Angelica Rosa (Earth Eagle Brewings)

Style: American Gruit Saison

5.6% ABV

Brewery’s Note: “A rooty, earthy take on the beloved French style featuring angelica root and rose hips.”

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The beer pours a dirty yellow gold. A head forms above the beer and then immediately leaves, sort of like a soda’s head. In body, the beer has a murkiness to it, but is translucent and clean of particles. On the nose, the beer smells of herbal mint, slight lime, vegetal must, and slightly of peppery mustard and nutmeg/sweet spice. It’s an odd and vegetal smell that really gives the beer a farmhouse/woodsy scent… I dig it. On the tongue, the beer tastes of a mellow, tart acidity with a strong savory-sweet middle and a bitter-sweet finish. There is even a slight vegetal umami oomf coming through in the middle of the sip, which gives the beer some nice structure. In flavor, the beer begins as floral rose, which grows to a sweet melon, and vegetal flavor, working into a woody, slightly peppery flavor. For a moment I taste nutmeg and cinnamon, but those flavors quickly morph into new and unusual flavors. The finish is an herbal bitterness that blends the sweet floral flavor of rose with lime, and vegetal honeydew melon. In the mouth, the beer feels medium-bodied with a slight gelling/syrupy sensation, but also a crisp tingle on the end that helps the beer stay drinkable. The mouth is left slightly sticky, with some spittle and a minty freshness that rings from the middle of the tongue. Overall, this is a refreshing, unique, and enjoyable gruit. I love seeing the breadth of character and the plethora of flavors that Earth Eagle can bring to the table with their gruit experimentation. This should pair really well with food as it has some awesome complimentary flavors. The beer is yet another awesome example of the farmhouse and gruit styles, is refreshing, and even has a tingle of tartness. This is a beer to try.

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