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Tasted Thursday 18 February 2010. 330ml bottle, 9.4% Alc/Vol

Australia

Red Duck are making a statement, intentionally or unintentionally. This beer is pushing the boundaries. We need more like it. The colour is black with an espresso crema coloured head, not huge or thick, just a nice coating, which fades quickly. It is hard to extract the complexities from it, but a little air and warmth (it was at about 4 degrees initially) reveals dark toffee, coffee and floral hops. Built like an Ox the flavours are masses of molasses/toffee (almost muscat or port like) with charcoal and roasted nut. It has plenty of body yet it slips down remarkably easily being soft, rich and warming. The beer is well balanced, the alcohol is obvious yet kept in check, complimenting rather than dominating, the beer finishing bittersweet with some nice lingering hoppiness. An excellent Australian interpretation

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Tasted Thursday 18 February 2010. 330ml bottle, 7.8% Alc/Vol

Australia

Always a favourite of mine, this beer, and it exhibits a positive direction in Australia brewing. It is golden brown with a thin, nearly non-existent head. The aromas were strong with toffee, dried citrus fruits, spice and a yeasty/biscuity and nutty note. The palate is quite full on with masses of sweet malt, molasses flavours, thick creamy body, soft carbonation, nutty, dehydrated fruits, charcoal, and subtle hops. The alcohol is extremely well integrated, the beer well balanced, it is powerful and horribly enjoyable. Long finish.

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Tasted Thursday 18 February 2010. 330ml bottle, 4.8% Alc/Vol

Australia

The Galaxy hop is a nouveau hop variety being grown in Australia. It imparts beautiful citrus and passionfruit aromas and intense bitterness. This hop is showcased well in this beer. The beer itself sort of sits in the background letting the hop take centre stage. As an IPA style it fell a bit short, lacking palate weight and alcohol. However as a beer overall it is very nice and could be described as a session-style hoppy ale.

It pours a murky orange/yellow with a thin short lasting head. Fragrant blossom, bright citrus zest and passionfruit bounce out of the glass. This beer has a light body showing caramel maltiness, fruit hints and some initial sharpness. It then softens out and is overhauled by big lasting hop bitterness. There is an attractive freshness and summery feel to the beer that makes it perfect for warm afternoons with intelligent company.

Purchase from Purvis Cellars website

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Tasted Wednesday 10 February 2010. 640ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol

Australia

An interesting beer. In fact it is a beer that you must try, but it won’t suit everybody. It is enjoyable with mixed feelings though. This Saison represents the direction we should be going here in Australia and the boundaries we must push. Why?………Why not.

It pours a orange brown hue and very clear. The head was thin and weak with loosely distributed bubbles. Sounds ordinary but really it doesn’t matter. The aroma had a sharp note with old apples, peppery/grassy hops, yeast and malt.

The flavours were soft and creamy with a dominating (over ripe) apple character. It hits front and mid palate where the creamy mouthfeel shows and plenty of malty sweetness, plus faint pepper, mild hops and a distinct sweet/sour cidery finish. It is quite an easy drink, reasonably refreshing but I would prefer it to be dryer with less malty sweetness and more freshness and bite.

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Tasted Saturday 30 January 2010. 640ml bottle, 5.7% Alc/Vol

Australia

Ahh, splendid. A much anticipated small batch release from the boys acting the goat. This beer does not disappoint. Being a hop head (yes i’ve said it again)  it put a smile on my face and a frown on my liver.

It pours a murky orange brown colour with a smallish head that doesn’t hang around too long. Big hop aromas greet the nose, showing fragrant and intense stone fruit, nettles, tomato leaf, pepper spice, and toffee. The flavours are full, and soft with low – medium carbonation. It hits the palate bang on  middle filling the sides and back with rich and sweetish toffee, some tingly acidity, tropical fruit, ginger, and apricot then seemingly dying off before a wave of pleasing fresh hoppy bitterness that attacks and loiters with intent. I’m  saddened that this beer is only a limited release. However support our local craft brewers by purchasing, enjoying, and fondly remembering beers like this, wherever you may get it. Well done Cam and Dave.

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