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Moon Dog Great American Challenge

Formerly brewed at Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Abbotsford, Australia


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
The Great American Challenge, to the uninitiated (which we are glad to confirm includes the residents of Crafty Towers), is the name of the worlds largest dildo. Upon being informed of this, it brought to mind the rather splendid Bobby Brown Goes Down by Frank Zappa. This tale of an America preppies descent into sexual depravity includes a wonderful line about the protagonist being able to take about an hour on the Tower of Power, which we assume is a similar item to the Great American Challenge. Anyway, youre here for the beer, which in this case is a Shiraz Barrel-Aged Funko-Trappist ale. So what does that mean in practice? To the Crafty nose and palate, it means some berry fruitiness and a hint of funk on the nose (theres some Brett in there, wild fans) combined with some soft, dark fruit flavours in what is a rather smooth affair. Having cracked a first bottle before it was ready, we were nonplussed; having revisited since, it may well be one of the Abbotsford loons finest to date.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (835) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2014
2013 bottle well cellared. Aroma is mild funk and vinegar tang. Taste is more on the sweet caramel and dark fruits end. Mild toasty coconut thing from the barrel. This has developed really well since last year! Now wish I had tried this throughout its life. Perhaps best with age but a little earlier when the sour was still on the flavours. Good stuff from the Moonies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShaneJ (833) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Slowbeer. Hazy, medium brown, minimal head, aroma of vegemite toast, red wine, boozy, oaky, some yeasty funk. Interesting, complex, just not my thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle at Pumphouse Sydney. Pours brown with an offwhite head. Smells richly of Shiraz and metallic notes. Tastes so strange. Sweet, creamy, grape, prune, toffee and some funk. Medium body, smooth carbonation. Finishes dry and slightly metallic. Its certainly unique... The shortest description I could give it would be "grape soda ice cream float", but somehow it works out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2884) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2013
Pours very dark brown with a fading head. Nose shows funky brett, red wine, redcurrants and little else. Nice though. Flavours are a little more geared towards a BSDA with some soft chocolate and roasted malt before the funk and booze rolls through. Body feels watery. A bit of a mishmash of flavours, cant quite get my head around this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TenEighty (11) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
Super complex flavour. There is a lot going on. Fruity. A bit of Shiraz. Challenging. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5317) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
330ml bottle from The Scratch. Looks great in the glass with a deep brown colour and swirls of gold through it.in the aroma here is spiced fruit and maybe rum but it may be wine from the barrels this beer was aged in. Whatever it is it smells good, looks good and tastes good. Full rich mouthfeel and long fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2936) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2013
Soooooo, crawl before you walk this has got to be the best label Ive seen, making absolutely no sense at all but pulling it off swimmingly. The cap pops off, the foam follows up the neck and yet it pours with little life. The snifter now full of a sparkling mahogany liquor donned by a wafer of beige suds. The aroma is penetrating; all funk and junk as Brettanomyces does so well with lip-sync tickles of strawberry tingle, plum wine, raspberry fizz-wizz, alkalined copper and sheeps wool lanolin - crafty. Mouthfilling stuff; its like a play with a fanning review it just exceeds what you originally thought. Body is firm with a velvety chocolate net blanket. In the sparkle of carbonation lays that lovely second tier of Brettanomyces but it bows down considerably to the deeply vinous red-wine back end. It seems it all goes Shiraz passed the tonsils with just an affirmed sweetener of that beautiful spoiler yeast offering a lasting sherbetty, tangy and hairy linger on the tongue. Woody, undeniably woody as I sit back and savour; its not oakey, more soiled with red wood notes with that unusually familiar gamminess I find in most Shiraz wines. The alcohol so well masked under the overall hairy, huskiness of it, only kicking in as I stood up. Not the most complex of ales, but its definitely a beacon in the right direction for brewers hard taxed in Oz. A sit back, relax ale worthy of dancing around a handbag. Made no sense, smelt and tasted good, whatevs!! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1762) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours a hazy brown dark brown colour. Aroma is malt shiraz notes with fruits like raisins and plums with some yeasty notes. Taste is medium sweet leading to a light bitter finish. Interesting! Ive never had anything like this before. Try it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3493) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours amber with a small off white head. Nose of stewed fruits, plum, raisin, currants. Light funk. Shiraz barrel shines through. Taste resinous with heavy Christmas cake tones. Very raisin like. Finishes like a heavy red. Unique stuff. Damn interesting and cool ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
Deep purply brown pour not much head carbonation mild aromas shiraz bloody red stuff bit woody dark sweet fruit dried type cinnamon clove flavours run by the barrelling taste dull grain taste corn like fruity dark taste the finish too run by the barrell taste full on shiraz aftertaste is overdone

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