1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Special Herbs (Seasonal) - Upright Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Special Herbs (Seasonal)Special Herbs (Seasonal)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

84 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 79
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Beerandboards:
Photo of Beerandboards
Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

11-22-2013 18:03:16 | More by Beerandboards
More User Reviews:
Photo of mdaschaf
mdaschaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

01-30-2014 00:33:41 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of blabaer
blabaer

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

10-28-2013 01:03:15 | More by blabaer
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

04-26-2014 13:05:56 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Alieniloquium
Alieniloquium

Florida

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

11-26-2013 00:01:00 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of beerloverofbham
beerloverofbham

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

05-12-2014 22:49:29 | More by beerloverofbham
Photo of Boozecamel
Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-14-2013 04:14:09 | More by Boozecamel
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev -2%

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.

09-01-2013 17:21:48 | More by Rutager
Photo of cavemanlawyer
cavemanlawyer

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +4%

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.

08-15-2013 00:55:16 | More by cavemanlawyer
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

08-26-2013 01:02:49 | More by largadeer
Photo of CardsWinAgain
CardsWinAgain

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

08-27-2013 20:29:37 | More by CardsWinAgain
Photo of JavaNoire
JavaNoire

Iowa

5/5  rDev +12.4%

07-04-2014 03:34:29 | More by JavaNoire
Photo of claspada
claspada

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

11-30-2013 00:15:28 | More by claspada
Photo of FondueVoodoo
FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

09-02-2013 02:37:04 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-02-2013 22:38:20 | More by aasher
Photo of Bigtwin
Bigtwin

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

08-18-2014 03:01:54 | More by Bigtwin
Photo of nobodyhadthis
nobodyhadthis

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

03-25-2014 13:18:16 | More by nobodyhadthis
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

09-22-2013 06:23:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of Kurmaraja
Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

02-02-2014 16:08:49 | More by Kurmaraja
Photo of PPOmaha
PPOmaha

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%

Aroma: strong hints of gueze: tart yogurt, earth, lemon.

Appearance: golden with amber highlights brilliantly clear.

Flavor: low neutral malt flavor. Lemon, dirt, mineral. No DMS, no diacetyl. Awesome. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: bright high co2.

Overall: really good. I can't pick out herbs but it is damn good.

06-26-2014 03:01:29 | More by PPOmaha
Photo of drewone
drewone

California

4/5  rDev -10.1%

08-18-2014 17:52:05 | More by drewone
Photo of kamikazeokami
kamikazeokami

Oregon

5/5  rDev +12.4%

03-13-2014 19:35:14 | More by kamikazeokami
Photo of John_M
John_M

California

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%

Very happy I was able to snag a bottle of this impressive, delicious beer.

The beer pours a striking gold color with fairly decent head retention and light lacing. The nose is impressive and intriguing, and I know the first thought that crossed my mind is "wow, this smells like something from Fantome" (which is high praise in my book!). There's some light clove and honey as well, but the beer is dominated by lemon zest and some intriguing, underlying spice (maybe some sage and some grains of paradise? Maybe some lemon basil?). The flavor profile is dominated by the sour component, but it's not at all over done, and there's still plenty of spice, light clove and light honey (the beer has something of a light ranier cherry flavor component). Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer comes across as very thirst quenching. Also, there's some sort of mouth watering component in this beer (in the aroma profile I would guess), and you literally can't wait to take the next sip of this excellent, well made beer. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable, but that's to be expected in a 5.7% abv. beer that has this much flavor.

This is just flat out excellent!

08-26-2013 15:35:50 | More by John_M
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle opened on 9.4.13

A - Pours a cloudy, light orange with a fine very light tan head with decent retention.

S - Very spicy and floral. Lavender, rose, I'm not sure, but it is nice whatever it is.

T - Nice and soft subtle floral flavors with and acidic-barrel finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Floral and oaky-barrel. Light and very tasty.

09-11-2013 05:30:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of bird22
bird22

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

09-18-2013 06:09:36 | More by bird22
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Special Herbs (Seasonal) from Upright Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.