Maybe it’s thanks to the infrequency with which they’re brought together but there’s something about hearing the words “brown ale” and “Belgian yeast” that sparks joy. Sure, brown Belgian-style beers aren’t altogether non-existent, and an Oud Bruin or Flanders brown ale is a style many of Australia’s barrel brewers enjoy exploring. But an English-style brown made with Belgian wit yeast is another proposition entirely and is the approach Blackman’s have taken with their Autumn Ale.
The Barrel Farm release – the series that's home for the brewery’s barrel-aged, sour and yeast-driven beers – takes a blend of dark specialty malts to drive its colour and to produce somewhat rich chocolaty and nutty notes. Meanwhile, that yeast contributes spice, clove and quite a substantial fruity hit that makes the mind turn to raisins, before a dry finish kicks in.
In other words: it’s a showcase of malt and yeast working as one and a fitting way to enjoy Victoria’s cold autumn nights.
Published April 26, 2022 2022-04-26 00:00:00