Brewed by Matilda Bay Brewing Co. (CUB)
Style: Saison
Port Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Retired in 2008 - re-released as draught only in 2013.
Barking Duck is our interpretation of the little known and very diverse Belgian Farmhouse beers, traditionally made by farmers to feed their workers during summer and harvest; nutritious, safe to drink (the water wasnt) and refreshing. Made before hops became commonplace in beer so other spices were used as flavouring. It was a time before commercial breweries so each beer was unique to the family farm that produced it. Barking Duck, produced in very limited quantities, combines wheat, oats & barley, two yeasts, three hops and a blend of spices including cassia bark. We thought that since we were playing around with some different spices that we might as well get some spicy characters from an unconventional blend of hops. The hops weve used are East Kent Goldings for bitterness; Czech Saaz for flavour & aroma and German Hallertauer for flavour & aroma. The key thing for us is balance so weve kept each of the components at a low enough level so that nothing dominates but taken as a whole its a pretty complex beer. Although we went non traditional in the recipe, we did stay with tradition on the filtration. We didnt do any! Its unfiltered and unpasteurised. As a result, you might notice that the beer is a bit cloudy. That cloudiness comes from the live yeast cells left behind in the beer. Look closely and you might see a bit of funny business going on. There are two kinds of yeast in there. So Barking Duck is complex and refreshing, very fruity in aroma and flavour with mild tartness and a medium bitterness. It has a pale golden amber colour due to the blend of malted wheat and barley.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, - APR 16, 2006
On Tap at the Brass. Served too cold but I the bar staff saw I was rating it and gave me a wine glass - how about that? Pour is a dense cloudy lemony gold with a white medium size medium bubbles head. Wheat grain mash blend and citrus lemon rind and pith aroma improving noticeably as it warmed. Palatewise it chewy and smooth. More tart lemon and grapefruit rind in the flavour medium low grain mash sweetness plus the usually fruity ester, and definitive possibly too much so, gingery spice. Crisp drink-me-again finish. All the right elements are there but somehow it didnt quite all come together in a balanced way at the end. Anwyay, onya guys for having a go a serious beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dandm (125) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2016
Also an original bottle at home. Very nice cloudy blonde pour with a good sized head. Seems to have aged very differently to other ratings and the commercial description. Smells of champagne, lime and lime. The taste is very sour. It reminds me of a Gose actually. Still tastes very fresh. No funk, no malt. Very interesting and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1493) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2016
750ML bottle Original release 2007 Straw yellow color, bright white head, good long lasting head. Nearly clear in color, just touches of haze. Nose is lemon, lemon peel, soft oxidation, grass, with funk. Oxidation wore off as the beer opened up. Crisp carbonation right off the bat. Very lively, lots of lemon, lemon curd, tartness, grass, and citrus. Really has aged well and actually tastes like a farmhouse. Light bodied and easy to drink. Touches of bread but a lot of lemon. Really fun tick to have and has held up very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (10057) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
Draught at Matilda Bay Brewery, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, on July 31, 2013.
Cloudy yellow color, white head. Sweet, spicy, herbal, yeasty taste. Yeasty aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, fruity, yeasty scent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 14, 2008
Good head decent carbonation lemon coloured ale,fruity aroma,lemon peel,wheat.Flavour soapy,tart,bitter not like the aroma,lemon strong,marmalade,some acidity flavour,bitter is off putting.Some will like it.Finish bitter tart.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1967) - Phuket, THAILAND - APR 5, 2008
Went in very blind on this one as I didnt know the beer was styled as a saison at the time. Very wit in apperance; light lemon gold, thin / nothing happening head. Citrus and lemon noise, faint, with some underlying spice. Very very similar to taste. More lemon and spice, and the lemon is very overt for the style. Nice balance on the finish with medium strength spices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2007
Pale yellow with lots of fine carbonation providing a big loose fluffy white head. Sour lemon aroma, reminding me off the 3 Boys Wit. Tastes like shampoo - the trendy stuff with all the flowers and spice and girly stuff. A dry, strange sourness hits the tongue: is cassia related to cinnamon? (Answer: Yes - thank you wikipedia). Feels like its expanding in my stomach. the spice is way over the top, and so is the carbonation. Even shared between two this still ended up a drainpour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
capretta (10) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2007
light body, thin feel, lively carbonation , not a long lasting head. light straw in colour. the nose is instantly recognisable as a belgium beer. spicy but not peppery. acidic finish with strong wheat malt flavours. not bad,not great, an un complex attempt at the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bozoNZ (777) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2007
750ml bottle - Bright pale yellow white, full puffy head. Nose pongs, almost sulphur but dominated by citrus. High carbonation, spices and that biting acidic finish. Good effort at probably a difficult style to achieve.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Choos (753) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2007
Aroma: grainy wheat, candied orange with light formaldahyde notes and some sweetness. Apperance: yellow, hazy, head made from large bubbles with patchy lacing. Flavour: initial citrus (lemon) sour notes with a hint of grain. Palate: thin and well carbonated finishes sour grapefruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2007
What is it with brewers and ducks? Australia alone has Red Duck, Duckstein and now this saison from Matilda Bay. England has Mallard and Fuzzy Duck. The US has Duck-Rabbit plus both Lost and Dodging Ducks. And there are countless one-off Ducks - Mucky, Flying, Golden, Sick, Drunken, Demented... The list goes on. WTD? Has the brewing world gone quackers? (Certified authentic antique gag circa 1922. I thank you.) None of which has much to do with the matter in hand, which is what to make of this peculiar saison from one of Australias most hit-and-miss brewers. When they get it right, Matilda Bays stuff can be brilliant, but these occasional specials are as reliable as a Leyland P76. This one was an infuriating mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly is that awful, drab and uninviting label. Are they trying to warn off potential buyers? The beer itself looked fine - pale straw, hazy with a fat shaving foam head. The aroma had some nice characteristics - sour lemon candies, strong wheaty notes and sweet clove - but was dogged by an eggy, sulphurous taint and some rubber car mat. Soft and medium bodied. The first sip prompted one of those bizarre "sensation moments" when something unexpected flashes into your head - swimming pools. Specifically, the heavily chlorinated pool in my old home town. Go figure. At this stage in its bottle life, this was thin and acidic. Minimal malt presence. Sour wheat and piercing lemon notes in the finish. The spices (cassia bark?) cloyed. The raters below are no idiots, so this was obviously better when it was fresh. Its not aging well. (750ml bottle courtesy of Bridge. BB 19/1/09)

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