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Name of Beer:St. Luke’s Verse
Style of Beer: Gruit Ale
Brewery: Beau’s Brewing Co
Can / Bottle / Draught: 600ml Bottle
Price: about $6
% of Alcohol: 5.7%
From The Can: "Autumnal equinox release in the 2016 Gruit Series. Brewed with an aromatic bouquet of organic lavender, rosemary, and thyme, the flavors present themselves in unison as a deliciously drinkable potpourri."
Hops Used: Organic Tradition
Colour: pale gold
Clarity: a little dull
Head: nice white foam stays for the pour
Aroma: Very strong lavender and rosemary
Tasting Notes: Very aromatic start, hints of caramel malts with a dry finish .
Comments: I’ve always been a fan of Beau’s Brewing, Lug-Tread is a goto for me in many bars. Their Tom Green Milk Stout is tasty, and their farm table series is well done. Beau’s isn't afraid to experiment with bold and exciting flavour profiles so when i saw St. Lukes Verse at the LCBO I knew i had to try it.
It is a Gruit with Lavender as the focus, so if that's your thing, its an excellent beer pint after pint. I would definitely open another bottle or share it at a fall gathering. They suggest pairing it with soft cheeses and chicken stew- i feel like it’d also go well with a herby rabbit dish too.
If you’re looking to try some different beers this fall, or doing a tasting party, make sure this one’s on your list.