You know you could be in for something special when the man responsible for beers such as Icon, Wild Thing, Punk Monk and Heart of Darkness says his new beer is one of the very best he's ever brewed. When word comes back from its pre-launch tapping that it's "the Australian Chimay Reserve", anticipation for said beer only heightens. The beer in question is the latest - and biggest to date - Belgian style ale to be dreamt up by the Murray's Brewing brains trust. The Hell of the North - a cycling reference, apparently - features a blend of three Trappist yeasts and an ABV that has climbed to a whopping 11.5 per cent ABV (without the use of any artificial assistance too, according to David Brailsford). For all that, it's an elegant, delicate affair, combining sweet malt, alcohol and dark fruit aromas with a complex sweet then dry flavour that transforms as it warms. Be warned: it's a one batch, keg only release (and the first kegs went out a week or so before we did this listing so some may have gone...).
Published August 8, 2013 2013-08-08 00:00:00