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3.4
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4.0  (2)
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4.0  (2)
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3.5  (2)
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3.0  (2)
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3.0  (2)

Appearance
Unlouched, a darker medium green in the moss/forest green tones. Not much in the way of nuance, however crystal clear and as bright as can be with this level of coloration. I would say right on the edge of being over-colored. Louched, medium yellowy-green with some amber at the bottom and edges.

Louche
Louche is quite translucent with moderate opalescence. This is really an unusual combination of strong color and significant translucence. I'd bet that with a little less color and a smidge more heft to the louche this would be really pretty. Not bad as is, but not amongst the best I've seen.

Aroma
Along with the wormwood, the coloring herbs really dominate here, especially the pontica. As I nose this repeatedly, I really have to look around the woodsy, conifer impressions from the pontica to see the remaining herbs. There is a hint of mint and spice in the background. It needs a bit more anise and fennel to really strike a balance. What is here is obviously of quality and clean.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
A light-medium weight on entry with decent smoothness, but like the nose portends, it could use more anethole (anise and fennel) to really make it silky, and balance what is a strong coloration. Talking loudest are the wormwoods, coriander and some mint. The strong note of conifer carries over from the nose. This restricted level of anethole creates a somewhat bitter and austere impression.

Finish
A pretty rapid but soft bloom of spiciness supported by a nice bitter bite from the wormwoods. Like every other sensory impression, the coloring herbs in control. Moderately drying, moderate length, a slight “pull”, and just a little grassy.

Overall Impression
This is an interesting offering. In my opinion, it is certainly at the mid-market level mostly because of the lack of anethole balance. The ingredients that are here are certainly of quality, and the execution seems to be very first rate. It's just the herb bill balances that keep this from doing any better with me. The bottle I'm reviewing is from December of 2007. For me, it showed best right around 5:1.

I must say, though, that I'm glad to have this around. If anyone I'm showing absinthe to ever commented that they didn't know what pontica is like this might be one of the first I'd reach for. Hey, every absinthe on Earth needn't be the most hedonistic expression only suited to those pursuits. It's nice to have these somewhat idiosyncratic offerings that serve to educate, define the elements, and further refine palates and perceptive abilities.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4.5:1, 5:1, 5.2:1 and no sugar.

Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger, 08/16/12, 9/06/12, 9/28/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
3.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
3.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Michael Meyers September 28, 2012
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An Academic And Useful Offering

Appearance
Unlouched, a darker medium green in the moss/forest green tones. Not much in the way of nuance, however crystal clear and as bright as can be with this level of coloration. I would say right on the edge of being over-colored. Louched, medium yellowy-green with some amber at the bottom and edges.

Louche
Louche is quite translucent with moderate opalescence. This is really an unusual combination of strong color and significant translucence. I'd bet that with a little less color and a smidge more heft to the louche this would be really pretty. Not bad as is, but not amongst the best I've seen.

Aroma
Along with the wormwood, the coloring herbs really dominate here, especially the pontica. As I nose this repeatedly, I really have to look around the woodsy, conifer impressions from the pontica to see the remaining herbs. There is a hint of mint and spice in the background. It needs a bit more anise and fennel to really strike a balance. What is here is obviously of quality and clean.

Flavor And Mouthfeel
A light-medium weight on entry with decent smoothness, but like the nose portends, it could use more anethole (anise and fennel) to really make it silky, and balance what is a strong coloration. Talking loudest are the wormwoods, coriander and some mint. The strong note of conifer carries over from the nose. This restricted level of anethole creates a somewhat bitter and austere impression.

Finish
A pretty rapid but soft bloom of spiciness supported by a nice bitter bite from the wormwoods. Like every other sensory impression, the coloring herbs in control. Moderately drying, moderate length, a slight “pull”, and just a little grassy.

Overall Impression
This is an interesting offering. In my opinion, it is certainly at the mid-market level mostly because of the lack of anethole balance. The ingredients that are here are certainly of quality, and the execution seems to be very first rate. It's just the herb bill balances that keep this from doing any better with me. The bottle I'm reviewing is from December of 2007. For me, it showed best right around 5:1.

I must say, though, that I'm glad to have this around. If anyone I'm showing absinthe to ever commented that they didn't know what pontica is like this might be one of the first I'd reach for. Hey, every absinthe on Earth needn't be the most hedonistic expression only suited to those pursuits. It's nice to have these somewhat idiosyncratic offerings that serve to educate, define the elements, and further refine palates and perceptive abilities.

Done with a 1 ounce dose, diluted 4.5:1, 5:1, 5.2:1 and no sugar.

Absinthe Brevans H.R. Giger, 08/16/12, 9/06/12, 9/28/12.
All evaluations had consistent notes.

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Color: An inviting deep green.

Louche: No real layering. Instead, more of a general build up. Turns out to be a very nice shade of light green.

Aroma: Very light and refreshing with hints of anise and fennel. Not as much wormwood as I'd expect in the nose. Undertones of fresh cut grass.

Flavor: More wormwood comes through in the flavor than in the nose. I'd like more anise and some earthy fennel to round it out a bit more. There's just a hint of some alcohol bite at the end.

Finish: The finish is enjoyable, but I had to penalize it because it recedes very quickly. I'd like it to hang around more.

Overall: Nice and spicy. An overall enjoyable beverage. Not a favorite of mine, but still good. There's no doubt its a quality brand.
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
3.0
Finish 
 
2.0
Overall 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Brian Robinson March 04, 2009
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A pretty decent offering, but could use some tweak

Color: An inviting deep green.

Louche: No real layering. Instead, more of a general build up. Turns out to be a very nice shade of light green.

Aroma: Very light and refreshing with hints of anise and fennel. Not as much wormwood as I'd expect in the nose. Undertones of fresh cut grass.

Flavor: More wormwood comes through in the flavor than in the nose. I'd like more anise and some earthy fennel to round it out a bit more. There's just a hint of some alcohol bite at the end.

Finish: The finish is enjoyable, but I had to penalize it because it recedes very quickly. I'd like it to hang around more.

Overall: Nice and spicy. An overall enjoyable beverage. Not a favorite of mine, but still good. There's no doubt its a quality brand.

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4.1
Appearance 
 
4.0  (2)
Louche 
 
4.5  (2)
Aroma 
 
4.0  (2)
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0  (2)
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4.5  (2)
Overall 
 
4.0  (2)
I revisiting this bottle a few times after a six month break, and like it quite a bit more than I first did. It improved in the bottle with a bit of aging. 4:1, no sugar.

Color: Nice light peridot. Sparkles and looks very natural.

Louche: Slow steady build turning to rolling clouds at 2:1 fully louched at 3:1. Not as dramatic as other Matters I've had, but the final color is lovely; a light green with copper highlights.

Aroma: Clean and crisp alpine meadow elements. Nice, but I wish it were a bit stronger and more room-filling.

Flavor: The wormwood is much more clear here than in the aroma, Plenty of pepper and spice, but fewer of the elegant touches other Matter absinthes have shown me. Quite tasty however.

Finish: Faded a little more quickly than I'd hoped. Still a nice mouthfeel, lots of spice, and a nice tingle.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
4.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Scott M. June 05, 2010
Last updated: February 17, 2011
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A Nice Matter offering

I revisiting this bottle a few times after a six month break, and like it quite a bit more than I first did. It improved in the bottle with a bit of aging. 4:1, no sugar.

Color: Nice light peridot. Sparkles and looks very natural.

Louche: Slow steady build turning to rolling clouds at 2:1 fully louched at 3:1. Not as dramatic as other Matters I've had, but the final color is lovely; a light green with copper highlights.

Aroma: Clean and crisp alpine meadow elements. Nice, but I wish it were a bit stronger and more room-filling.

Flavor: The wormwood is much more clear here than in the aroma, Plenty of pepper and spice, but fewer of the elegant touches other Matter absinthes have shown me. Quite tasty however.

Finish: Faded a little more quickly than I'd hoped. Still a nice mouthfeel, lots of spice, and a nice tingle.

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Clear, bright green color. The louche takes some time to develop, appears it may end thin, but develops well producing hints of gold, green, and blue throughout. Aroma is fresh and clean, with evidence of what the flavor will show. This is very much with the wormwood, no overpowering anise here. A long and complex finish. Very enjoyable.
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
4.0
Louche 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Flavor / Mouthfeel 
 
4.0
Finish 
 
5.0
Overall 
 
4.0
Reviewed by techdiver February 10, 2008
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A pleasant surprise

Clear, bright green color. The louche takes some time to develop, appears it may end thin, but develops well producing hints of gold, green, and blue throughout. Aroma is fresh and clean, with evidence of what the flavor will show. This is very much with the wormwood, no overpowering anise here. A long and complex finish. Very enjoyable.

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