Category Archives: Hong Kong

Young Master Days of Being Wild – Dried Cherry

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Single foeder sour ale series

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) Days of Being Wild series draws inspiration from the Lambic traditions of Belgium. It is the first mixed fermentation program of its kind in Asia with a medley of wild yeast strains and lactic acid bacteria doing their work inside an oak foeder. End result is a series of beers that all share an underlying haunting complexity, farmhouse funk and refreshing fruitiness. This dried cherry edition takes it a step further with a second fermentation in Chardonnay barrels together with a generous addition of dried cherries. The combination of deep cherry flavour and vinous notes from the barrels with a touch of residual sweetness makes for a beautifully balanced and yet incredibly complex beer.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.01
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottle 405 of 470. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy pinkish orange colour with a half finger off white head that disappeared almost immediately and left no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, white wine, lemon peel and light funk.
Taste: Tart, cherry, red lifesaver hard candy, lightly sour, vinous, hints of oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Nice cherry aroma and flavours but seems closer to the American Wild Ale than Lambic even if it is inspired by Lambic. I think this is as good as or maybe just very slightly behind the mixed berries version.

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Moonzen x Against The Grain King Yama’s Underworld Stout

Brewery: Moonzen Brewery x Against The Grain Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 11.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed with Sichuan peppercorns and Bourbon barrel wood chips

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Dark and Smoke drove too fast, crashed their car and didn’t last. Underworld King Yama reigns, bargains should they live again. Dark and Smoke must brew a stout, tasty enough to let them out! Chopped ATG Kentucky bourbon barrels, burning incense sticks, smoked Cherrywood malt and cracked Sichuan peppercorns create an “under” of this world combination so decadent that Dark & Smoke may never want to leave Yama’s Underworld anymore!

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.03
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 650ml bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a huge three finger dark tanned head that had great retention while leaving only sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, oak and floral perfume-y with hints of smoke and Sichuan peppercorn.
Taste: Quite similar to the aroma with roasted malts, chocolate, wood and that distinct floral perfume-y characteristic. There is an interesting light spiciness that appears at the back of the throat at the end.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to light carbonation.
Overall: This was interesting with its floral and perfume-y character that really stands out, and a surprise positive for me as I don’t normally enjoy floral beers. I actually think that with the aroma, this floralness comes from the Sichuan peppercorns, but unfortunately with the taste, the light tingly spiciness in the background does not appear distinctly as Sichuan peppercorn like it does so well in certain batches of King Yama Sichuan Porter, but nonetheless, still probably better than not having it there. Mainly though, body was too light and there was probably a bit too much carbonation for me, but other than that, with everything else, this is worth a try.

Young Master Days Of Being Wild – Mixed Forest Berries

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Single foeder sour ale series

Brewer Description: (from website) Inspired by the tradition of lambic style brewing in Belgium, this is the first mixed fermentation program of its kind in Asia. With a mixed-culture fermentation featuring a medley of wild yeast and bacteria strains, these beers have haunting complexity, natural farmhouse funk and refreshing fruitiness. We plan to release variations every couple of months. With our single-foeder sour ale as the base, we blended in a medley of mixed forest berries and fermented it a second time in brandy barrels. Intense berry flavors combined with funk and acidity from the base beer makes it incredibly complex, yet extremely refreshing.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, 2017 vintage, bottle 160 of 250. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A nice clear ruby red colour with a big two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly to a small ring around the glass that keeps replenishing with lots of small bubbles, while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Mixed berries, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry with mild tartness and light funk.
Taste: Mixed berries, mainly raspberry and blackberry, there’s also some oak, lightly sour and light funk.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Good berry aroma and flavours although the berry flavours end a little abrupt. Still though, it is well worth a try.

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.

Young Master Hak Mo Sheung Con Chile Ancho Y Panca

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Stout Imperial Con Chile Ancho Y Panca anejadas en barriles de bourbon. Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. 45 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels from America for six months and infused with Ancho & Panca chillies from South America. A brooding beer, it starts off as a rich, chocolatey imperial stout with a touch of smoke and heat from the chillies taking over mid-palate. Get to know it for a few sips and you will be rewarded.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 330ml bottle, 2017 release with a best before date of 31st December 2022. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a big almost two finger tanned head that had good retention, but eventually settled to a thin layer, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate with a touch of wood and chili.
Taste: Chili spice dominates but doesn’t overpower, and this is a good thing. In the background appears the roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and oak.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice sipper. I tried this just after the Raspberry version and preferred this a lot more. There is good heat that isn’t overpowering, but yet enough to mask any booze. In addition, the chilis complement the base roastiness and chocolate really well. Although there was oak, it would have been really interesting to me, if the bourbon actually turned up, but lets not take anything away from this great tasting beer.