Red Duck RA#2 Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 09-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Mendicant
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle purchased on-site from the brewery.

Pours a flat, thick and extremely hazed orange-yellow colour. Body is very thick, and the small amount of yeast sediment forms a very strange dance in the glass. It also seems strangely stratified: the top is a much lighter yellow, and there's a deeper orange stripe directly underneath it. Overall: just fucking weird. And that's fine by me.

Nose is undoubtedly also very weird: striking acidity brings to mind a young white wine, but it's blended with a funky, dirty character, like soil or clay. Some bread characters, myrrh, middle eastern spice and a phenolic, sharp boozy note. I stand by my original statement: fucking weird.

Taste is clean and acidic for the most part, with odd buttery, bready and juniper tones towards the back. There's a fruity acidity that becomes more prominent on the finish: more juniper, tart apricot and cranberry. Despite it's apparent 11.3% ABV, it feels quite light, fluid and slushy in the mouth. Real astringency on the back, with an almost puckering dryness.

Feel is light and clean, until the astringency rips every suggestion of moisture out of the mouth. It's very strange.

Did I say "fucking weird"? Pretty sure I did, and nothing at all about this beer makes me change my initial perception. This is very strange: sour and clean, but spiked with insane weirdnesses even if you accept the basic premise of the beer. Red Duck, you are absolutely mental.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours syrup-like, orange in hue, with absolutely no head.
Nose shows sultanas, honey (mead-like), fruit cake and accompanying spicy and golden syrup. Actually quite enticing.
Slightly sour flavours, but with sultanas in the background along with a white wine note. Pretty weird.
Thick body, really needs some carbonation.

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Photo of ADZA
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is abit different to most made from sour Yeast,an extended mash,no boiling and a long fermentation process,with a weird list of ingredients such as spelt,raisins,sultanas,dried orange peel,wheat,oats and spices,and it pours a thick murky honey hue with no head nor lacing,the smell is oranges,booze,spices,sultanas and honey its definately out there,on taste its sour as any lambic out there and prob more the mouthfeel is weird its light yet filling and the tastes are 100% orange juice,booze,white grapes,spelt is definately noticeable and the finish is mouthpuckering sour apricots and overall wow this is something else and now ive tried it the one is enough for me cheers.

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Red Duck RA#2 Imperial Egyptian Bread Beer from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 5 ratings