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Bog Water | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty, with a plum-like fruitiness that is offset by spicy, earthy bitterness.

Added by CanuckRover on 02-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,846
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
114
pDev:
12.05%
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0
 
 
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

600 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; batch 3465. It shouldn't be much of a surprise when I state that this isn't a style I have truckloads of experience with - but I suppose that's all the more reason to crack this one open, eh? Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, muddy copper-brown colour, pretty much what I'd expect bog water to look like. Seated atop the liquid is one finger of creamy, light tan-coloured, fairly short-lived head that dissipates over the next minute or two. A thin cap/collar remain, with some frothy suds left clinging around the edge of the class. The aroma is quite herbal and grassy, with elements of floral hops, sarsaparilla/root beer, brown sugar and yeast. Enticing, and definitely a change of pace from what I usually drink.

It took a few sips for my palate to adjust to this one, but eventually I came to really enjoy it. This one is strongly herbal, so much so that it almost has a minty toothpaste flavour at first - not a great way to start things off, but once your tongue makes sense of the flowery myrtle notes the beer comes together much more nicely. Sarsaparilla, hemp seed and tisane flavours are all detectable, with a brown sugar and molasses sweetness underlying much of the profile. Herbal bog myrtle notes finish it off, with a touch of clove spice and yeast in the aftertaste. The alcohol is only barely detectable. On the light side of medium-bodied, with fizzy carbonation that doesn't work well in the context of all the spicy, herbal notes IMO. Minor complaint, though - this is reasonably drinkable for a beer with such an unusual flavour profile.

Final Grade: 3.83, a solid B+. Beau's Bog Water is an interesting diversion, if nothing else - I wouldn't mind another bottle on occasion, but it's not something I'm going to be stocking up on or seeking out. I enjoyed this glass, and while the beer itself would make a fine after-dinner digestif, it's not the sort of stuff I'd be interested in drinking in large quantities. If spiced beers are your thing then this is definitely worth a shot - cheers to Beau's for having the guts to brew an obscure, esoteric beer style, even if it's not entirely up my alley.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a good chance to scratch my gruit itch recently (other than from the Historic Ales of Scotland pack), so it was very nice to see this offering from Beau's hit the shelves. I've been meaning to try this for quite some time, but their distribution has only really taken off this year. Still, quite glad to pick up a bottle.

Kudos to Beau's for their dating info - not many Ontario brewers do this consistently. Bottled on November 30th, served in a dimpled ale glass on a disgustingly wet, boggy December afternoon.

The name "bog water" conjures up images of stagnant Ontario lakes fillled with lilies, reeds and dank, brown water. And that's precisely the image that Bog Water seeks to replicate. Dank, chestnut brown, slightly hazy, light brown when given some sun. The head is negligible, quickly dissolving into a thin ring. Eh, the beer is called Bog Water - what do you expect?

Nose is slightly spicy, but the dominant smell I detect is that of a dunkelweizen - cocoa, dark malt and a bit of over-ripe banana. It's faint, but it's there.

This brew is extra malty, with a big caramel-chocolate sweetness rushing out of the gate. But that same over-ripe banana continues to nag at my tastebuds. It's not until the finish that the gruit begins to show, with a nice herbal bitterness. Slightly flat, oily, and with a tangy carbonation kick. Surprisingly dry on the tongue.

Not exactly what I was expecting, but an interesting brew nonetheless. And hell, it's almost 7% - always a plus in my book. But not really the gruit fix I was hoping for. Worth a try at any rate.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Appearance: average head; incredibly clear as like all Beau's brews; stunningly deep, rich, brown amber - like the edges of a port wine

Aroma: sweet; sharp, slightly acidic fruit, like a barleywine; raisiny, dried fruit (prunes)

Taste & Mouthfeel: interesting mouthfeel stands out with the first sip - almost thick and fatty, coating and clinging to the tongue; just slightly sour; there's something herbal, like a rustic tea; hops are replaced by bog myrtle and the change is noticeable - lacking that dimension; sweetness is "natural" like flowers or honey (not sugary); short length

Overall: a very interesting and complex experiment, like a lighter Belgian Abbey, but the hops and length are missed

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Photo of basementbrewer
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of biboergosum
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

20oz pint on-tap at BeerBistro in downtown Toronto. I've heard weird things about this one, after asking about the strange bottles of this stuff in the more discriminating local LCBO outlets.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, medium copper brown colour, with very little in the way of wispy off-white head, which leaves some very minor streaky and filmy lace around the glass as things duly progress.

It smells quite herbal, floral, and organic, like the center of a sunflower, and a bit medicinal, over top of a bready and doughy caramel malt sweetness, and some muddled dark fruity esters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, still prominent floral, herbal, and vegetal notes, a bit of blended earthy spice, some mildly sour cherry and plum fruitiness, and a touch of oily nuttiness.

The carbonation is quite low in its barely palpable frothiness, the body on the lighter side, but not thin, and a bit too prickly to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes trending dry, earthy, and um, boggy, but yet fairly clean overall.

Well, crazy, olden-times brews like this one are certainly neat to try, and I would probably drink more of this if the hops of the world were to suddenly up and vanish, but in the meantime, one is quite enough for my new-fangled palate.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany colour, hazy. Large but fast dissipating head, but I sort of expected that without much in the way of hops to help the retention. No lace. Really, it looks like a headless dunkelweizen. Mild aroma shows banana, raisin, and herbal/floral notes. Tastes of toasted malt, a gentle sweetness with banana and dried fruit notes, spicy phenols, and a slight soapy character in the finish. My glass is well-rinsed so I don't believe it's that - maybe Bog Myrtle just tastes a little bit soapy to me? Anyways, it doesn't bother me. Cilantro is a little bit soapy too, and I don't mind some of that either. No bitterness.

Medium-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer, and I don't mean this as a complaint since I enjoyed it, but there really is something about it that makes it seem more dunkelweisse than dubbel. But hey, those Belgian yeast strains can be pretty estery and phenolic as well.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a real gruit. cloyingly sweet. Not my cup of bog droppings.

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Photo of Sammy
2.64/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

myrtle is lemony and adds a citrus tang to tea. As a hop replacement, this is odd and different and queer. Dark brown with off-white soapy head, and lacey. Horse smell in there, vegetable aroma and in taste. Medium mouthfeel and aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Beau's first seasonal and second brew after their flagship Lugtread. The beer is made with bog myrtle or sweet gale. Sweet gale was a popular plant for flavouring beer in Northwest Europe up until the 16th Century. The brewery harvested the plant from Northern Quebec. As far as I can tell, this is pretty unique today, the only other one I can find on BA is Porse Guld from Denmark, and that seems to be a completely different style than this. Steve from Beau's let me try a pod from the plant and it offered a very interesting taste. Very aromatic, slightly medicinal with a huge peppery punch.

They call this a strong and spicy dirty brown ale. This is a pretty tough beer to nail down. Thank god for the herb/spiced beer category! Growler was filled at the brewery. Beer is unfiltered and they said it was aged 6 weeks. True to the description, the beer pours a dark, dirty brown. Offers a finger thick off white head, spotty lacings. Unfiltered, the beer is slightly cloudy and has an orangey tint.

This beer has some nose on it. A grassy sweetness, similar to heather. Sweet gale is apparently a traditional inclusion in bouquets and pot-purri and it shows. Strong floral note with a very spicy, herbal backing. Slightly astringent evergreen holds the overall sweetness from a very strong malt backbone at bay.

I find it hard to take this beer apart. Many herbed beers rely on the special ingredient, in this case the myrtle simply takes the place of hops, the malt is still a star in its own right. Medicinal herbs fill the mouth and nose and hang around while the tongue picks its way through the four continental malts. When I tasted it yesterday I got alot of stout qualities from it, not so much this time. Very bitter chocolate. Slightly burnt caramel. Bitterness from the mytle comes on quick and coats the tongue with pepper and the herbal notes. A little bit of spice, almost Belgian, cloves standing out the most. Alcohol is well contained.

Mouthfeel, thinner than I had thought it would be. Carbonation offers a tingle to go with the myrtle bitterness, but not too much. This goes down pretty easy, especially for the ABV.

A standout beer, especially in Ontario. Beau's has taken an ancient tradition and used it in a completely different style. Ottawans can say they've got a beer nobody else does. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy... or it could have been the beer.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LanceH
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waterbuffalo
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew. Not a lot of complexity but tastes good. I would drink again.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO $4.35.

A- Very good. Opened well. Poured a generous 1" head that dissipated quickly. Nice amber nearing brownish

S- Spicey

T- Very good. Spicey with hints of honey. Opens well with caramel and clove

M- Creamy good. Excellent carbonation. Pleasure if cellared for some time

O- Very good. Will not buy for the cellar but a nice spiced beer offering

Food Pairing

This wonderful little spiced beer will pair will with... Meat Pie.

This slightly smokey offering pairs well with a beef or beef and pork mixed pie

Thx for reading

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Photo of StormAles
4.49/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light sugar and caramel notes with light herb undertones. Taste is a mix between a solid malt backbone with some herbs and some light candi sugar. Body is fuller then average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though some additional carbonation would have helped.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful ruby amber color from the bottle with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Very yeasty on the nose with wheat and tropical hints.

Taste is a pleasant, equally yeasty typical dubbel, brown sugar, banana. Caramel malt notes. One wouldn't be able to tell that this didn't have hops in it if they never read the backstory. There is a slight bitterness from the myrtle, which lingers after swallow, but has a milder sharpness to hops.

Bogwater is only lightly carbonated and little body, it comes and goes in the mouth and is very drinkable.

An interesting concept and an enjoyable beer, but little stands out to make this different from the dubbel pack.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark copper, semi opaque, tanned head finger, moderate retention.

Aroma: greasy, sweet, fruity, caramel, figs, plums, nutty, yeasty.

Taste: plums, dark fruits, esters, caramel, rye bread.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, stingy sort of, lighter body, a little rough.

Overall: interesting. Though I'm not too familiar with the style. Seems over carbonated, making it a little harsh, but its quite palate able overall.

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Photo of cdean801
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mtomlins
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Amalak
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 114 ratings
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