Grozet

Rating: 3.4

Another Williams Brothers beer here, my second in as many days and hopefully this one scores better than yesterdays Caesar Augustus. The bottle mentions that this premium Scottish beer is “aged with citrus fruits”  and is a “crisp & refreshing lagered fruit beer” and brewed with Scottish gooseberries, I’m not sure which of the style will be more predominant but I’m looking forward to finding out. Grozet is one of the beers in Williams Brothers historic ales ranger along with the previously reviewed Froach and is available year round in either 330 or 500ml bottles as well as being available at 4.5% ABV. in cask form during August & September, so hopefully if this one rates well I’ll be able to try a pint of the cask version in the future.

Appearance (3/5): A clear orange amber colour with a bubbly, white head on the top that is about a centimetre thick and seems to stay for a while before eventually halving in size. 3.5
Aroma (6/10): Quite fruity smelling but light on the nose, there is some gooseberry upfront with some grain and grassy hops.
Taste (7/10): Much like the smell with gooseberries upfront and a general fruitiness to it. There is some wheat too and a little grain but not all that much. It is reminiscent of a lager but a nice one at that, and as the bottle suggested it is fruity.
Palate (4/5): Medium, smooth and rather crisp at the finish, it is also quite creamy on the palate.

Overall (14/20): A beer that started to grow on me as I worked my way down, it was quite fruity and sweet although I felt that the aroma was a strange one with the mix of gooseberries and hops but not necessarily strange in a bad way. Again probably a one off but an drinkable beer none the less.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Also Known As: Heather Ales Grozet / Grozet Gooseberry & Wheat Ale / Grozet Celtic Ale
First Brewed: Brewery since 1992
Type: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Sainsbury’s
Price: £1.86

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