot/peach color that nade a 3 finger white head that lasted a little over a minute. It left only a few spots of lace along the sides of the glass.

The smell was pleasant but weak. It had a little bit of wheat to it, a dose of fruit from the gooseberries, and a little spiciness.

I wasn't crazy about the taste, but it was interesting. Brewing with ingredients such as bog myrtle and meadowsweet along with gooseberry as the choice of fruit is no doubt what makes it different. To me, the spices ran neck and neck with the wheat for dominance with the gooseberry sweetness coming in a close third. Not much hop flavor, but not complete;y lacking in hops either. To me it was one of those "meh, it's OK" beers, but not something I'd seek out.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with mild carbonation with a bit of a spicy aftertaste. It's plenty drinkable and I'm glad I tried it for its uniqueness.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 05:19:26 | More by matjack85
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A: Highly filtered golden, highly carbonated, 2 finger creamy off white head, sustained head.

S: Light watery malt, almost aa lager type smell combined with watery sour smell, like a watered down juice drink for a child.

T: Very light and watery, medicinal, some sour notes of berry, some herbal notes like sage or some green leafy herb, malt kicks in near the end as well as a bitterness. Feels like someone went into some Scottish herb garden in a barren highland village, cropped up some herbs and added them to the brew along with some berries.

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A - Light gold in colour with with minimal head retention.

S - Biscuity and meadow-sweet aroma with grassy and fruity notes. If I close my eyes I feel like i'm in a lush forest in the spring time.

T - The lager malts definitely come through. Slightly fruity flavour, although not as prevalent as I would have anticipated.

M - Crisp consistency with almost prickly carbonation and a quick finish.

O - Not overly impressed, but it is a very subtle drink - not one feature dominates. With that said, I expect this to be my least favourite in the 4-pack, mainly because it is brewed with lager malt, which I don't have a good palette for. With that said, others may come to a different conclusion.

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Smell - Aromas of low-hanging fruit and rather floral. Tok a few whiffs and could get much more than that.

Taste - Quite fruity with a palpable dry taste and dry bitterness to the beer. Again well-disguised as I wasn't able to pick up much more than that.

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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