Leaf | Earth Bread + Brewery

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Earth Bread + Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by StaEva on 05-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 2
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4.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had my first visit to Earth Bread and Brewery and I was truly impressed: the focused menu, true craft brews, design, and location clearly conveyed to me that the owners (Peggy and Tom) knew exactly what they wanted when they opened this place. Great food, atmosphere, and as I was told, four constantly changing non-repeating house-made brews.One of the owners said they hadn't repeated a brew in the 2.5 years since opening.

I chose a beer called "Leaf" which was labeled as a 'Smoked Tea Gruit' with a 5.5%ABV.

Served in a pint glass, with a light two finger head and truly beautiful dark copper/amber color with real clarity and purity; dark red-orange and maroon tones as well. The head was white with little caviar bubbles holding their individual shape very well. The head dissipated by the 3rd sip, spotted the top, and then faded to uniform clarity leaving a smatterings of foam sticking to the sides.

Complex aromatics hit with sweet floral freshness. Lack of hops was a welcomed absence. Earthy, sweet, herbal, slight smoke, and wheat spice dominate. Buttery notes and an undefinable sweetness reminiscent of orange blossoms or honeysuckle (not that pungent though). I definitely get a subtle undertone of that tea aroma. Very complex beer already.

The taste is the most balanced and interesting layering that I've ever had. The flavors are almost autonomous of one another. Buttery caramel malt flavors with an herbal freshness that is so refreshing and mouth watering I really can't convey it with words. There's subtle smokiness hiding under the well blended honey-floral sides and the exhale is sweet and fig-like, but a mossy/musty tang creates saliva under the tongue in huge amounts—the most mouth watering beer I've ever had. Perfect amount of carbonation, smooth finish—medium and round, not too dry or too thick—it was just unctuous, man.

I had 3 glasses that night, then went back the next day to get more and shared the 4 recently purchased growlers with a friend that evening. It's that good. Get this while you can: it's only projected to be around for another week or maybe even less. When it's gone there's no guarantee it will ever come back, but even if it doesn't, you have to get out to this place. It deserves the patronage of those who can see the true craftsmanship and quality of this kind of brewing.


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