tyrrell (10) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Being a big fan of the Belgian styles I was keen as mustard to try this (being from Wellington I had to wait for a suitable occassion to drop into Galbraiths to try) It didn’t dissapoint, I could have easily have supped on this all night if it wasn’t for it’s 8.7 strength. Probably slightly overly hopped for my palate for this style (imho) but this didn’t detract from a gorgeous colour and rich aroma and beautiful creamy head which lasts most of the glass. I think the big challenge for beers like this is to avoid the overly volatile alcohol flavours - Ressurrection succeeds - definately one of my fav New Zealand beers in my favorite style.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s been a long time coming this rating - the consequence of this ale typically being the perfect end of the night tipple when your palate is no good for rating any more. Draught from the brewpub of course, sitting a cloudy copper brown in its large and very heavy dimpled glass goblet. A sweet malty aroma, with plums and slightly nutty. A warming and malt palate that carries nutty flavours with hints of oranges. A good hoppy presense which brings apricot and berries to the mouth, with touches of yoghurt. The finish is nicely bittering and dry. A beautiful beer for a beautiful pub.
Papsoe (25131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(On tap) Clear, dark amber - almost orangey brown - with a tiny, off-white head. Surprisingly subdued aroma - perhaps a little licorice and and yeast. Also surprisingly the body only feels medium and very unusual for a Belgian style ale the carbonation is rather low. Broad palette of flavours though, a little yeast, a little aniseed and some oranges. The alcohol is scaringly well hidden and the low carbonation makes it terribly quaffable. The finish is dry and lightly astringent and the alcohol really starts to show. 070208
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bloody heck! This is an impressive NZ-made Belgian beer. I could drink too much of this. Actually 8.7% now and served in a huge chunky goblet. Winey aroma with fruit preserves. Chewy bubblegum, viscous... Firm, strong dry and yeasty, full taste, sweet and bitter and lightly sour too. It’s big and balanced - I was reminded of Delerium Tremens. Good cold, a fireside treat. Will have to try again and not after so many other beers...
omhper (17478) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear dark amber, small head. Almondy and syrupy, full bodied and really sweet with thick mouthfeel. Lightly roasty with somewhat raw mouthfeel and salty licorice finish. Seems a bit rushed, perhaps longer lagering could help?
beerledgend (1145) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber in colour with small white head, Warm sweet malty port flavour followed by mild bitterness.
JoeMcPhee (7622) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-orange beer. Sweet and malty with a spicy yeast aroma, light earthiness. Flavour shows light yeasty fruit, bubble-gum, and a touch of apple and nutmeg. Also fairly well-hopped, especially for this style. Lingering bitterness. As it warms some orange peel and other baking spices come forward. I was surprised to see a brewery that specializes in English-style beers pull off a Belgian so successfully.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 23/03/2005. Off tap at Galbraith’s ale house.
Nice kiwi/english style belgian ale. Good medium to full mouthfeel with a caramelly orange malt flavour and hints of licorice, a spicey yeastiness and a woody hop flavour. All very smoothly delivered. Warms both the mouth and the body. Nights here with TheGrandmaster and Joe warm the heart and stimulate the mind. Best pub in NZ.
eczematic (1304) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
this is apparently similar to the old australis benediction that i was hoping to find. it's hazy orange, with that spicy chimay yeast smell. flavour's pretty complex: very yeasty-spicy, orangey, alcoholic, peppery and leafily hoppy. Quite bitter, and tart. Tastes a lot like Chimay White, but lacks smoothness and fullness of body (maybe would be better with age?).