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Brewed by Three Boys Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Every autumn in the deep south, the Three Boys family harvest wild cherry plums from the family farm and celebrate their capture in traditional preserves. The Three Boys brewer takes these same fruit and captures those evocative flavours in the Wild Plum Ale.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29333) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottled. A golden beer wiht a huge white head. The aroma has notes of plum on a malty background combined with a bit of citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with a great deal of plums combined with medium notes of malt and caramel, leading to a slightly tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6749) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
Small bottle with handsome paper wrapping and waxed cap. Pours a hazy red-orange with a white head that quickly expires. Genuine fruit aroma that calls to mind crabapples and feijoa, with some underlying reedy malts. Nice genuine fruit flavours as well, with plum being more evident here than in the aroma. There is mild underlying spiciness and a slightly tart dryness in the finish. The carbonation nicely lifts the palate that may otherwise be a litle syrupy with all that real fruit in there. The ABV stays completely under the radar. Very nice indeed.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4626) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Not sure I have had a plum beer before. Not as strong fruit flavour and aroma as I would expect. Comes off kind of muddled. More fruit skin than meat.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4514) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has cherries, bubblegum. Clear, golden-copper coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, has sugary maltiness, plums, marzipan, raspberries. Tart and wild.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3189) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2012
light amber, flowery, perfume, plums. Slightly sweet, slightly tart, not the most balanced, but enjoyable. Had potential to be great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pinkish orange. Aroma of sweet plums, some biscuity malt, and slightly medicinal (not surprisingly at 7.7%). Fruit on the palate, and quite spicy. The malt comes through quite well, and I also get hints of almond. The alcohol has a big presence, making this a sipper rather than a quaffer. But one I wouldn’t mind sipping some more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1652) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 My beloved purchased this beer for me (bless her) and I kept it in the dark for about a year. There’s only one ’if only’ about this, and that is I wish I had tried it a wee bit younger so that I could make an accurate comparison. The matured article is sublime. The plumminess is there in a lovely fruity, spiciness that, while dominating most of the other flavours, lets the malt shine through. The malt is lovely and soft, caramelly and sweet. The beer itself was a picture to look at. A soft, rocky head. Golden and a full, creamy mouthfeel. I’ll remember this beer. (4.6/5) Ah, time you fickle mistress. The Wild Plum Ale I had tonight was charming enough but not really up to the standard of its predecessor. Was it the year in the bottle I gave the original? Who knows. This one is still lovely though, just not the rock star of old.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
A lovely curiosity from New Zealand. This fruit beer using wild plums from the brewer’s family farm is almost lambic in character. It’s a hazy peachy-orange colour with a thin scattering of suds. Really nice musky, tart aroma - almost Asian in feel - apple blossom perhaps. Lots of crisp, green-apple acids, honey, caramel chews and a whiff of car vinyl. Almost cider-like in its aroma. Quenching palate, very dry in the finish, which suits the style perfectly. In the mouth, maraschino cherries, plums, faint toffee malts and a hint of sherry-like alcohol. Sour, mouth-watering finish. This is good, adventurous brewing. I could drink a lot of this. Well done. (330ml bottle courtesy of Yalnikim - thanks for the opportunity to try this unusual NZ treat)

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2008
Slight haze, golden colour with no head. Fruity plum flavours, short mouthfeel, interesting style. Get bonus points for its packaging, brewery logo embosed on the bottel with wax cover with log pressed in the top and then wraped in tissue.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
Many thanks to FletchFighters for tracking down this one for me. Pours a deep golden bronze with slight hazing. Very thin rocky white head that disappears super quickly. Aromas are very sweet with floral honey and light caramel. Feint earthy fruitness which I assume to be the fruit coming through. Flavours are initial quite sweet. Some light sourness to support. Thinnish mouthfeel.


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