Weekapaug Gruit Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
Thanks to ferillo for this odd-sounding beer. Only had one gruit to date & it sucked - I hope it was just the beer & not the style. Shall we find out? Split the 22 oz. bomber with my wife while watching Jason Bourne kill people. Always a good way to spend the night.
Pour is a deep red. Head quickly falls away to a whisper of nothing. Smells almost, but not quite, like a hefe - I get a little clove along with what I'll presume to be rosemary, very grassy. Nice.
Weekapaug Gruit pushes the weird into a new walk of life. One of few beers that my first impression is that the mouthfeel is a problem, there's a lack of carbonation that makes this heavy despite the session-like alcohol level. Distracting. Otherwise it's as promised, a stroll through the spice fields, heavy on the rosemary, with plenty of others that I'm not cool enough to ID. Tastes like a spice rack. Really heavy in the stomach. Eleven ounces is probably a bit too much.
Well, I was hopeful. First sip was great, but this wears out its welcome quickly. Pretty decent beer, & one that should definitely comes in smaller packages.
06-28-2012 02:32:25 | More by maximum12
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
A) Nice creamy head. Great lacing around the edge of the glass. Gold in color with some haze.
S) Slightly sour, earthy, and sweet aroma along with herbal floral notes.
T) A light grapefruit and lemon flavor. Some additional sourness.
M) Dry in the back end, medium body. Slight chewiness.
D) Nice and unique - normal beer fair. One is enough.
05-16-2009 00:48:31 | More by u2carew
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
Got this bottle at Julios. Very excited to try this one because I wanted to a brew a Gruit at some point. 22oz bottle, April 2012, Batch 01...
A: A deep reddish hazy colored brew with a small 3/4 inch whit head that fades quickly. Decent.
S: A very malty brew with some nice herb / spicy scents. Almost a mild smoky / meaty scent. Ok.
T: Kind of a brew that seems like it would be good with your meat and potatoes. What I mean is it seems like it would blend well with dinner. Starts with an interesting herb taste quickly blended with a sweet, thick malty taste. Ends with an almost cranberry type flavor. Decent.
M: Full body with a heavy carbonation. A sweet finish. Decent.
O: All in all, this is a decent brew. It's definitely interesting not having a hop balance in there. It leaves the beer very thick and heavy. I'm not sure if I will brew a Gruit after getting to try one, but as a home brewer, I may do it just for the challenge of using spices in place of hops. Try if you're looking for something different or interesting.
05-06-2012 01:49:13 | More by steve8robin
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Drank on-tap at Redbones BBQ, Somerville, MA
Poured a hazy, ruddy orangey-amber with a tight, foamy, one-finger, bright white head that slowly faded to a thin film.
The aroma was malty and intensely herbal. Somewhat earthy. Subtle notes of ripe fruits came through as well.
The taste was similar to the nose. Quite herbal and slightly spicy with strong notes of rosemary, thyme and licorice. A slight citric edge was also apparent. The finish was rather clean and dry with a somewhat herbal aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was noticeably thin and watery. Moderate carbonation.
This was an interesting and unique beer but not one that I would likely try again.
03-13-2008 02:14:16 | More by Damian
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Poured from a bomber bottle into a tall pills glass. Served cool.
Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper body and a beige head that is initially thick but then dissipates.
Smells like clay, mushrooms, slightly sweet, some herbal notes as well.
Tastes vinous with a slight lambic tartness. Brown asian mushroom flavor is there as well.
Medium and very dry.
I have to say that this is not exactly my bag. Not my style choice. That said, it isn't unpleasant and not nearly as sweet as I thought an unhopped beer would be. Paired with food, it is actually not a bad choice at all.
05-08-2012 22:29:35 | More by jneiswender
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Served on-draught into a 13 oz glass. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and average retention. Colour is a solid black.
Sm: Heavy caramel, and... flowers? What is that doing here? Interesting. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Caramel, slight cream, strange floral fringe esters, and something I can't quite place. Complex enough, and well balanced. Roots of some kind are present as well.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours. Nicely thin for the style.
Dr: Very drinkable, of moderate ABV, and decent quality.
12-20-2011 03:17:39 | More by kojevergas
Weekapaug Gruit Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.