Winter Gruit Ale | Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread

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3.68 w/ 21 ratings

Brewed by:
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brad007 on 12-29-2007

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TychoNDC
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Focusf111
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of kscaldef
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Hop & Vine's Vermont Exchange

I love a good gruit and this one delivers nicely. Pours medium amber with a one-finger head. Aroma combines lemongrass, rose petals, and peppercorns. On the tongue, it's lightly sweet, like a rose-infused honey syrup. Highly carbonated with a lively body. One of my favorites of the line-up.

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Photo of mrskunk
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MEW
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jh1982
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at American Flatbread, Burlington, VT

Poured a slightly hazed amber with a small, sturdy, white head. Sweet malts in the aroma, a variety of fruits and spices and herbs. Taste of sweet malts, citrus zest, orange blossom, spiced tea and potpourri, basil... Decent, but not the best around, style-wise. Light-medium-bodied, a bit astringent in the end, but overall not bad, and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Strong ale crafted with sweet gale, yarrow, mugwort and sweet woodruff, brewed on All Hallows Eve, 2005. 6.5%"

Getting caught up on some of my old notes from a beer festival. In short, this was not an appealing beer to me. It was thin bodied with plenty of flavor, but odd. It was good for a change of pace from the others but too mild to stand out.

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Photo of liquidlife
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque, light orange body under a good head.

Soft grains, some spices, kind of a wheat taste. Nice.
Taste of some spices (labrador tea) with minimal malt and hops profiles. Nice taste.

Moderate thickness, feel with a beefy 6.5 per cent ABV, some interesting tastes.
Fine drinkability but this is another great beer from flatbread.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge pillow of off-white head(everything was liberally carbed that night). Grainy, average amber color.

Dry basil, fruit pits, pepper, lemon & orange rind, big soapy lavender tone.

Flavorwise: mellow biscuit flavors that get totally overwhelmed by dryed thyme, hibiscus/other tea similarities, & heather. A little too much like potpourri. In combination with the alcohol, the expected bittergreen notes hit like a throat shot after taking a wrong turn into the perfume department at Macy's. I'm not sure if the thin body helped or hindered either.

Due to time constraints, I did drink my serving(12oz) without too much hesitation.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off their tap in December of '08 this rotating brew (also know as the Solstice Gruit) was a cloudy, apricot-amber color. The tan head retained modestly as a collar and left spotty dollops of lacing. The aroma was like a Flemish sour, tart, herbal and dry with hints of vinegar. The flavors were totally different from the aroma, throwing me for a loop! It started with a twang of yeast and then went into dry grains followed by rich butterscotch and caramel. The rich malts were not balanced by much in the way of hops but some of the more herbal notes helped it feel well thought out. The mouthfeel was good but it definitely left an oily slick on my tongue, the body was medium/full and the carbonation was soft. I found the sweet/herbal balance pleasant, the experience unique and the beer generally quaffable. High marks.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at American Flatbread, served in a pint glass.

A- Nice, clear amber with a finger sized white head.

S- One of the most unique smelling beers I have had so far. The compilation of herbal aromas created a smell that I can only akin to cottage cheese (not as disturbing as the comment was still very pleasant).

T- I loved the taste. The aroma was vastly different than the taste as the herbal flavors were individually represented. The lack of hops in this beer was nicely supplemented by the herbs. It was actually done so well that my BMC drinking wife ended up drinking half my glass!

M- Medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- Very drinkable. The unique flavors and aromas offer something different that does not hamper its drinkability.

Overall, a very nice beer. This is my first gruit and I am very glad that I picked this one out. The name of this particular beer was the "Solstice Gruit Ale."

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber color with a one-finger head. Aroma is mostly fruity and herbal with a touch of malt. Taste is fruity/malty upfront and smooth with the essence of herbs in this beer showing through. Reminds me somewhat of a lager due to the fact that it's not hopped. Not a bad thing though. Just kind of sweet.

I would place this one above the summer effort as I assume they are two different attempts at a gruit.

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Winter Gruit Ale from Zero Gravity Craft Brewery / American Flatbread
Beer rating: 47.6% out of 100 with 21 ratings
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