Golden Goblet Gruit Ale

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2011 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Gruit takes on many forms, but these days it often simply denotes a beer brewed with herbs. These herbs can even take place of the usual beer ingredients, like hops.

Whether you’re a homebrewer looking to experiment with flavors or a gardener wanting to bring your garden’s bounty into the homebrew kettle, this gruit recipe is a great place to start.

Recipe by Steve Cook, Cookie Kaplan, and Nicolai Abramson of the Maltose Flacons homebrew club.

Golden Goblet Gruit Ale | Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer


  • For 6.5 US gallons (24.61 liters)
    • 16.0 lb (7.26 kg) Pilsner two-row malt
    • 8.0 oz (227 g) Belgian Caramel Pils malt
    • 1.0 g sweet gale (in mash, 90 min)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) marsh rosemary (in mash, 90 min)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) yarrow (in mash, 90 min)
    • 1.0 g sweet gale (60 min)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) marsh rosemary (60 min)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) yarrow (60 min)
    • Other Ingredients
    • WhirlFloc (20 min)
    • 3.5 tsp SuperFood yeast nutrient (20 min)
    • 0.5 coriander seed (15 min)
    • 1.0 tsp lemon peel (15 min)
    • 14 g sweet orange peel (15 min)
    • 14 g sweet orange peel (10 min)
    • 1.0 lb turbinado sugar
    • Reverse osmosis water
    • Wyeast Labs No. 1338 Belgian Strong Ale yeast (2L starter)


    • Original Gravity: 1.074
    • Final Gravity: 1.010
    • ABV: 8.37
    • SRM: 5.7
    • Efficiency: 75%


    Mash grains for 90 minutes at 148° F (64° C). Remember that half the herbs go into the mash, and half are added during the boil. Mash out at 168° F (76° C) for 10 minutes.

    Extract Version

    Substitute 12 lb (5.4 kg) liquid Pilsner malt extract for the Pilsner malt. Steep the CaraPils malt in 158° F (70° C) water for 30 minutes, remove and strain, add the malt extract, bring to a boil, stirring, and continue with the recipe as indicated. Steep half the herbs in a mesh bag along with the CaraPils and put the other half in the boil, as the recipe states.