Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Fruit Beer
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
In a hazy golden hue reminiscent of the morning sun rising up above Mount Fuji, Japan Tale Ale presents itself immediately as a Japanese story. The pure white head of billowy foam hints at the fabled origins of this great island country -- the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. The sophisticatedly understated aroma of tart Japanese plums speaks of the history of the Imperial Court as it might have existed in the ancient city of Kyoto during the Heian era. The light, almost ephemeral delicacy of flavor tips its hat to the storied history of the Japanese artisan (the potters and the swordmakers, the flower arrangers and the Geisha performers). Beneath this delicacy, though, there exists a flavor character of strength and steely determination that tells of the history of the great Japanese warriors -- the Samurai. An overriding sense of balance and unselfish purpose serves to tie the tale together as if somehow echoing the essence of an informally yet unmistakably united national polity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2011

Bottle 633ml.

ABV: 6.0%. Unclear medium orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, oxidide malt, light hoppy, sweet fruity. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110129]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 63,3 cl. Courtesy of yngwie. Pours a cloudy pale amber with a small off-white head. The aroma has some sweet fruit and phenols. Medium body, a sweet bland fruitiness and some yeast. Somewhat oxidized. Very subdued hops. 290111

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2010
Bottle, 633ml, at Patricks. A hazy, yellowish golden beer topped by a small white head. Fruity nose, apricot and some perfumed notes. A bit sweet on the palate, medium body. Apricot, hints of cellar and not enough hops in the flavor. Apricot and malty sweetness in the finish. An easy drinkable beer that won’t exite or offend anyone. 100213

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dedollewaitor (15537) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg Weekend, Jan 2011. Pours unclear orange with a small white head. Vaguely oxidized and fruity nose. Sweet malty flavor. Buiscuit and fruit. Earthy and a bit mouldy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14116) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle at Patricks, Kristiansand. Golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruit, malt, hop. Flavour is sweet, malt, hop, fruit, berries, citrus. Easy drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 660ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
[Courtesy of Geokkjer] Pours hazy light amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, dark dried fruits and floral/fruity hops. Taste is medium sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2009
Draught at Barley. Cloudy, muddy, light amber orange color with a nice, fine, frothy head. Grainy pils malt and sour ume aroma, with wheat. Sweet wheat malt flavor, lots of esters and fruit, ume and a touch of banana. Very creamy, lightly hopped with just a bit of bitterness. OK but rather boring and too sweet; slightly cloying with a strange yeast character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (7331) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle.Pours cloudy orange with a dense white head.Aroma of berries, spice, flowers and yeast.Aroma is sweet , citric and malty with some berries.Medium body , average carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
Biggish offwhite head. Muddy yellow body. Medicinal strawberry and herbs aroma. Dry herbal mealy medicinal taste with fruity notes. Mild mouthfeel. Mid-bodied. Dry mealy fruity aftertaste with herbal aroma. There is a very characteristic herbal taste in this, but I can’t identify it. Buttery feel lingers. Nice, but unremarkable. (0.63l bottle, Olympen, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2010
633 ml bottle, as Baird Beer Japan Tale Ale 2009, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Cloudy pale brownish yellow colour, big to moderate white head. Pleasant fruity aroma, notes of plums and citrus, also sweetish malts, hints of caramel and wood. The flavour is very fruity and fairly sweet, notes of plums and citrus again, with a mild spiciness in the finish.

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