madquacker (1170) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2008
A bugger getting the cork out. Poured a murky orange with a small head. Yeasty, syrupy with subdued alcohol warmth. Abit of hefeweizen flavour too. Good beer. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2008
Oh good, I like to be the one who makes a beer count. This beer, while not being a vintage series, is definitely a batch to batch prospect. The second batch has been a much more balanced act than the first with the apreciation of some of the subtleties that the Belgian tripel requires. This is a fine melange of dried fruit, plums and bananas. Certainly some diacetyl in the mix but this is not a disarming factor at all. Lets call this one more of a work in progress as the Belgians have been doing this sort of thing for ages. It has a fine (insert place where kangaroos sleep)mate in the Icon DIPA and so we know the potential for even greater improvement is there. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured golden brownish orange with a large, dense, frothy, white head which lasted well. Aroma was of sweet bready malts with strong notes of orange zest & orange citrus, lemon peel, pears, coriander, white pepper, cinnamon and some vanilla. Flavor was a sweet bready malts with dry pears, orange citrus, lemon zest, apricots, vanilla and a spicy/peppery lightly warming finish. Alcohol content was amazingly well hidden, very drinkable (almost dangerously so). Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, a smooth mouthfeel, somewhat syrupy texture and a great finish. Seems to have improved somewhat since the 330ml release. eczematic (1326) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2008
some genuinely big fruitiness and plenty of orange/coriander/sherbet, but this is let down by a clumsy heavy malty finish, and boozy alcohol. not that it’s too sweet (it’s dry) but just too much maltiness. a pretty good effort but going for intensity over class, complexity over texture, in short a bit of a dog’s breakfast. TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
Looks and initally smells like brandy. No head and a much paler color than I used to for a Grand Cru. Nevertheless, caramel and oranges add to the aromatic excitment. Rich, tangy mouth that continues the brandy theme and is quit warming. Well balanced. Syrupy without being cloying. Very enjoyable though fairly straight forward.
bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2007
Lovely, clear, burnished bronze body with a white, medium lasting head. Nose offers something different with each whiff, perfume, fruit and mint. Lovely smooth malt depth in the taste, almost full in body, banana, a little diacetyl and some bitterness as well as the warming alcohol. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2008 Rerate: 2nd batch was much more balanced. Raising rating by a few points. Original rate: Well, first off, don’t try to drink one of these by yourself unless you’ve just been dumped or your dog died or Howard wins the election. 750mls of this Abbey tripel goes a long way, and the after-effects are lingering. It’s a big mother, and best shared with like-minded souls. For mine, it’s a qualified success, superior to most recent Australian experiments with Belgian styles, but not in the same class as their IPAs. As the Melbournians observe, the champagne-style corks can be a challenge with these caged 750ml bottles. I resorted to sawing the bulb off with a bread knife and prying the remainder out with a cork-screw. The beer poured with the noisy splutter that sometimes indicates a carbonation issue. It raised 2cms of loose suds that quickly fizzled away. Clear bronze colour with a peachy tint. Strong aroma of over-ripe fruit, quite thin and piercing. Plums, Cherry Cola, fresh mint leaves and Werthers Originals. Very fruity, with lots going on. Medium bodied and oily. Perhaps marginally under-carbonated? I found the flavour mix a real cocktail and a bit of a head-scratcher. Definite diacetyl, pureed dates, quince, chewy malts and a Victory V-like heat and minty medicinal astringency in the finish. Sweet but not OTT. Licorice-root intensity. Very "hot" to my palate - I prefer the alcohol to wear more camouflage than this. Overall, a very worthwhile addition to the local scene, but a bit confused. I don’t think it would take much tweaking to lift this into the top flight. (750ml bottle from Liquor on Parade) Stew41 (2082) - Phuket, THAILAND - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: 2007mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2007
Consumed: October 2008
A minor cellaring experiment with a now 14 month old. Glowing oranage in colour and a large fizzy white head. Aromas are really something else: rich apricot, sauturnes, spice and aniseed. Very deep. Palate shows the apricot early beofre some fizz and alcohol-driven aniseed / licorice kicks in. The latter characters are quite pro-nounced. Finishes a little rough and bitter. Cellaring hasn’t hurt this wine at all but the alcohol is a little abrasive.
Consumed: October 2007 (3.4)
The cork removal process was an absolute bugger just like the Anniversay Ale!! Appearance as per Lach’s observations although the head on my bottle was very thin. Very expressive and perfumed nose; fruity esters, sweet grapefruit, soft floral characters, and perhaps a faint sugary note. The flavours are a bit more straight forward and the palate, in the early stages, is driven by a sweet malt that transforms into fruity flavours that progressively thicken. Finishes with a touch of heat and bitterness that appears alcohol driven, but that said the near 9% weight is well managed. To my tastes has more in common with the recent double IPA style releases from fellow Oz micros, rather than a abbey tripel. Whatever, I think this beer is interesting and well worth a try.
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 The cork on this one was a lot more compliant than the one for the Icon, which was a relief. Barely any pop on opening though. Clear deep gold-amber, with a solid head but it’s pretty thin because there’s not much carbonation to hold it up. Crazily intense perfumey esters dominate - tropical fruit, mango Weis bars, apricot nectar, lime rind, violets, hand soap - with some subtle Xmas cake batter like Brasserie des Rocs and noticeable diacetyl which becomes more apparent with time. Similarly cartoon-like flavour - intensely perfumey and fruity, with thick, sweet malt mostly balanced by perfume and fruit and soft alcohol. Considerable diacetyl flavour. Soapy too, which probably isn’t helped by the hand soap esters. Unusually low carbonation really lets the mouthfeel down. The alcohol is handled very well though - noticeable but soft, a bit like Duvel only not as intense. The diacetyl and lack of carbonation really point to a bottle-conditioning issue. I had kept the bottle in ambient (warm) temperatures for about three weeks after buying it though, so there’s really no excuses. It’s still a rather nice beer though - fascinatingly weird in an almost monstrous, cartoon-like way with all those crazy flavours. Intruiging stuff. Guess I’ll be holding onto my other bottle for a while to see if it gets better. Just losing the diacetyl would improve it greatly.SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2006
RR: Small bottle. Good on em for making this more available in a better format. Cheap too! No diacetyl here, but just so estery! Just a complete mess of fruit salad - way too much to be enjoyable. Otherwise it’s a well-constructed beer.
On tap at the Pub With No Beer. Pours a pale yellow with a big thick dense white head. Enormous bubble gum sweetness to the aroma. In addition, straw and banana emerge from the heavy esters. The flavor mimics these aromas as well. This is served in a traditional Belgian tulip glass and is completely satisfying after spending a week drinking mass-produced Australian pale lagers. The people at this famous bar were some of the nicest that we met in a country full of incredibly nice people. You must visit this place.