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Special Herbs (Seasonal) - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 6.32%
Wants: 81
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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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear yellow with a small white head. A little leggy and a thin collar.

Smell - Wow it's bizarre but incredible. Spices. Bright acidity. Some maltiness. Weird herbal and spicy character.

Taste - 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.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Slightly sweet. Low sourness.

Overall - I don't know what to say about this except that it's awesome and I don't know why.

Alieniloquium, Nov 26, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell. Funky barrel, limes, juniper berries, floral herbs, fairly sour. Interesting and reminiscent of last night's BA Flora.

Taste. Sour with some light peach, juniper and oak, savory herbs (maybe thyme and a tiny bit of rosemary), lemon and other citrus fruits. Much better (for me, anyways) than the BA Flora from last night.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium low carbonation. Very thirst quenching and crisp.

Overall. Light and refreshing with plenty of subtle complexity. A winner for sure, very much enjoying it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2013 Season Release of Upright's Special Herbs. It is a gruit-style aged in gin barrels and oak barrels that formerly held fantasia.

Appearance is golden-wheat hued brew with a fine pure white lacing.

Smells of gin and peaches in the best possible way. Acidic and dry on the nose, juniper and oak dominate.

Taste is tart, dry and refreshing. Lots of dry gin and soft fuzzy peach skin. Subtle herbal notes expand as the beer comes to room temp. Drink slowly and enjoy. Highly drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light and champagne-like. Dry throughout. Upright has mastered this style.

On par with the sole comp version, one of the best from this brewery. The addition of peach balances and compliments the dry gin which dominated the sole comp batch. Great stuff.

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A: Poured a hazy gold with a subtle apricot hue. Poured with just a slight white head that disappear quickly to just a single bubble ring.

S: Bright scent of fresh tart apples and sharp peach and funky yeast. Scent is reminiscent of a bouquet garni, a mix of savoury herbs, juniper, rosemary and ginger. Let this one warm a bit and the scent blossoms.

T: Dry and tart with flavours of cider apples & tart peaches. Herbaceous flavours like the scent, fresh rosemary, juniper and other assorted savoury herbs.

M: Not surprisingly the mouth feel is dry, tart and refreshing with just a low level of carbonation. Very refreshing and clean.

O: A terrific scent and flavour that's clean, crisp and refreshing. The interesting notes of the herbs bloom as the brew warms, well worth the wait. Would pair well with BBQ fish and a summer patio.

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Special Herbs (Seasonal) from Upright Brewing Company
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