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Gruit Expectations | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 08-05-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of laituegonflable
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold colour, clear with sparse white foam for a head. I kind of expect a gruit to be darker, but I'm not really sure. It kind of looks like a bland Belgian pale.

Loads of spice on the nose: cinnamon, mint and clove coming through with a very slight sour tinge. Decent, and pleasant sweet backbone to keep it all in balance. All spice, but really quite nice.

Sweet palate, with lots more spice coming through. That sour edge on the nose doesn't translate here and I think the beer is better for it. Lots of sweetness, not too overboard on the spices. Cinnamon is a real winner here.

Body is a bit thin and flat. Can't expect too much I guess, but I'm wondering if it had less of a filtered feel if the sediment might add a bit more texture?

Quite similar to our homebrewed gruit, but the cinnamon is a big standout and wins the day for me, it really turns the oddness into a palatable drop. Well done.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a small head. Lots of spices in the aroma. I’d take a guess at some combination of cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg and coriander. Very potent. Also a lime-like citrus note in there. Peppery. Light flavours, but with the same spicy dominating in the aroma. Once you get over the initial assault of spices it’s quite enjoyable. Carbonation seems full on, while the body feels a little watery. Not as traditional as I was expecting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traditional Belgian-style Gruutbier, brewed without hops. Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a deep golden colour with good clarity. Head is a just off-white filmy ring above the rather light weight body. Minimal lacing and almost no visible carbonation.

Nose is indeed spicy with gruut mixture. Big cinnamon characters, mingled with some aniseed myrtle and pepper. There's a plasticky tone to it as well, along with some fresher characters of crushed mint. Quite pleasant.

Peppery on the front, with more aniseed coming through, before some structure is provided from light grain characters on the mid-palate. On the back, it smooths out somewhat, giving some light cinnamon, along with some vanilla sweetness. The aniseed is still present after its sharp vectoral punch through the palate, but it recedes here in the face of the softness. Aftertaste is left quite clean.

Surprisingly drinkable for a beer style that is clearly quite alien to most modern palates. It makes for a fascinating experience, and a well put together one.

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Gruit Expectations from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
3.73 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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