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Herevana – GABS Edition – Duncan’s – Boysenberry and Chocolate Ripple

That’s right, a proper beer festival beer pack for my Herevana experience. Herevana, a beer festival at my place.

Because they’re in a list that I might or might not follow I though that I’d start with the Sours, and choice is dessert for starters, it’s a bit confusing. Lets move on to a Double Boysenberry & Chocolate Ripple Sour from Duncan’s

Duncan’s Brewing Co. make the Duncan’s Boysenberry and Chocolate Ripple in 🇳🇿 Paraparaumu, New Zealand and this is a Sour / Wild Beer – Flavored  beer of  6.5% ABV this is 1.7 standard drinks in NZ and about 195 calories a serve size.

Part of our dessert style sour beer range. This ripple edition hits you with a double helping of boysenberries, followed up with a light chocolate and vanilla backing.

After the Passionfruit and Mango explosion in the last beer where is there to go?

Well, the only way is up. I’m once again floored by what I’ve just experienced. The aroma is boysenberry and chocolate and ice cream, The colour is outrageous. The taste is where it goes a little awry.

There’s quite a lot of underlying sourness in this that is somewhat bigger than the cushion that the lactose brings. But it is puckeringly good, and very intense, and I had to have a quick second sup as I was in shock and awe.

I’m not as enamoured with this sour beer, which I’m finding is a beer jerky around that lovely mouthfeel and that sour note. It is very intense and very nice though, and it is exactly like it says it is Boysenberry and Chocolate Ripple in a glass. I’m left with a sticky mouthfeel, licking and making my lips enjoying all that goodness. Brilliant!

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Duncan’s make lovely beer, and have a particular skill and enjoyment in this style, and they’re very good at it, and most of their output falls in the high end of the enjoyment scale, and this is no exception.

There’s music of course, and it’s still on a rotation of CARNAGE by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis a new album is playing for me on the Spotify player.

 The GABS Invitational pack brings you a true “Craft Beer Summer in a Box” and features eight carefully curated craft beers that won’t be found anywhere else including Just A Little Slice Cheesecake Sour from Behemoth, Double Boysenberry & Chocolate Ripple Sour from Duncan’s, Mos Definitely Hazy Mosaic IPA from Funk Estate, Luz Grapefruit Brut IPA from Urbanaut, Aotearoa IPA Series #17 Hazy Riwaka from Sawmill, Zenith Hazy IPA from Deep Creek, Welcome to Tijuana Lime Lager from 8 Wired and Hell Yeah! Helles Lager from Emerson’s.

The Top 8
1. Behemoth – Just a Little Slice
2. Duncan’s Boysenberry and Chocolate Ripple

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.



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