Kemker Kultuur

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Kemker Kultuur
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
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3.86 | pDev: 9.33%
Jan 16, 2021
May 23, 2020
Collaboration with Elixer

Wuortel is the amalgamation of foraged herbs, local hops and grains - a balanced sour beer with fresh and spicy notes from the herbs. The base beer is a wild carrot gruit beer that we brewed together with Nienke and Robbert Hartholt (Elixer Bier) and Oliver Witt (Hopfengarten Lünen). We blended this with two Aoltbeer barrels. The beers in this blend matured on average for 12 months in red wine barrels.
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear, deep golden coloration with a small, fluffy head that quickly fades to a thin ring, leaving behind some lacing. Smells of doughy, slighty bready malt and and light fruity esters, with some stronger floral and herbal notes. Taste is a great balance of doughy, bready malt, strong herbal, spicy and lighter floral and fruity notes of elderflower, gale, allspice, clove, red apple and gooseberry, with just a hint of leathery funk and tannic oak as well. Finishes with a light tartness and some floral, herbal and spicy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This makes for a very nice wild Gruit beer with strong herbal and spicy and lighter floral and fruity notes, accompanied by light acidity and funk as well as hints of tannins and oak. It's a bit hard to say where the herbs end and the yeast esters start here, but there really is very nice balance with a decent complexity to this. While it's not quite as funky and acidic as some Wild Ales, the herbs really are coming through quite distinctly, with the barrel aging also being apparent due to those oaky, tannic accents. This really is a Gruit at heart, it's just a bit of a shame that it contains hops, thus not being a historically accurate example of the style, which doesn't really make it any less enjoyable though.
Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

May 23, 2020
Wuortel from Kemker Kultuur
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 2 ratings