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Baird Temple Garden Yuzu Ale

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


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Yuzu is the Japanese name for a citron (a slightly less acidic lemon-lime type fruit). It is a wonderfully aromatic fruit with a snappy zest that is much prized in Japan. We received our portion from the Temple grounds of the family of one of Baird Beers' closest friends. We proceeded to shave off and collect the outer peels and hand-squeeze the juice. We then added both the peels and the juice to a rich, malted-wheat accented wort at the end of kettle boil. The end result is, in a word, divine! Hazy golden-orange in color, Temple Garden Yuzu Ale sports a cloud-like creamy white head that immediately conjures images of a higher being. The brisk citric aroma of Yuzu quickly invades the olfactory senses. The mouthfeel is softy coating and fruity-sweet but a playful carbonation and citric acidity keep the palate in an alert state of attention. Finally, a kiss of malt roundness and honeyed sweetness send the Yuzu fruit flavor into paroxysms of Nirvana-like joy. Temple Garden Yuzu Ale surely is a beery sign that, in the apocryphal words of Benjamin Franklin, "God loves us and wants us to be happy."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2769) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2015
May 2, 2015. On tap at CBC2015, red session.
Cloudy golden with a white head. Aroma is slightly tart citric, some lemon zest, orange juice, lime, yuzu, some herbal and grassy notes- Taste is light tart, light to medium sweet. Finish is light sweetness with a refreshing citrusy tartness. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Cloudy golden with white head. Aroma is light sour, loads of citrus, perfume, wood, flowers and zest. Taste is fairly dry, citrus, grain, grapefruit, perfume, flowers, some bready biscuit malts with a thin citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9510) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2015
330 ml bottle. Bottled on 12/27/14. From a trade with IslandHaole. 有り難う Dan-san!
Cloudy mid-brown color with a small white head. Citrus, mild herbs, mint, mild hops and malt in the aroma. The flavor is citrus, some lemon peel, mild fruity sweetness, mild hops, mild bitterness, some herbal notes and some maltiness. Balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18680) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Draft. Hazy amber color, medium white head. Floral aroma with subtle and soft fruit. Taste has softly sour fruit and a biscuity and bready background. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2015
330ml brown bottle. 6% abv on the label. Cloudy golden colour. Short white head with a tight bead. Aroma has sharp lemon peel, other citrus, floral notes. Taste has a dry graininess and a touch of biscuit with some lemony notes and late yeast. Body is thin for its strength, carboantion has a nice natural feel to it too, so decent drinkability. I really enjoyed the aroma on this one, but the flavour didnt quite match up. Still a nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (15017) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhage Beer Celebration, Session 3, 02/05/2015. Lightly hazed golden orange with moderate off white edging. Nose is tangy citric zest, yuzu, hop notes, grassy. Taste comprises grapefruit notes, yuzu, hop jus, citric pith, straw. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Refreshing stuff, good palate cleanser.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3222) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle. Interesting. The yuzu is quite subtle! A rarity for yuzu beers. Aroma is soft yuzu and lightly nutty & biscuity maltiness. Taste is more yuzu dominated. Fruit is there but its not sharp. There is a yoghurt type yeastiness that smooths the edges of the yuzu. Little bit of sweetness too. Interesting. Maybe this has lost its edge, but I think that might have done it a favour!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (5780) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Tap@CBC2015, Red Session - golden pour with white head. Citrus fruity aroma and taste, lemony citrus peel, slight grassy and yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (9453) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of hops, fruit, yuzu, malt, hops and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1376) - - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orangish color. Aroma and taste are citrus, hops, and a dry finish.

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