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Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%


Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malty, with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by spicy, earthy bitterness.

(Beer added by: CanuckRover on 02-18-2008)
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from a January 2012 batch that I've been saving in the back of the fridge since then. I've had this on tap before and it was really different so I wanted to try it again! They use bog myrtle in the brew with a Belgian double malt/yeast profile according to the little tag that came with the bottle.

A: It's almost the color of cola. Kinda brown-toffee coloured with a hint of dark ruby red. The head takes off to the sides of the glass pretty quickly.

S: It's very sweet smelling, but not in the normal malt way. It's more like a root beer kind of smell. It's got that spicy, herby smell that a really nice root beer would have. I guess that makes sense... it is bog beer.

T: I love the taste of this beer. It's refreshingly different. It opens with a little yeast sour, followed by that weird bog taste - a combination of dry tea, root/birch beer, and some spiciness - it then gets into a more standard double taste, nice round, warm malts. There is a distinct vanilla flavour somewhere in there too. The bitter is also different, maybe more like the bitterness of almonds than the bitterness of hops? It's great, though I'd love a little more in the body department.

M: For something as dark as this, it is surprisingly light. Very light carbonation, almost like the bottom of a cola bottle. It's not under-carbonated though. It'd be nice to have on cask for sure! It's warm from the alcohol at the end.

O: I'm going by style here, and in the spiced/herb beer category this is really a great beer. It's interesting, refreshing, and something I really enjoy drinking. That kind of cola, root/birch beer taste combined with the nice malts and the sour yeast is a great combination. I'd actually buy six packs of this if it was a year-round option.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 02:09:31 | More by Groulxsome
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Beau's first seasonal and second brew after their flagship Lugtread. The beer is made with bog myrtle or sweet gale. Sweet gale was a popular plant for flavouring beer in Northwest Europe up until the 16th Century. The brewery harvested the plant from Northern Quebec. As far as I can tell, this is pretty unique today, the only other one I can find on BA is Porse Guld from Denmark, and that seems to be a completely different style than this. Steve from Beau's let me try a pod from the plant and it offered a very interesting taste. Very aromatic, slightly medicinal with a huge peppery punch.

They call this a strong and spicy dirty brown ale. This is a pretty tough beer to nail down. Thank god for the herb/spiced beer category! Growler was filled at the brewery. Beer is unfiltered and they said it was aged 6 weeks. True to the description, the beer pours a dark, dirty brown. Offers a finger thick off white head, spotty lacings. Unfiltered, the beer is slightly cloudy and has an orangey tint.

This beer has some nose on it. A grassy sweetness, similar to heather. Sweet gale is apparently a traditional inclusion in bouquets and pot-purri and it shows. Strong floral note with a very spicy, herbal backing. Slightly astringent evergreen holds the overall sweetness from a very strong malt backbone at bay.

I find it hard to take this beer apart. Many herbed beers rely on the special ingredient, in this case the myrtle simply takes the place of hops, the malt is still a star in its own right. Medicinal herbs fill the mouth and nose and hang around while the tongue picks its way through the four continental malts. When I tasted it yesterday I got alot of stout qualities from it, not so much this time. Very bitter chocolate. Slightly burnt caramel. Bitterness from the mytle comes on quick and coats the tongue with pepper and the herbal notes. A little bit of spice, almost Belgian, cloves standing out the most. Alcohol is well contained.

Mouthfeel, thinner than I had thought it would be. Carbonation offers a tingle to go with the myrtle bitterness, but not too much. This goes down pretty easy, especially for the ABV.

A standout beer, especially in Ontario. Beau's has taken an ancient tradition and used it in a completely different style. Ottawans can say they've got a beer nobody else does. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy... or it could have been the beer.

Serving type: growler

02-18-2008 02:34:09 | More by CanuckRover
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful ruby amber color from the bottle with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Very yeasty on the nose with wheat and tropical hints.

Taste is a pleasant, equally yeasty typical dubbel, brown sugar, banana. Caramel malt notes. One wouldn't be able to tell that this didn't have hops in it if they never read the backstory. There is a slight bitterness from the myrtle, which lingers after swallow, but has a milder sharpness to hops.

Bogwater is only lightly carbonated and little body, it comes and goes in the mouth and is very drinkable.

An interesting concept and an enjoyable beer, but little stands out to make this different from the dubbel pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:35:09 | More by Rukasu
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mondial:

Puts a turbid rusty-brown ale in the glass, small 1finger tan cap laces modestly.. Lightly carbonated.

Pungent aroma: musty-toffee-citrusy-floral, dried fruit-herbs, spices, smoked almonds...wonderful mélange of aromas. Like a herbal brown ale.

Flavor profile is almost replica of the aroma but more intense: toasty-nutty-toffee malts provide a base to balance off lemony-herbal bittering and a wonderful complexity of musty-spicy-malty-fruity-nutty flavors....long wet finish.

This has a wonderfully quirky complexity that is sure to be misunderstood by unseasoned palates but for those who can appreciate the melding of a number of uncommon complimentary flavors, this is a brew you can relish and not be shy about having a couple.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2010 00:24:54 | More by pootz
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 600 mL bottle delivered straight from the brewery by their BYBO service. Bottled a week ago (Nov. 30). Sampling in a 24 oz pilsener glass.

Appearance certainly lives up to its name. Pours a murky, sludgy rust red and copper brown mixture. The off white head burns off almost immediately, leaving a scant thread ring and almost no lace.

Very smooth and appealing aroma anchored by earthy grains, grasses and malts. Sweet flowers, raisin, spices and a bit of an overripe pear note.

Tastes of honey sweetened flowers with a syrupy malt backing. A solid bitterness takes over, then grassy and flowery tones come through in the finish.

Medium-bodied with a very low carbonation. Both syrupy and a bit yeasty on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter, with a floral taste and a sort of medicinal quality.

Reminds me of their Dunkel Buck a bit. A very nice wild ale that, for me, ranks as the brewery's best seasonal. Easygoing, but satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:17:55 | More by bryehn
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd classify this as a "Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale", and a very good one at that!

A: Reddish-brown with a tan head, light retention, some lacing.

S: Wildberries with a unique mossy/wet-land aroma. Pleasant bready maltyness.

T: Bread, wild berries, an indistinguishable herbalness, dark fruit & hints of fruity esters, nut & spice. Alcohol is well-hidden & the sweetness is really well-balanced.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, with a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for it's weight (and lack of hops!).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 02:24:14 | More by Derek
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown in colour with a hint of orange/red in it. Pours a 1/2 inch head that quickly falls.

S: Bready, caramel, dark fruits with hints of herbal aromas.

T: Same as aroma. Bready, caramel, dark fruits, herbal.

M: The flavours are present and complementary. They leave the mouth fairly quickly with a nice sweet finish. Carbonation is medium-high which cleans up the palate.

O: Waited too long to have this beer. This is a great gruit. To me it's like a better version of a Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 18:57:22 | More by Kremlock
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $4.35.

A- Very good. Opened well. Poured a generous 1" head that dissipated quickly. Nice amber nearing brownish

S- Spicey

T- Very good. Spicey with hints of honey. Opens well with caramel and clove

M- Creamy good. Excellent carbonation. Pleasure if cellared for some time

O- Very good. Will not buy for the cellar but a nice spiced beer offering

Food Pairing

This wonderful little spiced beer will pair will with... Meat Pie.

This slightly smokey offering pairs well with a beef or beef and pork mixed pie

Thx for reading

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:13:24 | More by DaveBar
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cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful russet body with minimal head retention and almost no lacing.

S: Sweet with an pleasantly mild estery nose: bananas, bubblegum and yeast. In the background a bit of a spice.

T: Slight tart followed by some tannins, and a spicy root/herbal taste that I can only attribute to the bog myrtle. It's like bubblegum and sarsaparilla with some spice. Rounded out with some of the classic dubbel tastes; raisins and sweet malt.

M: Nicely carbonated – lively. Great mouthfeel.

O: Very interesting, and I'm always glad to see a gruit on the market. It's not super punchy, but well done and interesting, especially in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:22:43 | More by cmadd
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: average head; incredibly clear as like all Beau's brews; stunningly deep, rich, brown amber - like the edges of a port wine

Aroma: sweet; sharp, slightly acidic fruit, like a barleywine; raisiny, dried fruit (prunes)

Taste & Mouthfeel: interesting mouthfeel stands out with the first sip - almost thick and fatty, coating and clinging to the tongue; just slightly sour; there's something herbal, like a rustic tea; hops are replaced by bog myrtle and the change is noticeable - lacking that dimension; sweetness is "natural" like flowers or honey (not sugary); short length

Overall: a very interesting and complex experiment, like a lighter Belgian Abbey, but the hops and length are missed

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:16:53 | More by BGDrock
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy, murky brew with a dark cherry wood brown colour the exhbits ample carbonation. The head produced a finger and a half that didn't stick around for very long bu did manage some mild lace.

Smell: Unsurprisingly it has a very strong herbal overtone to itself, it's strange and it's the scent I would expect lily come from water lilies. Cloves, cinnamon and a bountiful mix of yeast. Warming helps it's case out even more.

Taste: Very herbal, which really is to be expected. Starts with a peculiar tea taste with slight caramel malt backing that turns to a more and fruity yeast taste as plum, smoke and hint of rosemary and finishes with an almost root beer sort of taste that is reigned in by a return of the tea taste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little lax, but it's made up for by very smooth transitioning and the nice mixed herb aftertaste that doesn't linger or build up excessively. I wouldn't be opposed to a bit more head though.

Drinkability: Medium/light bodied, as it hides it's 6% masterfully. It almost has the effect that stomach bitters have, calming it down. Refreshing but with a a flavourful punch that might not be appropriate for summer. I can also see it coming across as a bit medicine like, but all in all I liked it.

Final Thoughts: Well, it's not quite as good as the Muskoka Spring Oddity, but I'm glad to see another excellent Ontario beer utilizing Gruit and other herbs besides Hops. I'd love to see these guys do a Heather Ale after this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 05:45:37 | More by TheHammer
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle purchased a respectable $4.85 CDN from the LCBO. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Hazy, murky brown looks like... well... Bog water. 1/2 finger of head poured which doesn't linger. Tint little wisps of residue to remain on top.

Smell - Floral, dark fruits, some molasses, cranberry and other low hanging fruits. Some dates and prunes in there too. Quite a medley and very enticing. The combination of aromas, actually has me thinking that this won't be altogether too different from a weizenbock. Some bready / grain ellements too.

Taste - How wrong I was, dark fruits, a bit sour an a mild bitterness. Very floral tasting and the light breadiness continues its routine through the tastebuds. The appearance of it in this subtle manner harkens me again to Weizenbocks or Quads but the fruitiness and the softness (especially in mouthfeel) is what makes this a Gruit. Full flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Light and soft, medium carbonation, but very gruit-like in the way it blends with the cranberry and other fruits.

Overall - Pretty damn good gruit, whilst being something interesting and fairly unique. This still isn't my style but this is a very good effort. Definitely may pick up a couple bottles when my more experimental friends come over.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 13:37:21 | More by DenisKolkin
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cattersley

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style: Scottish Style Gruit Ale.

ST: 600 ml bottle.

A - A medium 'dirty' unfiltered brown.

S - Almost a cross, prune/citrus, very hard to describe.

T - This is malty, and sweet. Caramel, taffy, and I am thinking the other taste I can't describe is the Wild Sweet Gale. The powerful flavour leaves the mouth quickly with a linger faint sweet aftertaste.

M - It hit hard and heavy on the tongue only for the first fee seconds, but they fade quickly actually leaving the impression of being lighter then it is.

O - I love this beer. I love it every-time I get it, and I will continue to get this. Beau's All Naturals is one of the best breweries in Ontario by far!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:38:46 | More by cattersley
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Volo.

Pours a relatively clear dark reddish brown, slight bit of muddiness, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few spots stick around.

Smell is neat, sweet, spicy, old school cola/medicinal aroma, licorice, caramel, sugary, very earthy, root beer, pepper, quite medicinal, pretty cool.

Taste is neat as well, similar to aroma, sweet at first, brown sugar and caramel, light maltiness, peppery spice and cola, licorice and a touch of vanilla, earthy, medicinal, light bitterness but still on the sweet end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I dug this one, good stab at the style.

Serving type: cask

01-07-2010 14:37:06 | More by Viggo
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; batch 3465. It shouldn't be much of a surprise when I state that this isn't a style I have truckloads of experience with - but I suppose that's all the more reason to crack this one open, eh? Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, muddy copper-brown colour, pretty much what I'd expect bog water to look like. Seated atop the liquid is one finger of creamy, light tan-coloured, fairly short-lived head that dissipates over the next minute or two. A thin cap/collar remain, with some frothy suds left clinging around the edge of the class. The aroma is quite herbal and grassy, with elements of floral hops, sarsaparilla/root beer, brown sugar and yeast. Enticing, and definitely a change of pace from what I usually drink.

It took a few sips for my palate to adjust to this one, but eventually I came to really enjoy it. This one is strongly herbal, so much so that it almost has a minty toothpaste flavour at first - not a great way to start things off, but once your tongue makes sense of the flowery myrtle notes the beer comes together much more nicely. Sarsaparilla, hemp seed and tisane flavours are all detectable, with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness underlying much of the profile. Herbal bog myrtle notes finish it off, with a touch of clove spice and yeast in the aftertaste. The alcohol is only barely detectable. On the light side of medium-bodied, with fizzy carbonation that doesn't work well in the context of all the spicy, herbal notes IMO. Minor complaint, though - this is reasonably drinkable for a beer with such an unusual flavour profile.

Final Grade: 3.84, a solid B+. Beau's Bog Water is an interesting diversion, if nothing else - I wouldn't mind another bottle on occasion, but it's not something I'm going to be stocking up on or seeking out. I enjoyed this glass, and while the beer itself would make a fine after-dinner digestif, it's not the sort of stuff I'd be interested in drinking in large quantities. If spiced beers are your thing then this is definitely worth a shot - cheers to Beau's for having the guts to brew an obscure, esoteric beer style, even if it's not entirely up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 17:29:06 | More by thehyperduck
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Black Tomato in Ottawa. I liked the Beau's Lug Tread which had a fresh cut grass or hay flavour, so I was more than willing to give this a try. The waiter told me it was made with gale which is an aromatic bog myrtle. I had no idea what to expect. It starts with a minty taste that soon wahse into something like ginger and licorice.it actually reminded me somewhat of a real root beer. I'm not sure that i would drink more than a pint of this at a go, but with a meal it was a very welcomed beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 17:30:09 | More by shamus
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 1894, packaged November 30, 2011.

Poured a translucent maroon, with some big head as the glass filled but disappeared as soon as the pour finished. Nose head, no lace and some modest carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Nose has lots of sweet caramel, some interesting yeast/fruit qualities that almost resemble a weizen in some respects (lots of banana here). Some interesting herbal notes, with a hint of spice. Quite intriguing, maybe a hint of alcohol as well. Taste has some overripe bananas, a hint of spice, with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Sweet malts, somewhat of a banana bread character to this; a touch of spice as well. A bit of bitterness and some definite alcohol in the finish, although it isn't too prohibitive. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is low, but kinda helps this out. An interesting pint, I would revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:44:45 | More by liamt07
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600ml bottle.

Appearance- Pours a copper colour with two fingers if beige head.

Smell- sweet malts, herbal aromas, spicy yeast, and orange zest.

Taste- A lot of the sweet malts and herbal aromas come out and dominate the brew. Finishes off dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- This brew has the elements in place for the style and the flavour profile is quite different then other beers I am accustomed to. This beer may not be for everyone but for me, I found it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:11:48 | More by leaddog
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice murky deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, herbal notes, some breadiness, brown sugar, dark fruit and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel, herbal notes, sweet raisins, a subtle spiciness and a slight breadiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 22:22:51 | More by SebD
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

600ml into Tulip. Bottled Nov 30, 2011

A- Slightly hazed murky red/brown pour. Finger width off white head that quickly disappears leaving a thin cap. Lacing is spotty.

S- Bananas, rosemary, brown sugar with a touch of cloves. Very earthy and medicinal. Almost getting what resembles a cannabis note.

T- Sweet malts, banana, cloves and brown sugar. The cannabis smell translates to a subtle cannabis taste. Quite medicinal.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O- Very interesting style. Belgian dubbel in all aspects with a little ganja. Not bad, not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 23:11:29 | More by korguy123
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany colour, hazy. Large but fast dissipating head, but I sort of expected that without much in the way of hops to help the retention. No lace. Really, it looks like a headless dunkelweizen. Mild aroma shows banana, raisin, and herbal/floral notes. Tastes of toasted malt, a gentle sweetness with banana and dried fruit notes, spicy phenols, and a slight soapy character in the finish. My glass is well-rinsed so I don't believe it's that - maybe Bog Myrtle just tastes a little bit soapy to me? Anyways, it doesn't bother me. Cilantro is a little bit soapy too, and I don't mind some of that either. No bitterness.

Medium-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer, and I don't mean this as a complaint since I enjoyed it, but there really is something about it that makes it seem more dunkelweisse than dubbel. But hey, those Belgian yeast strains can be pretty estery and phenolic as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 06:23:32 | More by mintjellie
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beau's bottle into a tulip, dark brown, some faint tawny hints maybe. Good initial head , fades to leave a coarse film. Quite opaque with some visible carbonation. Lacing fades out. Could look better.

S - puckering, with an astringent phenolic character, tartness, spicy, with pepper, earthyness and a full earthy, gruity kick from the myrtle, something like heather with some gooseberries. Vegetal and and a bit farmy.

T - cherries with a dark spicy character, vegetal, and some of the myrtle woody bitterness comes toward the ending. Get notes of gooseberry, dates, lots of spicy fruitiness, and the gruit character is quite strong, pleasant herbal interplay, if some of the tartness came in to make it a bit wild I would be more enthusiastic, think that could offer a lot of interesting complexity. As it is, spicy? yes, rich? kinda, tasty? yeah, but overall im looking for this to be a little more assertive. Balance is fairly good and finish is nice.

M - low carbonation on this, a tart and fruity and spicy offering, a little sour and syrupy, more carbonation would probably help it.

If this beer had some brett in it I think it would be awesome, quite nice offering as is. I like the unique terrior and the myrtle certainly comes across, with some woody spicy notes, all round an interesting gruit, certainly pushing different. Worth a try maybe, yet the bitterness or tartness could be ramped up to improve complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:21:20 | More by mick303
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What. Pours a murky orange colour with hints of brown/amber. Head starts out thick, but dissipates to small ring on the top. Some lacing down the glass. Smells of berries and spices, can't quite put my finger on exactly what I'm smelling. Very sweet flavour, but still some tartness. Smooth mouthfeel. Quite a different beer, but nice.

Serving type: cask

01-14-2011 22:37:57 | More by kwjd
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown/ruby colour, collar of off white head, no lace at all, not as ugly as everyone said it was! Smell is yeasty with tons of banana, brown sugary notes, some earthy-herbal notes, very fain alcohol as well. Taste is full of banana followed directly by herbal notes, spicy with banana coming back as well, some sips give flavours of chocolate, mild bitterness with an earthy finish. Medium dry carbonation, medium body with a fairly nice feel. Not bad, unique with some good interesting flavours, would revisit gladly.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:00:11 | More by peensteen
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'Bog Water' is an appropriately unappealing name for a beer so ugly. Indeed, this looks like it came from the swamp. I've never seen such a distinctly repelling, murky brown appearance; only against a bright afternoon's backlight does it maybe look remotely consumable. The surface appears a boiling cauldron, bubbles fizzing out as rapidly as they spring up. Then just flat.

Ugly though this surely is, it has a blissful bouquet. A potent and musty yeast breathes a very perfumed character to the notes of raisins, plum, and the multitude of herbal extract flavors. It smells "mulled", as if stirred with a cinnamon stick. I expect to find whole cloves floating in it. In a sense, it reminds me of Chartreuse (French herbal liqueur) but far more approachable.

On the palate it tastes like a mulled coffee sweetened with thick pellets of brown turbinado sugar and prune juice, again stirred with a cinnamon stick. There are traces of mint and campfire smoke and strong notes of clove on the finish. Despite the spice and toast it has scantly any meatiness. Its sweet, earthy (and somewhat cola-like) profile shares some resemblance with Kvas (fermented rye bread/molasses drink).

The beer's unique, almost fascinating flavour isn't exactly pushed along by an energetic core. Then again, it can’t offer what it doesn't have – which in this case is hops. (Note: a single hop pellet was added, presumably to be ironic.) Bog myrtle (also known as sweet gale) means no bitterness. The result (especially once the carbonation tires) is a very flat product with a strong treacle-like quality.

Bog Water has the mildewy, earthy, forest-floor profile that recalls the 10,000 year old peat bog for which it's named and the surrounding countryside of a wet, cold Eastern Ontario. It is a distinct but appropriate winter seasonal and, unless I'm mistaken, the first Gruit attempted by a Canadian brewer. Bravo. Not something I'd have frequently, but once a year sounds good.

Serving type: bottle

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Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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