3 Ravens Blond - 3 Ravens Brewing
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.98/5 rDev +8.7%
I generally don't know why Australian breweries have a marketing obsession with the word "blonde". To me, nowadays, it always fills me with a type of uninterested lassitude. Why not call this an Altbier, like they do on the sixpacks? That's more appealing to me.
I guess I'll stop ranting and review the beer...
Pours a golden orange colour, not really blonde at all, with a tight, but small head of white foam riddled with large pancake bubbles. Lacing is pretty good. Looks very decent.
Light organic grain notes, with a hint of candied citrus and a pleasant noble hop fragrance, a hint of oak barrels or grape must. Quite rustic and pleasant, and spot on in terms of style.
Light organic notes on the palate, the dark hint of tobacco or tea leaves, with a very clean and clear backing, just hinting of grass or grain sweetness. Quite refined and well structured. Mouthfeel is slick, but light, and the carbonation is perfect, just a little levity around the edges, but otherwise clean and smooth.
This is a well made and very well balanced beer. It has some lovely notes to it. While it's not extreme in flavour, it's quite true to style. A very pleasurable experience.
03-28-2009 06:35:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
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United Kingdom (England)
3.23/5 rDev -11.7%
Cask conditioned ABIA 2003: Complete with the good old English hand pumps and everything. This, i was told by the brewers is an ESB.. So in effect an English bitter i suppose. Strange tha they use saaz hops in this one. That creates a floral hoppyness, which is somewhat overwhelmed by the smooth necatry apricoty flavours, very softly bitter, in fact pretty soft (in a good way) all round, quite unique i think. And good to see someone in Australia brewing cask conditioned ales.
06-04-2003 17:07:56 | More by rastaman
2.88/5 rDev -21.3%
Pours amber with a small head. Aroma is faint with some spicy noble hops and grainy malt in the background. Flavours are better, with some toasted malt showing but still loads of grainy malt, followed by a weak, boring bitterness. Light carbonation is good, but the body could be richer.
11-03-2010 22:22:40 | More by CrazyDavros
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
Picked up this one from the international beer shop in West Leederville. Nice copper colour with a fresh large homebrew like head. The head stayed for the whole beer. There was a fair bit of carbonation - maybe too much. What struck me first was the spicy noble aroma (saaz). There was a level bitterness that balanced nicely with the malt body, whilst maintaining good drinkability. Incredibly fresh on the tongue, tingly and a subtle spicy note. A softly lingering bitter finish - not overpowering in any way.
This is the only aussie altbier ive had and its a top drop!
07-03-2008 13:34:40 | More by foles
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Pours a copper/amber color with a fluffy, sticky head with great retention. Almost looks Belgiany. Caramel, malty aroma thats light on the hops. This is a malt show. Alcohol is also present to the nose and maybe a bit of fusels, too. Nice tasting beer, but not a quaffer. High mash temp is suggested by the full mouthfeel and slight sweetness. This also hinders drinkability a bit, but maybe thats just me. Still a fine brew. Ive tried just about every Victorian microbrewery around, and first sampled 3-Ravens towards the end of my beer tour across Victoria. Theyre one of the bolder, no holds-barred Aussie breweries Ive come across. The only drawbacks I see are limited product range and limited distribution. As a marketing student, if I were them Id try to introduce a brew with slightly more mass market appeal, use that to get your name out there, and then selectively market the Beer Advocates type stouts and Belgian style beers.
02-13-2006 21:38:56 | More by DaveFL1976
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured a very hazy golden colour with a big frothy head that retained reasonably well and left a bubbly lacing.
Smell was grassy with spicy hops notes and with a noticeable floury wheatiness in the background. I guess it was a refreshing combination of smells.
Starts off with a dry spiciness and then some light bready yeastiness. A nice but light malt backbone, noticeable flourlike graininess I find (and enjoy) in most wheat beer styles. This is my first altbier so I'm not sure what they are supposed to be like. It seemed to remind me of both witbiers and hefes in different ways but is definitely distinguishable from either. Spicy hops brings the flavours home and balances things out. The use of Saaz hops does give it the refreshing finish of a good pilsener though the hops is a bit toned down, putting the focus on the malts.
Fairly light and burpy though whatever gives it the haze (unmalted wheat or yeast? no idea) also gives it a little body. I guess it leans towards a dry finish though I think this impression is mainly due to the spicy Saaz hops finish.
A fairly light and refreshing beer though not light in taste. Enjoyed this quite a bit overall.
06-07-2009 09:05:20 | More by Stavage
3.88/5 rDev +6%
This is a nice beer. Good head and honey amber colour with a very slight haze. I must have an olfactory deficit because I could only just pick up a faint clove not and not much else. The flavour is very tightly balanced malt and hop. Just right. There's enough malt for body and complexity and hops to give a pleasant bitterness. I keep getting clove but I could be hallucinating. I think the carbonation is about right which made it very drinkable for me. Nice.
08-26-2008 08:22:34 | More by rjimlad
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
This pours a hazy honey amber colour with a good persistent head.
The aromas are of tropical fruits and some florals. Almost like a witbier but with the top end muted a bit.
The is a touch of pepper on the palate. There is a touch of graininess as well which I don't find that pleasant.
08-05-2009 08:53:21 | More by Macca
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
a: Slight haze... orange/pale amber. Off white head that dissipates very quickly
s: Spicy, ginger
f: Marvelous hit of malt....certainly a European specialty malt like Munich or Vienna. Touch of smokiness too, which reminded me vaguely of some porters I've tried. Biscuit/bread, with some dusty earthiness. Medium bitterness
m: Smooth, not heavy, full palate, but finishing crisp.
d: I could have a session with this
12-04-2007 06:12:33 | More by vancurly
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours an amber-brown colour, doesn't produce a lot of head, in fact none is left after about 20 seconds, although some frenetic fizz appears on first pour. Bead is moderately paced but soft and weak, like Chuck Norris if he were made of marshmallow. Produces some very nice lacing though, white and thick, saves this from otherwise looking very plain and watery indeed.
Quite hoppy on the nose with a strong and lingering fruit smell, hints of passionfruit, currants and banana. Has a hint of some darker molasses or something, but not strong, so doesn't overpower. Ultimately quite a good smell; smells sweet and clean with a very nice balance between floral hop loveliness and sticky barley sweetness.
Taste is quite malty, with a rich, syrupy sweetness and a nutty edge. Hints of walnut, treacle and pine wood. Finish has an earthy spice to it, certainly not overpowering, just like a whisper of nutmeg on the back. Finish is sadly not as flavoursome as the front, where all the malty goodness lies. It arrives early and tapers off the palate with a slightly grassy hop tinge. Quite earthy and organic throughout, with real wild bush notes being prominent, from the malt to the nutty edge and the hops.
Certainly not a nuclear bomb of a beer, but this is really, notably, inoffensive. Very clean drinking, leaves you with a pleasant taste in your mouth, a pleasant feeling from its noticeably full but not-too-heavy body, and yes, let's go there, a song in your heart. Not to put too fine a point on it, this is pretty much a perfect session beer. If only it had more of a finish.
06-10-2009 00:22:36 | More by laituegonflable
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Appearance - Amber, a little cloudy, 1 finger of off white head which reduced.
Smell - Very sweet, with some hoppy fruits in the background.
Taste - This is a very well balanced Altbier. Sweet and malty - perhaps just a little too sweet, with Saaz hops providing a good level of bitterness and fruits.
Mouthfeel - Pretty high carbonation, but not to the extent that it detracts from the quality of the beer. Good texture.
Drinkability - This would work very well as an easy drinking summer beer.
Overall - Another excellent beer from 3 Ravens.
06-06-2009 14:53:12 | More by Cs1987
3.05/5 rDev -16.7%
im really disappointed with this beer. when they first cranked this out in the keg it was a potential classic, now its totally mediocre. ill be contacting these fellows to tell em to get back to where they were at, because the info ive recieved on this beer tells me they trying to get too clever.
pours very cloudy, as any cask conditioned beer should, especially when you asking a pub to hand pump it. great creamy head to go along with it. when i drank this a few months back it was fucking awesome, excuse my french. had an incredible hoppy nose backed with marvellous malty presence, and a caramelly, biscuity flavor that was just sensational. all this was backed with the sweetness of stone fruit. marvellous. when i drank it tonight, it tasted like malt vinegar, and smelled the same. i asked the pub owner how long the keg had been on and it had only been 3 days. the owner told me theyd been trying to take the great sweetness out of the beer and i was like....why? that was its strong point. its lost all the great things it had going for it. its just too tart with no balance now, whereas before it was sweet, malty, with huge caramel, biscuit and fruit hints that were a little toasty. i was shattered. the pub offered me another beer, but i didnt take it coz it aint their fault. you gotta take the good with the bad.
geez when they first brewed this beer it was a real keeper, but they have killed it. ill definately be making enquiries into what the hell they trying to do here, if they can get the form back they on a real winner.
11-28-2003 17:41:23 | More by diablo14
4/5 rDev +9.3%
Darkish amber , cloudy and a head as big as you want to make it.
There is a hefty hint of ginger on the nose , with a moderation of sweetness too it.
The taste are certainly malty and overall pleasing .It all balances well without nearer the edge of uniquness.
It is bitter and spritzy on the tongue .
This makes fora really good session beer. Refreshing flavoursome , without too much complexity .
05-11-2007 23:43:14 | More by jarmby1711
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Like the Black, this also had a huge head that took a while to settle. Hazy amber in appearence. Lots of lacing.
Caramel malty smell that follows on into the taste as well.
Nice full mouthfeel happening, moderate carbonation, lingering maltiness.
A nice drinkable, sessionable beer.
05-17-2007 10:18:57 | More by brendan13
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a hazy pale amber colour with a tight white head. head retention isn't great but it looks okay.
Slightly spicy hop aromas as well as some fruity notes with banana and currants being particularly forward. Hints of caramel are also present.
A nice balancing act goes on with the palate with a nice blending of hop, malt and yeast notes. A light spicy hop character plays well with the banana and clove of the yeast. A pleasant sweetish malt backbone holds this all together. The flavours are quite light overall and could be a bit stronger. Slightly watery finish lets it down a bit. This would make a very good summer beer.
Good, solid medium body here with a pleasantly soft carbonation.
A pleasant drinkable beer which is refreshing and well built. It lacks a bit of oomph but is nice.
07-11-2009 06:48:01 | More by dgilks
3.33/5 rDev -9%
A nice brew, came as part of my beer of the month club. I tasted this earlier this year at the AIBA, a nice beer on cask, but I'm not too sure about the bottled version. Poured well, thick white head, almost orangey in colour. Aromas of spice from the Saaz, slight malt, sweetness too. Taste of sweet malt character, upfront mild bitterness, lingering sweetness, and a finish of English hop earthyness. Not bad, well done to Ben and the boys!
10-26-2004 09:54:28 | More by revdrjbob
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance - 4.0
Pours a biig, dense, barely controllable off-white head over a clear, coppery golden body with very lively carbonation. Became cloudy when the last few drops were added.
Smell - 4.0
My first thought is that this it reminds me of some of the drier Belgian pale ales. Dry, slightly fruity, cut hay and slightly spicy on the nose.
Taste - 3.5
This is my first altbier, and I really did not know what to expect. The first flavour I notice is smoked ham (really did not see that coming!) followed by a slightly fruity, yeasty middle with pale malt sweetness, and a spicy hop flavour to round it out. Finishes with noticeable alcohol and low to moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel - 4.0
Smooth and while not as fizzy as the appearance suggests, although it is quite gassy. Becomes a little syrupy as it warms.
Drinkability - 4.0
I would not choose this as a session drink, but I will almost surely try it again as it is characterful, and as an Australian beer, quite unique.
OVERALL - 3.8
As I have tried no others, it is impossible for me to say how good an Altbier, 3 Ravens Blond is. What I can say for sure is that it is a good beer, and one that all Aussie beer connosieurs should try.
03-25-2009 12:01:47 | More by LittleCreature
3 Ravens Blond from 3 Ravens Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.