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Tasted Wednesday 28 October 2009. 500ml bottle, 4.7% Alc/Vol

England

Black Sheep - Monty Python's Holy GrailA fairly standard English Bitter style. It has a good clear amber colour with a creamy but thin head. Quite malty on the nose showing caramel, grassy/hay, yeast, floral and faint citrus notes.

Soft and malty on the palate with caramel and fruity notes. A gentle creamy/yeasty characters and late bitterness rounded it off. Overall quite pleasing, a little light but very easy to drink. Found the flavours were a bit more pronounced when it warmed up a bit

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Tasted Wednesday 28 October 2009. 355ml bottle, 9.1% Alc.Vol

USA

“An extreme style with flavour that is hell-bent on palate destruction….

Great Divide - Hercules - Double IPAI’m a hophead. Thought I’d make that clear, although many of you would have figured that out by now.

Hearing that this beer was available again got me salivating – quite disgustingly so…….

And yes it has lived up to my expectations and it’s been a number of years since trying it last. Quite simply this is full on – malt and hops jostling for attention but I feel that the malt dominates the most. Big sinus clearing, pine scented hops bounce out of the glass with toffee apple and malt extract.
The palate offers a big malt character again, rich and full. Molasses/golden syrup-like, oily alcohol that tries to rear its head but is battered back down with the said malt and building hops. While the hops build and extract themselves and crash on the rocky shores of my tongue leaving a pleasant wake of bitterness, I feel the malt needs to be toned down some.

Nevertheless it is an extreme and challenging beer that is strangely addictive. A big thumbs up from me.

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Tasted Wednesday 28 October 2009. 355ml bottle, 7.2% Alc/Vol

USA

Great Divide - Belgica - IPA“Rated as one of the world’s best breweries, Great Divide Brewery is not afraid to push the boundaries. These beers are a must for hop heads…..”

This beer will divide (no pun intended) beer folk. What is a Belgian-Style IPA anyway?
To me this tastes like a massively hopped Duvel. A strong golden ale on steriods this pours a suspicious bright yellow colour. Big fruity notes leap out of the glass – lemon and peach with pine needles, fresh hay and malt.

Lively, light bodied yet full flavoured with a glycerol/oily texture giving a fuller impression. Citrus flavour generously spreads itself throughout with some sweet malt, spicy hops that build in intensity and leave a wake of bitterness on the finish. An oddly refreshing beer, with bite.

While I do believe that this is a good beer, my overall impression is that the flavours are not harmonious, they work a little against each other rather than flowing seamlessly.

Some will like this, some won’t.

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Thanks to all who attended our beer festival. By all the feedback an enjoyable evening was had by all. Approximately 200 people attended the event and a lot of beer was sold – so thanks again to everyone.

Below is a list of the top 20 selling beers of the evening – in no particular order

Phoenix Premium Lager – Mauritius

Coniston Bluebird – England

Eggenburger Urbock 23 Degrees – Austria

Epic Pale Ale – New Zealand

Founders Organic Long Black – New Zealand

Harrington’s Brewery Wobbly Boot – New Zealand

Innis & Gunn Oak-Aged Ale – Scotland

Kooinda Pale Ale – Australia

Leffe Vielle Cuvee – Belgium

Mac’s Sassy Red – New Zealand

Matilda Bay Fat Yak – Australia

Mountain Goat Steam Beer – Australia

Sunshine Coast Brewery Hot Chilli Beer – Australia

Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse – Germany

Skalak Premium Lager – Czech Republic

Stone & Wood Pale Lager – Australia

Trumer Pils – Austria

Unibroue La Fin du Monde – Canada

White Rabbit Dark Ale – Australia

Zywiec Polish Lager – Poland

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Beer fest crowd

It’s that time of year again. We are hosting our own unique style of Oktoberfest beer tasting. Showcasing beers from around the world with a few locals to ’em honest! Book now! More details about the beers to taste will be available closer to the date. Included also will be a selection from our New Zealand craft beer shipment.

When: Wednesday 21 October 2009. 6pm – 8.30pm

Cost: $10 per head. Includes 10 tasting tickets.

Where: Purvis Cellars

Bookings: By Phone 03 9888 6644 or in store.

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