The appearance of Bog Water from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario certainly lives up to its name. This gruit ale pours a murky, sludgy rust red and copper brown mixture with an off-white head that burns off almost immediately, leaving a thin ring and almost no lace. Bog Water has a very smooth and appealing aroma anchored by earthy grains, grasses and malts. Sweet flowers, raisin, banana, spices and a bit of an overripe pear note also come through.
Bog Water tastes of honey sweetened flowers with a syrupy malt backing. A solid bitterness takes over, then grassy and flowery tones come through in the finish. The wild ale is medium-bodied with a very low carbonation, with both syrupy and yeasty qualities noticeable on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter, with a floral taste and a sort of medicinal quality.
Like all of the seasonal and special release beers from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, you will find a descriptive tag tied around the neck of each bottle of Bog Water. The tag describes the inspiration of the beer, as well as the use of bog myrtle. The back of the bottle has an ingredients list and organic certification, as well as a clearly marked batch number and bottling date.
Bog Water is a very nice and easygoing, yet satisfying wild ale that, for me, ranks as the brewery’s most creative seasonal release. This beer pairs well with sharp cheeses, fresh bread, grilled and roasted red meats and crackers. You can find Bog Water in limited supply at select LCBO stores and at the brewery during the winter months. You can also order this and other beers from the brewery’s BYBO service if you live in the Ottawa area.
Type: Gruit / Wild Ale
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.6%