Category Archives: Moonzen Brewery

Moonzen South Cloud Lager

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.5%
Style: International Pale Lager
Other Notes: Brewed with Yunnan Raw Pu’er tea

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Be blown away with this refreshingly crisp brisk lager brewed with southern hops and Yunnan Raw Pu’er tea. Be overflowed by its fragrance and soar like an immortal.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle, with a best before date of 27th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden pale straw yellow colour with a just over one finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Grainy, floral, lemon, grass, pear and tea leaves.
Taste: Grainy, grass, lemon, Chinese tea leaves, with hints of floral and wood here and there.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall: Nice drinking for a hot summer day. Light and crisp, maybe a tad bit too carbonated, but easy flavours to quench thirst.

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Moonzen Money G.O.D.

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: Brewed with kumquats

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Happy Chinese New Year! This ‘God of Wealth’ Kumquat Saison is brewed with fragrant kumquats for a delicate citrus bouquet. A collaboration with Goods of Desire. Wishing you ‘A house full of gold and much prosperity’!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.77
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw colour with a two finger white head that had ok retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Belgian yeast, clove, Pilsner malts, honey, citrusy kumquat and citrus peel with light pepper spice, floral and herbal elements.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with Belgian yeast, clove, pepper spice, kumquat, citrus peel and floral.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice relaxing Saison with flavours of kumquats. Worth a try.

Moonzen Flaming Mountains

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Other Notes: Muscat Bière De Champagne

Brewer Description: (from bottle) In Journey to the West, Monkey King encounters an impassable flaming mountain. Too busy fanning out the flames with his magic palm to continue his journey that he missed this tasty creation. Turpan, Xinjiang is a fertile land of delicious fruits, with a unique desert climate and mountain water oasis. In this unique collaboration, Moonzen journeyed 3000km to harvest muscat grapes from Puchang Vineyard for this provincial beer. With an enchanting aroma, it drinks like a beer at warmer temperatures and a sparkling white wine at cooler temperatures.

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A cloudy dark straw yellow colour with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly and settles to a thin layer while leaving only sparse lacing. Very lively with lots of bubbles throughout.
Aroma: Nice citrusy lemon, lemon zest, white grape and light malt. Floral and perfume-y on the finish.
Taste: Green grapes, vinous, white wine, grass and a touch of lemon. Like the aroma, finish is floral and perfume-y.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, light to medium bodied with spritzy moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice aromas and taste which made it refreshing to drink.

Moonzen Golden Gourd Ale

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8%
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Other Notes: One-off release

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Moonzen’s Golden Gourd Ale, a double mushroom dubbel (8%ABV, 330ml) brewed with Golden Tremell and Russulaceae vinosae, essential ingredients that nourish the blood. Concocted to celebrate the release of Moonzen’s Golden Gourd beer glass.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.19
My ratebeer.com rating: 3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a Moonzen Golden Gourd glass.
Appearance: A dark amber red colour with a big three finger tanned head that had good retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit raisin, plum and prunes with a hint of banana and toffee in the background.
Taste: Some prunes to start but it goes away real quick to be replaced by watered down plum and dates before a finish of light savoury mushrooms, which I was not expecting.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This one was strange for me. The aroma of lots of dark fruits was actually great, but the flavours didn’t match up to the aroma and disappeared quickly. Everything was just kind of abrupt. All that said, I do really like the design of the Golden Gourd beer glass.

Moonzen Rose Oolong Session IPA

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Spring seasonal.

Brewer Description: (from facebook page) Introducing Moonzen Rose Oolong Session IPA (4.5%), with a luscious body and an enchanting aroma of hops and roses. Unbeknownst to all there existed a fifth Chinese beauty, 玫琳, who legend has it was so beautiful that the heavens would cry in admiration.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.69
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle, bottled in March 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a puffy two finger white head that had great retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical fruits of mango and pineapple with flowery rose, grass and tea.
Taste: Iced tea, grassy, herbal and flowery rose. Lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was nice and easy to drink as its very tea like. Perhaps a bit too herbal and flowery for me though.

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