Two Druids Gruit Ale | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Two Druids Gruit AleTwo Druids Gruit Ale

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Todd on 03-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Druids Gruit Ale by Heavyweight Brewery (Ocean Township, N.J.) is 1 of 4 beers I picked up at Heavyweight's openhouse.

After sampling their Scotch Ale and 2003 Barleywine I decided I better purchase a few of their other brews. Being a novice to the beer reviewing scene I was excited to try Heavyweight's beers because they're so highly touted.

Two Druids Gruit Ale poured a beautiful Orange/Light Brown, slighty hazy with little head that fizzled out quickly.
The smell was of Grapefruit and Cloves. A very sweet fruity smell, very pleasent.
The taste was, no surprise, Grapefruit & Cloves with the cloves being a little too strong. A very sweet beer with a nice feel in the mouth. Slight aftertaste but not a bad one.

Two Druids is the first full beer I've drank from Heavyweight and it, hopefully, will be a good indication of their others!

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Photo of oberon
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very unusual brew to say the least here,pours a murky brown/orange with no head to speak of,the aroma is orange-like and lightly malty.SOUR on first sip almost overpowering as I drink more Iam noticing a tree bark flavor and some kind of herbal rotty taste in the finish wich I find pretty unpleasant.If this was ale of the 14th century than thank god for the hop.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light orange in color and hazy with absolutely no head to speak of.

Smell – The light, untoasted malts are laced with a sour aroma that seems like light lemon or lime.

Taste – This tasted like a mug of stiff white wine and could probably pass as such in a blind Sav Blanc tasting. It’s peppery, like some white wine especially from South American, and had little else to offer. It’s not bad, it’s just not beer.

Mouthfeel – This one is light-bodied and has a smooth winey mouthfeel. The sharp spicing will make your tongue curdle and really was the only reason to keep on drinking it.

Drinkability – This hopless beer style was refreshing but hard to call a beer.

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Photo of BlitzShadow
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The body is deep orange with a 1/4" head. The venue where I enjoyed this beer was a little dark, but it had a nice orange glow with lighting behind it.

Smell: It smells very sweet and tart, with a hint of herbal spice.

Taste: The taste is smooth, sweet, cinnamon (or some similar spice), and tart. It leaves an even tarter aftertaste. There is bitterness, but it does feel like a result of hops.

Mouthfeel: You can't really feel too much of the carbonation and it has a more watery mouthfeel. This may improve if poured straight from a bottle.

Drinkability: I want to have more, but I think I'll switch to something a little less sweet.

Notes: A nice tasty treat, but I don’t think I could drink too many of them in one sitting.

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Photo of Todd
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz short bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: An iced tea looking beer, clouded with murk, dregs, bit and pieces. Head is wonderfully creamy, sticky and retains very nicely.

Smell: Medicinal, herbal, green raisins and tangy. Extremely aromatic, pungent.

Taste: Smooth and creamy upfront, followed by an immediate, and unusual, sharp-ish tart twang with a raisiny back. It then fades into a buttery caramel and slick feel on the palate. This beer is also sweet, in a mellow herbal way, and very tea-like -- rosemary flavours stand out the most. There's a big medicinal presence, but it's a welcome one. Quite earthy, too. Finish is buttery, dry around the edges with light yeast flavours and warming alcohol feel.

Notes: An interesting, inspired, unique and complex beer. However, this is not a beer that you'll sit down and have a 6-pak of. Quite the artisanal beer though ...

From Heavyweight: "Inspired by and brewed with Ale Street News founder/publisher and fellow druid Tony Forder. Tony was hypnotized and traveled back to meet his ancestors in 15th century Britain to discover the secrets of medieval herbs and brewing. Armed with this sacred knowledge and Stephen Buhner's 'Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers', we crafted Two Druids' Gruit Ale . Yarrow, Sweet Gale and Wild Rosemary, along with some spices, flavor this medieval beer. Melding the esoterica of the past and the science of the present, Two Druids' is our answer when you ask 'What have you got that's different?'."

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber-orange with no head.

Smells strongly of orange and clove. A lot like mulled cider.

Tastes a lot like mulled cider too except without the cinnamon. Slightly toffee like in it's malt. The flavor dies way too quick and you are left with bubbles.

Mouthfeel is moderate.

It's something I won't be buying again, but it's not terrible.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting concoction. Pours a hazy yellow color. The smell is fruity-lemony. Minimal head, resulting from limited carbonation. First taste is like a highly sweetened lemon beverage, not thinking beer here but rather a Long Island Iced Tea, or something along those lines. Subsequent sampling brings out the finer nuances of this unique brew. Fruity and honey are the tatses, which aren't so bad, once your palate comes to grips that there is minimal to no addition of hops to this beverage, along with the near absence of carbonation. Not a bad drink at all. There is a medicinal quality to this...perfect for a sore throat. I wouldn't run out to buy this alone. But definitely don't forgo it if you buy one of Heayweight's variet packs. Appreciate it for what it is and you will be pleasantly suprised. Enjoy!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a free tasting at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse, and this beer appears an amber golden orange along with a very thin white head no lacing to be found. I was quite impressed to see a Gruit ale, the beer sounded interesting no hops. As soon as the bottle was cracked it unleashes a barrage of herbal/earthy tones such as rosemary and other wild spices, with a touch of acohol in to the nose. The wild spices are very floral and they pair well the sweet malt and fruit tones in this ancient style ale. The mouthfeel once again isn't as smooth as it could be due to carbonation, but this beer was a nice change of pace from heavyweight a little on the lighter side for them. Interesting almost a novelty beer, but well done has me wanting to search for other gruit style beer.

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Photo of asabreed
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like some other BA members, possibly, at least, I bought the 4-pack Heavyweight sampler not strictly for the Perkuno's Imperial Porter, but that was mostly the reason. Still, it was also for the Two Druid's and the Stickenjab, as those were two styles I hadn't tried before.

Appearance: What I expected, a hazy yellow / orange that almost looks like a wheat beer. Thick-bubbled white head dissipates quickly, with no lacing around the glass as I'm sipping. Little bits of stuff floating in the glass, and since this is clean glass I hope it's from the beer, and what I imagine to be residual herbs and spices. Quite a spin on the yellow piss beer color, which it can almost look like initially without proper light. Thankfully that's not the case, so get some light on it to view closely.

Smell: Lemon, spices, and herbs are the most powerful. Oddly enough I smell some pumpkin spices too somehow. I can't differentiate the weird spices and herbs as there are some I'm not too familiar with in the beer, but it's got a nice smell to it for sure, and one that's pretty different.

Taste: Wow, major lemon up front. An oddly compelling tart sweetness that is refreshing each time, and you can tell they experimented with this. And some spiciness for sure. Since there are no hops the sweetness becomes strong for a second and then lingers into a more mellow creaminess and even less sweet, but nice, aftertaste. Quite odd and refreshing. I like it a lot.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, almost sparkling. A bit creamy before the tartness takes over. Thin to medium-bodied. Once again, refreshing.

Drinkability: This tastes like it's 4% ABV even though it's really 6.7%, so that was fascinating to me. Still, even though it's not necessarily sweet like a wine cooler, it's a sipper for me. I would, however, surely have this again, and this is a style -- albeit not a very highly brewed one I imagine -- that I'd love to try again.

Snag the Heavyweight 4-pack if you can, as I've been 2-for-2 in being satisfied at new styles at the very least.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rough pour gives a very hazy orange-ish body topped by a thin, big bubbled head that drops almost immediately to just a collar. The aroma offers dried fruit, a lightly tart note, and some earthy/mineral & lightly herbal character. The body is thin, with a very fine, minimal carbonation (this is of course, acceptable for the style). The flavor is mouth puckeringly tart, gives some "winey" apricot-like fruitiness as it crosses the palate, and some disinct herbal/floral notes just prior to the swallow. The finish is bone dry with a mild astringent note, a light tea-like character and a soft touch of herbal flavor (grassy, leafy) at the front of the tongue. Bitterness is limited, but of course, it would have to be! Even if the herbs gave any real bitterness it would be out of place alongside the tartness. I've had this beer on draft (at a beer festival) in a previous incarnation and found it much more enjoyable. Still it's quite interesting and I personally enjoy the sourness. It doesn't have the complexity of a Belgian geuze, but it's herbal - and even gently medicinal - quality is nice. I find it's best at, or just below, cellar temperature. I applaude them for attempting a historic style (which does add to its interest) and continuing with it as part of their product line. Most breweries wouldn't have the guts! Definitely a funky, "out-there" beer but give it a shot. It's worth trying at least once, and who knows, you might grow to like it! It's certainly grown on me!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Popped the cap and torrents of foam immediately shot from the mouth all over my kitchen counter. The incredible level of carbonation persists for a good long while after pouring it into the glass. A nice couple of inches of head subsides after a few minutes, but the tiny, tiny bubbles keep on coming.
The body is a slightly hazy brownish copper hue, topped by a head that is light khaki in color. Strong aroma of herbs, stone fruit, and a bit of an acidic, lambic-type quality. Palate is more of the same - spicy herb flavors tempered by dark fruit, some light sweet malt, and a sweet acidic lambic character that provides a bracing tartness. Very interesting. Body is a bit thin but substantial, and the assertive carbonation yields a smooth texture, almost like a tripel. Again, an interesting beer, but not something I'm likely to try again.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting beer. My first expeirence with this type. Not entirely sure if the ancient Scots had the consistency of this beer, but I'm sure they enjoyed it.

Pale in its appearance, virtually no head, no lacing. Loaded with herbs and spices. There is a fruity bitterness that tags along. The aftertaste is a little sour and and not very complex.

Strangley enough, I like this beer and will look for this style elsewhere.

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Photo of edchicma
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmm...defintely an unusual brew. Appearance was down due to lack of a head. Looked very similar to apple cider. Smell was of citrus and other, unidentified spices. Oddly refreshing and crisp with a decent mouthfeel. Was it a beer, or not...I'm not sure yet, but it was an enjoyable change of pace.

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Photo of Franchise
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, very interesting. If your looking for a different style of brew this is it, with the herbs and spices used to flavor this malty beverage it makes it very pleasing. I poured this beer very softly into the glass but it still created a very thick head beige in color from a golden orange body. The nose of this ale is very floural and herbed, it smells of golden grapes, rosemary, sunkist fruit, fruit punch spiked with rosemary, thyme, and lemon is what comes to mind. The taste is very malty and sweet some what syrupy in the body. It starts with a tangy lemon like quality, then finished with more of a complex herbed honey, caramel sweetness that coats the palate.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a bottle of 2 Druids Gruit, pulled from a Heavyweight variety pack (that includes Lunacy, Perkuno's Hammer and Stickenjab, all for later review).

Appearance: The ale is a hazy light orange color. There was a bit of head on first pour, but that didn't last long.

Smell: The lack of hops results in a very interesting spicy aroma from the other bittering agents used. The spices are astringent and tart.

Taste: This beer is unlike most. The lack of hops (and use of rosemary) makes for an interesting taste. The ale has a soft heather-like flavor and what tastes like a kick from brettanomyces (a natural, sour flavor).

Mouthfeel: The ale's bittering agents are very interesting and different. The flavor is very unique and that earns style points.

Drinkability: The drinkability is limited because we are not used to a lack of hops. Check it out though, an interesting style.

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Photo of dannyvee
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled @ cellar temp. A HARD pour into my goblet yeilded no head. The color was an iced tea brown and holding the glass up to light showed sparse, lazy carbonation and some small black speck floaties. Smell is medicinal, cloyingly sweet and cherry. Taste is earthy, sour, farmhouse, and citrusy. The body is heavy and makes the mouth pucker.

An interesting, to say the least, brew. Not quite sure that I'll finish this one, but am definately glad I tried it. Hope it cellars well, because I have three more bottles which will require just the right situation...

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Photo of LPorter33
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased single bottle from Federal Wine & Spirits

Appearance = thick, beautiful light peach/amber color. Head was non-existent and lacing was also rather poor. I really enjoy the coloring though.

Smell = Very spicy with a substantial malt backbone. It has a very deep, earthy scent reminiscent of dark fruits.

Taste = This one did not agree with my palate. Maybe it's the unique style but an overwhelmingly sour beer that tastes like someone squeezed 10 lemons into it is not my kind of beer, especially when it doesn't seem to be balanced by much else.

Overall = Only recommended for those interested in trying this style. I will not be sampling this one again and will most likely steer away from Gruit ales as this one hit all "sour" notes.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not your typical brew, but, like most (all?) heavyweight brews, this one does not disappoint, though i must say that i can see how people might not warm up to this one as quickly as they would other styles. it pours avery average looking crisp amber colour. it reminded me of a darker heineken without any (and i mean none) head. i was a bit disappointed with the appearance here. the smell is lovely, incorporating herbs, sweetness, earth, some chamomile (perhaps?). nice stuff. the flavour is all over the map, but is very nicely balanced, whilst remaining full and refreshing. hints of sweet lemon flavours, tartness, sourness, herbal spiciness and an earth base are prevalent here. definitely different. definitely good. i would certainly sample this one again, though it really should be limited to one, maybe two, per session, as the flavour, while tasty, runs the risk of being too overpowering after a while. in the end, this is quite simply another winner from tom @ heavyweight. definitely check it out, if not for the different flavour experience alone.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an interesting beer to say the least. Pours a dark murky orange with no head. Smell is tangy lemon, flowery herbs, and peppery spices. Taste is extremely tart and lemony upfront, with a sweet malty finish and a spicy aftertaste. No bitterness at all and doesn't really taste like a beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonated. This is an interesting beer that I'm glad I tried, but this style isn't for me. Tastes more like lemon pledge than like beer---just not my thing.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I understand that this is kickback to the middle ages, but the lack of hops really hurts me. Other than that, this is flavorful, massivly sweet and fruity beer that could turn alot of heads. I can see this being a great beer to give to someone who likes wine coolers and the like. Very, very unique... as always from Heavyweight.

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Photo of bultrey
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, this isn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be. In fact, it's pretty decent, just not something I would choose with any regularity. Pours a brassy orange, with a slight thin head and no lacing. Smells quite honeyed and floral, reminding me of Fraoch Heather Ale, but a slight medicinal quality too. Initially medicinal, like an herbal cough drop, with a touch of lemon, then slightly honey sweet with a rather woodsy finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and as previously mentioned, drinkability is average -- I wouldn't want more than one.
In the end, this is like a decent herbal tea mixed with a crisp light ale.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.67/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange with not much of a head. Slight flower sweet nose. Strange tart taste with a very dry plum finish. Quite an odd flavor. There is also a hint of orange in there as well. This is not my cup of tea... (and it does look like carbonated iced tea). It will make ya pucker... not very drinkable...

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, thin off-white head. Expressive aroma lets you expect a lot of tartness and fruitiness (orange, pineapple). Notes of salt, various herbs and big spices. Sharp acidity on the tongue, lemony citric, spicy, herbal, orangey. Finish is long, spicy and tart. Light body and low carbonation detracts a bit from overall enjoyment. Most interesting experiment nevertheless.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a sample pack brought from Joisey to Moscow by my new boss (thanks, Jim). Comes in a fairly chubby brown 12 oz bottle with a light green and yellow label featuring a sun-face image. Yarrow, Sweet Gale and Wild Rosemary are listed as ingredients. No freshness information.

Pours a cloudy pale copper under a one finger off-white head that fizzled very quickly, leaving no lace. The nose consists primarily of mild sweet spiciness. The mouth is very well carbonated and light. The taste is sweet and sour, with grapes and a bit of tinniness. This reminds me more of cider than ale, although a bit of bitterness does emerge late. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one a looong time ago on tap at Max's here in Baltimore.

In my haste to procure as much Heavyweight before the fall, I've happened upon a few bottles that have got some age on them (~2 years). When I first tried it, it was a watery herby mixture to me, not bad, not awesome. Somehow, this one has gotten a bit more mature and different with age.

It still pours a light yellow with a fizzy, undeveloped head, but the flavor has morphed. The herby concoction has developed brett like funkiness. Smooth, tart, with some herbs still in there if you let it slide over the tongue slowly. A bit clingy on the finish, but not bad overall.

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Two Druids Gruit Ale from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 84 ratings