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Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

myrtle is lemony and adds a citrus tang to tea. As a hop replacement, this is odd and different and queer. Dark brown with off-white soapy head, and lacey. Horse smell in there, vegetable aroma and in taste. Medium mouthfeel and aggressive carbonation.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light sugar and caramel notes with light herb undertones. Taste is a mix between a solid malt backbone with some herbs and some light candi sugar. Body is fuller then average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though some additional carbonation would have helped.

Phyl21ca, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a hazy reddish brown colour, with no head, and no lace. It smells herbal, floral, and organic, like the center of a sunflower, and a bit medicinal. The taste is floral, vegetal, and weedy, with some mild sour cherry and earthy nuttiness. The carbonation is quite low, the body lighter, but not light, and a bit prickly, and it finishes dry, earthy, and um, boggy, but yet fairly clean overall.

Weird olden-times brews like this are neat to try, and I would probably drink more of this if hops were to suddenly vanish, but in the meantime, one is enough for my new-fangled palate.

biboergosum, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

biegaman, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

liamt07, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Viggo, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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!).

Derek, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is basically no lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - Malts, caramel, banana, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some clove. There is also a fair amount of banana flavour mixed with raisins/dates and an earthiness. It ends with a malty light fruit aftertaste.

Overall - This one actually reminded me a bit of their 'Dunkel Buck' but with a lot less sweetness and taste. It had a very poor appearance and there was really nothing exciting about the beer. It almost tasted like "gruit lite" if such a thing existed. It needs a bump up in the flavour department and some more sweetness in the aftertaste.

spinrsx, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled November 30 so nice and fresh.

A - Pours a murky looking deepy ruby red colour. The head came out as a fizzy light brown but fizzled away really fast. Good carbonation coming up. The colour sure looks like a bog. No retention obviously and no lace. The murky looking element of this saves it from failing miserably.

S - A Sahti-like aroma with lot's of herbal notes, candied fruits, berries, and twigs.

T - Much the same with more berry notes, dark fruits, twigs, candied fruits, herbal notes. Alot like Sahti actually. Interesting.

M - Nice fizzy carbonation with a light to medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Interesting. Not overly pleasant though. A small sample would have done. The Sahti similarity is cool and the novelty of it scores it points, but more malt backbone would have dones this good with caramel or bready notes.

tbeckett, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark copper, semi opaque, tanned head finger, moderate retention.

Aroma: greasy, sweet, fruity, caramel, figs, plums, nutty, yeasty.

Taste: plums, dark fruits, esters, caramel, rye bread.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, stingy sort of, lighter body, a little rough.

Overall: interesting. Though I'm not too familiar with the style. Seems over carbonated, making it a little harsh, but its quite palate able overall.

EgadBananas, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BeerForMuscle, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

kwjd, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

schopenhauerale, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

peensteen, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of pootz
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

pootz, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

SebD, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

deonreds, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

mick303, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of kjyost
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired from the brewery, poured into a Beau's ceramic Octoberfest mug. Also consumed at SmoQue Shack on draft.

Pours a deep, rich raisin brown that seems fairly clear with a nice head that leaves very light lacing. Tons of belgian esters on the nose including barnyard aromas along with notes of chocolate. Body is quite sweet with raisin notes and some herbal notes along with tartness and a cloying finish. Tart & cloying mouthfeel over time... Holy hell this is sweet. While I appreciate the attempt, I do not really like it... Meh. So much initial promise.

kjyost, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

thehyperduck, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a good chance to scratch my gruit itch recently (other than from the Historic Ales of Scotland pack), so it was very nice to see this offering from Beau's hit the shelves. I've been meaning to try this for quite some time, but their distribution has only really taken off this year. Still, quite glad to pick up a bottle.

Kudos to Beau's for their dating info - not many Ontario brewers do this consistently. Bottled on November 30th, served in a dimpled ale glass on a disgustingly wet, boggy December afternoon.

The name "bog water" conjures up images of stagnant Ontario lakes fillled with lilies, reeds and dank, brown water. And that's precisely the image that Bog Water seeks to replicate. Dank, chestnut brown, slightly hazy, light brown when given some sun. The head is negligible, quickly dissolving into a thin ring. Eh, the beer is called Bog Water - what do you expect?

Nose is slightly spicy, but the dominant smell I detect is that of a dunkelweizen - cocoa, dark malt and a bit of over-ripe banana. It's faint, but it's there.

This brew is extra malty, with a big caramel-chocolate sweetness rushing out of the gate. But that same over-ripe banana continues to nag at my tastebuds. It's not until the finish that the gruit begins to show, with a nice herbal bitterness. Slightly flat, oily, and with a tangy carbonation kick. Surprisingly dry on the tongue.

Not exactly what I was expecting, but an interesting brew nonetheless. And hell, it's almost 7% - always a plus in my book. But not really the gruit fix I was hoping for. Worth a try at any rate.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +8.7%

yancot, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Jan 11, 2014
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Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.