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Brewed by Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Abbey Tripel
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia

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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Murray's Grand Cru is a tripel made with an authentic Belgian yeast and pours a pale straw colour with a fluffy white head. Hints of banana and bubblegum, backed with dry-hopped spicyness of Hallertau hops, dominate the aroma and flavour, which is balanced by silky biscuity malt flavours. This intense ale finishes full-bodied with a mellow bitterness.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dredd (716) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
First off, well done to the folk at Murray’s for pulling off a great beer. This is a big stakes beer and a lot of Aussie Microbrewerys have tried stepping up to the Tripel plate and have struck out. The initial impression of this is a beer that has held back rather than going all out. The aroma is an interesting mix of banana, slight vanilla and some raisin/prune in the background. Flavour is a superb with a complex mix of spice stonefruits and firm but pleasant bitterness. Appearance is as expected, murky copper/amber with a nice white head that lingers. It does this and pulls off 8.8% without a trace of heat nor does it bombard with a degree of acridity that afflicts a lot of tripel knockoffs. Murray’s are building a formidable reputation (at least on me), look forward to seeing what’s next.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1506) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2008
330ml bottle. Murky gold body, dense white collar. Bit hit of wheat on the nose straightup, plenty of earthy spice, bitter orange-like citrus and ripe fruits, apricot, pear and banana seem prominant. Rich creamy texture, lively with carbonation, drying throughout revealing a bit of alcohol in the process. Fantastically complex body of flavour, plenty of corriander and clove spice, ripe apricot, peach, pear and banana in the works with a sharp orange citrus element competing with a smooth sweet wheaty maltiness. Finishes dry, with a sharp lingering spiciness. Probably doesn’t compare that much to authentic Belgian tripels, still bloody nice and richly complex. Fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1550) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2008
Sweet lemon citrus aroma. Murky yellow brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt citrus flavour. Smooth palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2008
Tasted from 33cl bottle into tulip glass. Modest nose, 1.5cm head, pours a dark gold. Thick herbal tones like an adult marshmallow. After letting it sit a little, a stronger fragrance is released, now that of a mild perfume of sweet apples. End notes are bitter yet maintain the full flavour with roasted malt showing through.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3572) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2008
Thin frothy head head,though strong on an orange pour,good carbonation.Aroma orange,cinnamon,apricot,clove and peach.Flavour creamy,mellow clove coriander,banana,orange peel,peach,hint of apricot.Flavours knock the alcohol volume,it has a lovely bitter to it.Finish is bitter,mellow creamy full flavoured.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1071) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2008
A bugger getting the cork out. Poured a murky orange with a small head. Yeasty, syrupy with subdued alcohol warmth. Abit of hefeweizen flavour too. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2008
Oh good, I like to be the one who makes a beer count. This beer, while not being a vintage series, is definitely a batch to batch prospect. The second batch has been a much more balanced act than the first with the apreciation of some of the subtleties that the Belgian tripel requires. This is a fine melange of dried fruit, plums and bananas. Certainly some diacetyl in the mix but this is not a disarming factor at all. Lets call this one more of a work in progress as the Belgians have been doing this sort of thing for ages. It has a fine (insert place where kangaroos sleep)mate in the Icon DIPA and so we know the potential for even greater improvement is there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured golden brownish orange with a large, dense, frothy, white head which lasted well. Aroma was of sweet bready malts with strong notes of orange zest & orange citrus, lemon peel, pears, coriander, white pepper, cinnamon and some vanilla. Flavor was a sweet bready malts with dry pears, orange citrus, lemon zest, apricots, vanilla and a spicy/peppery lightly warming finish. Alcohol content was amazingly well hidden, very drinkable (almost dangerously so). Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, a smooth mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy texture and a great finish. Seems to have improved somewhat since the 330ml release.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2008
some genuinely big fruitiness and plenty of orange/coriander/sherbet, but this is let down by a clumsy heavy malty finish, and boozy alcohol. not that it’s too sweet (it’s dry) but just too much maltiness. a pretty good effort but going for intensity over class, complexity over texture, in short a bit of a dog’s breakfast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4074) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
Looks and initally smells like brandy. No head and a much paler color than I used to for a Grand Cru. Nevertheless, caramel and oranges add to the aromatic excitment. Rich, tangy mouth that continues the brandy theme and is quit warming. Well balanced. Syrupy without being cloying. Very enjoyable though fairly straight forward.


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