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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1526) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
750ml bottle from OHares. Vintage 2016. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Aroma is sour, slightly funky, just some herbs and flowers, and, of course, barrel notes. Taste is pretty the same. Refreshing and pleasant, somewhat similar to Flora BA, which I liked a little bit more, though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiery_1 (861) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
Backlog beer rating, Nov 26, 2016.
750ml bottle @ random parking lot in Everett(didnt want to go over my limit, so had to take down a manageable big bottle). Pours a hazy yellow golden colour with a sizeable white head. Nose is very herbal, sweet, hints of spices and oak. Flavour is great, not that acidic, fruity and different is so many ways. Balanced of fruit, tartness, and herbs.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (1040) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2016
Smell is herbs and christmas candy. Taste is mild sour and brett and minty candy. Medium body, low carbonation, and no foam.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Im not sure of the vintage, but it is probably 2012 or 2013. Aroma is very herbal and floral with yarrow and lavender. Light phenolic notes and citrus with a lemongrass character. Some coriander and grains of paradise. Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange with a small, thick white head that quickly recedes to the edges and disappears. Flavor is slightly acidic with a medium light citrus notes. Moderate herbal and floral notes. Some yarrow and lavender notes. Quite a bit of coriander and birds of paradise. Light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a great beer. Tons of floral and herbal notes with a bit of citrus. I really like this beer; Upright is criminally underrated. Herbal, floral and citrus notes are very gin like. Age hasnt really hurt this beer, though the flavor is a bit more muted.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (12689) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared at THT. Hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of fruity peppers, lemongrass, spicy notes and herbs (special ones). Flavour is above light sweet and light to moderate sour. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. [26-08-2016]

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ctipping (1835) - 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 its bizarre but incredible. Spices. Bright acidity. Some maltiness. Weird herbal and spicy character. Follows the smell. Herbal. Sharp tang. Slightly sweet pale malt. Oak. Im not a gin drinker, so I dont know whats coming from the base beer and from the barrel. Medium body. Slightly sweet. Low sourness. I dont know what to say about this except that its awesome and I dont know why.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gephross100 (904) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (3753) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (10042) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 26, 2016
75cl bottle shared at August THT. No head. Very hazy golden pour. Herbal and peach aftertaste

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (5157) - 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 theres some of the saison underneath. Dont get much spirits. Almost medium sour and light sweet. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.


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