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Sacred Gruit Ale - Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company

Sacred Gruit AleSacred Gruit Ale

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 23.99%


Brewed by:
Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A pale ale brewed with yarrow, myrtle and rosemary. This comes from the label and is very helpful and informative when looking at the description of the beer.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-18-2010)
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.6%

01-01-2013 21:54:55 | More by Supergenious
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Two-6

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.6%

04-13-2014 17:51:53 | More by Two-6
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Copernicandream

Michigan

3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden orange with a bit of light obstrution from the unfiltered elements. No head to speak of, very low carbonation in general.

S: Mild on the nose but welcoming. Definitely a herbal fruit character, some green apple mixed with rosemary. The yarrow is obvious (but I think easily mistaken if you've never smelled it cut fresh), it is very floral and sweet with just a hint of peppery spiciness. Subtle diacetyl.

T: Sour. Follows the nose with cider like traits, the herbal component is very unique and lends a rising bitterness that hits much more anterior on the palate as compared to the back-tongue hop bite. I was pleasantly surprised by the sour and feels that it complements the mild spice character well. The relatively anemic malt profile fades slowly on the aftertaste.

M: No body to speak of, very thin, very water, with an extremely fine (champagne-like) but minimal carbonation.

O: The negative reviews are not really justified. Its a gruit, it isnt supposed to taste like the beer you know (there is a reason it died out circa 1500). The unique bitterness, and unfiltered sour component alone make it a worthy try. The herbal component is mild but present - a knowledge of the herbs would help in the appreciation of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:22:35 | More by Copernicandream
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Patrick_E_Sweeney

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

01-07-2014 00:13:29 | More by Patrick_E_Sweeney
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sacred Gruit Ale is not only without hops but also carbonation. It is entirely flat and has a nectarous, golden complexion; what is actually a pretty handsome ale could nonetheless be described as something that was poured from a plastic squeeze bottle with a bee on the label.

The aroma is disappointing considering it's brewed with three types of herbs; added to pastas or meat they create savory aromatics but apparently lend little fragrance to ales. You'd think a beer without hops would smell more malty but this is virtually scent-free.

I can't claim to really know what yarrow, sweet gale (myrtle) or marsh rosemary taste like, but I'm sure they've more character than this recipe let's on. This has little much of anything earthy, savory, herbal; nothing you'd brew into a tea or use to season a steak.

If pressed, I'd suggest hints of juniper berries or unfermented white wine juice (it's somewhat grape-y and sweet). There may be a hint of caramel but little else that can be attributed to the malts. They're absent in the mouthfeel too, which is without volume or texture.

Mt. Pleasant Sacred Gruit is not a conventional ale nor does it taste like one. I bought it expecting as much but also hoped it would be more interesting; it's not its unique ingredients that distinguishes it from other beers, it's its totally forgettable, dismissible drinkability. Whether viewed as a novel experiment or simply a pleasant drink, it fails on both counts.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:53:27 | More by biegaman
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thickgirth

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

people who go by the label and expect a "pale ale" will be disappointed. but people who are looking for something on the level of a low end jolly pumpkin sour might enjoy this flavor for the price. I really found it quite enjoyable and find some of the negative reviews to be mind boggling.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:09:08 | More by thickgirth
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.6%

08-30-2013 13:34:22 | More by tommy5
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ScottyG

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-06-2013 15:14:54 | More by ScottyG
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

2/5  rDev -37.7%

07-31-2013 11:13:10 | More by Paul_Apsley
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-28-2013 16:56:53 | More by ROBSTARR
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MatterOfOpinion

Michigan

2/5  rDev -37.7%

06-03-2013 18:03:51 | More by MatterOfOpinion
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Kerrie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.5%

05-13-2013 02:18:26 | More by Kerrie
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Slay40

Michigan

1.3/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This is by far the one of the most disturbing beers I've ever had, didn't smell very good or taste very good, I purchased it from the brewery in Mt. P so it should have been fresh, might be for some but most def. not for me. Bought two, gave second one to a friend, he didnt care for it either.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 03:54:51 | More by Slay40
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Giggy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +9%

04-30-2013 22:08:24 | More by Giggy
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +40.2%

02-24-2013 21:37:56 | More by Agentveba
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smalenberg

Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Amber verging on peach in color, no head to speak of.

S - Rosemary is noticeable in a slightly bubblegum/candy sugar sweetness. There is additional herbal character here that could be the yarrow and/or myrtle - I'm not familiar enough with either to say for sure - but in any case, it gives a slight earthy note that underlies strong sweetness.

T - Comes across like a sour, with a decidedly green apple presence that doesn't seem like it belongs there as well as a lemony character. Something present that reminds me of an artificial sweetener. Yarrow seems to be intended to substitute for hops to provide some bittering, and it is there, but doesn't seem to balance properly with the sweet and sours.

M - The artificial sweetener quality I mentioned in the taste hangs around sort of like the aftertaste in a bad diet soda, only not as strong.

O - This is a tough beer to judge mainly because you can't approach it like most other beer, but that being said there are some rough edges here. I was really interested to try a commercial gruit example. The only thing similar I've had is Williams Brothers Fraoch Heather, and it was decidedly better. The smell was the best part of the beer. I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 01:17:17 | More by smalenberg
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TastingRoomCharNtony


2/5  rDev -37.7%

01-27-2013 19:00:41 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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Mitchster

Michigan

1.83/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

$2.79 for a 12oz twist off bottle. 5.8% ABV. A "pale ale brewed with yarrow, myrtle and rosemary". Pours out to a clear golden peach with no head despite a vigorous pour. Very low carbonation, ~1.5 carbs. No head, no retention, no lacing. The nose is intriguing...I definitely notice the malt, a little diacetyl on top of the herbal notes. I wouldn't be able to discern the herbs used but there is a subtle pine character like rosemary, although it doesn't smell like fresh rosemary per say. Medium fruitiness from the yeast strain and a little pink bubblegum. Mouthfeel is quite ruddy and oxidized with medium acidity and a medium body. The taste starts out interesting enough but quickly devolves into a limpid oxidized mess. Again, I strongly suspect an English yeast strain but the taste tells me it's ringwood. Ugh. No bitterness. Caramel aftertaste. Weird adjuncty finish.

Definitely not my cup of tea. I would not buy this again and can't recommend it even for the curious.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 05:24:54 | More by Mitchster
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

11-08-2012 17:05:58 | More by t0rin0
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Gtg642

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.5%

09-24-2012 23:32:48 | More by Gtg642
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rjl910953

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-16-2012 07:16:18 | More by rjl910953
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -6.5%

06-03-2012 16:33:37 | More by TasteTester
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n2185

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Bubblegum and candy sugar notes up front followed by some peach and apricot aromas. There are light tart notes as well on a finish that is both sweet and sour.

T: The bubblegum is a bit less present here, but the tart fruit flavors are very present--reminiscent of blackberries and peaches. There are slight funky notes as well with a finish that is clean and tart, like a really tart white wine.

M: Medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer's tartness keeps it from being too watery, though I'd still like a bit more carbonation.

O: An interesting and refreshing beer. This is only the second gruit I've had and the first was radically different with juniper and lavender. This one is more like a Berliner weisse--tart and sour yet light and refreshing. Enjoyable overall, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 19:53:09 | More by n2185
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jz989

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-17-2012 16:05:49 | More by jz989
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GRG1313

California

4.58/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey orange with a feint white head that quickly fades; nice color but appears like clear orange jello.

Nose is assertive herbs. The beer is brewed with yarrow, myrtle and rosemary - I can smell light and nice rosemary and must assume some of the other herbal character is yarrow and/or myrtle (as I have no idea of the characteristics of those.) However, nose is spicy and welcoming.

Mouthfeel is thin but, for style and flavor profile just what you'd want; perfectly elegant, light carbonation and perfectly balanced.

The thin feel brings out the best of the flavor profile which is tart and citric with undertones of oranges and tangerines with a squeeze of lime. The flavor profile rocks! Super refreshing, lemony and appealing, with lots of lightly sweet lemon/lime/orange tones and a great "pucker" factor without being a sour. This is just a wonderful drink, although certainly not your typical or expected brew.

I hate that this beer may get lower scores or bad reviews because there is "not enough hops" or "not enough malt." That shows a misunderstanding of the style. Please, review the style and judge to style - this one is a winner. You may like a very hoppy beer or a very malty beer - this is not the one for you. But, the score should not suffer because you don't like the style. For the style, it's wonderful.

Shows no alcohol and some would like just for the refreshing and appealing tones. Light citric finish. I think this is a love it or hate it kind of beer; I love it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:11:21 | More by GRG1313
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Sacred Gruit Ale from Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.