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Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier - Professor Fritz Briem

Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut BierProfessor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier

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226 Ratings

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%

Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute (  http://www.doemens.org  ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 07-29-2008)
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It pours a very pale straw color with copious head and carbonation. It is very hazy with lots of yeast sediment.

S: It has a ginger smell, very similar to a real ginger beer. There's a slightly musty and muted earthy scent...or even a cedar smell. Like opening an old cedar chest.

T: It's not extremely spicy like I would have expected from the smell. There is a light ginger taste, and a tartness to the flavor. I honestly have no experience with a beer quite like this. Most beers I've had only experimented with one or two flavors but this one has a huge list of ingredients. I can't pick out too many of the individual ingredients but I do taste what might be the bay leaves. I don't pick up some of the others like rosemary and anise. The flavor intensifies a bit as I reach the bottom of the glass (most likely because of the sediment) and it becomes a little more tart and spicy.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin. Again I have no experience in ancient beers, so I'm not sure how it's supposed to be exactly. For my preference, it could use a little more body or even some bitterness. The carbonation level is good to me, and it's nice with the ginger. I'll just score it an average because I'm not quite sure how this is supposed to be, but for me it doesn't strike the mark.

O: Overall I think this is a really cool beer. I like that I got a chance to drink an old recipe. However, it seems a little too much like a basic ginger beer, and I'm not completely sold on the inclusion of the other ingredients listed because I didn't pick them up. Maybe a different palate would. I enjoyed the beer so I'm going to rate it good overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 18:56:24 | More by teromous
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly cloudy orange with a rose colored tinge. Left about an ounce of sediment filled beer in the bottle. Nose is a complex mix of rose hips, salty smoked carraway and coriander, dill, a pleasant medicinal band aid note. Very juicy in the mouth with bright lemon notes, a mix of savory spices and finishes with a golden delicious apple flavor. Very drinkable at the abv (not the price) and is a very intriguing beer for a style i admittedly have never tried before. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:18:53 | More by Trilogy31
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a: hazy pale straw with lost of white movement and 1/8th inch of very white and surprisingly thick foam with good staying power

s: spicy and delicious; cloves, sweetness; light citrus; very aromatic

t: spicy with a litte bit of tartness and light medicinal bitterness; definitely citrus zesty; good but there is a little bit of a weird aftertaste and it could use a little more depth of flavor; i bet back in the day when people were drinking moldy water with dirt in it this stuff ruled though

m: a little watery but good fizzy pop

d: definitely worth a try, unlike anything that i have ever had; apparently things weren't that terrible in the dark ages

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:42:36 | More by hoegaardenhero
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mini-pint/tasting glass. Lemon/honey pale yellow. Smells of honey and fresh, clean spices. Think of like a honey-herb tea aroma. Lemonade sour with a bite of the spices. Spicey ginger flavors take the brunt of the load. The rosemary provides a nice back bone. Something grassy, too. Not sure if it's a sour or bitter flavor, akin to a saison. I was pleased to find they used anis instead of juniper berries, although it's not a dominant flavor. This a great, light drink. Perfect for the summer. Can't wait to have more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:57:16 | More by 100floods
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pale, hazy blonde with a thing ring of white bubbles.

S-Cinnamon, juniper, nutmeg, coriander,nag champa incense ginger, etc. Smells like one of those hippie commune grocery stores.

T/M-This gruit succeeds above other versions of the style I've tried in that it isn't over spiced. Many gruits end up tasting like a mouthful of bark and juniper berries, but not this one. It's very light. In fact, the base beer is somewhat to Briem's 1809 Berliner Weisse. The spice is delicate, but with considerable variety. Light bodied with bright carbonation.

D-If you're going to drink a gruit (or grut) drink this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 04:43:58 | More by DaveHS
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2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy granny smith apple-juice colour, very opaque with whispy sunken head of large bubbles. Some sediment floaties and not much lace. Looks curious, but undeniably weird.

Smell traverses the undeniably weird line into fucking bizarre territory. Huge sour fruit with apple juice and some blackcurrant, and a massive spice hit - cinnamon, clove and licorice root and a good belt of hickory smoke as well on the back. Nutty and gingery and just apple-esque as well. I'd like to love something this bizarre but I can only really give it some cred for originality.

Having expected the taste to be overblown and bizarre, I'm disappointed that it's ultimately quite bland. Has that weak apple juice character up front that descends into a slightly tart mid with a touch of wood, then finish emerges with no lustre, slightly tart and drying with a hint of ginger and star anise, but mostly an insipid tartness. The flavours might - actually, make that, would - have been interesting, but there's just not enough of them. Weird, but also just a bit dull, sadly.

A bit thin on the body, but a decent enough texture. Maybe a bit sizzly though, yeah not a huge fan.

An odd beer for sure, but not really strong enough to be offensive. Can I drink it? Yes. Would I reach for one from my friend's ice bath at a party? No. What would it even be doing at my friend's party?

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:07:09 | More by laituegonflable
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA, and brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable, @FakeCousinAndrew and @tobeerornottobe to celebrate the bottling of our Australian Gruit.

Initially, pours a very light coloured, and quite clear yellow, but the bottom half of the bottom, is filled with sediments and spice-chunks, leaving the beer ultimately cloudy as all hell, and slightly dark apple-juice coloured. Head is frothy but loose-bubbled, subsisting as a ring of white around the edges of the glass. Body is light.

Nose is incredibly redolent with hot spicy ginger, big rubbed herb characters and a peppery bite, that almost twists the whole thing into chemical weirdness. Very heavily spiced and incredibly unusual. Unlike anything I've had before.

Ginger disappears on the palate, leaving only the weird organics of crushed vegetation. Here, we get a heathery spice, an earth-and-root depth and a light crisp bite like lemon-tree leaves. Incredibly, it's very lively and refreshing, and the feel, while quite thin, gives some spritz and buoyancy to the thing as a whole.

Overall, it's quite a delicious beer, if one that is so far outside the realms of expectation. I'm so pleased to have been able to try this. I only wish I could have tried a Gruit from the past when all the ingredients were not only preservative, but also psychotropic.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:49:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 mL German bottle with no freshness date. Brewed at Weihenstephan from a base of barley and wheat, and spiced with bay leaves, ginger, caraway, anise, rosemary, gentian and "pollinated wild hops." Brilliant pale gold color, with an inch of noisy head that leaves no lacing. The bouquet starts with ginger and caraway and finishes with, well, ginger and caraway. On the palate there is mostly ginger and rosemary, contributing spice and pine respectively. A dash of malt is in there as well, along with some lemon and a slightly lower pH that helps keep the flavors bright. Its very light, very dry and highly carbonated body gives the impression of tonic water. I doubt that this beer is in any way historically accurate, as I have trouble believing that any beer brewed in the 1200's (including small beer) was this light in color, this dry, this lightly spiced and this cleanly fermented. However, it is possible that the gruit blend is accurate and I applaud Prof. Briem for at least spreading the knowledge of a long-forgotten family of beers. It is no doubt approachable and easy to drink - so much so that it could conceivably be a nice crossover beer for your macro friends - but I feel it lacks a bit in character.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:32:29 | More by mmmbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2nd in the series of Dr. Fritz Briem, the 1809 was excellent so I grabbed this as soon as I saw It, maybe he will do a Gose next.

A- light yellow, with a greenish tent to it, cloudy with a small amount of head that quickly turns to lacing and then disappears. Left with a minuscule amount of bubbles on top.
S-This smells great, very floral and earthy. Rosemary, Ginger and a small amount of mint as it opens up. Earthy like fresh cut grass.
T- Has a lot more citrus and lemon than I would have ever thought. Spicy up front with zesty citrus notes, herbal finish comes on strong leaving the taste of Ginger on the tounge. Earth in the aftertaste.
M- Light and very nice on the carbonation up front. It has a medium body with a smooth finish. I like all aspects of this beer.

I really enjoyed this beer. It smelled really good if you like a floral, earthy beer. It was a light drinker that has some nice twists to it. I would drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 03:10:56 | More by GradyS1
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

This rare treat is part of the Historic Signature Series of forgotten styles brewed according to the historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem of the Doemens Institute. Gruits have their place in lore, with sources citing psychotropic properties and berserking effects. Not sure if we'll get our Viking on here, but this interpretation is brewed with bay leaves, ginger, caraway, anise, rosemary, gentian, wheat, barley and wild hops.

Pale, straw, cloudy, with a ton of carbonation that induces a massive foaming white head. This eventu- ally settles to a creamy lace that sticks to the end. Very fragrant in the nose. Sweet herbal with ginger, floral (lilac), soft rosemary, mint, menthol and wheat husks. Light bodied; flash of crispness, then smooth with an underlying creaminess. A bit tart with a nice wheat twang, mild grassy bitterness and pine sap. Ginger flavors dominate with a soft spiciness. Juniper. Sage. Cloves. Soft licorice. Touch of sweetness, but dry overall. Wheat tannins toward the end with a linger of mixed-bag of spices, grassiness and menthol.

For those looking to experience beer of yore, this is a must. There's a lot going on, but it's delicious, highly drinkable and refreshing; it works well, and gives you a glimpse into beer geek palates of the 13th century. And though examples of the style are quite rare (we currently list fewer than 50 on the website), this is quite possibly one of the best Gruits we've had to-date.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 02:17:48 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. Short pour, so not much head, but what there was faded instantly and no lacing. Cloudy golden color with persistent bubbles. First smell off the nose is a massive whiff of mint. A hint of perhaps Belgian-ish yeast. Some lemon rind. On the mouth, weird. Very thinly flavored. Tart as hell, but not full on like a sour. Herbacious to the max. Citrus and something pleasantly medicinal. Pretty thin bubbly mouthfeel. I dunno. This is my first Gruit. I don't know what to say.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 04:11:36 | More by WestValleyIPA


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was prepping myself to judge specialty and herbed,spiced, or vegetable beers at our local homebrew competition and decided to give this one a try to tune me in.

A-Pours gold with a good amount of chill haze. Little clumps of yeast sediment float in my glass suspended by a decent amount of carbonation.

S- Has a very interesting aroma. Ginger, rosemary and just a hint of mint.

T- The taste is slighlty acidic almost like that of hard apple cider. the heavier spice notes such as rosemary seem to linger on the back of my tongue.

M- Very light and refreshing.

O- Overall i would say this beer meets what the brewer was trying to accomplish. From what i have read about the style this one fits perfectly. While it would not be my first choice i would give it a second shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:54:02 | More by BJRHOMEBREW
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with half a finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw yellow body. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Lots of spicy notes with some tart wheat aromas. Notes of coriander, black pepper, basil, and caraway.

T - Spicy and tart with lots of black pepper up front. Distinct ginger spiciness in the middle with more tartness. The finish is light and herbal with a touch of grainy sweetness but little malt flavor. Lingering ginger spiciness with some basil and black pepper notes.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Interesting, this is a very light, but heavily spiced beer. The wheat flavor is fairly dominant and there is some lactic tartness that helps to accentuate this characteristic. The spices are well balanced with ginger notes that are significant enough to lend the beer a little bit of hotness in the finish. This isn't quite as good as the Berliner Weisse, but it is something that must be tried, if only once. I am looking forward to whatever the Professor brews next in this series.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 08:03:09 | More by nickfl
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1.95/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

no date found. from notes, tasted in june 2009.

pale yellow, almost clear (decant 1cm). 1-finger bright white head, soon fades to fizzy wisps and ring. no lace.

aroma: menthol. smells like cough drops. that's it.

taste: like a cheap sparkling white wine, flavored with mint. touch of acidity, faint trace of bitterness. just very herbal and minty.

light and a bit on the thin side. crisp, fizzy carbonation and light acidity. a weird, smooth/slippery texture - from the minty herbs?


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:05:04 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Professor Fritz Briem 13th Century Grut Bier

Appearance: Hazy yellow, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: Flowery, lemon zesty, yeast, and spices.

Taste: Very subtle lemon, even less yeast, and spices galore.

Mouthfeel: Light.

A very odd beer. Tastes like a spice garden with a little lemon on top. The tastes are faint, yet the beer is not watery. The flavors are due to the grut style of brewing. There are no hops used.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 04:03:47 | More by megahurts4
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, yellow color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of anise, strong spice, slight yeast, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spruce/ginger, anise/nutmeg, slight yeast, hint of tart malt, and lemon citrus. Overall, an unusual beer. I'm not sure how to rate this as far as it fits within the style. It had a good blend, body, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:58:23 | More by Tone
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazey bright golden color with a pure wheat head of tiny bubbles. Much like a Berliner weisse, the head evaporated fairly quickly and leaves no lace.

The aroma on this beer is nuts. It has a definite spice like character to it that is very peppery and savory. The bay leaves used to brew it are easily picked out and, along with the rosemary, really dominate the nose. Anise and tart wheat are also present, but much more buried.

The flavor is just as intense as the aroma with the bay leaves dominating even more. There is a definite sour twang in this beer and the only malt character I can discern through all that spice is very wheaty. Other flavors include white pepper, ginger, anise, clove and lemon.

This beer has a body that is on the light side of medium with spritzy carbonation. The finish is tart and refreshing, leaving a surprisingly small amount of spice on the tongue.

I really am not sure what to say about drinkability. This beer is very interesting. It is also pretty quenching. Does it taste good though? I am not so sure, and if you told me I would never drink this again I don't think I would be too disappointed. Still, this is a beer that was quite eye opening, and is worth trying at least once.

By the way, do not swirl the remains of this bottle and pour it in like it was a hefe or wit. You may get little chunks that look like dead sea-monkeys. You're welcome.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:31:22 | More by zoso1967
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4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very hazy yellow with a white head that settles kinda quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Explosive blast of herb aromas. I can pick out the anise but I don't know enough about the other herbs to identify them by smell. I love how this beer smells.

Taste: Tart and heavily herbed. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could drink glass after glass of this all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 05:36:40 | More by BierFan
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy sickly colored yellow with a white head which quickly died out
S- smells very interesting like herbal tea with lemon light pepper notes dried leaves ginger, a nice malt backbone at the end, definitely original
T- lemony in an herbal kind of way with lots of peppery spice balanced by a slightly sweet malt foundation a bit of a tangy finish in the slightest way.
M- fine for this beer
D- only 4.6 very drinkable but i dont know how much of this you would wanna quaff
To be tried at least once, cant say ill buy this again but didnt regret it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:31:53 | More by foogerd
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to give this a try to experience a beer that was made the old way, before hops became the norm...before the Reinheitsgebot. Grut (or gruit) was all that was available before someone had the bright idea to bitter beer with it in the 11th century, maybe prior. So let's taste a little history.

The color is unimpressive and now we know why the popularity of pilsners coincided with glassware. Prior to that, you never really saw the beer. Pilsners are pretty, this ale is not. Cloudy, pale yellowish orange with bits and pieces floating around in the carbonation.

The smell is interesting, not good or bad, though. My first impression was tonic water mixed with lemonade, but then some of the individual herbs came out. Ginger, anise and rosemary were pretty obvious, but I had to read the label to pick out the rest.

Well here goes...hmm, tastes a little like ginger beer with herbs. It's odd not having any hops to tickle the back of the throat, There's no real bitterness, but a light astringency, almost medicinal, like lemon-eucalyptus cough drops.

Pretty thin in body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Luckily, the aftertaste leaves behind some of the ginger and not so much of the medicinal feeling. If you like the taste, you could probably drink this all day, but I imagine that it would be an acquired taste...not one that I plan on acquiring though. I'm also ashamed to admit that I passed on drinking the lees for a change.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:55:05 | More by Naugros
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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow color with a small, thin white head. Little to no retention.

S - Smells very, very spicy. It reminds me of halls cough drops mixed with ginger and clove.

T - While there are a couple of flavors floating around here (wheat, coriander, banana) they are all overpowered by ginger. Not a bad taste, just strong and different.

M - Light and crisp. It has a slight bite due to the relatively high carbonation.

D - While I can appreciate the style, I think another poster said it best. "This is a beer that would best be shared with a group of friends".

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 00:53:52 | More by CMW
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Hazy and cloudy blonde body with minimal beige head.

S - Smells herbal, spiced, natural.

T - To me this was like drinking cold, carbonated vegetable soup broth. Tastes like barley, oat, wheat, and even bay leaves and other dried green herbal flavors. Some citrus tang there as well.

M - Higher carbonation, not too heavy. More like a standard wheatbeer.

D - I had a hard time finishing this bottle. The taste is strong enough to make this one a bottle to share with a couple friends just for the experience.

Notes - Try it to see what its like. Its worth having something new that you probably havent experienced yet. Definately a unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 13:22:48 | More by BeerForMuscle
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this interesting piece of history thanks to kkipple, then later noticed that its around here. But still looks cool.

A: Head rises up the neck of the bottle as I decap it, so I rush to quickly pour it. A fizzy soda like head rises up quickly to 2 fingers, but fades quickly as well. It's probably the haziest mofo I've ever seen! A murky pond water banana colored soup like concoction, with some yellow orange tan colored ugly beast.

N: I could smell this thing wafting out on the pour from a few feet back. It's a spicy mufu! All the spices listed on the side come wafting out to my nostrils, teasing but scorning them alike. Some orange peel to go with that, as well as aromatic malts, some wheat, bitterness from the various bittering spices and hops, some fruits like fig and the lot. It has quite an effervescence. It's almost like a spicy root beer combined with ginger ale and lots of spices all blended together with some malts.

T: Wow again, that interesting ginger ale and root beer combination strikes again. This time the spices are lighter, allowing me to breath a sigh of relief that it doesn't destroy my palate. It has a crazy combination of a myriad of spices one cannot comprehend. Everything from ginger, corriander, orange peel, to the bay leaf all seem to shine on their own. It even comes with it's own fruit, more fig again, a little raisiny, and hints of banana. THere are also some malts somewhere in there, a little wheat, creamy malts, and slightly toasty.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, lots of light lingering spices, which seem to die rapidly after the nose. More orange peel here as well, a little anise, more bay leaf, and the lot. Pretty dry as well, with again a touch of creamy malt and some fruit lingering.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 23:51:48 | More by jlindros
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, cloudy, and hazy with black chunks of floaties; very thin head with minimal retention and lacing

S: A spicy medicinal quality dominates; an herbal funk too; cloves, ginger, rosemary, and lemon are present in the aroma as well

T: Slightly sour with an herbal quality; kind of tastes like unsweetened lemonade

F: A tad thin but with overall decent mouthfeel

D: Quite refreshing though the herbal funk does make this a bit difficult to drink too much of this; a nice venture into an old (and new for me) style

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:12:52 | More by dbossman
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3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was a very interesting beer to drink, and reviewing it will be interesting.

This beer was a pale golden brew, cloudy with dark floaters, and the head was fast, fizzy, and loud. Definitely not your average beer, and close to my impression of the style.

Aroma had many things going on at the same time. Initially it was quite herbal. Further consideration allowed me to discern menthol, green peppercorns, camphor, rosemary, and ginger, with some light pale malts beneath it all. It reminded me of a topical fibromyalgia pain reliever I have gotten for my fiancee.

Taste was herbal, which was expected. Ginger and anise made themselves known, as well as some rosemary at the swallow. Somewhat medicinal, but not in a bad way. No bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel was light and dry. This beer was well carbonated, and seemed to invite the next sip.

A little lower mark for drinkability, however. Although this was interesting, and not bad per se, by the time I got to the bottom of the glass, I was ready to move on. One was enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:16:59 | More by connecticutpoet
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