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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1335) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2016
750 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 11/25/2013. Clear yellow with a small white head. A little leggy and a thin collar. Wow it’s bizarre but incredible. Spices. Bright acidity. Some maltiness. Weird herbal and spicy character. Follows the smell. Herbal. Sharp tang. Slightly sweet pale malt. Oak. I’m not a gin drinker, so I don’t know what’s coming from the base beer and from the barrel. Medium body. Slightly sweet. Low sourness. I don’t know what to say about this except that it’s awesome and I don’t know why.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (312) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Pours cloudy yellow color with no head huge juniper and peppercorn nose. Light sourness light mouthfeel. Ling sour finish very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2694) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Sampled at THT August. Bottle thanks to RandomStrangerNL. Hazy golden, white head. Sweet malts, special herb, juniper, orange peel, deep fruity lemony, white pepper, herbal, quite soapy, allesreiniger. Medium sweet, light sour/zesty. Medium body, light minerallike texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (8923) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
75cl bottle shared at August THT. No head. Very hazy golden pour. Herbal and peach aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (3895) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at THT. Hazy golden with short lasting white head. Ginger, Szechuan peppers, lemon, grassy, spicy yeast, light malts, lactic notes, flowery. Quite herbal indeed with tart lemon, light mineral and there’s some of the saison underneath. Don’t get much spirits. Almost medium sour and light sweet. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1459) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle shared at August THT. Hazy raw yellow with no head. Notes of vinegar, spices, lemongrass, ginger, peppers. Medium body, light carbonation and a tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4258) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2016
Bottle at THT tasting. Hazy golden pour, thin white head. Aroma of herbs, anise, juniper, homeopathic medicine and a bit of forest. Flavor is quite herbal, slightly minty and very smooth. Nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle from Imperial Tap Room bottle shop. Pours cloudy blonde with a bubbly white head and a sourish fruit aroma. There is a slightly sweet, then sour pale malt flavor with a wine finish. Lots of oak and a hint of gin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7830) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2016
Thank you Mathieu87 & PriorL! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ “Epic beer Tasting 2016”. Hazy golden, little white head. Nose is big ginger, lime, mellow, spice tea, intense ginger & other spices. Taste is big juicy lemon & big ginger, lime zest, juicy, low sourness. Big refreshing mildly sour cocktail tropical ginger brew. Very juicy, not for everyone but I quite liked. Surprised about learning that this is a peach beer. Gin & botanicals make definitely sense in hindsight. Que: Qx2zU1c2LFM (youtube)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2016
Small whitish head, lightly veiled golden beer. Ginger, lavender, limepeel. Sourish, lemon, red/whitecurrant and lots of ginger, some other spices. Light to medium bodied, very low carbonation. too spicy - still, some like this.

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