St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit) | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)
39 Ratings
St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)

Brewed by:
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lavender, Rosemary, and Thyme Used For Bittering

Added by bylerteck on 02-02-2014

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of TheHammer
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A clear golden body that shows ample carbonation, poured with a single finger of head that did not lace but retained exceptionally well.

Smell: An abundant herbal mix as lemongrass, pepper, lavender with touches of rosemary, cane sugar. Warming helps the beer come out more which really addresses it's only weakness, in that it could use a bit more potency. Still a very minor complaint.

Taste: Starts with a herbal lemon and pepper note before a brief mild malt note makes an appearance with a mixed rosemary and oregano touch as then some floral and earth notes which I assume is lavender and earthy hops round out the beer in a mild fashion.

Mouthfell: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, but it is a bit thin. The aftertaste is a mixed herbal note that lasts forever but doesn't cling excessively, although has a slight dry note. Transitioning is also quite solid, especially given then range.

Drinkability: Light bodied and full of flavour, a rare and great combination. Easy to drink and easy on the system, but the dry note stops it just short of refreshing which is really the only weakness.

Final Thoughts: Another excellent offering from Beau's which further cements my love of Gruit. This one is a herbal explosion and quite frankly I sincerely hope this one comes around again as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of StormAles
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Glorithm
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired taste.

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Photo of groleau
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Max8787
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rale
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bugs318
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Way too much lavender. It's more pleasant on the nose than in the mouth where it dominates poorly.

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Photo of Simon212
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TerryW
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Quite striking for it's unusual flavor. Very herbal, moderately sweet. Interesting, well off the beaten track, but not to my taste.

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Photo of mikemands
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as part of a Best of Beau's 4pk for $24.00. 600ml bottle served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that films out in a minute. Dark gold color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of fruit and sugar.

T- Lavender shines through. Never had a heavy lavender beer before but I like it! Not overpowering and very refreshing. Nice fall time beer by the fire. Aftertaste is there forever. This is a powerful beer but does not hit you in the face with flavor.

M- Creamy good.

O- Nice beer! If I see it on tap I'll get it for sure. Lots of fruity goodness here. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This was a tough one.... This beer went well with...... Roasted lamb but be careful. Keep it simple with Rosemary and a touch of Thyme as this beer can be overpowered easily even though it's powerful it's self.


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Photo of Danomeister
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This fruit over flows with floral lavender and rosemary flavors, but without any bitterness to stand on, comes off like a slightly malty watered down potpourri soda. Remarkable how odd and undigestible beer can taste without hops.

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Photo of Hoppy_McGee
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I feel that the herbal flavors are just too overpowering in this one. The lavender aroma makes it smell like someone dumped scented shampoo into the bottle. The rosemary and thyme flavors just dominate everything and seem really out of place in a beer. I could only get through about a half of this bottle before dumping it. Gruits are really hit and miss for me. I tend to enjoy gruits where the purpose of the herbs is for bittering but when they are thrown in for flavor I'm usually not a fan.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only cafe. Says lavender but its very oregeno in aroma and taste, with pepper. Saison like. Not bad.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ63
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle included in the Best of Beau's 2014 mix pack; the last of four. Bottled Oct. 27 2014 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, effervescent orange-amber hue, generating one finger of loose, fizzly white head that recedes quite quickly. After only a couple of minutes, the solitary remnants are a wispy film on the surface and a narrow, foamy collar. Extremely aromatic on the nose; almost pungent - lavender leaps right out at you, and the rosemary is quite noticeable as well. Quite herbal and flowery, with suggestions of lemon, fresh mint, thyme, grainy malt and caramelized sugar. Kind of reminds me of the last time I was unwillingly dragged into Bath & Body Works.

Very unusual flavour profile. It begins sweet - almost sugary, in fact, with caramel and honey immediately coming to mind. Floral lavender is every bit as dominant as it was on the nose, with candied orange and lemon zest playing as a foil to the intense herbal flavours of rosemary and thyme. Finishes with a peppery, somewhat ginger-like kick, with a mild floral, herbal bitterness closing things out. Lavender and rosemary herb flavour remain present on the palate well after each sip; I could see this turning some people off, but I don't mind. Medium in body, with sturdy carbonation levels that provide a delicate, prickly crispness on the tongue. Not particularly sessionable; the herbs give this one a bit of a potpourri vibe that tires the palate out fairly quickly.

Final Grade: 3.91, a B+. When you've reviewed hundreds of different beers, it seems to become an increasingly difficult task for new brews to trigger a raise of the eyebrows - but this beer definitely managed to pique my curiosity. St. Luke's Verse is a refreshing, neat little herbed ale with a set of very unique flavours - many of which I have never seen used in any beer, ever. While the unusual ingredients will certainly limit this one's range of appeal, BAs with any interest in this style should consider this a worthwhile pick-up, if only for interest's sake. Like Beau's' other gruit-style beers, this is a solid niche offering that I MIGHT see myself purchasing again... maybe.

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Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hunterjames
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mick303
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour from the bottle was an inconspicuous clear golden colour with some nice white head that doesn't stick around for too long.

S - powerful notes of lavender, reminds me of the disney scratch and sniff books of my childhood, floral and lemony, pepper, some rosemary potentially but this is quite an intense and astringent lavender spice to it. Also quite candied.

T - has more balance and nuance, oranges, upfront lavender notes, wildflower honey, peppery notes again with a bit of candied orange peel. Pale bready malt.Candied lavender notes, a bit of a sickly sweetness balanced by the herbalness and slightly oily lavender and rosemary notes.

M - moderate body becoming quite light on the finish with a light carbonation. Quite light with some stickiness to it though.

While some of the fundamentals here are in place, the beer never really works as a whole. The lavender really dominates this at most points and where it does it carries a sickly candy sweetness that takes awhile to balance out. Where some of the citrus and earthy spice notes were allowed to emerge it become quite nice actually, especially as thyme came up. Not one of Beau's best ales, Bogwater was a far better gruit in my opinion.

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St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit) from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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