This fantastically original beer is an unique combination of Belgian brewing tradition and Japanese ingredients. The brewing grist incorporates English malted barley as a minority ingredient (49%); the others are all indigenous Japanese material (raw wheat, genmai rice, akato sugar). We borrow the Belgian brewing penchant for use of unusual spices by flavoring Biere du Japon with the following local ingredients: shoga (ginger), sansho peppercorns, and lemons (fresh peels and a little squeezed juice). Fermentation is handled by a Belgian Wit beer strain. The result is a wonderfully quenching taste of springtime in Japan.
TimE (4959) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden amber color. Lots Ginger and lemongrass. Not really balanced. With so many ingredients the beer seems to be pulled in a million directions and goes nowhere. It is interesting to use spices, but there is too much of a good thing.
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