Category Archives: 2 – Maybe (wouldn’t buy, but will 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.

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Prairie Vape Tricks

Brewery: Prairie Artisan Ales
Country: USA
ABV: 5.9%
Style: American Wild Ale
Other Notes: Brewed and canned by Krebs Brewing Co., Krebs, Oklahoma

Brewer Description: (from can) Sour ale aged on cherries.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.34
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 12 fl oz can with no canned on or best before date other than a stamp of ‘VAPE TRICKS#18071’. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy dark purplish red colour with a big two finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: A little bit weak, but it’s wheaty, tart, cherries.
Taste: Lightly tart, grainy, cherry, grape juice with hints of band aid.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A bit too one dimensional for me. A rare miss by Prairie.

Schneider Weisse Tap X Marie’s Rendezvous

Brewery: Weisses Bräuhaus G. Schneider & Sohn GmbH
Country: Germany
ABV: 10%
Style: German Weizenbock
Other Notes: 2016 Limited Edition

Brewer Description: (from tag on bottle) Passion of love. “Marie’s Rendezvous” – a tempting golden honey enjoyment of wheat beer with exceptional intensity and opulence. Tap X Marie’s Rendezvous is dedicated to our ancestor Anna-Marie Schneider, whose encounter and her deep love to George I. was the start of our six generations of wheat beer passion. Full-bodied, with soft sweetness, complex fruitiness, fine peppery flavour and courageous strength. A true feast for the senses with a refreshing dry finish! Simply fantastic liaison with a festive roast, light mousse with fresh fruits or aromatic apple fritters with vanilla ice cream. Be careful – it could be LOVE!

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.34
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 15th January 2018. Poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: A clear copper amber colour with a one finger light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some lacing.
Aroma: Freshly crushed apple juice, red grapes, plum and brown sugar with light caramel in the background.
Taste: Sweet fruitiness, plum, prune, raisin, grape and apple. Honey and caramel sweetness and a touch of peppery spice come through on the finish along with a hint of boozy alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: I’m a big fan of Schneider, but this one just didn’t work out for me. Too much sweetness, the spice and the booziness just clashed and made it hard for me to finish.

Boon Faro

Brewery: Brouwerij Boon
Country: Belgium
ABV: 5%
Style: Belgian Lambic (Faro)

Brewer Description: (from website) Faro Boon is a beer of spontaneous fermentation for which “meertsbier” and old Lambic are blended together. The light brown colour and sour-sweet taste are attained by adding candy sugar before bottling.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 2.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 2.9

Intro: A 250ml bottle with a best before date of 23rd January 2019. Poured into a Lindemans flute glass.
Appearance: A clear copper colour with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly but settles to a thin but replenishing layer. No lacing.
Aroma: Sweet-ish plum, apple juice, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
Taste: Sweet sweet apple, apple juice, brown sugar and maybe some herbal notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was overly sweet for me, even though it was easy to drink.

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Country: USA
ABV: 6.7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: 56 IBUs. Featured hops – Loral

Brewer Description: (from can) A fermenting beer never slumbers. Consequently, there is always scattered activity tending our precious beers throughout the dark hours. In these late nights and wee hours that hallowed responsibility fall to the shoulders of the overnight Brew Crew. These brewing vanguards brave the long nights, often alone, to do what needs to be done. Most areas of the brewery are dark or in shadows. Throughout the night the cellars resonate with the occasional knocking of expanding and contracting pipes. It can be a bit spooky to hear the brewery creak and groan as if possessed by a spirit randomly knocking about with a mallet. This IPA, brewed with a striking array of hops, honors our intrepid overnight team by naming it after their mischievous poltergeist companion – the Ghost Hammer.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 18th May 2017, with an enjoy by date of 18th May 2018. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a just under two finger white head that had pretty good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lemon zest, floral tea, dank pine, herbal and a light spicy pepper feel.
Taste: Floral and herbal character is quite strong with lots of fruity lemon, lime and melon in the background. There is also some pine, honey and a light pepper bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is just ok for me as I’m not too fond of overly floral flavours and unfortunately for me, this IPA really has quite a bit. The citrus and melon combo was nice, but I just couldn’t get away from the floral.