Two Druids Gruit Ale - Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
I had this one a looong time ago on tap at Max's here in Baltimore.
In my haste to procure as much Heavyweight before the fall, I've happened upon a few bottles that have got some age on them (~2 years). When I first tried it, it was a watery herby mixture to me, not bad, not awesome. Somehow, this one has gotten a bit more mature and different with age.
It still pours a light yellow with a fizzy, undeveloped head, but the flavor has morphed. The herby concoction has developed brett like funkiness. Smooth, tart, with some herbs still in there if you let it slide over the tongue slowly. A bit clingy on the finish, but not bad overall.
07-24-2006 19:57:00 | More by Dithyramb
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
This is a bottle of 2 Druids Gruit, pulled from a Heavyweight variety pack (that includes Lunacy, Perkuno's Hammer and Stickenjab, all for later review).
Appearance: The ale is a hazy light orange color. There was a bit of head on first pour, but that didn't last long.
Smell: The lack of hops results in a very interesting spicy aroma from the other bittering agents used. The spices are astringent and tart.
Taste: This beer is unlike most. The lack of hops (and use of rosemary) makes for an interesting taste. The ale has a soft heather-like flavor and what tastes like a kick from brettanomyces (a natural, sour flavor).
Mouthfeel: The ale's bittering agents are very interesting and different. The flavor is very unique and that earns style points.
Drinkability: The drinkability is limited because we are not used to a lack of hops. Check it out though, an interesting style.
07-10-2006 01:46:43 | More by akorsak
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to Sponberg for this one.
A: Almost a tangerine color. Extremely murky, can't see a darn thing thru it. Not much carbonation to speak of...very faint ring of bubbles around the glass.
S: Huh. Aromas of ginger, chamomile and lemon grass. Highly seasoned. Smells exactly like Tension Tamer tea.
T: Lots of sour lemon grass. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves and wheat. Honey sweetness balances the sour. Tartness grows on you as the beer warms.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation.
D: Obviously not an everyday beer, but something worth checking out. Bummer its retired, but I'm pleased I got to try it.
06-10-2006 04:43:55 | More by Westsidethreat
3.88/5 rDev +11.8%
Bright orange..lots of bubbles...no real head... very good looking... like a gueuze.
Smells a little funky at first..horsey...this lightens up with a little degassing. Herbal aromas...citrus ,earthy.
Tastes pretty good...lemony, a little grapefruit, cidery....rosemary is evident. Sour and dry....but not astringent or bitter. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is light and carbonation high.
Fairly drinkable...very different... not like most ales....much more like a spiced, hard lemonade or cider.
03-20-2006 00:16:42 | More by Hautacam
3.9/5 rDev +12.4%
A very interesting concoction. Pours a hazy yellow color. The smell is fruity-lemony. Minimal head, resulting from limited carbonation. First taste is like a highly sweetened lemon beverage, not thinking beer here but rather a Long Island Iced Tea, or something along those lines. Subsequent sampling brings out the finer nuances of this unique brew. Fruity and honey are the tatses, which aren't so bad, once your palate comes to grips that there is minimal to no addition of hops to this beverage, along with the near absence of carbonation. Not a bad drink at all. There is a medicinal quality to this...perfect for a sore throat. I wouldn't run out to buy this alone. But definitely don't forgo it if you buy one of Heayweight's variet packs. Appreciate it for what it is and you will be pleasantly suprised. Enjoy!
03-15-2006 17:05:02 | More by BadBadger
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
Cloudy muddle tangerine with a small hazy head that dies quickly. Not much lacing. Aromas of citrus fruits, and strange exotic spices abound and meld together to make a new and interesting combination. Taste is herbal and fruity with a bit of a bitter edge to it. This reminds me of some of the Dutch gruits that I have sampled in the past, but it still manages to do its own thing. Mouthfeel is medium/light. Drinkability is good. I've grown to enjoy this one much more than I initially did. Great stuff, but from this brewery why would you even begin to expect otherwise?
02-27-2006 15:39:32 | More by francisweizen
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured a slightly cloudy apricot color with virtually no head. Some particulate matter found floating in the glass. Smell is fruity, tangy, amybe like a zesty orange-lemon juice combo. Taste is tart, makes the mouth pucker, but seems to slowly present some sweeter fruit flavors. Herbs begin to present themselves, and all things considered, it is a strange beer, but it also seems to grow on you with each taste. Leaves a pleasant flavor sensation in the mouth that is extremely refreshing, like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. Very easy to drink with no sensation of alcohol. I will have to try this beer again on a hot summer afternoon.
02-25-2006 01:37:00 | More by tgbljb
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearance: The body is deep orange with a 1/4" head. The venue where I enjoyed this beer was a little dark, but it had a nice orange glow with lighting behind it.
Smell: It smells very sweet and tart, with a hint of herbal spice.
Taste: The taste is smooth, sweet, cinnamon (or some similar spice), and tart. It leaves an even tarter aftertaste. There is bitterness, but it does feel like a result of hops.
Mouthfeel: You can't really feel too much of the carbonation and it has a more watery mouthfeel. This may improve if poured straight from a bottle.
Drinkability: I want to have more, but I think I'll switch to something a little less sweet.
Notes: A nice tasty treat, but I don’t think I could drink too many of them in one sitting.
01-27-2006 02:41:10 | More by BlitzShadow
4.28/5 rDev +23.3%
Wow, very interesting. If your looking for a different style of brew this is it, with the herbs and spices used to flavor this malty beverage it makes it very pleasing. I poured this beer very softly into the glass but it still created a very thick head beige in color from a golden orange body. The nose of this ale is very floural and herbed, it smells of golden grapes, rosemary, sunkist fruit, fruit punch spiked with rosemary, thyme, and lemon is what comes to mind. The taste is very malty and sweet some what syrupy in the body. It starts with a tangy lemon like quality, then finished with more of a complex herbed honey, caramel sweetness that coats the palate.
01-20-2006 02:56:08 | More by Franchise
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
An interesting beer to try, but not one I would want to have anytime soon.
Poured a watered-down copper color with virtually no carbonation and a slight head that disappeared quickly. The beer gave off aromas of different spices like cinnamon, dried basil, and paprika along with the aroma of alcohol and fruits. The taste was unique in that the spices acted together to give a taste resembling hops, but not quite. Overall, there was good balance between sweetness and bitterness with a slight advantage going to sweetness. The mouthfeel was a too sticky and overpowering with the different spices fighting for my taste buds. The drinkability is also low because I don't see myself having this again in the near future.
01-04-2006 14:10:47 | More by jaluria
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
At Max's on tap. Pale yellow orange with a white head that was gone rather quickly. Smelled of a drying herbs, maybe some rosemary and heater and mint. The taste is quite good a touch sour and a really minty finish. Some piny flavor upfront and a little alchol seeped in as well. Good body and a keeper.
12-10-2005 19:37:11 | More by Higravity
3.35/5 rDev -3.5%
Popped the cap and torrents of foam immediately shot from the mouth all over my kitchen counter. The incredible level of carbonation persists for a good long while after pouring it into the glass. A nice couple of inches of head subsides after a few minutes, but the tiny, tiny bubbles keep on coming.
The body is a slightly hazy brownish copper hue, topped by a head that is light khaki in color. Strong aroma of herbs, stone fruit, and a bit of an acidic, lambic-type quality. Palate is more of the same - spicy herb flavors tempered by dark fruit, some light sweet malt, and a sweet acidic lambic character that provides a bracing tartness. Very interesting. Body is a bit thin but substantial, and the assertive carbonation yields a smooth texture, almost like a tripel. Again, an interesting beer, but not something I'm likely to try again.
11-17-2005 04:46:00 | More by ElGordo
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
This is a very interesting beer. My first expeirence with this type. Not entirely sure if the ancient Scots had the consistency of this beer, but I'm sure they enjoyed it.
Pale in its appearance, virtually no head, no lacing. Loaded with herbs and spices. There is a fruity bitterness that tags along. The aftertaste is a little sour and and not very complex.
Strangley enough, I like this beer and will look for this style elsewhere.
11-07-2005 02:24:06 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
2.17/5 rDev -37.5%
Purchased single bottle from Federal Wine & Spirits
Appearance = thick, beautiful light peach/amber color. Head was non-existent and lacing was also rather poor. I really enjoy the coloring though.
Smell = Very spicy with a substantial malt backbone. It has a very deep, earthy scent reminiscent of dark fruits.
Taste = This one did not agree with my palate. Maybe it's the unique style but an overwhelmingly sour beer that tastes like someone squeezed 10 lemons into it is not my kind of beer, especially when it doesn't seem to be balanced by much else.
Overall = Only recommended for those interested in trying this style. I will not be sampling this one again and will most likely steer away from Gruit ales as this one hit all "sour" notes.
10-22-2005 05:07:55 | More by LPorter33
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
Perfumy aroma. Herbal and spice character with more sniffs. But mostly I get heather or lavendar. Not unpleasant, but a bit strange.
Orange, cloudy with no head at all.
Very tart, like fresh lemons. A little malt on the back end. The tartness is pretty strong so it's hard to recognize any spices. I do pick up the rosemary in the aftertaste.
Light on body. Light carbonation. Kind of like an older lambic.
I'm a big fan of wild ale/lambic but I have no idea if that's what they were shooting for. I probably like this more than people who aren't fans of sour beers.
10-19-2005 23:32:15 | More by czechsaaz
3.75/5 rDev +8.1%
looks like peach iced tea, virtually no head. some little white patches here and there, but lifeless for the most part. nose carries a bit of the farmhouse funk, coupled with a melange of spice cabinet craziness. deep wafts bring out hints of stoned rye and black pepper. interesting. flavor here starts with rose petals, continues with sweet rosemary notes. light mouthfeel lets these strong flavors wash through quickly without offending too greatly. actually, not at all. this is like juhlia blended with a mild gueuze. palatable, refreshing, and unique. oh, and it's actually one of the regularly released heavyweight offerings. tom, you are a mad genius for sure. some reviewers recommend aging but i think personally that freshness captures the spice and there is no need for further mellowing. if anything, i'd like this to be a bit more herbal and intense. still good, enjoy!
10-17-2005 23:11:03 | More by goodbyeohio
3.73/5 rDev +7.5%
12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a murky orange color with a small head. Strong herbal aroma, with some foul notes that are not unlike vomit. Malty flavor with sweet lemon. A little tart. The flavor becomes herbal in the middle. Finish is dry. At times, gueuze like in it's sourness. This beer is very strange. While I was drinking it, I couldn't decide if I enjoyed it or hated it. Mostly, I liked it, but this is not for everyone.
10-17-2005 02:35:34 | More by beveragecaptain
3.48/5 rDev +0.3%
This beer was a hazy yellow with a three finger, fast and fizzy head. Interesting, and somewhat noisy. There was some body to it while it lasted, however.
The aroma was herbal, grassy, and slightly spicy, with hints of orange in the back of the nose.
Taste was of sweet honey, but also quite medicinal. It was tart and herbal with overtones of oak. Did they throw some twigs in there?
Mouthfeel was pretty good. Not too thin, a little bit of body.
Drinkability was pretty good... I could have another of these. Especially tonight, with three inches of water in the basement and it still rising even though the freakin' rain has finally stopped after a whole friggin' week... under these circumstances, I could probably drink a six-pack.
10-16-2005 02:19:10 | More by connecticutpoet
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
Part of a sample pack brought from Joisey to Moscow by my new boss (thanks, Jim). Comes in a fairly chubby brown 12 oz bottle with a light green and yellow label featuring a sun-face image. Yarrow, Sweet Gale and Wild Rosemary are listed as ingredients. No freshness information.
Pours a cloudy pale copper under a one finger off-white head that fizzled very quickly, leaving no lace. The nose consists primarily of mild sweet spiciness. The mouth is very well carbonated and light. The taste is sweet and sour, with grapes and a bit of tinniness. This reminds me more of cider than ale, although a bit of bitterness does emerge late. Not my favorite.
10-02-2005 13:18:50 | More by Globetrotter
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
Well, this isn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be. In fact, it's pretty decent, just not something I would choose with any regularity. Pours a brassy orange, with a slight thin head and no lacing. Smells quite honeyed and floral, reminding me of Fraoch Heather Ale, but a slight medicinal quality too. Initially medicinal, like an herbal cough drop, with a touch of lemon, then slightly honey sweet with a rather woodsy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and as previously mentioned, drinkability is average -- I wouldn't want more than one.
In the end, this is like a decent herbal tea mixed with a crisp light ale.
08-30-2005 22:53:57 | More by bultrey
3.98/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours a ruddy-orangey color with copper edges, almost an apple cider look to it. Slight slight head, no retention.
A heavy, musky and (dried) fruity aroma. There a sweet, candyish smell too.
Starts very sweet, then levels off to a tart, full flavored and bubbly ale? But the bubbly is not obvious without closer inspection. Very nicely carbonated, enough to carry the flavors across the tongue with style and grace. The length is decent for an ale, but I'm not too sure about the aftertaste.. kind of sticky and bitter. That knocks the drinkability down at least a notch.
This is a fun brew.. I would not have it during the hottest point in the day. A good late evening digestif or nightcap with lots of fruity notes to keep you interested.
08-10-2005 03:43:40 | More by MrSeth
3.28/5 rDev -5.5%
Pours out a coppery color with a thin, barely existent off-white head.
Smell is spicy, herbal, and there's a slight citric maltiness in there as well. Smells a little lemony.
Tastes sweet, tangy, and slightly almost-sourdough yeast that comes through in the nose. There's a light pepperiness in the flavor with a bit of an interesting tang. It almost tastes like a red with a lot of lactic flavors.
Very interesting one to say the very least, not too carbonated, and kind of flat in the mouth.
06-28-2005 23:51:23 | More by whartontallboy
Two Druids Gruit Ale from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.