Red Duck The Bear | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 08-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky apricot hue which leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and a rim of lacing,the smell is honey,sweaty socks,boozy alcohol and must,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of caramelized peaches,sticky honey,resinous herbal hops,candy,figs,toffee and finished with a boozy heat that warms up your insides and overall i have not had too many Braggots to be honest this is my third but i like it but you dont want more than the one of and it definately wont be everyones cup of tea thats for sure.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a large, lasting creamy head.
Nose shows doughy notes, lots of rich sweet honey, and soft bready and nutty malt. Quite tempting.
More honey as a flavour, along with the accompanying woody/grainy notes you often get in a beer including honey. The alcohol shows, but is just shy of being harsh. Nowhere near as sweet or malty as I would expect for a beer to carry these flavours and alcohol.
Likewise, could use a more syrupy body.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice

A- Pours a deep apricot colour that is clody. The head is off white and laces

S - plenty aof malt and honey

T - Heavy malt with a hoppy background supported by some honey. Booze id very well hidden.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - The first Braggot I've ever had and it was a very nice experience A little bit reminiscent of a Barley Wine

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm perhaps a bit cautious trying this braggot, given the last Wild Honey Braggot I tried from Red Duck (Smells Like a Pony), we one of my most hated beers of 2012. We'll see how this one goes. 330ml brown bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a pretty clear, deep golden hue, tending towards brassy, with a fine filmy head of just off-white the persists as a ring. Some bubbling in the top as well. Minimal lace forms, and the body looks surprisingly light for its ABV. Interesting.

Nose is somewhat muted. There's a slight floral honey aroma, along with some spicy, slightly herbal, vegetative characters: dandelion and peppertree. It's actually relatively pleasant. And, mercifully, it does not smell like a pony.

Taste is similar to the nose for the most part, but with a much more pronounced honey flavour on the mid to late back palate, leaving a slightly earthy, slightly floral character, with those same organic overtones. Despite the honey flavours, there's actually very little sweetness to it. Indeed, the palate feels clipped somewhat, leaving an almost savoury character that works with the honey like a baked chicken drumstick. Booze is noticeable in both the flavour towards the back and as a sharpness in the feel.

Overall, though, this is quite drinkable in its way: I think it's probably the braggot I've most warmed to, but I'll admit it's a style that I don't enjoy all that much.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Slowbeer. No BB. Served at 10 deg.

Pours a deep amber/bronze. One finger head fades to film. Few spots of lace.

Aromas are of malts and green apples.

Taste is an oddity. Somewhat sharp, somewhat malty, with a firm finish. Not too sure about how much honey is making it thru. Some almost Chardonnay notes, hint of apricot. The label notes an amber ale base, and there is a little hint of a hoppy ale beneath. All quite integrated and well made.

Mouthfeel is light carbonated and medium bodied. Alcohol warms.

Overall, hmmm.... I am just not sure what to make of it. The clincher is that I would not buy again.

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Photo of machalel
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky reddish orange-brown, with a small amount of light-brown coloured head. Almost no lacing down the glass.

Aroma: The first thing that I got was a strong sweet honey smell, quite fresh and almost caramelised. There is a bit of bread and grain as well, with some light hints of tropical fruit. Smells like a nice baked honeycake.

Taste: Big malt hit to begin with, with some honey aftertaste, but nowhere near as sweet as you would expect given the aroma. A little bit woody, some plum, date, fig, apricot tones, and a boozy finish. Carries a bit of bitterness with it after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Possibly a little light, but not too bad. Reasonably dry aftertaste.

Overall: I hadn't had a braggot for many years when I picked this one up, so I was keen to see what it was like. Initially it was slightly dissapointing, however over the course of the glass it got better and better. Not bad, but not one that I would jump to purchase again.

Also note, that this isn't a 'true' braggot, it is actually an ale that has been blended with a mead after both have fermented.

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Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clearish amber-red colour with a small but creamy light tan head. Fair head retention.

A little spicy with some light clove notes. Fruity with some harder fruits coming through including a little acetaldehyde.

Lightly malty with a hefty dose of fruit to follow. Clear green apple notes. Some stone fruit. I'm not sure what to make of it but it seems a little thin and dull on the end.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Quite drying.

Not a bad beer and something new for me. I'm not convinced the Braggot style is all that impressive as the honey increases the risk of acetaldehyde and I just don't like it when that happens.

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Red Duck The Bear from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 7 ratings