sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love the glass and the simple bottle with its wax-coated top. Amber/pink hue that is slightly cloudy.
Massive fruit aroma, the plum is obvious but other fruit is present, such as cherry, grapes and strawberries. Spicy ginger engulfs the nose with hints of malt and citrus - very tantalizing.
Absolutely beautiful, rich flavours. A sourness of black grapes and mild bitterness from the hops. Strong ginger. Fruits such as dark berries, plum and cherry are very obvious, while the reasonably high alcohol is barely detectable.
Sweet flavours of honey with ginger and cinnamon become greater as the beer warms.
A sweet malty finish.
Wonderful masterpiece from Three Boys!
sdk (33) - Island Bay, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Three Boys glass. Pours a nice golden brown, no head as expected. Fruity nose with the plum right up front. Plum tartness with a little sour after taste. Very refreshing, very morish.
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sexy packaging, probably why it’s so expensive. Pours a cloudy amber with a pinkinsh tinge. White fluffy head, which dissipates quickly to nil. Aroma is quite strong. Yeasty like a barley wine yet fruity like a wheat beer. Fruit is plum and apple. Also some spice there too.
Smooth syrupy texture. Taste is smooth also, with plum fruitiness dominating. There is a vanilla like background, all I really get is fruit and vanilla. Finishes with a slight bitterness and the smooth flavours linger. Not even a hint of the 7.7% ABV present. A unique tasting beer.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
donfardz absolutely nailed this beer. I won’t attempt to dispute a word he said, but my ratings are different expressing my view on enjoyability of each factor. I’d also add that the packaging really is amazing. Who else has seen a wax sealed beer in NZ? It would be nice if there was a little more complexity to back this up. A good beer. I’d drink it on tap like a session beer (and pay for it too, no doubt). Dancing on the table aside, a solid effort. I hope Ralph makes this again next year - it will be interesting to see how it evolves.
Demise (57) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy brown/orange with a deep pink tinge and a fluffy white head. Pure plum on the nose, with subtle sugary-sweet notes and a hint of malt and yeast. The plum flavour dominates in an almost cleansing fashion. Fresh berry and natural fruit sugar are also present, making the flavour almost syrupy due to the lack of carbonation. This seems to works in favour of the ale however, creating strong and intense flavours. A beautiful malt body with yeast present on the finish. The texture left in my mouth at the ale’s conclusion even reminded me of when eating plums from home. Incredibly unusual beer.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
murky orange with virtually no head. smells of earthy plums, sort of a saison with plums. tastes like my mothers home made plum juice with a bit of malt and slight bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden although quite warming. quite sweet and quite tasty!
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.