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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2016
750ml bottle pours out a hazy gold topped with a white head. nose is citrus funky notes pine cheese white grapes and oak. Taste is more of the citrus notes lemongrass pine floral spices and the oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1663) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2016
Bottle to taster...thanks kbudd Consummation: sour farmhouse ale Adjunct: ginger beer aroma, cloudy yellow, very smooth and balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3969) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle in the dining room, shared by myself, you turkeys!
Pours a nice golden color with a rise and fall head akin to macro lager, the beer features some prominent tiny bubbles, which is fine.

Goodness, Iíve never smelled anything like this before, funk, lemon, peach, a bunch of pine, some very mild chalkboard eraser, berries, wow. Bright & complex for sure.

The flavor is really interesting too, itís just loaded with peach & white grape fruitiness. It starts with just a touch of sweetness but finishes very dry, itís got some lemon, orange peel, some juniper, & some wood... itís fairly sour and the acidity certainly lingers on the finish. Iím astounded at how much of the Gin character comes through here though, Iíve never had a Gin-Barrel-Aged anything that retained as much of the character of the spirit as this does.

This bottle is nearly 2 years old by now, and maybe there was a higher herbal character when it was young, maybe it was more like a Gruit... but dam son if this isnít just fine right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Musty, earthy aroma with funky bugs and dry, earthy oak along with autumnal spice. juniper and gin barrel character faintly coming in. Brett and oak presence is strong with a decent amount of earthiness and musty funk. The gin barrel really stands out but Iím not getting much peach or red wine character. On the lighter end of medium body with dry puckering funk and a very prominent brett presence countered by spicy ginger, sweet juniper and earthy barrel notes. Lots of dry oak and damp, earthy funk dominating the flavor. Again, Iím picking up spices and wild yeast but not much peach or wine character. Very dry but has decent flavor especially from the wild yeast, light fruit and gin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle at home. Hazy glowing orange pour with a small heas and OK lacing. Big herbal aroma - juniper, lavender, hibiscus, some band-aid, super citrusy, fresh orange peels, and botanicals. Taste is big citrus tones, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, herbs, basil, lots of lavender, cardamom, and and lemongrass with a medium sour finish. Medium body with low carbonation. Really interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7486) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2015
750, capped. Pours a murky medium amber with no head to speak of after a few seconds. Vinous nose, with stone fruit, juniper, and pink peppercorns showing. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Stone fruit leads on the mid palate with lots of lemony wine, juniper, and pink peppercorns. Oak is soft but just barely there. Long dry finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (6176) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2015
This poured a murky yellow with a white head. Aroma was of botanicals, lime, lemon juice, light grassy wet hay and pitted fruit. Flavor similar, gin upfront, funky wine barrel and spent peach flesh in the finish. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle from Mike, thanks buddy! Appearance is golden with lively white head. Aroma is citrus, funky cheese, white grapes and oak. Taste is very tart, with hints of wine, citrus, lime, and cheese funk. Lots of carb, nice body. This is tart and very refreshing, lots of citrus flavour, with a nice dry finish, really great stuff, well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3036) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Pours a bright orangey yellow with a white head. Aromas of gin botanicals, lemon, lime, light ginger, pine. Light peach/citrus. Awesome aroma. Taste is mild sourness. Just the perfect amount for me. This is so enjoyable and refreshing and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4025) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle thanks to Johnís grocery. A ton of fruit in the nose. Light wood and fruitiness in the flavor as well. Really yummy.

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