The concept here is a strong, golden ale that enjoys a clean, crisp and easy smoothness while still packing a powerful flavor and alcohol punch. The brewing inspiration is very Belgian -- we use only base malts and unmalted wheat, we jack up the gravity - to 1.074 with lots of sugar - sudakito, keep the hop BUs at a reasonable level - 35, and accentuate aroma by dry-hopping with earthy, herbal hop varieties - Santiam and Glacier. The only thing Belgian we don’t do is ferment with a phenolic-producing Belgian yeast strain - we use our house ale yeast instead. The result, we think, is a beer that combines supreme drinkability with quiet audacity.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage, re-brew at Hashigo Zake. Pours cloudy golden, white head. Light citrus nose, malty sweetness. Pretty subdued.
Nothing Belgian about the flavour, dominated by mandarin sweetness with a light citric bitterness. A great quaffer, at 8%...
TimE (3226) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color. Strawberries, oranges on top of a bready, somewhat malty nose. A bit of candy sugar is noticable in the mouth up front. Fairly, big sweet malty backbone with oranges and more bready character. Kinda reminded me of a triple that is heavy on bready notes with a touch of brandy. Interesting.
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