Carbon Brews Crazy Rich Lupulins

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.2%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: 23 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Oats, Carahell and Vienna. Hops – Mosaic, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe. Yeast – London Ale III. Drink – Fresh. Experience – Smooth, juicy, mango, papaya

Brewer Description: (from can) Double Hazy IPA.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th January 2021, but should be less than a month in the can. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy mango orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, papaya, melon, mango, and orange juice.
Taste: Lightly bitter, juicy, orange juice, papaya, mango, and mandarin zest.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, enjoyable and juicy, the citrusy orange juice flavour stands out among the fruits.

Carbon Brews Staying Alive

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.6%
Style: American Session IPA
Other Notes: 41 IBUs. Malts – Pale Ale, Carahell, Carapils, Abbey and Wheat. Hops – Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7, Simcoe Cryo, Centennial Cryo and Cirra. Yeast – US-05. Experience – Sessionable, citrus

Brewer Description: (from can) Session IPA.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th April 2021, but should be less than a month in the can. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Melon, papaya, grass, pine, with citrus lemon peel notes.
Taste: Lightly bitter, orange pith, orange zest, with hints of grass and pine.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate but spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking and great during the hot summer.

Lambiek Fabriek Muscar-Elle Juicy & Wild

Brewery: Lambiek Fabriek
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6.8%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Unieke blend van zelf gebrouwen lambieken met hergisting op de fles, die een maceratie kende met de nobele Muscaris druif, geteeld in Belgie. Dit product is puur, ongefilterd en niet gepasteuriseerd.

(translated from Dutch to English) Unique blend of self-brewed lambics with refermentation in the bottle, which was macerated with the noble Muscaris grape, grown in Belgium. This product is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.38
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.3

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in January 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but eventually settled to a thin replenishing fluffy cap.
Aroma: Sweet, grapes, Gewürztraminer, honey, apple peel, lemon zest, funky, oak, with peppery notes.
Taste: Lightly sweet and sour, grapes, lemon, green apple, and a light funkiness.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Second time trying, and this bottle seems even better than the first. Reminds me of sweet white wine, but not the dessert kind and it’s also got a light sour tang to balance out the sweetness. As far as lambics go, it doesn’t feel too complex, but the taste is my thing and it drinks really easy. This would be an interesting one to age.

Lambiek Fabriek Jart-Elle Oude Kriek

Brewery: Lambiek Fabriek
Country: Belgium
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Fruit)

Brewer Description: (from bottle in Dutch) Oude Kriek, traditionele en uniek blend op basis van kriekenlambiek met hergisting op de fles. De kriekenlambiek is bekomen door het macereren van verse krieken op onze zelf gebrouwen lambieken. Dit product is puur, ongefilterd en niet gepasteuriseerd.

(translated from Dutch to English) Oude Kriek, traditional and unique blend based on cherries lambic with refermentation in the bottle. Cherry lambic is obtained by macerating fresh cherries on our home-brewed lambics. This product is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.18
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in January 2020. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A very nice looking hazy ruby red colour with a two finger pink head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Funky, barnyard, oak, straw, herbal, minerally, with notes of cherry.
Taste: Tart, oak, hay, cherry skin, cherry, sour and funky.
Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Not getting as much cherry in the aroma as I would like, but the look and taste were great and enjoyable.

De Ranke Mirakel

Brewery: Brouwerij De Ranke
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5.5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Gueuze)
Other Notes: 2018 vintage. Spierelambic

Brewer Description: (from bottle) The lambics used in this blend are one, two and three years old. Two of them are real lambics made by traditional producers of the valley of the Senne river. The third one is made in our own brewery and we’ve called it Spierelambic, after the tiny river that runs near the brewery. We love this style and decided to try to make it ourselves. That it seemed to work, was a miracle to us.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2018 vintage, bottled in June 2018, with a best before date of 8th June 2023. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Light funk, barnyard, oak, lemon peel, apricot, and Champagne grape.
Taste: Lightly sour, funky, oak, lemon, green apple, with notes of apricot.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with soft to no carbonation.
Overall: Aroma and flavours were not as bold or funky as some of the better Gueuze’s I’ve tried, and I wasn’t fond of the lack of carbonation.

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