Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) | Cigar City Brewing

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Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gtreid on 04-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capone's during the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a thin layer of head.

Smell: This is where this beer starts to shine. Spicy and peppery some hops, but a very strong cedar aroma, it's like sniffing a humidor. Very nice nose.

Taste: Peppery citrus, pineapple. Tastes like cedar, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Decent sipper of a beer. This was probably one of my top 3 new beers I got to try during PBW. I wish I could get some more of this, as was very interesting and very very tasty.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: I was in a dark bar but I know it had a dark complexion. maybe with some reddish garnet glows.

smell: herby and earhty, sublte aromas, can't smell the cedar

taste: very intresting and extremely complex. Definitly can taste the cedar. nice.... an earthy woody flavors with some flowery pungency. lots of herbal goodness that I can't describe.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: I admit I thought this was going to suck. Pretty sure this is my first gruit. very impressed. I would seek this out and try again.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Hotoberfest - sampled multiple times.

Pours a hazy dark copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly tart green apples with good amounts of grass and juniper notes. Also present are moderate amounts of spicy cedar and lighter amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the cedar isn't nearly as noticeable in the flavor profile. Medium sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by grassy and slightly medicinal flavors. Midway through the sip the flavors dry out a bit and somewhat tart green apple and pear flavors join into things. Near the end of the sip the flavors dry out even further with hints of woody and herbal notes that carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very interesting gruit moreso in the flavor department than anything else due to the high complexity. A good beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery

a - pours a bright golden amber color with a thick white one-finger head, good retention and lacing, pretty hazy

s - big cedar and juniper berry aromas on the nose, lighter notes of citrus (even without hops) and light alcohol, as other reviewers have noted, the gin similarities are there

t - like the nose, the cedar and juniper berry flavors take center stage, black pepper and hints of apricot also appear on the palate, alcohol is fairly muted, I like the fact that the cedar is not as overpowering on this as it is in the Humidor IPA

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, active in the mouth, nicely balanced finish

d - the flavor is interesting and unique (my first Gruit in at least a few years) as well as balanced

Good to see a great brewery tackle this ancient style. Well done beer and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris (spycow) and by extension Casey for this oddity. Served in a Surly Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin ring and some wisps on top, but not lacework. Hazy peach body.

S - Cedar! Oranges? Juniper, an interesting musky aroma, and more cedar. There's sharp flavor that initially assumed was alcohol, but it might just be the cedar-aging? Odd, but strangely compelling.

T - Taste has less overt cedar character, with more of the malt character shining through. Interesting citrus flavors, and some spruce and Christmas wreath. The alcohol(?) note from the aroma is gone.

M - Medium zesty carbonation, medium body, extremely dry and tannic, with only a touch of stickiness in the finish. No alcohol warmth present.

D - WTF? This sounded like it would a train wreck, but it was surprisingly excellent. I refilled my glass, and the bottle emptied very quickly. I'll have to let GruitHead84 know that he should track this one down. Certainly one of the best gruits I've ever had.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capone's.

Pours a cloudy golden tangerine color with golden orange edges when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy white two finger head. Excellent retention only slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunky, soapy lacing.

Spicy herbal aroma with a decent amount of cedar as well as some lght fruit and peppery spice. Slghtly medicinal smellng and unlike any beer I've had before.

Medium body with a slight funky tartness comlimenting the herbal/medicinal notes from the now. Zesty with some peppery spice yet floral at the same time witu crisp light fruit notes. Hints of tangerine and orange peel. Slightly lactc creaminess adds to the incredible complexity. The smokey tobacco flavor from the cedar is evident but not overpowering, allowng the other flavors to shine through. One of th most unique beers I've ever tried. Recommends!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capone's for beer week 2010, I love this city and the burbs.

Cedar aged gruit from florida comes out the tap looking bright copper orange with a bit of haze. A bit of bubbles on top, no stick. Smelling peach with a slap of tart on top with some other Ă¾citrus abound, a nice floral hoppiness. Taste of a lot of citrus rind with peaches packed together with grapefruit and some underlining mango. Not sure what the humidor brings out in this other than a nice cedar punch in the middle followed by a light malty finish. Carb is high and felt and welcomed, a medium bodied beer with great drinkability and character.

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Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle was split between myself and 2 cousins. The pour was caramel/honey with a fizzy, slight white head. Lots of cedar on the nose, grass and some honey? The first sip was dominated by cedar, then it got sour. Once it warmed up it had a pleasant tartness with the cedar rounding out the flavor along with grass and honey. The body was light and it was an easy sipper. It tasted way different than other gruits I have had, I would love to try one not cedar aged to compare.

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Photo of Shaw
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr Beery's in Sarasota.

Pours a cloudy amber/brown in color without much of a head.

The aroma is a love it/hate it kind of thing. It's very funky. Mark, Mr. Beery's proprietor, said it smells like gym socks, and that's not an inaccurate description. You couldn't be blamed for thinking this smelled like something went wrong with the batch.

The taste is funky, but not as much as the aroma, with lots of "matured" fruit and spice flavors. The taste of cedar is also quite noticeable, but not as much as in other Cigar City Humidor beers. Instead it mixes very well with the other complex flavors. Almost no bitterness, but it's not sweet, either.

This beer is easy to drink. I guess you could call it extreme, but not in a way that keeps you from wanting another.

I really liked this beer. I've never had anything like it. Seek it out. It's worth a special trip.

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4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass. Batch #2010-GRUIT-02. The ABV isn't listed on the bottle but the Cigar City website and BA indicate 5.5%. Consumed on 5/15/10 by way of LIVEFAST's trading efforts and great generosity.

I've never had a gruit before, so my basis for comparison is non-existent. Take my review however you'd like...

A: The nearly white head is spare and fades quickly to a semi long lasting collar. The body is muddy with medium saturation of tawny orange color.

S & T: The nose is nearly olfactory overload. I can't stick my nose deep enough into the glass to even begin to dissect the aromas. It is complex. Cedar could not be more distinguished. And it lends itself well to the rest of the aromas and flavors. Fermented fruit (don't ask me which), sulfur (rotten eggs - although I notice this description isn't in anyone else's review), with spicy and herbal qualities. There is a definite funkiness but not in the traditional barnyard/horse blanket kind of way. Given the impact of cedar aging, I honestly didn't miss the lack of hops at all. Expertly done in that regard.

M: The mouthfeel was surprisingly light and thin but the level and type of carbonation was perfect. Very much like sparkling mineral water and somewhere in between lively and fizzy.

D: The drinkability might suffer if this beer wasn't so damn interesting. (We flew through the bottle.) And it won't be rated highly by those who are turned off by flavors that deviate from the norm of fermented beverages. This beer certainly isn't beautiful in the traditional sense of the word... but it's got personality out the wazoo, and that is good enough for me. It is refreshing to experience a beer so different than anything else I've ever had. Quite unique.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer. I don't really know what I was expecting, but probably something with strange heavy flavors, possibly medicinal tasting. My limited experience with the Gruit has primarily been with strange herb-laden concoctions that range from tasting like Ricola cough drops, to a shandy with Sleepytime Tea.

This brew is a pleasant and light brew; a great summer brew, very floral and inviting. The cedar works very well in place of the hop, but it isn't intense like the Humidor IPA, for example.

A - It looks a lot like Jai-Alai, but a few shades lighter and with much less foam or lacing.

S - The smell is very heather-y and floral; the naked cedar treatment apparently brings out the aromatic Grape-Nuts quality in the barley.

T - Very mild, it tastes like it was brewed with the freshest spring water. Again, the cedar is exceptionally reserved, contributing an earthy and herbal quality that balances delicately with the subtly rich malt. This is not intended as a palette-wrecking RIS or DIPA, and so the minor and understated flavor is very well-placed.

M - The feel is good, but the beer doesn't seem to hold its carbonation as long as a hopped beer will; I am not a Gruit expert, so I don't know why.

D - I could crush a ton of this stuff on these hot Florida days.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 6/5/10.

Another fine treat from Cigar City made available during Philly Beer Week at Capones.

Served in a small snifter approximately 6oz pour. This brew appears a hazed orangish color with a lacing of white that sits atop the brew. This thin lacing atop the liquid also coats the glassware with faint spotty patches. The aroma of this brew is quite herbal with a crazy perplexing mixture citrus/fruity scents coupled with a smell I can only best describe as incense. It is like incense in that it is woodsy and earthy but without the smokey quality. Very interesting.

The taste of the brew is herbal and spicey with a bit of a tart dryness that flirts with indications of being sour...but it's not. Make sense? Nah it doesn't for me either. There is a lingering flavor left in the mouth a bit like orange rind. Medium to light feel with this brew and a moderate level of carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this brew but I don't have a good basis for comparison. All I can say is that it was different and I likes it enough that I got a bottle to try again.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a pleasant surprise.

Pours a lightly, hazy golden orange with a finger of fizzy white head.

This beer smells like I just opened the door to a walk in humidor. Magnificent aromas of warm cedar and some spicy undertones.

Tart, fruity and spicy. The nose is somewhat misleading, but the taste does not disappoint.

Somewhat dry and very bubbly. Excellent beer. I couldn't be happier with my first fruit.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 6/5/10 for the Cigar City event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy cantaloupe-colored body with a slim off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and misty veil but deposited lots of sticky, decorative lacing around the glass.

S - Bold aromatic nose with equal parts pepper, fresh herbs and cedar wood, although the cedar attributes probably nudge out the competition. Quite pungent overall.

T - Intense herbal character with plenty of spicy notes, although a slight but noticeable tartness emerges in the middle and lasts through the backend. The pepper and cedar characteristics work together quite nicely, resulting in a dry, spicy finish with ample bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a slight sour, tart quality. Finishes dry with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - I find this to be an unusual style; nevertheless, it is a very tasty and flavorful style to say the least. The cedar aging especially works well in this instance.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a murky looking orange brown color. The head was pretty good on it and left a decent lacing. The smell of the cedar wasn't overly strong but there were elements of it in there. There were some herbal and citrusy aromas on the nose as well. The taste had some black pepper and lemon to it. There were some other light herbal notes on the tongue too. The mouthfeel was smooth and felt rather mellow from the barrel again. Overall I thought this beer was very good and would surely try it again.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an nice bright golden orange color with minimal head. Scent is of gin/juniper blended with light tropical fruits like mango, guava and a touch of citrus. Some spices linger in the background, very herbal and tea like. Taste is very unique, combines the above mentiones falvors into an almost tropical gin cocktail. The pepper and spices come through in the end to change the direction of the beer. Medium bodied, very light carbonation. A great intro into the style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Batch 2 brewed in 2010.

The beer pours orange with a white head. The aroma is strong cedar and spices with some grass and pepper. The cedar really stands out. The flavor is heavy on the cedar with some honey, orange and spice notes mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gruit. Hmm. I have not had one of these in a long, long time and the fact that they are billing it as different has me even more intrigued. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/27/2010.

The pour was very nicely done. A dark amber, light brown color with some nice highlights of honey mixed in throughout. A small, and fleeting head that stayed on top for a brief second makes and appearance and then quickly fades off. Still though nice overall presentation. Aroma is very woodsy, lots of note4s of berries, grasses, hints of smoke notes as well coming though now. First sip is odd, nice, but off. Twigs and grass coming through, honey, wheat, touches of light bready notes as well. Interesting mix of flavors here. Warming really sweetens it up with lots of honey and nice notes of bready flavors. Nice medium body with a decent hint of carbonation to it.

Overall one of the odder things I have had recently but I do think it works. Would not have an issue with trying this one again one day.

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle (labeled Batch #2010-GRUIT-02) received in trade courtesy of blitzstyle. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a yeasty hazed, dirty light amber color with one finger of loose fizzy head the recedes in an explosion of fizzy bubbles til it reaches the surface leaving only a thin fizzy white collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Big, fruity and spicy aromas. I'm getting a lot of oranges in here, kinda in a Sunny Delight sorta way, apricots, chai tea like spices. Very interesting.

T - Taste follows the aroma but has a bit more complexity added in to round things out. Very fruity - especially peaches and apricots with light tangerine and orange added in. Light graininess, cereal like and a bit earthy. The spices used in lieu of hops don't really add a bitterness to the flavor but do balance out the sweetness here and add some nice herbal qualities. I almost get the impression of this being fermented fruit juice with spices added. I get some yeasty flavors a way almost reminding me of a yeasty champagne - giving some of the earthiness and a light dry bitterness that comes and goes and seems to be overpowered by the fruity flavors. Not really getting much from the cedar in this at all.

M - Medium bodied with a persistent and highly active carbonation. Gives a very prickly and tingly feeling on the tongue. Fruity with an overall dryness.

D - Interesting and very unique beer. Not something you are going to find every day. Flavorful, spicy, fruity. Excellent for a warm summer day. Only the second gruit I've ever had. The previous was an extremely thick, viscous and chunky beer which I was able to power thru, but wasn't on my "must have again" list. This is a much tamer, dare I say, geared for the mainstream, version of a gruit - which I have to say I am really enjoying. Glad to try this one, and would be happy to get another chance with this one.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Not sure who shared this one with the group, but thanks (let me know if you were there and know who did so I can give proper credit)! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cedar, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, cedar, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on some things I have heard about this in the past I wasn't really expecting this one to be too good, so I went in with low expectations. While this definitely wasn't a great brew, it wasn't as bad as I had been hearing. The aroma wasn't that great or complex, but the flavor had a nice sour touch to it that made it pretty nice and easy to drink. The sour really blended well with fruit and cedar better than I would have imagined it would on paper. Definitely worth trying at least once to be the judge for yourself.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly coudy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. Little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of... I don't know. It was indescribable. Earthy and somewhat spicy. But it was just odd. Not bad but unusual.

T - It tasted of caramel and spices. Lots of peat, moss and grassy flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer.

D - Flavors are hard to describe, but it was so unique that it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the roo in to a unibroue tulip

Smell is primarily cedar and tobacco. Good but I can't smell the base beer. Taste is really good. Cedar and some light sweet tartness. Very different.

Dry mouthfeel leaves me wanting more and makes it very drinkable. No booze taste at all.

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Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010, Batch 2. Shared at a recent bottle share. Poured into a 6 oz sampling glass, ~6C. From notes.

A cloudy orange brown body that is a bit odd looking with a nice light head that leaves minimal lacing behind gives way to aromas of cloves and spices with a hint of sourness. Quite a tart body, which was actually quite nice, though I am not sure if it was intended or not. Works well with the spices. The cedar aging was not apparent to me, and this was only my third sample of the night, so I don't think my palate was wrecked yet. Tartness lingers on the palate, and almost seems too tart after a time. An enjoyable beer of a different style than is 'usual' that I am sad to see has been retired...

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my La Chouffe tulip glass. Pours a pale and semi-hazy golden color, fizzy, and provides a decent frothy off-white head, but dissipates relatively quickly. No real lacing to speak of...just a couple random quick sliding fizzy bubbles.

Aroma is very unique. It's very odd to say the least. Sharp, spicy, funky, oak, fruit reminds me of apricot. No booze in the nose from what I can tell.

Flavor is also very unique. I've never had a beer quite like this. While the carbonation is high...mouthfeel is light and airy. Tons of cedar/woodsy like funkiness...spices kind of remind me of a Pumpkin beer. This is a love/hate beer for me. It's very cool and different, but at the same time it's not really my style...but glad I got the chance to try it!

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Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somebody shared this at DLD. I didn't make note of who at the time, and it was probably around 4pm, so I was pretty toasted. I did make some beer notes though and am reviewing from those.

This beer pours a nice slightly hazy golden-orange color with a considerable white head and good lacing.

Aroma is very cedary with lots of spices - ginger especially - along with some sweet malt.

The flavor is cedar city (isn't that a place in Utah?). Interestingly, the cedar takes the place of hops quite nicely. Lots of spices as well, with ginger and juniper standing out, along with black pepper and sweet malt in the background.

Medium-bodied and fairly slick on the mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Good for the style overall. Drinkable.

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