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Big Rock Rosmarinus Aromatic AleBig Rock Rosmarinus Aromatic Ale

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by schnarr84 on 05-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, thanks yet again to Melanie, the Big Rock rep up around E-town way, for the samples. "Rosemary - heaven restores you in life". Yeah.

This beer pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of broken coral lace around the glass as it quickly, if evenly, subsides.

It smells of herbal rosemary, straight-up, blended deftly into a bready, sweet biscuit maltiness, with hints of ginger, roasted meat (inferred, I'm sure), and a further leafy earthiness. The taste is more of the same, with a leaning to the molasses-threaded gingerbread side of things, if it abutted the overly herb-laden turkey breast on your plate - the rosemary kind of morphing into a generic Irish Stew sort of savory spicing.

The carbonation is a tad frothy at first, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body a steady medium weight, and mostly smooth, as a twinge of unexpected spice warmth pecks away. It finishes on the sweet side, the molasses cookies essence hard to shake, as the herbal rosemary essence wafts off.

I get a whole lot of similarity between this and the Winter Spice Ale, that one they used to sell with the cookies, but with, you know, infused rosemary. Easier to drink than I would have imagined, due mostly to the hefty base ale, and the depreciation of the herbaceousness as things move forward. Another more or less successful oddball experiment from the Brewmasters Edition series.

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Photo of LDuke
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mattsander
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes exactly like every other Big Rock ale plus a tiny indication of rosemary. Netural, medium bodied, Scottish yeast esters.

Not really sure what I was expecting here.

More of the same from the big guys here in Alberta. Could be vaguely interesting to cook (lamb?) with, but I don't know of any other reason to try this beer as it is so similar to the rest of Big Rock's lineup.

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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A new one, found on-tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary.
From the Big Rock website: "Brewmaster Paul Gautreau always harbored the suspicion that bitter, aromatic rosemary would make a flavourful partner to all-natural pale ale. He confirmed this suspicion by developing Rosmarinus, the newest contribution to Big Rock’s innovative Brewmaster’s Edition program. Rosemary is a powerful, ancient herb that will take your senses to the next level. It adds a wonderful nose and vibrant flavor to our latest brew.
The hop bitterness of this beer is almost negligible due to the comforting flavor and fragrant of this ancient herb. The upfront slight malt body is complimented by fresh fragrant rosemary, making for a delicious innovative beer."

Bright and clear golden color, short white head. Lots of herb (rosemary) smell, a somewhat suprising aroma. Same in the taste, not too much, just enough bitter herbal bite.
Decent level of carbonation, medium body.
A good tasting, unique combo. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tom_Servo
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Svingjo
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice golden colour. At first I didn't really get the rosemary on the nose but once the beer warmed up a bit it did come out. It definitely showed up in the mouth though, as well a slightly sweet maltiness. I was actually a bit surprised by how well received this was. It was a bit like being at a wine tasting as everyone started on with what foods would go really well with the beer.

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Photo of joefinnigan15
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

This beer poured with very little head, a small line of off white head was seen with no threading. I owe this to the bottle and carbonation may have been affected somewhere along the way. The color a light amber , carbonation as mentioned was slight. The smell was amazing, similar to a turkey dinner, the taste is of a clean clear ale, not much hops a little bit of bitterness from the rosemary. Overall this is a pleasant beer with a good mouth feel, easy drinking, increased carbonation would be nice (as per other reviews this appears to be a flaw of my bottle).

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Photo of kvadiat
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Fader
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of schnarr84
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the latest brewmasters edition, a 341ml bottle poured into a big rock snifter. huge rosemary and herbs on the nose, almost like smelling stuffing. refreshing carbonation, great herbal taste. this beer screams 'drink me with meat'. ,medium bodied. definitely worth a try, for 2 or 3 with a bbq. as a side note, when we cleaned the tanks after this was bottled the entire brewery smelled like thanksgiving dinner. A real win for big rock, really unique and a delicious beer to pair with.

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Big Rock Rosmarinus Aromatic Ale from Big Rock Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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