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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Special Herbs began as an experiment a few years ago when we decided to age a bit of our Reggae Junkie Gruit in Old Tom Gin casks. After a short time the beer tasted dull, but several months later it picked up some natural acidity along with the botanical aspects from the residual spirit in the oak. We loved the profile for having so much brightness and depth in the nose while maintaining a crisp and wine-like mouthfeel and finish. This new batch represents the first of annual releases for the Special Herbs, and in addition to two gin barrels we also mixed in two third use wine casks that were full of spent peaches carrying their own mix of yeasts and bacteria, contributing even more layers to this wild beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Prufrock. Light tan pour. White head. Lovely aroma. Gin forward, herbs, spearmint. Lemon. Tart clean flavor. White grape and pine. Gin again. I love this. Reminds me of something that ale apothecary would do. Once beastie tells me they’re there, I can taste the peach skins. Delightful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (980) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2014
750 ml bottle. Clear, nearly orange pour with offwhite head. Aroma is fantastic. Specially herbal indeed - gin, medicinal, throat lozenge, pear/tropical fruit juice. Reminds me a lot of ale apothecary stuff. Taste is nice as well. Tart, herbal, light cereal in the finish (along with a hint of pickle juice?). Slick texture, medium body, short crisp finish. Overall: this is great. Flavorful, complex, unique, easy to drink but also invites savoring. Want moar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3643) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is lemon, oak, funk, gin. Thin mouthfeel with tart lemon, light funk, gin with light dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2218) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Damn, this beer kicked ass. Pours a hazy dull pale golden color with a finger of white fizzy foam. Tons of juniper, spruce, wet wood, ginger ale, rosemary, pinot noir, some round stonefruit hints in the background. Absolutely delicious !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (810) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 31, 2014
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours hazy orange with medium head. Nose is juicy tart fruit, woody spice, ginger, spruce, evergreen, funk. Taste is juicy tart stonefruit, dry wood, spicy ginger, fruity herbal spirits, dusty funk, mint leaf. Finish is dry tart rustic grains with juicy herbal stonefruit funk and mingling gin and herbal spice. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Steasy66 (885) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Apricot small white head. Quite tart and lemony. Big and citric in the middle. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a murky orangeish golden with a short lived white head. Aroma is dry, hay, dust. Flavor is lemon, vanilla, cake. Finish is soft, yeast, bread and vanilla. Medium body, soft mouthfeel, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle... Hazy golden pour with a small, creamy, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The aroma is restrained, but offers a nice marriage of oak and light funk – not real herbal. Medium-bodied with Key West carbonation. The flavor is medium-sour and bready. Not all that herbal here either. Finishes tart, yeasty, and then bone-dry. Many thanks to landhoney for sharing this one with the entire South Florida Brew Crew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Super botanical nose. Tons of gin herbal notes juniper? Peach, funky yeast notes a little tart a little winey. Pours hazy golden orange white ring of foam. Tart peachy gin wine barrel there's a lot going on here. Lingering tang and fruit. Nice carbonation. A little funky lingering yeast. Cool beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2596) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Crazy tasting beer, thanks GT2, gold pour, white head, smelled of tart lemon, taste was very acidic, apple, herbs, interesting.

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