Special Herbs (Seasonal) | Upright Brewing Company

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Special Herbs (Seasonal)Special Herbs (Seasonal)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by cavemanlawyer on 08-15-2013

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 175
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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Jack, thanks man.

This one pours a cloudy and super turbid orange, almost looks like a smoothie, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like gin, heavy citrus, juniper, with some other earthy aromas.

This is definitely one of the more unique beers I've had. It's relatively sour, with a really great herbal character to it. I won't be super adept and say I can pick out the lemon grass, and the peppercorns, and the hyssop, whatever that is, but it is very herbal, piney, and minty, which is an enjoyable twist on the usual sour.

This is medium bodied, juicy and slightly creamy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Really cool beer here, I'd love to get a bottle for myself.

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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date unknown...probably 2014

Hazy gold under a soft, frothy head that fizzles to a sticky ring. Funky, woody spice in the nose tinted with colorful fresh citrus. Peppercorns, lemon, lime, damp earth, berries, musty basement, graham crackers, very light gin. Flavor is a delicious balance of lemony tartness and aromatic herbs and spices. A beautiful blend of flavors. Vibrant citrus, flowers, mellow spice, creamy orange, and a bit of wood. Medium-light, frothy feel with some pucker on the finish. A delightfuly tart lemon/lime, funky treat. Thank you Patrick!

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4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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