Gin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné
Grassroots Brewing

Gin Barrel-Aged Brother SoignéGin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #73
ABV:
5%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,204
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.95%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
38
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Grassroots Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Gin Barrel-Aged Brother SoignéGin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné
Notes: What now seems like ages ago, our dear friend Bim Lafontaine traveled from Japan to brew with us the inaugural batch of Brother Soigné, a beautiful collaboration that we continue to produce in the spirit of that visit. A small portion of a subsequent batch was aged in Caledonia Spirits gin barrels for nearly a year and then allowed an extended bottle conditioning. It's now ready to be enjoyed!
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a slightly hazy golden orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells fantastic - funky lime, oak, dusty brett, juniper, blood orange, floral funk, and spicy herbs.

The gin barrel is essentially a flawless match for the base beer - that funky and earthy lime and blood orange from the base beer is a great marriage to the fruity and herbaceous qualities of the gin. There's a nice oakiness, and a slightly creamy vanilla tone, along with a sharp and musty funkines. There's also that classic delicate citrusy funk all Hill Farmstead beers have.

This is light bodied, slightly creamy, very crisp, with a lightly lingering acidity at the end of each sip.

This is as good at it gets. It's inventive and unique, and puts a wonderfully weird spin on Brother Soigne. One of the most complex beers you could ever try.

Jun 03, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing beer right here, a very cool furthering of the delicious original, and what must at this point be a pretty rare bottle, rare in my circles anyway, but thanks to my homie for cracking it open with me over the holidays, its fanciness and relative lack of availability made it suit the occasion perfectly. it really is something special, the gin is huge in here, maybe as much of it as i have known in a beer, certainly in a wild beer like this, and its so compatible with this particular fermentation profile, this brett is herbaceous, floral, and citrusy to me, especially in the nose, and the obvious juniper and culinary type herbs in the gin pair so well with it, i have rarely seen gin used so smartly, especially at this intensity. its almost like menthol when i inhale deeply to smell it, not minty but opening my senses like that, i smell it in my brain, so deep in my sinuses, its crazy. the lime in the base beer comes out a lot in the flavor, of course matching brilliantly with the gin, while the other elements in the beer seem to fall off a little bit compared to the original in favor of the gin and additional funky yeasty maturity, which is a trade off i would take gladly in this instance. the oak is strong here, but it has soft edges from the wheat in the base beer, this feels fluffy and full, bottle conditioned to perfection, and pours with the vigor of champagne. its texture as beautiful as the flavor. it does get a little more sharp when it warms up, acid and sour coming out, tons of lime later on, and some oak tannins too, still insanely fresh on the herbal side and its as flavorful on the exhale as it is on the palate, an incredible sip of beer. i love the funk profile, i love the gin barrel, and i love the company i got to share this with. next level.

Jan 08, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

nose is sweet candied lime, lemon heads, funky slightly spicy quality, hay. palate explodes with candied orange and lime, oak, gin and a hint of woodsy pine, there is hay, grassy barnyard, floral qualities, a decent amount of sweetness and almost feel like im detecting a hint of vanilla but well balanced with dry funky and oak character. mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderful effervescent carbonation. i love the base beer used on this one, but the barrel imparts so much complexity in terms of oak and gin infused flavors. adds a good amount of sweetness and floral quality as well as like a woodsy flavor.

Nov 17, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 04.15.18, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright apricot color, hazy and cloudy with a foamy white head, good retention yielding spots of soapy lace. The aroma is nice, strong gin barrel, strong oak and lots of botanicals, funk, citrus peel, mineral water, floral bouquet and doughy pale grain. The flavors are good, juicy citrus and tropical fruit, more of the base Brother Soigné, gin botanicals, funk and pale grain with warm and sweet booze and linger oak. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy, lively texture with a medium body and a tart finish.

Verdict: A good saison from Hill Farmstead. The gin botanicals are a nice compliment to the base saison and pair well with the citrus peel, but the beer does read a bit boozy and the barrel character is a bit heavy and can mute some of the brightness.

Jun 28, 2018
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best gin BA beer I’ve ever tasted. Oak and gin mixes perfectly with the blood orange and lime. Unreal flavor and just a treat to drink. Complex and delicate. One of the best saisons I’ve ever tasted.

Mar 08, 2018
Gin Barrel-Aged Brother Soigné from Grassroots Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 38 ratings