Grozet | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Gaelic "Groseid", Since at least the 16th century Scots monks and alewives brewed indigenous drinks from cereals, wild herbs and ripe fruits. Tibbie Shiels green Grozet was immortalised by such Scots literati as Sir Walter Scott, Jas Hogg. (The Ettrick shepherd) and Robert Burns whoconsidered it a most convivial drink. Brewed with lager malt, wheat, bog myrtle, hops and meadowsweet then secondary fermented with ripe Scottish gooseberries.

Added by canadianbarman on 09-12-2001

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Photo of DarrenBrule
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

Photo of degarmot
4.62/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of putnam
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy orange amber color.
Nose of buttery, whole wheat and charred Alpine cheese. There is a smart, sunny tartness that lifts the ample maltiness and creates detailed, delicate balance. After sniffing at it for ten minutes from a wine glass there does in fact emerge a subtle smell of sweet, thick-skinned black berry. It is an enigma. The more I focus on it, the less obvious it becomes. A slight smoky graphite flavor emerges later too. Clean. hazel. dry dry.

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Photo of Brad007
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a light blonde color with a thin head. Seems pretty standard there.

Aroma is sweet with gooseberry and the aroma of wheat showing through the most.

Taste is both smooth and mildly sweet upfront with the taste of berries showing up in the middle, followed by a decent amount of wheat.

Mouthfeel is one of gooseberries and malt sweetness as stated. Very smooth but a little sour (due to the gooseberries). The resulting taste at the very end of the tongue is one of cereal/grains.

An interesting take on a wheat beer. The gooseberries add a decent mix of sweetness and sourness to the flavor. The wheat seems well balanced. It's smooth and drinkable. This ale does not taste like a typical fruit beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

01/23/05- Purchased at a wine and spirits store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a drink by Sept 2005 on the back label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Orangish-straw yellow tint coloring. A very slight bit cloudy. Nice creamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Very faint herb like scent. Almost tea like. Maybe some floral smell also.

Taste- Extremely smooth and tea like quality. I guess it's kind of a lightly fruited grain like taste. Very very tasty and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- The lightest of carbonation and a light mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I could drink these all night long. A great lightly fruited taste. This would be a great summer beer IMO. Will be going back for more of these. My favorite type from this brewery. Although, the seaweed ale and the Pine Scots are also quite refreshing too.

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Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Vyronian
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Offa
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a light but unique, somewhat complex, and very enjoyable beer.

Slightly hazy, pale amber, it has an off-white medium head, soon shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is grain, hint of metal, gooseberry, and fermenting apples.

Taste is interesting, ligh but very characterful with subtle complexity. It has full grain character, light zesty fruitiness, light wine-like character, some spiciness that is stronger at finish and aftertaste. Light sweetness up front with very light bitterness balancing it at the finish and after. Some of the elements are hard to pin down, but it is extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a taster's pack of traditional scottish ales and they have all been great, this is the last one in the pack of 4.

Pours a hazy light copper oolour with a small head and good retention. The lacing was good too.

Aroma is sweet berries, apple juice, sourness, malt is right up there.

The taste begins with a sweet and sour, tart berry flavour. Then there is a malty grainy flavour and the finish is quite bitter and refreshing. A lot going on in the flavour but not overwhelming and very refreshing.

Clean moderate carbonation and a low to medium body. This is a really great beer, it would go really well with chicken or fish I'd say. I'd love to have this with a lemon chicken or lemon pepper salmon steak. Great beer!!

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Photo of Dentist666
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gooseberry & wheat ale from Scotland. 0,33l bottle.
Pours clear golden with a white ring of froth. Mild wheat aroma with sour hints of gooseberry. Taste is well-balanced between wheat/herbal start & remarkable bitter finish. Very light and drinkable beer, with smooth carbonation.

Upd: And long-lasting astringent aftertaste, surprisingly

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Photo of Greggy
4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- low head, hazy orange color, decent lacing

S- Gooseberry notes, fruity, sweet malt. Very reminiscent of scotch ales.

T- Starts off with a floral malt, and nice fruitiness, finish is floral and sweet of gooseberry.

M- Low carbonation and nice sweet smooth aftertaste.

D- This has a great balance for not having hops. If you enjoy authentic scotch ales, this will be great for you.

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Photo of marburg
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The highlight for me is clearly the aroma. It's hazed, light appearance is an obvious prelude to the slightly wheaty, refreshing characteristics. But the nose is where it's at: An exotic mix of lemon, lemon balm, and rotting berries delights the senses and comes in waves to be savored and contemplated. The flavor is reminiscent of chewing on lemon grass and drinking chamomile herbal tea. Leaves a slight cottonmouth-ish feeling. The body is thin and slightly anemic. A little more carbonation and body would carry this really unique beer into the stratosphere.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle marked best before October 2005.

Fresh 'cut grass' aroma which becomes quite strong if the beer is agitated. Appearance is hazy orange with a lively white foam head, great glass lacing. The haze is apparently from fruit pectins. Carbonation is quite high with lots of tiny bubbles rising.

Taste is unusual but very pleasant, a citrusy fruitiness leads into an underlying spiciness which becomes more apparent at the finish. There's a slight sweetness all the way through.

An unusual and enjoyable beer which would work very well indeed as a refresher on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Max's today

Beautiful light orange, lightly hazy with a thick white head with great retention. The nose has a bright gooseberry tartness and light caramel sweetness. No hops, but the sourness does add a a lot of character to this beer. Some juniper as well? The palate opens with a blend of mild tartness, not very gooseberry like with heather and juniper. Mild sweetness with caramel and honey, drying on the finish with tartness and heather. Medium body, moderate carbonation an a long lasting finish with tartness and honey, this beer is quite exceptional

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant pale gold under a 2” white foam cap with a very fine bead that gradually drops to a thick, lacy film. S: Wheat, berries and a faint wild aroma rise from the beer. T: The gooseberries and the wheat interact in interesting ways with some spiciness and a faint wild taste. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: An unusual yet refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of tallar
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hashy, orangish-gold, abiet slightly green, straw color. Has a small white head, that quickly dissapates, giving away to very thin lacing. Smells wine-like, more like grapes then gooseberries. After that, herbs of some sort are probably the next most noticable thing, along with a hint of wheat and malt.

Tastes more herbal then anything. Almost tea-like with some grape-ish qualities. Sweet at first, before turning slightly tart, it finishes kind of dry. Malts and wheat seems to be somewhere in there as well, but the herbal tea quality of thism is definitely the most dominate flavor. Fairly drinkable, with a smooth, medium-body.

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Photo of sammytag
4.21/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Colour - Golden yellow

On the first nose i got a bit of a metallic scent, which turned me off, but after a bit o' coaxing, pleasing (although faint) rasiny notes. after swirling it around a bit and letting the brew breathe a surprising, fresh cheese/dewy forest smell comes through which is actually quite nice.

First taste to come through is a very standard, delicate wheat, which doesn't stick around for long, opening up into a medium bodied candied fruit medley, with very honest flavours (ie, not too sugary sweet). The smooth malts make a short, modest appearance, fading to embrace the berry goodness.

It should be said that the carbonation of this beer doesn't hang around for long either.

By chance, I had this beer a couple hours after having some super stong tea - I find that the tannins from the tea can make drinks taste sweeter sometimes. This was the case for the Grozet, but was by no means a bad thing. This beer would be great in winter, after a big meal, apres coffee and tea, with a nice dark pudding or blueberry grunt.

The rasiny smell and berry & dried fruit flavours in this brew are reminiscent of a barleywine, albeit, toned down a lot.

Great, complexity. Give it a try.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GatheringBrews
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a restaurant in Bologna, Italy, while on vacation.

Poured hazy gold color with a thin white head and a nice aroma of heather and wheat.

Slightly tart initial taste but generally mild and refreshing. Just a hint of the gooseberry, but not a solid note.

Light body and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've long wanted to try a Gruit beer, not being the hugest fan of excessive hopping, so when I heard this historic ales of Scotland pack was being release at the LCBO, I had to pick me up one.

Appearance: A thumb of head that retained modestly but did not lace after a modest pour. The body is a hazy, somewhat golden yellow that boasts fairly consistent carbonation. I'll be honest I'm not really sure what to expect but given it is a wheat beer and seems to have hefe characteristics, I'm gonna give it a solid score.

Smell: No question that there are gooseberries presented in this offering, although the wheat character seems to dominate it slightly. The entire beer has a mild herbal smell to it as well, which really is to be expected. A very natural smell to it.

Taste: Starts with a fairly mild herb and berry taste, which smoothly lets the wheat takes over with hints of tea mixed it. It ends as the wheat slowly relents and turns to a herbal dryness that I can't describe to round out the end of the beer. The big complaint though, the lack of hopping leaves it with only the barest hints of bitterness, and it is a bit on the mild side.

Mouthfeel: Transitioning on this beer is exceptional, as it flows remarkably well. A dry herb and gooseberry aftertaste is nicely done, and crisp taste that leaves the mouth eager for more. The only complaint is the carbonation is slightly lacking and the aftertaste could be stronger but they are minor complaints.

Drinkability: No problems getting this stuff down at all, as it is smooth as silk. Refreshing, easy on the stomach, no gas issues and I could put this back with incredible ease due to the exceptional mouthfeel and lack of bitterness. The only down side is it would seem hard to get, but I can't really fault the beer for that.

Final Thoughts: If this is representative of gruit beer, then sign me up. This beer was exceptionally easy to drink, and has left me looking forward to the rest of the pack. My thumb is way up on this one, however I would be naive to say it is for everyone. This beer would have been excellent training wheels in my youth to beer as a whole.

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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first from the Heather company. I'm glad it was. What a nice introduction to their product.

Much lighter than expected, both in color and mouthfeel. Clarity was excellent. Bottle stated that there would be some haziness, but none seemed to be present.

Nose was muted, slightly sweet and muddled with light herbs.

Extremely complex flavor palate that evolved the whole way through the glass. Sweet notes, tart/sweet notes, some earthy funkiness later on. Really interesting.

Drinkability is very high because I keep wanting to take a sip and find out what's next.

Keep it up alewives!

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Grozet from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 464 ratings