Little Creatures The Quiet American - Little Creatures Brewing Company
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.38/5 rDev +30%
I love a good Little Creatures single batch: utterly, unashamedly and completely! These guys are where the Australian beer scene should be at but unfortunately we're being held back by the "flaming drongo" bogan masses quaffing V(itamin)B and conversing about how to fit a 355 V8 into the crappy rust-filled Commodore VK sitting on cinder blocks in their front yard. Yeah we're a lucky country, one where your favourite lagers are all the same colour, aroma and taste but come out of different taps #thelagerspiracy - In my opinion beer is the one thing we should be copying from the English and Americans, bugger everything else they have to offer, we'll have the beer!
Poured from a pint bottle into a nonic pint (yeah I know it's a Belgian-style tripel that should go into a goblet, shut up).
A: This fine tripel pours a cloudy deep orange body with a fast-fleeting white head, which dissolves into a thin ring around the glass - much like a classic English ale.
S: Hops are strong on the nose; Chinook cannabis at the front with a spicy Cascade thrown in and a heady candied sugar/malt mixture. It's all about the hops here and one can easily get lost in a purple haze breathing this fine brew in.
T: Amazing! This is a brilliant master-stroke merging of classic hoppy American pale ale flavours with a Belgian tripel - my mind is officially blown. Leading the flavour charge is a bubblegum candied sugar, yeast and grain base (possibly the most bubblegum tasting brew I've tried in my - admittedly limited - beer drinking experience). With a back-note of fairly spicy and herbaceous hops. Yes it is quite an odd combination of flavours but dammit if Little Creatures hasn't made it work. The bitterness at the back end is right in the sweet spot for me - too bitter for Aussie drinkers and not bitter enough for Americans, that's my taste to a tee.
M: The carbonation is mid to light with a medium body, leaning more towards a tripel style rather than being overly APA, which is a result of the yeast used.
D: This is one beer experiment that succeeds in an unexpected fashion, and it is an unexpected mix of styles that proves Little Creatures are on the ball when it comes to the game of brewing. Which is not a game, it is VERY DEADLY SERIOUS. I don't know about the rest of the beer drinking population but I am certainly going to buy a case of this before they stop selling it. Drinkable: "Please sir, can I have more?", "MORE?!?!"... "Well no you cannot because they stopped brewing it, sucker!". Enough said?
Food match: Hmmmm, this is a quandary - both a great beer for dessert and spicy Asian cuisine, you choose.
05-02-2012 11:14:02 | More by doktorhops
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3.1/5 rDev -8%
Pint bottle thanks to mulder1010, poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass.
Deep golden colour, solid off-white foam on top that laces in waves and spots at times. Impressive head retention.
Smell has a little bit of mango and pine hop aroma, followed by Belgian yeast and candy, similar to boiled sweets at times.
Taste has a little bit of pine sap, some candy and a touch of yeast. All are pretty small players though with none wanting to dominate.
Feels syrupy, almost like Pepsi Max at the start, some thinness as well. Then some sweetness and a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. Different, that's for sure.
All in all, pretty average. If it were less syrupy, it would improve a heap and be fun to drink. As an Australian, worth trying to see their take on it, but otherwise, wouldn't go out on a limb to recommend.
06-15-2012 11:44:14 | More by MrKennedy
4/5 rDev +18.7%
Pours amber with a large, fading head.
Very hoppy aroma, with prominent floral and spicy notes, but also showing Belgian esters and phenols, hinting at green apples, grapes and peaches. Underneath all that is hefty amounts of caramel and toffee. Very sweet smelling.
Pretty interesting flavours too. More toffee, spicy and piny hops, Belgian doughy notes and some booze. Perhaps a bit too malt though.
Carbonation is a bit intense.
Very interesting stuff. An eclectic mix of hops, Belgian phenols/esters and hefty amounts of sweet rich malt.
05-06-2012 09:03:21 | More by CrazyDavros
2.85/5 rDev -15.4%
Clear orange amber with a large white head. Takes on a rocky look as it recedes, reminiscent of foamy deposits seen near turbulent river or beach. Leaves the odd sticky lace trail.
Leads with dank tropical, vegetal hops, mostly peach, rockmelon and orange. Behind are plenty of pear and apple esters. Quite a strong grainy note, but not enough to soften what is a very sweet nose.
Similar profile, with mild presence of grapefruit and orange peel the only relief from the relentless sweetness. I'm picking up what some other reviewers have noted, in an artificial, cheap cordial character to the flavours. Reminds me of those Sunny Boy ice blocks I had as a kid.
Very syrupy, which probably goes some way to explaining the mental connection with cordial. Eventually leads into a mildly bitter finish.
Bit dubious about the merits of piling sweet esters on top of massively candied hops. More spicy phenols or piney, earthy hop character would have helped this a lot. As it is, it comes across as almost 'synthetic'.
05-27-2012 06:58:34 | More by spicelab
2.68/5 rDev -20.5%
Drank from my Duvel tulip
A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, with a one fingered White head that reduces slowly.
S - Aromas of hop and sweet candied sugar.
T - Up front some small hop and then the candied sugar just dominates and becomes quite sickly. The finish is a littel boozy.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - I applaud LC for taking on brews of this type, however it tastes like an English Pale Ale with a heap of candied sugar thrown in. When I think of Belgian IPA's I think of Poperings Hommel and Houblon Chouff. This is way off the mark compared to those. But I would like to see LC brew some more Belgian style beers instead of the British/American styles. Why? because they are the most difficult styles to replicate.
04-27-2012 13:59:07 | More by eric5bellies
2.7/5 rDev -19.9%
Imperial Pint poured into a snifter
Thanks to me for getting this in. Well, I ordered this for work so I can thank me. :)
A-- Poured a clear golden honey color. Half finger white head that faded quickly to a collar. Couple of bubbles here and there. Aggressive swirling got a solid one and a half finger head. Much better body with swirling. One half moon of lacing.
S-- At first some faint hop smell but very quickly the Belgian malts, yeast and candied sugar take over. Lots of candied peach, orange, and some candied bread. Very Belgian and with no alcohol smell or too sweet. Well balanced.
T-- Thin body and taste. Loses a lot of the Belgian character that the nose has. A slightly harsh and watery hop bitterness with this. I really do not want to use the words hop water but will. Some peach, orange and candied sugar make appearances but really just a watery taste.
M-- Low carbonation and lighter feel. Missing a backbone and a punch in this. Does get a bit prickly in the last 1/3 rd of the bottle but not enough to save this. Some fruity, syrupy notes, followed by harsh hops and then a clean lemon citrus finish. Just does not always mesh well as gets all over the board.
O-- Really wanted to like this beer. Great looking, great nose but just a mess of a taste and feel. Thin taste finishing with a strange hop water taste and got just a syrupy mess. No clear idea what it wanted to be. Bummer.
04-26-2012 15:27:33 | More by mulder1010
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
On tap at the Great Northern Hotel in Carlton during the WA PoO takeover, Good Beer Week 2012. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a red-tinged amber-gold, slight haze in the glass. Head is off-white, a foamy cloud, decent lace. Not bad.
Malty nose; buttery with a hint of some floral fruity hops peeking through but mostly malt based, a bit too much on the sweet side. More hops would be good, mostly because something is needed to temper the sweetness I'm getting.
Taste is sweet upfront: caramel, toffee etc. Back is quite mediciney with residual sugar and some dirty chocolatey notes as well. Quite gluggy and syrupy actually. Belgian notes, but maybe a touch underfermented. Cleansing hops needed badly.
Dries up a bit on the back, but decently full. Maybe a touch of booze heat as it goes down.
A bit of a confused beer; not quite one thing or the other and ultimately slightly muddy.
05-20-2013 06:49:55 | More by laituegonflable
3.58/5 rDev +6.2%
On-tap at the Great Northern Hotel in North Carlton as part of the Pint of Origin event during Good Beer Week.
Pours a hazy gold colour, with a solid body. Head is filmy but firm and solid white. Fine carbonation streams through the tight body. Looks good overall.
Nose is sweet and round, with classic Belgian fruity esters and a little caramel malt character. It's cut slightly with a grassy hop character, but far less than I anticipated. It feels quite big too; you can sense the booze, even though it's not all that heavy. It's not bad—well made but a little underwhelming.
Taste is smooth and round, and helped by a very smooth feel. There's none of those harsh phenols or boozy heat that you often get with a poorly-made Belgian style ale. Hint of the grass again, but the US hops (such as they are) are really underplayed. The back is dry and crisp, with a slightly medicinal aftertaste.
Solidly made beer. It's not altogether that exciting, and I've had very few Belgian style beers outside Belgium that really do the styles justice—and this beer doesn't do enough to make me think it's "not Belgian style" and so suffers the same fate.
05-26-2012 02:11:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.55/5 rDev +5.3%
Picked up a bottled version of this after having it at the Dining Hall on release day.
A - Pours a coppery/golden. Bright. Good carbonation. Fluffy white head. Good thick spattering of white lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Candi sugar, Belgian yeast faint, some Tripel elements kickin around with some citrus hop. Juicy grapefruit with some booze and Belgian style yeast/orange.
T - Much sweeter than I remember on tap. Sweet candi sugar, and a mild citrus hop balance to go along with it. Grapefruit, honey.
M - Nice carbonation, medium body, and a good dryness in the finish.
O/D - Less interesting that the freshly tapped version. Still tasty and different but not as hoppy as I would have liked, and certainly much sweeter than I would like. Still tasty though. I wouldn't have another in the bottle.
04-26-2012 12:49:56 | More by tbeckett
3.83/5 rDev +13.6%
A - Pours a coppery orange, quite clear with a finger of white head. Extensive rings of lacing.
S - Wild yeast, citrus and mango, tripel like without much hoppiness.
T - Big juicy sweet yellow flesh peaches, sweet mango, orange and honey. Very pleasant.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body, feels like it could/should be creamier.
O - Tasty little offering from Little Creatures, nothing too big or brash but that's no surprise. Not their best single batch but mildly interesting.
05-18-2012 03:18:23 | More by dansmcd
3.78/5 rDev +12.2%
Ive been looking forward to this ever since i heard about it and pours a almost clear golden hue which leaves a frothy two finger head that stays and nice lacing,the smell is tarty Belgian yeast,salami,ripe white fruit and a light touch of floral hops,the mouthfeel is just under medium bodied and abit light for me with tastes of funky Belgian yeast,candied sugar,white grapes,apple juice,a slight touch of floral bitter hops and the finish is quite sweet with a nice breadiness to it and overall its definately a nice hybrid brew i know they used American hops with Belgian malts and yeast but the hops get lost a little bit in the sweetness and funkiness of it all but in saying that its a nice change for their single batch and with the sweetness and high ABV i think Tripel probably sums it up as it definately doesnt have the hoppiness of an IPA cheers.
04-25-2012 10:39:56 | More by ADZA
3.03/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a deep orange gold with a half finger head that dies.
Aromas have a hint of mango, some hops, Belgian yeast.
Taste is very sweet up-front, alcohol driven and quite fiery. Mango turns to a hint of apricot. Hops start to build. Very dry finish, just to confuse. Any taste dies quickly.
Mouthfeel is medium/heavy and quite oily.
Overall, a bit of a mish-mash. Curates egg?
05-04-2012 10:25:19 | More by heygeebee
1.83/5 rDev -45.7%
Pours a gold mango colour with good head and lacing.
Nose is pear, celery, plastic. Hops are generally coming behind the Belgian yeast but they're ok when they present themselves, which is increasingly infrequently.
Taste is cloyingly sweet, while also being boozy and bitter from hops. Not good.
Mouthfeel also suffers from these elements.
Ugh, why would I want to drink this?
Should have just brewed Big Dipper again. Irredeemable drainpour.
05-03-2012 13:40:31 | More by danieelol
Little Creatures The Quiet American from Little Creatures Brewing Company
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