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Special Herbs (Seasonal) - Upright Brewing Company

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 18 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
2013 Notes:
This version of Special Herbs is composed of Reggae Junkie Gruit aged in Old Tom Gin barrels and wine barrels that previously fermented Fantasia, a peach beer.

2014 Notes:
A unique brew incorporating wine and gin barrel aging to a farmhouse style gruit. The recipe uses lemongrass, sweet and bitter orange peels, hyssop, and Sichuan peppercorns. A bit of spelt in the grist helps maintain some body, although the Special Herbs leans in a bright and dry direction.

(Beer added by: cavemanlawyer on 08-15-2013)
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750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a hazy apricot golden with a large, very active and fizzy, off-white head that slowly fizzed away into a thick and soft looking film. A few wisps of stringy lace were left down the glass.
S: As expected, the nose is a complex bouquet of herbs and spices. I get earthy, green, sage-like notes, herb garden, rosemary, lavender, juniper, straw, and spice. I also get notes of black pepper, mineral water, salt, fresh laundry, vinous wine barrel, and maybe some stone fruits such as peach and apricot coming through as well.
T: Herbs, spices, and golden fruits mix together to create a light, fruity, and spicy beer. Apricot, grains of paradise, juniper, and salt stand out to me, with lavender, pepper, lemon grass, citrus zest, straw and cracked grains coming through in the finish. The aftertaste is crisp and lightly tart, with lingering flavors of wine barrel and mild juniper gin.
M: Bright and scrubbing carbonation really froths up on my palate and brushes my tongue. The body is medium-full, and while this beer finishes dry and crisp, it has a nice chew to it.
O: A very complex and delicious beer. The ingredients and barrel aging all worked together perfectly to give this a very well-rounded and unique flavor. Definitely work checking out.

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Special Herbs (Seasonal) from Upright Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.