|Gladfield Pale - 78.6%||Bairds Chocolate - 5.9%|
|Barret Burston Roast Barley - 5.9%||Bairds Medium Crystal - 3.3%|
|Bairds Pale Chocolate - 2.4%||Gladfield Medium Crystal - 1.5%|
|Weyermann Carafa Special II - 1.2%||Bairds Dark Crystal - 1.2%|
|42.1 IBU Southern Cross at 60 minutes||3.2 IBU Kohatu at flameout|
|12.7 IBU NZ Styrian Goldings at flameout|
A dark and intensely roasty ale, with strong aromas of chocolate and coffee. The rich body is balanced with all New Zealand hops added late in the boil and a good layering of crystal malt leaves a hint of liquorice and an almost rum like quality to the finish.
Drink fresh or cellar for up to two years.
Appearance - Jet black with a thick tan head that persists with every sip. Aroma - Rich chocolate fudge and roasted coffee on the nose, big earthy hop aromas mix into the fudge and create a very doughy, cake-like smell - like baked chocolate cake. No yeast character or esters, a clean roast. Taste - Loads of roast and bitter sweet chocolate on the tongue. A balanced bitterness with just the right mineral profile to the water. Ever so slightly salty. Perfect! Mouthfeel - Smooth carbonation, leaves the pallet dry and wanting more.
|Gladfield Pilsner 68%||Gladfield Wheat 16%|
|Gladfield Vienna 16%|
|Motueka 4.0 IBU at 60 minutes||Motueka 2g/L Dry hop 4 days|
|Motueka 8.0 IBU at 0 minutes||Kohatu 2g/L Dry hop 4 days|
|Kohatu 7.9 IBU at 0 minutes|
This is our take on a New Zealand style farmhouse ale. To build on the unique, fruity character of the Belgian yeast we've selected Canterbury malts for their honey like sweetness and Nelson hops for their tropical gusto. The result is a super floral and slightly spicy ale with huge aromas of pineapple and lemon zest. The hops give way to the yeast's rustic funk and a tart finish leaves the palate dry.
Appearance - Golden sunshine in a glass with a lively effervescence that holds up a centimeter of foam before dropping back to a thin lace.
Aroma - The yeasts kicks off all sorts of fruity compounds, and mixed with New Zealand hops its all tropical aromas of pineapple, lemon zest and peaches.
Taste - A big tropical fruit bowl thanks to the Motueka and Kohatu hops. The yeast has a nice tartness that further evokes pineapple and citrus. The bitterness is low and the vienna and wheat malt soon shine through with a subtle rustic doughiness followed by a honey like sweetness from the pilsner malt.
Mouthfeel - Lively carbonation with a balance of sweetness, tartness and bitterness that cleans the palate nicely without being overly dry.
|68% Gladfield Pilsner Malt||22% Gladfield Ale Malt|
|3% Gladfield Munich Malt||3% Corn sugar|
|2% Gladfield Sour Grapes||2% Weyermann Melanoidin|
You won’t find a better gateway craft beer than the Belgian Blonde Ale. Most people are familiar with the likes of Leffe and Hoegaarden. In fact the style itself came about in Europe as a means of appealing to a much wider pilsner drinking audience, so in terms of Belgian beers its very approachable. Its still a Belgian strong ale, but its maltier and sweeter than a Tripel or Golden Strong Ale and with a much lower alcohol content. The ‘sweetness’ should be a pilsner malt character rather than a residual sugar sweetness, light to medium hop aroma or flavour and above everything else the beer should be dry, and drinkable. A classic and infinitely complex example of Belgian-style brewing.
Appearance - Clear and vibrant, pale gold colour with lovely fluffy white head.
Aroma - Classic Belgian yeast esters and spicy phenols create hints of citrus peel and pepper. The New Zealand Pilsner malt has a faint honey suckle sweetness and fresh bread aroma while the hops add a touch of earthy, herbal character to the mix.
Taste - Smooth and crisp with classic Pilsner Malt character and a light to medium body. A gentle malt sweetness balances the perfumey honey-like alcohol
Mouthfeel - Spritzy carbonation has a mouth filling bubbly sensation, refreshing and complex.