Beau's All Natural Wild Oats Series No. 33: St. Luke's Verse
Beau's All Natural Wild Oats Series No. 33: St. Luke's VerseRated 3.317 by BeerPals
Legend has it that young maidens who wanted to know who their true love might be would sip upon a lavender brew and chant St. Luke’s Verse, imploring the saint to reveal their identity in her dreams that night. “St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me. In my dreams, let me my true love see.” Copper in colour, St. Luke’s Verse Gruit Ale offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender accented by thyme and rosemary. This is a flavourful, balanced beer that is highly nuanced but very approachable. St. Luke’s Verse was brewed in honour of Gruit Day, an international celebration of this style of beer brewed with a variety of herbs and spices in place of hops. History & Style Centuries ago it would have seemed odd to consider using only one herb to spice beer. Dozens of plants, such as bog myrtle, yarrow, heather, and juniper were commonly used in ancient brewing. These beers were known as Gruit or Grut (German for herb), and a brewers’ spice blend was a proprietary and carefully guarded secret. After the Reinheitsgebot (Bavarian Purity Act of 1516) ordered that only hops be used to spice beer, the Bavarian style of brewing took hold in most of Europe, and the gruit gradually faded into obscurity. Luckily, some craft breweries have rediscovered this ancient form of brewing – visit the Gruit Day website – for a list of breweries participating in International Gruit Day 2014, each brewing up a different gruit ale to celebrate that day. Craft brewing is all about discovery and experimentation, and gruits are one of the best examples of this pioneering spirit! Tasting Notes This gruit ale’s intense lavender aroma is accentuated and enhanced with sub-notes of thyme and rosemary. St. Luke’s Verse exhibits firm flavours that parallel the aromatic bouquet, and present themselves in unison as a deliciously drinkable potpourri.
Food Pairings Brewmaster Matthew O’Hara suggests a perfect pairing with a romantic dinner of raclette pour deux. (St. Luke whispered that it also pairs well with sweet nothings and gossamer wings.) Technical Specs Alc./Vol.: 5.7% Ingredients: Local Spring Water, Organic Barley Malts, Organic Hops, Organic Lavender, Organic Rosemary, Organic Thyme & Brewer’s Yeast. Malts: Pilsner, Caramel 20, Carafoam, Acidulated (All Organic) Hops / Bittering: Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Perle Hops (All Organic) IBU's: 11 OG: 14.2°P FG: 3.7°P Ideal Serving Temperature: 6-9° C Serving Glass: GobletID: 56201 Last updated 5 months ago Added to database 7 years ago
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