Dasher's Envy | Moon Dog Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Moon Dog Craft Brewery
Australia
moondogbrewing.com.au

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by danieelol on 01-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4
Reviews:
3
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A "Fancy Christmas Ale" brewed with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice. 330ml brown bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars Kingston Rd.

Pours a yellow-tinged, cloudy red-brown colour, with a fluid but quite firm body, and a fine lackadaisical bead. Head forms only as a small ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing forms like surf suds and then washes away pretty quickly. Overall, it's decent without being particularly inspiring.

Nose is pleasantly sticky, sweet and spicy, with plum pudding characters coming through nicely. The spices are quite muted, but they provide some punctuation to the sweetness, which stops it from getting too heavy or too sickly. There's a slight savoury overtone as well: perhaps a little sage or a hint of lavender. It gives it another edging definition. It's quite pleasant.

Taste is light in texture, but with some pleasant spice and sweetness to drive it along. Mild spiced cherry pie, cinnamon, with a slight twang on the back: almost an acidity, but not quite. There's a slight astringency towards the end too: either booze or perhaps just residuals from the spices. Feel is smooth, but with that lingering heat and the bite on the finish.

Overall, this is a decent spiced beer. It doesn't do new and exciting things with the genre, but it would indeed make a fitting tipple for Christmas, or better yet, when it's actually cold in Australia.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a quickly fading head.
Heavy banana on the noose, along with treacle, nuttyy notes, soft spicy hops and some light roast. Also some subtle spices.
More roast as a flavour but there's still a fair bit of banana and sweet treacle too.
Needs a lot more carbonation.
Interesting stuff.

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Photo of danieelol
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours dark black (brown when held up to light). Good head/lacing.

Smell is weird. Lots of banana lollies, some whiteboard marker. Soured currants and Christmas cake. Some dirt and roast. Does seem a bit lactic too.

Taste has synthesised banana as the most prominent flavour. More Christmas cake notes and slightly sour. Rye bread.

Belgian yeast is pretty prevalent in both smell and taste.

Mouthfeel is fine- very Belgian with a dryness and just a palate bomb of banana lollies.

This reminds me a bit of Freaks & Geeks at times and I see they actually did use rye in this beer.

I do have to say the ingredients list is ridiculous:

Malts:
Marris Otter
Brown
Medium Crystal
Dark Crystal
Caramunich
Rye
Roasted Malt
Chocolate Malt
Black Treacle
Lactose Sugar

Hops:
Summit

Yeast:
Belgian
Specialty

Other:
Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice added to the boil.

Now considering how ridiculously indulgent, convoluted and wanky the ingredients are, the beer turned out OK. It's relatively coherent and not particularly technically flawed. Yet it's no 2009 20-malt Black Tuesday.

And I don't like Belgian yeasts at all. So on that note I'm giving it a bare pass for lovers of all things Belgian. For me personally, I'm not a fan in the slightest, and it's very questionable whether I'll finish the bottle.

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Dasher's Envy from Moon Dog Craft Brewery
3.42 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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