“Murray’s Grand Cru is a hybrid of the Belgian Trippel and Golden Strong Ale styles. Made with authentic Belgian yeast , this highly awarded beer pours a pale straw colour with a fluffy white head. Hints of banana and bubblegum, backed with the dry-hopped spiciness of Pacifica hops dominate the aroma and flavour. This is balanced by silky malt flavours, finishing with a mellow bitterness. Murray’s Grand Cru is a sophisticated, ‘out-there’ beer – our interpretation of two classic beer styles from one of the world’s greatest brewing nations,Belgium. Savour this world-class beer on its own, or pair with wild game or strong oily fish such as salmon. Also wonderful with strong cheese.”
Where do we start? This completely hand crafted Belgian Tripel is as good as Australian brewing gets. That good it cemented a spot in our top 5 for 2013. Served in a beer tulip the cloudy straw-gold pour struggles to produce much head as it fizzes away to a rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Laced reasonably well. A brilliant aroma offering up a subtle orange tang, sour fruit esters, clove, banana, champagne, lemon, bubblegum and honey. The mouth feel is quite creamy with mild-medium carbonation. Medium-full body. On the palate it’s quite zesty, banana couples up with tangy orange with subtle wheaty characters upon entry. Clove and other spices appear in the mid-palate as the fruity finish uncovers a little warming booze in the tail. At 8.8% ABV it is quite sessional which is surprising considering the strength. It’s even better on tap at the brewery in Bobs farm (Port Stephens, NSW) trust us, if you love this beer you will love the brewery even more. Look it up on the net and go check it out.