Jul 11, 2012

Apple Beers

After the Thorogood scrumpy ciders I went straight back to Mane Liquor in Ascot to pick-up the other two varieties they currently stock. I was hoping with a name like "Beer" they would be a little milder and perhaps more sociable. There were mixed results.



Thorogoods Golden Apple Beer
12% alcohol
NSW, Australia
500ml, crown closure
~$16 Mane Liquor Ascot

Cloudy, with a head reminiscent of a Belgian or perhaps German beer. A good balance of sweet, acid, and flavour. Strong, but not the overkill of acid found in the scrumpies I tried earlier in the week. 

Made from Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples, this was still an overwhelmingly intense, but otherwise enjoyable cider. Hands down my favourite scrumpy/heavy cider.




Thorogoods Dark Apple Beer
12% alcohol
NSW, Australia
500ml, crown closure
~$16 Mane Liquor Ascot

Cloudy, no head, and the colour of espresso, this is made from traditional cider varieties and what appears to be very dark malt. On opening, there is caramel, creme de cassis and pungent rancid apples - so much so, you can smell it across the room!

Initially this was just too much to drink - a bit too much like drinking balsamic vinegar and the Brettanomyces (lambic beer) flavours were predominant. Left in the glass for an hour, it had settled down, losing a lot of the unpleasant edge. 

This may well be a cider requiring a bit of aging to be enjoyable. Geez this one is powerful.

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