Tasted Wednesday 18 November 2009.
Two new releases from The Little Brewery in Port Macquarie NSW.
These Mad Abbot versions of Belgian styles are solid rather that outstanding. In saying that, the time is right for Australian breweries to be pushing the boundaries and these beers are heading in the right direction.
The Dubbel (right) is a burnished copper colour with a nice thick head (with a vigorous pour mind you), with plenty of roasted malty aroma. The flavour is full and rich with hints of dried fruit and roasted malt again and the finish is dry but mildly sour which will appeal to some. 6.9% Alc/Vol. 330ml bottle.
Rich and smooth to drink, light to medium bodied with tropical and citrus fruit, sweet malt and alcohol warmth. It finishes dry and a little astringent (as if someone put a tea bag in it) and quite bitter. 9.5% Alc/Vol. 330ml bottle.
Overall these are nice beers and easy to drink despite their alcohol content but a little way off many of the real Belgians.