Weekapaug Gruit Ale - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
Presents as a opaque belgian/dark ale in appearance, with little head [again I was having the sampler glasses on a lunch-break, so the light effervescense was probably hampered]. A light but pleasing herbal smell ('cus it's brewed with herbs [yarrow, gale, & rosemary] rather than hops). Sweet but not too malty and quite smooth. [heck of a lot more drinkable than the Benevolance...not that that wasn't fun, I just couldn't take more than a half-pint]. Very Good and downright excellent on a brisk autumn day!
09-29-2004 18:12:14 | More by brewhiker
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Trying to make a woman match your moves, and Im sharing in the weakapaug gruit . I often wonder what percentage of people who order this beer get the reference to the song.
It poured a coca-cola colored clear black body with a tiny little almost non-existent tanish/ white head. The nose was subtle but there. Dark malts with some interesting spice wafting up.
The taste sort of caught me off guard at first. Very porter like. Smooth and light with some dark caramel malt flavors. You can definitely tell this beer has no hops, but its not distracting at all. An interesting blend of spices. Herbs with some licorice root, rosemary, some other soft herbal tea like flavors. Quite an interesting brew. All very well balanced, especially that the malt balances so well against a non-hop bitterness.
I wonder sometimes about these crazy people at CBC. The Jerry Garcia doll behind the bar, beers named after phish songs. Although true phish heads know they usually play weekapaug only after mikes song, and another tune. So maybe this is best enjoyed as the 3rd beer in a tasting.
Basically though, a good beer. Not my favorite, its just not quite as spicy as the heather ale, but definitely worth a try.
09-14-2004 08:19:44 | More by taez555
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
I was sharing in the weekapaug gruit at the CBC's 15th anniversary party For a hopless beer, this is one balanced and spicey ale. The grainy body is complimented by a spice bouquet. There's a lot of rosemary and yarrow to give this golden and headless brew a pleasant kick.
05-16-2004 15:49:27 | More by AllThingsNinja
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
I had this beer on tap at Cambridge Commons last night. Served in a 12 oz long stem tulip shaped glass. Mahogany brown in color with a small white head that seemed to last. The smell was very subtle but had hints of many different spices. Which leads me to that taste. Solid malt backbone with many spices coming through. I picked up things like cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano as well as hints of something earthy. The aftertaste was where the yeast flavors came into play.
VERY easy drinking and refreshing. The beer was extremely complex considering there are no hops added. I loved it.
03-12-2004 12:36:17 | More by CharlesRiver
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
Sampled on tap at the brewpub.
This is an interesting beer brewed without hops. Instead the spices sweet gale, yarrow, and wild rosemary are used, as well as licorice root and nettles. Brewed with Scottish pale, caramel, and wheat malts, as well as oats. The beer had an interesting flavor that was reminiscent of another non-hopped beer from CBC, the Heather Ale. I can't quite put my finger on the source of this flavor, but perhaps it is one of the spices or perhaps it is malt without hops?
This gruit ale poured a hazy amber brown color with white foam that settled. The smell was somewhat sour with a pungent herbal aroma together with some malt, grain, and citrus. The taste was citrusy and herbal with some dry malt overtones and no bitterness. The mouthfeel was very dry and smooth and crisp with medium body and low carbonation. There was a citrusy feel and a malty, herbal aftertaste. This was a very interesting beer: nice and refreshing.
02-23-2004 07:42:56 | More by UncleJimbo
Weekapaug Gruit Ale from Cambridge Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.