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Mad Brewers Orchard Ale

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This saison we’re 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 it’s mad... and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
UPDATED: APR 4, 2010 Tastes like a james squire with some rough cider poured in on it ie decent beer but nothing that interesting and the sweet cloying juice makes tacking a pint a chore rather than a joy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2010
Amber colour with no head. A malty aroma with some hints of apple/cider. Very malt driven palate with a slight sourness & again only a hint of cidery apple flavour. This beer is quite confusing to me, they describe it as a saison but it seems more like a bitter with some sour apple than a saison. I think the brewers own hype gets a bit carried away with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2010
Draught at Platform Bar, Brisbane. Pours amber with a white head that quickly disappeared. The nose is musty apples and spicy yeast phenolics. There’s no hiding from the sweetness in flavour though, with a few murmurs around pointing out the similarities to common mainstream ciders. It’s definitely sugary in taste and a tad overdone. It lacks the inviting dryness of a true saision, and I found one glass was a little rough to get through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3542) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 640ml bottle, 10C. Pours clear copper with a small and rapidly disappearing light-beige head. Aroma has yeast, apples and spices. Decent sweet/ tart balance with some depth and barnyard touches. Really rather cider-like. Finishes tart with allspice, white pepper and a hint of metal. [3.3]

Bottle. BB earlier this month. Burnt orange with a small light beige head that lasts in a tulip. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. More malt sweetness and spicier than it was with mellow apples, some slight sour funk and a mildly sweet peppery finish. Has improved a bit and will make pleasant summer drinking.

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