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 Verse

Rated 3.317 by BeerPals

Brewed by Beau's All Natural Brewing Company

VanKleek Hill, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Ale

5.7% Alcohol by Volume

11 International Bittering Units

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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: Goblet

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Overall Rank9904
Overall Percentile81.5
Style Rank10 of 156
Style Percentile93.6
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score3.7
Average Score3.633
Weighted Score3.317
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    600ml bottle
    5.7% ABV
    Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
    December 25, 2014
    The beer pours a translucent dark gold with a thin white film for a head. The aroma tends toiward the lavender and rosemary notes up front, with cereal malt and yeast in behind. The mouthfeel is medium bodiued with average carbonation. The flavour starts out with strong notes of rosemary and thyme, with sweet malt and yeast notes in the finish. An interesting beer that's good, but not something you would drink a lot of.

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a very small coating of foamy head but doesn't stay very long. Has a pale golden appearance. Pretty weak lacing. Aromas of lavender are actually fairly noticeable, some sort of soapy like scents coming through. Not as bitter as expected, the gruit is fairly subtle in this one, not like their Bogwater. Has that sort of soapy/gum like flavour in the finish, like the Thrills gum. Or could just be me. Maybe it's the lavender again. Smooth mouthfeel, very slick. Full bodied. Pretty good.

  • CHOPZ 7236 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Sampled at the 2014 Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival on Valentines’ Day. Poured a hazy golden colour with a white cap, slightly creamy. Lemon sour nose with lavender and hints of mint. At least the taste is not sour (well, at least too much) with the citrus and spices. Wet mouthfeel. Quite interesting overall.

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