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Yardley Brothers Single Batch Mangosteen Sour

Brewery: Yardley Brothers Brewing
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6.8%
Style: International Sour Ale
Other Notes: 19 IBUs

Brewer Description: I could not find much information or description for this beer.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.06
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A cool looking 650ml black bottle that was capped and waxed. Practically though, the wax was probably unnecessary and just made it a pain in the ass to open. Bottle was one out of a total of 250. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Immediately started slow frothing at the bottle lip as soon as I uncapped it, with no signs of stopping. A cloudy dark orange colour with an uncontrollable four finger beige head that surprisingly dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart, juicy, cranberries, cherry and lime.
Taste: Tart, sour, juicy, cranberry, strawberry, apricot, lemon, lime and light mangosteen.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Admittedly my first Yardley Brothers brew as I haven’t even tried any of their regular lineup, but this one was definitely enjoyable. Nicely tart with lots of fruit and not overly sour. The uncontrollable head was a pain, as was the wax, but once you get through that, you can just relax and enjoy.

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Young Master Galactic Hops

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.7%
Style: International Sour Ale
Other Notes: 10 IBUs. Fruity, sour, dank

Brewer Description: (from can) Hoppy sour.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 7th April 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very lightly cloudy golden orange colour with a one finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing
Aroma: Light tartness, passionfruit, lightly floral, biscuit malt with hints of lemon.
Taste: Sour, tart, passionfruit, biscuit, grainy, lemon and a touch tangy.
Mouthfeel: A bit watery, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice tart passionfruit aromas, but despite some nice sour and passionfruit flavours coming through, it was on the whole, a little watery on the palate, causing the flavours to be a little light, which I thought took away from it a bit.

Young Master Galactic Passion

Brewery: Young Master Brewery
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 5.7%
Style: International Sour Ale
Other Notes: 10 IBUs. Juicy, tart, hoppy

Brewer Description: (from YM webshop) GaLactic Passion is an extension of a sour IPA we once brewed. We decided to double down on the passion fruity notes of the hops with copious amounts of actual passion fruit. This is juicy beyond compare and truly out of this world.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.53
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 27th March 2019. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A clear golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention while leaving behind some lacing.
Aroma: Passionfruit, guava, candy, light tartness and funk, lemon zest and lime zest.
Taste: Tart, lemon, passionfruit, grass and light floral. The flavours are quite good, but disappear quickly.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly too watery.
Overall: I liked the aroma, but generally it was a bit too watery and the flavours while not bad, disappeared quite quickly and abruptly. Although I didn’t review it, I remember the previous Galactic Passion Sour IPA which I had in a crowler (maybe a few months to a year ago), came out much better.

De Ranke Kriek

Brewery: Brouwerij De Ranke
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Euro Sour Ale
Other Notes: On base of old Flemish beer, Lambic and sour cherries (25%)

Brewer Description: (from bottle) 70% Belgian Sour Ale fermented with cherries with 30% Lambic added.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 750ml bottle with a best before date of 26th August 2021. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear ruby red colour with a just under two finger pinkish head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving only sparse lacing.
Aroma: Sour, tart, funky, vinegar, musty with only hints of cherry.
Taste: Tart and sour, lots of lemon, lemon zest, vinegar and funk with only a hint of cherries.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to light carbonation.
Overall: This was ok but the Belgian Sour Ale felt like it overpowered everything else, such that there was hardly any cherry in either the aroma or taste, which was not so good for a Kriek type beer.

Reninge Bitter Blond à Lambiek

Brewery: Seizoensbrouwerij Vandewalle
Country: Belgium
ABV: 8%
Style: Euro Sour Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle paper wrap) High fermentation beer with a positive taste evolution because of the refermentation in the bottle. Handcraft beer based on natural ingredients: water, barley, malt, hop from Poperinge (40%), live yeast and lambic. This beer is brewed using three different flavours of bitter hop and has unmistakable fresh taste. After the main fermentation, this beer is blended with Lambic and matures for eight months in the bottle. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Preserve this beer upright in a cool and dark place, preferably with a steady temperature of 4-6°C. Pour out slowly in a dry and neat glass.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.33
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 375ml paper wrapped, corked and caged bottle, bottled on 11th November 2013 and a statement that says it preserves up to 4 years after bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku.
Appearance: A hazy copper orange colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving sparse lacing.
Aroma: Tart citrus tangerine, funk, earthiness, oak and a herbal element.
Taste: There’s a light sweetness, followed by some bitter orange rind, sour lemon juice and a mix of dusty, funky and herbal elements.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This was ok with interesting sweet, bitter and sour, but I wasn’t too fond of the herbal aspects that were there.