Monday, 11 June 2012
White Rabbit Dark Ale
White Rabbit Brewery
This is the other beer that White Rabbit produce.
In their words...
"An intriguing dark ale that moves to it's own beat, our minds set about creating a beer that contradicted itself....rich dark and flavoursome but at the same time ever refreshing....malt driven but with the aromatic lift of generous doses of hops.
Raisin like ester characters derived through its open fermentation bind a balancing act of flavour with a malt bill that rewards the parched palette with a rich, dark colour without losing any sessionabilty qualities, which we love so much in a beer.
Passed through a hop back generously laden with whole hop flowers and then dry hoped in the open fermenters, at 4.9% abv this is a dark ale with plenty of reassuring bitterness....."
A dark cloudy beer with an off-white head, a little fizz is present. Once poured roasted malt flavours accompany bags of floral hop aromas with raisin bread characters in there too. Some great flavours are in the mix, just the right amount of roasted malt flavour along with good bitterness. The beer actaully has a light body despite it's dark appearance. Overall this is a good beer, great for a long session but with some good flavours and depth to enjoy as a stand-alone. For an increased score would have wanted even more roasted malt flavour.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
White Rabbit White Ale
White Rabbit Brewery
This is a modern Australian version of a wheat beer by the exciting, if not a little mysterious White Rabbit brewery. White Rabbit is based up in the hills of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. The brewery is owned by Little Creatures brewery based in WA. This I think would explain some of the clever marketing and idea behind the two beers that they produce.
With the two beers they produce; they use traditional techniques coupled with modern day forward thinking ideas to try and achieve something that tastes unique.
Taken from their website - "The White Ale product story starts in medieval times with brewers’ experimentation with wheat & spice as the predominant ingredients of flavour. The Belgian monks played with coriander, orange peel and other oddball additions, and suspended the yeast to create a cloudy white appearance...hence the description.
With our “monkish” use of a specially selected belgian yeast strain and voracious appetite to create intriguing and delicious styles, we couldn't resist the idea of tackling the invention of a great Australian White.
Imagine Belgians snuggling out of the cold in wonderful little ale houses dreaming of places like Australia to drink such a beer."
A cloudy pale amber beer is present once poured with a very attractive white head but disappeared quite quickly. A little honey aroma starts to come through, a touch of yeast and a faint spice. On tasting the White Ale the sweetness was definitely there along with a small lemon character and then a slight bitterness. The beer itself is a little fizzy, very light in body and very easy to drink. Overall not bad but I am not a huge fan of this style of beer (Wheat Beer) but I would say this is one of the better ones.
Weihenstephaner Heffweissbier Dunkel
The oldest brewery in the world is the claim from this famous German Brewer. Established in 1040 but the monastery where the original monks brewed this beer was founded in 725! The Bavarian brewery is renowned for it's Weissbiers. It has quite a large selection of products.
This is their "dunkel" or dark wheat beer.
A wheaty, yeasty fragrance was present on opening and pouring. Some darker malt tones came through too. A cloudy brown beer with a very frothy off-white head. On tasting you get the wheat with it's sweeter honey qualities possibly even a little banana character. The beer was very lively with a creamy texture with a little bitter finish.
Stone and Wood Pacific Ale
Stone and Wood Brewery
Handcrafted by friends Brad Rogers, Ross Jurisch and Jamie Cook in Byron Bay. The guys established the brewery in 2008 with the ethos behind this ale is to be the refreshing, thirst quenching hit after a hard day at the beach!
The boys use Australian grown barley and wheat with Galaxy hops and they use Byron Bay water in their mix.
A lemon citrus hit is first present on the nose along with a massive skunk aroma. The beer has a light golden, cloudy hue with a white head. A really pleasant skunky flavour comes through when tasting a hit of bitterness and then more skunk! Not much else to it, almost soft drink like. The beer has a medium body. Overall not bad, a little different almost unusually skunky but very sessionable.