April 24, 2013 by 250 Beers
I managed just two MT beers off tap while we were there. However, to ensure that I didn’t head home afterwards MT-handed I snared a mixed 6pack of bottled MT Brewery beers for the very sensible price of $20.
In this age of craft beer evolution, it’s not every day that a beer lover such as I will manage to pick up six very different beers for the equivalent of $3.30 per bottle. Result! Or was it?
Featured in the order in which they were consumed, here’s how they went down…
Moderation Golden Ale (2.8%). This was nothing like what I was expecting. Let’s face it, at 2.8% it was never going to blow me away. Early tastes were malt and caramel which evolved into toffee and biscuit. There’s no doubt about it, this beer got sweeter the further down the glass I got. It was bearable but certainly not a beer I’d describe as sessionable. I’d drink it again but only in ‘moderation’…2.5/5.0
Cuvée Belgian Blonde (5.2%). Not being a brewer, I have no idea how difficult it is to achieve results in different styles of beer. Therefore, I have no clue if a Belgian Blonde is tricky to brew. Comparing this one to others I’ve had previously tells me that MT didn’t quite get this one right. It’s ok and I’d drink it again but it didn’t really scream Belgian Blonde at me – more of a Belgian Bland…3.5/5.0
Rainforest Lager (4.3%). Being a ‘macro lager only’ person is a thing of the past for me. Many evenings in years gone by were spent roaming the pubs of Islington and the West End of London pouring silly lager after silly lager down my throat. This is no more but it often means that when I come across a lager of the craft variety I take great interest. I have to say that this one is fairly good albeit pretty boring. There isn’t really much going on here. There aren’t any overwhelming characteristics shining through the forest here and it’s inferior to the Rainforest Lager that I had off tap at the Brewery…3.0/5.0
Settlers Wheat Beer (4.8%). I was shitting myself whilst opening this one. Not only have I had the displeasure of drinking some awful wheat beers in the past but in the build-up to pouring this beer I’d read some negative things about it. One guy even had to pour the contents of his bottle down the sink after a solitary gulp! Thankfully, mine was actually very pleasant and I enjoyed it. It was extremely thirst quenching with just a very faint hint of citrus in there. Quite satisfying…4.0/5.0
Black Cockatoo Schwarzbier (4.3%). I’m going to resist the temptation of cracking a smutty ‘black cock or two’ joke in favour of commenting just how nice this dark lager was. As with the Rainforest Lager, this was better off tap but unlike it’s lighter coloured stable-mate, this one stood up better in its bottled form. There were malty tastes straight away which gave way to some subtle hints of chocolate and coffee. The very soft sweetness remaining on my tongue left me wanting more. The carbonation was bang-on too. The closest, living thing available to me for the photo shoot was Charlie, our pet white cockateil. He’s not camera-shy…4.0/5.0
St Bridget Dubbel (7.2%). A bit of a fluke this as I’d inadvertently saved the best until last. I knew from my first sip of this beer that I’d live to regret coming home with just one of these! It was pretty damn fine and incredibly addictive. It’s the kind of beer that I struggle to put down. Everything about this Dubbel says ‘bold’. The only thing that prevented this drop gaining five-star status was that the taste of alcohol was a little bit too apparent. Nevertheless, a very tasty beer…4.5/5.0
So, there you have it. All in all $20 well spent I say.
It’s only my opinion, but I think if you live within an hour or so from a brewery you should go and pay it a visit especially if they serve food as well. You should go and make an afternoon of it. Take your partner and if he/she doesn’t want to help support local craft beer, then leave him/her at home and get involved alone!
MT Brewery, 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights 07 5545 2032