TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Tap at Galbraith’s Sep ’11. Clear gold pour with a short white head leaving minimal lace. Plum nose. Mouth feel is pleasant, with a medium body and moderate to light carbonation. Tart - a fruit-like tartness and not a fermentation choice - lightly citrus and bitter hops, sweet plum and toast. Finish is short, tart and lightly sweet. A bit different from other fruit beers and actually quite drinkable. I had more than one pint of this on at least one occasion. Ungstrup (38958) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottled. A golden beer wiht a huge white head. The aroma has notes of plum on a malty background combined with a bit of citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with a great deal of plums combined with medium notes of malt and caramel, leading to a slightly tart finish. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2011
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. grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2010
I have drunk this beer religiously over its past three releases and I have to say that this is the most exciting so far (2010) – there is more residual sugar (or at least the illusion of it) which brings out the ripe plum notes. All in all an exciting, crisp, mildly hoppy golden ale. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
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)
DuffMan (10772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2009
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. sdk (33) - Island Bay, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2009
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. SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2009
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! kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2009
Pours red brown with small reducing head.
Aroma of sherry fortified plum with a slight crystal malt background.
Flavour of sherry plum overpowering a malt background and a alcohol finish.
An interesting beer, I almost tastes like a blend of fermented plums and crystal based beer aged for a few months. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2009
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.