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Gruut Belgian Amber Ale - Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

Gruut Belgian Amber AleGruut Belgian Amber Ale

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%

Brewed by:
Gentse Stadsbrouwerij visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mltobin on 07-19-2008)
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Reviews by EkimGram:
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 11.2oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Bottle started to foam and spill once I opened it. Colour is a hazy brown. Finger-thick head fades to a thin film leaving a nice even lacing.

Smell: Tart, yeasty, and some dark fruits.

Taste: An odd mix of flavours. I get some dark fruits, some bitter hops, a touch of yeast, and a bit of spice. None of these flavours are very bold so the end result is a confused mash of weak, need-to-be-sought-after tastes.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Sticky.

Overall: Far from the best of this style. It is seriously lacking in flavour - not a particular taste per-say but a boldness or strength that one normally finds in a Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 07:01:51 | More by EkimGram
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

11-06-2013 03:33:51 | More by chickenm
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-04-2013 12:04:32 | More by dcmchew


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Commercial name in Spain: Gruit Amber
330ml bottle. Wine glass. Amber color & chill haze appearance. Yellowish foam creates a close crown showing fairly good retention. Crystal malt, candy & toffee aromas. Sweet malts, toffee & chocolate hues on the flavor profile. Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth palate. Spices & ripe fruit in the middle. Dry spicy finish rounded by sweet no-cloying aftertaste. Refreshing & easy drinkable. Smooth from the beginning & well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:10:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-08-2013 19:13:57 | More by Sturmthis
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

08-07-2013 07:36:59 | More by Ciocanelu
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-12-2013 18:59:52 | More by Marius
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3/5  rDev -15%

05-24-2013 11:43:15 | More by desint
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Looks good for a Gruut a 1/2 inch of foamy opaque head. Clear deep amber brown in color.

S - Faint caramel and bready malts. Smells rather sweet.

T - Well it was sweet until it hits a block where the hops should be the spices can't seem to give it enough body to support a clean finish.

M - It's light and refreshing but eh...

Overall I guess I am not much of a fan of gruut beers. This one had promise but feel flat on the body and finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 07:15:39 | More by DrDemento456
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United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle @ De Bierboom, Brugge on 4th July 2012.

Clear body with an amber hue: thin head of off-white bubbles.

Caramel and other malty aromas in the nose, some yeast hunts hidden at the back as well.

The taste was also malty caramel and on the semi-sweet side with the yeast esters not showing in the flavours within the mouth.

Medium bodied and rich enough to carry the sweetness without turning the beer into a sickly mess. My sweet tooth loved it (I even bought a bottle to bring home).

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 08:15:08 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Clear copper-amber pour with a half finger head that quickly fades with minimal lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued, but very unique, as expected. Very herbal and flowery with hints of honey, cinnamon, caramel and butterscotch. The taste follows suit with a similar unique herbal character. Hints of honey, butterscotch, caramel, nutmeg, and some other flavors that I just can't describe. I'm a hop head, but I'm not missing the hops at all here. The uniqueness makes up for it. Reminds me very much of a winter warmer or Christmas beer. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and syrupy but really smooth and drinkable with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. I've visited the brewery in Ghent and this holds up to the draft version. I'll be in Ghent this weekend and will definitely be picking up more of this!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 16:57:32 | More by beerdrifter
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

02-04-2012 21:04:06 | More by samEBC
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-28-2011 23:42:31 | More by rekel
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4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 2 each Blonde, Bruin, and Amber ale at Beer and Gin House, Ghent, Belgium.
.33L bottle served in a Gruut glass.
Note about the Gruut glass with an oblong mirror at the bottom of the glass; When served with two triangular Gruut Beer Deckels (coasters), place your glass on the center of the circle and the mirror and deckles create a figure of art on your glass.
A- Clear burnt-sienna color a lot of carbonation and a thin head that dissipated quickly.

S- slightly maltyness with a whiff of herbs and spice

T- Somewhat grainy with an complex spiciness at the beginning of the tongue. It mellows out into a worty bitterness.

M: A lot of carbonation but a light bodied beer.

D: I prefer the amber ale over the blonde and bruin for drinkability. A little high in carbonation, but a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 17:52:32 | More by skypup
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Checking all the brews from the Gentse (who, btw, have such a great mix of herbs they use, I was surprized to learn they don't use hops).
Amber classically brewed the english way: without sugar.. stated on the website (also claiming it's an english pale ale style).
With herbs.

Amber colour, beige head, nice carbonation.
Smell is roasty malts, some dark fruit, a bit of candy.
Taste is full flavoured bitterness. Spicy, herbal notes.
Dry finish.
Very interesting experience. Well balanced bitterness and malt, and it does have the characteristics of some english ales I've tried.

Good beer. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 14:15:48 | More by RuudJH
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3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A; light brown the head is gone quik.

S; spices,caramel,candy suger.

T; hopbitter,spicy.

M; the taste is good but gone quik to bad.

O; for beers made with spices i dont taste it in al the beers. gruut was not only to spice the beers but to conserve it to but the spices are in all the beers not in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 06:12:27 | More by redsonja
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4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color with a full head. The head faded much faster than expected, and within a minute it was gone.

The nose has sweet malts, breadiness, and light hints of overripe plums.

Because of the complete absence of hops, the malts take control in the mouth. The beer is well balanced, though, in that I would never describe this as an overly "malty" beer. There is an almost caramely sweetness on the edge of the pallet that pairs with a slight bitterness (the gruut). It has a very nice malty finish, and is very drinkable.

Gent's only brewery, this is a rather unique spot: the brewer uses gruut instead of hops as the bittering agent, and the lack of hops is immediately noticeable. Though not off-putting, it can be a shocking absence for "hopheads."

This brewery is definitely worth visiting if you're in Gent, but not necessarily worth taking some home.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 11:43:47 | More by rinhaak
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3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. It is a gusher so beware.

It pours a dark brownish amber with a small off-white head.

The smell is fo dark fruits and dark bread. It is simple but nice.

The flavor is pretty typical. It is mostly comprised of dark fruits, some amber malt, and a hint of caramel.

I did not like the fact that it gushed, but it is a pretty solid brew otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 06:11:51 | More by crossovert
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Gruut Belgian Amber Ale from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
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