Wild Oats Series No. 8 - Bog Father Eastern Ontario Gruit | Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

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Wild Oats Series No. 8 - Bog Father Eastern Ontario GruitWild Oats Series No. 8 - Bog Father Eastern Ontario Gruit

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

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beau's is proud to present the most recent evolution of a new style of beer we call the Eastern Ontario Gruit. Prepare yourself for a full-out assault on your palate! Intense flavours and aromatics of raisin, hazelnut, herbal bitters, burnt toast, pisang goreng, cola and bubblegum are achieved through the alchemy of a double-mash of dark malts, Belgian trappist ale yeasts, and bogmyrtle hand-picked in the Eastern Ontario wilderness.

Added by Sammy on 01-25-2011

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of deonreds
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer pours a dark brown with a dark amber hue in the bottom, It poured with 3 fingers of offwhite head that faded to half a finger and stayed like that.

Aroma - I get raisin, cola, toast, brown sugar and some spice.

Taste - Cola is the first thing that hits the palate followed closely by raisin, fresh cut grass, earthy hops, a spicyness I'm guessing is coming from the bog myrtle and the strong taste of slighly burnt toast on the back end of the flavor.

Feel - This is a medium bodied beer with creamy carbonation, the alcohol is well masked.

Overall - This is stronger than other gruits I tried and its also hopped which is rare. I'm guessing that's were the "imperial gruit" label came from. The flavors are enjoyable but I feel if the toast flavor wasnt burned it would have been a 4. Not a bad beer though, especially for a gruit.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of NDG07
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint sleeve from a 600 mL bottle from a stop at the brewery a month or two ago.

A - dark, like a stout, a little murky, not too generous head.

S - spices, alcohol, herbal and different, almost medicinal more than hoppy or malty.

T - now we find malt, and hops, and a tangy, herbal, something different that makes me want another sip.

M - rich but strong with alcohol, smooth but warming

Distinctive and interesting, but worth trying. I would pick this up again if I have the chance.

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Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600ml Bottle shared by the Ottawa Tasting group

Appearance - Hazy reddish brown colour with a an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head was gone in a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, raisins/dates, herbal

Taste & Mouth - There is average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with butterscotch/caramel and some herbal notes. There is also some raisins/dates and an earthiness. It ends with a malty herbal aftertaste.

Overall - One of the better Beau's beers I have had. It had a well balanced taste and was fairly interesting. I'd pick up more of this if I saw it at my local store.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Beau's home delivery service. From notes.

A - Poured muddy and rusty red in colour. Good carbonation with a half finger of beige head that left no lace and no retention.

S - Spices? Very different. Very aggressive. Odd wild character to it. Very strong. No idea how to describe how it smells, but I assume the bog myrtle and other stuff in here.

T - Malty. Bread, those wild and spice flavours again. A little dark fruit. Vegetal?

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a mildly sweet finish.

O/D - Seems to much like mom added too much nutmeg to the cookies or something. I applaud the effort, but there would be no reason to drink more than half a bottle of this. Even that was a bit tough. Seemed like they did what they intended to, just wasn't up my alley.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice merky amber/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet malts, chocolate, herbal notes, some earthiness and slight floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet bready malts, , roasty notes, some chocolate, and herbal/earthy 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 Molson2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date. Bottle #668

LOOK: Dark leather brown.

SMELL: Sweet, malty, herbal, chestnuts, burnt orange, licorice root, medicinal, cotton candy, figs.

TASTE: Smooth, full bodied, malty, burnt sugar, brown bread, dried hay, herbal, birch beer, alcohol soaked plums, toasted biscuits.

Bold but still approachable, complex but easy to comprehend. A thinking beer as each sip peels back another layer. The use of Trappist ale yeast brings that much more to the palate. Nothing short of amazing here.

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Photo of liamt07
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cask at C'est What, served in a pint glass.

Came to the table a deep dark brown, opaque with some flashes of some burgundy at the edges. Dusty and dirty mocha head, with little retention and no lace. Nose is an earthy mocha, dark chocolate, herbal and organic notes abound. Taste is somewhat similar, with a real earthy chocolate, herbal and even more 'organic' than the nose. Some cocoa, light wheat and banana notes, even some mild menthol? Light roast coffee in the periphery as well. Quite a decent mouthfeel, creamy and quite good cask feel to it. Somewhat interesting overall, but it lacks focus and feels all over the place. Interesting, but just OK.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not to long ago Beau's All Natural Brewing in Vankleek Hill Ontario released a beer style that went out of fasion in the 1500′s, about the time that hops started to become commonplace in brewing. Beau's Bog Water is a Gruit Ale, a seasonal beer created to mimic the way beer was produced for so many years... without hops! So how did brewers balance out the sweetness of the malt? Enter the gruit. It may not sound nice, and it probably didn't look nice either, but gruit is a collection of herbs, twigs, spices and earth-like natural substances that brewers could use to add bitterness, seasoning, and flavor to their beer. This is how beer was made for thousands of years, then the mighty hop came in and changed the world as it was.

Because of this transition there are now extremely few brewers who brew a Gruit Ale, one with no hops at all. The Bog Water is one of them, a dark ale seasoned and bittered only with bog myrtle. Then, on January the 20th Beau's released 1,000 bottles of the Bog Father. Thank you Beau's for sending me one of them!

The Bog father is essentially and Imperial version of the Bog Water. And I instantly fell in love with the name. This is up to 8% from the 6.6 that the Bog Water was, and I was hoping for a richer and sweeter blast of flavor. I knew the Bog Water wouldn't be a refresher, but it lacked some depth and character that would have made it stand out more to me. My hope is that the Bog Father steps up to the plate.

I opened the Bog Father up cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into a snifter glass, as I did the Bog Water - I wanted the direct comparison to see how they do or do not resemble each other. The pour was creamy and smooth; much thicker than I remember the Bog Water being. It created a dark ruby brown beer that leaned very close to black - into the light it shone a rich mahogany brown, very pretty. The head was nice and tall, as was its predecessor, but it was slightly darker and much, much denser this time. Overall a very nice looking beer with fantastic head retention; significantly more so than the Bog Water.

The nose is strong and pungent bringing in mellow malt aromas of brown sugar, earth, herbs, some dark fruits and spice. It begins with the classic dark malt sensations but then ends with roast and floats into a world of herbal and floral aromas that you do not usually associate with beer. It is much more satisfying on the nose than the Bog Water was, and shows much deeper potential for character.

My first sip was smooth and creamy with a lush mocha like head that melted onto my tongue with soft roast and earth flavors. The cool and malty fresh beer cleaned off my palate brining in a mixture of earthy mellow and malty sweet flavors that both excited and confused my palate. I was somewhat ready for this though having already had the similar experience with the Bog Water.

Again I tried to break down the flavors in this beer to get around the herbal, spicy and down right earthy flavors that seem to dominate because we are not used to them in beer. The malts are warm and mellow sweet with smooth fruit, brown sugar and Munich like character - that kind of raw malt, almost cereal like flavor. It shows bigger richness than the Bog Water did, but is still smooth and light, pretty appropriate for an 8% beer.

All of this melts over the top of your moth and into your cheeks, but soon the clear and precise Bog Myrtle that has been used to bitter and season this beer comes into life. It rounds out the malts and flows across your tongue and embeds itself deep into the character of this beer. It really is this beer. The malts are nice, but they really place second fiddle to what makes this beer so unique - the gruit.

It is hard to describe properly, but it is an herbal, lightly musty, slightly spicy arrangement of earthy and woody sensations. It helps the beer finish cleanly, and definitely makes this a unique drink. If I had another bottle I would definitely experiment with age. I enjoyed this one more than the Bog Water, and would not have aged that. But the Bog Father I think will build with character over time. I'm not really sure how the gruit will evolve, but such is the beauty and experience of cellaring beer!

Thank's Beau's!

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at Volo

Pours nearly black, brown with amber highlights are exposed in the light, small off white soapy head with light lacing on the glass. Smell is medicinal with traces of chocolate, floral notes and something similar to fresh bread, herby with anise/licorice notes as well. Taste is slightly sweet, earthy and notes of tea are detected slightly creamy I think thats largely the effect of the cask. Pretty thin body that was slightly watery, but overall enjoyable. Very interesting brew, unique, ABV unnoticeable, could not make this an everyday brew but this is a solid one off for sure.

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Photo of bobsy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AKA Fog Bother. Thanks to T for sharing.

Pours a deep brown with ruby hints and a finger of creamy off-white head that leaves some nice lace streaks on the glass as it frops to a film. Interesting nose has very strong herbal, floral and medicinal notes. Perhaps even slight tar notes. Unique, that's for sure.

As far as I can tell there are absolutely no hops in this (the bog myrtle brings the bitterness and hops aren't in the ingredient list), but it works. Again, very herbal, with sasprilla-esque notes that remind me of root beer. Some chamomile, heather, unsweetened baking chocolate. A hint of astringency is cut by the sweetness. I'll still take hops any day, but this is nicely done. Medium body with a good carb... would have preferred it fuller, but that's okay.

Very unique, and a great experiment. Not an every day drinker, but a pleasant beer as an occasional one-off. I like how they eschewed hops and still managed to pull this off. It seems like a very Dogfish Head style beer, and I couldn't see Sam doing it any different. Beau's continue to be one of the most exciting and innovative breweries in the province. Well done!

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Volo. This is an imperial vegetable herb beer, with stated inclusion of myrtle branches, ginseng, some extra oats. I am getting creamed oats, chocolate, dry stout, chamomille and bananna in the finish, cocoa cola/root beer. Nothing at all like the bog water/chocolate stout aroma. black with a ring of head. Smooth drinker,though bit thin mouthfeel, medicine for what "ales" you.

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Wild Oats Series No. 8 - Bog Father Eastern Ontario Gruit from Beau's All Natural Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 23 ratings