Gruut Belgian Amber Ale - Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
4.23/5 rDev +19.8%
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!
02-28-2012 16:57:32 | More by beerdrifter
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3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice loose off-white head that left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is disappointing for a Belgian brew. It has a light lemony tea quality and that is about it. The taste is similar to the aroma. Tea like flavor with a hint of a burnt caramel malt, an light earthy hop bitterness and a touch of candi sugar. The feel is fairly light and crisp and very well carbonated; burns the tongue a bit. The brew finishes astringent and a touch bitter. Not really what I expected, a Belgian made brew that resembles an American style. Flavors are not bad but the carbonation is over the top.
10-05-2008 03:37:06 | More by Gmann
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
A: Poured a medium, hazy cranberry-amber with a firm 1 finger Styrofoam head that was beige in color, while displaying a fair retention rate before lapsing to a thin skim covering. A feverishly strong carbonation opens up, but soon drops after a minute or two to a moderate showing. The lacing was slight, and spongey in nature. Overall I really liked the coloring of this, which unfortunately was its only strong point.
S: extremely light and disappointing. Light musky fruit, plums and not much else to speak of.
T: The flavor was tart cranberries, very acidic with a touch of green apples. White grapes with a semi-sweet caramel backing are also noted. There is a soft touch of wildflowers with hints of fresh lemons. Overall I thought this was moderate but was expecting much more. Hints of curaco oranges rounds things out in an otherwise moderate flavor.
M: crisp from the vibrant carbonation with a slick texture with a light body. Acidic but ultimately only average.
D: Starts strong appearance wise but only goes down hill from there. Lackluster aroma, moderate flavor and disappointing mouthful makes this a one try only. Don't waste your money on a sixpack.
03-26-2009 22:23:22 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +22.7%
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).
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.
Very interesting experience. Well balanced bitterness and malt, and it does have the characteristics of some english ales I've tried.
Good beer. Enjoyable.
06-01-2011 14:15:48 | More by RuudJH
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Clean gold with a foamy white head. Fairly decent.
S: Milds malts, some candi sugar sweetness. A lighter, inoffensive aroma.
T + M + D: Fairly non-descript. toasty malts, sweetness... again, inoffensive. A medium body, sparkling carbonation, and fairly easy drinking. Rather straight forward.
11-06-2008 03:41:56 | More by Proteus93
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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).
08-22-2012 08:15:08 | More by BlackHaddock
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-30-2013 22:10:01 | More by GONZALOYANNA
2.7/5 rDev -23.5%
Bottle from Rivers Bend W&S.
Pours a light reddish brown with no head at all. Lots of carbonation racing up the glass. Smell is surprising. This smells a lot like a lager. Not even remotely close to a belgian ale. A very bitter, lager like taste. Can't get over the taste. This is a major disappointment.
Definitely don't be expecting a belgian if you buy this beer.
02-28-2009 19:19:48 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.25/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
01-01-2013 07:15:39 | More by DrDemento456
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
A rather expensive bottle purchased at my local bottle shop, the idea of an "American Amber/Red Ale" brewed in Belgium baffles me. I have no idea what to expect, here... I kind of like that.
Bottle poured into Petrus snifter glass, and clearly over-carbed, as carbonation immediately rose up out of the next within seconds of me popping the cap.
A: Hazy Orange color with lively carbonation and a large off-white 2-finger head that disippated quickly.
S: I pick up malt-sweetness and earth-tones in the nose, with a bit of yeasty presence as well.
T: Smooth mild bitterness at the start. Caramel sweetness on the back end dominates. Lively carbonation throughout. This beer starts smooth and a bit thin, and then the malts overwhelm on the finish with that caramel flavor I already mentioned.
Not an overly complex beer, but I have a feeling that I'm not going to grow tired of this as I work through the bottle.
M: Thin and bubbly initially, with a reasonable amount of malt-sweetness left behind after the swallow.
D: Drinks easily enough to merit a good score. If other options are available, I would choose to move on to something else after having one of these on any given night, but wouldn't hesitate to pick up another bottle next week if the price was right. A decent brew, for sure.
12-18-2010 19:15:06 | More by psuKinger
3.23/5 rDev -8.5%
Poured a reddish amber color with a tan creamy head and a light smell of malt, yeast and fruit.
Tastes sweet and of roasted malt with a mix of wheat, hops, sugar, spices, some fruits and herbs(??); nice warm complex flavors with the yeast and malt being the strongest tastes, and a medium body and carbonation. Overall a good beer, just not anything exceptional in the flavor department, especially for a Belgian product. It was quite drinkable and I enjoyed it, but I've come to expect a lot from Belgian products and this beer just seemed average...and average by global standards, not just Belgium.
01-19-2010 20:18:46 | More by CHickman
2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
11.2 oz bottle. Pours copper with a 1 cm off white head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma is sweet malt and yeast. Initial flavor is light and sweet, malty. The taste becomes more bland and has a very plain aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, light lacing, light body, and light on alcohol. Overall very boring and not worth the time or money.
07-22-2008 01:41:15 | More by joekfsu
3.98/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
02-13-2011 06:11:51 | More by crossovert
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
A very Odd Notion, this one, a Belgian amber, sweetish with apricot fruitiness, notes of burnt caramel and woody/herbal notes. Very complex with some off-putting from the herbal side, maintains a balance that keeps it from being poorly made, and it is quite good and interesting, but I wouldn't call this an American Amber by any means, Gruut is a category is it not? One of the few examples and not a bad one.
07-25-2010 15:21:55 | More by robbyc1
Gruut Belgian Amber Ale from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.