Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian Ale
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Murray’s Sassy Blonde is believed to be he only beer of its kind brewed in the southern hemisphere. The style is generally only found in Belgium (a Belgium Pale Ale). A deep, golden colour with a tight, off-white head, Murray’s Sassy Blonde has a spicy-orange flavour and aroma, with hints of toasty/biscuity malt and finishing with restrained bitterness. The unique characteristics of this beer are derived from a distinctive Belgian yeast and imported Styrian Golding hops. With a moderate alcohol content of 4.5% alc/vol, Graeme recommends Murray’s Sassy Blonde as an excellent accompaniment to seafood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy gold with foamy head. Wonderful aromas of spice & fruit. Medium body, lively carbonation a crisp bitter finish. Got it right, well done chaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmy01 (39) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2007
Good carbonation with moderate head formation. Beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Citrus tones with slight underlying spice. Full body with sweet finish. Doesn’t have the strong alcohol finish often found in this style. A splendid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2008
Looks great, not too blonde, but it has a beautiflly formed head and lace on a copper body. Aroma of vanilla, spice, caramel, and some mild metal and phenols. Fullish body for the advertised abv. lots of spice again in the flavour, very silky mouthful and a bit of sweetness in the finish which melds beautifully with the vanilla spice. I absolutely love Styrian goldings and this beer showcases it as well as any other I’ve tasted, I’d love to try an amped up version of this... maybe thats the grand cru, should try that I guess. Wonderful stuff from murrays, could drink this til’ dawn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2007
Bit suprised by the amber colour and more so by the golden ale taste (was expecting a blonde beer). Anyway, alot of lava lamp floaties in the glass. Fizzy but deep taste. A very nice drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2008
Good frothy head,carbonation good,misty orange colour.Aroma apricor,peach,hops .Flavour grapefruit,citrus peel,peach,melon,nice bitterness,as good a blond I,ve tasted,flavours are strong,great aroma,all round very nice finish is bitter and citrus,stonefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2007
Geez, I’ve gotta say I’m pretty surprised this rates so low. A 2.5 average puts it below HEAPS of terrible beers. I’d say it’s the first Australian Belgian-style beer that actually tastes like it could have been made in Belgium (witbiers excepted.) It’s more of a deep gold than really blond, but beautifully clear with a steady stream of bubbles holding up a lovely foamy head. Initial aroma is of orangey coriander which is assertive without being too strong. Subtle noble hops, vanilla phenols and toasty malt come through as well. The beer foams up quite a bit in the mouth which enhances the dryness somewhat. Pilsner malt flavour is lean but assertive, with a mild toastiness in the background. Subtly herbal hop flavours are followed by a moderate, yet quite apparent, bitterness. I thought this stuff was exceptionally well-made, it doesn’t put a foot wrong. There’s no weird yeast characters but it’s decidedly Belgian. The coriander is there at basically the perfect level to be apparent without being too obvious or getting soapy. It doesn’t jump out at you, but the more I drank the more I began to like it. It tastes more like a Westvleteren Blond/Westmalle Extra-type blond than a "Belgium Pale Ale" (oh dear) like De Koninck, but that’s by the by. The thought of their Grand Cru scared me somewhat, but having seen how they did this one I’m quite keen to have a crack at it. Nice one. Many thanks to Stew for the freebies!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottled: Poured a coppery colour with a small head and plenty of yeast chunks. Quite malty aroma with a decent amount of belgian sugar in there as well. Quirky sort of beer this - ok maltiness but tastes somewhat oxidized. I’m assuming that this is a dodgy bottle and I’ll try it again (hopefully at the brewery/pub) Re-Rate: much better, no yeasty chucks but over-carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a creamy off-white head. A good malty aroma with tropical fruit and orange. A good hop-malt balance on the palate, with an increasing bitterness. Yeasty fruit flavours - tropical fruit and orange again. Good, but the ’Blonde’ was a bit misleading.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 The comparisons to a Leffe blonde may not excite some however I beleive this to be a good interpretation of this style of Belgian ale. Perhaps the name could have been considered a little more as we have the appaling Pure Blonde and that Hilton hyped Bondi buswreck of a beer. Anyway WE know what it is about. There is a good degree of spiciness and phenolic quality to the beer with a backdrop of fruity esters. Good balance and mouthfeel for a beer with an ABV that doesn’t put in the typical Belgian mould. Well done Muzzas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2008
Hazy golden color, tropical fruit and caramel in nose. Tropical fruits dominate the mouth, but a solid malt backbone. Refreshing tropical fruit finish. Fairly enjoyable for the style. Another winner from this great brewery.

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