Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Adelbert's Brewery Contemplating Waterloo
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How we review
What the brewers say
“Philosophizer, our spicy and citrusy saison, aged in Treaty Oak Distilling Co.’s Waterloo Antique Gin barrels. A complex array of lavender, juniper, and oak from the barrel balanced with the Philosophizer to create a smooth, warming ale.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Juniper and pine, lots of banana, and a bit of pepper. The wood and barrel character are very present as well. Slight fruity sweetness on the back and a strong booze character. Mild floral and cedar aromas.”
Flavor: “Big banana and banana peel with herbal juniper and pine plus pepper in the background. The piney gin character hits first but transitions smoothly into orange notes. Finishes dry with a pine taste lingering. Slightly under-carbonated.”
Overall: “I really like the herbal gin characteristics and the tart carbonated finish. This is a really interesting beer—complex and nuanced—but I’d love a bit less banana and sweetness. It’s like a gin/beer cocktail throughout. Wonderful complexity between the malt sweetness and the earthiness of the juniper-berry flavor.”
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