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Red Duck + Kissmeyer Gnaume

Formerly brewed at Purrumbete Brewing
Style: Belgian Ale
Alfredton, Ballarat, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Belgian Lambic Golden Ale.

There is one particular ale, famous around the world, which is brewed in the Val d’or, in the region of Gaume in Belgium. It’s a small, unusual ale, with pronounced spiceyness, a little tartness and plenty of funk. It has long been a favourite at Red Duck, so when Anders Kissmeyer visited for some collaboration brews, we made our very first lambic ale. It’s a beauty, somewhere between the magic of a Gnome, and the magic of that famous ale from Gaume.

ComradeK's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1145) - Sydney, - JAN 20, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium gold, with a large white head, which lasts very well and leaves reasonable lacing. Lemon peel, gin and tonic and light sour funk notes make for an intriguing aroma. A fairly light sourness up front mixes with some spiced dough yeast. The sourness continues through into the mid-palate, where it is joined by a very gin and tonic-like flavour. The same sourness persists into the finish, where it blends with a light woody flavour to leave a very lambic-like aftertaste. This is a very well-made beer. It seems to straddle lambic and Belgian ale in style, with its light sourness giving it great line and persistence and the spicy Belgian ale flavours tempering that sourness to give it a balanced, restrained feel. The best Australian take on a Belgian style I have had for quite a while, if not full stop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShaneJ (823) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Hazy amber, sour lemon, spicy yeast, some fruitiness, pears maybe, some underlying sweetness balanced by a sour/tart finish. Very interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lunkie (1826) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
Sour fruit malt aroma. Murky amber colour with fair head and lacing. Sour malt stale fruit flavour. Fizzy palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light golden apricot. Some hazing. Smallish tan coloured head. Lots of lacing. Good start. Aromas show plenty of minerals, some light citrus acidity and some spicy yeast characher. Flavours remind me of a tripel or perhaps orval per Jonno. Lots of spice and some sourness. Nicely balances. Pretty good stuff got to say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2517) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2012
Well colour me surprised - they just about nailed it. Nose is so Orvalesque you would swear it was poured from the 10 pin bottle itself. Very similar n the mouth, though a tad undercarbonated. Tends to fizzle out a bit as it warms, but still, I’m impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Very tasty, well balanced. Aromas of bread, citrus, cereal. Taste is sweet, with sour notes, and long length. Palate is velvety and medium bodied. Amber, cloudy, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (1311) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2012
(Bottle) Hazy golden with big white head. Interesting aroma with a nice mix of fnk, lemon, candy and floral hints. Medium body with frothy mouth filling carbonation. The flavour is complex, intriguing and not easy to describe. It starts with a gentle lemon fruitiness over a light maltiness with some interesting funkiness / leather. This mellows out to lemon and spice which in turn gives way to a finish that has some bitterness but is mostly a mix of bread, bananas and spice. Overall a complex, intriguing, moreish, maybe a little challenging, very rewarding unusual beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 10, 2012
Very very interesting beer. Absolutely true to the back label - a harmonious blend of class ic Belgian ale spiceness and and mild funkiness hat I wouldn’t put anywhere near real lambic, or even Flemish ale, but style showing a level of complexity seen in local beers. Maybe a bit more saison-like in this respect. European influence has clearly been beneficial here. A real standout for local beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours amber with a large lasting head. Nose shows funk, lemon juice, soft floral notes, apples and pears. Flavours are a surprise, focussing on malt rather than acidity or funk. Just a faint lemon note before some nondescript malt enters, finishing slightly sweet due to the absence of bitterness. Carbonation is a bit full on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (5221) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a murky hazy apricot skin colour with a swirl of foam across the top. Fruity peach and melon aromas hit the nose and there is a hint of sweet and sour. Great flavor that sits well in the mouth.

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