Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Commercial description reads accurately. Has that Belgian sweet yeasty character, at least early, but the hop impact is very defining and well done. Pommel-like. The hop impact does stop the fruit in its tracks and leaves you with the sense that the beer just stumbles at the last mile. But I’m being unfair because this beer is achieving what it sets out to achieve.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Owen. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with rocky brilliant white head. Falls away pretty quickly leaving some really nice lacing. Nice looking beer. Very fresh fruity yeast aromas, some resiny hops and light biscuity malt. Good stuff. Flavours are fairly sweet initially before a resiny bitter finish with some alcohol present. Dry and slightly tart end. Medium mouthfeel. Nice beer.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery, as well as growler the next day. Pours a deep orange, with a medium white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, floral hop, citrus and bread. Flavours of strong orange peel, citrus, sweet biscuit malt, and finishes dry and smooth with a hoppy bitter kick at the end. Cannot really nail the exact belgian style, which is fairly true to Murrays beers in that they dont really conform to a certain style. Very nice, the growler didnt last long at my house!
Muggus69 (1226) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from Draught at the brewery.
Deep clear golden body with a tight white lace that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is decidely hoppy for a Belgian with distinct resin and dried leafy spice character, but still retains pear esters and peppery clove esters atop a doughy malt body.
Carbonation a bit low, but that can often be the case with growler beers. Light bodied for its strength with good length on the palate, becoming refreshingly tart and bitter on the finish.
Somewhat sweet upfront with light caramels and biscuity malts, the rest is a mixture of hop and yeast derived flavours; peach, pear, cedar, tobacco leaf, clove, green banana. Good bitterness to finish, lingers on the finish with spicy esters, drying out the palate.
I love how Murrays seem to "reinvent" the idea of the summer beer by taking it in a totally different direction. A hoppy Belgian at 7.5% would seem a bit overwelming, but it’s so crazy I reckon it works!