KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6% bottle from the brewery via Rakuten. Lovely clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. The aroma is slightly grainy, sweet, a bit of graham notes. The nose reminds me of an English ale. The taste is malty, biscuity while the finish is a clean bitterness and a bit of a grainy vegetal note in the finish, pretty good. Served at 11C. Once it warmed up you got more caramel/toffee coming through.
shoulderbroken (1990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Craft Beer Bar Yokohama. Amber coloured, small off-white head. Aroma is malty, bit sweet but not too much, touch of fruit there too.
Taste is slightly sweet, bit of caramel, touch of spice in the background, little bit fruity, feels sticky somehow. Apples and bit of cherry. Satisfyingly crisp. Spicy toffee apple? I am starting to appreciate Baeren more I think. Everything they do tastes good.
Wombata (405) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Appearance: Orange, brown
Aroma: Honey, ripe citrus/orange malt
Flavor: Honey, fruity malt. Long finish with moderate bitterness and lingering fruity malt and persistent floral flavors that last for at least 45 seconds.
Comment: On Tap. Well balanced.
From bottle rated a 39
Aroma: earthy, floral and citrus hop, smokey caramel, dried apricot
Flavor: Earthy, smokey caramel and dried apricot and other dried fruit (raisins?). Smooth earthy finish with understated bittering.
Comment: very good Ap 3 Ar 7 P 4 F 8 O 17.
KyotoLefty (6322) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 2009 version, draught at Q-Brick. Rich, sweet malts, rather fruity and somewhat ale-like. Big and smooth, but rather well balanced and much better than the bottle.
2008 version. Bottle from Yamaoka 6/3/7/3/14. Malty, cereal/bread aroma, fruity, with hops. slightly light/thin color for a fest. Very fruity, hoppy flavor. Somewhat light, but decent bready malts and not too sweet. Rather light, crisp palate. Tasty and refreshing, with nice hops and good balance, but not exactly my notion of a festbier. A bit too light.
TimE (3143) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber color. The nose is fairly muted. Mouth starts hoppy, then becomes rich, full bodied and malty with bready characteristics a touch of hoppy bitterness. Moderately hopped finish with a slightly caramel rich finish.
yeeeeeeeees (5) - Shinjuku, Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
‘Fest’ usually relates to October Fest style beers from Munich. Sudsy head, amber hue and minimal aeration. The aroma is dank and citrusy with sweet malt traits. On the tongue, it’s a tangy a la Yona Yona. A bouncy malt back that has a savoury, alcoholic feel. Very drinkable but lacking in balance. Would go well with yakitori.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear Orange/Amber color with medium white head. Rich malt scent with some floral hops. Flavorful but a bit light on the carbonation and strong on the alcohol. Very good overall. Another solid brew from Baeren.