The full name of tonight’s beer is Rise of the Burghers and the fall of the feudal lords, which is a Herbed Beer with an unlisted ABV from Minnesota’s Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company. Their website states:
Rise of the Burghers was inspired by the little-talked-about era of brewing dominated by german Burgher brewers between 800 and 1300 AD. This era of sea trade via the free towns of the Hanseatic Trading League brought about a revolution in brewing throughout northern Europe. Increased production scale, technological advancement, and access to a steady supply of materials from throughout the trade network created a new era of commercial brewing that would change both the ale and the trade for generations.
Olvalde Rise of the Burghers is a moderately hazy, deep amber colored beer, topped off by a small, cream colored head. Lacing remains behind in scattered bits here and there.
The nose has quite a bit of an herbal influence, with underlying sweet pale and caramel malts.
The herbs are even more lively in the taste, providing spicy, earthy and leafy aspects, with sweet malts providing a nice foundation. The mouth is medium bodied and evenly carbonated.
There aren’t many beers around these days like Olvalde Rise of the Burghers, so it is worth checking out for its uniqueness alone, but it is also a very tasty and interesting beer. There are just a bit of hops in the recipe, which prevents it from being a pure Gruit (beer brewed without hops and using herbs as bittering agents), but Rise of the Burghers provides a nice example of what beers were like before hops were adopted as the mainstream bittering and preservation agent.
Olvalde Rise of the Burghers : A-