Gruut Blond
Gentse Gruut Brouwerij

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Gentse Gruut Brouwerij
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #16
Ranked #24,338
3.68 | pDev: 10.33%
Jul 26, 2022
Mar 31, 2011
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Rated: 4.75 by Tenebris

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by arzt from Germany

Sep 11, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
L- It's somewhat cloudy which I think results in it lookign rather a yellow/earthy colour. It pours with a good looking 1Cm fine-bubble head, that ought to hold up well.
S- It's mild for me, there's just something vaguely 'organic' about it.
T- Better than anticipated. Previous Gruit's from this brewery I've recently tried have (obviously) no hopping as a source of bitterness, but instead various herbs that add that facet. This Blond seems to work better than the others. The herbal element isn't obtrusive to me at all, nor the absence of hops. It might be a good one to blind-taste on a friend as I doubt many at all would guess this is hop-free.
F- Bitterness, ABV% and a slightly rich medium body come together into a decent balance. It feels slightly more than 5.5% to me.
O- Probably the best gruit I've had. But then my benchmark is that it's the most like a decent hops-based beer, with no shouty herbs slamming on your palate. I'll happily finish it, though I still don't see myself buying it again as as a niche import it's $$
330ml bottle. BB: 02/10/2021. Bought from: BelgiumInABox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK.
Apr 20, 2020
Rated: 3.84 by greedysoul from Netherlands

Mar 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden amber coloration with a medium, fluffy head. Smells of sweet, doughy, bready malt, light fruity/spicy yeast esters and some herbal accents. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of sweet'ish doughy, bready malt, some fruity/spice yeast esters of green apple and clove, as well as a distinct, but not too heavy-handed herbal presence. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some esters and herbs lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I kinda like the idea of a Belgian Gruit, because the yeast esters really add something to the mix here, making up for the lack of hops as well as the herbs. This actually has quite a surprising bitterness considering that it's brewed without hops, as well as a rather enjoyable balance of sweet malts, fruity esters and bitter herbal notes.
Dec 18, 2019
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a cloudy golden color with a big top of white head that dissolves slowly and leaves some sticky lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of citrus, yeast, light malts, herbs and spices.
The flavour is sweet with fruity notes and some malt presence in the back. It then gets strong herbal and spicy notes in the flavour before it finishes of with a medium bitterness.
The finish I find a little unbalanced and watery.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a lively carbonation and a medium body.
It is an easy drinking and interesting beer to try, beside from that is nothing very exciting about it.
Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by igl from Russian Federation

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 3.05 by bierfonteintje from Belgium

Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 3.47 by emincems from Turkey

Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 4 by AGust82 from Connecticut

Oct 15, 2017
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From Belgiuminabox. In Grimbergen glass. Playing GooCubelets the void. 8months+ after bbf date. Nice combination of belgian pale ale,with a nice sugary sweetness, and tasty herbs. Why are hops so much used over gruit?
Sep 20, 2017
Rated: 2.52 by ntomich from Netherlands

Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Birdlegs from Washington

May 21, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by MattMorin from Illinois

Oct 30, 2016
Rated: 4 by Euroglot from Belgium

Jul 10, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Antyk from Belgium

Nov 18, 2015
Rated: 3.57 by Karo from Belgium

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by degerrit from Belgium

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by HopBelT from Belgium

Nov 08, 2015
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Reviewed by sprat1960 from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look: Light gold in color; transparent. Lots of medium bubbles visible. Pours with an off-white 1+ finger head that dies down quickly, leaving a scant trace of foam on the surface of the beer and a few specks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Slightly better than a good commercial beer.

Smell: Rich malty, grainy aroma with hints of grass.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, only richer. Rich malty-grainy taste. Good for the style of beer that it is.

Feel: Lighter side of medium body. Slight fizz from the carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Thirst-quenching.

Overall: Decent Belgium-style blond. Lighter style; refreshing. Would be great on a hot summer day or with Italian food.
Jul 17, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Fezzz from Belgium

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by herman77 from Minnesota

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by steverx8 from England

May 08, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by dank203 from New Jersey

May 04, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by frontalot from Washington

Jan 11, 2015
Rated: 3 by lmaduells from Spain

Nov 10, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by desint from Belgium

Oct 24, 2014
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light stone fruit, apple, Belgian yeast and spicing, a hint of toffee, earthy and herbal. Flavor is spple, pear and light stone fruit, honey, clove and the same lightly earthy herbal spices. Medium bodied. A nice Belgian ale with the gruit style of bittering. The malt and fruit are fairly standard Belgian pale ale standard and are not that remarkable, but the herbs, while not very dominant make this interesting to drink. A light, interesting Belgian pale. I look forward to trying other ales from this brewery.
Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by maddog1495 from Alaska

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by mattfancett from England

Aug 28, 2014
Rated: 4 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 4 by Janeinma from Massachusetts

May 26, 2014
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured in a Bormioli Rocco blonde glass. 4F head with a very light blond color. Not totally transparent with carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: very pleasant. Spices, clove, fruit which linger throughout the tasting.

Mouth feel: very smooth, and not too carbonated- which enhances the fruity, spicy quality of the beer.

Taste; Very well done. Stone fruit, spice, pear. The taste develops with warming.

Light bitterness in the finish.

Overall: excellent beer inspired by the Gruit style. Worth trying.
Apr 23, 2014
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From the 330 ml. bottle stamped 41400. Sampled on March 25, 2014.

The pour is a slightly hazy pale yellow with little to no white head that dissolves as quickly as it erupts.

The nose is pale malts, grain, herbal, and honey. Hops are not really evident in the aroma.

Body is medium but of a smooth, creamy texture.

The flavor is about the same as the nose with a little grain, malts, some honey sweetness, and herbal spice. But unlike the nose there is a peppery quality I pick up at the finish. Drinkable but not extraordinary.
Mar 25, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BJSmit from Netherlands

Feb 02, 2014
Rated: 4 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Nov 07, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by dcmchew from Romania

Nov 04, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 12, 2013
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