Blackman's Barrel Farm Autumn Ale

Blackman's Brewery

Published April 26, 2022

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.

Will Ziebell

Belgian Brown Ale
Blackman's Brewery

26 Bell Street
VIC 3228

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