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RATINGS: 114   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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4.1
Clareeses (144) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2017 On draft at the brewery, which we finally found! Aroma 7 /10: winey, grape notes Appearance 4 /5: clear golden with frothy head Palate 4 /5: Bubbly and bright with a robust mouthfeel Taste 8 /10: not intensely sour. There is a distinct Juniper berry flavor as well as fruity notes - peach, pineapple, lemon, orange. Finishes like a chardonnay with some very faint floral and Juniper notes. Overall 18 /20: i honestly haven't tasted a sour like this before. Lots of butter, fruity, and floral complexity makes this incredibly interesting on the palate. Final: 4.1

4.2
Klimaet (2878) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2017
Tap @ Tin Bucket. Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, lemons, lactose, ginger, light bitter herbal notes. Taste has ginger, lemons, citrus, orange and a light lactic finish. ALL CAPS when you spell the man name!

3.7
stchloe (1104) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2017
Very light flavors but very complex and distinct, nice wild ale yeasts with a bit of fruit, wine, and floral herbs.

3.8
beerplace (1801) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
750ml bottle from O’Hare’s. 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
fiery1 (1470) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2017
Backlog beer rating, Nov 26, 2016.
750ml bottle @ random parking lot in Everett(didn’t 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
BiiruBierBeer (1056) - 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
ineedbeer (2203) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2016
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. I’m 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 hasn’t really hurt this beer, though the flavor is a bit more muted.

3.4
kermis (14125) - 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
ctipping (2179) - 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.

3.9
gephross100 (943) - 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.


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