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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
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This brew harkens back to our first Anniversary beer, a cascade hopped Saison aged in gin barrels with apricot. That was our first experience using gin barrels, and we’ve grown to love the botanical nuance and oil rich mouthfeel they lend. This version is the first of what will become an annual release and uses a mix of three wine casks along with the gin barrel, which still shows strongly in the beer. The nose opens with a bit of all of the elements- the spirit, herbs and spices, hops, apricot, brettanomyces and wheat. More fruit shows in the flavor and the beer has a historic dry and bitter profile. The four cask blend has about 10% fresh beer (the base for the 2015 batch) added, which brightens the profile and will allow for an interesting conditioning well over an year.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2014
750ml bottle Pours a murky golden with a lasting white head. This is the third time I’ve had this beer and the main component that sticks with me is it’s rustic, almost ballsy strong funk mineral driven flavor. Big fruit, musty gin barrel comes through, pepper and sulfur, rich texture. Very intriguing, I’m curious to some age.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
On tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver. Lemony coloured pale fizzy head. Fruity sour nose. Mouth is tart fruity spicy. Not getting much if any barrel impression here. Nice but unseasonal for November. 3.4.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
750ml bottle from CANBIF 2014...very thankful to try this as I have had some great experiences from upright and loved visiting the brewery! Vibrant hazy and pale orange with a creamy white head that settles to a nice mellow blanket on top of the beer. Without reading the description I wouldn’t have been able to say juniper but there are definitely some fruity gin notes that overlay a bouquet of apple, white grapes, light oak, nice fresh but light tartness with some mild acidity and a bit of lemon pulp. Moderate+ carbonation, mild+ body, refreshing with a nice bitterness and some sweetness to cut the bite, nice dryness, bit of chardonnay and herbs along with some fruit notes on the finish. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy blond with low-medium white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of lots of herbs. Taste is of saison yeast, spices, fruits, nice yeast. Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks bro. pours hazy/cloudy pale yellow with a very ncie white head,, good retention and lacing. lots of spices and herbaceous notes - dill, flowers, juicy citrus, peppery and fragrant gin, berry fruitiness - tropical and pienapple notes as well, very lemony with just a part of its acidity, fragrant wood - white wine. bright to average carbonation, light body, oily, light acidity - pretty complex, drying and lightly tannic and tart finish. very tasty and very pleasant! much enjoyed!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Hazy gold pour with white head. Aroma is really citrusy, lemony, light white wine notes, really bright and fresh floral hop notes. Taste is citrusy, well hopped, lemony. Palate is light, dry, really easy drinking. Really enjoyable saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1450) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours a cloudy golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of fruits, flowers and soap. The soap part is a bit sad but it isn’t too distracting. Taste is dry and offers some nice spicy flavors, fresh and perfumey. It also carries some dill, not sure what can cause that though. Body was medium, same for carbonation. Overall a nice saison, maybe a bit subpar for an anniversary beer?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3013) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). From Thomas, thanks! Slow gusher. Slightly hazy golden with a medium white head and some lacing. Aroma is herbal with light spiciness, perfume notes, citrus/sunlight and floral presence. Taste is also herbal and citrusy/sunlight with light acidic notes, white grapes and light spiciness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Almost creamy mouthfeel. Super tasty and quite drinkable. Barrel is present, but not overdone. Another good one from Upright.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3285) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Tasting sessions with my friend Frank. Beau corps doré qui s’embrouille. Monstrueuse tête qui coule le long de mon verre. Une dentelle épaisse et bien large. Un nez discret de gingembre avec des herbes, des fruits jaunes et oranges et des effluves d’une délicieuse campagne. Un goût épicé avec des plantes sauvages, du poivre citronné, des bretts, des ananas et des fruits du verger. C’est sec et c’est excellent pour mes papilles. Une bouche bien remuée par les bulles. Une texture légèrement mousseuse. Une finale ravissante pour les amateurs de gin et pour les amateurs de fermières sauvages. Très bon. Je dirais même plus, très très bon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (839) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is fairly fruity with some nice apricot character and honeydew and cantaloupe melon notes. Medium light citrus notes of lemon and lime. Some lemongrass and lemon verbena. Some light phenolic pepper notes. Pours a cloudy, pale golden orange with a fairly large, fluffy white head that displays average retention. Medium light lacing and medium legs. Flavor is slightly acidic with a medium citrus character of lime peel and some orange. Some medium light phenolic notes of coriander and some stronger herbal character. Light oak character with spirits notes. Faint malt notes. Light apricot notes. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with medium, creamy carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a really enjoyable saison from Upright. Lots of fruit and barrel character with some soft malt and water notes. Everything is well balanced and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (665) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Floral, earthy, light tart and fruity aroma. Tart, earthy flavor; Pepper, floral. Fruity finish. Kind of a tannin mouthfeel.


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