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Bog Water - Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: CanuckRover on 02-18-2008

Malty, with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by spicy, earthy bitterness.
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 41
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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Photo of leaddog
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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2.21/5  rDev -39.5%
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 -45.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kremlock
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.