Welcome back! Today, I thought I’d change things up and diverge from my plan to sample these beers in alphabetical order. So with that in mind, I drank the Grozet second and did a little research into its particular background and history. And what I found was really quite interesting, embracing Rennaissance brewing, the Scottish intelligentsia, and even Shakespeare itself.
I also perused through the Williams Brothers Brewery’s website and noted that their full lineup of products is really quite diverse and cool. Wish I had access to more of it here on the other side of “The Pond”! Be sure to check it out…
Named in accordance with the Auld Scots word for gooseberry, Grozet is another traditional beer that has been brewed in Scotland by monks and “Alewives” since the 16th century. Concocted with wheat malts, gooseberries and wild spice, this beer is very light in color, scent and taste, and was apparently a favorite amongst the 19th century Scottish literati, and was even described as “the most convivial of ales” by Shakespeare himself. Much like its cousins in the pack, this beer is quite light on head and carbonation, and has an subtle, but varied taste. And while its not my favorite of the pack, it is certainly and interesting brew and a very worthwhile experience, especially when one considers the historic significance it carries.
Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy, mild foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Mild malts, wheat and a hint of spice
Taste: Mild wheat malts, hint of tartness, mild tang
Aftertaste: Lingering tartness and wheat malts
Two down, two to go! And in the meantime, I thought I might crack my most precious bottle and give it a sample. A hint, its a reserve ale from my most favorite brewery back east…