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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Plain aroma. Rich orange clear colour with ok head. Malty flavour with an apple finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (5226) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2010
640ml bottle. Extremely vibrant and appealing in the glass with a red tinge that is like looking at the sun through a dust storm. Crackly slight head that quickly dissapates. Spicy fruit aromas abound and the flavour is light and dry with a slightly tart green apple finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (2069) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3540) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2010
very interesting beer, surprisingly. was hoping that the apple juice wouldn’t be a sweetener and it isn’t, it tastes fully fermented to dryness (don’t agree with other raters here who say it’s 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 b’s: this is actually a subdued and quite carefully balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2812) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
640ml Bottle. A good version of a saison. The Mad brewers keep making weird and wonderful beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - 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 ’saison’ not is fairly mild. There’s a stinky, meaty, yeasty Belgian Ale flavour that provides some interest. No bad I guess but overall not particularly challenging.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle. Small average offwhite head over a clear amber-nutbrown body. Aroma of hession sack and bread. Taste of coriander, fruity and sweet through out. Medium to full bodied. Not what I expected.

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