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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6572) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle - Lots of herbs and grass and sweet basil. Hazy gold with a decent white head. Very herbal, tart with some sweetness and a long light sweet herbal finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3638) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle shared by Al, pours hazy and well carbonated golden color with white head. Notes of wet wood, grass, tangy florals, lime zest, salty mineral, dry gin, lemongrass and Brett funk. Reminds me a little but of herbes houblon but earthier than that with the gruit type cedar also hitting the taste buds. Dry and tart wood funk in the finish with oceanic qualities. Lighter to medium bodied. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Sampled thanks to hannont at a bottle share - Pours clear yellow / gold with a light white head. The aroma has lemon sourness, some leafy herbs, pale malt and a sharp crispness. It has a medium / light bright and crisp body with mild carbonation. The flavor starts with sharp herbs, lemon, orange, pale malt and is on the bright citric side. The finish has more of the herbs and sourness showing through. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2922) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma was of straw, spices and citrus. The taste was of straw, citrus, spice with a crisp dry tart finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle. Orange pour with white head. Spice, herb and funky fruit aromas. Pear, fruit, herbal toned flavors. Funky and tart, but smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1588) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pour is golden amber, light haze, with a tight off white head. Nose is sweet, white grapes and golden fruits combine with a boozy note and a moderate spice to it. Taste is much brighter and more integrated. Strong peach notes come through, the booze is integrated rather than another contrasting flavor. Strong herbal flowery spice throughout the finish. Light body, enough carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (442) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle, latest batch. Pours a lightly cloudy pale peach with one finger of head that quickly fades into a ring of lacing. Aroma is super nice: Chardonnay, peach, yellow plum, faint strawberry, and bold funky Basque cider mingle with grassy herbs and floral gin botanicals, as well as ripe and juicy lambic fruit, a la Vigneronne. Taste is a really intriguing mixture of unripe peach, sour plum, dried apple, and an earthy mixture of grains and acidity like a dry-hopped lambic. Carbonation is on the low side. Long finish with great balance. Damn, I’ve become such an Upright fanboy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1152) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle share. 2013. Cloudy light orange. Aroma of sour citrus, straw, funky yeast. Taste is tart, and a touch citrus sweet. Very good. Not a long lingering dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1879) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Wow. Bottle from Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! This is another beer I feel guilty not sharing, it is both unusual and fantastic. Slightly hazy amber pour with nice white lacing and a white head. Nose is awesome - oak, flowers, botanicals, a tiny bit of lime. Taste is equally interesting, ever so slightly tart, citrus, a hint of gin and oak. Really awesome. Dr. Doom to boot. Winning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2051) - 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.

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