Best of the Week in Aus

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by heygeebee, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Folks - the Bros have requested no more 'general' threads a la WWTW Pts 1 and 2, so I though why not start a thread to discuss 'finds' of the past week in these shores.

    Highlights for me were La Sirene Saison - excellent example of style, and also to Bridge Rd / Nogne 0 India Saison on tap.
    My 'uncertain' award went to Angry Man Pale in a bottle for the first time - not sure what happened to Nirvana, but this does seem to be lacking something. Bottle was not dated so freshness may have been an issue.

    Cheers,
     
  2. What the? Are conversations going to be dictated for us then?
     
  3. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    WWTW format is good
     
  4. I know that - you know that, and, ah-hem, the actual subject of this thread isn't toooo dissimilar to WWTW... ;)
     
  5. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    The preference as I understand it is for general topics to not be in regional forums...use Beer Talk instead.
     
  6. so nobody wants to talk about Lion buying Emerson's in NZ? Or that Murray's is looking for a new brewer?
    There is always untapped to say " I had beer A or beer B and it was good"
     
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  7. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    I didn't even know about either of those happenings
     
  8. methinks that particularly the first of those comments deserves a topic by itself... however as I seem to be starting most of the topics round here these days recently, I thought I'd give someone else a chance :D

    Was also interested, as it is an A/NZ forum, on the genuine level of interest form what are mainly Aus BAs.

    Cheers!
     
  9. How does this need a topic?? We all know that La Sirene is just decent. Across the board the imports are better and more creative. Black IPA aside.
     
  10. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (435) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    By decent, do you actually mean superb?
     
  11. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    I haven't had it yet but it has pretty good ratings...
     
  12. Average, mate, average
     
  13. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (435) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    I think it is a world class beer and Costa deserves much respect.
     
  14. too carbonated, my friend, too carbonated
     
  15. I don't like La Sirene, but I'd happily agree it's a fantastic beer. Not my preference for a saison. I actually prefer american takes on the style, and a well treated dupont.

    This week, as is the case with every week that I have this beer, the best has been Kooinda Black IPA. Far out, that combination of ashy dark malt and zesty, vinous Nelson Sauvin is an absolute winner!
     
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  16. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    I would still be buying Kooinda Black IPA very frequently if it actually showed up near me anymore. Superb beer.
     
  17. Lukie

    Lukie Savant (435) Australia Jun 16, 2007

    We have had far too many bad batches of Kooinda BIPA. Murky poo coloured and onion tasting.
     
  18. Seriously?? I agree with Lukie, La Sirene is world class for sure
     
  19. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (450) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    I found it very pleasant but lacking the rustic, yeast-related complexity I love in Saisons.

    As for being highly carbonated - what Belgian styles aren't?
     
  20. dgilks

    dgilks Advocate (745) Australia Jul 14, 2008

    This.
     
  21. Yuk - just had a Red Hill Temptation. Flat as... bad bottle ... sheeesh......
     
  22. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    Is that the normal or Barreled version?
     
  23. I hesitate to use the word 'normal' as it was anything but :eek: - but certainly the 'original'.....
     
  24. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Redoak have a new, well as far as i'm aware, sour on the menu. Chateau Sour - $12 for a 330ml bottle...on-premise only. One of the more deliberately sour Aussie beers i've had, bit of plum and cherry happening...with the sourness it took a while to drink, almost as long as it took to get served.
     
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  25. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    worth trying?
     
  26. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Yeah, even worth it just to hear the bar girl pronounce Chateau back at you after ordering one.
     
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  27. so was the visit to Redoak for old times sake, or you took the wrong turn looking for the Baxter Inn?
     
  28. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    Was going to Pack & Send next door to pick up a shipper for the BIF and saw they had the Chateau Sour on the menu.
     
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  29. BillRoth

    BillRoth Advocate (650) Maryland Nov 7, 2005

    I'm one of the ones who went to Red Oak a few weeks ago when I was looking for Baxter. Glad I did. Had wanted to hit Red Oak...just didn't realize that they were right across road from each other.Like above... found service just ok/slow until struck up conversation with manager and a few guys behind bar...then had a great time. Drank a few drafts then aimed for the Chateau Sour. I drink a fairly enormous amount of American and Belgian sours and I thought the Chateau Sour was top notch/ definitely one of the stand out Australian Beers during my visit. Didn't have time for Barleywine unfortunately...which was also on my list. Had to hit Baxter, and...wow. But that's another story.
    Kudos guys...between Melbourne and Sydney I was able to try a lot of very good Australian beer (... and Tasmanian whisky). Had not heard that coming over...but I'm singing your praises now.
     
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  30. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (235) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    Is there a BIF happeneing?
     
  31. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    If you are in, I'm in. Happy to organise this one, but if someone else wants to, by all means. Any other takers?
     
  32. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

  33. spicelab

    spicelab Savant (450) Australia Nov 6, 2009

    Count me in.

    The local scenes have matured enough to make this a really worthwhile exercise this time round.

    There's now loads of stuff from WA, SA, VIC, TAS, QLD and NSW that doesn't get any distribution outside of the State.
     
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  34. danieelol

    danieelol Advocate (585) Australia Jun 15, 2010

    I'd be up for it...Might need a new thread for it though
     
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  35. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

  36. sinkas

    sinkas Aficionado (235) Australia Jul 9, 2008

    I cant access new thread
     
  37. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

    You need to agree to the beer trading terms & conditions. I think that ought to be somewhere in the beer trading section. I can't seem to find it, I presume because I have already agreed to it.
     
  38. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Advocate (655) Australia Dec 29, 2006 Verified

  39. Went to the Redoak a couple of years back and drank 3/4 of a bottle of something before the bar staff whisked it away and replaced. Was happy to get a new beer because apparently it was bad. Bar staff had no idea what a pellicle was.
     
  40. Hopefully I get back some time this year. Missing home, but a beer refugee
     
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