Mad Brewers Garden de Paradisi

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Witbier
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
For their latest release the sixth on the Mad Brewers label the mad men of malt (and hops) have turned to Africa for inspiration. Garden de Paradisi is brewed by Dan Feist and Josh Staines, two of the younger talents on the James Squire craft beer team. Intriguingly, it features a rare West African native spice that was once used by Ghanaian witch doctors (and, supposedly, Caribbean voodoo priests) and dubbed Grana Paradisi, or Grains of Paradise, by crafty medieval merchants to increase its value.
Dan and Josh have used the spice to produce a unique take on a Bier de Blanche (or Witbier). Brewed with barley malt, unmalted wheat and oats, a healthy dose of lime and mandarin peel delivers a vibrant citrusy aroma, with the blend of Mosaic, Topaz and Summer hops providing light tropical notes. Garden de Paradisi is seasoned with Grains of Paradise (which is closely related to cardamom) for added peppery spice and complexity for a dry, tart and refreshingly bitter finish

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, - APR 25, 2014
Great taste for a witbier. Very tasty and I will definitely get this beer again. Great for a summers day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2980) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2015
A case of Summer cleaning of the bar fridge saw this one go unnoticed since early last year when it was released. Refrigerated for all that time it doesnt seem like it has kept up to freshness too well by the look of the proteins bobbing about in the bottle like jellyfish. So into a shaker it goes. Highly effervescent pour sees the proteins vapourise to give the beer a haze and rise up a bubbly white fluff a half inch from the brim. Body is a dull medium gold. Smell is quite rough, phenolic, smoky, band-aid with hints of mango, strawberries and burnt matchstick, and something sweet light Crme Ptissire - odd! Quite fruity and clean of by-products on the palate. The grains of paradise are subtle but hint at raw spice in the finish. Body is medium-light chilled but begins to fill out once it warms. Quite sweet, juicy bordering gammy with the citrus dominant over softer, supple fruit esters like mango and passionfruit. Carbonation is high and a little biting but keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Finish has wheat and lemon juice as it drops of to the spice. Hops are impressive on paper but dont quite shine in the glass. Shows potential off the starting block but falls flat half-way through the pint. Not bad, just not sessionable. (50cL, BB 10/02/15, Thirsty Camel, Butler)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShaneJ (883) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle from Beer Cartel (April 2014). Hazy pale amber, frothy/sudsy off-white head, doughy wheat, citrus peel, spicy, mild bitterness, dry finish. Not bad but expect more from these limited release brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1785) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2014
Upon pouring, the off-white foam filled the tall glass to the rim and then diminished to produce a cloudy pale golden yellow coloured liquid. Head retained extremely well and laced well as sudsy blobs on the side of the glass. Carbonation low and very fine. Aroma of peaches and slight citrus, very faint spice and cloves. Taste initially spicy plus malt then with pepper followed by a mix of flavours throughout the mid palate going to some sort of citric bitterness at the end. Light to medium body. Quite an unusual array of tastes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mkel07 (5679) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from The Wine Emporium March 2014. Nothing in thus beer that really stands out or impresses. Looks thin and tastes thin as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
magpieken (129) - - JUL 24, 2014
500ml bottle. BB 12 Feb 2015. Pours an opaque, pale gold colour with a large frothy white head which lasted the distance. Smells like a witbier with some peach and lime. Very sweet taste and medium bodied. Cold it finished in a dry and refreshing manner and was very drinkable but as it warmed up, so too did the sweetness, leaving an aftertaste of Skittles and it wasnt quite so enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1842) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2014
Portland Alehouse on tap (2-Jun-2014) Sweet cider apricot aroma. Cloudy yellow colour, decent head&sheet lace.Big sweet apricot ginger floral flavour.Fruit candy pepper finish&apricot floral aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gramoit (485) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2014
Definitely something different. This did go too well with me unfortunately, plenty of strange flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StevieT (1934) - AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a cloudy light golden colour, tiny white head, floral aroma, crisp citrus flavours, smooth and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
M_Sack (667) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy straw with frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of citrus (orange & lime), honey, spice & a touch of bread yeast. Orange & lime to begin, followed by honey cake and then an unusual but enjoyable spiciness, I guess from the west Ghanaian paradisi spice? Touch of sourness towards the end of the palate. Good level of carbonation and a slightly heavier mouthfeel than a lot of witbiers (perhaps from the addition of oats?). Pretty good effort from tooheys.

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