TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with yalnikim (in NZ), an amber pour with a thin head. A hoppy aroma with ginger and fruit. Lots of malt on the palate, with candy sugar and nuts.
Dredd (764) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Muggus69 (1767) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Lunkie (1665) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet lemon citrus aroma. Murky yellow brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet malt citrus flavour. Smooth palate.
enak (27) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
gam (3815) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
madquacker (1085) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.