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
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
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6
Gots:
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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 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 kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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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 BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Batch 1894, packaged November 30, 2011.

Poured a translucent maroon, with some big head as the glass filled but disappeared as soon as the pour finished. Nose head, no lace and some modest carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. Nose has lots of sweet caramel, some interesting yeast/fruit qualities that almost resemble a weizen in some respects (lots of banana here). Some interesting herbal notes, with a hint of spice. Quite intriguing, maybe a hint of alcohol as well. Taste has some overripe bananas, a hint of spice, with a touch of cocoa and caramel. Sweet malts, somewhat of a banana bread character to this; a touch of spice as well. A bit of bitterness and some definite alcohol in the finish, although it isn't too prohibitive. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, and carbonation is low, but kinda helps this out. An interesting pint, I would revisit this.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

'Bog Water' is an appropriately unappealing name for a beer so ugly. Indeed, this looks like it came from the swamp. I've never seen such a distinctly repelling, murky brown appearance; only against a bright afternoon's backlight does it maybe look remotely consumable. The surface appears a boiling cauldron, bubbles fizzing out as rapidly as they spring up. Then just flat.

Ugly though this surely is, it has a blissful bouquet. A potent and musty yeast breathes a very perfumed character to the notes of raisins, plum, and the multitude of herbal extract flavors. It smells "mulled", as if stirred with a cinnamon stick. I expect to find whole cloves floating in it. In a sense, it reminds me of Chartreuse (French herbal liqueur) but far more approachable.

On the palate it tastes like a mulled coffee sweetened with thick pellets of brown turbinado sugar and prune juice, again stirred with a cinnamon stick. There are traces of mint and campfire smoke and strong notes of clove on the finish. Despite the spice and toast it has scantly any meatiness. Its sweet, earthy (and somewhat cola-like) profile shares some resemblance with Kvas (fermented rye bread/molasses drink).

The beer's unique, almost fascinating flavour isn't exactly pushed along by an energetic core. Then again, it can’t offer what it doesn't have – which in this case is hops. (Note: a single hop pellet was added, presumably to be ironic.) Bog myrtle (also known as sweet gale) means no bitterness. The result (especially once the carbonation tires) is a very flat product with a strong treacle-like quality.

Bog Water has the mildewy, earthy, forest-floor profile that recalls the 10,000 year old peat bog for which it's named and the surrounding countryside of a wet, cold Eastern Ontario. It is a distinct but appropriate winter seasonal and, unless I'm mistaken, the first Gruit attempted by a Canadian brewer. Bravo. Not something I'd have frequently, but once a year sounds good.

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

I'd classify this as a "Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale", and a very good one at that!

A: Reddish-brown with a tan head, light retention, some lacing.

S: Wildberries with a unique mossy/wet-land aroma. Pleasant bready maltyness.

T: Bread, wild berries, an indistinguishable herbalness, dark fruit & hints of fruity esters, nut & spice. Alcohol is well-hidden & the sweetness is really well-balanced.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, with a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for it's weight (and lack of hops!).

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

600ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is basically no lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - Malts, caramel, banana, raisins/dates

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some clove. There is also a fair amount of banana flavour mixed with raisins/dates and an earthiness. It ends with a malty light fruit aftertaste.

Overall - This one actually reminded me a bit of their 'Dunkel Buck' but with a lot less sweetness and taste. It had a very poor appearance and there was really nothing exciting about the beer. It almost tasted like "gruit lite" if such a thing existed. It needs a bump up in the flavour department and some more sweetness in the aftertaste.

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

Photo of bylerteck
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled November 30 so nice and fresh.

A - Pours a murky looking deepy ruby red colour. The head came out as a fizzy light brown but fizzled away really fast. Good carbonation coming up. The colour sure looks like a bog. No retention obviously and no lace. The murky looking element of this saves it from failing miserably.

S - A Sahti-like aroma with lot's of herbal notes, candied fruits, berries, and twigs.

T - Much the same with more berry notes, dark fruits, twigs, candied fruits, herbal notes. Alot like Sahti actually. Interesting.

M - Nice fizzy carbonation with a light to medium body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Interesting. Not overly pleasant though. A small sample would have done. The Sahti similarity is cool and the novelty of it scores it points, but more malt backbone would have dones this good with caramel or bready notes.

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Photo of Viggo
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Volo.

Pours a relatively clear dark reddish brown, slight bit of muddiness, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a few spots stick around.

Smell is neat, sweet, spicy, old school cola/medicinal aroma, licorice, caramel, sugary, very earthy, root beer, pepper, quite medicinal, pretty cool.

Taste is neat as well, similar to aroma, sweet at first, brown sugar and caramel, light maltiness, peppery spice and cola, licorice and a touch of vanilla, earthy, medicinal, light bitterness but still on the sweet end.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I dug this one, good stab at the style.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of kwjd
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What. Pours a murky orange colour with hints of brown/amber. Head starts out thick, but dissipates to small ring on the top. Some lacing down the glass. Smells of berries and spices, can't quite put my finger on exactly what I'm smelling. Very sweet flavour, but still some tartness. Smooth mouthfeel. Quite a different beer, but nice.

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Photo of peensteen
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown/ruby colour, collar of off white head, no lace at all, not as ugly as everyone said it was! Smell is yeasty with tons of banana, brown sugary notes, some earthy-herbal notes, very fain alcohol as well. Taste is full of banana followed directly by herbal notes, spicy with banana coming back as well, some sips give flavours of chocolate, mild bitterness with an earthy finish. Medium dry carbonation, medium body with a fairly nice feel. Not bad, unique with some good interesting flavours, would revisit gladly.

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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 DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Photo of SebD
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice murky deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, herbal notes, some breadiness, brown sugar, dark fruit and some spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet caramel, herbal notes, sweet raisins, a subtle spiciness and a slight breadiness.

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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Bog Water from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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