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RATINGS: 44   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.

BEENJAMIN's rating

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrFecesious (1134) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle share. Hazy light orange. Aroma of juniper, wood notes, citrus, wet attic, hay. Taste is sweet with a bit of tartness. Silky mouthfeel, and wonderfully clean.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1465) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2015
Cloudy golden with a good creamy white head. Aroma is orange juice, gin, mint, apricot, juniper, wildflowers. Medium-full bodied, lightly creamy mouthfeel, fruity on the palate with a long dry lightly woody finish. Taste is white peach, orange peel, juniper, gooseberry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
liquidhedonism (220) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. Aroma: citrusy, with hints of lime and white wine. Taste/Palate: sour, tart, crisp, and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
julesjis (182) - Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2014
5th Anniversary edition, aged a year, I was told. Poured from a bottle. Aroma is citrusy and tart. Flavor is slightly creamy and light in the front and orange, lime and spice (coriander?). Definitely finishes bitter and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1765) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle from Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! Hazy light orangish-amber pour with a nice white head. Awesome nose, citrus, botanicals, a hint of stone fruit. Awesome taste too. A ton going on. A touch of funk, some herbal gin stuff happening, a slight floral and citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 2oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Champagne Flute ][ 12.07.14 ]
murky gold, puffy white head, good lacing. Ultra high C-tang nose, husky grain with huge lactic presence, tons of citrus rind with flaked wheat. Front palate is slight white grape, husky and dirty mid, soapy esters, dry filmy finish, gritty palate is lightly dirty, citrus throughout but lacks integration.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1506) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Pours hazy gold with moderate head and lots of carbonation. Aromas of wet woody brett, creamy fruit, light citrus and butter. Flavors of apricot/peach skins, wheat, guava, and citrus. Tart, resin-y finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9036) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Good peppery vinegar aroma. Orange with some head and lace. Creamy mouthfeel.orange finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5290) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2014
750ml bottle pours a hazy, straw gold with some very cloudy, white head. Nose has quite a bit of brett, dusty, flower pollen, lemon, chrysanthemum, tea, lemongrass. Flavor is sweet, mild candy, mild honey, a little cough drop, lots of lemon, some lemongrass too, a little coriander. Clean finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5175) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy yellow orange color with a small off-white head. Aroma was light straw, lemon zest notes. Flavor had nice light citrus lemon notes, light yeast notes. Touch of lime finish.

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