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%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Mack
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjacquard
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of groleau
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyOnTilt
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Pmicdee
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The name of the beer suits the appearance to a tea. Actually the taste is very harsh and unusual. Not an everyday drinking 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 Iz-GOod
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of srsev
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of R_Kole
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mtomlins
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cdean801
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mick303
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beau's bottle into a tulip, dark brown, some faint tawny hints maybe. Good initial head , fades to leave a coarse film. Quite opaque with some visible carbonation. Lacing fades out. Could look better.

S - puckering, with an astringent phenolic character, tartness, spicy, with pepper, earthyness and a full earthy, gruity kick from the myrtle, something like heather with some gooseberries. Vegetal and and a bit farmy.

T - cherries with a dark spicy character, vegetal, and some of the myrtle woody bitterness comes toward the ending. Get notes of gooseberry, dates, lots of spicy fruitiness, and the gruit character is quite strong, pleasant herbal interplay, if some of the tartness came in to make it a bit wild I would be more enthusiastic, think that could offer a lot of interesting complexity. As it is, spicy? yes, rich? kinda, tasty? yeah, but overall im looking for this to be a little more assertive. Balance is fairly good and finish is nice.

M - low carbonation on this, a tart and fruity and spicy offering, a little sour and syrupy, more carbonation would probably help it.

If this beer had some brett in it I think it would be awesome, quite nice offering as is. I like the unique terrior and the myrtle certainly comes across, with some woody spicy notes, all round an interesting gruit, certainly pushing different. Worth a try maybe, yet the bitterness or tartness could be ramped up to improve complexity.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle purchased a respectable $4.85 CDN from the LCBO. Served chilled into glassware.

Appearance - Hazy, murky brown looks like... well... Bog water. 1/2 finger of head poured which doesn't linger. Tint little wisps of residue to remain on top.

Smell - Floral, dark fruits, some molasses, cranberry and other low hanging fruits. Some dates and prunes in there too. Quite a medley and very enticing. The combination of aromas, actually has me thinking that this won't be altogether too different from a weizenbock. Some bready / grain ellements too.

Taste - How wrong I was, dark fruits, a bit sour an a mild bitterness. Very floral tasting and the light breadiness continues its routine through the tastebuds. The appearance of it in this subtle manner harkens me again to Weizenbocks or Quads but the fruitiness and the softness (especially in mouthfeel) is what makes this a Gruit. Full flavor though.

Mouthfeel - Light and soft, medium carbonation, but very gruit-like in the way it blends with the cranberry and other fruits.

Overall - Pretty damn good gruit, whilst being something interesting and fairly unique. This still isn't my style but this is a very good effort. Definitely may pick up a couple bottles when my more experimental friends come over.

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Photo of Highflyer
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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 LoveBeerNo7
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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