Red Duck / Kissmeyer Gnaume | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Lambic - Unblended

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ADZA on 09-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.12/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney.

Pours a very clear, and very effervescent deep golden colour, a bit deeper and certainly more fizzy than I expected. Head forms only as a bubbly ring around the outside of the glass. Body is fluid, with a bit of weight behind it. Looks decent, but not particularly exciting.

Nose is quite bretty and hay-like, with a sweeter tinge of apple juice. Some acidity comes through along with a chalky, dusty character. The apple juice doesn't get out of your head once its there, meaning this smells more than anything like a rustic French cider.

Taste is... well... ew. The hint of acidity on the palate suggested that this was going to make a decent stab at a cutting, sour Belgian lambic style. But, ew, here we've got a big honeyed sweetness masked with a dirty, gritty, yeasty funk that brings to mind the dregs of Carlton Draught. Horsey characters from the brett jangle uncontrollably on the palate, while a chalky, mineral finish leaves a metallic astringency in the mouth. Just unpleasant.

Feel is not much chop either: the aggressive carbonation adds to the anarchy on the palate.

Really, this is really quite shiftless and unkempt beer that really doesn't know what it's doing. It's like someone threw brett into the fermenter and then didn't care about the end result. Unfortunately, without the careful craft and blending, this is the type of disheveled mess you can end up with—it's a worrying trend in Aussie micros.

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Photo of spicelab
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky cumquat with a fairly short-lived bright white head falls to a resilient film.

Nose is hard to deconstruct. There's a lively acidity but also fairly rich malt character at the same time, creating a kind of candy-salt fusion. Plenty of lemon, sour plums, baked ginger snap biscuits. Really oddball mixture but I'm a fan...I think.

Lemon sherbet and floral spice melded with grainy malts, sour molasses, seaweed, disparate booze. Less convinced which side of appetising this lands on.

Decent body for the ABV. Jazzy carbonation softens it nicely. Falls into a slightly dry finish.

Crazy beer that is impossible to classify. Bizarre sweet and sourness, and to further confound, saltiness thrown in the mix. Keen to try again.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows funk, lemon juice, soft floral notes, apples and pears.
Flavours are a surprise, focussing on malt rather than acidity or funk. Just a faint lemon note before some nondescript malt enters, finishing slightly sweet due to the absence of bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.

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Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another collaboration between Red Duck and Kissmeyer classed as a Belgian Lambic Golden Ale and pours a slight hazed golden hue with a one finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is pineapple,mangoes,paw paw,mustiness and funk,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and the taste is abit weird with hints of funk,guava,white grapes,mustiness and finished with a sherbet sourness and overall its abit muddling and needs abit of work but you have to try it as its different and not everyday Australia brews a Lambic cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Beer Cartel. No BB.

Opening the bottle and a basically an erection of froth slowly comes forth (go figure) :-)

Pours a gold amber, with black lumpy bits everywhere, the head froths 'n' dies. Big white bubbles, to start with, that fade.

All funk farmyard and barnyard on nose, with yeast.

Taste is somewhat sour, lots of farmyard, yeast drives. Hint of apricot and lemon.

Mouthfeel is lightly but definitely carbonated. Small bubbles everywhere.

Good beer - apart from the black bits!!!

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Red Duck / Kissmeyer Gnaume from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 5 ratings