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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.

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.

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.

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.