Contemplating Waterloo
Adelbert's Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #778
Ranked #16,255
3.95 | pDev: 16.46%
Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer had an interesting rusty color with a white head.

Smell - aside from the gin in the nose, there was a weird minty presence.

Taste - The gin really comes to the front, and is followed by mint, coconut, and a hint of funk. One might describe it as funky toothpaste. It could also be described as a Saison version of a mint

Mouthfeel - For the style, there was definitely a spine to this one. It is not a wimpy saison.

Overall - Calling a beer interesting is sometimes a nice way to say it sucks. This doesn’t suck, and it sure is interesting.

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Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think maybe the gin barrels they used weren't quite empty! Wow, strong gin. Really don't get any saison taste, just a whole lotta gin. Almost more like a mixed drink with gin.

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Photo of Thodekke
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, Batch 2, bottled 9/1/2015, drunk in Dancing Bear tulip/snifter

Look: Very pretty light amber color. Good lacing that lasts well after the beer is done.

Smell: Didn't really smell too much, but definitely a strong gin presence.

Taste: Gin heavy saison. As it warms up, the saison comes in much more with the gin fading to the background. Gin present throughout with saison notes becoming much more present as the beer is consumed.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, very carbonated. Not flat at all. Very light on the mouthfeel, just as I feel a saison should be.

Overall. 9/10 would drink again. Very tasty, the saison would stand well on its own, adding the gin just gave the juniper a bit much to push it into "great" territory. Would recommend, if you're a gin fan. If not, stay away. The gin is very present.

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Photo of msalsbury
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received via Tavour. Pours an orange amber color, hazy but not cloudy. The aroma is amazing. Lime, lavender, juniper, and oak all come through. The usual Saison funk is hidden under that very effectively. The flavor matches up to the aroma, with plenty of citrus, some flowery elements, pine like juniper, a hint of oak. A really neat take on the Saison style. Champagne like carbonation.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

To enjoy this beer, you have to 1) like gin and 2) not give shits about saisons. The color is jest fuckin weird. It's all clay red and shit. The carbonation is how you say, "sloppy". The best quality about this beer is the aroma: it's very lime citrus forward. Didn't expect that one, totally pulled the ol switcheroo. It tastes like fucking gin. It's more enjoyable than drinking straight bathtub gin, I'll say that, but fucking shit....I can't get through a glass.

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Photo of gman1602
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a saison aged in gin barrels. I recommend trying the gin itself out (Waterloo Antiqued from Treaty Oak Distilling) because it is fantastic. The Adelberts Saison aged in these barrels takes on that exact flavor and is amazing. It's a wildly different beer from most, but one of my favorites. Also - they have not retired it apparently! It is not regularly scheduled, but I just purchased Batch 003 bottled 11/17/15 and it's still great.
I also aged a bottle for about a year and...well, I'm stocking up on several more to age...

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

They took their original version of Philosophizer, a spicy, fruity Saison, and placed it in gin barrels to age. The result is a slightly boozy, farmhouse ale with a complex profile containing lavender, citrus, & juniper. It smells of liquor & an oaky juniper while pouring a hazy orange color. The initial taste is also boozy but maintains the spiciness of the original beer. Citrus & fruitiness dominates the aftertaste. If you are particularly averse to gin, you may want to skip this one but otherwise just let it warm a bit & go for it!

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Cloudy peach colored pour with a dense one-finger white head. Aroma has lots of gin and alcohol. Taste has gin upfront backed by a bit of lavender and oak. The gin comes through strong and nice, dominating the flavor without being warm. Finishes with a mild aftertaste of gin and oak. Medium bodied. Different but really good.

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Photo of Gevetyn
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Gin profile comes through nicely with a prevalent Juniper berry and Elder-flower at the mid pallet with a tropical fruit and Lavender finish. Fuller bodied than regular Philosophizer, and is a little on the boozy side right now. I have a feeling it will age out though. Really tasty.

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Contemplating Waterloo from Adelbert's Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 36 ratings