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Brevans H.R. Giger


Average Score: 82
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Country of Origin: Switzerland
Type: Distilled
Alcohol Level: 68 %
Vendors: ♣ Absinthe Classics

Description: According to Absinthe.de: Absinthe Brevans is named for Jacques de Brevans, author of the French liquor-maker's manual, "La Fabrication des Liqueurs". It is based from a recipe in this book dating from 1897. The base alcohol is a balanced mixture of wine alcohol and marc and the herbs used are sourced from the same region as those used by the most famous historical absinthe distillers. Absinthe Brevans is colored naturally, and only with additional plants. The result is a highly complex, authentically reproduced absinthe, worthy of the best makers of the past.

Review:

Reviewed by Bruno Rygseck 9/3/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Natural looking completely transparent mid green.

LOUCHE ACTION 8/10
Using the brouille (dripper) glass to produce a thin stream, it louches turbulently and is nice to watch. After louching there is not much oil or anethole trail play on the surface at 1:3 ratio as with some other absinthes.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Very even, opaque, slightly grey/bluish, radiant, light green.

AROMA 23/30
It has quite a lot of grande wormwood in the aroma before water but also other herbs can be noticed. After louching more herbal nuances appear, but wormwood (which I think it is) stays prominent. Also some fruitiness comes forward when water is added.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
Creaminess is good, however it could be that this absinthe has slightly lower anise content than usual (just my guess). Texture is nice, no tingling, burning or such but leaves your mouth feeling fresh instead.

TASTE 15/20
Intense! Anise does not dominate so this goes to recommend to them who care more about wormwood and other herbs. So in other words it is not sweet, maybe a little bitter in the "cool wormwood way".

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Well made and could be called authentic style verte absinthe but it also has something "modern" in it. And lots of wormwood. Its intensity will not be dulled by sugar, I would dare to say (and must try sometime…).

PERSONAL NOTES
This sample comes from a newly opened 0,5 l bottle that was distilled in March 2007 according to the label stamp (i.e. 6 month before this tasting).

Bruno Rygseck scores Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger 79 out of 100


Reviewed by fryke 9/4/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 10/10
Natural green as it's supposed to be. Closer to the Duplais Balance than to Duplais Verte

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Very nice louche action, turbulent with blueish flashes. Between 1:3 and 1:4, the band at the top vanishes and throughout the glass (antique Swirl) you can still see a little change.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Thick, light green, a hint of blue.

AROMA 25/30
The alcohol base (a mix of marc and other wine-alcohol, I'm told) along with fennel and wormwood are upfront. Only a (nice) hint of green anise. Louching takes the wine-smell back a notch and brings out a full panorama, good balance.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Not the creamiest absinthe I've had. I'd personally prefer more anise/fennel in this absinthe. Might have to try again at 1:3 instead of 1:4, although it doesn't seem overwatered at all.

TASTE 14/20
Before swallowing, this absinthe seems almost perfectly balanced for me. Again, a little more anise and fennel would be appreciated. At the time of swallowing, though, the alcohol-base comes on a little too strong. Not an alcoholic bite, I mean, but the taste of marc/wine.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
A well made, authentic absinthe, set apart from its siblings (Duplais, Mansinthe etc.) through the alcohol-base and a little lack of anise, I'd say, that will hopefully evolve into an even better absinthe by taking back the smell and taste of the wine/marc-base and adding a little more anise and fennel. Love the wormwood in this one.

PERSONAL NOTES
My preference regarding sugar switches between none and one sugar cube. Right now I'm not using sugar with my absinthes. I don't find Brevans to be particularly bitter, but the sweetness of a sugar cube might change the mouthfeel and taste a bit. My bottle was distilled in March 2007, opened when it was first available for a sample and reopened now a couple months later.

Fryke scores Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger 82 out of 100


Reviewed by C.F. Blok-Andersen 11/02/07

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
This liqueur is a surprisingly light shade of jade, most likely due to it's natural coloring. Though held in the light, the shade brightens.

LOUCHE ACTION 10/10
Using a brouiller: There is a distinct stratification between the smoky, louche and top layer, characteristic of a fine quality absinthe. The color has a deep milky quality with a slight green hue. The Brevans louche dynamic is very beautiful indeed and a pleasure to watch.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
At 3:1, a deep, opalescent yellow with green hues bordering the glass. Indeed, very natural-looking!

AROMA 28/30
Sans Water: Very alcoholic with soft medicinal undertones. At this stage it is difficult to discern herbal, plant qualities.

Avec Water: The bouquet is quite different, yielding very floral tones and little alcohol. The scent is pleasant and balanced with scents of fennel, anise, coriander, and wormwood.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Silky smooth!

TASTE 18/20
A fine and well-balanced absinthe. Absolutely delicious! A true harmony of flavors with a touch of sweetness on the back-end. Each sip only gets better.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 9/10
Absolutely refreshing! Overall, this is an outstanding, even-keeled absinthe that will age well. The scent of Brevans is more pleasant than Duplais Verte and Balance, yet on par with the taste and balance of the Duplais. The Matter-Luginbuehl distillery has done a great job in recreating this fine, historic J. de Brevans absinthe.

C.F. Blok-Andersen scores Absinthe Brevans 92 out of 100


Reviewed by Potsebubbleson 11/08/2007

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
dark olive drab green.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
It takes awhile to build the louche. First couple of drops there is not much to see. A couple drops later a thin green stream makes its appearance. It looks like a very small darker green stream followed with the same green colored droplets. After approximately 1 ounce of water the green stream takes a whiteish appearance. This is when the real beautiful louche action takes place. A few ounces later it keeps the subtle stream of color but eventually dies down.

COLOR AFTER WATER 8/10
Looks as if it is a light skim milk with a slight green hint.

AROMA 27/30
Very floral with a very subtle hint of sweetness attached with a knock of sourness. I believe the wormwood has the overwhelming scent.

MOUTH-FEEL 6/10
At first pure cream, when swished a bit for the palate is when the Anise taste is presence, along with a small floral and herbal taste with a strong wood-like essence. When it hits the back of the mouth towards the throat a strong chlorophyll taste is presence. I give it a 6 just because the tastes are very subtle but maybe its because of the water..

TASTE 18/20
Anise, fennel and wormwood are all present but slightly unbalanced.. I believe the wormwood slightly overwhelms, but in a satisfying way.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Brevans is a nice modern Absinthe and should not be overlooked. Although the louche is slow in the beginning, the results will be rewarding. The smell is satisfying, while the taste is organized in flavor. It seems as if one flavor seems to hit you in sequence, rather than all at one time. This I believe is what separates it from some cheaper Absinthes. Please recognize this is my first review ever.

Potsebubbleson scores Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Wilson 2/16/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 9/10
Clean and clear, natural green. Looks like what you would expect absinthe to look like.

LOUCHE ACTION 9/10
Lots of oil contrails. Hypnotic. Beautiful louche as it starts to cloud. A clear green layer on top till about 1:2.5. Completely opaque. Very nice.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Looks like a "Grasshopper" that women used to drink way back when. Pretty, but lacks the opalescence that I expect to see, but then there are no drops of oil on the top like most absinthes that have that look.

AROMA 29/30
Nose to bottle and 3 sniffs. 1-spice and a hint of anise. 2-wormwood and spice. 3-the alcohol finally shows up. Nose to glass and my mind immediately conjures a vision of playing in the barn as a kid. My best friend is watching the look on my face and asks "what happened?" I hand him the glass and watch. He comes back with "Fresh damp hay in the barn." I told him that was what I saw. He wanted to know if it was supposed to cause visions from just smelling it. LOL. After louching, the whole kitchen has this wonderful smell and the scents in the glass tone down to a nice level.

MOUTH-FEEL 8/10
The lack of oil on the top also has an effect here. Smooth and fairly thick, but lacks a bit of that creaminess that I like so much. This is the only fault I find here. Some tongue numbing, but not too much. After swallowing, it goes clean and leaves a nice mild alcohol heat.

TASTE 17/20
Very nice hint of anise at the start, followed by the wormwood coming on strong. Not too sweet, with a nice bitterness from the wormwood. The alcohol is there at the end briefly and not overpowering. The wormwood aftertaste hangs in there for a long time just above the back of the teeth. I like it a lot.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
Not one of the expensive brands, but very nice. It could easily be a regular for me. I really enjoy the way the smell of it brings back old memories. Nicely balanced and very refreshing. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the wormwood taste and does not like it sweet.

Wilson scores Brevans H.R. Giger 87 out of 100


Reviewed by OCvertDe 3/14/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 8/10
Beautiful. Bright, clear, Peridot Green. Borderline natural, but not so questionable that I would call it a flaw. I’m giving it an 8 simply to leave room at the top for something else to wow me a lot more, which at this point I still feel is probable.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Nice thick oil trails, light louche starts at the bottom and gradually clouds up the sides of the glass and in to near opaqueness around 1:1, continues to layer through 3:1. Good show.

COLOR AFTER WATER 9/10
Unquestionable green, pearly opaque with very nice shading in the sunlight. Lots of depth and character. This is a presentation that will definitely elicit curiosity from the uninitiated when they see it.

AROMA 22/30
Herbal and complex, there’s a lot to process here and you don’t need to stick your nose in the glass to get to it. There is, however, a distinct funk that I can’t place which is somewhat off-putting. I purposely waited a few weeks- and had a few drinks- to review this one (and my two Duplais products as well for the same reason… maybe it’s a Swiss thing?) hoping that it would settle and clear up, but to no avail. While normally I would suspect a problem in the distillation process, I don’t think it’s the case here, as it doesn’t seem to have affected any other aspect of this otherwise stellar drink.

MOUTH-FEEL 9/10
Not quite smooth, cautiously creamy followed by what to me is just about the perfect amount of mouth numbing happiness. Goes down easy, but not without being noticed. Worth savoring.

TASTE 18/20
While I think this is a fairly traditional absinthe, it’s not for the faint of heart. Spicy and herbal without being overly medicinal, it hits like a velvet hammer and has a nice long finish. Lots of strong flavors rushing to the front without coming unbalanced. It may be a niche drink, or it may not, but either way I love it and will invest in more.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 8/10
I really, really like this. Lots of charisma and individuality without being totally off the wall like St. George. I’m not sure I’d recommend it as a introduction to absinthe, but for anyone into a variety it’s worth having on the shelf… particularly if you generally like the Swiss products.

OCvertDe scores Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger 81 out of 100


Reviewed by Brunswick Green 12/18/2008

COLOR BEFORE WATER 7/10
Very bright and clear green - looks almost artificial to me, but certainly cool.

LOUCHE ACTION 7/10
Good swirls to begin with, then just cloudy.

COLOR AFTER WATER 7/10
Quite opaque, nice yellow green, blue at the edges.

AROMA 22/30
Neat in the glass, it's all bitter wormwood. With water - the same, just lighter and more herby and fruity.

MOUTH-FEEL 7/10
Bitterness at the back is a bit heavy. Not too creamy.

TASTE 16/20
Mostly strong wormwood. Heavy-handed. Sugar is not a bad idea, bringing out more complexity.

OVERALL IMPRESSION 7/10
Initially, I thought this just wanted to look sharp and do the powerful wormwood/anise thing. Then I found more. Right now, I like it as a mixer, it has underlying qualities that come out to play when provoked by other stuff. Could well gain complexity with age.

Brunswick Green scores Brevans Giger 73 out of 100

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