Cambridge Banryu Ichi
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Experimental Beer/Sake hybrid There is an old saying in Japan, “There are ten thousand ways to make sake.” CBC is very proud to introduce number ten thousand and one. Banryu Ichi (10,001 ways in Japanese) is an experimental brew that straddles the line between beer and sake. Produced in collaboration with our good friend and masterful sake home-brewer, Todd Bellomy, this has been one of the most interesting and labor-intensive beers ever to come out of CBC. We began last December by spending many cold, windy days in the alley behind the brewery, steaming rice in small batches to brew what became almost fifty gallons of pure sake. Sake is produced by multiple parallel fermentation: polished rice is converted to sugar by a fungus called Koji (Aspergillus oryzae) and fermentation is taken care of by sake yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae kyokai). After several weeks of fermentation this batch of sake (possibly the largest batch of sake ever made in New England) was destined to become the starter for our beer. Just after Christmas, Todd joined us again to brew a mere six barrels of the craziest beer wort ever. Pale barley malt and flaked rice went into the mash, and after extracting only the first runnings we added a significant amount of brown rice syrup. This yielded a wort of 31*P/1.124SG, or in other words, some really thick, sticky stuff! The wort was sent to the fermenter and then, with fingers crossed, we pumped over the entire batch of sake including the yeast, Koji, and lots of rice slurry. Fermentation was slow and low at 50*F for six weeks, followed by cold-conditioning until it reached more than 15%abv! Incredibly complex aromas and flavors abound, including sweet rice, fresh apples and grapes, hints of earth and mushroom from the koji, and as it warms further notes of fennel, herbs, and an almost Belgian-yeast spiciness. Brilliant copper-colored, it is full in body despite its very dry finish. This is one to be sipped, savored, and contemplated. Banryu Ichi is a truly unique beverage, served with intentionally very low carbonation in a 5oz. glass set inside a Masu, a traditional cedar sake cup. Kampai! OG: 1.124/31.0*P FG: 1.009/2.25*P ABV: 15.0%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8856) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Pour on tap, golden pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of sake, cracker, biscuit, slight white grape, fruity notes, much more sake than beer in my opinion. Taste is a mix of sake, more sake, slight yeast, cracker, biscuit, some slight spice and grass, finishing bitter, slightly boozy but for 15% is hidden fairly well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2013
On the draft the brewery, this was very cool, booze and rice sake flavors show, this is neat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Pours a golden/orange with thin white head. Smells of sake more than beer, different taste in a good way, never had anything quite like it, crazy idea that works

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5030) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 25, 2013
5 oz. taster from @ the brew pub. Brown color with an orange hue. No head. Smell is unlike any beer I’ve had. And It’s been years since I drank any kind of sake but... This is cool stuff. Nose of sweet malts and alcohol. The 15% is nowhere to be found except a slight warming after the sip. Lots of sweet flavors, butterscotch, toasted barley and some notes of grapes. Flavor isn’t cloying even with a lot of sweetness. This gets points for originality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
Served in a traditional sake glass + box. Pours orange with nearly no head. Smell is both sake and fruity hope with some caramel maltiness. Palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with nearly no carbonation. Taste starts sweet and fruity, then gets bitter before suddenly becoming sake in my mouth. VERY interesting brew, highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (3536) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
(Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Melange réussi entre un genre de saison impériale et un saké, alcool bien atténué.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Draft at the source. Holy cow. Hazy golden color, flat. Aroma resebles sake much more than it does beer. Taste is strong straw, pale malt, subtle anise. Does not seem boozy. Holy cow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 31, 2012
Tap at cbc. Sweet toast and honey. Touch of cough syrup. Boozy gummy bears. Alcohol relatevily well incorporated for 14you percent. Easy drinkin, but not really my thang.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Tap at the brewery. Light amber pour served in a 5 ounce glass set in a wooden box. Faint white grape juice nose. Taste is sweeter than expected like a light barley wine. Honey, booze, and a sake finish. slippery in the mouth. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Awesome soft fruit and asian pear skin aroma. It just has this awesome soft floral, plum, and warm wind aroma. Takes me some place beautiful, with soft light, and just the right of ocean humidity. Flavors are a little more vitriolic. Wow. This has heat and intent. I like this. It’s a slow, sweet sipper. The grain complex is soft and earthen. Overall flavors are subtle and waft between sake and something like a beer pommeau. Love the clean dry rice finish. Totally worth it experiment.

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