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Mad Brewers Orchard Ale

 (RETIRED)
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40
73
style
Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: Fruit Beer
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This saison weíre bringing you something even more challenging - the complexity of of a seasonal farmhouse ale and the crispness of summer apples, hung together with a sour mash. Damn right itís mad... and we wouldnít have it any other way!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
640ml bottle Good head copper coloured ale medium carbonation aroma woody fruit mildly floral has a perfume about it flavour great taste of apple sweet a little acidic touch not rough some grape always the apple pleasantness to the finish aftertaste is mildly sour works well

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
Pours vibrant pale amber with a creamy lasting head. Nose shows some tangy apple cider, some bready malt and a bit of wheat. Not bad. Flavours include soft sweet apple, bready malt, and finishes quite dry, as a good saison should. Light body, soft carbonation that could be a little higher. Very light and refreshing, it does actually remind me of Saison Dupont, I assume they used a genuine saison yeast or something?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
Perhaps an unsual style and for the most part worked well. Can definitely pick up the apple juice, fairly simple and juicy at that, and some sour spice coming through, but this ísaisoní not is fairly mild. Thereís a stinky, meaty, yeasty Belgian Ale flavour that provides some interest. No bad I guess but overall not particularly challenging.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with rocky off white head. Minimal lacing. Aromas are quite weird. Initially there is a harsh chemical acidity mixed with some doughy yeast. This is soon replaced with apple cider and a little malt sweetness. Not overly promising. Flavour is quite bitter and very un - saisonish mixed with green apple sweetness. Perhaps an amber ale mixed with apple juice. Very confused and just a little bizarre.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (956) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 26, 2010
Draught @ James Squire Brewhouse Melbourne. A clear amber-brown beer with a small white head. Nose is noticeably fruity with strong apple aromas together with passionfruits and subtle spicy yeasts. The flavour is very sweet up front with the tartness of the cider apples coming through mid-palate and a soft spicy yeasty finish. It rather lacks the dry tartness of the true Belgian Saisons and is far too sweet to be the genuine article, but a decent local effort nonetheless and very sessionable. Had plenty of these whilst down there.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle 640ml. Very interesting beer. Aroma of apples, caramel, and earth. Taste is sweet, with a touch of acidity, and good length. Palate is thin-to-medium body, and sparkling. Amber colour, with no head.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dredd (689) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2010
Donít know where to start. It is an unusual beer, pour i dark copper/amber like an apple juice. Aroma is mainly apple with some yeasty spice. The upfront flavour is a pleasent light apple flavour that gets progressively sweeter leaving a long sweet aftertaste. Interesting yes, but not one that Iíd be going for. I also donít think that Saison is an accurate classification either.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluevegie (3053) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2010
After trying it twice before I having been dodging it since, well I took it along to this Italian restaurant tonight and it seemed to go down a treat, maybe it was the earlier beers that helped it along, the noticeable apples make it more of a fruit beer than a saison.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
very interesting beer, surprisingly. was hoping that the apple juice wouldnít be a sweetener and it isnít, it tastes fully fermented to dryness (donít agree with other raters here who say itís too sweet - this is as dry as it gets). not very sour, but just a little bit sour at the very end, and you can certainly detect genuine lacto in the nose. the saison yeast is certainly there too, giving mild fruitiness, phenolics and earthiness. breadily malty, fruity and peppery in the mouth, but has a bit of a hole in the finish where some leafy noble hops or alternatively some real funky sourness would slot in nicely. the apples are pretty discreet, but you can smell the skins, as well as the flavour having some cideriness in a pleasant way. more hops, funk and a lighter pils malt flavour rather than the more melanoidiny malt here would improve this for me. if you want something truly mad, try some billy bís: this is actually a subdued and quite carefully balanced beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjollnir (391) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2010
640mL bottle. Pours a clear amber-gold with a small white head that gradually disappears. Aroma of Belgian yeast, apple cider and higher order alcohols. The flavour is quite good as it hits the tongue, very quickly making way for off apples and excessive sweetness, with a bit of redeeming acidity. Strange idea, mixing apple juice into it, but there you go. Light bodied, lively carbonation and a finish dominated by the apples.


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