Sacred Gruit Ale | Mountain Town Brewing Co.

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Sacred Gruit AleSacred Gruit Ale

Brewed by:
Mountain Town Brewing Co.
Michigan, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale ale brewed with yarrow, myrtle and rosemary. This comes from the label and is very helpful and informative when looking at the description of the beer.

Added by mothman on 08-18-2010

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky reddish brown color. The head was minimal, but there is carbonation evident in the beer. The nose has a floral feel to it. The taste is light. Got a floral taste. Somewhat refreshing feel to it, and a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/8/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a one finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, rosemary, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, rosemary, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice gruit style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of herbal spices, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fargrow
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy orange gold with a thin sudsy white foam collar. S: Smells fresh with orange, perfumy floral, herbal spice T: Lightly tart, spicy, fruit with a hint of hibiscus. F: Medium light body and medium carbonation. O: This is one of those things where the brewer attempts to do something interesting and succeeds. The sour tartness goes well with the spice.

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Photo of mcrawford
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with little carbonation. The primary hits to the palate are sour and herbal. Couldn't pick out any if the specific herbs, tho'. Some hops and some sweetness but not much as the herbs predominate. The body was light.

This is my first gruit, and I'm glad I tried it even thought I might not try it again. However, I would be willing to try other gruits just for fun.

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Photo of kickbundler
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is my first gruit beer so I have nothing to compare. It pours a somewhat cloudy copper brown color. Very little head. There is not much aroma, a little malty smell with a whiff of herb. The taste gives a little of the same maltiness/herbiness with a discernible rosemary taste in the finish. The overall effect is decent but I find my palate wanting more bitterness. This is an interesting beverage, I would recommend trying.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of freehafe
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of PureMichiganChip
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of wtkphoto
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Two-6
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Copernicandream
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Golden orange with a bit of light obstrution from the unfiltered elements. No head to speak of, very low carbonation in general.

S: Mild on the nose but welcoming. Definitely a herbal fruit character, some green apple mixed with rosemary. The yarrow is obvious (but I think easily mistaken if you've never smelled it cut fresh), it is very floral and sweet with just a hint of peppery spiciness. Subtle diacetyl.

T: Sour. Follows the nose with cider like traits, the herbal component is very unique and lends a rising bitterness that hits much more anterior on the palate as compared to the back-tongue hop bite. I was pleasantly surprised by the sour and feels that it complements the mild spice character well. The relatively anemic malt profile fades slowly on the aftertaste.

M: No body to speak of, very thin, very water, with an extremely fine (champagne-like) but minimal carbonation.

O: The negative reviews are not really justified. Its a gruit, it isnt supposed to taste like the beer you know (there is a reason it died out circa 1500). The unique bitterness, and unfiltered sour component alone make it a worthy try. The herbal component is mild but present - a knowledge of the herbs would help in the appreciation of this brew.

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Photo of Patrick_E_Sweeney
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sacred Gruit Ale is not only without hops but also carbonation. It is entirely flat and has a nectarous, golden complexion; what is actually a pretty handsome ale could nonetheless be described as something that was poured from a plastic squeeze bottle with a bee on the label.

The aroma is disappointing considering it's brewed with three types of herbs; added to pastas or meat they create savory aromatics but apparently lend little fragrance to ales. You'd think a beer without hops would smell more malty but this is virtually scent-free.

I can't claim to really know what yarrow, sweet gale (myrtle) or marsh rosemary taste like, but I'm sure they've more character than this recipe let's on. This has little much of anything earthy, savory, herbal; nothing you'd brew into a tea or use to season a steak.

If pressed, I'd suggest hints of juniper berries or unfermented white wine juice (it's somewhat grape-y and sweet). There may be a hint of caramel but little else that can be attributed to the malts. They're absent in the mouthfeel too, which is without volume or texture.

Mt. Pleasant Sacred Gruit is not a conventional ale nor does it taste like one. I bought it expecting as much but also hoped it would be more interesting; it's not its unique ingredients that distinguishes it from other beers, it's its totally forgettable, dismissible drinkability. Whether viewed as a novel experiment or simply a pleasant drink, it fails on both counts.

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Photo of thickgirth
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

people who go by the label and expect a "pale ale" will be disappointed. but people who are looking for something on the level of a low end jolly pumpkin sour might enjoy this flavor for the price. I really found it quite enjoyable and find some of the negative reviews to be mind boggling.

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Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ScottyG
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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