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Gothic Ale - Triumph Brewing Company

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Gothic Ale
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9 Ratings
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Ratings: 9
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Triumph Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PartyHatjo on 07-21-2004)
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Reviews by GnomeKing:
Photo of GnomeKing
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So, the story begins a thousand years ago, when brewers would put a mix of herbs, collectively called "gruit," into beers for flavoring and bittering. At least that's what the menu says. The bartender described the gruit as a substitute for hops, but unlike heather or other floral substitutes, gruit doesn't hold its own. This beer is really defanged. It's like a wimpy winter beer, with no bite, or even a bark. The herbs impart a taste that is vaguely like cinnamon and other familiar accents. Nothing exotic, unfortunately.

The herbs do make for a decent smell, and the beer's hazy unfiltered look is nice.

For historical purposes, ask for a sample...and then order something else.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Nice visit to the brewery for my Bachelor Party

A- a deep amber maybe even purple higlites in the beer. good look to it.

S- a sweet type of smell like ripened dark fruit if that makes any sense.

T- molasses sweet and some herbs and bready malts.

M- feels like a sticky sugar compound in themouth but not overly accentuated. very nice

D- a smooth beer and i will remember this beer for the next time, if there is a next time i go to the brewery.

Photo of PartyHatjo
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours (from the hand pump) a reddish-brown color. Soapy head that doesn't stay.

Smell: Strong of rosemary. There's a slight malt aroma. I think there may be heather somewhere in the brew, and there is definitely an aroma reminiscent of apples.

Taste: Rosemary is the first thing I noticed. There's a sweet/tart flavor that goes well with a slight caramel flavor. Bitterness is nonexistent, and is a bit strange to have a beer without it.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, didn't expect it to be so. A bit undercarbonated even for Triumph's hand pump.

Drinkability: Easy to drink just one, but I don't know if i would appreciate the atypical beer qualities of this one for a full drinking session.

Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is a gorgeous deep amber with wonderful hues appearing when the light hits it. No head, which is not a surprise, and minimal lacing. But that color...

A very different and interesting aroma that was herbal and mildly sweet. It's difficult to tell the herbs used, but rosemary is present.

Sweet and bready malts stand out, with the herbs adding balance and cutting the sweetness. Again rosemary is all I can recognize, but it does not overwhelm or stand out. The mixture of bread, earthiness, herbs, and fruit is very nice. No bitterness, but a light level of acidity is present instead.

Medium-bodied, a little sticky, and incredibly soft. I have never had a beer that felt this soft on the tongue. Little if any carbonation, as expected from a cask.

Decent drinkability - the beer tasted great and goes down easy, but I would want to switch to something more conventional after a pint.

Highly recommended.

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap at Princeton this beer looked like a typical "old" beer if we could know what that is.
A nice frothy head covered a deep amber brew that showed little carbonation. The aroma was interesting and not easy to describe with a distant floral essence. It had a malty flavor with a background of herbs that I would say substituted for the hops that appeared to be missing. A short supply of burnt malt could explain a facet of the taste as you roll it over the taste buds.
I had one pint of this and will consider homebrewing a gruit in the future.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Triumph's Gothic Ale is made in the ancient gruit ale style, using herbs in place of hops. The pint pulled from the cask had a deep amber color with a nice fluffy head which left little lacing as I drained the glass. The beer had a strong earthy herb scent, with a particular emphasis on rosemary, although the sweet bread-like malt was also discernible. The palate has sweet malt balanced with strong acidity and herbs. Rosemary also emerges in the acidic finish. The beer flowed across the palate with a medium body with little carbonation, as expected from a cask ale. The beer is unique and different and deserves credit for that, overall a decent ale. I definitely recommend trying the beer from the "Age of Chivalry."

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was able to get this Triumph brew on cask at the Princeton Triumph on 3/1/08. They served it to me in tall euro style pint glass. Their chalkboard said that this beer had an ABV% of 5.4%. Not much of a difference from the ABV% listed here on BA.

This Gruit poured a clear amber that looked like there was a tiny tint of cranberry red that was blended in with the amber. It had a tall 1 inch head of white foam with decent retention that left behind a few white foamy rings and spots of white lace. It had a mild fruity based aroma with quite a few spices behind it. The only spice I recognized was the rosemary. They said it yarrow in it, but I have no idea what that smells like. Whatever it smells like, I'm sure it was in there somewhere. The taste was slightly dry with lightly toasted malts, red grapes, and big mixture (secret blend) of spices. It was hard to tell what the spices were. They all just blended in together. It was clearly a light beer that had a soft aftertaste of fruit and spices. For me, it was fun to try this unique style on cask. A must try if they have this one on cask.

Gothic Ale from Triumph Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.