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Gruut Bruin | Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

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Brewed by:
Gentse Stadsbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of igl
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bierfonteintje
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of josanguapo
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia. Although I was eskeptical at this style without hops, ive been gladly surprise. Really nice taste and good aroma. 3 months after BB date. Ill try to get it fresh as well as trying to get other gruit brews. Avg 4.05

6 Oct 2017. From Belgiuminabox. Shared with Agu at his house, in Teku glass. Molasses, brown sugar in mouth and nose, and a peculiar herbal taste. Body watery, not as I remembered, and with time the herbal profile becomes a bit tiresome

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattfancett
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of byronic
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin layer of creamy head.

Smells interesting, almost different each time. Lots of sweet tones such as molasses and candy.

Very sweet and borderline syrupy. Seems a bit simple in taste mostly molasses and brown sugar a bit disappointing doesn't follow up on the promise delivered by the smell.

Drinks a bit like a meal, very full body with mild to medium carbonation. Lingers quite long with and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Something nice to try while in Ghent.

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Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bellonc
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows brown sugar, figs, plums, fruit cake and golden syrup. Nice!
Somewhat similar flavours, but less complex. Quite sweet, big brown sugar and golden syrup notes along with a little fruit.
Body feels watery. Too highly carbed too.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Labeled as Gruit -Commercial name for Spanish Market-. Oversized glass. Enjoyed on jun´13. Pours dark amber headed by beige, close & creamy crown. Fairly good retention. Lacing rings on sides are left. Aromatic profile is great: candies, slight fresh mint, hints of ripe tangerine & subtle molasses as well as anise & framboos hues. Toasted malt flavor at first sip & crispy upfront are followed by aniseed sugar notes. Full to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Toasted malt sensation rounded by ripe fruit in the middle. Oily to watery texture. Dried nut astringency lingers into a long sweet finish. ABV is felt as a growing gentle warm sensation on the aftertaste.

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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of IPA35
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a off white head. Poured with yeast.

Interesting aroma, dark malts and a difficult to describe herbalish aroma. Caramel.

A soft, sweet beer. Different fruits and spices.
Not very intense or anything but nice and balanced and better than the aroma. Only a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, not too carbonated.

Overal a nice beer, something different.

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Radome
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a medium brown with red highlights when held to the light. Tiny bubbles rise through it continuously. The head is initially thick and tan, then fades to the tiniest ring around the glass.

S - The aroma is incredibly earthy and savory. Old leather, mushrooms, maybe a hint of vinegar. It reminds me of aged English strong ales, like Harviestoun Ola Dubh. These smells are overlaid on top of spicy Belgian yeast and bready malt.

T - The tastes follow the aromas. Mushrooms, prunes, some mild spice, round malt. The finish is sweet and the alcohol is evident. This is very reminiscent of an abbey dubbel.

M - The body is medium to heavy. The carbonation is evident but does not affect mouthfeel very much. Very little bitterness. Alcohol is evident but not burning.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. Without knowing that it was a gruut, I would not suspect that it was not brewed conventionally, with hops. The character it gets from the herbs and spices is similar to tastes and aromas I've seen in aged beers of several types, such as Flemish browns, English old ales and even abbey dubbels that have been on the shelf a while.

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Photo of benfons
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer without hops

A: nice dark brown colour with a red hint, decent beige head (great sound when i poured it)

S: sweet coffee, hint of caramel

T: again the coffee but slightly burned, a hint of pear and orange

M: pretty thin, slightly undercabonated; achohol is fine, sticky

O: Good beer, not a great one

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Photo of skypup
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at several variations of Gruut and a glass at Beer and Gin House, Ghent, Belgium
.33L bottle served in Gruut glass

A: cloudy brown with a thick pillowy head

S: light carmelized malt with nutty and herbal undertones.

T: Carmalized, roasted malt with herbal, spicy and sweet aftertaste

M: mild carbonation, full bodied. Can’t really taste the 8% alcohol

D: I like this beer, and I find it more drinkable than most Belgian browns, though not as complex.

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Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a nice beer!

I bought this beer at the bierloods in Adegem when i was there in july 2011. Best before may 2012.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice. Deepdarkred fluid with a very decent head with tiny bubbles.

Good smell and a very decent taste makes this beer very drinkable. Spices should be in it but i can't tell what.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. I've been impressed with this brewery a few times now. One of the good stuff from Belgium today, imo.

Dark brown, with a light brown head.
Smell is a lot of chocolate, roasted nuts, beautifully rounded with an espresso aroma. A slight tart fruity scent as well, with nuttmeg and clove as spice. Complex.
Taste is similar, but more faint than indicated by the aroma.
Mouthfeel is quite watery. It's extremely smooth, with a very clean aftertaste, that lingers slightly bitter.

Good one in this style.

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Photo of redsonja
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A; not mutch of a head brown in color

S; roasted malts some spices

T; the taste is that of roasted malt with some bitterness but no spices here?

M; the roasted malts are gone quik some bitterness stays a little bit longer

O; not that impressive a typical belgian dubbel the taste is gone quik for a spiced beer the spices are not there.

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Gruut Bruin from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 25 ratings