Archive for March, 2009

Tasted Wednesday 25 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 11.0% Alc/Vol

New Zealand.

WOW!……….This is like being smacked in the head by a piece of 4 x 2!  Think of the biggest, baddest red wine you have ever had….and you might come close to the flavour of this stout.

First of all this beer needs some years in the cellar, or drink it with some strong cheese or game meats. It is powerful and incredibly rich and you wouldn’t even notice the alcohol. The colour is impenetrably black with a dark brown espresso coloured head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Big, thick, rich and charry  in the mouth with a grainy texture. Sweet dark roasted malts, dehydrated prune, bitter dark chocolate, liquorice, burnt nuts and a dry, long finish. Outstanding stuff.


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2009 Trophy Winners

Champion Exhibitor

For Highest Scoring Exhibitor

Feral Brewing Company, WA, Australia

Champion Large Brewery

Cerveceria Hondurena SA de CV, Honduras

Champion Small Brewery

Feral Brewing Company, WA, Australia

Best Victorian Beer


Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

Best New Exhibitor

McAuslan Brewing, Quebec, Canada

Champion Hybrid Beer

Feral White

Feral Brewing Company

Champion Wheat Beer

Weihenstephan Dunkel

Weihenstephan Brewery, Germany

Champion Lager


Cerveceria Hondurena SA de CV, Honduras

Champion Ale

Feral Hop Hog

Feral Brewing Company

Champion Stout

Blackwood Stout

Blackwood Valley Brewing Company, WA, Australia

Champion Porter

Dirty Angel

Flying Horse Bar & Brewery, Victoria

Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer

Sunshine Coast Summer Ale

The Sunshine Coast Brewery, Queensland, Australia

Champion Scotch & Barley Wines


Feral Brewing Company, WA, Australia

Champion Belgian & French Ales

Brother David’s Double Abbey Style Ale

Anderson Valley Brewing Co., California, USA

Champion Packaging Award

Barons Black Wattle Original Ale

Barons Brewery, NSW, Australia

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An amazing story this. Two home brewers (Kristian Klarup Keller and  Mikkel Borg Bjergsø) who in their first year of commercial brewing were not only considered the best Danish brewery in 2007 by the Danish Beer Enthusiasts Association (11,000 members), but also the 5th best brewery in the world by RateBeer.

Today Mikkeller is rated as the second best Danish brewery, beaten by 0.2% of the vote and the world’s 6th best brewery. Only one (Mikkel Borg Bjergsø) of the original two blokes remains, with Kristian Klarup Keller taking up an opportunity as an editor with music magazine Soundvenue.

The style of beer could only be considered as extreme and adventurous. The philosophy involves breaking all the rules with no holds barred brewing. A strong association with the American craft beer industry shows in the liberal use of hops and malt and high alcohol content. Mikkeller brews beer on site at such exaulted brewers as Three Floyds(Indiana USA), De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium), Stone Brewing Company (California, USA) and Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway.

Limited stock of 13 Mikkeller beers are now available at Purvis Cellars.

Click here to view and purchase

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Go to www.purviscellars.com.au

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Tasted 10 March 2009. 330ml bottle 5.0% Alc/Vol.


Arctic Fox - LagerOverall this is a nice beer. My first impression was that ascetically it looked like a ‘fun’ beer and not to be taken seriously.

Life is full of surprises.

While not especially complex it has a pleasing nose of orange peel and herbal hops (albeit quite subtle). The flavour has a definite refreshing character and fullish and round through the middle palate. Again orange peel comes to mind with a touch of spice, a soft malty mouth feel and good carbonation. I thought the hop content was well balanced but not as expressive as I would prefer and not as floral as perhaps the Knappstein is. However this is a well made beer and will suit a lot of punters heading into the craft brewery scene for the first time.

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st-bernardus-prior-8Having looked at this beer for so long on the shelves I finally took one home to try (plus the 6, Abt12 and Triple). Putting it in the fridge to just chill it slightly, I promptly forgot it was there…….new baby etc, etc. Taking it out of the fridge, I poured it into a squat, large mouthed glass and left it for 30 minutes.  The colour was deep reddish brown and suggested a full rich style. Aromas of fruitcake, vanilla biscuit and burnt toffee. Really mouth filling and rich with dark fruits, spice and sweet caramel all wrapped in a delicious creamy background. This is an excellent beer that holds its alcohol well. Drinking more than one would be a little too easy.

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