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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (734) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (639) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2014
750ml bottle thanks to Doug
Cloudy straw yellow with a big white head and some lacing. Aroma is tart, barnyard and fruity. Taste is tart, sawdust, fruity, lemon peel with a dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (743) - USA - JUL 25, 2014
Gold, hazy, off-white head. Aroma of grainy malt, lemons, light spice. Flavor is similar with a light acidity and tartness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014, I believe by Ferris. Murky/opaque yellow with a creamy white head. Unripened apricot, subtle funk, yoghurty lactic acidity, gentle wheat malt structure. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blomster (256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle, picked up @ Metro in Victoria. Hazy yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Citrusy, bretty aroma. Slightly sour, funky taste, citrus. Nice, easy sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is floral, funk, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with light dry fruit, oak, yeast, good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4125) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Stone fruit and some tart apricot with a funky finish. Cloudy orange with a decent white head. Dusty, yogurt and some stone fruit. And a funky finish. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared by Ferris at RBAG. Cloudy yellow pour with white frothy head. Aroma is Brett funk, lemon citrus, juicy fruit, and mild tartness. Taste is juicy tropical/citrus fruit up front, followed by some mild pepper, a bit of funk, dry finish. Really nice.

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