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

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St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)St. Luke's Verse (Lavender Gruit)
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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: 43 |  Reviews: 10
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Photo of MJ63
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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 socon67
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Danomeister
2.28/5  rDev -37%
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 Bugs318
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
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 DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 StormAles
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinHildahl
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ritzkiss
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Only, part of Beau's FeBREWary gruit series, a lavender gruit.

Close your eyes, take a sip… and you'd swear you're drinking lavender ginger ale. The nose reveals the stronger lavender notes and between the sweetness, a hint of ginger, and the spritzy carbonation - you have lavender ginger ale. No head but ample spritzy carb, sweet in a 'tripping the light fantastic' sort of way, light herbal notes that almost border on peppery, simple but refreshing.

While it barely tastes like 'beer' and is perhaps a little too simple and light for the 'seasoned' beer drinkers of this site… it's a refreshing, delightful ale. A nice twist.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SebD
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of lavender, ginger and some pepper. Very floral/herbal.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some lavender, ginger, herbal notes (slightly grassy), light pepper and some floral notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Mousel
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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 Max8787
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brody1714
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikemands
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
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 rale
4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of lgmol
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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