Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-30-2012 02:09:31 | More by Groulxsome
4.35/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
02-18-2008 02:34:09 | More by CanuckRover
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
01-08-2012 23:35:09 | More by Rukasu
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-08-2011 03:17:55 | More by bryehn
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
06-21-2010 00:24:54 | More by pootz
4/5 rDev +9%
Purchased at the LCBO $4.35.
A- Very good. Opened well. Poured a generous 1" head that dissipated quickly. Nice amber nearing brownish
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
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
01-05-2014 02:13:24 | More by DaveBar
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +9%
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!).
04-17-2008 02:24:14 | More by Derek
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-01-2013 18:57:22 | More by Kremlock
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-17-2012 04:22:43 | More by cmadd
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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
03-25-2012 18:16:53 | More by BGDrock
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-05-2013 05:45:37 | More by TheHammer
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-02-2014 13:37:21 | More by DenisKolkin
Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.