Moby Dick Ambergris Ale – GABS festival beer 2016

Moby Dick Ambergris Ale

raw ambergris being sliced up for making tincture Moby Dick Ambergris Ale Robe Town Brewery

Ambergris being prepared for tincturing

Our newest limited release is a very special ale made with a very special ingredient: ambergris – commonly, and somewhat mistakenly, known as ‘whale vomit’.

This ale was brewed as a festival beer for the GABS 2016 beer festival. It is an imperial amber ale infused with ambergris. Moby Dick Ambergris Ale 7.4% a/v.

The result is a pungent, animalistic aroma, musky ethereal perfume, full body, caramel malt and fruity flavours, very balanced bitterness.

the brewhouse extraction and wood fire boiling Moby Dick Ambergris Ale Robe Town Brewery

An imperial amber ale being brewed for the Moby Dick recipe

Though the aroma may not be for the faint-hearted, and the beer isn’t exactly vegan-friendly, the ambergris perfume adds another dimension to this unique tasting experience.

Ambergris comes from the bowels of a sperm whale and has been a prized commodity, worth almost its weight in gold, used most commonly around the world in the perfume industry. In Medieval times it was used as a flavouring for cooking and to lift the flavour of wines and brandy.
Ambergris is understood to be a secretion that forms in the gut of a sperm whale to assist with digestion. It may be regurgitated, excreted, or washed out  from a decomposing whale and then typically floats on the oceans curing for decades, the longer the better.
Ambergris tincture Moby Dick Ambergris Ale Robe Town Brewery

Ambergris tincture 2 months in

We have found a relatively fresh specimen of ambergris on the beaches near Robe and added it to a ramped up version of our Amber ale.
The very limited release Moby Dick Ambergris Ale will be available only as a festival beer on tap at GABS Melbourne 2016 (5×50 litre kegs in total). Another 240 750ml champagne style bottles of the same batch of Moby Dick Ambergris Ale will be available at Robe Town Brewery direct with limited cases at select bottle shops in Melbourne and Adelaide.



The beach near Robe where the piece of Ambergris was found two years ago.

Here at Robe Town Brewery, we are really enjoying the flavour of Moby Dick, and are already planning to brew another vintage of it some time during the next month or two, which would only be released 4 moths later.

Meanwhile, our GABS 2015 festival beer, Shearer’sJoy Historic Farmhouse Ale, has become one of our best-selling products here in Robe.



Limited release Vintage #1 available at GABS 2016 Melbourne, from early June 2016 in small amounts in Robe, Adelaide and Melbourne. More is already being brewed for September 2016 release