Posts Tagged ‘Session Beers’

Tasted Thursday 20 May 2010. 750ml bottle, 4.8% Alc/Vol


elBulli is one the world’s most famous and exclusive restaurants. Three star Michelin rated plus it has been rated as the world’s best restaurant a record 5 times by Restaurant magazine. Open only six months of the year it takes bookings on one day of the year. For approximately 8000 seats available each season they get around two million requests and it will cost 250 Euro per head.

Inedit means “Never Been Done Before”.
The beer has been crafted in cooperation with Estrella Damm and highly acclaimed elBulli chefs Ferran Adria and Juli Soler and sommeliers Ferran Centelles and David Seijas to specifically match foods that contain:

  • Citrus and Oils: salads, vinegar based sauces
  • Bitter Notes. i.e. asparagus, artichokes, rucula
  • Oily textures. i.e. salmon, tuna, fatty cheese

Brewed with wheat malt, barley malt, hops, coriander, orange peel, yeast and water.
Golden and clear in colour with a dense fluffy white head. Moderately intense aromas of sweet citrus, hay and grass, herbal notes and spice. Its lovely soft and creamy mouthfeel is light and refreshing with balanced carbonation. Some fruitiness is backed by yeast, spice and herbal character, finishing with reasonable length. This is a very likable beer and very easy to drink.


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


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


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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Some quirky New Zealand beers are now available at Purvis Cellars….check these out!

The Mussel Inn - Captain CookerThe Mussel Inn - Dark HorseThe Mussel Inn - Golden Goose

The Mussel Inn Dark Horse Porter. Very dark and roasty – not too dry. A solid and dependable performer – pulls away strong at the finish.

The Mussel Inn Golden Goose Lager. A hoppy golden lager. No shell, no feathers, just pure gold.

The Mussel Inn Captain Cooker Manuka Honey Beer. A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ‘The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ‘Best – a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

Purchase them at Purvis Cellars here

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Tasted Wednesday 30 September 2009. 4.5% Alc/Vol 500ml bottle

New Zealand

Lighthouse Brewery - Cheeky Little - LagerWith a label like that you have to wonder if there is anything to like inside the bottle.

Fortunately there is.

While it is uncomplicated this beer is surprisingly pleasing. However you would need to like lagers. Pale straw in colour with a very white head.

Light malt on the nose with some grassy, wet hay notes and lemon. The palate is very light, cleansing and crisp with light malt again and a pleasing lingering hoppy bitterness on the finish.

I can imagine a few “cheeky lagers” while throwing an arm over in the backyard this summer.

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Tasted Tuesday 8  September 2009. 500ml Bottle, 4.2% Alc/Vol


Well this was just plain disappointing. It had a dark brown nearly completely black colour and a fast fading off white head.

It certainly smelt like coffee but the kind of wet used coffee grinds from the percolator. Some charry notes and a hint of chocolate and nutty almond character were evident.

Here is where the beer really falls down though. Instead of a rich, full palate (and it doesn’t need to be a whopping malt driven beer to be any good) it was thin, watery, dry and bitter with stale coffee, weak malt and no length of palate.

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Tasted Tuesday 8 September 2009. 330ml bottle, 4.5% Alc/Vol


There’s a bit of tongue in cheek with this beer. The label shows an old ship at the pier suggesting that this beer has been imported from some far away exotic land.  In fact this beer is brewed at the Mildura Brewery and is very much a modern style, and fairly far away from the Hawthorn we all know!!

However, this beer is the perfect “session” Pale Ale. It is not going to blow your door wide open but a “few” could easily be knocked back in good company without needing to think about the beer too much.

It pours a clear golden orange with a creamy white head. There are some yeasty, spicy aromas with tropical fruits and a “burnt sugar” note. The palate is light to medium and quite refreshing. Malty, caramalised citrus rind, sweet spice and low bitterness and a smooth dry finish make this a pleasant all round beer. I must admit I was a little skeptical about this beer before trying it but since then it has often been my knock off beer.

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