The Critics' Choice: Australia's Best Beers No. 3 in the Top 12

Holgate's Temptress

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Holgate Brewhaus "Temptress"


The upcoming publication of The Critics’ Choice: Australia’s Best Beers lists the top 100 beers from 2012 as voted by 37 of Australia’s leading beer critics. Barrel Media begins the countdown of the top dozen in the lead up to the official launch date of May 3, 2013.

Number three in the Critics’ Choice Top 12 is Holgate Brewhouse's Temptress.

For the past three years the Temptress has been in the top 10 — coming in at number 4 last year. The sultry chocolate porter is moving steadily toward the number one position…

The Brewer’s notes describe a very tempting extreme twist on the classic robust porter, brewed with over 300 kg of malt and infused with a dash of rich Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans. Luscious chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavours are balanced by a hint of vanilla and a body of 6% alcohol. A perfect winter warmer or a complement to meat pies and chocolate-based desserts.

Matt Kirkegaard comments that for all we talk about craft beer and flavour, beers that really penetrate the public consciousness are a package that starts and ends with flavour but in between captivates for a whole lot of other reasons. Temptress seems to be one of these beers. Cocoa and vanilla overlaid over an already complex malt body in beer that is perfectly named for what it is.

Be tempted. will be reviewing new release of The Critics' Choice soon.


  • Macedon Ranges (Wine) (VIC)

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