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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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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 goast8127
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10/21

This was my first experience with Gruit. The girl pouring the beer explained that it was one of their newer experimental beers brewed in similar style to those before beer included hops. It had a light golden color with a thin, quarter-inch head. Easy drinking, this beer reminded me of a nice, light pilsner.

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.51/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark honey orange with a feint white head that quickly fades; nice color but appears like clear orange jello.

Nose is assertive herbs. The beer is brewed with yarrow, myrtle and rosemary - I can smell light and nice rosemary and must assume some of the other herbal character is yarrow and/or myrtle (as I have no idea of the characteristics of those.) However, nose is spicy and welcoming.

Mouthfeel is thin but, for style and flavor profile just what you'd want; perfectly elegant, light carbonation and perfectly balanced.

The thin feel brings out the best of the flavor profile which is tart and citric with undertones of oranges and tangerines with a squeeze of lime. The flavor profile rocks! Super refreshing, lemony and appealing, with lots of lightly sweet lemon/lime/orange tones and a great "pucker" factor without being a sour. This is just a wonderful drink, although certainly not your typical or expected brew.

I hate that this beer may get lower scores or bad reviews because there is "not enough hops" or "not enough malt." That shows a misunderstanding of the style. Please, review the style and judge to style - this one is a winner. You may like a very hoppy beer or a very malty beer - this is not the one for you. But, the score should not suffer because you don't like the style. For the style, it's wonderful.

Shows no alcohol and some would like just for the refreshing and appealing tones. Light citric finish. I think this is a love it or hate it kind of beer; I love it.

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3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Bubblegum and candy sugar notes up front followed by some peach and apricot aromas. There are light tart notes as well on a finish that is both sweet and sour.

T: The bubblegum is a bit less present here, but the tart fruit flavors are very present--reminiscent of blackberries and peaches. There are slight funky notes as well with a finish that is clean and tart, like a really tart white wine.

M: Medium-light body with low carbonation, this beer's tartness keeps it from being too watery, though I'd still like a bit more carbonation.

O: An interesting and refreshing beer. This is only the second gruit I've had and the first was radically different with juniper and lavender. This one is more like a Berliner weisse--tart and sour yet light and refreshing. Enjoyable overall, though.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Mt. Pleasant's Sacred Gruit Ale last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I have never had this style before, so I thought I would start off with one from a local brewery to get an idea of what this style is all about and if I like it or not, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it has a cool fairy tale style look to it, Mt. Pleasant is starting to step their label game up, it's about time. It poured a a nice golden orange amber color that was pretty cloudy and it had a nice bright golden orange color when held to the light. It had a finger and a half worth of fizzy white head that quickly died down to hardly anything. The color was nice, but the head was disappointing, it dissipated faster then the head on a Bud Light, pretty average looking.

S- The aroma seems to be pretty fragrant, it smells similar to a Wheat Beer, it starts out with a good amount of sweet malts that impart a sweet, grainy, and pretty wheaty aroma. After that comes yeast and spices that come together to makes a heavy spicy yeast and pretty herbal aroma, there was also a slight lemon aroma towards the end. It smells ok, I find it to be very similar to Short's Nicie Spicie.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma. It starts off with a good amount of malts that have just the right amount of sweetness and impart some doughy, bready, and wheat flavors. Next comes some spices with no individual one sticking out more then the other, they just meld together. Towards the end I get some herbs and some more spices, there is no bitterness just a slightly sweet and tart taste on the finish, and it has a grainy and herbal aftertaste. The taste was ok, no flavors stuck out as being really good, but there was also nothing completely out of place either, I am pretty indifferent about it.

M- Smooth, slightly dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was ok, I could have done without the pricklyness, but I think this style needs a little more carbonation then usual so I don't think it's that out of place, just not to my liking.

Overall I was pretty indifferent about this beer, I didn't hate it, but I for sure didn't love it, this is my first of the style so I don't really know how on par this beer is but if I had to guess I would say that it's pretty average. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavor really didn't hold my attention so one is enough for me, but this beer might hit the spot on a really hot day. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad and it reminded me of Nicie Spicie. What I liked least about this beer was that it seemed to be pretty average all around, no aspect stuck out as being really well done. I won't be buy this again, I could think of a lot of other beers that I would much rather have for the same price. If you are a Gruit fan then this is worth a try to see where it stands but I don't think I would recommend it to my friends as a good beer, even to the ones that don't like hoppy beers. I wasn't too into this beer, there wasn't anything about it that impressed me, but it for sure wasn't horrible tasting, just pretty boring and not exciting at all. This beer falls in the same category as most of Mt. Pleasant's beers, average, I am still waiting to really impressed by this brewery. My first Gruit didn't leave a great first impression, but I will still be looking for more of this style.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an even head. Color is a very dense, clouded shade of amber. Smell's of rich malts and herbs are quite clear.

First sip is a taste that almost reminds you of how thanksgiving stuffing smells. It's packed with flavors that are bitter, yes, but not the same type of bitter that hops usually are. These are more nuanced. As the flavor fades, the malt kicks in and finishes the beer off in a very satisfying aftertaste.

The best beer I've had from Mountain Town yet, you really need to try this.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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2/5  rDev -39.9%

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3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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Sacred Gruit Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co.
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