Contemplating Waterloo by Adelbert’s Brewery
Contemplating Waterloo is a gin barrel aged Saison. So gin was aged in whiskey barrels to make Treaty Oak Distilling’s Waterloo Antique Gin and then the barrels came to Adelbert’s for this beer, which is the aged version of their Philosophizer Saison. Quite a journey and layers of flavor going on here. I’m not always a fan of barrel-aged beer or barrel-aged gin for that matter but everything works really well with this surprisingly. You get the citrus, black pepper and yeast flavors of the base Saison mixed with the wood of the barrel and the juniper of the gin. All of these flavors are balanced very well. I think a lot of things could have gone wrong with this one but the folks at Adelbert’s clearly knew what they were doing.