Red Duck Shy Blond | Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

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Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 04-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a fading head.
Nose shows cooked vegetables, doughy notes, subtle spices, sweet candi sugar and banana.
Banana and spices are the dominant flavours with some doughy notes and a little booze to follow. Finishes a bit weakly.
Body feels watery, needs more carbonation.
Grew on me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden colour with a slight cloud. Head is listless, just a ring of thin white foam. Sticks to glass alright, but otherwise looks pretty blah.

Smells intriguing. Bit of sweet honey malt with a bit of a hole where the pungency of the smell dips a little, but then floating above it all is a nice star anise spice, plenty of clove, a touch of green apple and some cinnamon. Blends in well with Belgian overtones, but yeah, would like more malty oomph.

Taste is quite Belgian. Has a slight sour overtone and plenty of that spicy yeast character, blended nicely with the fuirt chai spice notes. Plenty of clove, star anise, touch of fennel as well as some green apple, plum and raisin. Overall it's oddly sweet, but the tart edge is nice and very welcome, blends in quite well with spice and brown sugar. Pleasant drop.

Bit of sizzle to it. Decent body, but doesn't quite cover that carb fizz.

Nice Belgian beer with a pleasant spice twist. Personally I'd like to see the same spice twist in a richer, desserty beer, but it's a good match with the Belgian notes.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle, purchased at the brewery in Alfredton. A "chai spice Belgian blond", according to the label.

Pours a very blond golden colour with a fine ring of bubbling as its only crest. Lacing forms in minimal but thin strips as the beer goes down. Carbonation is extremely fine, and the beer looks pretty solid. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is a really pleasant blend of rounded Belgian tones, with the spice character inherent in the style accentuated by a subtle sweet Chai character. Cinnamon and cloves come through fragrantly, with some sweet ginger and bay leaf character. There's a hint of booze to it as well, which just creates a heady accentuation to everything. It's very pleasant: the spices mix well and integrate almost seamlessly with the Belgian character. It's very well done.

Taste is a lot lighter, and it a little disappointing as a result. Mild, only faintly Belgian tones underpin a thin, reedy spice character, which adds punctuation but little depth or complexity. Some booziness comes through towards the back, with the result that all the malt just drops out, leaving a gaseous ethanol character. Unfortunately, it feels as though it's a middling Belgian ale accentuated but not improved by the spices on the palate.

Feel is fine and fluid. Pleasant, but without enough heft to really aid the flavour much.

Overall, it's pretty interesting, and actually a well-conceived idea: the chai really blends nicely with the spice characters inherent in the style as it stands. This maybe fails a little in that it doesn't really get the base Belgian blond style as spot on as it should. But despite this, it's still quite a compelling brew. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

From Leura - no BB

A - pale straw, hazy, one finger head only with a very aggressive pour. Fades to film.

S - cinnamon, cloves, over std Belgian-ness of yeast, lemons.

T - more std Belgian than nose, with yeast and honey, hint of aniseed.

M - well under carbed for style, and almost watery for ABV.

O - some interesting additions to a base style, but not enough to lift it into Single Batch territory. Poor by Red Ducks lofty standards, and let down by not enough carbonation.

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Red Duck Shy Blond from Purrumbete Brewing Company (Red Duck)
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 4 ratings