PictureWe did it again! We went on a Craft Beer Passport journey.

This time we explored the west end. We actually avoided this area a bit as we happen to live in the west end, so we had been to many of the places on it (Rainhard and Junction) but we finally got around to it.

While at 3030, a cool place we would never have discovered without the passport I had myself a gruit by Beaus.

A gruit is a unique kind of beer that usually has no hops whatsoever and instead relies on flowery herbs to add bitterness and flavour beyond the sweetness of the malt. Some people argue that it is not a beer at all and there are stories about the LCBO rejecting gruits from being in the beer section simply because they do not contain hops.

This particular gruit was made in collaboration with Margaret Atwood. It seems there was a bit of friendly competition between her and the Sam Roberts Band with their light creation.

This beer is available at the LCBO for $7.95 a bottle and it sits at 5.2% ABV.

On to the tasting notes:

Appearance: Rusty orange, light white head. Unfiltered.
Aroma: Very sweet and floral. Grapes and roses.
Taste: Grapes at first and very sweet. Too sweet for me, could use more spiciness. A bit of mango and orange.
Aftertaste: None at all.
Overall: Too sweet for me but others will love it.

Kole McRae

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com