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Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.13/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh, no. This one is not the worst beer I had but....well, the third worse.
If I wanted to drink sauerkraut juice, I would buy sauerkraut or at least have a bottle of the awful Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge. And I don't want either.
Please bring back Strong Patrick.

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Kremlock
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.

Photo of Yoozeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SebD
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.

Photo of mintjellie
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheHammer
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.

Photo of sbarre
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Electros
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!

Photo of kjyost
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of decimator
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 6.6%.

A - Poured a dark brown with auburn highlights. Thin beige head was quickly reduce to a few surface bubbles. No lacing. Looks like cola.

S - Brown sugar, caramel, fruity (bananas, apricot, dried fruit), herbs, some spice in the background.

T - Light brown sugar, some sour fruity notes, dried herbs, some cloves, some tea, mild bitterness in the finish. The herbal bitterness covers the inside of the mouth and lingers a bit.

M - Medium-heavy body, medium-low carbonation, sticky, oily, just a hint of heat, mostly clean finish. This one could use more carbonation.

O - It's Dubbel like profile is pretty average but the use of myrtle instead of hops certainly gives this one an interesting flavour.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of cmadd
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.

Photo of trippinbillyrmc
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.