Murray's Grand Cru | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Grand CruMurray's Grand Cru

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 08-03-2006

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a thin white head

S - Get some apricots, sweet candy, lots of strong spice and a hint of banana

T - Similiar to the nose, Loads of spice, sweet candy, citrus along with a nice slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation

O - Great effort for a Belgian strong ale. Loads of spice and flavour that is balanced nicely by a slight bitter finish

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a lasting white head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, light spicy phenols, orange peel, passion fruit, white wine and wheat. Very expressive, seems to be a mix of a triple, a witbier and a new world pale ale.
Very similar flavours but the alcohol is a little rough and overbearing. Quite sweet as well.
The carbonation could be a fair bit higher to cut out the sweetness for a drier finish.
Very interesting beer, very light and summer, although the alcohol needs to be curbed.

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Photo of LathouXaris
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle courtesy of chaosworrier. Poured into a chalice.

A = Nice medium golden yellow, good clarity, small white head which receded quickly and resolved into a thin cover of foam on about half the surface.

S = Sweet smells of honey, flowers, yeasty esters. Well balanced.

T = Sweet honey, bitter hops with earthy and floral notes, some heat from the alcohol, well balanced but could use a little more of each flavor to really shine.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, good carbonation.

D = This is a nice drinkable Belgian ale. I would not choose it first in the style, but it is very enjoyable and I would definitely be happy to try it again when it is available.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a hazey golden colour with Orange undertones. The head is with and small, it reduses to a film and laces.

S - Plenty of spice and cany sugar from the glass and some marmalade.

T - Heaps of spice up front followed by some tangerine flavours that are still spicey, the sugar is there in the background and it finishes with a real zing.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - I think this is the best attempt at a Belgian style in Australia. It trumps the Abbey Ale from squires.

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Photo of joecast
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One from danieelol off the wants list. Excellent!

Slightly hazy golden giving it a glowing amber appearance. Head is thin and struggles to stick around for long. Swirling brings up a thin head but it fades quickly again. Darker than a typical trippel though not sure that is the target style here. Ok, apparently it's a mix of trippel and strong golden.

Considerable Belgian yeast character without getting too spicy or phenolic. Clove is also quite prominent. All this and fairly high abv with no hint of alcohol heat on the nose. An interesting mix and very well done, just not quite pushing my buttons the way I hoped.

Seems to me there is a third style thrown in. Barleywine. The malt character hits hard. Not in a typical barleywine way, but if you mixed one with a couple of lighter Belgian style beers ;)
The overall taste character does have some spicy Belgian yeast to it but the strength of the malt quells that character. The hardest thing for me to understand is how they do it with such little sweetness and color?

Well, what a beer. All things considered I'm surprised how quick I finished this. I really am a big fan of Murray's. Their willingness to experiment and attitude towards brewing are a real asset to the Aus craft brewing community (and beer drinking public). While this one didn't quite work for me as I would have liked I wouldn't hesitate to try another of their beers.

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Photo of davidfoley
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poor head retention, high carbonation, poor clarity, medium amber colour

Smell - Fruity, banana, cloves, citrus fruit, candied orange, light alcohol presence

Taste - Citrus fruits, lemon, orange & grapefruit flavour. Slight spicy hop profile. Tangy finish

Mouthfeel - Light body, good carbonation, slightly bitter finish, lingering warmth due to moderate alcohol presence

Drinkability - Summer sipper, pleasant well balanced

Overall - Good beer, drinkable, lacks complexity of Belgians. Good on a summers day

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Photo of jjkatter
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a soft bubblebath-head.
Nose is slightly sour with plenty of honey, touches of candied orange, lemon, bread and some earthy notes with just a hint of fresh grass at the back.
On the palate it is quite alcoholic with some yummy yeastiness and spice, med carbonation and a good long finish. Balance is a little out with the alcohol a touch too prominent. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

Appearance- poured a clear, honey gold color with a short lived white head. Good retention and better life in head when swirled.

Smell-- Toasted bread with banana, clove, spice and a bit of pepper. Good nose but a little soft.

Taste-- Stale, salty bread. A Little prickly on the tongue.

M-- Fairly carbonated, medium to full bodied even with the higher carbonation. A lot of bread and in the background white grape and peach as well.

O-- Not bad, would consider buying again. Got better as I got further into this. Well hidden ABV and pretty tasty really. Good effort at a Belgian style. Give this a bit of time in the cellar and will be rewarded with a nice beer.

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Photo of aussielars
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at the Taylors Arm. Since they claim it's "the pub with no beer", I can confirm it's almost true. Grand Crue and Sassy Blonde were the only ones that were available for take-away as all the others were sold out.

Poured this one into a snifter. It had a glorious slowly disappearing big head which was a hazy golden amber colour.

Smell and taste was zesty, strong and spicy with a nice after-taste from the bittering hops. The aroma was reminiscent of the tart hefes. A bit of alcohol started coming through as beer warmed up. Medium to full-bodied.

I found this triple quite nice, but nowhere near a Westmalle for example. Still, nice to see that Murrays has gone off the beaten track and put something interesting on the market. Well done!

I can't wait till I can go past Taylors Arm again, when I'm not driving, so I can sample their Elephant's Head.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of koolk
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber in colour that initially has a strong head, however, this quickly dissipates.

Dull aromas of spices such as cloves as well as curacao and ginger. Not overly powerful nor complex. Some slight lighter malt flavours appear as it warms.

Palate has a mixture of sweet and bitter flavours that are appealing, however, the alcohol bite is a little too strong. Flavours of white fruit (grapes and bananas) mix with a familiar spicy/clove flavour.

Lacking creamy texture and at times appears somewhat watery, the balance of the brew is a little out of whack. The sweetness is also a touch cloying by the end.

Am I being harsh? I was expecting more with being a Murray's brew, but this just failed to impress. Allowing it to warm doesn't help.

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Photo of vancurly
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 260610

I've had this cellared for 6 months since buying from brewery. Main difference being some strong effervescence from secondary, and a firm rosewater/Turkish Delight perfume that persists for a very long time, almost too long. A very fizzy, frothy, perfumy offering, and not very drinkable.

BB 050908

a) Pale amber to honey coloured, with a white sudsy head, good bubbling. A very slight haze.

s) Candy floss, slight fruity hollowness that reminds me of my own extract attempts. Some fennel seed, and warms to toffee and fresh hops.

t) Strong flavours, angular and assertive, biscuity, spicy, apricot jam & tropical fruit. The alchohol is noticable, with a medium bitterness. Warms to a slight anise and musk spice note. Late herbaceous aftertaste.

m) Creamy smooth, but slightly hot

d) A bit jagged-edged; may benefit with another 6 months in the bottle. The spicyness may see this partner well with an Indian curry.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: bomber-size is always nice, if overpriced, but the cork on this one did not want to come out. copper color, slightly hazy but some carbonated streams in the middle, some lacing, little head become ring quickly
s: sweet honey-like aroma as well as yeast
t: pretty sweet malty flavor that finishes with mild alcohol warmth & lots of spicy hops that linger on the palate
m: medium body, mostly flat until end when carbonation makes an appearance,
d: seemed way under-carbonated until it really warmed up & could still use some, and the spiciness (guessing this is the 'unique murray's difference') was too much for me. that said, ended up enjoying this one, especially the sweet malty flavor & worth a try.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried at the Australian Beer Festival in The Rocks 07.

The start was very inauspicious, but belied what this beer ultimately has to offer. I was pretty unimpressed with the appearance - a clear, piss-yellow colour with no head. What gives? It looks like Carlton Draught. Flat Carlton Draught at that.

Fortunately, it's all uphill from there. Decent Belgian-yeast nose. Hints of spice and honey and a really good solid body. It's pretty damn nice.

Taste is also very good. Decent spicy sweetness on the front, with a nice rich dried fruit character. The back has an alcohol harshness that's not entirely covered up. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a tripel, even with the drying character that comes from the candi sugar. But it's pretty decent overall. Very tasty.

It is pretty good, and may I just say well fucking done to Murrays for having the balls to brew us up an Australian Tripel. Can't stand up to the Belgians, but it's good to see us Aussies having a go.

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Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured hazy golden. One finger of white head with good carbonation. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Citurs, lemon, sweet spice, light malt, really aromatic. Peach and fruitiness.

T - Lemon, citrus hops. Light malt. A little spice and smooth fruit with lot's of orange.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and light sweetness in the finish.

O/D - Pretty solid. Tasty stuff. An interesting take on the Triple.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber/gold, 2 fingers of head which reduced. Pretty transparent.

Smell - Apricot and yeast dominate. The traditional Belgian style of this beer is obvious from the odour.

Taste - Very yeasty, like a true Belgian. The character is mostly apricot like fruity flavours balanced with spices.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavy bodied, smooth and lively.

Drinkability - Average for the style.

Overall - Probably the most traditional of the Australian made Belgian ales, but not quite my favourite.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge, foamy white head caps an orange body and then reduces down to a thin, creamy sheet. Streaks of foamy lace.

S - Belgian yeast, vanilla, kumquat, orange, clove and some booze.

T - Sweet, musty, yeasty flavours of citrus and honey. Nice balance but somewhat restrained. Could have been a cracking beer if the intensity of flavours was lifted. ABV well veiled.

M - Tart and fizzy. High carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

O - A nice stab at a tripel from an Aussie brewery.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a light honey orange hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head that stays and has an outer thick edge of frothy lacing clinging to the sides,the smell is berries,some light spices,rosewater and a touch of alcohol,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of plums,rosewater,sour grapes,yeasty bread and finishes with a distinct dryness which is bittersweet,overall its alright without being very memorable like ive had way better Tripels more true to the style before but i do like this Tripels sessionable style as after the first sip the ABV takes a back seat which could be dangerous as it really doesnt have the heavy feel like most other brew's of this ABV usually do and would drink it again just wouldnt be depressed if i couldnt get my hands on it.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmmm - one that I really wanted to like, having bought a case.

Light amber/beige colour, slight clouds.

Pours with initial one finger head into an oversized wine glass, quickly fades. Too quickly. Little head, no lacing.

Aroma of a whole lot of elements, that do not integrate, shall we say, bubblegum, biscuits, apricots, and an overall sweet sensation.

Warmly alcoholic for a Trippel (but is it really a trippel?)

Drinkability/Overall - hmmm. here's the problem, I have had this now for nearly six months, and the dullness in overall enjoyment is starting to take hold. Four more bottles to go. Need to drink these colder, but a Summer Refresher it aint!

Sorry Murray/Shawn, I don't normally need to wash one of your finest down with a glass of water, I honestly expected it to last, given the ABV.


Called the Brewery, and to their credit, they sent me another four pack, Shawn had not heard of this problem before.

Gets stranger, as the next (old) bottle I had - for old times sake, was fine. So that's two out of ten (at least) were crook, so some unwanted bottle variation going on here..

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Photo of SmashPants
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: good solid brown 330mL bottle, stylish label. A nice package.

Appearance: pous a cloudy deep gold colour with a small 1cm foamy head. A little underwhelming for a Grand Cru.

Aroma: now we're getting somewhere. Belgian-yeast nose, spices and honey.

Taste: decent spicy sweetness at the front, rich dried fruit character. Alcohol whack at the back.

Aftertaste: lingering bitterness, with a slight alcohol fug.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation, which took me by surprise.

Overall: a very nice tripel. Not a bad price for a Belgian ale - definitely up to standards for an Australian version. Some Belgian-produced tripels are a similar (and in some cases lower) price. I'm not sure this one is that much better than the real deal. At AU$75 a case from the brewer (2012) or approximately $90 a case retail, that's definitely something to keep in mind.

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Photo of Stew41
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cork removal process was an absolute bugger just like the Anniversay Ale!! Very expressive and perfumed nose; fruity esters, sweet grapefruit, soft floral characters, and perhaps a faint sugary note. The flavours are a bit more straight forward and the palate, in the early stages, is driven by a sweet malt that transforms into fruity flavours that progressively thicken. Finishes with a touch of heat and bitterness that appears alcohol driven, but that said the near 9% weight is well managed. To my tastes has more in common with the recent double IPA style releases from fellow Oz micros, rather than a abbey tripel. Whatever, I think this beer is interesting and well worth a try.

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Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Murray's Grand Cru from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 31 ratings