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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)

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gtreid on 04-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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 mothman
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2010 - 2

Poured into ccb snifter.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Color is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma: Reminds me of pine sol or some cleaning liquid. Odd musky flavors. Orange peel. Then I get flavors of a sauna. Huge cedar flavor. I like the cedar.

Taste: Spices and cedar with some fruit flavors. I actually am enjoying it. I do get that pine sol flavor again, but it is subtle. I get oranges and lemons. Big cedar. Unique.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, crisp. Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends with a sticky odd aftertaste. Very dry.

Overall, a unique beer. Some good flavors. I like the cedar. Somewhat drinkable. I bit too much carbonation. It was cool to try this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange with minimal white head...almost non-existent. Not much lace results. Aroma is very sweet tropical fruits along with a strong cedar presence. As the beer warms, miscellaneous, unascertained "gruit herbs" make their way into the picture. Very well balanced. The taste is a little bit more off, as the herbs and cedar take over too much and it ends up tasting a bit like a holiday beer. Mouthfeel is of a medium body with low carbonation. Good drinkability. Unique, but not one of my favorites from CCB. Either way, it shows what cedar can really do, as this was one of the better--if not more interesting--gruits that I've come across.

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Photo of russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap as well, decanted from a 750 ml bottle

Pours a noisy semi-hazed amber/caramel color with a finger of fast falling cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Tons of cedar, pepper & cereal once warm

T: Follows the nose, along with breadyness, grapefruit & a kiss of honey & some wet cereal aspects that I associate with this style. As this warms apple peel & cedar dominate, peppery notes contribute as well along with just a bit of honey dryness, Finishes semi- juicy with much apple, some dryness & peppery spicyness, deducting .5 for the OTT cedar treatment dragging this way off atyle

MF: Light bodied, near zero carbonation

This drank easy, but the cedar just over powers this & mutes the style IMO. It worked for their IPA, but falls short here. Got better as it warmed all the way up. Tasted better on draft IMO..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a delicately hazed, orangesque body with a small, white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.

Smell: There's always a delightful diversity to gruit aromas and it's a fun challenge to attempt to pick out the various herbs, roots, spices, zests, additives, etc. From basil to peppercorns to eye of newt. This one has a salty savory quality about it, with a touch of light tartness and suggestions of dried herbs, peppercorns, dew-moist wood shavings, and pickled root vegetables.

Taste: Bready maltiness with a slight cookie-ish sweetness is cut by a surge of lemon juice and pinch of Fleur de Sel. Addling tastes of rubbed sage, pickled ginger, and medium-grade miso. A few palate jabbing phenols scrap the tongue. Flourish of spicy cedar character akin to finely-ground white pepper. Modest tartness and funkiness. A bit more spiciness and cedar for the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fairly low carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, it is a gruit, alright, and a fitting one at that. They're definitely not for everybody. Even I only care for one on an odd occasion to mix things up, though I usually end up being thankful to not be living or drinking in medieval times. This one might pair well with something featuring a hearty, herbaceous tomato sauce.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 stakem
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, label on the neck reads "Batch #2010-Gruit-02". Picked up for $9 at Abe's after thankfully passing on it for $23 at Capones.

Pours a light, clear bright amber color with light, two finger thick white head that has long lasting retention and streaks of foamy lacing. After sitting here for a while smelling this beer, I'm still going to have trouble describing it. Starts off slightly pungent and cedar wood chip-y. Slowly it becomes more fruity and sweet, with a light white wine quality. Mouthfeel is delicate and soft with light carbonation and short, clean finish with some mildly honey and fruit sweetness. Flavor is an intriguing mix of green tea, peppercorns, nectarines, plums, moss, and other medicinal and herbal flavors. There is a pervasive pungent note throughout and particularly in the finish my mouth feels like I'm either about to or just did throw up. I realize that doesn't sound appealing, but overall I enjoyed this and would happily try this again.

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Photo of weeare138
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a hazy, light gold with an orange hue and a tiny white head that quickly fades into a tiny fizzled out collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is strange...cedar planks, pepper, lemongrass, earthy, with a touch of juniper.
Taste is of the aromas with an oddball flavor that I'm not really sure I enjoy. It's not bad - I just don't care for it.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation but the spicing keeps it from being one of the top-notch CCB beers.

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Photo of corby112
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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 rfgetz
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 CheapBeerBuzz
1.01/5  rDev -72.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to moose3285, who just sent me a box bursting with 100% Cigar City goodness. I believe that for his generosity I would never have gotten to try half the CC stuff I've had the pleasure to consume, this being another example...since I wasn't even aware it existed. Thanks Mike!

Poured out of that trademark lovely Cigar City bottle into twin New Holland glasses, this gruit looks like a sunburn just starting to peel & turn to tan. Smell...well, it's not appealing. Wood, weak tea, undercurrent of Halls cough drops. Not a good advertisement.

Gedanken Gruit is one off-the-beaten-path...well, obviously, it's within a virtually ignored sub-section of beerdom. The first impression is of strong pine needles (not hoppy pine, but the actual needles) impregnated with a sting of cedar, all resting languidedly on a gentle bed of spices, making it taste like a liquid National Forest. Less forward are tidbits of honey, reused grain, & the echo of the medicinal quality noted in the nose. Mouthfeel is very strange, with little carbonation & the feel of sleeping the night in a damp tent in your mouth. The cedar & pine lend a serious dry quotient to the beer, which leaves me reaching for it often to rewet my taste buds, which almost feel like they are shriveling & dying as the moisture is sucked from my oral cavity.

What do I think of this? What do I think of the Cirque de Soliel? The first time around, it's so weird, I enjoy it, but spend much of my time with furrowed brow trying to figure it out. This is a pretty good beer, & I'm enjoying it, but it's out there, man. Totally.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, big thanks to tpd975 for the hookup! He's the real pimp.

Pours a clear amber/orange, maybe just a light touch of haze, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace chunks stick.

Smell is weird, pretty funky, lots of pepper spiciness, woody, cedar spice, honey, biscuity, some fruity sourness, kind of a mixed bag, some strange yet appealing aromas.

Taste is similar, very peppery up front, some sour fruit and a bit of funkiness, quite spicy, some spruce/cedar woodiness, weird funky finish that goes slightly watery, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit on the sweet side but thats to be expected. A bit of an anomaly, pretty neat, and not bad for a gruit. Overall worth a try. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle in Orlando last week, now trying it at home. The label says "BATCH #2010-GRUIT-02".

The beer pours a hazy light copper color with a thin and transient froth. It smells like cedar, can't describe any other aromas in this. The taste is kind of peppery and tart, whatever herbs were used in place of hops definitely bittered it. I can't place any herbs. Well carbonated, medium bodied, but still weird beer.

My least favorite from Cigar City, maybe an expression of creative freedom for them but not very satisfying for me. I suspected as much when I bought it, and only my commitment to variety compelled me to purchase this over an extra bottle of Humidor Jai Alai. Definitely would have been happier with more of that beer instead.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 THECPJ
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Gedanken Gruit - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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