The Gruut City Brewery in Ghent was established in April 2009 by Annick De Splenter at Grote Huidevettershoek in Ghent. Annick was initiated at an early age into the wonderful world of fermentation and beer. Her love of beer is clearly in her genes, because family on both her mother’s and her father’s side were involved in brewing. Some of the well-known brand names they worked on include Young Pale Ale from Gistel and Dentergems Wit, Liefmans and Lucifer from Dentergem.
The exceptional properties of four of our Ghent Gruut beers stem from the fact they are brewed without hops. As you would expect, research into alternatives for replacing hops is no easy task. It was only after a course in biochemistry and various collaborative links with a range of universities that Annick’s Ghent City Beer saw the light of day. There are now 5 different varieties: Ghent Gruut White, Ghent Gruut Blonde, Ghent Gruut Amber, Ghent Gruut Brown and Ghent Gruut Inferno.
In the Middle Ages the river Leie divided the city of Ghent into two parts. On the right bank the brewers used typical beer ingredients like hops. The brewers on the left bank, which was ruled by the French, added a mixture of herbs or Gruut to their beers.
Landlords collected a tax from the brewers based on the amount of spice (Gruuts) used in the beer. Our brewery combines present day brewing techniques with centuries old tradition.
The beer is unique and especially healthy because of the use of spices instead of hop. Hop was in the 13th century used as an alternative herb in the brewing process. The former beer was mostly flavored with herbs, called “Gruyt or Gruut”.
The composition of the herbs was different from region to region and only the ruler knew the mixture, and asked taxes on it. Nowadays they ask taxes on the percentage of alcohol and the volume of beer, in the Middle Ages was it on the Gruut herbs.
Gentse Gruut Whit
Gruut White beer is very aromatic with a fragant fruity smell and a slightly herbaceous sharpness. The body is light, but soft; Thanks to the spices, the flavors are ‘round’, very fine and complex. The first impression is a spicy dryness, but there is also a slight, creamy sweetness underlying.
Genste Gruut Blonde
Gruut Blonde is cloudy, gently barleyd beer. It has a neutral, light and sweet flavor obtained by a special selection of herbs.
Gentse Gruut Amber
Gruut Amber Ale has an amazing rich taste, a deep copper colour and a smooth drink-ability and when using the typical open glass, you will see a fabulous head, discover its deep copper color and capture its delicate aroma.
Genste Gruut Bruin
Gruut Brown is our cuvee with a pleasant, smooth beginning and a never experienced, persistent aftertaste coming from a mixture of nuts.
Genste Gruut Inferno
Inferno: A delicate ale with an intense flavour. It’s golden color and unique flavor makes it popular with all ages. Ultimate serving temperature: 8° – 9° C.