Category Archives: Hong Kong

Gweilo Stout

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.5%
Style: American Stout
Other Notes: 35 IBUs. Core Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Gweilo Stout is decadently rich and full bodied whilst remaining sessionable at 5.5%. The unique blend of malts delivers a coffee and chocolate profile with notes of almond. This compliments the creaminess from the oats, producing a deeply satisfying stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 27th January 2020. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a two finger beige head that had decent retention while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, dark malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and light biscuit.
Taste: Roasty, dark malt, light sweetness, chocolate, coffee, light caramel, slight charcoal, and light biscuit.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Ever so slightly watered down on the flavour especially when it warmed a bit and the slight charcoal in the flavour wasn’t my favourite, but it still has nice roasty, chocolate and coffee notes.

Gweilo Citrus Crusher

Brewery: Gweilo Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 3.5%
Style: American Session IPA
Other Notes: 11 IBUs. Core Range

Brewer Description: (from can) Gweilo Citrus Crusher is our refreshing, lighter, go-to beer. Additions of Mandarina Bavaria, Citra and grapefruit puree bring subtle citrus notes to the light ale base. It’s an ideal brew to crush on a warm day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 9th April 2020. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had decent retention while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Light mango, mandarin peel and citrus zest.
Taste: Light flavours, citrus zest, mandarin peel, a touch of grains and a hint of stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Even though it’s a Session IPA, light and refreshing, and while there’s nothing exactly wrong with the aroma and taste, I’d still expect it to be stronger and more prominent than what currently shows.

Moonzen Harvest Moon (Cherry)

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 9%
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Harvest Moon (Cherry) is a silky and full-bodied Belgian Strong Ale fermented with cherries, French oak and cocoa. With hints of tawny leaves and withered hedges, all perfectly balanced to enjoy on a cozy day.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.41
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy ruby amber brown colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a nice replenishing layer while leaving some curtain like lacing.
Aroma: Booze, cherry, plum, apple juice, roasty, cocoa.
Taste: Boozy, herbal, lemon, grass, oak with some light roast, plum skin, apple juice and cherry.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: I easily preferred the plum version of Harvest Moon more. In this version, the booze and herbs dominate the flavour while the nice dark fruits I was getting in the plum version were only in the background, almost like an afterthought here.

Moonzen Harvest Moon (Plum)

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 9%
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Harvest Moon (Plum) is a silky and full-bodied Belgian Strong Ale fermented with plums and cinnamon. With hints of tawny leaves and withered hedges, all perfectly balanced to enjoy on a cozy day.

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

Intro: A 330ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy brown colour with an orange tint and a big four finger beige head that had excellent retention and left some nice sticky lacing.
Aroma: Cola, dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherry, roasted malt, smoked chocolate, floral, lemon, with hints of cinnamon.
Taste: Moderately sweet, dark fruit, plum, prunes, raisins, cola, cherry, herbal, floral, roasted malts in the middle, caramel, cinnamon, light bitter finish, lemon zest and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Loved the aroma, while taste was nice. I easily preferred this plum version more than the cherry version.

Yardley Brothers Single Batch Red and Oak

Brewery: Yardley Brothers Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10%
Style: Belgian Saison
Other Notes: 15 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from facebook post) Six-month Cabernet Sauvignon French oak barrel-aged Saision.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.66
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A nice looking 640ml black bottle that was capped and waxed. Bottle was one out of a total of 250. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A hazy amber copper orange colour with a big three finger off white head that disappeared almost immediately to nothing other than a fast replenishing ring around the glass while leaving no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, grape, plum, fig, apple and wood.
Taste: Tart, lightly sour, plum skin, prunes, apple juice, wine, whisky, oak and some light spice and booze on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate fizzy carbonation.
Overall: Self described Saison… well definitely not of the classic type, but perhaps closer to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The aroma was nice and made me think of wonderful fruity sours, but taste, while not as fruity, has an interesting light whisky finish.